Our Meeting with Mark Levine and The NYC Accelerator Program

We had a great meeting on October 12th with Mark Levine. If you missed it, and want to learn more about his vision for Manhattan (or learn more about the NYC Accelerator Program), please see:

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Sculpture in Marcus Garvey Park

On view through October 1, 2022, Thomas J Price: Witness celebrates a familiar everyday form rarely monumentalized within a public setting. In the artist’s words, “I want to interrogate [notions of] presence, movement, and freedom. Who do these spaces belong to? And what bodies are provided more or less autonomy to move with liberty through public [space]?” 

Thomas J Price: Witness is presented as part of The Studio Museum in Harlem’s series of collaborative initiatives, inHarlem, which are being undertaken while the Museum is preparing for the construction of its new building.

Stop by Marcus Garvey Park starting this October and view this monumental work. 

HNBA Meeting Tonight at 7:00

Join HNBA in learning more about the new building at 125/5th that will house the National Black Theater.

In addition, Mark Levine will swing by to answer any questions you might have for the Democratic nominee to be the next Manhattan Borough President.

Subscribe to HNBA in order to get access to the Zoom link:

School Absenteeism

How Calculated: 

The percent of NYC public school students, grades K to 5, who were chronically absent during the 2013-14 school year.

Chronically absent is defined as missing 20 or more school days per year.

Source: New York City Department of Education

32nd Precinct’s Community Council Meetings

HNBA Meeting on Tuesday, October 12th, 7:00 PM

Join HNBA and learn more about the large new development that the National Black Theater has for 5th Avenue at 125/126 Street.

We’ll hear from the founder’s (Barbara Teer) son who is managing the project.

The Democratic Manhattan Borough President candidate Mark Levine will also swing by our Zoom meeting and answer any questions about what his vision for Harlem in 2022 and beyond, is.

Terrifying Admission by Mayor De Blasio

HNBA March Meeting, Tomorrow at 7 PM

Join HNBA in order to get the meeting’s Zoom link: https://hnba.nyc/join-hnba/

7:00 – [email protected] – Join to learn how Kristin Jordan – a candidate for City Council district 9 – will address the burden that our part of the district bears with 2 sanitation garages, the M35 Bus, numerous homeless shelters, and the Lee Building’s infamous role as a regional methadone megacenter.)

7:30 – rankthevotenycNicole from Rank The Vote NYC will lead us through the maze of Ranked Choice Voting and how it works. 

8:00 – Mark Levine: Mark will introduce himself and his candidacy for Manhattan Borough President. We will open the 1/2 hour up for HNBA members to talk to Mark and learn more about his thoughts on the burden that our part of the district bears with 2 sanitation garages, the M35 Bus, numerous homeless shelters, and the Lee Building’s infamous role as a regional methadone megacenter.

The Harlem Cultural Festival 1969

Sundance recently hosted the world premier of Summer of Soul by Questlove which won top honors with the 2021 Grand Jury Prize.

This amazing film takes footage shot in Marcus Garvey Park (Mount Morris Park at the time) during a multi-week music festival – The Harlem Cultural Festival – in 1969.

While (whiter) Woodstock etched itself in the minds of a generation, The Harlem Cultural Festival thrilled Black New York but was largely ignored during the summer of 1969 (and afterwards) in mainstream America. Questlove worked to secure access to the incredbly rich audio and video of the festival and has combined this 1969 material with additional footage from the 1960’s and contemporary interviews with people who attended or performed at the festival.

The stage was setup in the north-west corner of the park, and with no swimming pool at the time, the audience filled the park south of the stage, and up onto the rocks of that now bolster the pool.

The line-up was a catholic gathering of a wide range of music of the time – gospel, blues, jazz, salsa, rock, pop, spoken word, and more.

The film is simply amazing. Keep this jewel on your radar and make sure to see it when it is released to the public.

City Council District 9 – Show Me The Money

There is a new map out showing how much political candidates have been able to fundraise.

The race that has generated the largest amount of donations is, unsurprisingly, the mayoral race and that race is headed by Ray McGuire, the Wall Street former finance executive who has received over $85,000 from Harlem.

Eric Adams has pulled in a distant second of $29,000.

Turning to the City Council District 9 Race, you can see in the map below, money has come from all over the city to fuel the 15 candidates.

Zooming in closer, Kristen R. Jordan is far and away the leader with more than $55,000 raise – her base being the lower edge of the district.

Mario Rosser is close behind with almost $48,000 raised. His (financial) support is weaker in the north and south of the district but with strong support in the central core.

And in third place, Keith Taylor – who came to February’s HNBA meeting to introduce himself and his campaign – has raised over $20,000. His support is mostly in the west, with weaker support in the east and north of the district.

And lastly, the dominant force in the Manhattan Borough President’s race in our community, is Mark Levine, by far. Mark has raised well over $400,000 total, and a significant amount has come from the Harlem community, whereas other candidates have had very, very limited fundraising success in Harlem and East Harlem.

To view the map and see who’s been fundraising and who’s viewing this election cycle as a vanity project, go to: https://www.nyccfb.info/follow-the-money/cunymap-2021/