West 132 to be Named After Evelyn Thomas

On Saturday, July 17, 2021 @ 12:30pm join the American Legion Post #398 of New York in co-naming West 132 Street between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd and Frederick Douglass Blvd. This initiative by the Neighbors United of West 132 Street Block Association (or NUW 132) recently received the go-ahead from the City to co-name the block in honor of Evelyn Thomas, a longtime resident of W132 St who successfully fought back against the Urban Renewal Programs of Robert Moses, providing those who lived in the four-story brownstones on W132 St to remain in their homes, and allowing all of us residents of W132 St to live here now.

Please join your neighbors and attend the street co-naming ceremony to learn more about why the street will be co-named after this important local historical figure.

Cornerstone on West 129th Street

A truncated cornerstone on West 129th Street near ACP

An Op Ed in the Daily News on Harlem and Oversaturation


Numbers of Opioid Commuters

The map below shows not only which zip codes are the home zip codes of men and women who commute into Harlem and East Harlem for opioid treatment, but the numbers of them. The darker the green, the more residents of that zip code commute into our community (typically daily) for their treatment.

Hover over the map, and you’ll get the zip code totals.

Mayoral Forum – Focused on Parks

A New Vision for Parks & Open SpaceSponsored by New Yorkers for Parks and the Play Fair CoalitionNY4PPlay Fair Coalition     Presented by New York Law School New York Law SchoolMonday, April 19
6:30 – 8:00pm EST

Join New Yorkers for Parks and the Play Fair Coalition – and its 300+ parks advocates across the city – for a conversation with New York City mayoral candidates on the future of NYC’s parks and open spaces and the policies we need to create a 21st century, equitable system.
It’s been a year of highs and lows. Though New Yorkers turned out in unprecedented numbers for their parks during the pandemic, citywide conditions reached a low point as the Parks Department struggled to weather an $80 million budget cut.
Now is the time for New York to prioritize parks as critical infrastructure. We need a bold, new vision from our next Mayor – to realize a new era in which all New Yorkers enjoy equitable access to safe and clean parks in their communities.
Invited CandidatesEric AdamsArt ChangKathryn GarciaRay McGuireDianne MoralesScott StringerMaya WileyAndrew Yang
Moderated byJuan Manuel Benítez
Political anchor and reporter
NY1 News / NY1 Noticias

Forum Co-SponsorsThe event is co-sponsored by the Play Fair Coalition, including more than 300 advocacy groups across the city – from all the city park conservancies to scores of smaller grass roots organizations and friends-of groups.

The Commute

Recently I wanted to map out where people lived who commuted into East Harlem for opioid treatment (mostly methdone).

The resulting map, below, shows that pretty much all of New York City hops on the subway, takes busses or cabs, or even rides ferries, to get to our 2 zip codes (10035 and 10029) in order to get (daily, typically) their methadone treatment.

Note that the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (OASAS) does not release exact addresses of the men and women in treatment, but simply says that 12 people (for example) from zip code XXXXX were admitted to a given program.

Mount Sinai and Methadone in Our Community

With new data from a FOIL request to OASAS, we are able to contextualize the size/impact that Mount Sinai has on our community with their two major methadone hubs – West 124th Street, and East 125th Street (The Lee Building at Park Avenue).

Looking at the screenshot below, you can see how large Mount Sinai’s presence is in Harlem and East Harlem.

To see the entire city and the uneven distribution of Opioid Treatment Programs, see the map below:


Celebration of Langston Hughes

   Join AGM Theater Company for an evening of laughter, joy and lively music; as we celebrate the phenomenal work of Langston Hughes.

*Click the link below to register for the presentation*


Candidate Forums on Monday, March 1


Meeting With Mount Sinai, Tomorrow

The Greater Harlem Coalition will have a town hall meeting tomorrow night at 7pm. You are welcome to join by registering here: https://fordham.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6UAWpErMRkuvGvMDgjQ_4w

Mount Sinai will present on new security measures at their Park/125th Street methadone programs in the Lee Building. To hear more about their plans to address hanging out before and after treatment at their methadone programs next to Metro North, join the town hall.

All welcome.

HNBA January Meeting – Jan. 12, 7:00 PM

On Tuesday, January 12th at 7pm, Join HNBA in welcoming:

  • Liz Crotty on who is running for Manhattan DA
  • Ruth McDaniels who is running to replace Bill Perkins on the City Council
  • Valerie Bradley from the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance

We hope you’ll be able to attend with questions for the candidates. For the Zoom link, subscribe to our blog: https://hnba.nyc/subscribe-to-the-hnba-blog/

Lee Building for Sale

In 1979, Eugene Giscombe paid $40,000 for the 12-story office building at 1825 Park Avenue known as ‘The Lee Building’ (neighbors now think of this building as the Mount Sinai – hiding under the name Beth Israel -methadone hub of East Harlem).

He was quoted (when selling it recently for $48 million) that, next to marrying his wife, buying the historic Lee Building in Harlem was the best decision he ever made.

The Lee Building
The Lee Building

When Giscombe first purchased the building, it was only 20 percent occupied.  Savanna, the current owner, is asking around $75 million for the early 1900s-era building, or about $555 per square foot.

Tenants include Beth Israel Medical Center (Mount Sinai methadone) and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the Metro North Railroad and New York City subway lines that run through the nearby 125th Street station.

Tenants recently signed about 16,000 square feet of leases in the building, including an extension and expansion by Beth Israel and a new lease with Northwestern Mutual.