Two Women

This photo of a Harlem Street scene has almost no clues to where it was taken.

The only thing I can speculate on is that the photograph likely shows the south side of a street, as the reflection in the storefront window indicates that only one of the many windows across the street has a window awning – ubiquitous on south and often east and west facing facades, and often absent on northern facades.

The listing on Ebay, refers to the two sitting women who are using crates to sit in an unrented storefront’s doorway.

But notice how their attention has been diverted from their newspapers to something on their right.

A larger view shows a cropped item. A cart or pram – likely converted to use for selling food, sits on the left of the photo – where the women are suddenly looking. Perhaps a customer or passerby has taken a look or taken interest in whatever might be for sale.

Mount Sinai’s East Harlem School of Nursing

Mount Sinai’s new school of nursing on East 126th Street (between Lexington and 3rd Avenue) is open and beginning to produce a new generation of qualified nurses.

CBS has a report on this facility.

Mount Sinai Morningside to open $78.5M facility in Harlem

A new facility combining and expanding services for Mount Sinai Morningside and the Mount Sinai Hospital will open during the fall, the hospital system announced Thursday.

After years of protesting, organizing and collaborating, The Greater Harlem Coalition got Mount Sinai to not place even more drug treatment programs in this new facility, nor to send children with histories of drug use to attend school on the block behind Whole Foods.

The 89,400-square-foot Mount Sinai-Harlem Health Center will cost $78.5 million. Of the total amount, $50 million will go toward the lease and $28.5 million will go toward equipment, technology and furniture, Crain’s reported in October. Gary Spindler of Park-It Management is the landlord of the property on West 124th Street. Mount Sinai declined to disclose the lease rate per month.

The new facility will offer outpatient health care and provide services, such as cardiology and orthopedics, outpatient mental health care, HIV/AIDS care and dentistry, in addition to on-site radiology, laboratory and pharmacy services. The center will also serve as a hub for Mount Sinai’s outpatient services in Harlem and Washington Heights-Inwood.

“This is part of a bigger commitment to bringing services to a community that has lacked basic and specialty services,” said Dr. Kelly Cassano, chief executive officer of Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice and dean of clinical affairs at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “We want to bring this multispecialty center really based in primary care into the community where patients are living and working.”

The property will have two and a half floors of about 30 exam rooms and a radiology floor, Cassasno said. The location will start with typical hours, she said, but the hospital is prepared to expand them if there is an overwhelming demand for services.

“We’ll start with a modest footprint of primary care. There will be HIV and behavioral health services. Then we’ll scale based on demand,” Cassasno said, noting that cardiology may be another area ripe for expansion at the location.

Mount Sinai operates eight hospital campuses, a medical school and a network of outpatient practices.

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

Mount Sinai Methadone Program Conversation

Join The Greater Harlem Coalition on Thursday next week for a conversation with Mount Sinai who runs the methadone programs in the Lee Building (125th Street and Park Avenue). The Zoom Town Hall will be at 7:00 PM. Click here: To Register

East Harlem Vaccination Site Coming

Patch’s Nick Garber reports that the Mayor has said that East Harlem will be the side of a large-scale vaccination center.

Rabbis, Mean Streets, and Disney

East Harlem has always been a melting pot. I came across this recently and wondered what was now located on East 103rd Street.

The site is located next to the beautiful stone MetroNorth tracks and a trio of stone arches (one for cars, two for pedestrians) but is now a park run by NYRP. The New York Restoration Project – started by Bette Midler – got co-sponsorship from the Disney Corporation for a park overhaul.

Both the former yeshiva and the current Disney park bracket the mid-century life that Piri Thomas brought to the printed page in

his novel Down These Mean Streets which takes place right here, on East 103rd Street – across from the abandoned yeshiva, and before the Disney park.