Self-Defense For Children at the 28th Precinct

EGN Youth Sports & Development is a non-profit organization missioned to improve youth and their communities through the art of Karate. Our goal is to strengthen the minds, bodies and hearts of the youth in our communities through Karate training.

(Note that the transcription incorrectly misidentifies the Harlem Precinct. It should be the 28th Precinct, not the 20th.

We are a firm believer that physical training leads to increased spiritual connection and strength through patience, which in turn leads to better decision- making from our children. We aim to deepen relationships between children of diverse backgrounds to create community-minded and open–minded individuals who value friendships, and authentic relationships with themselves and the communities they exist in.

Celebrate 50 Years

Did Your Apartment Grow?

While Manhattan apartments, both old and new, are still smaller than apartments in Queens and Brooklyn (the average size of all apartments in Manhattan is 721 square feet, compared to 737 square feet in Brooklyn and 727 square feet in Queens), the average size of a Manhattan apartment grew 19 square feet:

While the size of rental apartments in Manhattan has increased, the average size of newly built apartments across the United States decreased by 54 square feet in the last decade, down from 941 square feet in 2013 to 887 square feet in 2022, according to data from RentCafe. This decrease in size can be attributed to the creation of more studios and one-bedroom apartments in 2022, which reached a historic 57 percent share of the market.

See more, here:

Security Review of Your Home

Harlem’s precincts are promoting a free service provided by NYPD officers:

Security Surveys are provided 100% free of charge by your Crime Prevention Officers to alert you of any security vulnerabilities associated with locks, doors, lighting, windows, and alarm systems. Schedule a survey today 212-860-6519

Vote For Our East Harlem Neighbor And Candidate

Steve Travis

25th Precinct Commanding Officer Henning Is Leaving

Yesterday it was announced that the commanding officer of the 25th Precinct (northern East Harlem) is leaving:

Hello all,

It looks like the winds of change have blown through the 25 Precinct. I found out last night I will be transferred as of tomorrow. I will be moving on, and you’ll have a new commanding officer shortly. It will be physically impossible to personally thank each and every one of you.  For those I have not talked with, I would just like to say thank you for your hard work, commitment, and passion in helping us serve the upper east harlem community.

In my tenure here, we certainly have had to deal with quite tumultuous times. From the protests and demonstrations, right into an unprecedented global wide epidemic that our society has never seen before that had an untold amount of stress on both our professional and personal lives. We had the first patrol related covid fatality in the passing of PO Eric Murray. Then we had to experience one of our own getting shot by a stray bullet on new year’s day of 2022.  While these times certainly were not easy, through it all, with your help in bridging the gap between police and community, we have persevered.

It has been an honor and pleasure being the commanding officer of the 25 pct. What made it an honor and pleasure wasn’t the position, rank, or title.  It was the privilege of working with you, and for you. There were some good times and certainly some tough times, but through it all, we prevailed.  I am confident the individual stepping in my shoes will do an outstanding job and I will do everything possible to ease the transition.

Thank you for all you do for upper east harlem, and thank you for forging and strengthening our relationships.

I recently saw this quote somewhere, and it resonated with me profoundly.

“There are four things in life you can never get back…a word after it is said…trust after it is lost…time after it’s gone…and an opportunity after it’s missed”

There is nothing more valuable in life than relationships and experiences, and you have all been a fundamental part of mine for the past three years.

Thank you for everything


Deputy Inspector Christopher Henning

Commanding Officer, 25th Precinct

120 East 119th street, NY NY 10035

(O) 212-860-6549

(M) 917-846-7194

Burglary On West 126th Street

An HNBA member sent this:

This is a video of my friend’s home being broken into today in broad daylight She lives on West 126th across the street from the women’s shelter.  Please pass this info to members of our neighborhood association.  
Thanks and be careful!

Petition for a Better Harlem and Sample Free Food

Jordan Pie Cafe on 116th and Madison is now offering an expanded full menu of vegan food. They are so generous to host a community event for all neighbors to sample their food.

Come out on Friday, 3 – 5:00 PM to sign petitions for a Harlem tax abatement, reduce the overconcentration of drug treatment programs, and allow our members to run for county committee.

We need you to come out.

Jordan Pie Cafe, 18 E 116th St, New York, NY 10029, USA

Sign the petition here:

See you Friday!

The 25th Precinct Wants You to Join the NYPD

I wanted to advise all of you that the filing period for the NYPD Police Officer Exam has been extended to March 14th. On behalf of all of us here at the 25, we would love your help in spreading the word! We rely greatly on our community relationships in order to reach as many prospective police officers we can in our very own community. In advance, I would like to thank you for your help. 
I am also attaching the Recruitment Pamphlet and Social Media Links for those who want to register for the test. Feel free to disseminate those as you wish. You can also refer anyone interested to me, or Officer Powers to help with registration if needed. If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me by email or call/text at my cell number below. Thank you again for your partnership.


Police Officer Jaylise Cosme

25th Precinct Community Affairs

New York City Police Department

Cell: 917-941-7672

Office: 212-860-6526

Email: [email protected]
​Follow us on Twitter: @nypd25pct

Officer Wilbert Mora Saves 5 Lives Through Organ Donation

USA Today Reports:

A New York City Police officer, who died following a shoot out in Harlem, has saved five lives after donating his organs.

Officer Wilbert Mora, 27, donated his heart, liver, two kidneys, and pancreas to five patients in need of life-saving organ transplants, according to a statement from LiveOnNY. Three individuals lived in New York and the other two lived outside of the city.

“Two of our NYPD heroes tragically lost their lives while protecting and serving their beloved city. When Officer Wilbert Mora’s family was notified of his passing, his family knew their brave and dedicated son would want to continue to save lives, even in death,” said Leonard Achan RN, MA, ANP, President and CEO of LiveOnNY in a statement.

NYPD Officer Mora, left and NYPD Officer Rivera, right.

Mayor Eric Adams called Mora a hero who “gave his life for our safety.”

“Officer Mora’s final gift was the gift of life to others in need. He was transferred from Harlem Hospital to NYU Langone Health, where we have honored the family’s wishes for him to be an organ donor hero, so that he may ‘Live On’ while saving the lives of others,” Achan said.

Got Dogs?

Gothamist is asking for your help to identify the best and worst public dog runs across the five boroughs. (Note: There are also dozens of private dog runs, but they’re only looking at those managed by the city.)

Email them at [email protected] (subject line: Rate Your Dog Run) or @Gothamist on Twitter using the hashtag #RateYourDogRun and include: the name, location, and neighborhood of your dog park, a photo (if you have one), and a letter grade you would give your dog park (A, B, C, D, F), along with some details as to why you chose that grade.

The Sanitation Foundation Wants to Hear from You

The Sanitation Foundation, the non-profit partner of the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is interested in gaining insight on how community clean-ups currently operate and what they can do to better support resident-led groups across the City. 

If you are interested in sharing your thoughts and ideas in a virtual focus group, please take a couple of minutes to complete the Pre-Qualifying Survey. They will select participants based on the information gathered from this form. Please complete the survey before January 31, 2022 to be considered. 

You will receive a confirmation email with meeting details, if you are selected to participate in one of the groups. Focus group participants will each receive a $100 gift card. Note: Only complete this form if you have volunteered with at least one clean-up. 

National Croissant Day

Le Petite Parisian (on Lenox Ave between 117/118) is celebrating National Croissant Day with a free croissant with every purchase.

Cheerleading vs. Critical Thinking

On June 6, 2021, New York City launched a pilot program in which both mental and physical health professionals are responding to 911 mental health emergency calls. This new approach, called B-HEARD – the Behavioral Health Emergency Assistance Response Division attempts to treat mental health crises as public health problems, not public safety issues

B-HEARD teams include emergency medical technicians/paramedics from the Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services and social workers from NYC Health + Hospitals. Teams operate seven days a week, 16 hours a day in the 25, 28, and 32 police precincts in East Harlem and parts of central and north Harlem.

In 2020, there were approximately 8,400 mental health 911 calls in this area (Zone 7), the highest volume of any dispatch zone in the city.

The goals of the B-HEARD pilot are to:

Route 911 mental health calls to a health-centered B-HEARD response whenever it is appropriate to do so. Calls that involve a weapon, an imminent risk of harm, or where NYPD or EMS call-takers know that an individual has an immediate need for a transport to a medical facility will continue to receive a traditional 911 response—an ambulance and police officers.

Increase connection to community-based care, reduce unnecessary transports to hospitals, and reduce unnecessary use of police resources. Before B-HEARD, mental healthcare was not delivered in communities during an emergency. Instead, emergency medical technicians/paramedics provided basic medical assistance in the field and transported those who needed mental healthcare to a hospital. Now, with B-HEARD social workers delivering care on site, emergency mental healthcare is reaching people in their homes or in public spaces for the first time in New York City’s history.

The text above is cribbed from the promotional material of BHeard that you can read (in full) here:

What is interesting is that the rosy picture in the 2nd half of the press release on how successful BHeard has been, is sharply contrasted with the careful analysis found in the Gothamist where they note that the data indicates that:

During the first three months of its operation between early June and late August, 1,478 emergency mental health calls were made to 911 operators in the areas serviced by the program. Only 23% of those calls — 342 incidents — were routed to B-HEARD teams. The rest of the mental health crises were initially shared with traditional response teams involving the cops. In both cases, emergency medical technicians or paramedics were dispatched as well.

On top of that, B-HEARD was often under-resourced and didn’t have enough personnel to handle all of the emergencies shared by 911 operators. The program had to redirect 17% of calls back to the police.

To read the full, Gothamist analysis, see:


Tonight is a very rare opportunity to talk to top NYPD brass about policing in East Harlem.

Tonight at 6:00 PM, at the Church of the Apostolic Faith – 1421 5th Avenue (5th Avenue and 116th Street) – you are invited to speak about community policing with our elected representatives and with top members of the NYPD.

  • Rodney Harrison, Chief of the Department, NYPD
  • Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
  • Inez Dickens, NY State Assembly Member
  • Mark Levine, NYC Council Member
  • Athena Moore, Manhattan Borough President’s Office
  • Nilsa Orama, Community Board 11 Chair
  • Nina Saxon, NYCHA Manager

Density of Bars and Restaurants Serving Alcohol (by population density)

How Calculated: Number of alcohol outlets with licenses allowing any alcohol to be purchased for on-premise consumption divided by the population, using NYC DOHMH intercensal estimates; expressed as service outlets per 100,000 residents

Source: New York State Liquor Authority

The Wiz

Catch The Wiz on Saturday, August 28th at East River Plaza, 517 E. 117th Street, NYC  

Supported by KTPA and NYSOM!
Kids Night Out! featuring The Wiz!,
directed by Sidney Lumet, 134 min., 1978, USA

“Adventures of Booga and Mommy”, Episode 1, directed by Jermaine Smith, 3 min, USA

Starring Diana RossMichael JacksonNipsey RussellTed RossMabel KingLena HorneRichard Pryor and many others The Wiz is a musical retelling of L. Frank Baum’s children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) in the context of contemporary African-American culture.  The Wiz will be preceded by the short film “Adventures of Booga and Mommy.”

This Kids’ Night Out program will also offer fun and giveaways provided by East River Plaza.

Public Forum on Community Policing

Here is a very rare opportunity to talk to top NYPD brass about policing in East Harlem.

On Tuesday, August 24th, at 6:00 PM, at the Church of the Apostolic Faith – 1421 5th Avenue (5th Avenue and 116th Street) – you are invited to speak about community policing with our elected representatives and with top members of the NYPD.

  • Rodney Harrison, Chief of the Department, NYPD
  • Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
  • Inez Dickens, NY State Assembly Member
  • Mark Levine, NYC Council Member
  • Athena Moore, Manhattan Borough President’s Office
  • Nilsa Orama, Community Board 11 Chair
  • Nina Saxon, NYCHA Manager

Build the Block, Tonight at 5:30

Come to Ginjan Cafe at 5:30 this afternoon to meet our two Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCO’s).

This is an opportunity to discuss community concerns, quality of life issues, and to interface with the NYPD as residents who are looking for creative, thoughtful, and non-endangering solutions to concerns you might have.


Residents of some neighborhoods are at much greater risk of experiencing violence – and its many health effects.

Violence is rooted in historical disinvestment and racism.

Evidence shows that violence results from social structures that limit access to basic needs – structures that are fueled by racism, residential segregation, and neighborhood disinvestment. Where these structures persist, people are exposed to violence. For example, low-income neighborhoods of color are known to be hit the hardest.

This map shows the parts of NYC that were redlined 90 years ago as part of racist housing policy that set off decades of disinvestment and intergenerational poverty.

A map of recent shootings lines up with the heavily redlined areas of the Bronx, Harlem, and northern and eastern Brooklyn – showing clearly how today’s violence is closely related to the ways that racist policies are embedded in our society.

Decades of government and societal disinvestment from practices like redlining means limited opportunity and resources, and results in higher rates of poverty in some neighborhoods.

As a result of this disinvestment, we see a clear relationship between poverty and violence. As a neighborhood’s poverty level increases, so do assaults.

Cars Parked in Front of a Hydrant (with NYPD Placards…) Delay FDNY Response

Two cars with NYPD placards parked on an East Harlem fire hydrant as firefighters rushed to extinguish a brownstone fire. This caused a delay in water as the chauffeur had to maneuver the supply line under and around the cars.

This is a major issue recently with cars blocking nearly every hydrant in the city, not only making them hard or impossible to use , but making them incredibly hard to locate.

When seconds count, these cars could be the difference between life and death.