HNBA Meeting Recording

If you missed HNBA’s meeting on Tuesday night, here’s the recording:

Topic: HNBA Meeting
Date: May 9, 2023 06:48 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Spring Cleanup on Malcolm X

Saturday, May 20th. Malcolm X Blvd. and 140th Street.

Participatory Budgeting Slideshow (from the HNBA meeting on Tuesday)

The Other Harlems

No, not the Haarlem in the Netherlands, the Harlems in Georgia, Montana, Florida, and Illinois.

This project doesn’t account for neighborhoods but only takes into consideration counties or towns. Thus our Harlem isn’t in the running. The population numbers of America’s other Harlems is interesting:

If you’d like to test drive another location, here’s the link:

Lindy Hop

The International Lindy Hop festival and competition comes to Harlem. If you’re into dance, you don’t want to miss world-class competitions, insightful dance classes with expert instructors, incredible live music, open social dancing late into the night, and swing community events like the World Lindy Hop Day celebration, walking tours of Harlem, the Black Lindy Hoppers’ Fund Swing Dance Museum, and more.

During Memorial Day Weekend 2023 (May 25–29), an estimated 1,000 swing dance and jazz music enthusiasts will gather in New York City’s historic Harlem neighborhood to “Celebrate Lindy Hop where it all began!” with the World Finals of the 2023 International Lindy Hop Championships.

Best of all, you’ll meet hundreds of other dancers, from all over the world, who are as passionate about Lindy Hop as you!


Participatory Budgeting

The Harlem Casino

Gambling and entertainment in Harlem’s finest casino.

Built in 1889, this was the place to be seen in the late Victorian era.

And this is the view, today:

A fascinating transformation.

Ballot Initiatives

The election is coming up and we need to flip the ballot!

“People hear me saying all the time: Flip the ballot. Flip it, or you’ll miss it,” said Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO and executive director of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies and chair of the 11-member Racial Justice Commission that crafted the questions. “Because we have an opportunity – a historic opportunity – to shape the future of our city.”

The three ballot questions – on the back side of the Nov. 8 ballot – would require the city to abide by new sweeping equity goals, create an agency and commission overseeing a new racial equity goal-setting process, and annually measure a new “true cost of living” metric to inform policy decisions.

For the first time in the United States, racial justice is on the ballot:


Participatory Budgeting – And We Want Your Opinion

NYC’s first-ever expense-based, citywide participatory budgeting process is called The People’s Money – and you are invited!

All New Yorkers, regardless of citizenship, status, will have a say in how to spend $5 million of mayoral expense funding to address local community needs. All residents are invited to participate in the first phase of the process, idea generation, and all residents aged 11 and older will be eligible to vote. The People’s Money builds on the foundation laid by the Civic Engagement Commission’s 2021 local process, which engaged residents of the 33 neighborhoods hardest hit by COVID-19 in a $1.3 million participatory budgeting process.

The People’s Money, with funding from the Mayor’s office, will go exclusively to expense projects, programs and services that directly help residents in their day to day lives. 

Make a proposal here:

NYC Marathon – It’s Coming

The NYC Marathon is coming. Get ready on 1st Avenue as they go uptown, and then get ready on 5th as they head to the finish line.

November 6th.

No Participatory Budgeting

Council Member Kristin Jordan Does Not Apply for Participatory Budgeting Funds

Harlem’s City Council Member Kristin Jordan has not applied for Participatory Budgeting money. As a consequence Harlem residents will not be able to propose exciting community projects that should be funded, nor will they then be able to democratically choose which of the proposed community project should receive funding.

Through Participatory Budgeting in New York City (PBNYC), community members — like you — directly could have decided how to spend at least $1,000,000 if Council Member Jordan had agreed to be a participating Council District.

PBNYC funds physical infrastructure projects that benefit the public, cost at least $50,000 and have a lifespan of at least 5 years. Local improvements to schools, parks, libraries, public housing, streets and other public spaces can be funded through this process.

For more information on participatory budgeting, including how to get involved, visit

Listen to the Council Member’s report on Participatory Budgeting to Community Board 10.

KRJ – No Participatory Budgeting For Harlem

Note how non-Harlem neighborhoods are actively submitting ideas on how to spend $1,000,000 in their communities while Harlem is left out:

To see the full map:

HNBA’s October Meeting Zoom

If you couldn’t make our October HNBA meeting, here’s the link to view the Zoom:–bF2fBnMsZAhl41C9ddga5n63SNsMtpHFuJi5-CUGoyOSYbrIFGca69kuiUt2P.Yl1fjvWnFXR1WG_I?startTime=1665528513000
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One Bedroom Heat Map has a new heat map out that identifies the most/least expensive parts of Manhattan to rent a one-bedroom.

The most expensive neighborhoods are

  • Chelsea – $5,120
  • Tribecca – $5,000
  • Nolita, East Village, and Lower East Side – $4,890
  • Inwood – $1,735
  • Washington Heights – $2000
  • East Harlem – $2,355

To see the detailed heat map visit

Vote on How NYC Spends Money

The People’s Money is a participatory budgeting (PB) process. That means New Yorkers decide what projects should get funded. These investments will support your community and contribute to a more fair recovery. Partners in this citywide TRIE Neighborhood initiative include community based organizations leading coalitions in each neighborhood, NYC Taskforce for Racial Inclusion and Equity (TRIE), Civic Engagement Commission and the Young Men’s Initiative.

To vote, click the link below:

Harlem Night Market Returns Tomorrow Night!