The 4TH ANNUAL NYC PUBLIC SCHOOL FILM FESTIVAL featuring films by student filmmakers will be held this SATURDAY MAY 21 830PM at the 135th Street Plaza and the James Baldwin Lawn.
Bring your blankets & snacks for a beautiful evening with us – the weather looks amazing.
Uncovering the History of Astor Row
(& Other Buildings Worth Preserving)
Take a stroll with Save Harlem Now! to learn about the history of Astor Row and additional Harlem structures that deserve individual landmark status.Our tour starts at Astor Row, with a cautionary tale of how the landmarking of an important building could not prevent its being torn down.SHN! board member Roberta Washington, the original architect for the Astor Row porch restoration projects and a previous NYC Landmarks Preservation Commissioner, will be our guide.Date: Sunday, May 22, 1-3 p.m.Details: Attendance will be capped at 15 participants in order to keep the group small and leave time for discussion. Because tours bring attendees in close proximity to each other, we ask that all attendees wear their mask regardless of vaccination status.
ABOUT ASTOR ROWIn 1981, twenty-eight paired brick townhouses with wooden porches on West 130th Street were designated as individual landmarks by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. Built by William Backhouse Astor, Jr., between 1880-1883, most porches and some buildings were restored starting in 1992 with initial funds donated by Brooke Astor in an effort led by the Landmarks Conservancy in association with the Abyssinian Development Corporation.The Harlem community welcomed the repair and restoration of this group of unique individual landmarks — which is why the community which has also encouraged landmarking of more buildings in Harlem was shocked to wake up to the news that one of the Astor Row homes had been demolished. The demolition has raised questions including: What construction controls are there on sites which once contained an individual landmark? (Hint: fewer that you think.) Is there a way to prevent such tear-downs in the future?On this tour, see Astor Row and other buildings proposed by SHN! as individual landmarks.
Tickets are free, with optional donations accepted to support ongoing SHN! preservation work.
How Calculated: Percent of currently operating restaurants with an “A” grade in the window, divided by all currently operating restaurants, including those with a “Grade Pending” in the window.
Source: New York City Food Safety and Community Sanitation Tracking System
Preserving The Legacy of Black Harlem
A fantastic article on the women of Harlem (Thanks Valerie Jo Bradley!) who are working to preserve the buildings, places, and spaces that defined Black history in Harlem, New York, America, and beyond:
If you have not already received the news about #BigFix Day over the last two weeks, I’m taking these last moments to reach to make sure you know– On this weekend Saturday Sept 11 from 10AM-4PM on Randall’s Island, The Brown Bike Girl will be holding the 2nd annual Big Fix Day free bike repair & covid relief event on Randall’s Island.
#BigFixDay is my NYC People’s Bike Mayor COVID initiative, established in Sept 2020 with the goal of fixing as many bikes as possible to restore and expand mobility options PoC neighborhoods hard-hit with COVID diagnoses & hospitalizations. In 2021, your home and service areas – the adjacent neighborhoods of North Central & East Harlem and South Bronx – are still affected places! So we are coming to centrally located Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island!
A Feminist Walk Through Harlem: Celebrating Remarkable Women
How do we honor Black and Latina women? How do we preserve their legacy? 2020 marks the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage, but Black women’s contributions to the movement largely go uncelebrated, and most Black women in America could not vote until 1965. As the city and the nation confront issues of representation and equity in public commemoration, and to build on FRIENDS’ discussion of the Women’s Right Pioneers Monument in Central Park, please join FRIENDS of the Upper East Side and Save Harlem Now! for a virtual walk through Harlem. The tour will focus on sites publicly celebrating pioneering Black and Latina women, and issues surrounding the preservation of such sites. Tour guide Leigh Hallingby, of Harlem Walks, will explore the neighborhood murals, mosaics, plaques, and other forms of public commemoration honoring such pioneers as Vivian Robinson, Ella Fitzgerald, Madam C.J. Walker, Billie Holiday, Mother Clara Hale, Ruby Dee, Lois Alexander, Mary McLeod Bethune, Julia de Burgos, A’Lelia Walker, Nicholasa Mohr, and Zora Neale Hurston.