Affordable Housing at Riverton Square

The affordable housing lottery has launched for Riverton Square, five 13-story residential buildings at 45 East 135th Street and 2156, 2181, 2171, and 2225 Madison Avenue in East Harlem, Manhattan. Overall, the Riverton Square complex consists of 1,229 units across 12 buildings with approximately 1,000 units designated as affordable housing. Available on NYC Housing Connect are 55 units for residents at 60 to 125 percent of the area median income (AMI), ranging in eligible income from $43,852 to $161,125.

Residents have access to 12 acres of park space, 24-hour security, on-site laundry facilities, a children’s playground with water features, a basketball court, assigned parking spaces, bike storage lockers, package lockers, party room, and a private community center serving school-age children and seniors of the property. Units have hardwood floors, sleek kitchen cabinetry and countertops, stainless steel appliances, and charging outlets with USB ports.

At 60 percent of the AMI, there are four one-bedrooms with a monthly rent of $1,279 for incomes ranging from $43,852 to $64,440.

At 80 percent of the AMI, there are six one-bedrooms with a monthly rent of $1,706 for incomes ranging from $58,492 to $85,920; and eight two-bedrooms with a monthly rent of $2,048 for incomes ranging from $70,218 to $103,120.

At 125 percent of the AMI, there are 20 one-bedrooms with a monthly rent of $2,050 for incomes ranging from $70,286 to $134,250; and 17 two-bedrooms with a monthly rent of $2,450 for incomes ranging from $84,000 to $161,125.

Prospective renters must meet income and household size requirements to apply for these apartments. Applications must be postmarked or submitted online no later than August 30, 2021.

Apply here:

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hpd/services-and-information/housing-connect-rentals.page

New Amsterdam Musical Association

Located at 107 West 130th Street, the New Amsterdam Musician’s Association, is an example of Jazz Age Harlem that continues to this day.

NAMA’s MISSION STATEMENT: “To voluntarily promote and encourage the study and production of instrumental music in all the various branches; to draw together trained musicians in the State of New York, in a musical association for mutual intercourse and encouragement and to establish in the City of New York, a central meeting place for the instruction and for social intercourse between its members”.

In 1904, African American musicians were barred from joining the American Federation of Musician Local 310 (now Local 802), so they started their own union, and New Amsterdam Musical Association was born. The association was conceptualized by James Reese Europe and became a cultural reference point for jazz from the 1920s to the 1950s.

NAMA purchased the brownstone, which once served as a rehearsal space and boarding house for musicians such as Jelly Roll Morton, John Coltrane, and Max Roach among others.

Past notable NAMA members include Buster Bailey (clarinetist), Eubie Blake (pianist), Charlie Parker (saxophonist), William Marion Cook (composer, conductor), Rafael Escudero (tubist, bassist), James Reese Europe and Henry Minton (saxophonist and founder of Minton’s Playhouse) among others.

To learn more, and keep up to date on NAMA events, see:

https://www.facebook.com/NAMA19041905/

Car-Free Party and Bicycle Ride

We are biking from Upper Manhattan (Down to Earth Market) to Brooklyn Bridge via Summer Streets and returning using the West Side Greenway to party in East Harlem.

The ride will include rest stops, art and food/drinks available for purchase along the route.
Biking Information:
Arrival Time: 9:00AM
Pedals Down: 9:30AM (to allow enough time to purchase items and arrival)
Miles: 20
Ride Time: Your own pace
Bikers MUST ride their own bicycle
Please note, this ride DOES NOT include a bike share and rain cancels ride.
Bring: water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, bike lock, cash / credit card
LocationDown to Earth Morningside Park Farmers Market
110th St. & Manhattan Ave
Register Now!

Mosaics

When you think of mosaics and ecclesiastical architecture, Harlem does not come to mind. However, the Shiloh Baptist Church at 131st and Adam Clayton Powell has a remarkable, 3 story high external mosaic on its facade.

Note the hair styles of the people looking up to the central cross.

And those turned away in shame:

Adam Clayton Powell Blvd, looking north from 130th Street

1910-1920?

And looking from the same spot, today

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.8121306,-73.9459916,3a,75y,30.41h,67.53t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sZcwknfrC_c6-yqR9kOxP2Q!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

Consumer Debt Workshop Tonight

Tonight Ephesus Church is sponsoring an important workshop on Consumer Debt – how to avoid it, and if you get caught, how to get out of it. Tonight at 7:00 PM

Open Zoom and enter Meeting ID 948 2969 36611 Passcode 009058 or call 929.205.6099