Patch: Mayor De Blasio Visits 125th Street

Sunday’s visit by Mayor Bill de Blasio came amid complaints about drug use and filthy sidewalks along East 125th Street during the pandemic.

On Sunday, Mayor Bill DeBlasio visited 125th Street with Council Member Diana Ayala amid complaints about drug use and filthy sidewalks along East 125th Street during the pandemic.

Mayor spoke to Councilwomen Diana Ayala

According to Uptown Grand Central, the mayor brought along:

a powerhouse team made up of the commissioners of @NYCHealthy, @NYCSanitation, @NYCDHS, @NYCHRA and @NYCParks. And to Councilmember @DianaAyalaNYC for leading the charge:

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Protest against Mt. Sinai @ MBP Gale Brewer’s Harlem office

Come out and protest the over saturation of addiction services in greater Harlem!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
10:30am – 11:00am
Gale Brewer’s Office
Manhattan Borough President
431 West 125th Street

A reminder that we need you to join us at The Greater Harlem Coalition’s protest from 10:30-11:00 in front of Gale Brewer’s office at 431 West 125th Street, on Tuesday, September 24th, 2019.

At 11:00 the Borough President will host a meeting with local politicians, their staff, representatives from our Coalition, representatives from MMPCIA, and representatives from Mount Sinai.  We need you to join the 10:30 protest in front of the meeting location so all attendees have to pass by the community who will be most affected by Mount Sinai’s decision.

Please make every effort to attend.  Spread the word.  Our community is already oversaturated, and bringing in an additional 2,400 more mental health and substance abuse clients into the heart of Harlem will be devastating to the community. 

Concentration of Substance Abuse Programs in Harlem, 2019

Since Robert Rodriguez’s election to New York State Assembly, the number of substance abuse programs in his district #68 has exploded to become larger than any other district in New York City.

Based on our 2019 data request via FOIL (Freedom of Information Law), we are able to display a map of substance abuse programs by NY State Assembly districts. The data shows that since Robert Rodriguez’s election, the number of substance abuse programs in his district has exploded to become larger than any other district in New York City.  [note the darkest district on this map]

As you know, New York State Assembly Districts have equal population counts, and thus Robert Rodriguez’s District 68 is shockingly oversaturated with 44 such programs.  By comparison, 46 other districts have less than 10 substance abuse programs, and 5 districts have none.

Compounding this oversaturation of Robert Rodriguez’s district is the fact that the second highest count of substance abuse programs is located in NY State Assembly District 70 – immediately adjacent.

Consistent with this data, in our earlier post, you can see that 76% of the patients getting drug treatment in Harlem’s substance abuse clinics do not reside in Harlem.

76% of those treated in Harlem are not from Harlem
In our earlier post, you can see that 76% of the patients coming into Harlem for drug abuse treatment do not reside in Harlem (click here to read more). With a different perspective, we can look at the density of methadone clinics by 5 borough.
Oversaturation of Manhattan relative to other borough

Hover over map to reveal Assembly Districts and number of substance abuse programs found in each.

How can you help Harlem?

Update: Homeless Shelter Planned for 1763-1771 Amsterdam Ave.

Notes from the CB9 subcommittee meeting regarding the Homeless Shelter plans in Harlem.

There was a good community showing last night at the CB9 sub-committee meeting concerning a new shelter that is being proposed for 1763-1771 Amsterdam Avenue.
Some of the points were:

  • It’s not a done deal—negotiations between the developer and the city (DHS) continue.
  • The initial lease of the building will be for 9 years.
  • The figure floated as an approximate cost per unit per month ($4,000) was not disputed by the DHS staff.
  • This building will house ‘families’ in 350-400 square foot studio apartments.
  • Families were defined as a parent with one child, or a pregnant woman.
  • DHS pushed back when asked why DHS doesn’t site shelters in wealthier neighborhoods by asking the community to suggest sites in the Upper East Side for them to consider.
  • DHS claimed to have conducted a Fair Share study but failed to produce it.
  • DHS claimed to have data on shelter numbers but didn’t have it at the meeting and deflected to DHS shelter counts (shelters, not beds) and refused to acknowledge any information about State or private shelters in Harlem.
  • DHS was evasive when questions about how this project shifted from being promoted as an affordable housing project to becoming a homeless shelter asked for details/clarity.
  • DHS was unwilling to give contract details, dollar amounts, or even estimates of how much the 9-year lease was worth.

Transitional Homeless Shelter Planned for 1763-1771 Amsterdam Ave Between W 148th St and W 149th St.

Come speak out about an oversaturation of homeless services in Harlem.

The NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS) will discuss their proposed plan to Community Board 9 on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 6:30 pm.

NYC DHS, along with a developer, intends to open a transitional shelter in an already oversaturated community. Based on the originally published information, this was initially slated to be residential housing. This site is the location of the funeral for Malcolm X.

Community Board 9 needs residential affordable housing. Why was this site changed to transitional housing?

The Greater Harlem Coalition investigated where homeless shelters are located in NYC. Here is a map of homeless shelter concentrations.

The Sugar Hill Concerned Neighbors Group (SHCNG) supports permanent affordable housing. We need other areas of New York City to do their part.

Come and make your voice heard!

Townhall Meeting
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
6:30 pm
Fortune Society Castle Gardens
625 West 140th Street


P.O. Box 438 – Audubon Station, NY, NY 10032