Welcome! The goal of the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan is to develop a community-based vision and strategy for implementation. New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito along with Community Board 11, Community Voices Heard, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer are leading an effort to engage local residents and stakeholders in meaningful conversations about the future of East Harlem.

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We're working with you to create a neighborhood plan based on the needs of the East Harlem community.

1 Community Visioning Workshops

Residents learn about programs and policies that directly impact East Harlem and share their ideas, needs, and concerns.

2 Steering Committee Meetings

Community representatives incorporate the community's feedback into recommendations and proposals.

3 Public Presentation of Draft Plan

Residents review the Draft Plan and have a final chance to share their ideas, letting us know if we got it right.

4 Final East Harlem Neighborhood Plan

Presented to the Department of City Planning, the Final Plan will inform the neighborhood rezoning. It will also be presented to other city agencies and elected officials to inform their work, and will be readily available to residents.

The Steering Committee

Comprised of local leaders and organizations with a rich history serving the community, the Steering Committee will review the community's needs and concerns, then approve the Neighborhood Plan's recommendations.

Steering Committee Members


Representatives from the Steering Committee will convene smaller groups on specific topics, and will invite experts and other advocates to participate. They will meet prior to Steering Committee meetings to organize existing information, identify priorities, and draft recommendations.

Community Visioning Workshops

There will be several workshops organized around topics that the Steering Committee will be addressing. The public is invited to participate in identifying needs and concerns to help create a vision for the future of East Harlem.

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Open Space, Recreation led by NYRP

Culture led by El Museo del Barrio

Afterschool, Daycare, Pre-K led by Harlem RBI

Schools/Education led by Innovation High School

Housing Preservation led by El Barrio Operation Fightback

NYCHA led by Ethel Velez, Johnson houses

Small Business, Economic Development, Workforce Development led by Union Settlement

Zoning/Land Use led by CIVITAS

Affordable Housing Development led by Lott CDC

Environment, Transportation led by WEACT

Health, Seniors led by New York Academy of Medicine


Our Facilitators

The facilitators were brought on to ensure a smooth flow of information and resources across meetings, topic areas, and participants. They work directly with the Sub-Groups, Steering Committee, and Community Members to develop implementable recommendations for the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan.

WXY Studio
A planning and architecture firm with a focus on civic projects in NYC.

Hester Street Collaborative
A planning, design, and development non-profit organization that provides technical assistance to underserved communities throughout NYC and the US.

Final Deliverables & Goals

The plan will include a combination of short- and long-term projects and policies that preserve the cultural diversity of East Harlem, including the ability for long-term residents to stay in the neighborhood and enjoy the benefits of neighborhood change.

  1. Inform the City’s rezoning process and related neighborhood planning, project and policy initiatives.
  2. Create a community-based road map for long-term neighborhood growth and development.
  3. Ensure long-term government accountability to community residents.

Stay up to date!

We're still working on the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan. But here's the direction we are heading in so far.

East Harlem Forum

Steering Committee Members

* Project Partners facilitate relationships with relevant City Agencies and contribute to project connectivity, and meeting facilitation of the topic subgroups, Steering Committee, and Community Visioning Workshops.