The East Harlem Neighborhood Plan is a community-based vision and strategy for the future of East Harlem. The Plan was initiated after East Harlem was identified by the City as an area to be rezoned as part of the Mayor’s broader affordable housing goals early in 2014. It was a busy year and a half of meaningful individual engagement and meetings with local residents, businesses, and stakeholders. After the community process was complete, the current version of the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan (EHNP) was presented to the community and submitted to the NYC Department of City Planning and other City agencies in February 2017.
Comprised of local leaders and organizations with a rich history serving the community, the Steering Committee reviewed the community's needs and concerns, then approved the Neighborhood Plan's recommendations and priorities. Steering Committee membership expanded after the release of the plan.
There were eight large workshops that were held for the public to participate in identifying needs and concerns to help create a vision for the future of East Harlem. Participation ranged from 85 to 400 participants per workshop (see EHNP pages 12-14 for more details on public engagement).
The facilitators were brought on to ensure a smooth flow of information and resources across meetings, topic areas, and participants. They worked directly with the Sub-Groups, Steering Committee, and Community Members to develop implementable recommendations for the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan.
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
The East Harlem Neighborhood Plan (EHNP) consists of 232 recommendations that are 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.