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What's coming down the pike?

Interested in what's been before the Community Board and how it will change the community? Check out our land use tracker (work-in-progress) for Community District 11 in East Harlem, visualized below. See the map on Carto DB here

Local items:

At the July full board meeting, Community Board 11 ignored open questions about the percentage of permanently affordable housing and the mitigation of environmental impacts from the Lexington Gardens II project, which projects 390+ units of subsidized housing on East 107th - 108th Streets between Park and Lexington Avenues. At a Manhattan Borough Board meeting that followed, the chair of Community Board 11 stated that there were questions of conflict of interest, when reporting back on the Lexington Gardens II project. The vote narrowly passed with 20 in approval of the project, 13 in opposition and 5 abstentions. The Borough President's office reviewed concerns expressed by CB11 members at the Land Use committee under their review of the project and required corrections to the environmental assessment that had been submitted to the CB.  

The Marymount School has applied for a variance to the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) to construct a 13-story building mid-block between East 97th and 98th Streets, requiring Community Board input on the application.  Community Board 11 voted to oppose granting the variances. BSA will hold a formal hearing on decide on granting the variances in the future. More to come... 

In late April, the Department of Housing Preservation of Development plans to release a Request for Proposal process for the residential development on the East 111th Street/East 112th Street block between Park and Madison Avenues. The development will require the relocation of 2 existing community gardens and the removal and reintegration of 4 other community gardens operating on the block. The community engagement process was shortened to one meeting, followed by a presentation to the Community Board on March 9th. Proposals for the SustaiNYC RFP are due August 23, 2016. More info to come.

Recent local changes: The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) voted to propose St. Paul's Church and School for designation as a landmark. LPC will have another meeting for the formal designation process. From there, the City Council will have a hearing and vote to approve or deny. Community Board 11, uselessly, voted in support of designation after LPC had already recommended the Church and School for landmarking. East 117th Street. 

Citywide and rezonings: 

The New York City Council voted to approve a revised version of Mandatory Inclusionary Housing and Zoning for Quality and Affordability on March 22, 2016. Take a look back at the timeline of how MIH and ZQA passed in the City Council

The East Harlem Neighborhood Plan recommendations have been submitted to the Department of City Planning. A rezoning plan from the Department of City Planning could be available as early as fall 2016. 

Mandatory Inclusionary housing (MIH)

In March 2016, the City Council voted to approve the zoning text amendment for Mandatory Inclusionary Housing, which will apply in an East Harlem rezoning. Read more...

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zoning for quality and affordability

The City Council revised significant portions of the City's Zoning for Quality and Affordability text amendment which passed in March 2016. Find out more here.


take a look at east NY

See what the Department of City Planning is bringing to East NY in Brooklyn to find out what could be in store for East Harlem. Read more...

Monthly meetings & recent minutes



CB11 Housing Committee is on recess until: September 6, 2016

Latest Housing Committee minutes: June 2016

CB11 Land Use, Landmarks and Planning will meet this month on: September 14, 2016

Latest Land Use minutes: July 2016




Archived Land Use, Landmarks and Planning minutes and letters of support available at



2016: July 2016, June 2016May 2016, April 2016March 2016, February 2016, January 2016

2015: December 2015November 2015, October 2015, September 2015, June 2015, May 2015, April 2015, March 2015, February 2015, January 2015

2014: December 2014, November 2014, October 2014, September 2014, June 2014May 2014April 2014February 2014, January 2014

Feb. - Dec. 2013: December 2013, November 2013, September 2013June 2013, March 2013February 2013

2012 - Jan. 2013 (City Properties Committee): January 2013, November 2012, September 2012, June 2012, April 2012, January 2012

Resolutions & Letters of Support

Oct. 2015: Resolution in support of NYC Landmarks Law

"WHEREAS, East Harlem has lost much of its physical history to neglect, abandonment, demolition and recent redevelopment and such loss threatens the neighborhood’s unique culture; 

WHEREAS, East Harlem is home to only twenty individual landmarks, or less than 1.5% of all of the landmarks in New York City; (emphasis added)

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Manhattan Community Board 11 (“CB11”) recognizes and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Landmarks Law for the ongoing value of preservation and historic designation to our community’s—and our city’s—rich and distinctive history, character and heritage; 

and be it further RESOLVED, that CB11 urges elected officials to support and defend the Landmarks Law; to ensure the integrity, independence and integral mission of a strong LPC; and to protect the distinctive landmarks in our community, including those that are officially designated and those that remain unprotected;

and be it further RESOLVED, that CB11 urges the LPC to engage in ongoing dialogue and partnership with CB11 and its residents, businesses and friends to advance the designation of historic districts and structures throughout East Harlem." 

Sep. 2015: Housing Preservation and Development - CB11 supports Artimus Construction (East Harlem rezoning steering committee member) beginning conversations with HPD to gain control over Lot 34 on 126th Street and Park Avenue. Support voted by Full Board with two abstentions.

"We have met with representatives of Artimus Construction regarding their interest in developing a mixed-use project on Park Avenue and 126th Street. Artimus owns eight lots on the Park Avenue frontage of Block 1751 that are adjacent to a city-owned lot (#34) that would be included in the planned development site. According to their preliminary projections, the project would include approximately 66 residential units, 16,000 square feet of commercial space and 16,000 square feet of community facility space. After considering their development proposal, we endorse Artimus’ desire to begin conversations with HPD regarding their proposed development of City-owned property." (emphasis added)

Aug. 2015: Landmarks Preservation Commission - CB11 supports proposed alterations to install gates and fences at St. Cecilia's

May 2014: Landmarks Preservation Commission - CB11 supports proposed 8-foot long glass penthouse terrace design at 9 East 96th Street as "keeping with the aesthetic character of the building."

Mar. 2014: Board of Standards and Appeals - CB11 supports variance to remove parking requirements for mixed-use development at 1800 Park Ave.

Jan. 2014: Landmarks Preservation Commission - CB11 supports designation of Park Avenue Historic District, including one building in CD11 (1240 Park Ave.)

Public Design Commission - CB11 supports replacement of windows in Hecksher Building

July 2013: NYC Mayor, NYCHA, HUD, Congressman Rangel - CB11 issues zoning concerns with Bloomberg NYCHA infill plan

 Economic Development Corporation/Human Resources Administration - CB11 opposes Request for Proposal process for East-Harlem Multi-Service Center.

Department of Sanitation - CB11 opposes location of sanitation garage at 127th Street, betw. 1st/2nd Aves. due to oversaturation of garages, proximity to schools, parks

Department of City Planning - CB11 supports "Flood Resilience text amendment"

Apr. 2013: State Representatives - CB11 requests NYS representatives to support NYCHA Real Property Review Act

"The NYCHA Real Property Public Review Act, which was recently introduced in the NY State Senate and Assembly, would require that any disposition of land or buildings by NYCHA be subject to ULURP, thereby providing substantive public review, which is not currently required. We ask that you consider supporting this proposed legislation, and we encourage you to persuade your colleagues to do the same to allow impacted to communities to have a formal role in reviewing and influencing these developments. These projects will likely have a lasting impact on our community, potentially exacerbating the negative effects of gentrification without making any specific commitments to meeting the capital needs of our existing local NYCHA housing developments."

Mayor, NYCHA, HUD, Congressman Rangel - CB11 expresses continued opposition to NYCHA Request for Proposals process for infill development.



Archived Housing Committee minutes and letters of support available at



2016: June 2016May 2016, April 2016March 2016, February 2016January 2016

2015: December 2015, November 2015, October 2015September 2015, June 2015, May 2015, April 2015, March 2015, February 2015

2014: December 2014, November 2014, October 2014, June 2014, May 2014, April 2014, March 2014, February 2014

2013: December 2013, November 2013, October 2013, September 2013, June 2013, May 2013, April 2013, March 2013, February 2013, January 2013

2012: November 2012, September 2012, June 2012, May 2012, March 2012, January 2012

CB11 Letters of Support

January 2014: Community Land Trust Initiative letter of support

"The potential expiration of rent-regulated housing, coupled with increased market rate residential development in the area, portend an increasingly expensive local housing market that is out of reach for most East Harlem households."

July 2014: Letter to rescind support to 52-54 E. 126th St.