Description

In East Harlem, Hester Street (HST) has been working closely with NYC City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s Office, Community Board 11, the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, and Community Voices Heard, to develop a community-based process and resulting East Harlem Neighborhood Plan (EHNP) to inform the City’s re-zoning of the neighborhood. Working with WXY Architecture and Urban Design to develop the plan, HSC provided technical planning assistance and developed a community engagement workshop series which 1500 people participated in. This combination of local knowledge analysis and research was used by the EHNP Steering Committee to develop recommendations addressing 12 different neighborhood issue areas including Open Space, Land Use, Schools & Education, and Housing Preservation. The plan, released in February of 2016, includes 236 recommendations for policies, programs, and projects that help meet current neighborhood needs and anticipate future density that would come with the rezoning. HST continues to facilitate the work of the EHNP Steering Committee to advocate for the implementation of these recommendations as the rezoning proposal goes through official review.