East Harlem Neighborhood Planning & Rezoning

The CVH East Harlem Hub is focused on ensuring that long-time residents of East Harlem/ El Barrio are able to continue to reside in, assist in defining, and actively participate in, critical decision-making processes in their community as they evolve. The project brings together low- and moderate income people and aims to address all issues that affect the community such as housing, workforce development, job creation, and anything that is essential of a vibrant and thriving community.


  • East Harlem Neighborhood Planning & Rezoning

East Harlem Neighborhood Plannng Process

The East Harlem Neighborhood Planning process is coming to its conclusion. In January, people will have an opportunity to give feedback on recommendations and help prioritize among them. Check out the EastHarlemPlan.nyc website for information on when and where sub-group recommendations will be presented as well as when and where our big January Prioritization Forum will take place (date & location still TBD). Make sure you're a part of finalizing the plan that will inform the future of East Harlem!

Posted by Community Voices Heard on Wednesday, December 23, 2015




Daisy Gonzalez, Sustainable Communities Organizer/ East Harlem, at 212-860-6001, ext. 31 or email daisy@CVHaction.org

Aaron Jones, Mass Engagement Director, at 212-860-6001, ext. 33 or email aaron@CVHaction.org


The Mayor has announced that East Harlem is one of the communities that is set to be rezoned to facilitate building more affordable housing. As the City considers these zoning changes, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has formed a Neighborhood Study Steering Committee, which will ensure that a broader set of neighborhood needs is being considered and that the voice of the community informs the proposal.


· Vote No on an Unjust Rezoning of East Harlem · Neighborhood-Wide Certificate of No Harassment · 30% @ 30% AMI ($27,000) & below on future development · 40% Extremely-Low-Income Housing & below on Public Land that is Permanently Affordable · $200 Million Dollar down-payment Towards a $1 billion Dollar Need in NYCHA Buildings in East Harlem · 30% Local Hiring and Union Opportunities on Public Land


With increased development interest in East Harlem, Council Speaker Mark-Viverito formed a diverse 27 member committee (8 new members, including residents, were added June 2016) that lead a robust community conversation on the future of the neighborhood, including open public forums and focus groups with neighborhood stakeholders. The Steering Committee has worked to demand that as the City considers a proposed East Harlem rezoning, that a broader and more comprehensive set of community needs is at the forefront of discussions.

Over the course of two years, the Steering Committee has met to discuss a range of community development issues, including schools, workforce development, parks and open space, small businesses and health. Taking the conversation beyond zoning, the Steering Committee has demanded preservation strategies for the existing affordable housing stock, including NYCHA developments.

Members of the East Harlem Neighborhood Steering Committee are:

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito
Council Member Bill Perkins
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
Community Board 11
El Barrio's Operation Fightback
Lott Community Development Corporation
Artimus Construction
Community Voices Heard
Union Settlement 
Harlem RBI
Business Development Center – Union Settlement
Elmendorf Reformed Church
New York Academy of Medicine
El Museo Del Barrio
Renaissance Charter High School for Innovation
Johnson Houses Tenant Association
New York Restoration Project
Laborers Local 79
VIP Mujeres
Faith In New York
Picture the Homeless
Resident- Esther DeVore
Resident- Pearl Barkley
Resident- Joyce Major
Resident - Anita Velasquez
Resident – James Ratti


The Steering Committee organized a series of public Visioning Workshops to gather input from the community for this plan.

  • Thurs., June 4th - Open Space, Recreation, Culture 
  • Wed., July 1st - After School, Daycare, Pre-K, Schools/ Education
  • Wed., July 29th - Housing Preservation, NYCHA
  • Thurs., Sept 10th - Small Business, Economic and Workforce Development
  • Thurs., Oct 22nd - Zoning/ Land Use and Affordable Housing
  • Sat., Nov 21st - Transportation & Safety, Environment, Health & Seniors

Most Community Visioning Workshops took place in the evening from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.


The final plan is posted on the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan website here:www.eastharlemplany.nyc.

After almost 10 months of working on a community based plan....

The East Harlem Neighborhood Plan has been released! After almost 10 months of working on a community based plan to inform a proposed rezoning of the neighborhood, Community Voices Heard, the City Council Speaker, the Manhattan Borough President, and Manhattan Community Board 11 are excited to step into the next phase of our work around affordable housing development, public housing improvements, and job creation.