East Harlem - Growing an Age-friendly Neighborhood

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 10 a.m. - noon
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You'll learn about:

  • The potential impacts of an aging population on local communities and the evolution of place-based solutions to address emerging needs and issues that benefits all ages, cultures and incomes

  • Innovative planning strategies, partnerships and new delivery models such as Aging Improvement Districts, Age Smart Employers Awards that enable a community age-friendly lens across all aspects of community life to build on community assets to create a more responsive and vibrant environment 

  • A new framework that cities and towns can use to leverage existing resources in fresh new ways to address neighborhood disparities such as increase access to healthy foods and places to exercise, pedestrian ‘safety islands’ and provide economic opportunities that expand neighborhood business and improve markets

New York is “one of the global leaders” in adapting to the needs of older residents:  Encompassing northeastern Manhattan from 96th Street to 139th Street, between the East River and Fifth Avenue, East Harlem—also known as El Barrio—is a diverse neighborhood home to a variety of arts and cultural institutions, over a dozen community gardens and murals, the City’s first food incubator, and local businesses committed to community. East Harlem is also beset by many challenges including an estimated 12,000 households in need of affordable housing, significant disparities in health and life expectancy, multi-generational poverty, high rates of unemployment, and high levels of food insecurity. 

 This mobile workshop will tour East Harlem with commentary on the creation and implementation of the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan, a comprehensive strategy developed for the neighborhood by the neighborhood to catalyze the development of new affordable housing and to improve the health and wellbeing of residents through changes to zoning and strategic programmatic and capital investment. Topics to be covered include: East Harlem Aging Improvement District, a recent health impact assessment to examine the potential health effects of the City’s new mandatory inclusionary housing policy, and community and economic development initiatives underway.

Optional  1-hour tour: After the tour of East Harlem, you are invited to visit the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) Library.  Established in 1847, the Library is one of the nation’s most significant historical libraries in medicine and public health with an extensive rare book collection.  The collections tell the story of the growth and global impact of the Western medical tradition and includes public health reports concerning different aspects of health in NYC (almshouses, sanitation, corrections, water systems, etc.)   A number of 19th and 20th-century maps of New York tell the story of the city’s changing infrastructure and demographics. The NYAM is located at : 1216 5th Ave, New York, NY 10029


Kimberly Libman , New York , NY (see bio)
Lindsey Realmuto , New York , NY (see bio)
Lindsay Goldman , The New York Academy of Medicine , NY , NY (see bio)
Activity Type: Mobile Workshops
NPC Topic: Aging