Walking the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan
You'll learn about:
The historic richness and community assets of the East Harlem neighborhood
The collaborative nature of the East Harlen Neighborhood Plan, from the perspectives of the various parties involved
How to use community dialogue to set the tone of a proposed area-wide rezoning
Key stakeholder projects, partnerships, and programs that helped inspire the plan itself
In May 2015, community members and community-based organizations kicked off a process to create the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan, a neighborhood-led vision for the proposed upzoning of East Harlem. The final plan, however, covered more than just which parts of the neighborhood to upzone. Released in February 2016, it includes 232 recommendations covering 12 topic areas: arts and culture; open space and recreation; schools and education (pre-K, daycare, and afterschool); NYCHA; housing preservation; small business, workforce, and economic development; affordable housing development; zoning and land use; transportation, environment, and energy; safety; and health and seniors.
In the next year, the New York City Council will work with the plan’s steering committee and various city agencies to implement several of the plan’s recommendations. Visit a sampling of successful existing developments and institutions, historic cultural assets, and potential project sites as you discuss stakeholder initiatives and programs already under way as a result of the plan.
, WXY Architecture + Urban Design
, New York City
Confirmed SpeakerAdam joined WXY as a Principal in 2011, bringing a background in urban design, planning, sustainability and an integrated approach to master plans, feasibility studies, planning policy research and visioning strategies. He has led a number of key planning and urban design projects for WXY, including the Brooklyn Tech Triangle Strategic Plan, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Master Plan and the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan. Adam received his BA from Brown University and has a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Planning and Urban Design from the University College London. He is currently visiting faculty at Columbia University, Parsons The New School for Design, and Cornell University. Adam has more than 15 years of experience with public and private sector clients, including work for government departments and city agencies, community development corporations, major cultural institutions and developers. Adam is a certified planner (AICP), and he is currently a Fellow with the Urban Design Forum.
Confirmed SpeakerAngel D. Mescain is the District Manager of Manhattan Community Board 11 (CB11M), the City of New York government agency that represents the neighborhood of East Harlem. He has been active in community engagement and participation processes including Participatory Budgeting (PB-NYC) and the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan. Mr. Mescain received a B.S. in Public Administration from Empire State College, State University of New York in 2009.