Thursday, July 17, 2014

Upcoming Community Events

Summer Community Events

Happy Summer, all. 

Below are a set of upcoming events that we thought North Star members would be interested in.

  1. Saturday July 19, 2-4pm: Safer Access to Harlem River Bridges Rally. Sponsored by Transportation Alternatives:
  2. Saturday August 2, beginning at 9:30am: Harlem to Summer Streets Bike Ride. Sponsored by the Five Borough Bicycle Club:

Friday, June 6, 2014



After months of focused work by the North Star and other community organization, CB10 finally passed (June 4) the DOT proposed "road-diet" plan for Morningside Ave.

The North Star has been working on this plan since the fall of 2011, and we are ecstatic to say that all of our persistence and broad-based community building has paid off.

The DOT has committed to implementing the Morningside Ave plan this summer, hopefully in August. We at the North Star will continue to communicate with DOT to ensure that the plan is successful and effective.

See below for some early local reporting:


We have a long list of thank-yous.

1) CB10 Chair Henrietta Lyle and her fellow board members came to show real leadership on this issue. We've come a long way since a year ago! It is worth mentioning that CB10 is now the only Community Board in NYC that has established its own Vision Zero Task Force.  The North Star looks forward to working with CB10 on future Vision Zero projects.

2) Local community groups and organizations including: Church of the Master, St. Luke's Baptist, the Police Athletic League, The Harlem LEAAF Project (pre-school), Friends of Morningside Park, Parents, teachers, and administrators of P.S. 180, P.S. 125, KIPP Star College Prep Charter School, Columbia Preparatory School, and the Teachers College Community School.

3) Elected Officials including: Council Member Inez Dickens, Borough President Gale Brewer, Council Member Mark Levine, and New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat.

4) Transportation Alternatives ( Vision Zero originated with them.

5) You the members of the North Star! Without community support this couldn't have happened. Special thank you to our stalwart Laura MacDonald, J. P. Partland for his tireless work, Mo Sessoms for his video (, and Marianna Schafter for pushing us over the finish line. 

Stay tuned for a celebratory BBQ in Morningside Park. 

Finally, we are already beginning to think about the next project in our neighborhood. Feel free to email us with your ideas.  We will be holding a community meeting in the coming months to begin to put ideas into action.

Friday, May 30, 2014

WNYC Features Morningside Ave Speeding

This morning WNYC did a story on speeding, speed camera limitations, and schools. Morningside Avenue and P.S.180 were used to illustrate how common speeding is in school zones.

Listen to it here...they even clocked a school bus -- of all things -- going 45mph!

However, change is coming!

After passing unanimously through the Transportation Committee this month, CB10's Full Board is set to vote on Morningside Avenue traffic calming on the evening of June 4th. Though please note that the meeting will NOT be in the usual location:

Community Board 10 next General Board Meeting will be held on June 4,
2014 at 6:00PM at the Oberia Dempsey Multi Services Center located at
127 West 127th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Blvd and Malcolm X

Consider joining your fellow North Star members!

Friday, May 23, 2014

One Vote Left: CB10 Transportation Committee Approves Morningside Plan

One Vote Left

CB10 Transport Committee Approves Plan: 

After almost a year of deliberation and three years of effort by North Star, change is coming to Morningside Avenue. 

Last Wednesday, the Transport Committee approved the Morningside Avenue road diet. An account of the meeting is here. The full board will vote at the June General Board Meeting on June 4th at 6pm 163 W 125th St, 2nd Floor Art Gallery. 

The resolution is expected to pass, but North Star and our partner Transportation Alternatives will be there to ensure the vote goes as planned.

We'd like to point out that these improvements would not have happened without the leadership of the CB10 Chair, Henrietta Lyle.

Moving forward, North Star looks forward to working with CB10 to ensure that the DOT plan is a success. 

Please come to the June 4th CB10 meeting if you can. And stay tuned for the final vote!

North Star Harlem Neighborhood Association 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Last Vote... Make the Time Wed 6:30 PM

Last chance! Speak out...
Wed at 6:30pm

CB10 re-schedules vote on traffic calming measures                                          

The takeaway from the last meeting: After a petition of 1000 signatures was presented, CB10 postponed voting on the resolution. Before the petition, they agreed that something had to be done but opposed the road diet. Their amendments for the resolution included better lighting, speed bumps and a study for traffic lights. 

Why we disagree with their amendments.

DOT has already ruled out speed bumps as the road is too wide.

Better lighting is not proven to slow traffic.

Traffic lights will speed traffic as drivers race to make the next light.

What slows traffic? Narrower lanes. Stop signs.

We support a single line of straight through traffic with designated
 left turning lanes from 116th to 124th.

Please attend the meeting and make your views clear.

Wednesday May 13 at 6:30 PM
Transport Meeting
215 West 125th Street 3rd Floor              

Friday, March 21, 2014

Changing Harlem.
What's Your Story? 

Volunteers Needed

Interested in Harlem history? Want to learn some oral history interview skills? Have a neighbor with interesting stories?  
JOIN US!  115th Street Library is hosting oral history interviewer trainings to prepare for the oral history project.    
Saturday April 5th, 2014, 2 – 3:30 pm  Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 6– 7:30 pm   

RSVP for one of the above trainings:  212-666-9393 or by e-mail at