Thursday, October 15, 2015

Share Your Ideas with NYC Parks for Improving Morningside Park

NYC Parks is starting the design process for  two projects Morningside Park 123rd Street 
Playground (Phase II) & P.S. 125 Playground by holding a joint scope meeting on Monday, October 19, 2015 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. , in which local residents and stakeholders discuss how they would to see the parks improved. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Community Meeting, June 24 @ 7pm, PAL 119th St and Manhattan Ave


June 24th * 7-8:30pm * 

PAL - 119th St & Manhattan Ave

* 2015-2016 North Star Agenda
* Morningside Park Improvements
(W. 1118th St basketball courts & other items)

* Love Your Block Initiative
* Cleaning Up Frederick Douglass Blvd

Join Us!

The North Star Neighborhood Association strives to foster community and promote a vibrant, diverse and safe neighborhood. North Star aims to be a community voice that encourages and facilitates our neighbors to work together for common good.


Friday, February 20, 2015

North Star Harlem is Transportation Alternative's Manhattan Coalition Partner of the Year

North Star Harlem members, Laura Mac Donald, Aissatou Bey-Grecia, Jonathon Kahn, and Nnenna Lynch at the Transportation Alternatives Activist Holiday Party in December of 2014.

North Star Harlem was named TA's Manhattan Safe Streets Coalition Partner of the Year for the work North Star did on Morningside Avenue traffic calming. We are extremely proud to be among the groups TA honored in each borough who have "man and extraordinary mark on New York City streets in the past year."

Stay tuned for spring North Star Harlem Community Meeting. There are exciting new projects on the horizon.

Thursday, July 31, 2014


Compliments of CB10

Seventh Annual Eid Celebration: Day of Celebration for the Whole Family
Wednesday, July 30, 2014- 6:00 PM
Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building
125th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard

Summer Movies
“Taking Root, the Vision of Wangari Maathai”
July 30, 2014- Entertainment at 6:00 PM, Movie at Dusk
West Harlem Piers Park

Summer Movies
“Vanishing Pearls: The Oysterman of Pointe a la Hache”
July 31, 2014- Entertainment at 6:00 PM, Movie at Dusk
West Harlem Piers Park

NYC Parks Manhattan Recreation
Sports Festival 2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014- Registration will begin at 10:30 AM- 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Morningside Park Manhattan Avenue & West 112th St

Fredrick E. Samuel Community Democratic Club
Political & Social Action Committee
Silence the Violence Forum
Thursday, July 31, 2014- 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM
180 West 135th Street, Between Malcolm X Boulevard & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard

Five Borough Bicycle Club
New York’s Friendliest Bike Club
Harlem Rides!!!
Lenox Ave. & 110th Street - Park Avenue below 32nd Street
Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 9:30 AM

The NYPD’s 26th Police Precinct & The 26th Precinct Community Council
National Night Out Against Crime
Tuesday August 5th 5:00PM -9:00PM
Morningside Avenue from 125th to 127th Street

The NYPD’s 32nd Police Precinct & The 32nd Precinct Community Council
National Night Out Against Crime
Tuesday August 5th 5:00PM -9:00PM
West 135th Street Between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard & Fredrick Douglass Boulevard

The Museum of the City of New York & El Museo del Barrio
Uptown Bounce: Summer Nights @ 104th & Fifth
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 & August 13, 2014- 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
104th Street & Fifth Avenue

Educators Appreciation
Open House and Back to School Bash
Thursday, August 7, 2014- 5:30 PM- 8:00 PM
Artist and Craftsman Supply
2108 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard

Lisa Evans- Graham & Rose Baby Enterprises
God Will Give You Double For Your Trouble: A Gospel Stage Play
Saturday August 9, 2014- 5:00 PM
The Oberia D. Dempsey Theater
127 West 127th Street

Community Healthcare Network’s Helen B. Atkinson Center’s
2014 Healthcare & Field Day Event
Tuesday August 12, 2014- 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
81 West 115th Street

Crude Food and PM-AM Productions
Songs of Legends
Thursday, August 14, 2014- 12:45 PM- 6:00 PM
213 East 125th Street

Dances For A Variable Population
Friday, August 15, 2014- • 6:00 - 7:00 PM

West Harlem Piers Park, 125th Street at the Hudson River

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!