Important Upcoming Community Events

El Barrio Unite Important Upcoming Meetings

03/03/2015 Community Board 11 Housing Committee Meeting

  • 6:00pm Bonifacio Senior Housing, 7 East 116th Street

03/10/2015 Public Hearing NYC Board of Standards and Appeal

  • 1:00pm Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, Manhattan
  • Public Hearing on Special Permit request by Planet Fitness to operate their fitness center at East River Plaza Shopping Center

03/11/2015 Community Board 11 Land Use, Landmarks & Planning Committee Meeting

  • 6:00pm Bonifacio Senior Housing, 7 East 116th Street


  1. “421-a” Property Tax exemption presentation
  2. Review of Land Use Application # C 150211 ZMM The NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development seeks approval for the:
  •  designation of an Urban Development Action Area and approval of an Urban Development Action Area Project (UDAAP);
  • disposition of City-owned property located at East 120th Street and First Avenue, Block 1808, p/o Lot 8; and 
  • a zoning map amendment to rezone a portion of the Development Site and approximately 5,198 additional square feet in the same tax lot from R7A to R7X/C1-5


Construction of a 12-story mixed-use development project at the northeast corner of 120th Street and First Avenue adjacent to the existing East Harlem Multi-Service Center, 413 East 120th Street.

Please note: This ULURP application will be the subject of a public hearing at CB11’s Full Board meeting on March 17, 2015


03/14/2015 Town Hall Hosted by Assembly Member Robert J. Rodriguez

  • State of the District
  • 2015 Budget Review

Location: Hunter College School of Social Work 2180 Third Avenue (119th Street)


03/17/2015  Community Board 11 Full Board Meeting

  • 6:30pm-8:30pm Children’s Aid Society, 130 East 101st Street

El Barrio Unite will be addressing the Board at this meeting!! Make sure to join us to show your opposition to the East River Plaza Expansion

03/28/2015 El Barrio Unite Community Meeting

  • 2:30-3:30pm 2249 East Second Avenue @ Casa Boricua del Barrio



Planning Meeting: Monday Sept 15

Our campaign to oppose and stop the BDG/ Forest Ratner expansion proposal for East River Plaza has generated an East Harlem following that attracted 175 petitioners to our demonstration of August 28, 2014 at the project site (118th Street and Pleasant Avenue).  Various speakers from the neighborhood as well as friendly city wide advocates for low income affordable housing spoke about the issue of exclusionary displacement with the proliferation of high density luxury housing developments into El Barrio.  El Barrio Unite takes the position that this particular project requires community support in order to proceed with their NY City Planning Commission application to build three towers 50 stories high because the current zoning laws prohibits this size building. We oppose the 7 amendments to 4 zoning variances this project requires to allow this build which would then impact this community with its immensity.  That’s why we have zoning laws which prevent these types of development because it is out of context to the community and can be a civil rights issue.

Community Board 11 allows scheduled speakers concerned with this project to voice their opinions publicly at their next meeting this TuesdaySept. 16th at the Henry J. Carter Hospital located at 1752 Park Ave (E. 119th St.) 6:30pm We expect a large turnout and invite you to participate.  Come early and join the many others opposed to this proposal.

If you are interested, or know anyone who wishes to attend our next meetings alert your friends and neighbors to meet with us the afternoon before-MONDAY, September 15th 4pm at Casa Boricua/ Mini Mall-  2249 Second Ave (between 115th/ 116th Streets).

Please attend for updates on this important subject to the community.