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Projects & Proposals > Manhattan > 125th Street Printer Friendly Version
125th Street - Approved!
Advisory Committee Meetings
Overview | Zoning Proposal | Advisory Committee Meetings | EIS
Public Review | Follow-up Text Amendment

The study's Advisory Committee - a diverse group representing elected officials, local civic groups and cultural institutions, stake holders and community boards 9,10 and 11 - met initially in December 2003 and regularly up to and regularly up to November 2006. Through out the public outreach process, the project team made a series of public presentations to the Advisory Committee focusing on various aspects of the project. The Advisory Committee, representing the community, played an important role in defining the study's recommendations.

View a list of the committee members.

Advisory Committee Meetings


Nov. 15, 2006 125th Street Corridor Proposed Strategies: Zoning; Arts, Culture and Entertainment; Transportation.
Public presentation and discussion summarizing the proposed strategies for the 125th Street corridor. More Information...
Sept. 28, 2006

125th Street Arts, Culture and Entertainment Vision: Public presentation and discussion of a preliminary vision for arts, culture and entertainment on 125th Street. More Information...

May 2, 2006 Preliminary Zoning Framework: Public presentation and discussion. More Information...
May 24, 2005 Sustaining Harlem's Economy: The Workforce1 Career Center and NYC Business Solutions Center on 125th Street.
Mar. 29, 2005 Zoning: A conversation about developing a framework for the future.
Feb. 16, 2005 Transportation: The Current State of Crosstown Traffic - Sharing the findings of the Harlem/Morningside Heights Transportation Study. - More Information...
Jan. 26, 2005
Zoning: A conversation about developing a framework for the future. - More Information...
June 23, 2004 Streetscape Advisory Committee Meeting - More Information...
Apr. 28, 2004
Preliminary Opportunities Presentation - More Information...
Dec. 8, 2003 Kick-Off Meeting - More Information...



125th Street Corridor Proposed Strategies: Zoning; Arts, Culture and Entertainment; Transportation
November 15, 2006

On November 15th, the City presented a summary of the proposed strategies for the 125th Street corridor to the Advisory Committee and members of the public. This meeting recapitulated the September 28th and May 2nd presentations held earlier on 2006 and the feedback and comments received at these and earlier meetings.

The meeting presented the proposed zoning for the 125th Street corridor focusing on two main aspects of the zoning proposal, how the proposed zoning will catalyze new mixed-use development while protecting the corridor’s existing scale and character, and how the proposed zoning supports the arts and entertainment vision for 125th Street.

Along with the proposed zoning the meeting summarized the arts, culture and entertainment strategies outlined on the May 2nd presentation and presented a series of transportation related strategies.

View 125th Street Corridor Proposed Strategies: Zoning; Arts, Culture and Entertainment; Transportation. Presentation (3.8 mb)



Arts, Culture and Entertainment Vision Meeting
September 28, 2006

Apollo Theater
Based on public input from meetings held in 2005 and earlier this year, the City presented a preliminary vision for arts, culture and entertainment on 125th Street.

The meeting focused on presenting a preliminary vision on which to obtain feedback from the Advisory Committee, the presentation included discussion of current challenges on 125th Street and potential strategies to address them.

This preliminary vision complements and enhances the Preliminary Zoning Framework for 125th Street presented on May 2nd.

View the Arts, Culture and Entertainment Vision Presentation (2.3 mb)



Preliminary Zoning Framework Meeting
May 2, 2006

On May 2, 2006 the Department presented the Preliminary Zoning Framework for 125th Street to the Advisory Committee. The purpose of the Preliminary Zoning Framework is to bring forward a planning framework to encourage discussion among the Community and the Advisory Committee with the Department and the Interagency Working Group. The Preliminary Zoning Framework is based on input from meetings, presentations and workshops with the Advisory Committee and the community held in 2004 and 2005.

View the Preliminary Zoning Framework Presentation (9.6 mb).




Transportation Meeting
February 16, 2005

On February 16th, at the transportation-specific Advisory Committee meeting, the 125th Street team initiated a discussion about transportation issues on and around 125th Street. The objective of the meeting was to share information with the Advisory Committee about commuting patterns, traffic, parking, truck movement, pedestrian transportation, bicycle transportation, and subways, trains and buses that service the 125th Street corridor and to gather feedback about transportation priorities.

The Advisory Committee discussion groups analyzed elements of the street and whether or not the corridor lanes are well utilized. In general, the meeting participants indicated that the quantity of cars on 125th Street is not necessarily the sole cause of congestion. Among identified concerns were that the curb-lane may not be optimally used.

View the Transportation Presentation (3.3 mb).

Read the Summary Notes of the Transportation Meeting

The 125th Street team will review some of the suggested short- and long-term recommendations made by the participants which can be analyzed as part of the next phase of the Harlem/Morningside Study.




Zoning Meeting
January 26th, 2005
On January 26th, at the first zoning-specific Advisory Committee meeting, the 125th Street team initiated a discussion about basic zoning information and the opportunities different types of buildings deliver. Certain buildings are more likely than others to provide a mix of uses and activities, such as housing and economic development opportunities. The objective of the meeting was to continue to gather feedback about development priorities.

Advisory Committee discussion groups analyzed the character of 125th Street and whether or not the existing zoning is accomplishing the community's development goals. The meeting participants believe that the existing zoning does not work and the Advisory Committee will continue to discuss future possibilities. Due to great interest in zoning, the 125th Street team repeated the presentation on Tuesday, March 29th.

View the Zoning Presentation (2.4 mb).

View the Zoning Summary Notes

Zoning Meeting Photos:


photo 2 from Zoning Meeting on January 26, 2005 photo 3 from Zoning Meeting on January 26, 2005 photo 4 from Zoning Meeting on January 26, 2005
photo 5 from Zoning Meeting on January 26, 2005 photo 6 from Zoning Meeting on January 26, 2005




Streetscape Meeting
June 23rd, 2004

public art
On June 23rd, at the first topic-specific Advisory Committee meeting, the 125th Street team initiated a discussion about streetscape and how 125th Street – how any street – is defined by the way the sidewalk and street look and feel. Streetscape elements, such as street furniture, public art and atypical spaces, can reinforce the unique character of 125th Street, establish a coherent experience from river to river, and maintain an accessible, safe and pleasant environment.

Advisory Committee discussion groups highlighted the streetscape elements that function well on the 125th Street corridor as well as those that should be enhanced or replaced. The comments will help formulate preliminary streetscape guidelines in a continuing conversation.

View the Streetscape presentation (1.8 mb).

View a summary of the Advisory Committee comments from the Streetscape meeting.

View the 125th Streetscape questionnaire.




Preliminary Opportunities Meeting
April 28th, 2004

Hotel Theresa
The feedback received at the kick-off meeting was Deputy Mayor’s catalyst for creating an interagency working group. There was a need to bring together several agencies and their experience and expertise to formulate a 125th Street framework and a feasible implementation strategy. Given current dynamic market forces and the distinct character of 125th Street, a comprehensive strategy for the corridor is necessary.

A meeting of the Advisory Committee was convened on April 28th, 2004 to begin an assessment of opportunities and challenges on the 125th Street corridor. To initiate the discussion, the 125th Street team summarized the comments made during the fall and winter and, in response to those suggestions and concerns, presented preliminary opportunities related to development, zoning, transportation, culture, urban design, waterfront, and the environment. These opportunities would be brought about by strategic public investments that will reinforce 125th Street as a vibrant commercial and cultural corridor.

View the Preliminary Opportunities presentation (3.1 mb)

View a summary of the Advisory Committee comments from the Preliminary Opportunities meeting.




Kick-off Meeting
December 8th, 2003

On December 8th, at the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone office, Department of City Planning, announced the official kick-off of the River-to-River/125th Street Study to leverage the unprecedented public and private investment around Harlems Main Street. In summer and fall of 2003, the 125th Street team studied existing conditions on the corridor to better understand its assets and challenges. The Manhattan Office Director presented a series of observations about its built character and demographics in relation to other cross-town corridors.

View a summary of the Advisory Committee comments from the Kick-Off meeting.






Overview | Zoning Proposal | Advisory Committee Meetings | EIS
Public Review | Follow-up Text Amendment


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