FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 16, 2004
Press contact: Carol Abrams (212) 863-5176
WALKING TOURS CHRONICLE CITY-SPONSORED TRANSFORMATION OF THE SOUTH BRONX AND HARLEM NEIGHBORHOODS AND THEIR HOUSING STOCK
The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development's (HPD) and the Municipal Art Society (MAS) are offering walking tours of the South Bronx and Harlem to highlight the City-sponsored transformation of the neighborhoods, which were devastated and abandoned in the late 1970s and 1980s. The walking tours will chronicle the work that HPD undertook to restore buildings and revitalize the communities.
The following walking tours are offered:
Transformation in the South Bronx. In the 1970s, many landlords in the Morrisania neighborhood of the South Bronx abandoned their properties due to their economic decline. By 1990, HPD owned over 300 buildings with almost 6,000 apartments. This tour, lead by Ted Weinstein, former Director of Bronx Planning and now Director of Property Planning for HPD, highlights the successful transformation of derelict buildings along the Boston Road corridor into affordable homes and apartments. Meet at the N.E. corner of East 163 St. and 3rd Ave. in the Bronx. (Subway: #2 or #5 to 149th/The Hub. Take the bus up 3rd Avenue to 163rd Street.) Sunday, June 27, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Harlem Reinvented. By the 1980s, Harlem building owners were abandoning their buildings and HPD became the community's largest landlord. This walking tour showcases the second Harlem renaissance. With creative programs and unique public/private partnerships, HPD is transforming the derelict buildings and garbage-strewn vacant lots along Madison Avenue, Frederick Douglass Boulevard and Morningside Drive and in the Mt. Morris Park Historic District into homes and apartments for both owners and renters. Harlem resident Ibo Balton, former Director of Manhattan Planning and now Director of Project Planning and Review for HPD, leads this tour. Meet at the NE corner of 116th St. and Madison Ave. Sunday, June 27, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Reservations for the walking tours are not required. Fees are payable on site at the beginning of each tour. For further information, call the MAS at (212) 439-1049.
HPD's mission is to promote quality housing and viable neighborhoods for New Yorkers. Since Fiscal Year 1987, the agency has completed the construction or rehabilitation of 212,000 units of affordable housing. The Bloomberg administration's $3 billion housing plan will finance the creation or preservation of more than 65,000 homes and apartments in New York City neighborhoods over the next five years. For more information about affordable housing, call the City's Citizen Service Center at 311 or log on to www.nyc.gov/hpd