Two New York City Housing Authority developments recently commemorated their 50th Anniversaries with proclamations signed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, George Washington Carver Houses in Manhattan and Marlboro Houses in Brooklyn.
Named for Dr. George Washington Carver, the famous African-American botanist, agricultural chemist and educator, Carver Houses, in the Carnegie Hill neighborhood of Manhattan celebrated its 50th Anniversary on February 14th. Over 2,800 New Yorkers make their homes in Carver Houses’ 13 buildings. Last year NYCHA, the Carver Houses Association, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and the Council on the Environment of New York City, collaborated to create the Washington Carver Community Gardens on the grounds of Carver Houses, across the street from Mt. Sinai Hospital. In the first photo, above, left to right are: Resident Association President Alberta Slappy, Resident Association Vice-President Theresa Kelly, Manager Gay Chestnut, and Assistant Manager Eva Smith, with a proclamation signed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg calling the 50th Anniversary of Carver Houses, “a testament to the quality of NYCHA’s developments in all parts of our City.”
Marlboro Houses, in the Gravesend neighborhood of Brooklyn, celebrated its 50th Anniversary on February 27th. The development’s 28 buildings are home to over 4,086 residents. Marlboro was designed by the architecture firm Harrison & Abramovitz, the same architects who designed the Time Life Building and The New York Hilton. You may have recognized the brightly colored panels on its breezeways in the Universal Pictures film released late last year, “American Gangster,” starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. Shown above, from left to right, are Superintendent Tuesdai Gaskin, Tenant Association President Bertha Corbett and Manager Jose Espinal, and Contract Coordinator Michael Clandorf,with the proclamation from Mayor Bloomberg proclaiming February 27, 2008 in the City of New York, “Marlboro Houses Day.”