This is the story about how East Harlem residents and street safety advocates — with leadership from Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito — banded together to win complete streets on First and Second Avenues. After the city backtracked on a plan to build protected bike lanes and pedestrian refuges up to 125th Street on the East Side of Manhattan, this coalition mobilized to put the project back on the table. Later, when the safety improvements came under attack from a few business owners, public health professionals joined Mark-Viverito and NYC DOT to combat misinformation about the redesign and see it through to implementation.
Former Streetsblog Reporter Noah Kazis covered the campaign for protected bike lanes in East Harlem and helps recount the story in this video.
- Demi Lovato At The Young Womens Leadership School East Harlem (harlemworldmag.com)
- Man seriously hurt by flying sign in East Harlem (harlemworldmag.com)
- Harlem RBI’s DREAM Charter School in East Harlem (harlemworldmag.com)
- What do you want the future of East Harlem to look like? (harlemworldmag.com)
- New Association Promoted by West Harlem Bars and Restaurants (harlemworldmag.com)
- East Harlem Fire Sends Two to Harlem Hospital (harlemworldmag.com)
- How Complete Streets Came to East Harlem (harlemworldmag.com)
- Harlem Cultural Jewels Tour Part Of Harlem Advocacy Week (harlemworldmag.com)