The city’s oldest continually held bicycle race has bred several generations of talent since it began in 1973 as a Father’s Day event.

The Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic around Marcus Garvey Park is the oldest continually held bike race in New York. A light rain produced several spills.

The Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic around Marcus Garvey Park is the oldest continually held bike race in New York. A light rain produced several spills.

Josiah Strawn, a 5-year-old, his race number still pinned to his shirt, leaned against one of the barricades that encircled Marcus Garvey Park as a pack of fast-moving racers hummed by.

“He rode the race,” his father, Ray Strawn, said, beaming. “First time without training wheels! He fell down once, but got back up and finished.”

Josiah was one of the hundreds of local and international racers of all ages and abilities who descended on the three-quarter-mile circuit around Marcus Garvey Park on Father’s Day for the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic, the city’s oldest continually held bicycle race.

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Harlem’s own PS 208—Alain L. Locke Elementary School and Karasma Media are honored for their 2008-2009 school year accomplishments.

Kara Smith and Susan Green

Kara Smith and Susan Green

Principal Susan Green had made a request to The PENCIL Foundation, the nonprofit organization that partners business leaders and public school principals, to link her up with a business partner who could help create a new identity for her school—PS 208 Alain L. Locke Elementary School, 21 West 111 Street, in Central Harlem. Kara Smith of Karasma Media, responded to the request. Together, Smith and Green garnered a wide variety of media coverage, developed a new school logo and a social marketing platform. The platform, which includes a blog and Twitter, the fastest-growing phenomena on the Internet, will help increase communication between teachers, parents and students, as well as businesses, elected officials and other members of the local community.

On June 4, 2009, The PENCIL Foundation held its 2008-2009 year-end Partnership Celebration sponsored by long-time supporter JPMorgan Chase. The event marked the accomplishments of more than 450 PENCIL Partnerships during the school year, and honored several standout partners with three inaugural awards for Emerging, Innovative and Veteran PENCIL Partnerships.
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The Historic Preservation Grant Program from the Landmarks Conservancy offers low-interest loans and project management assistance to owners of historic residential, non-profit, religious, and commercial properties throughout the City – mostly in low- to moderate-income communities. Since 1982, the Historic Properties Fund has assisted over 200 buildings. It is one of the largest, private revolving loan funds in the country used exclusively for historic preservation. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000, and eligible work may include, but is not limited to, rebuilding masonry, repointing, repairing/replacing windows and front doors, and restoring cornices.

Community District 10, commonly known as Central Harlem, is located in Upper Manhattan along with three other community districts. Three of the District’s four major boundaries are natural features: Harlem River to the north, Central Park to the south and the Fordham Cliffs to the west. The District’s eastern border, Fifth Avenue, is its only boundary that is not a natural feature. Central Harlem occupies approximately 1.5 square miles of relatively flat land and is often referred to as “the Valley” by long term residents.

Welcome to Community Board 11, the City of New York agency representing the Manhattan neighborhood of East Harlem! Home to diverse cultures and people, the history and challenges faced in East Harlem continue to shape the work of Community Board 11, our community partners and constituents.

Community Board 11 has an important role in initiating and reviewing planning, land use and zoning matters, the City budget, municipal service delivery and many other advocacy matters relating to the welfare of East Harlem. With a number of monthly public committee meeting covering a range of important community issues, including our monthly Full Board meeting, the best way to get involved is attend and share your concerns/opinions and get informed on all that’s happening in East Harlem

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