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October 12, 2022



(And YES you are invited)

The Greater Harlem Coalition will be hosting a Zoom webinar with OnPoint, the organization that established and runs Harlem's safe injection site on East 126th Street on:

Tuesday, October 25th, at 7:00 PM

To register, please click:


The meeting will give you the opportunity to learn more about OnPoint's programming, lessons learned, and plans to open 24/7.

Also, please spread the word by forwarding this email to your neighbors, block association, friends, relatives, colleagues and anyone else you know who would like to hear from (and ask questions of), OnPoint.

Register for the Zoom with OnPoint


The Uptowner Reports on Harlem's Injection Site

Columbia University's newspaper The Uptowner reports on one of the first two supervised drug injection sites in the nation (on East 126th Street).  In the article the Chair of Community Board 11 - Xavier Santiago - and others take issue with the placement of the injection site and the clandestine machinations in New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to place it in our community:

Yvette Green, 57, an IT project manager who has spent her life in East Harlem, complained that “there was no community engagement. None. They didn’t have discussions. Be willing to work with the people who live here.”

A city health department study by Rebecca Giglio, a deputy chief of staff, found that early, sustained community engagement has been critical to the sites’ success and mentioned “general educational briefings with local community groups and leaders” held last fall.

But emails and recorded community board meetings show that East Harlemites were never explicitly told that the center was coming. “The public was denied a meaningful, transparent dialogue,” said Santiago, “and that eroded our trust.”

On September 12, Michael McRae, the health department’s acting executive deputy commissioner for mental hygiene, came to a Community Board 11 meeting to answer questions. But attendees said they found McRae’s answers evasive and were frustrated to hear the same talking points they’ve seen in press releases.

McRae acknowledged that East Harlem’s opioid-related death rate “is not the highest in the city, but it’s undeniable that it’s an area of concern,” adding that the health department “wants to see this as a citywide strategy. We want to grow the OPC work.”

To see where East Harlem actually stands in the latest overdose data from NYC's Chief Medical Examiner, see the chart below:

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Lancaster Lexington

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Lancaster Lexington, located at 1885 Lexington Ave has joined The Greater Harlem Coalition

This East Harlem Co-Op has 29 units and is located across the street from another GHC member, the amazing SuperNice Cafe.

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Polemical Mapping

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NYC OpenData Week’s YouTube Channel has published a GHC presentation from March 2022.

The presentation examines how the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) and the De Blasio administration published obfuscating maps of the homeless crisis in NYC. Rather than mapping the geography of the people experiencing homelessness, the De Blasio administration focused on the number of buildings that housed programs run or licensed by DHS.

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The presentation also looks at how DHS also failed to distinguish between family shelters and single adult shelters - thereby failing to acknowledge the correlation between low income communities of color and the location of single adult shelters.

Watch the Presentation


Congress Membrer Adriano Espaillat and Bill H.R.8917

Harlem's Congress Member Adriano Espaillat has introduced bill H.R.8917 - To amend the Controlled Substances Act with respect to the registration of opioid treatment programs to increase stakeholder input from relevant communities and to ensure such programs are treating patients in need, and for other purposes.

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