project leader
Carolyn (Carey) K
location
East 125th Street & Park Avenue
(East Harlem)
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the project

Uptown Grand Central got its start back in 2013 as the New Harlem East Merchants Association (NHEMA), when mom-and-pop shops along East 125th Street were struggling to keep their doors open and repeatedly hearing that East 125th Street was not a place to bring children, family or friends. With brooms in hand, merchants on the block between Fifth and Madison were joined by 40 volunteers from the neighborhood to hold their first-ever street clean-up.

As more merchants and community members learned of the efforts, we grew and were able to take on more ambitious projects. This included hiring formerly homeless and addicted individuals to clean the streets each weekday, beautifying the area with plantings and great street art, sponsoring holiday lights along the East 125th Street corridor, organizing street festivals, starting a farm-fresh produce market, promoting our local small businesses, and in 2015, launching our Uptown Grand Central plaza program underneath the Metro-North viaduct at 125th Street & Park Avenue. This past year, we hosted the first-ever Party On Park, two Uptown Restaurant Weeks, two Ted Smooth Old School Jams, and a street-long winter music party called the Solstice Soul Train.

In 2016, we expanded to create Uptown Grand Central, a 501c3 nonprofit that works to support, strengthen and showcase all that is "grand" about our neighborhood, from small businesses to culture to healthy living to art. Our goal is to transform the East 125th Street corridor by putting advocacy into action.

the steps

Please consider supporting in whatever way you are able: Just $25 helps sponsor one of our healthy recipe samplings, while a gift of $50 buys trash bags and gloves for one week. $100 provides an exercise class that is free for the neighborhood, $300 buys paint for more great street art, and $500 allows us to host area musicians to perform a concert. $2,000 will get you your very own street swag of holiday lights!

Donations of any amount are welcome.

PLEASE NOTE: The New York State Health Foundation will provide a DOLLAR-FOR-DOLLAR MATCH for gifts up to $1,000. So $25 becomes $50, $100 becomes $200, $500 becomes $1,000, and $1,000 becomes $2,000. Gifts above $1,000 will be matched at the $2,000 level.

why we're doing it

Lined with vacant lots and empty buildings, divided by highways and industrial zones, and plagued by high rates of homelessness and drug use, our section of East Harlem has for far too long fallen off the radar screen. With a fragmented constituency and a high influx of people that require a high rate of social services, there have been few voices standing to advocate for our community and make it a better place.

By supporting this crowdfunder, you are casting your vote for northeast Harlem -- and for making East 125th Street a healthy, vibrant place to live, work and play!

 

budget

Please consider supporting in whatever way you are able: Just $25 helps buy trash bags and gloves for one week, while a gift of $50 can sponsor one of our healthy recipe demos. $100 provides an exercise class that is free for the neighborhood, $300 covers one visit of the UNI Project mobile library, and $500 allows us to host area musicians to perform an entire concert!

Donations of any amount are welcome!

PLEASE NOTE: The New York State Health Foundation will provide a DOLLAR-FOR-DOLLAR MATCH for gifts up to $1,000. So $25 becomes $50, $100 becomes $200, $500 becomes $1,000, and $1,000 becomes $2,000. Gifts above $1,000 will be matched at the $2,000 level.



SUBTOTAL = 10,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $300
TOTAL TO RAISE = $10,335

5.4.18 updated budget:



SUBTOTAL = 20,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $600
TOTAL TO RAISE = $20,635

5.17.18 update budget:



SUBTOTAL = 30,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $900
TOTAL TO RAISE = $30,935

 

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donors

  • Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI)
  • Urban Garden Center
  • Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care
  • Janice Payne
  • Anonymous
  • Sade Tyler, Omo Sade African Skincare & Cosmetics
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Derrick Taitt, the Community Association of the East Harlem Triangle
  • Sylvia Caldwell, Harlem Berry Beauty Lounge
  • Alison Politziner
  • Anonymous
  • Fresh Food Box fans
  • Eric Credle, Big Russ Barber Shop
  • Kathleen Benson Haskins
  • Salah N.
  • Anonymous
  • Kwabena Boaten-Adusei
  • Jake Langbecker
  • Daniel Hodge
  • Jonathan Wiener
  • Davie Simmons, Uptown Veg (Harlem Juice Bar)
  • Davie Simmons, Uptown Veg (Harlem Juice Bar)
  • Charlie's Place Sushi
  • The Community Association of the East Harlem Triangle
  • Dr. Patricia Singletary, Elmendorf Reformed Church & Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force
  • Fresh Food Box fans
  • Anonymous
  • FPM Group
  • Nadia C.
  • Jeff Novich
  • Arlen Zamula
  • Wild Olive Market
  • Anonymous
  • Paul Korngold37
  • Adel Kaid, Q&N Food
  • Jahlookova
  • Richard W
  • Jessica
  • Elidieth Stern
  • Sword Class NYC & East Side Boxing Club
  • Sasha Chait
  • Lynn Lieberman, AFineLyne
  • Ny Whitaker
  • Anonymous
  • Fresh Food Box fans
  • Desander Mas
  • Jon Day
  • Nina
  • Terry Moan
  • Amber C.
  • Anonymous
  • V Pinter
  • Stacy Buchanan & children (Seven, Syrius, Storm)
  • Positive Workforce
  • Anonymous
  • Joyce S.
  • Storeyline Productions
  • JS Productions, Inc.
  • RanDe Rogers, Sisters Cuisine
  • Fresh Food Box fans
  • Jim Ratti
  • Anonymous
  • Robert K.
  • Anonymous
  • Magda Teter
  • Raffaela Petrasek
  • Anonymous
  • Sheryl Ann hosier
  • Artimus
  • Anonymous
  • Carey King
  • Anonymous
  • Veda S.
  • Princess Jenkins, The Brownstone Boutique
  • Michael Lythcott
  • Anonymous
  • DRAKEFORD REALTY GROUP
  • Alison and David Politziner
  • Howell Binkley
  • Anonymous
  • Rebekah S.
  • Beatrice Sibblies
  • Tamara G
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Diane Collier
  • KP
  • Nicole Grischuk
  • Rebecca Mercer-White, Ph.D.
  • Michael Jones
  • Joyce Storey Productions, Inc.
  • Eugenia Lee and Nikhil Navkal
  • Bill Holmes
  • Fresh Food Box fan
  • An East Harlem neighbor
  • Anonymous