Stop The Towers of Doom in Harlem

Stop The Towers of Doom in Harlem

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Petition to
Director, New York City Department of City Planning Anita Laremont

Why this petition matters

Started by Not One More Block

An LLC wants to build two out-of-scale towers at West145th St and Lennox Avenue in Harlem, rising 363 feet above this low-rise neighborhood.

The project includes a whopping 866–939 new residential units, including only 217–282 so-called “affordable” units. The majority of these will be speculative luxury condos and out-of-reach for current neighborhood residents!

The developer is asking the city to change the zoning (in this case an upzoning) for this site to C4-6, a General Commercial Zoning District, turning it into a regional commercial center, such as Flushing in Queens and destroying the rich Black culture of the neighborhood. In NYC after a zoning change such as this, the bulk of new housing is always for the luxury market, exasperating the NYC housing crisis.

It will demolish almost a full block and destroy the current small businesses including the Timbuktu Islamic Center, restaurants, a 99-cent store and a laundromat.  Permits for demolition were issued in January 2021 to Steve Neuman, owner of the real estate firm Coltown Properties. The developers say “further assessment of this concern is not warranted.”  Say what??

Those who will benefit do not care about the neighborhood and its' residents.  They include:

Al Sharpton, who is worth about $2 Million and will get a new headquarters for his National Action Network and a Civil Rights Museum.

Bruce Teitelbaum, owner of One45 LLC, stands to gain 100s of 1000s of $$$. Teitelbaum was appointed Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s chief of staff in 1997 and was a confidante of Giuliani’s for years.

Upper class people, since the majority of apartments in both towers will be market-rate. 

International investors. Between 2014 and 2017 the number of vacant, unavailable apartments rose from 182,571 to 247,977 in NYC.

And the big losers are... everyone else! Including:

Neighborhood residents who can’t afford luxury apartments.  

Low and middle-income Black residents and Black-owned businesses who will be priced out of the community with increasing rents.

There will be no housing for you and it will change the neighborhood to another soulless victim of gentrification.

Sign the petition to stop the destruction of a historically Black working class neighborhood by big real estate! An email will go directly to Anita Laremont, Director, Department of City Planning.

Housing Is A Human Right!!

325 have signed. Let’s get to 500!