Rebuilding the East Harlem Center

Join us for the East Harlem Center Community Advisory Committee Meeting for our next update on the rebuild plan for the East Harlem Community Center.

Date:          Thursday, October 24

Time:          6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Location:    East Harlem Neighborhood Health Action Center - 158 East 115th Street, New York, NY

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Please see the attached flyer for all of the advisory committee meetings for the 2019-2020 year.

Rebuilding Together Update

For more than 60 years, Children’s Aid has served the East Harlem community, and our commitment to the children, youth, and families of East Harlem remains unwavering.

We are temporarily closing the East Harlem Center so we can rebuild. The existing center, which is nearly 100 years old and needs significant refurbishing, will be replaced with a modern facility that responds to community needs and priorities, and enables Children's Aid to deliver high-quality programs in the kind of facility the community deserves.

Last August, as we were completing our community engagement process and preparing for the September Block Party, local elected officials, Mount Sinai representatives, and the real estate developer asked Children's Aid to meet to discuss an alternative plan for the community and the East Harlem Center property. The original proposal by the real estate developer was luxury housing. However, at this meeting, the developer had a new proposal, a 10-story medical facility that would include new space for the Life Changers Church and Children's Aid.

Over four months, Children's Aid met with the East Harlem Center Community Advisory Committee to discuss the alternative proposal, the concerns and also the benefits to Children's Aid. Additionally, internally, Children's Aid staff were working diligently to finalize the programs and services of the new East Harlem Center, as well as determining costs for construction.

In a community meeting held on March 26, 2019, Children's Aid announced it was pursuing the rebuild of the East Harlem Center as part of a proposed new 10-story medical facility for Mount Sinai and new space for the Life Changers Church.

Children’s Aid is currently in negotiations to sell the open space portion of the East Harlem Center. The funds from the sale will be used solely to rebuild a new East Harlem Center — one that Children's Aid will own and is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act — and support Children's Aid programs in East Harlem. 

Members of the Community Advisory Committee

The East Harlem Center Community Advisory Committee was launched in September 2018. Committee members serve two-year terms and is comprised of representatives from the East Harlem community, families, youth and alumni of the East Harlem Center, and local elected officials.

  • Michelle Booker, Office of Congressman Adriano Espaillat
  • Neven Cepeda, East Harlem resident and East Harlem Center youth participant
  • Pilar DeJesus, East Harlem resident
  • Raja Flores, Children’s Aid alumnus and doctor at Mt. Sinai
  • John Green, East Harlem resident and Community Board 11 member
  • Shana Harmongoff, Office of Senator Brian Benjamin
  • Ja’Nai Harris, East Harlem Center alumnus and kindergarten teacher
  • Gabriel Hernandez, Office of Assembly member Robert Rodriguez
  • Denise (Millie) Jerez, East Harlem Center alumnus and East Harlem Center resident
  • Luisa Lopez, Office of Councilmember Diana Ayala
  • Nilsa Orama, Chair, Community Board 11
  • Pennylane Ortiz, East Harlem Center parent and Children’s Aid Trustee
  • Jose Rodriguez, East Harlem resident and East Harlem Center parent
  • Tammy Rodriguez, East Harlem resident and East Harlem Center parent

Community Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes

October 25, 2018: English and Spanish

March 28, 2018

May 16, 2018

East Harlem Community Meeting Minutes

March 26, 2018 - Children’s Aid held a meeting to introduce the community to the members of the East Harlem Center Community Advisory Committee and also provide time for Mt. Sinai and the developer Oren Evenhar to give an overview of the proposed Mt. Sinai medical, which the new East Harlem Center would become part of. 

2019 Community Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule

July 11, 2019

October 24, 2019


2020 Community Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule

January 16, 2020

March 5, 2020

May 14, 2020



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