Manhattan’s East Harlem neighborhood is the latest recipient of a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Investment (DRI) grant. Backed by the Department of State, Empire State Development, the New York State Homes and Community Renewal, and NYSERDA, the award is part of a statewide initiative to support community enhancement projects that improve walkability, create new public outdoor spaces, enhance existing parks, and create new opportunities for local artists and small businesses.
A Local Planning Committee comprised of municipal representatives and community leaders will work alongside a team of private sector experts and state planners to develop a strategic investment plan to revitalize the area. The committee will focus on identifying opportunities for economic development, transportation, and walkability enhancements that improve connectivity throughout the neighborhood and its affordable housing projects.
The committee will spend up to $300,000 of the DRI grant to complete the planning process.
“The rich culture and history of East Harlem is an incredibly important part of New York City’s story,” said New York Governor Kathy Hochul. “Through this $10 million investment, we can help the community preserve its heritage and spur economic development within the neighborhood for generations to come. I look forward to seeing East Harlem write the next chapter in its vibrant story.”
In December 2022, New York State awarded 11 regions and neighborhoods with the prestigious grant, including $20 million for park, pedestrian, and cultural projects in Chinatown, Manhattan; $10 million for public space enhancements in Riverhead, Long Island; and another $10 million to Amityville, Long Island for major improvements to pedestrian areas, roadways, access points to the Long Island Railroad, as well as street signage throughout the village.
“The investments made through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative are breathing new life into neighborhoods across New York State, furthering our economic development goals,” said Empire State Development president, CEO, and commissioner Hope Knight.
Details regarding project timelines and selected design teams are not yet finalized.