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Metro North Community

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Tenement neighborhood rebuilt with new affordable housing

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Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : East Harlem
Residential, Housing

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This district in East Harlem, from E. 99th Street to E. 108th Street and Third Avenue to the East River, was one of the first tenement neighborhoods in New York City to rebuild itself with new low- and moderate-income housing, rehabilitated buildings, a new school and a park. Millie Ryan Feliciano, Secretary of Metro North Citizens Committee in 1963, remembers the communitys struggle: "In order to get the city to come out, we had to do something drastic. So we decided to have a funeral march for the tragic four, a group of derelict buildings on East 100th Street (known then as one of the worst blocks in all of New York). Nick the florist donated four wreaths and Blake Hobbs led the Union Settlement marching band. The march stopped in front of each building, we placed a wreath on the door, had a moment of silence, and the band...

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