East Harlem Working Together
Working Together is a partnership of small business owners, community organizations, city agencies and residents striving to encourage equitable economic development in East Harlem. Funded through the Neighborhood 360 program provided by the NYC Department of Small Business Services, Working Together is dedicated to the preservation of East Harlem, while improving the quality of life for residents and visitors.
Who We Are
The Neighborhood 360° program was created by the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) to identify, develop and launch commercial revitalization projects in partnership with local stakeholders. Through proactive planning and targeted investments, Neighborhood 360° supports projects that strengthen and revitalize the streets, small businesses, and community-based organizations that anchor New York City neighborhoods.
In 2016, Union Settlement Association, in partnership with Hope Community Inc. and Uptown Grand Central (formally New Harlem East Merchants Association) conducted a Commercial District Needs Assessment (CDNA), funded by SBS through the Neighborhood 360° program. The CDNA highlights a neighborhood’s existing business landscape and consumer characteristics. The East Harlem CDNA can be accessed and downloaded here. This CDNA features the 125th Street, 116th Street, 110th Street, 106th Street, Lexington Avenue, 3rd Avenue and 1st Avenue commercial corridors in East Harlem. It was completed between January and June 2016 and East Harlem Neighborhood 360° was born!
The East Harlem CDNA can be accessed and downloaded here.
Working Together Components
Supporting independent local merchants that can support efforts towards economic development by themselves. Until 2017, the Corridors had zero interrelation among merchants…
Guiding small businesses towards sustainable activities that can promote sales and increase visibility. The Working Together strategy centered on teaching merchants how to attract patrons by…
Cleaning & Beautification
Making the Commercial Corridors more inviting and appealing, enticing visitors to browse the Area on a regular basis. In FY18, we contracted with Street Plus (as subcontractor) to…
Business Support & Retention
Providing management skills for an effective business operation. As of December 2017, 53% of surveyed merchants did not feel prepared to efficiently manage their businesses…