This year's Ascendant Tree at our Mt. Pleasant Senior Residences. (photo by M. Helfen)
A letter from our Executive Director/President
As the days dwindle in another challenging pandemic year, we thank you for sharing your valuable time with us as we've navigated a busy and intense 2021! The ongoing pandemic has left many of us unsure of what the next steps are for our lives, be it personal or professional. With so much uncertainty surrounding our collective future, it is all too easy to lose perspective and feel unrooted.
That is why in 2022, we at Ascendant have decided to put more energy and resources into connecting personally with our fellow East Harlem community members. Perhaps you too feel that, as we enter another COVID-wave, these are the times where family and community mean the very most. We need moments where we pause, reflect on, and nourish human connection.
Finding safe, innovative ways to cultivate community connections is at the top of our priority list. This is why #ArtAtAscendant, our community-centered Public Art Initiative is so exciting for us to continue growing in the new year.
Ascendant is in the business of creating affordable homes, but home is so much more than a roof over one's head. Engaging and connecting with our neighbors regularly and listening to what issues matter most to the community is how we nurture an environment we all proudly call home.
Thank you for being our neighbor, whether IRL or virtually; we look forward to another year of moving forward and strengthening partnerships, creating community art, and of course, building and preserving affordable homes for our neighbors.
Happy Holidays and may you and your loved ones have a safe and joyous New Year.
Sincerely, Chris Cirillo, Executive Director/President
AND's Public Art Initiative
There is still time to support AND’s Public Art Initiative!
We are bringing together artists, youth, and East Harlem residents through collaborative art-making, neighborhood beautification, and community activism. We do this by incorporating community-created publicly accessible art on AND’s current properties and future developments.
donate $25 or more...
...and get a free Ascendant tote bag!
Donate to AND’s Public Art Initiative and we'll send your new favorite market tote*, all while supporting youth-focused collaborative art in East Harlem!
*While supplies last.
December 14, 2021
Cicely Tyson Way
New York City Council voted to approve the co-naming of the street where Cicely Tyson's childhood apartment building stands at 178 East 101st Street.
East 101st Street between Lexington Avenue and Third avenue will now officially be known as Cicely Tyson Way. In 1994 we renovated the building & created 10 affordable homes for East Harlemites, with Ms. Tyson attending the dedication ceremony.
In 2022, we are partnering with Groundswell to produce a mural for our building at 178 East 100th Street, which was Tyson’s childhood home. In the coming months, AND will share more about Tyson’s life, as well as opportunities to engage with the visioning process to bring this new mural to life.
"New York City can no longer maintain the status quo. The steps outlined...are critical for improving the City’s current land use and planning approach. Interrelated challenges such as climate change, affordable housing, school capacity, access to transit, and economic inequities must be addressed through community-based, comprehensive planning if we are to achieve a more livable city." (p. 52)
A special thank you to The Municipal Art Society of New York for advancing this important comprehensive report and helping lead community discourse about how our city needs to evolve and grow as one with a "shared, action-oriented citywide vision."
Be sure to check out the MAS Comp Plan series with our Executive Director/President, Chris Cirillo, serving as a panelist. You can view the recordings on the MAS YouTube channel here.
Our Spring Gala is around the corner.
Our Spring Gala is around the corner. We can't wait to share our new Public Art Initiative with our generous supporters. Join us for our Spring 2022 Gala to help us honor our incredible and creative neighborhood partners who are helping us take our community-led design to the next level.
MORE DETAILS COMING SOON!
Our office will be closed Friday, December 24th - Sunday, January 2nd. Thank you for your continued support of Ascendant Neighborhood Development. We wish you a happy and healthy New Year!