Harlem Neighbors Fear They’ll Lose Basketball Court Amid New Construction
May 25, 2011
A proposed apartment building could rise on the site of a basketball court on West 117th Street near Fifth Ave.
By Jeff Mays
HARLEM — Lou Castro says the basketball court behind her building at Fifth Avenue and East 117th Street gave her two grandsons a safe place to play when she wasn’t well enough to take them to the park.
“I can’t walk too much, so taking them to Central Park was too far sometimes,” she said.
But the court will be gone for good if L+M Development Partners Inc. get their way and build two new buildingswith almost 200 units of housing on the site, a plan that has Castro and other residents up in arms.
“It’s sad because where are the kids going to play?” Castro said while standing outside of her building.
Community Board 10 will have a hearing on proposed zoning changes needed to facilitate the new buildings on June 1.
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Most would call East Harlem a rough neighborhood. I call it home.
Like many kids in my community, I grew up playing ball. Basketball transcended the sometimes tough reality we lived in. It was a constant truth in our lives and a source of positivity. In 2009, I co-founded Hoops By the River (HBTR) as a way to use my passion for basketball to better my community and provide that constant flow of positivity.
We’ve been working closely with a large group of boys and girls, including my own children, to provide programs to sharpen skills on and off the court. Rooted in basketball, we offer practices, tournaments and regular season games but we also focus on school work and the importance of education.
This week HBTR was announced as the newest addition to the A.T.R. Project (Assisting The Rise)[TM] – Above the Rim’s (ATR) community-based youth development grant program. We feel privileged and blessed to be working hand-in-hand with a brand that shares the same values as HBTR. By working together my players will get closer to making their dreams a reality.
This Saturday, May 28th, HBTR and ATR are hosting a basketball clinic and tournament, “Stop the Violence,” from 9AM to 5PM at Jefferson St. Park in East Harlem, NY. The tournament will showcase some of Harlem’s finest young basketball players and raise awareness for anti-violence behavior in the community.
From 9AM-12PM we will host a skills clinic hosted by the Harlem Jazz coaches and from 12:30PM – 5PM we will have competitive tournament games for ages 10 and up. The day-long event will have a special guest appearance by Corey “Homicide” Williams, internationally known as the “King of NYC Streetball.” Corey will be helping out at the skills clinic and available for photo opportunities throughout the day.
In addition to this weekend’s event, ATR is also helping us plan a preparatory school visit in upstate New York, a yoga session, a behind-the-scenes tour at a New York-based sports facility and a group visit to Dime Magazine‘s office. Our goal is to show the players how they can translate their passion for the game into a career or hobby.
Look out for more HBTR events this summer and we welcome all to join us this weekend!
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Hoop Dreams in Harlem
Thu, 26 May 2011 17:12:00 GMT
Summer on the Hudson presents Game Days! in West Harlem Piers Park
Date: May 31, 2011
Calling all children under 12 who want something fun to do on a sunny afternoon.
Games such as giant tic tac toe, lawn bowling, hopscotch, jump rope and more will be ready for your arrival. Sign them out, enjoy your play, and then return the games so they will be there next week!
Start time: 10:00 am
End time: 2:00 pm
Contact phone: 311
Location: West Harlem Piers Park