Landmark East Harlem (LEH) was formed to give the community of East Harlem an ongoing voice in how our neighborhood is developed and to support development that preserves the unique cultural and historical significance of the neighborhood. Our mission is to protect buildings; districts of architectural, historical, and cultural significance; and outdoor artworks in East Harlem using local landmark designation, State and National Register listing, and various other preservation tools and incentives.
Leaders from CIVITAS, East Harlem Preservation, and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance founded Landmark East Harlem (LEH) in 2015; AND joined shortly thereafter as the fourth member of the alliance. LEH has had significant success in raising awareness about the rich tapestry of historic resources in East Harlem, and has worked with the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to bring long-overdue protections to several properties throughout the neighborhood.
Since late 2017, LPC has designated three new individual landmarks in East Harlem and calendared a fourth potential individual landmark. SHPO has issued a Determination of Eligibility for a proposed East Harlem Historic District, which is the first step listing the district on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The proposed East Harlem Historic District would encompass over 650 properties. Once the district is listed, property owners within it would become eligible for federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credits.
Visit Landmark East Harlem’s website to learn more.