Renovation is underway at Harlem River

Renovation is underway at Harlem River Houses & Harlem River II

Renovations continue at the historic Harlem River Houses and the adjacent Harlem River II for our Harlem River Preservation project with our co-developer, West Harlem Group Assistance, and our design and construction partners, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects and L&M Builders. Built in 1936 and 1937, Harlem River Houses was one of the first two federally funded public housing developments in New York City. Created with the goal of providing quality housing for working class African Americans, it included 574 well-proportioned apartments in seven buildings surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds, public art and outdoor spaces for communal activities and recreation for residents. In 1965, Harlem River II was built to meet the continuing need for quality affordable housing in the community, creating new public housing for 116 households.

The Harlem River Preservation project is a part of NYCHA’s Permanent Affordability Commitment Together (PACT) program, which harnesses public and private funding to bring meaningful upgrades to buildings and apartments at our city’s public housing developments. Under PACT, tenants’ rights are protected, and their apartments remain affordable for the long-term. NYCHA continues to own the properties, while Settlement Housing Fund carries out the rehabilitation and coordinates property management and social services with C+C Apartment Management.

With this project, Harlem River is receiving $181 million in comprehensive renovations and upgrades to 690 apartments and eight residential buildings. This includes updated building interiors and systems, and exterior renovations and public outdoor spaces. Renovations include new kitchens, baths and floors, new windows, and landscaping. Newly installed security cameras, light fixtures, and fencing around children’s playgrounds will improve safety for residents.

Our team meets regularly with tenants for input on building issues and concerns to ensure that resident needs are met, and the construction process runs smoothly. This major rehabilitation project is on track to be completed by 2025.

To learn more about Harlem River Preservation, and find additional information, including recorded Town Hall Meetings for residents, please visit the Harlem River Preservation website: