New York Main Street is a state program that provides matching grants to property and business owners to renovate the exterior and interior of their buildings or storefronts. It also provides funds to nonprofit organizations for streetscape improvements. Hope Community received a New York Main Street grant in 2006 and has been working since then to make improvements to the “East Harlem Gateway”, the three-block contiguous area around Lexington Avenue and East 102nd and 105th Streets.
In addition to the streetscape improvements courtesy of Trees New York, Hope Community surveyed the East Harlem community to receive input on which additional streetscape improvements the community would like to see in the “Gateway” area. In response, Hope Community used part of the New York Main Street grant to replace the traditional New York City trash receptacles with a newer and more modern model. Each of the high-end litter receptacles ask that residents and visitors “keep the East Harlem Gateway clean”. Also installed were four new bike rakes on 103rd and 104th Streets between Park Avenue and Third Avenue.