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The 8th Council District: A River Runs Through It

William Alatriste
Speaker Melissa-Mark Viverito, who is leaving office because of term limits, seen in the district in 2014. The 8th district’s lines were redrawn before the 2013 race to encompass more of the Bronx.


City Limits  talks about gentrification in the 8th council district.

July 31, 2017

By Jarett Murphy

Only two New City Council districts cross borough lines, and only the 8th district spanning Manhattan and the Bronx actually crosses a river—in this case, the Harlem River—to do so.

The water isn’t what makes the area interesting, however, but the fact that the district joins the traditional cultural heart of Latino New York (El Barrio/East Harlem) to southernmost part of the South Bronx, including Mott Haven, long one of the city’s most impoverished districts, does. There’s probably no neighborhood in the city more likely to gentrify—or gentrify more, since the process appears to have started already in at least some areas—and the possible rezoning of East Harlem has been controversial because of the real risk of displacement. That the outgoing Council speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, represents that district, that her trusted aide Diana Ayala is a leading candidate in the campaign to succeed her, and that Mark-Viverito’s handling of the rezoning could shape the race all make it a fascinating place to watch on September 12…

Read the full story in CITY LIMITS…

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