East Village & Special Projects Director
A native New Yorker, Harry was exposed to the urban homesteading movement and the many community gardens that are part of what make the East Village such a unique and wonderful community. Harry has a degree in Urban & Regional Studies from the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University, and taught at the public junior high school in the Bronx he attended. Prior to Village Preservation, Harry worked on environmental justice issues in the South Bronx. Among his many honors, Harry was selected as Bronx Community Advocate of the Year by Patterson Volunteer Committee, received a Certificate of Recognition for the Municipal Art Society Community Planner Award, and has also received the Annual Environmental Justice Award from the Professional Staff Congress of CUNY. At Village Preservation, Harry coordinates our East Village work, advocating for expanded landmark and zoning protections, and working with our allies and colleagues to protect small businesses, promote the arts, and advance all things that make the East Village unique and wonderful. He is also in charge of many “special projects,” ranging from responding to attacks on landmarking by REBNY, to increasing Village Preservation’s media presence and outreach in the community.