Dear Neighbors,

Welcome to the website of Manhattan Community Board 11! Here you will find resources pertaining to our committees, events taking place around the community, and the number of issues our community faces and how we are addressing them on a daily basis. I hope you find this information helpful as a local resident of our beloved neighborhood, and please be sure to check back periodically for any updates.

This Board is made up of 50 dedicated individuals from all walks of life, but all revolve around one central theme: our deep love for this community and an unparalleled dedication to public service. We are a team of legal experts, nonprofit leaders, activists, veterans who have served our country, and everyday community residents. Ranging from ages 18 to 80, these leaders represent the breadth of thought, experience, and values needed to advocate on behalf of such a diverse community. Our Board is supported by a team of dedicated staff who bring great expertise and selfless commitment to the committees they work with. It is an honor for us to serve and represent you all.

As a lifelong resident of El Barrio/East Harlem, I take pride in our beautiful culture, people, and history. From Marx Brothers Playground to Marcus Garvey Park, from 96th Street to 142nd Street, our community district is the home of small, beautiful community gardens and local businesses, murals, and a brand new Skate Park. Over 120,000 people call this neighborhood home, and it is the mission of myself and this Community Board to ensure all constituent voices are adequately heard, equally represented, and armed with the information necessary to become effective advocates whom we stand side by side with to defend and shape our community’s future. It is incumbent upon all of us to participate in the civic processes taking place throughout our neighborhood, and it is a privilege to serve you all in this venture through my role as Chair.

Be sure to join our email list to get regular updates on events throughout the district! We look forward to seeing you at one of our meetings. If you are in need of assistance or just want to stop by and say hello, please feel free to come by our Community Board office located at 1664 Park Avenue (between 117th and 118th Streets) Monday through Friday from 12-4pm; call (212) 831-8929, or email us at We will help you in any way we can and sí, hablamos español!

Yours in service,

Nilsa Orama