Northside Center Lexington Gardens

In 2015 Northside Center for Child Development knew they were running out of time to find a new affordable home in their ever-gentrifying Harlem Neighborhood. Seizing on an opportunity to join the Lexington Gardens mixed-use development, Northside sought the expertise of About the Work to make it a reality. ATW immediately grasped the critical nature of Northside’s real estate need: fighting to preserve permanent, affordable, and local mental healthcare services for families in their community.

To fulfill Northside’s driving need for permanent space through long-term control of their real estate, Faye Premer and team applied ATW’s expertise to navigating Northside’s spatial needs, limited budget, and development structure challenges. ATW patiently and consistently steered both the development and design processes to align with Northside’s mission. Together, ATW and Northside selected a strong project team, and worked hand-in-hand with development partner L&M to actualize the project.

About the Work’s open, clear communication and diligent reporting to the Northside board have served as cornerstones of this multi-faceted, multi-million-dollar project, ensuring that all parties remain informed, and can make decisions quickly and seamlessly, all benefiting the community.

About Northside Center for Child Development

Northside Center for Childhood Development was founded in 1946 by pioneering psychologists Kenneth B. and Mamie Clark, who believed in tapping into the inherent strengths of children and families in poverty stricken areas to help them overcome obstacles. The revolutionary research of the Clarks was cited by the United States Supreme Court in the historic 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, which declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional. The couple opened Northside to provide expert behavioral, mental health, education, and enrichment programs to children and families living in poverty. This philosophy remains the bedrock of the organization’s work today where they continue to help more than 3,600 New York City children each year with early childhood and mental health services.