Upon seeing the success of TMA, Luanne Eldar, executive director of the venerable 50-year-old non-profit Casita Maria, a youth and family service organization operating in the Bronx, approached ddm for assistance. The organization owned a small building and an adjacent parcel of land, but lacked both operating and capital funds to continue its mission. ddm created a plan whereby Casita Maria leased the site to the NYS School Construction Authority (SCA), [...]

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Over the years, ddm helped create  new models of permanent and transitional housing where residents with special needs are able to live independently because of the availability of either on-site, or nearby services.  The residences were made possible through mixing social service and capital funding streams and by designing spaces to meet program goals such as the encouragement of healthy behaviors, and the enjoyment of social activities, shared meals, or [...]

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The Neighborhood Entrepreneur Program (NEP) run by the NYC Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) removes hundreds of partially occupied and vacant buildings from the City inventory where they had been languishing since the 1970s when the City, through HPD, became the involuntary landlord to thousands of residential tenants living in substandard conditions throughout the city.  To save the housing and to break the trend of owners abandoning buildings once they are [...]

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In 1995, the neighborhood organization, East Harlem Renewal Homes, approached ddm with a question.  Would it be possible to finance the renovation of scattered, small brownstones in East Harlem for sale to local families at affordable prices? At that time, the conventional wisdom was “No family would choose to buy a home in East Harlem, given the surrounding blight” and no bank would finance the renovation or sale.  Those of [...]

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  The ddm family of companies has created close to 1500 units of housing for low-income families.  The newly constructed or renovated apartments and homes are scattered throughout East and Central Harlem in upper Manhattan in a variety of building sizes and types.  Homes are within 3-family owner-occupied buildings, rental apartments in multiple-family housing, suites within a congregate living residence for disabled people, assisted living apartments for the elderly, and [...]

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ddm development and services invites you to view a new art exhibition on the second floor of its Gateway II complex at 2082 Lexington Avenue near 126th Street. A remarkable collaborative effort curated by Art for Change, the indoor show includes works by artists Patricia Cazorla, Esperanza Cortes, Aissa H. Deebi, Roberto De Jesus, Laura F. Gibellini, Marissa A. Gutiérrez-Vicario, Alejandro Endoke Makuendo Guzman, Gabriel Pacheco, Tara Parsons, Michael Pribich, Elisa Pritzker, [...]

At 125th Street and Fifth Avenue, the demolition of a vacant building exposed a barren wall to the neighborhood.  ddm hired Michael Sherman, a painter and public artists whose work focuses on traditional values in contemporary art, to paint what has become a New Harlem East attraction. In Michael’s words, “Mortar Drawing” is a large scale mural where black masonry paint was used to paint over the existing mortar lines to [...]

In 2004 and 2005, ddm worked as project manager for Elizabeth Colon, then President of the East Harlem Business Capital Corporation (EHBCC) to create a five-block food market, alive with music, performing arts, and lots of jobs. ddm, working under the direction of the  economic arm of the Bloomberg Administration, and with advisory assistance of the Ford Foundation, the Project for Public Spaces, and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, financed the project and enlistedCybul & [...]

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Families living near  East 125th Street, the iconic Harlem home to famous cultural and entertainment establishments, also known as Martin Luther King Blvd. wanted to be able to shop locally. Two healthy food establishments are now open.  Island Salads offers fresh salads, wraps, soups, smoothies and baked goods all in a bright and sassy room full of Caribbean colors.  Three season dining is also available in the garden. Wild Olive market [...]

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