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Operator for the Harlem African Burial Ground Memorial & Cultural Center RFEI

January 29, 2020 9:32 AM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

Deadline: EXTENDED to Friday, March 17, 2020, 4:00 PM

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in connection with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, is seeking proposals from parties interested in conceptualizing and operating an approximately 15,000 SF cultural center (the “Cultural Education Center”) and an approximately 18,000 SF public outdoor memorial (the “Outdoor Memorial”) honoring the lives and contributions of freed and enslaved Africans in East Harlem. 

The Outdoor Memorial will be located at the historical site of the Harlem African Burial Ground, and the Cultural Education Center will be sited adjacent to the Outdoor Memorial. Both the Cultural Education Center and Outdoor Memorial will be located at Manhattan Block 1803 Lot 1, also identified as 2460 Second Avenue (the “Site”). The Cultural Education Center and Outdoor Memorial are expected to be built as a part of the future mixed-use redevelopment of the Site, referred to as the E126th Street Redevelopment Project (the “Project”).

NYCEDC plans to designate an operator for the Cultural Education Center and Outdoor Memorial to participate in the Project on the basis of factors stated in the RFEI which include, but are not limited to: the quality of the proposal, experience of key staff identified in the proposal, demonstrated successful experience in performing services similar to those encompassed in the RFEI, and the financial capacity of the respondent.

It is the policy of NYCEDC to comply with all federal, state and City laws and regulations which prohibit unlawful discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status and other protected category and to take affirmative action in working with contracting parties to ensure certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) share in the economic opportunities generated by NYCEDC’s projects and initiatives.


Optional informational sessions will be held at 12pm at NYCEDC and at 6:30pm at The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College on Thursday, November 7, 2019. Those who wish to attend either session should RSVP by email to HABG_RFEI@edc.nyc on or before October 31, 2019

Respondents may submit questions and/or request clarifications from NYCEDC no later than 5pm on Friday, January 17, 2020. Questions regarding the subject matter of this RFP should be directed to HABG_RFEI@edc.nyc. For all questions that do not pertain to the subject matter of this RFEI please contact NYCEDC’s Contracts Hotline at (212) 312-3969. Answers to all questions will be posted by Thursday, January 23, 2020, to edc.nyc/rfps.

Submission Requirements

Detailed submission guidelines and requirements are outlined in the RFEI, available as of Monday, October 21, 2019. The RFEI is available for in-person pick-up between 9:30am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday, from NYCEDC, One Liberty Plaza, 165 Broadway, 14th floor, New York, NY 10006. To download a copy of the solicitation documents please visit edc.nyc/rfpsSubmissions will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis beginning 4pm on Monday, January 6, 2020.

Deadline: EXTENDED to Friday, March 17, 2020, 4:00 PM

 Please submit five (5) sets of your expression and one (1) digital copy USB flash drive of your expression of interest to:

NYCEDC, One Liberty Plaza, 165 Broadway, New York, NY 10006
Attention: Maryann Catalano, Chief Contracting Officer, Contracts.

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