NYCEDC Looking for a Nonprofit to Operate and Develop Immigrant Research Center in Northern Manhattan

NYCEDC and DCLA Seeking Operator To Develop Immigrant Research and Performing Arts Center in Northern Manhattan
The Center is part of Inwood NYC, a neighborhood plan that will deliver over $200 million in investments to enrich Inwood community.

New York, NY— New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), released a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for a nonprofit organization to design, construct and operate a new Immigrant Research and Performing Arts Center (The Center) in Northern Manhattan. The Center is part of the Inwood NYC neighborhood plan, which was approved by the City Council last August.

The RFEI can be downloaded here.

The City has committed $15M to fund the acquisition, design, and construction of a future facility that is expected to include performing arts space designed to allow a variety of programming, staging for performances, space for local arts and cultural groups as well as storage, dressing rooms, classrooms, rehearsal space and administrative offices. The facility will also include a space programmed by New York Public Library (NYPL) for the public to research historical and contemporary materials that reflect the immigrant experience in New York City. Space is expected to provide access to NYPL’s major research collections held at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Library for the Performing Arts, and the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

Once complete, the City will own and operate the facility and it will be included in the DCLA Energy Coalition, a group of cultural organizations on City-owned property under DCLA’s jurisdiction that receives City funding to cover energy costs. The goals of the Energy Coalition align with the City’s CreateNYC cultural plan, which supports a long-term strategy of strengthening NYC’s cultural sector through more equitable City funding.

IRPAC is a key component of Inwood NYC, a neighborhood plan to strengthen affordable housing and deliver over $200 million in public investments to ensure Inwood remains an affordable, attractive neighborhood for working and immigrant families. The Inwood NYC Action Plan was the result of over three years of extensive community engagement led by NYCEDC.

Key highlights of the action plan include:

  • Preserving and protecting at least 2,500 affordable homes in Inwood and Washington Heights with new resources to prevent displacement and keep apartment buildings affordable.
  • Creating an estimated 1,600 affordable homes through 100 percent affordable projects on public sites and MIH requirements on private sites.
  • Providing access to workforce training and jobs, youth programming and resources for local businesses cultural organizations.
  • Modernizing area infrastructure and improving streets to make them safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Rebuilding and renovating existing waterfront parks to meet the need for public amenities and recreation.

“As the Inwood community continues to grow, we’re thrilled to support local organizations and artists that reflect the rich culture that defines this neighborhood,” said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett. “The Immigrant Research and Performing Arts Center will deliver state-of-the-art cultural space in Northern Manhattan, providing a permanent home to honor the vibrancy and history of immigrant contributions to our cultural fabric. I want to thank Council Member Rodriguez for his continued leadership and support, and I look forward to making this project a reality.”

NYCEDC will host an information session on September 16, 2019, and proposals are due on December 19, 2019. Questions regarding this RFP should be directed to