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Manhattanville Houses gets a makeover during Earth Week

Kadeen Jones | 4/27/2012, 3 p.m.
Manhattanville Houses gets a makeover during Earth Week

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Manhattanville Houses gets a makeover during Earth Week

Last week tens of thousands of Comcast, the parent company of NBC, and NBCUniversal volunteers joined together across the country for one of the nation's largest single-day corporate volunteer efforts, Comcast Cares Day.

NBCUniversal and City Year New York, refreshed the New York City Housing Authority's Manhattanville Houses on 129 - 133rd Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue in New York City's Harlem community as part of Comcast Cares Day and Green is Universal's Earth Week.

The event was led by home improvement expert George Oliphant, host of NBC 4 New York's George to the Rescue, with contribution from Michael Jack, President and General Manager of NBC 4 New York, Carlos Sanchez, President and General Manager of Telemundo 47, Margarita Lopez, NYCHA Board Member, Harlem Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright, and public housing residents.

Oliphant and his production team alongside more than 150 volunteers from NBCUniversal, Comcast and City Year New York, a nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to provide services for students most at risk of dropping out, took part in projects that like constructing wooden beds for organic vegetables and flowers, constructing benches, removing concrete and painting murals for the Manhattanville Houses.

"Harlem has always been the green jewel in the crown of Manhattan," said Assemblyman Keith Wright of Harlem, Chairman of the New York State Assembly Subcommittee on Public Housing. "By revitalizing the aged infrastructure at the Manhattanville Houses and providing our residents with a beautiful new urban landscape, we ensure that our green tradition will live on. I am so happy to join with Comcast and NBC Universal as they give back to the community of Harlem."