About Us

Dorrance Brooks Property Owners & Residents Association

Harlem has experienced a rapid escalation in the demolition of historic sites in recent years to create space for new high-rise residential towers and upmarket commercial space. DBPORA has intensified its neighborhood preservation activities. Due to the successful efforts of the West Harlem Community Preservation Organization, with support from the neighborhood advocacy organizations Save Harlem Now! and the Historic Districts Council, the Dorrance Brooks Square Historic District received a positive determination of by the New York State Historic Preservation Office for acceptance to both the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places. 


Please help us prevent so much of what makes our neighborhood beautiful and unique from disappearing forever by making a secure donation below. We are committed to the preservation of the historic sites in our district that are at risk of demolition by real estate developers.


Mission: The Dorrance Brooks Property Owners and Residents Association (DBPORA) was formed as a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) Harlem-based community organization for the purpose of assisting neighbors to collectively solve problems, share information, prepare for disasters, improve safety, and maintain a high quality of life. DBPORA is also dedicated to preserving the neighborhood’s rich cultural history and its unique architectural structures. The organization partners with community organizations, local elected officials and agencies, law enforcement, and educational institutions to achieve shared goals.

We need your support to continue our historic preservation efforts

Your contribution will help us to preserve the neighborhood’s rich cultural history and its unique architectural structures.  

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