CIVITAS (New York, NY)


  • Name:Emma Bologna

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:CIVITAS
  • Address:1457 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY 10128
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:2129960745

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of CIVITAS is to foster, mobilize and coordinate civic concern in the community of Manhattan’s Upper East Side and East Harlem. We seek to promote, preserve and protect residential neighborhoods that are lively and livable.

    We are a union of citizens dedicated to improving neighborhood quality of life in the Upper East Side (UES) and East Harlem (EH) since 1981.

    CIVITAS promotes urban planning, zoning and land use policies that are sensible and sensitive to residential life in our neighborhoods.

    CIVITAS supports environmentally sound development, vibrant retail activity at street level, uncluttered sidewalks and access to good public transit.

    CIVITAS opposes overbearing towers that are non-contextual and cut off light and air from surrounding buildings and the sidewalk below.

    CIVITAS commissions urban planning studies, speaks out at public hearings, issues reports and keeps its members informed on current issues impacting urban life.

  • Overview:
  • CIVITAS adopts a three-part approach to helping the community through activism, education and outreach, and technical assistance and research. When undertaking projects, we develop priorities and engage technical expertise. We identify stakeholders to participate in the process to inform, educate and develop consensus. We revisit and, as necessary, revise goals after the outreach process.


    Conducting a professional evaluation enlisting community stakeholders and public officials to support a successful 52-block rezoning of EH in 2003 - the first major rezoning of that area since the 1960s.

    Identifying that a developer had built 12 illegal stories at a new high-rise apartment building on East 96th Street and leading the community-wide effort and lawsuit to have the illegal construction removed.

    With Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, hosted community and stakeholder meetings to develop a vision plan for the East River Esplanade.

    Brought an environmental program into PS 7, Global Tech Middle School and PS 146 in EH to teach students about recycling and engage them in fun efforts to reduce waste going to landfills from their cafeteria.

    Co-sponsored an annual panel discussion series with the National Academy.

    Co-lead tours with Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects of the East River Esplanade during Open House New York Weekend 2014.

    In the beginning of 2015, we published a Vision Study with the results of the site analysis and a list of community priorities from 2014. Co-hosted by Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer, CIVITAS released our Esplanade Vision Study.

  • History:
  • In 1981, when CIVITAS was founded, August Heckscher, its first chair, hearkened back to the Roman Republic to find a name that would express the spirit of the new community organization. The name chosen, “CIVITAS,” referred to that quality of a citizen that made him deeply involved in the life and fate of his city. Such has been the guiding spirit for CIVITAS ever since.

  • Year established:1981
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:31
  • Advisory board size:18
  • Staff size:3


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:13-3132603

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:133132603
  • Organization Name:CIVITAS CITIZENS INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:DBA CIVITAS
  • Care Of Name:% HUNTER ARMSTRON
  • Organization Address:DBA CIVITAS 1457 LEXINGTON AVE
  • Organization City:NEW YORK
  • Organization State:NY
  • Organization Zip:10128-0000
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:November, 1982
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):125, 123, 149
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Giving information or opinion (see also Advocacy), Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc., Other instruction and training
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:I21Z
  • Asset Amount:$162,936
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$191,638
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$164,395
  • Last Updated:2/19/2018 9:21:37 pm

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