An 88-unit affordable housing apartment community, uniquely featuring 52 four-bedroom townhomes, in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx.

Plaza Borinquen 88 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
483 East 138th Street, Bronx, New York 10454
noon to 1:00 pm

Plaza Borinquen 88 Townhomes
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John Ciardullo had conceived of Plaza Borinquen 88 in his third year of graduate school at Harvard University. It was constructed in 1975 as part of an infill housing program, in which people are moved from substandard to new housing that is erected on vacant lots in their own neighborhoods. This practice physically renews the neighborhood without interfering with established social structures.

The architectural decisions John Ciardullo Associates made on Plaza Borinquen 88 also took that existing social structure equally seriously. The project proved beyond a doubt that, if all aspects of the private/public continuum are addressed, even in low-income urban housing people can be comfortable and in control of the spaces where their lives unfold.

Plaza Borinquen 88 is an environment where inner city residents can enjoy privacy within their homes and the free use of semi-public open spaces, while identifying with consecutively larger groups beyond the family, including those outside the community boundary.
from John Ciardullo Associates: Architecture and Society



Master of Ceremony

Fred Mitchell, Senior Vice President, The NHP Foundation


Richard Burns, President & CEO, The NHP Foundation
U.S. Congressman, Honorable Jose Serrano, New York 15th Congressional District
Carmen Arroyo, New York State Assemblywoman District 84
City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Council District 8
Commissioner,Vicki Been, New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development
Gary Rodney, President, The New York City Housing Development Corporation
Deputy Regional Administrator, Mirza Orriols, New York Department of Housing and Urban Development
Gayle Manganello, SVP Manager of Origination, PNC Real Estate
Long-time Resident of Plaza Borinquen, Magaly Castellano


Plaza Borinquen Architect, John Ciardullo, Ciardullo Associates



New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC)
New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD)
PNC Bank
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
The NHP Foundation (NHPF)