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The City of New York, through its Department of Cultural Affairs (“DCLA”), and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) are seeking responses to a Request for Expressions of Interest (the “RFEI”) from interested parties (“Respondents”) to operate an Immigrant Research and Performing Arts Center (“IRPAC”) as a part of the Inwood NYC Neighborhood Planning Initiative (“Inwood NYC”). 

Inwood NYC is a comprehensive plan to ensure that Inwood remains an affordable, attractive neighborhood for working and immigrant families. One of the priorities identified through this collaborative process was a need for IRPAC as a cultural center to support the artists and cultural organizations of Northern Manhattan. NYCEDC and DCLA jointly seek responses to the RFEI from nonprofit respondents for the operation of IRPAC. The selected operator(s) would work with the City to advise on the capital design and construction of the cultural facility and make a long-term commitment to operating the facility.

NYCEDC and DCLA plan to select one or more operators on the basis of factors stated in the RFEI which include, but are not limited to: the quality of the proposal, the readiness of respondent to begin operation, financial capacity and plan, and respondent experience.

It is the policy of NYCEDC to comply with all federal, state and City laws and regulations which prohibit unlawful discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status and other protected category and to take affirmative action in working with contracting parties to ensure certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) share in the economic opportunities generated by NYCEDC’s projects and initiatives.


Respondents may submit questions and/or request clarifications from NYCEDC no later than 5pm on Monday, October 21, 2019. Questions regarding the subject matter of this RFEI should be directed to [email protected]. For all questions that do not pertain to the subject matter of this RFEI, please contact NYCEDC’s Contracts Hotline at (212) 312-3969. Answers to all questions will be posted by Tuesday, November 5, 2019, on this page.

Submission Requirements

Detailed submission guidelines and requirements are outlined in the RFEI, available as of Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The RFEI is available for in-person pick-up between 9:30am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday, from NYCEDC, One Liberty Plaza, 165 Broadway, 14th floor, New York, NY. To download a copy of the solicitation documents please visit our RFPs page. RESPONSES ARE DUE NO LATER THAN 4pm on Thursday, December 19, 2019. Please submit two (2) hard copies and two (2) digital copies (on USB drives) of your expression of interest to:

NYCEDC, One Liberty Plaza, 165 Broadway, 14th Floor - Mailroom, New York, NY 10006
Attention: Maryann Catalano, Chief Contracting Officer, Contracts.

Optional Information Session

Please find date, time and location listed below. Those who wish to attend should RSVP by email to [email protected] by 5pm on Friday, October 11, 2019.

DATE: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
TIME: 6pm
LOCATION: Manhattan Bible Church, 401 W 205th St, New York, NY 10034


Companies who have been certified with the New York City Department of Small Business Services as Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (“M/WBE”) are strongly encouraged to apply. To learn more about M/WBE certification and NYCEDC’s M/WBE program, please click here. [Please refer to the Equal Employment and Affirmative Compliance for Non-Construction Contracts Addendum in the RFEI.]

Vendor Resources

Because NYCEDC’s projects are generally funded with public funding sources, working with NYCEDC on many of our projects requires the completion and submission of certain forms and documents. Click here to register with PASSPort, a database of information of vendors who do business with NYC, learn how to obtain proof of insurance, download Doing Business Accountability project forms, and more.

Key Documents
  • Q&A (October 31, 2019) Immigrant Research and Performing Arts Center RFEI
  • Addendum #1 Immigrant Research and Performing Arts Center RFEI
  • Info Session Sign-in Sheet October 15, 2019
  • Info Session PowerPoint Presentation October 15, 2019

Have Questions?

For questions regarding the subject matter of this RFEI:

For all questions that do not pertain to the subject matter of this RFEI: