What Happened to “So I Joined Bootcamp”

Editor’s Note:  The following post has been sitting around for a number of months. I finally decided to publish it because it is something others can relate to and maybe it will inspire you to continue with your own commitment to being fit in 2009. On the Last Episode… I had completed my third week […]

Harlem Restaurants As Cultural Landmarks?

An article for the Fork in the Road blog at the Village Voice finds one writer walking down 125th Street and being shocked (dismayed even) at the site of shuttered doors where once-venerated M&G Diner stood. If you remember, the eatery was shut down by orders of the Department of Health, resuscitated for a bit, […]

Brazillian Jazz Night@ La Pregunta Arts Café

Friday January 9th, 2009 Featuring  The Interchange Jazz Quintet La Pregunta Arts Café 1528 Amsterdam Avenue (Bet. 135th and 136th St) New York, NY 10031 Come here the sounds of Latin-Infused Jazz, Samba and Bassa Nova. Original music and standards. Line up is Saxophone (Tenor/Soprano/ Baritone), Clarinet, Guitar, Bass and Drums. Cost: Free

New Cop Drama Coming To ‘Sugar Hill’

Any New York Undercover fans out there? I have to admit that while the show was running on FOX I was still in high school. And although I considered myself pretty mature for my age, back then I didn’t grasp the groundbreaking nature of the show; It was the first police drama to feature minorities in the […]

…And To Your Right Is The Uptown Exhibit

One of the newest spectator sports I’ve grown addicted to in Harlem has been watching all the tour buses that come up through the neighborhood. Every Saturday morning I have breakfast at the same diner on 135th and Broadway, Bus Stop. You’ll see a tour bus come through the area about every 30 minutes. Seriously! My […]

The Scoop: British Slumlords, Harlem’s Dreamgirls, and NYC’s Worst Elevator Award

One year after British asset management company Dawnay, Day bought up 47 buildings in East Harlem, embattled tenants are claiming victory . Upon purchasing the buildings the new landlord made its plans clear that their returns on investment would come from emptying out as many apartments possible and renting them at market rate. Part of […]

In Text We Trust

How do you remind registered voters to get out and vote? How do you mobilize an entire region to donate money to victims of a natural disaster? How do you get parents involved in their children’s school? If your first thought is a TV commercial or a catchy jingle, then you’re clearly behind in the […]

U.F. Exclusive: Election Day Watch Party Guide

It’s finally here! All the long hours watching CNN and CSPAN! The countless rewinding on your TIVO/DVR of the debates to look for the most subtle clues of invincibility or vulnerability in the candidates’ countenance. You’ve eaten up enough punditry to write your own political column for the New York Times. In what has been […]

The Scoop:’Rain, Rain, Go Away’ Edition

Antonio Midyette in front of the Apollo Theatre Photo Credit: NY DailyNews Former amateur boxer and aspiring boxing promoter Antonio Midyette is looking to bring amateur boxing to the Apollo.[NYDailyNews] At an art exhibition at Columbia University visual artists weigh in on what they see is the “Changing Face of Harlem”.[NYTimes] While President Bush is in D.C. […]

Fading Businesses in ‘New’ Harlem

Harlem blogger Nicole Moore from UptownLife.Net talks about different black-owned businesses (new and old) that have closed their doors or are rumored to be closing soon: “Last week as I walked around the hood I started noticing something a tad bit disturbing– the closing of many new businesses. In spite of Harlem’s much hyped real […]

The Scoop: ‘Summer’s Almost Done’ Edition

A sociology professor and demographic analyst looks at the changing trends in the African-American population in Harlem. [Gotham Gazette] Plans for Major Leage Baseball’s TV channel to become the anchor tenant in the planned Harlem Park building seem to be falling apart. [NYTimes] Mayor Bloomberg celebrates the opening of a bike & pedestrian path along […]

A Jazzy Father’s Day Weekend

KENNY BARRON TRIO (Sunday) Kenny Barron, among the most articulate stewards of the postwar piano tradition, leads his trio in an afternoon concert timed to coincide with Father’s Day. Part of the JVC Jazz Festival. At 3 p.m., Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, at West 135th Street, Harlem, (212) […]

Hulk Smashes Harlem!!!

If you’re a comic book-hero-movie fan like I am you are undoubtly amped about The Incredible Hulk! This film is not to be confused with the 2003 film Hulk which starred Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, and Sam Shepard. That film directed by Ang Lee drew ire from many hard core fans who felt the film […]

Does It Still Take A Village?

On Sunday, an emergency summit was convened to talk about possible solutions to youth violence in the community. The summit was spurred by the recent barrage of shootings that took place in Harlem over the Memorial Day weekend where many young people were wounded. Politicians (including Governor Paterson), law enforcement officials, and community representatives all […]

Harlem, Rate Your Bus Service!

Beginning today bus riders on select routes in the city, including Harlem and Washington Heights, will be able to give the city’s MTA some feedback about the quality of their bus service. These buses will distribute report cards that passengers can fill out about their particular route. Passengers will be able to rate factors such […]