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Free bikes change lives in Harlem

By: Housing Works If you live in Harlem, you might see Joe C* riding by on his bicycle. He bikes seven days a week from his home at Stand Up Harlem House down to 96th Street. He puts his music on (really low) and heads south for 45 minutes, enjoying the camaraderie of fellow riders … Continue reading

F.R.E.E! Survival Guide

“F.R.E.E! Survival Guide,” speaks to the simplistic, yet urgent need for immediate answers and resources for families of the incarcerated in New York. Entrenched in F.R.E.E’s mission is the need to recognize families who are left behind to bear the burden of over-incarceration in the Black and Latino communities. The F.R.E.E! Survival Guide is the … Continue reading

P A ‘L A N T E Means Moving Forward

On Saturday, November 14, 2009, Pa’Lante Harlem is holding a special event: Building our CommUNITY, to celebrate its success over the past three years and honor four distinguished members of the community who have helped with the fight against landlord abuse and tenant exploitation. Building our CommUNITY – Luncheon Pa’Lante Harlem will present its 2009 Building … Continue reading

Harlem Mothers SAVE Press Conference

As I was leaving work today I ran smack into the press conference for the 15 year old boy who was murdered outside of St. Nicholas Park over the weekend. Harlem mothers are “sick and tired” of the endless and senseless killing of their sons to gun violence and are making their voices heard. View … Continue reading

Block Clean Up

Friends Of Landon C. Dais host a block clean up in Harlem “100 Days of Change”

Rally for Health on Saturday

Organized by New Yorkers for Change. Co-Sponsored by Brooklyn for Barack, Harlem 4Change, Healthcare Equality Project, Health Care for All New York, The Institute for Puerto Rican and Hispanic Elderly, Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign, NYC for Change, Park River Independent Democrats, Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need, Rekindling Reform, … Continue reading

Earth Hour: Blogging in the dark

Around 8:15 or so this evening I heard about an event called Earth Hour.  It requires participants to turn off their lights for an hour from 8:30 to 9:30 pm on March 28.  I’m not big on having a lot of lights on anyhow, but the one or two lights I had on were turned … Continue reading

Picture the Homeless Protest

Homeless people and community allies took over a vacant building in El Barrio/East Harlem on Thursday morning. The target of the protest was a beautiful two-story building at the corner of Madison Avenue and 116th that has been vacant for decades. Upon seizing control of the property, the occupants determined that the building was structurally … Continue reading

Love is Not Abuse

Starting this week, students at Rice High School in Harlem are learning how to spot and stop dating abuse according to WCBS The curriculum is called “Love is Not Abuse.” Teachers nationwide are trying to help students open their eyes to red flags that someone they know may be in trouble. The curriculum is free … Continue reading

MTA Fare Increases

The Straphangers Network sent the following information about the proposed fare hike. It’s crunch time for safe, decent and affordable transit. If you are disgusted by the proposals to raise fares and slash service, the Straphangers Campaign urges you to speak at this Wednesday night’s MTA hearing. Transit officials are proposing $2.50 base fare,  $103 … Continue reading

MNN Moves on up to the Eastside of Harlem

  Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) is notorious for offering cutting edge programming that is both entertaining and often educational. Last year, we wrote about MNN’s plan to expand their facilities to a firehouse in East Harlem. MNN has since posted renderings of the satellite facility that will offer the following services: Live Broadcast & production … Continue reading

Mugabe’s Harlem Allies

Recently we posted about an emergency rally that was being held on July 3rd, to discuss the recent elections in Zimbabwe. Jane Taruvinga posted an article about it in the Zimbabwe Times. In my opinion, the article is actually more of a rant against the group sponsoring the rally (she felt she wasn’t allowed to … Continue reading

Emergency Rally for Zimbabwe

Thursday, July 3, 2008, the December 12th Movement and Friends of Zimbabwe are holding an emergency meeting at the National Black Theater, 125th Street & Fifth Avenue, to discuss the recent elections in Zimbabwe. Just back from observing the elections, Viola Plummer and Omowale Clay of the December 12th Movement will be joined by a … Continue reading

Inside USA: The Battle for Harlem – Part 1

This is a fabulously thorough video about the “battle for Harlem.” It is one of the best that I’ve seen so far, offering a fairly balanced view of the situation taking place in the neighborhood. more about “Inside USA – 27 June 08 Part 1“, posted with vodpod Related: Harlem is Not for Sale

Harlem Tenants Council March

Over the weekend the Harlem Tenants Council, lead by Nellie Bailey, was out marching in protest of the gentrification of Harlem. They are against the displacement of low-income Harlemites and the newly approved 125th Street River to River proposal. Watch video from the demonstration below. more about “Harlem Tenants Council March“, posted with vodpod

Help the Friends of Baldwin’s Harlem

Help the Friends of “Baldwin’s Harlem” get enough signatures to co-name our streets. A petition for Harlem citizens will be presented to the community board, to approve the co-naming of 128th St. bet. 5th Ave. and Madison Ave. James Baldwin Place and the co-naming of 135th St. and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. to James … Continue reading

BBC Follow Up on Gentrification

In case you had the chance to listen to the BBC Radio 4 report on Harlem’s gentrification, you might be interested to know that the BBC did a follow story on the phenomenon of gentrification in general which is taking place from the U.K to the U.S. There was some debate between host Laurie Taylor … Continue reading

Harlem Mothers SAVE our Teens

“This year came in with a bang, and summer’s not even here,” Mrs Rowe-Adams said. “We are trying to put this under control now before these kids get out of school. There’s no summer jobs so this is why (we) need to get it under control now. “I can’t bring back my two, but I … Continue reading

AIDS in Harlem: Progress, But Still a Problem

Last Sunday, the New York Times reported on the work of the AIDS care community-based organization, Iris House on 138th and Adam Clayton. It noted that “the neighborhoods around Iris House have some of the highest infection rates in the country. In Harlem, 116 of every 100,000 people are H.I.V.-positive, compared with 46 per 100,000 in New … Continue reading

Sustaining the Arts During the “Recession”

  SUSTAINING OUR ARTISTS, ARTS ORGANIZATIONS AND CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS OF COLOR DURING THE “RECESSION” Hunter College 68th & Lexington Avenue, 7th Floor Hall 714 West Building Friday, May 9th, 2008 6pm – 8pm Please RSVP to or call 212.876.1242   Moderated by: Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, Founder of the Caribbean Cultural Center Panelists: Ms. … Continue reading


  On Saturday, April 12, 2008 the Coalition to Save Harlem will stage a massive demonstration as part of its ongoing campaign against the rezoning of 125th Street. HANDS ACROSS HARLEM will join organizations and individuals in a human chain across the length of Harlem’s Main Street, showing that the true River-to-River plan should be designed by Harlem’s people. HANDS … Continue reading

Green on the Plaza

Saturday, April 19 12pm-6pm WE ACT Earthday Event! Harlem State Building Plaza | 163 West 125th Street (at 7th Avenue) Join WE ACT for Environmental Justice as they celebrate Earth Day with community gardeners, parks groups, environmental organizations, and more! Interested in having an information table at the event? Contact James Subudhi at or … Continue reading

Socialize with “Green” Minded Harlemites

Harlem Meer Social Hour: Make an Eco-Mural Tuesday, April 15 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Artist Iandri Randriamandroso guides participants in the construction of a large eco-mural, as part of this month’s Harlem Meer Social Hour — an alternative to the happy hour scene for young professionals. The collective creation will be inspired by Iandri’s “flat … Continue reading

of note: Gandhi | Harlem | Frida

© julien de bock The latest issue of  of note  is out – a weekly publication celebrating the arts, culture, and history of our distinct yet intersecting diasporas. It is a space where art meets activism, empowerment, and social responsibility. Featured this week are events celebrating Mahatma Gandhi, Harlem, and Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, among others. of … Continue reading

celebrating the arts by people of color

© julien de bock  Dear Uptown Flavor, I’m excited to share with you of note – a weekly e-publication celebrating the arts, culture, and history of our distinct, yet, intersecting diasporas. It is a space where art meets activism, empowerment, and social responsibility. For example, featured in this week’s issue are events in New York … Continue reading

Hamilton Grange Move Halted!

Hamilton Grange Move in Jeopardy – Please Sign Petition! The Friends of St. Nicholas Park and St. Nick’s Dog Run are excited about the upcoming move of the Hamilton Grange into our park. Unfortunately, a group of individuals want to stop the move and even the funding because they say that the orientation of house … Continue reading

Tenacious Tenants Townhall

HARLEM TENANTS COUNCIL TOWNHALL MEETING Gentrification Tasmanian Hits Harlem With a Bang: Get on the Unity Boat to Save Harlem! Saturday, March 15, 2008 (1 PM to 4 PM) Harriet Tubman School (Auditorium) 250 West 127th Street (Between Adam Clayton Powell and Frederick Douglass Blvds)

“From Kanye West to Barack Obama: Black Youth, Alienation, and the Future of U.S. Politics

The Center on African American Politics and Society in partnership with the American Politics and Society Workshop Presents Monday, March 3rd, 2008 at 4:15pm-6:00pm “From Kanye West to Barack Obama: Black Youth, Alienation, and the Future of U.S. Politics” Room 270B International Affairs Building (IAB)-Columbia UniversityIAB Entrance at 118th St. between Amsterdam Avenue & Morningside … Continue reading

Mos Def in Conversation

Mos Def discusses his music, his acting, his social and political perspective, and his vision of the role that artists must play in the public world. Regarded as one of hip-hop’s most insightful artists, Mos Def has shaped a career that transcends genres. His groundbreaking collaboration with fellow rapper Talib Kweli in Black Star; his distinctive and daring solo … Continue reading