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Gang Education Clinic

Gang Education Clinic

Along with the District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Assemblyman Keith Wright will be hosting the First Annual Gang Education Clinic in Harlem on May 19th, 2011 on the 8th Floor of the Harlem State Office Building (163 West 125th Street in New York City) from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Invited panelists include members and leadership … Continue reading

Lenox Terrace gave special treatment

Charlie Rangel wasn’t the only one that got special benefits from Lenox Terrace according to the Post. Lenox Terrace gave special treatment –

Seen in Harlem: The First lady and the girls

On Tuesday Harlem was the focus of First lady Michelle Obama and her daughters as they enjoyed spring break. The Obama group toured the Studio Theater [Ed. note: wonder if they meant the Studio Museum in Harlem?] and the world famous Apollo Theater. They later dined with Harlem’s own celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson at Aquavit. … Continue reading

Obama in the White House Exhibit

Photographs of President Barack Obama’s first year in the White House are now on display at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. The exhibit features close to 80 photographs taken by chief official White House photographer Pete Souza and 35 watercolors documenting African-American history from colonial times to the Voting Rights Act … Continue reading

City bans flavored tobacco

Today’s Metro reports that the City has expanded on a federal prohibition against flavored cigarettes, including clove. As many readers know flavored cigarettes and cigars are wildly popular in areas like Harlem where just about every bodega carries flavored Dutchs. Menthol cigarettes, on the other hand, have not been banned.

Candidate Bill Thompson calls for freeze on raising rent

Bill Thompson is calling on the mayor’s Rent Guidelines Board to freeze rents at existing levels and reject the unaffordable rent increases it has proposed when it votes on June 23. “Our City has become unaffordable for a vast number of its residents,” Thompson said. “In Bedford-Stuyvesant or Bushwick, for example, a family making the … Continue reading

Nick Simpson doesn’t mind going the extra mile

By Todd Bookman special to Uptown Flavor Viola Varfley, a 20-year resident of Harlem, didn’t know where else to turn. A few months ago, the Liberian immigrant’s Social Security benefits had been cut without warning and her bills were mounting. She had reached out to her elected representatives at the federal, state and local levels … Continue reading

Because she is the first…

  Jorge Ayala poses for a photograph Tuesday May 26, 2009 at FB Lounge, which he owns, in New York. The change in Ayala’s neighborhood reflects the growth of Latinos in America, who celebrated a huge milestone Tuesday when Sonia Sotomayor, the New York City-born daughter of Puerto Rican parents, was nominated to be the … Continue reading

Assemblyman Supports Effort to Save PS 194

Yesterday, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) announced that it would be backing down from its controversial plan to phase out P.S. 194, the Countee Cullen Literacy Academy, in Harlem. The original plan proposed to phase out the school over the next few years to make room for a Charter School. The new … Continue reading

Town Hall Forum on the Federal Stimulus Package

Day & Date: Thursday, April 9th, 2009 Time: TBD (Call Sen. Perkin’s office for all of the details) Harlem Hospital Center 506 Malcolm X Blvd New York, New York Sponsors: Senator Bill Perkins, 30th District Senator Eric Schneiderman, 31st District Senator Jose Serrano, 28th District Contact: To be placed on our list to receive more … Continue reading

Organizing for America Pledge Drive Kick Off in Harlem

Organizing for America Pledge Drive Kick off March 21st, 2009 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Harlem, New York- March 19, 2009 Upper Manhattan Day of Action (Pledge Project Canvass) Join us in engaging our New York City community for our day of action to support the President’s plan to stimulate and transform America’s economy by reforming Health … Continue reading

Remembering Clifton Rolet Sutton

At the funeral Monday of Clifton Rolet Sutton, known as Chuck, speakers lined up to tell how his modest manner hid the powerful role he played in Harlem politics over the last three decades. That included, they said, helping to launch the political career of the current governor. Read the rest of the article [NYT]

Inauguration Day 2009

As specified by the U.S. Constitution (20th Amendment), presidential terms of office begin and end at 12:00 noon on January 20. Preliminary Schedule of Events: 8:00 AM Gates open for ticketed attendees — if you have tickets, it will be wise to arrive very early as crowds will be huge and security heavy. 10:00 AM … Continue reading

Inauguration Watch in Harlem

Here is a preliminary list of locations to watch the Inauguration in Harlem. If you know of locations not listed please send them to uptownflavor -at- Democracy Prep will be sponsoring a community event at the Harlem Armory at 10 AM inauguration-of-a-dream-event-announcement [PDF] Harlem State Building: Following on the heels of the successful election … Continue reading

Schumer Doled Out Additional Inauguration Tix

If you were one of the many that had your heart set on going to the Presidential Inauguration but didn’t get a ticket from your Congressman, then you might have given up hope.  Not so fast. Senator Schumer gave New Yorkers an additional 100 tickets to the swearing in ceremony taking place next week. And … Continue reading

The Future of Harlem Politics

h/t BSN: Harlem resident Bill Thompson, the New York City Comptroller, announced his interest and candidacy in the 2009 Mayoral race. Does he have what it takes? A former Wall Streeter, ex-president of the City’s Board of Education and a committed public servant with his fingers on the pulse of the city, he has what … Continue reading

B.Braxton Hosts Inauguration Gala

Brenda Braxton will host a gala celebration Jan. 20 in honor of Barack Obama’s inauguration as the 44th President of the United States of America. The Smokey Joe’s Café Tony nominee and current star of Broadway’s Chicago will host the 8 PM benefit at BBraxton, her upscale Harlem men’s salon. Attendees can watch the earlier … Continue reading

Notable Quote: Charlie Rangel

“I would never do anything to embarrass my committee, the Congress or my country,” Rangel (D-Harlem) told the Daily News. “It’s really painful to make the front page of The New York Times with a nothing story because clearly I was supporting expanding educational opportunity for people.” Read the full story

Op-Ed by Michael Henry Adams

Michael Henry Adams, Harlem architectural historian and author wrote an op-ed in the Daily News today.  While he has spoken about the topic of a changing Harlem on both Black Star News and The Daily Voice he brings forth the question once again, will Harlem stay Harlem?  Read the piece below: All New York neighborhoods … Continue reading

Caroline and Al Lunch in Harlem

The Rev. Al Sharpton took Caroline Kennedy to lunch Thursday at the famed soul food restaurant Sylvia’s as she continued her quest to join her uncle in the U.S. Senate. Later, Kennedy spoke to reporters outside the restaurant, where she and Sharpton shared a lunch of grilled and baked chicken, string beans, collard greens, salad … Continue reading

Harlem’s IS 195 Renamed in Honor of Terence Tolbert

Mayor Bloomberg announced at a packed funeral service held at IS 195 in Harlem that the school would now be known as the Terence D. Tolbert Education Complex in honor of the lobbying chief. Tolbert attended IS 195 before moving on to the Bronx High School of Science. Mr. Tolbert’s résumé listed over 20 campaigns … Continue reading

UPTOWNflavor in the News

Alison Saar’s statue of Harriet Tubman is being unveiled at 1 p.m. Thursday. (Photo: G. Paul Burnett/The New York Times) Updated, 3:36 p.m. | A new 10-foot-tall bronze statue of Harriet Tubman in Harlem, part of a $2.8 million project, is being formally dedicated by the city at 1 p.m. on Thursday, but the work … Continue reading

Shabazz on Obama

At about 8:15 p.m. on election night, Ilyasah Shabazz, the eldest daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz, stood inside the building where her father was assassinated in February of 1965 and spoke about the election of Barack Obama. “I know that a lot of people my age and older never expected this to ever … Continue reading

Keeping ’em Honest in Harlem

And while we are on the topic of politics, yesterday’s election resulted in Representative Charlie Rangel making a triumphant return to his Congressional seat for a 20th term.  It doesn’t necessarily means that everyone in Harlem agrees that the past decisions he made were wise or honorable.  I know many of us, myself included, felt … Continue reading

The Diary of A Harlem Voter

Special to Uptownflavor by Tonya Conrad For the life of me I can’t understand Harlem Living.’  Please, someone, anyone, help me understand! Let me paint the picture for you: November 4, 2008 6:00 a.m. I stumble out of bed eager to cast my vote for ‘Change.’ I am already mentally prepared that on this day, … Continue reading

The Day Of. The Morning After.

The overwhelming majority of people who walked down the street told me with great pride that they had already voted in the morning. Many looked at me as if I asked them, “Did you remember to wake up today?” The obviousness of their looks said something like, “Are you kidding? Are you serious? Yesterday I … Continue reading

President Elect Obama’s Speech

“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer. It’s the answer told by lines that stretched around schools … Continue reading

HIStory is Our Story: Obama Victory

We are living in a historical time, Harlem!!!  Cherish it. A wave of jubilation is sweeping Harlem because Barack Obama has been elected president of the United States, becoming the first African-American elevated to the White House. Thousands of people poured into the streets in raucous celebration Tuesday. Honking car horns split the night air. … Continue reading

Early Voters Were Optimistic

Election wrap up tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who did their civic duty and went out to vote. more about “Early Voters Were Optimistic“, posted with vodpod

Celebrate Election Night with Harlem4Obama

Harlem4Obama will hold it’s ELECTION WATCH PARTY promptly at the close of the polls at 9:00PM at 2479 Frederick Douglass Near 133rd St. When Barack Obama is projected the winner, we will march out of our headquarters, down the boulevard to 125th St., stopping briefly at the world famous Apollo Theater.  We will then proceed … Continue reading

Hope Grows in Harlem

These wonderful stories will probably be trickling through the Webosphere for weeks and months to come. I overheard a conversation one woman was having with a mother pushing her son in a stroller. The mother mentioned she told her son she would be voting for the first black president. His response was, “I want to … Continue reading