Cops Arrest 5 Men in Fatal shooting in Hamilton Heights

gange mebrs shootNYDaily News reports that a 27-year-old man murdered outside his Hamilton Heights home was shot and killed because he allegedly assaulted a violent gangbanger’s sister, cops said Thursday. Continue Reading →

Yolande’s Yard: Homegoings in Harlem (video)

Homegoings_01By Yolande Brener

Christine Turner’s documentary, “Homegoings,” examines the work of funeral director, Isaiah Owens, a man who laughs and cries with his customers, who in turn trust him to lighten their time of loss. Owens Funeral Home, based in Harlem and Branchville is the place “where beauty softens your grief. Continue Reading →

A Harlem Embalmer’s Gets His Turn

The deceased — in life he was a doorman — was on a gurney in the basement. He was naked, as wrinkled as a rhino, and face up on a sheet.

Around him in the clammy room were the tools of his embalmer: the trocar that had emptied out his stomach, the scalpel that had dug into his jugular, the Duotronic/brand name/ injector pump that had given him that vinegary odor from the fluid it put into his veins. Continue Reading →