Harlem The Second Largest The Second-Highest Death Rate in NYC

crime tape in harlemThe biggest danger faced by New York teens is simply walking Harlem’s mean streets. 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 →

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Funeral scheduled for Myls Dobson in Harlem

1517553_577788502306020_1201665143_nFuneral services are scheduled for Tuesday evening for Myls Dobson, the 4-year old boy who died after being tortured. Continue Reading →

Sylvia Woods, ‘Queen of Soul Food,’ Passes

Sylvia Woods, the matriarch of the famed Harlem restaurant that bore her name and a New York City icon, died Thursday at her Westchester home, family members said in a statement. 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 →

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