Heroin Deaths Spike in Harlem And Other Boroughs

160798826The heroin death toll in New York City has more than doubled over the past three years, as the drug becomes popular in new areas and among different people, The New York Times reported Thursday. Continue Reading →

Harlem Woman Turns In Boston Bomber Sister

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A sister of the accused Boston Marathon bombers has been arrested for allegedly threatening to bomb her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend. Continue Reading →

Seitu’s World: Puerto Rican Day Parade Kick-Off At Gracie Mansion

Seitu at day1It was a special and great day at Gracie Mansion this year for the kick-off of the Puerto Rican ( PR ) Day Parade kick off with Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday, June 6th, 2014 in NYC. Continue Reading →

Freddie Hendrix At Smoke In Harlem

Freddie HendrixFreddie Hendrix—combining elements of Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, and Clifford Brown—has emerged as one of the music’s most exciting young trumpet players. Continue Reading →

One Tower to Preserve Views of St. John The Divine

St John the Divine Residential Tower-thumbSt. John the Divine’s plan to raise $2 million per year by allowing a developer to build two towers along its northern edge has riled up neighbors and preservationists who say that blocking part of the century-old Harlem church’s neo-Gothic facade, punctuated with stained glass and buttresses, is practically a sin. Enter Times archicritic Michael Kimmelman, who proposes a compromise. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Help Make Madam C.J. Walker’s Home A National Treasure

Villa-Lewaro_zpscb031975In the early 1900’s, entrepreneur and philanthropist Madam C.J. Walker commissioned Vertner Tandy, the first licensed black architect in New York, to design a home for her.   Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Buika, Free At Summerstage In Central Park (video)

Buika-SmallNPR wrote that Concha Buika’s voice doesn’t come from inside her petite body: It comes from Africa, and from the past. There are obvious traces of flamenco, itself a historical mash-up of the Moors and various transitory cultures in southern Spain and north Africa. Continue Reading →

From Harlem To Hollis: NYPD Recruits Muslim Informants Secretly

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The NYPD recruits Muslim informants to spy in mosques, cafes, and other social locations from Harlem to Hollis, according to a New York Times report. A task unit known as the Citywide Debriefing Team was created after Sept. 11th and targeted arrestees to cut deals in exchange for snitching. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: “God Loves Uganda,” A Film By Roger Ross Williams (video)

god loves uganda by Roger Ross WilliamsWith God Loves Uganda, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams explores the role of the American Evangelical movement in fueling Uganda’s terrifying turn towards biblical law and the proposed death penalty for homosexuality. Continue Reading →