Arthur Schomburg was appointed curator of the ‘Negro Division’ of NYPL at the 135th Street Branch (managing the priceless material he donated to NYPL that documented the life and achievements of the Black diaspora
The renowned sculptor Agusta Savage opened The Savage Studio of Arts and Crafts (you have to love that name). The studio was located at 163 W. 143 Street
The Harlem Harlicans were introduced by Lillian Armstrong (Louis Armstrong’s wife – divorced in 1938) to the Harlem scene. The Harlem Harlicans were an all woman swing band
The Rockland Palace and Savoy Ballroom host drag balls. One of the Black contestants – Bonnie Clark protests that the judges favor white drag queens
As a member of the community, your input is valuable to us. We encourage you to testify and share your experiences, concerns, and ideas regarding this issue. Your testimony will help us better understand the impact of open-air drug use on the community and inform our decision-making process.
This map shows land owned by Samson Adolphus Benson, which extends north of Harlem creek, and south of Kingsbridge Road (all of the detailed blocks on the map are part of this Benson portfolio.
In addition to showing the land that Benson owned and was now selling, the map also shows us 3 Dutch colonial-era roads that are no longer in existence (wiped out by the commissioner’s grid of streets and avenues that we all experience today).
and Manhattan Road:
And, of course, Harlem Creek is now long buried and built over:
Lastly, the map indicates what may be build on given lots, and where sales of the properties were conducted:
Manhole covers for New York are often labeled as Made In India, creating discordance for anyone looking down and reading.
Few who read the words realize that these manhole covers are hand made artifacts, produced in brutal conditions in small factories in India. The film Cast in India is a fascinating exploration of the process of fabrication:
The New York Primary election date is June 27. Early Voting starts June 17 and the deadline to request an absentee ballot is June 12.
Remember to ask your neighbors when you see them and chat, if they’re going to come out to vote, and make a plan to coordinate. Talk to them about the issues. Let’s get activated. Let’s vote!
Another important way to drive change in Harlem is to Join The County Committee, which gives you access to elected officials and allows you to select the Democratic Party nominee for Harlem when there is a special election – which happens when an official vacates their seats before their term ends.
Each year, many seats are unfilled and so we need your civic engagement to help Harlem. Any registered Democrat who resides in Central or East Harlem can apply. To apply, please fill out this form this week.
Little work is involved in joining the county committee but you can make big impact. To join, collect 30+ signatures from your neighbors who are registered Democrats. After you joined, you have no obligation to do anything except you have the OPTION to join events and vote. To find out more, you can view this webpage.
Residents & Business Owners of Sector Charlie! Join Neighborhood Coordination Officers Lau & Hackeling for their Build the Block on Mar. 16 at 5pm, @ 85 East 125 Street. Not sure this is your sector? Visit http://ow.ly/iUc250MZFC2 & type in your address to find out.
Set Out Times
Dear Fellow New Yorker,
As part of our commitment to keeping our streets clean, the NYC Department of Sanitation is implementing:
A new rule to reduce the time that trash, recycling, and curbside composting will sit on sidewalks. The new rule goes into effect April 1, 2023.
We invite you to join us for an upcoming Info Session to learn more about these exciting changes! Please register at the link below. If you are unable to attend, you can learn more at nyc.gov/SetoutTimes and nyc.gov/curbsidecomposting.
The next Harlem Neighborhood Block Association meeting will be Tomorrow, March 14th, at 7:00 PM at 2306 3rd Avenue (the new Salvation Army Building). We’re looking forward to an exciting evening.
Major Silvia Machado, the Corps Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army’s Manhattan Citadel Corps will give us a private tour of the new building
Our 25th Precinct Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCO’s), Officers Lau and Hackeling will brief us on public safety issues in our neighborhood, answer any questions you might have, and take notes of any concerns you’d like addressed
Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg and/or his staff will come to answer any questions you might have about the prosecution of crime in New York
Sharase DeBouse – our District Leader – will provide a community election/primary update
Note that the day after (March 15th at 6PM) the 25th Precinct’s Community Council meeting will be held at the precinct with two NYPD Chiefs in attendance.