In the photo below, a group of men listen to a radio, mounted on a box. Their semicircular gathering allows the camera to take in a vignette with the central object (the radio) in full view – all of which suggests a staged photograph.

The image was taken in the 1930s during the depression. This location on Lenox Ave. is now the Mother Hale Bus Depot.

PIX11 Report on East Harlem’s Clean Team

The nonprofit group Positive Workforce joined forces with Uptown Grand Central three years ago. It has been a job-training center in the community for 30 years.

The city has recently added funding and resources to bring on 30 workers. It’s part of Mayor Eric Adams’ “Get Stuff Clean” program.

“It’s making a big difference. People take notice and are getting on board. The lighting is up. They see people getting involved and they get involved,” said Ruben Thomas with Positive Workforce.

PIX11 has the report:

The M35

Depending on how long you’ve lived in Harlem, you may remember different iterations of bus access to Randall’s or Wards’ Island. Here are the 3 (former) ways to get to the island by MTA bus:

  • M34 operated between Lexington Avenue/125th Street to Randall’s/Wards Island to Astoria – shortened to operate between Lexington Av/125th Street and Randall’s/Wards Island, and renamed as the M35 in 1995
  • X81 Special Events bus between Randall’s Island and 61st St 7 station/LIRR in Woodside – This service was provided for special events such as concerts and a premium fare was charged. This service was no longer provided as of 2009 or 2010.
  • Bx21 operated between Lexington/125th Street, Randall’s/Wards Island and Morris Park, Bronx.  This service was discontinued in 1984.

Today, with less than 200 people riding it per day on average, here’s the route:

The Business Side of Sylvia’s

Sylvia’s Restaurant – a legendary Harlem restaurant – is featured in a Harvard business podcast that looks not only at the foundations of this icon, but where the family envisions taking the business in the future.

Have a listen:

Growing Kale in a Shipping Container

CBS reports on Harlem Grown – an organization that seeks to harvest fresh food for families facing hard times. The 11 year old organization is trying an experimental farm in a shipping container, here in Harlem

“The average head of lettuce in the U.S. is traveling 2,500, 3,000 miles. This one’s traveling 25 feet,” said Frank Sharp, principal technical leader at the national nonprofit Electric Power Research Institute, which oversees 20 such sites across the country.

The New York Power Authority is paying for the $250,000 project.

Holiday Lights West and East of 5th Avenue

Holiday Saturdays in East Harlem

The Harlem Night Market is back this holiday season! So mark your calendar for three weekends of fun, food & winter shopping at the historic La Marqueta.

Come through to support local entrepreneurs and go home with some of the best eats, drinks & gifts in the neighborhood.

D.J.s Stormin’ Norman
 and Ted Smooth will be bringing us back to the dance floor, with special guests to be announced.

There’ll be plenty of family fun 
— including visits with Santa, a bounce house and 360-degree photo booth. On December 10, take a trolley from the market to El Museo del Barrio for their new exhibits and Coqui Club kids parranda. On December 17, hop the trolley to our pop-up ice skating rink at Uptown Grand Central’s community plaza at 125th Street.

Check back here for our vendor list:

Dates: Saturdays, December 3, 10 & 17, 4-8 p.m. daily

The Harlem Night Market at La Marqueta is brought to by Uptown Grand CentralTBo Harlem & the NYC Economic Development Corporation, with support from Deputy Speaker Diana Ayala, the NYC Department of Small Business Services, the NYC Department of TransportationUnion Settlement & El Museo del Barrio.

Harlem Garlic Pepper

Enhance all your recipes from pasta, rice and veggies to meat, poultry and fish with Badia Harlem Garlic Pepper, a zesty blend of black pepper and granulated garlic with just a touch of salt for added flavor.

How to Give Back (for free)

HarlemWorld has a great article on how to give back to the community without giving money:

Estey Piano Company and the 3rd Avenue Bridge

An Ebay posting of the 3rd Avenue Bridge in stereoscope:

And while it’s hard to see in the photo above, there are horse-drawn wagons on the right, and pedestrians on the left, all waiting for the perpendicular center span to repivot back to allow passage for terrestrial forms of transportation (clearly a boat of some sort must have prompted this swing bridge to swing open.

Below are the pedestrians waiting (note the safety railing separating them from a plunge into the Harlem river):

And below, a close-up of the horse-drawn wagons:

Note, the building popping up above the bridge’s arch, on the Bronx side of the Harlem River. This building, now known as the Bronx’s Clock Tower (and currently a residential and commercial building), was at the time of this 1890 stereoscope, the Estey Piano Company’s building in Port Morris.

The Estey Organ Company was an organ manufacturer based in Brattleboro, Vermont, founded in 1852 by Jacob Estey. At its peak, the company was one of the world’s largest organ manufacturers, employed about 700 people, and sold its high-quality items as far away as Africa, Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand.

Estey built around 500,000 to 520,000 pump organs between 1846 and 1955. Estey also produced pianos, made in The Bronx in what was known as the Estey Piano Company Factory – now the Clock Tower Building.

Harlem Arts Stroll


NOVEMBER 12, 2022, 1PM TO 6PM

It’s about Harlem from 110th to 155th Streets with its galleries and businesses welcoming you.

Spend time with:

CALABAR GALLERY @calabargallery

CLAIRE OLIVER GALLERY @claireolivergallery

KENTE ROYAL GALLERY @kente_royal_gallery

UNDERGROUND GALLERY @reginaldrousseauarts

HEATH GALLERY @heathgallery

ILON ART GALLERY @ilonartgallery

L’ SPACE DE REVE @lespacedereve

DIASPORA NOW @cafaartfair

ARTISTIC NOISE @artistic_noise

JVS PROJECT SPACE @jvsprojectspace

AHL FOUNDATION @ahlfoundation

FACES OF HARLEM @facesofharlem

ART & FOOD will be at:


It’s very much local and global. Come experience of Harlem culture. Email [email protected]

Wakanda Forever

To celebrate the new “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” film that opens on November 11th, Marvel has hired Vince Ballentine to create a Harlem Black Panther mural.

The mural took almost five days to complete and highlights “Shuri,” Black Panther’s sister and one of the most impactful characters in the Marvel Universe. The mural is on W. 124, just east of Lenox.

Chickens in Harlem

If you’re ever under the MetroNorth tracks at 117th Street, make sure to check out the Urban Garden Center’s chickens.

The chickens look great, have plenty of straw and space, and help keep the bugs down.

Castro Visits Harlem (Again)

This photograph was taken on this date in 1995 when Fidel Castro returned to Harlem and spoke at the Abyssinian Baptist Church.

The photo shows Castro in his characteristic green military uniform, gesturing at the podium. This Reuters photo has additional information/context on the back:

The photograph was up for sale on Ebay.

Trunk or Treat

For the first time, the 25th Precinct will be hosting a Trunk or Treat Halloween Event. We are inviting the kids of our community to visit us at East 118 Street and Park Avenue with their best costumes and get some candy. We will have best costume awards, snacks and of course, candy.

This event will be on Friday, October 28th beginning at 3pm, until supplies last. 

For more information, or to get involved, please contact:

Police Officer Jaylise C​osme

25th Precinct Community Affairs

New York City Police Department

Cell: 917-941-7672

Office: 212-860-6526

Email: [email protected]

​Follow us on Twitter: @nypd25pct

Meet and Engage With Your Elected Officials on Oct. 26th

Join in a community forum at 6pm on October 26th.