Sign-Up for Composting

One of our neighbors next to Marcus Garvey Park writes:

I urge everyone to sign up for curbside composting. Our building enjoyed this great service from November 2018 till March 2020 when the pandemic shut down the program. The DSNY is gearing back up. However they need you you to sign-up for this fantastic program.

For those compost-curious, DSNY’s program will accept – keeping this out of landfill

ALL FOOD WASTE including:

  • coffee grounds and tea bags
  • shells (seafood, nut, and egg)
  • bones
  • spoiled and expired food
  • food soiled paper (napkins, towels, uncoated plates, bags, trays, boxes)

Yard and Plant Waste including:

  • leaves
  • spent flowers and trimmings
  • small twigs
  • grass clippings

Sign-up is now open! If you are in an eligible neighborhood, we will notify you when service will start in your area. If you do not live in an area where the service is yet offered, we will let you know about opportunities to bring your food scraps to a drop-off location or how to compost at home (and will let you know if service is expanding to your area!).

We want to hear from everyone interested in Curbside Composting as it helps us make the case to expand this service to more neighborhoods.

https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/site/services/food-scraps-and-yard-waste-page/overview-residents-organics

White Park

White Park – 106/Lex – has a great basketball mural facing the courts.

Cesar Fantauzzi became the most prominent player in Spanish Harlem, where he earned his nickname “Spanish Doc” after capturing a jump shot attempt in midair. Fantauzzi entered the BSN with the Atléticos de San Germán earning a reputation as a power dunker and shot blocker, eventually following the footsteps of the other prominent Nuyoricans into the national basketball team.

MMPCIA Meeting on Tuesday Night – Safety

General Membership Meeting

Tuesday, September 28th, 6:30PM

Community Safety

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86847234917

Sugar Hill Music Festival on Saturday

Location

Sugar Hill Luminaries Lawn

Highbridge Park

155th Street and Edgecombe Avenue

Harlem, NY 10032

NBT

To watch the National Black Theater’s founder, Barbara Ann Teer explain her leveraging real estate to support the arts, see this great clip that shows the $10,000,000 project that is now slated to be torn down and replaced:

Note that Barbara Ann Teer was rejected by 14 banks in her quest for financing this amazing project.

For more on Barbara Ann Teer, see:

A Chef’s Guide to Food and Culture in NYC

By Marcus Samuelsson

Here’s one notable New Yorker’s ideal itinerary in NYC—and it could be yours too. Enter our sweepstakes for a chance to experience it in real life, plus a free trip for you and a friend.

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NYC inspires adventure through the celebration of food, culture and art. The City constantly inspires me through its rich diversity, and I’m always discovering new places in my neighborhood and beyond. —Marcus Samuelsson, Chef-owner of Red Rooster

https://www.nycgo.com/my-itinerary/shared/a-chefs-guide-to-food-and-culture-in-nyc

Community Clean-up on Saturday

Fish Fry!

A staple of Harlem political organizing and fundraising is coming up on Saturday (after the clean-up noted above) with the Frederick E. Samuel Democratic Club. All welcome!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage at Boriken’s Community Health Fair

Kristin Richardson Jordan to Meet With HNBA Tonight

HNBA will host Kristin Richardson Jordan tonight at 7:00 PM to talk about her historic upset of the Harlem machine, her plans for City Council District 9, the upcoming November election, and what she means by Radical Love for Harlem.

To join in, reach out to Shawn, Hallia, Cecile, Saiyda, or Kat for the link, or email: [email protected]

Heart to Heart on Saturday

Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Time: Starting at 6:00pm
EST Location: Online from the comfort of your own home!  

Live events continue to be on hold, but,Labor of Love Association is dedicated and resourceful!
We will host the 2021 Heart to Heart Concert, New York’s Premier Event for Authentic Traditional/Contemporary Gospel Music, online again this year so you can enjoy from the safety and comfort of home!  
Featuring:
The Labor of Love Ensemble
Brother Alson Farley, Jr
Reverend Vandell Atkins
Elder George Heyward
Sister Kimmy Jenkins
The Richard Curtis Singers
Brother Richard Page

Broadway venues are still reeling from the effects of 2020. But that won’t stop us from bringing to you an EXCITING and UPLIFTING virtual concert. Just what we All NEED!
Streaming live into your home on Saturday, September 18th comes music you love, PLUS a high-energy *virtual show* that includes healthy lifestyle tips.
Fundraising: In lieu of ticket sales, we hope you’ll support our purpose and mission with a donation. Give what you can and make a difference!
Your support is deeply appreciated.
MAKE A DONATION!

As Seen on Madison

$100 and Free Vaccine

Madison Avenue between East 128th and 129th Streets.

Community Gardens

Localize has an analysis of which boroughs have the most proximate community gardens:

https://www.localize.city/blog/5-green-spaces-that-capture-nyc-community-garden-history/

Their map shows how bereft of community gardens Queens is:

Here in Harlem we are blessed with a number of community gardens in relative proximity to many of us. The garden I manage is an East Harlem jewel, Lydia’s Magic Garden:

https://www.facebook.com/lydiasmagicgarden/

Come and visit. Park Avenue (east side) between 117/118.

National Grant Winner

Lydia’s Magic Garden has won a Pure Growth Project grant for 2021/2022.

This national grant contest will help Lydia’s Magic Garden in our 2021/2022 Dirty GoGo project.

Dirty GoGo is a root vegetable project where each gardener commits to Growing One, Giving One of the root vegetables in 2022. We want to share our produce with the community and some give to neighbors in need, some give to local pantries, and some give to other nearby not-for-profits that support food-stressed East Harlem residents.

Congratulations, Lydia’s Magic Garden:

https://www.facebook.com/lydiasmagicgarden/

Ice Cream in Harlem

Two Harlem ice cream spots won praise in Today.com for their amazing offerings:

Sugar Hill Creamery: New York, NY

Serving out of two locations in the Harlem area, Sugar Hill Creamery is a labor of love built by wife-and-husband team Petrushka Bazin Larsen and Nick Larsen. With combined backgrounds in arts, culture, fine dining and community, they opened their first location in 2017 and have been producing seasonal and classic flavors inspired by Harlem. The handmade flavors to order include a blueberry cheesecake dubbed “Chairperson of the Board,” “Fly Girl,” a honey and lavender-flavored homage to the movie “Honey” and a salted caramel flavor named after Langston Hughes’s poem “Harlem Sweeties.”

The shop is currently delivering pints everywhere in the U.S. (except Hawaii and Alaska) through Goldbelly and will be launching its Ice Cream Sandwich of the Month Club this summer.

Mikey Likes It Ice Cream: New York, NY

Mikey Cole created his brand of ice cream following the advice of his late aunt: “If you are cooking with love, someone should receive that same food with love.” Now serving from two locations in NYC, on the Lower East Side and in Harlem, he will soon sell his ice cream at MoMA’s Cafe 2 as well. Cole’s take on banana pudding with vanilla wafers a flavor called “Brady Bunch,” and “Pink Floyd” is a take on a double-strawberry cheesecake. He even serves up a flavor that encourages you to eat your greens, called “Incredible Hulk.”

Cole also continues to donate food to the community and hopes his ice cream brings people together. Plus, if you’re a kid with an A on your report card: Congrats — your scoop is free!

Former Sign/Plaque?

At the point where 5th Avenue intersects with 120th Street, Marcus Garvey Park has a curious remnant of a former sign or plaque.

You can see the former bolt holes, and someone chiseled the rock to allow the sign to lay flat.

If anyone knows what it was or said, do tell.

Local Restaurants vs. Chains

A dataset of nearly 800,000 independent and chain restaurants for the contiguous U.S. was used to examine the total number of restaurants with the same name and created an average “chainness” score, which measures the likelihood of finding the same venues in other parts of the country.

The paper that examined how “chainy” a community is, by examining how geographic, socioeconomic and infrastructural factors relate. It finds that high rates of chainness predominate in the midwestern and the southeastern U.S., especially in places that are more car-dependent, closer to highways, and with high percentages of people who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election. 

A zoomed-in look at chainness in Montgomery, Alabama. The chainness score in this area is above the national average.

Independent restaurants were more prevalent in coastal cities and were associated with more pedestrian- and tourist-friendly environments, wealthier and highly educated populations, and more racially diverse neighborhoods.

A look at San Francisco’s low chainness. 

The analysis and maps show where chains proliferate, and where independent restaurants tend to thrive.

The View South on 5th Avenue

The view, looking through the old Bellevue Hospital gates (hence the BH mullions), south on 5th Avenue.

A Flag?

Seriously? Manhattan (as a borough), has a flag?

It looks suspiciously like the NYC flag with the only difference being details on the circular seal.

The Manhattan Latin motto is gone. The 1625 is replaced with two stars. In the end, it’s pretty underwhelming. Perhaps the confusion between the flags means that we’ve seen the Manhattan one in the field, but without close inspection, just assumed it was the city flag…

Ice Cream with A Topping of Nostalgia

One of our HNBA members mentioned going to Thomforde’s Ice Cream Shop at 351 West 125th Street at Nicholas Avenue with her mother.

Thomforde’s Ice Cream Shop or “Soda Fountain” was established in 1903 and closed in 1983. It was a classic soda shop with diamond-shaped black and white floor tiles, a counter with chrome and bright red leather seat stools. They served big meaty hamburgers, pickles, fries and they were said to have the best “homemade” ice cream soda’s in Harlem.

In the book from Civil Rights to Black Liberation: Malcolm X, long-term Harlem activist Yuri Kochiyuma, said she:

…remembered Malcolm X holding court (at Thomforde’s) over banana splits where she was a waitress for many years.

HNBA September Meeting on THURSDAY the 16th

Because of scheduling issues, the first HNBA meeting of the season will be held on Thursday, September 16th, at 7:00 PM. We’ve decided to continue to gather on Zoom at least until December because of the threat that the Delta Variant poses to our community.

At our September 16th meeting, HNBA will host Kristin Richardson Jordan at 7:00 PM to talk about her historic upset of the Harlem machine, her plans for City Council District 9, the upcoming November election, and what she means by Radical Love for Harlem.

To join in and get the Zoom link, please reach out to Shawn, Hallia, Cecile, Saiyda, or Kat for the link, or email: [email protected]

Lenox Coffee

A great cafe. Outdoor seating. Wonderful vibes. 129th Street at Lenox.

CB11 Wants to Hear From You

Manhattan CB11 is seeking your input to help determine East Harlem’s greatest needs and budget priorities for the upcoming fiscal year. You can participate in the annual budget process by filling out the Public Input Survey today! We will be accepting responses through August 22, 2021. 
Access the survey here: https://forms.gle/qHEr3WvVrxcH2kNa6

For more information, please contact the community board office at
(212)831-8929 or [email protected].

Compost Collection is Coming (in the Fall)

Curbside composting will return to NYC beginning fall 2021!

We will collect food scraps, food-soiled paper, and yard waste and turn it into compost or renewable energy. 

Residents must sign up for this voluntary service through a simple online form or by calling 311. 

You will be able to sign up the first week of August, and service will start in the fall on a rolling basis. Learn more at nyc.gov/curbsidecomposting

To be notified when the curbside composting sign-up form is available, register at nyc.gov/curbsidecomposting.  
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