Shakespeare Coming to Marcus Garvey Park


The Classical Theatre of Harlem
announced casting for its upcoming production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at Marcus Garvey Park – July 5-29. The play will be free to the public and reservations can be made starting today.

Continuing CTH’s mission to place diversity at the forefront of their performances, this interpretation of Twelfth Night will engage with the global conversation around equity and inclusion. It features a majority-Black team of artists lead by director Carl Cofield, CTH’s Associate Artistic Director.

“With its Afrofuturistic aesthetic and diverse team of artists, our production of Twelfth Night will tackle the global conversation around equity, diversity, and inclusion,” said Cofield. “I look forward to showing audiences what the magical world of Illyria can teach us here and now.”

Kara Young, who will be playing Viola in the production, adds, “This is for Harlem, this is for my place of birth, this is for the community, especially for the people who are still here.”

Harlem Blue – Now in Cans

The story goes that during Prohibition, there was a speakeasy in Harlem that made its own house beer in the basement. Whenever a new keg was tapped, they’d put on the blue light out front to let everyone know. This story inspired Julian Riley to start his beer company, Harlem Blue. “The pride and energy of beaming a blue light is what anchors everything we do,” says Riley.

Brewing for several years now, Harlem Blue has finally released its top-selling craft beers in cans for the first time ever.

Founder Julian Riley with new 6-pack

“There’s before COVID and after COVID,” says Riley, also CEO of Harlem Blue. “Before COVID, we were only available on draft and largely serving bars and restaurants uptown,” as Harlem’s top-selling local craft on draft. Hot spots like Harlem Tavern, Red Rooster, Harlem Hops and Corner Social, couldn’t pour the pints fast enough.

Like many other small breweries, the hospitality shutdown was very challenging. “We couldn’t sell kegs and that was 100% of our business,” says Riley. “So, I chose to overhaul our model, fix things that needed fixing, and re-startup Harlem Blue with the launch of our cans.” Riley is raising his young family in Harlem and started Harlem Blue to appeal to a wider demographic beyond the niche hipster stereotype. “We want to make a bigger tent. More of a casual craft beer, yet known for our flavor.”

Riley started his entrepreneurial road the old-fashioned way. “I depleted all my personal savings, maxed out credit cards, and raised every penny I could from friends and family, to bootstrap this effort. We’re just getting started and I love every sip of it.”

Harlem Blue Beer

The new 12oz cans are eye-catching and fastly finding placement throughout New York City. From bars, restaurants and bodegas all across uptown Manhattan, to retailers like Westside Markets, Key Foods, Pioneers, Foodtowns, and soon Wholefoods and Trader Joes. (There’s a retailer locator on the website.) This summer you can also find Harlem Blue at all five NYC locations of Luke’s Lobster. Plus, the brewery now offers direct-to-home delivery throughout New York and to select other states. The company is working on a Harlem based taproom -with promised updates soon.

About Harlem Blue

Launched in 2016, Harlem Blue is a Harlem-based, locally brewed, Black-owned, premium beer company that seeks to reimagine craft beer to reflect the hustle of living in New York City.
www.HARLEMBLUE.COM

Community Clean-Up – MXBB

Poop and Harlem’s Hidden COVID Numbers

In September 2020, New York began to sample and test wastewater at New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) wastewater plants for COVID-19.

If you recall an earlier post on wastewater and New York – https://hnba.nyc/where-does-my-sewage-go/ – you may remember that virtually all of Harlem’s wastewater (basically anything that goes down your drain or toilet) ends up at Wards’ Island’s DEP complex. New York Open Data has made the wastewater sampling data available, so I decided to plot COVID-19 as detected in our (Harlem’s) poop.

September 2020 December 2020 December 2021 April 2022

As you likely know, wastewater sampling can only give a community average of sorts, but what it does (that swab sampling of individual New Yorkers can’t do) is integrates information on the people who never or rarely test.

The chart above is amazing and terrifying at the same time. The left-hand side is September 2020, and the right hand side is April 2022.

That crazy spike is from 12/27/2021 – after Thanksgiving 2021, around Christmas – when Omicron converged in the US. Holiday travel, family gatherings, shopping, and the shift to socializing indoors, all combined with a more contagious COVID variant.

Juneteenth Celebration on East 111st Street

(between Lex/3rd)

No Conscription!

In the early years of World War 1, leftists in the US tried to keep the United States out of the war in Europe. Over a 100 years ago, a rally was held in the Harlem Casino – between 1st and 2nd Avenues and 126 and 127th Streets.

This location, where the abandoned MTA bus depot is, hosted noted leftist Emma Goldman, whose offices (where she was arrested and forcibly deported from) was located on East 125th Street, near the current site of the Harlem Children’s Zone.

See more on the casino, here:

https://dlc.library.columbia.edu/durst/cul:pk0p2ngf7z

Coffee With Your Congressman

Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) will be hosting a series of meet and greet opportunities for constituents across the district. 

Joined by Councilwoman Carmen De La RosaRep. Espaillat is holding these informal events to allow residents to discuss their concerns and share ideas on how to make improvements throughout New York’s 13th congressional district.

Upcoming Dates:

* May 14th:  Northend Restaurant, 4300 Broadway, Washington Heights (across 34Pct.)

* May 21th:  Buunni Coffee, 213 Pinehurst Ave, New York, NY 10033 (187th Street)

* May  28th: Taszo Coffee, 5 Edward M Morgan Pl, New York, NY 10032 (157th Street)

* June 18th:  Bunnii Coffee, 4961 Broadway, New York, NY 10034

* June 25th: Lido Café, 2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd (117th Street)
 
All events are public and residents are required to RSVP prior to attendance by emailing [email protected] or calling 212-497-5959.

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Chipotle on 116 Street East

Plans are underway to protest a Chipotle at 116/Lexington at the CB11 Community Board

https://nyc.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f653601894ee5001ec3e46cfe&id=6a18e016f4&e=f6d9b0c530

Brother Sister Sol

The Brotherhood Sister Sol is poised to open on 143rd Street after a journey to get a new building to house this youth-focused community center. Bro-Sis’s new building is shaped like a torch and its fragmented facade contrasts strongly with the surrounding buildings – intending to speak to the enlightenment of young people

CBS has a piece on the project and why the new center means so much to youth in Harlem.

Bro Sis was very active during the pandemic and provided an astounding 1,000,000 to New Yorkers in need.

For neighborhood youth, Brotherhood Sister Sol has been a beacon, a refuge, and the foundation of community.

Mosaic

On Lexington, just below 128th Street, a small mosaic celebrates Harlem and its musical heritage.

Dog Run Volunteers Needed

JOIN US ON
SUNDAY, MAY 1 @ 9 AM – 1 PM

for our Spring Cleaning event.  Tasks will include spreading mulch, raking, weeding, and painting.  These cleanup events are not just an opportunity to tidy up and beautify our park, it’s an opportunity to get to know your neighbors.  As usual, we will provide hand, sanitizer, face masks and gloves, and there will be coffee and breakfast treats.

The dog park is maintained solely by volunteers, and is funded by charitable donations.  If you are unable to participate in this event, please consider supporting our efforts by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.  When donating, please make sure to indicate that your donation is to support the Dog Park.  

  For more information, or to get more involved, 
email [email protected]

See you there!

MMPCIA Stoop Sale

May 1st is MMPCIA’s Stoop Sale Day!

Ramadan Has Begun

Ramadan has begun. The month of Ramadan is a month of fasting, not a holiday, and therefore it is customary to greet people by saying “رَمَضان كَريم” (“Ramadan Kareem”) or “رَمَضان مُبارَك” (“Ramadan Mubarak,” Have a blessed Ramadan).

Ida B. Wells Doll

Ida B. Wells, the Black journalist who wrote extensively on the racial terror of lynching, has now been immortalized by Mattel as a doll in Barbie’s “Inspiring Women” series. The Ida B. Wells doll features the Wells posed as a journalist, wearing an 1800s-style high neck black dress, with her hair piled atop her head.

Wells was born into slavery in 1862 and was actively involved in exposing racism in the US, writing about race and politics in the South. She owned the newspaper The Memphis Free Speech and Headlight and was a vocal critic of segregated schools. Later, she became active in the anti-lynching campaign in 1892 after multiple friends were lynched. Wells also went to the White House to advocate for reforms.

CB 11 Meeting Schedule: Week of April 4, 2022

Housing Committee Meeting
Monday • April 4th • 6:30pm

In order to attend this meeting, please register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Informational presentation re: New York Legal Assistance Group’s (NYLAG) work with NYCHA residents regarding tenants’ rights

Informational presentations re: the 421-a Property Tax Exemption

Informational update from NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) re: The Mayor’s Preliminary Budget for FY23; and the Tenant Interim Lease Program (TIL) and Affordable Neighborhood Cooperative Program (ANCP)

Committee review of the draft resolution regarding the expiration of the 421a tax abatement

Public Safety & Transportation Committee Meeting
Tuesday • April 5th • 6:30pm

In order to attend this meeting, please register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Presentation of Street Co-Naming Request for “Hiram Maristany Way”
Presentation of Street Co-Naming Request in honor of Carmen Maristany Ward
Informational presentation re: Assertive Community Engagement & Success (ACES)

Licenses & Permits Committee Meeting
Wednesday • April 6th • 6:00pm

In order to attend this meeting, please register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

2312 Drexel Corp. dba Lighthouse Fishmarket. Method of Operation application for a full liquor license #1325459 for a restaurant located at 508-510 East 117th Street, New York, NY 10035 (Pleasant Avenue).
The applicant is seeking to add employee dancing and third-party promoters to the method of operation which would include DJ, recorded music, karaoke, live music, patron dancing, and security personnel.

Harlem’s Own Wine & Liquor. New application for a full liquor license for a restaurant located at 314 East 106th Street, New York, NY 10035 (2nd Avenue). This application has been withdrawn.

Mi Comdor LLC dba Crispy Bird. New application for a wine, beer, and cider license for a restaurant located at 170 East 118th Street, New York, NY 10035 (3rd Avenue).

116 Hospitality Corp. New application for a full liquor license for a restaurant located at 332 East 116th Street, New York, NY 10029 (1st Avenue).

Teranga TAC LLC dba Teranga. Renewal application for a full liquor license #1320412 for a restaurant located at 1280 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029 (109th Street).

Ricardo LLC dba Ricardo Steakhouse. Renewal application for a full liquor license #1145057 for a restaurant located at 2145 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10029 (110th Street).

Las Delicias Mexicanas Corp. Renewal application for a full liquor license #1262328 for a restaurant located at 2109 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10029 (115th Street).

La Guadalupe Restaurant Corp. Renewal application for a wine, beer, and cider license #132349 for a restaurant located at 179 East 115th Street, New York, NY 10029 (3rd Avenue).

Afrobemebe – #615549. Street Event. August 13, 2022 (set up 9:00 a.m. – breakdown 8:00 p.m.). Location 1: East 120th Street between Lexington Avenue and 3rd Avenue. Street Closure: Full Street Closure

116th Street Festival – #615931. Street Festival. June 10, 2022 (set up 7:30 a.m. – breakdown June 11, 2022 7:00 p.m.). Location 1: 3rd Avenue between East 106th Street and East 122nd Street. Location 2: East 116th Street between Lexington Avenue and 2nd Avenue. Street Closure: Full Street Closure. Applicant: David Acosta. Sponsor: Abrazo Fraternal del Barrio foundation Inc.

Carnaval Del Barrio – #617654. Single Block Festival. August 6, 2022 (set up 8:00 a.m. – breakdown 8:00 p.m.). Location: East 116th Street between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue. Street Closure: Full Street Closure. Applicant: Hector Gonzalez. Sponsor: Just 3 INC

2022 Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic – #618918. Single Block Festival. June 19, 2022 (set up 8:00 a.m. – breakdown 8:00 p.m.). Location: MT Morris Park West between West 122nd Street and West 123rd Street. Street Closure: Sidewalk and Street Closure. Applicant: Richard Cox. Sponsor: Team Unity Incorporated

100th Street Community Festival- #622880. Single Block Festival. May 28, 2022 (set up 9:00 a.m. – breakdown 9:00 p.m.). Location: East 100th Street between Lexington Avenue and 3rd Avenue. Street Closure: Full Street Closure. Applicant: Pablo Guzman. Sponsor: Union Settlement

3rd Annual 129 Reunion- #627149. Block Party. August 27, 2022 (set up 12:00 p.m. – breakdown 8:30 p.m.). Location: East 129th Street between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue. Street Closure: Full Street Closure. Applicant: Antoinette Respass. Sponsor: Residents of Block 129

El Barrio Salsa Culture Event #630279. Block Party. June 4, 2022 (set up 11:00 a.m. – breakdown 8:00 p.m.). Location: East 115th Street between 3rd Avenue and Lexington Avenue. Street Closure: Full Street Closure. Applicant: Brian Martinez. Sponsor: Residents of the Block

GHDT Evangelism Day – #630840. Religious Event. May 7, 2022 (set up 9:00 a.m. – breakdown 6:00 p.m.). Location: EAST 111th Street between Lexington Avenue and Park Avenue. Street Closure: Full Street Closure. Applicant: Pastor Staci Ramos. Sponsor: Greater Highway Deliverance Temple

Environment, Open Space & Parks Committee Meeting
Thursday • April 7th • 6:30pm

In order to attend this meeting, please register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Informational Updates
Update on planning for Earth Day Event
Informational presentation re: Trees New York
Follow up on Parks Tours planning for Summer 2022

Dessert

In a pair of recent Eater articles, Harlem restaurants got shout outs for superlative conclusions to any meal or evening.

Field Trip and Settepani are both highlighted. Read the reviews (below) to learn why you need to sample these local jewels.

https://ny.eater.com/maps/best-tiramisu-nyc

https://ny.eater.com/maps/best-desserts-nyc

The Lindy Hop Went to Scandinavia

Listen to the story of the Lindy Hop dance, as it travels out of Harlem’s history, and into Sweden.

From NPR’s Rough Translation.

https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1066965712/1067022541

Black Resilience and Sustainability Exhibit at Calabar Gallery

Calabar Gallery has a powerful new show up.

Petition for a Better Harlem and Sample Free Food

Jordan Pie Cafe on 116th and Madison is now offering an expanded full menu of vegan food. They are so generous to host a community event for all neighbors to sample their food.

Come out on Friday, 3 – 5:00 PM to sign petitions for a Harlem tax abatement, reduce the overconcentration of drug treatment programs, and allow our members to run for county committee.

We need you to come out.

Jordan Pie Cafe, 18 E 116th St, New York, NY 10029, USA

Sign the petition here:

https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petitions/end-the-systemic-pattern-of-locating-opioid-treatment-in-black-communities-1

See you Friday!

https://www.instagram.com/jordanpiecafe/?hl=en

The 25th Precinct Wants You to Join the NYPD

I wanted to advise all of you that the filing period for the NYPD Police Officer Exam has been extended to March 14th. On behalf of all of us here at the 25, we would love your help in spreading the word! We rely greatly on our community relationships in order to reach as many prospective police officers we can in our very own community. In advance, I would like to thank you for your help. 
I am also attaching the Recruitment Pamphlet and Social Media Links for those who want to register for the test. Feel free to disseminate those as you wish. You can also refer anyone interested to me, or Officer Powers to help with registration if needed. If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me by email or call/text at my cell number below. Thank you again for your partnership.

Respectfully,

Police Officer Jaylise Cosme

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

New Supermarket Opening

A new supermarket – Lidl – will open tomorrow at 8 AM. The first 100 customers will get gift cards ranging from $5-$100.

The German discount grocer, which spent more than $5 million renovating the old Best Market that
closed in that space in early 2021, will offer private label items (many organic and gluten-free), produce, bread and pastries in its bakery, flowers and much more.

2187 Frederick Douglass Blvd and 118th St

127/Park

Harlem Bespoke has a piece on the buildings that were located at the corner of 127/Park Avenue.

The new building by Artimus will hopefully bring life back to this block which has otherwise been a parking lot for decades.

Job Opening: Licensed Clinical Social Worker

OnPoint is looking for a licensed social worker. Details below:

We Act – Learn More About Environmental Justice Legislation

Harlem Street Scenes

The National Archives has outtakes from METROPOLIS 1939 with scenes from central Harlem, Harlem River Houses, and the building of the Queensbridge Houses.

The incredible vitality of the Harlem scene (Harlem was much more densely populated then – due to racially restrictive housing policies and practices) comes across clearly in this film.

Ginjan Featured in Humans of New York

Make sure to check out the amazing piece on the founders of Ginjan Cafe (Park/125) on Humans of New York:

https://www.humansofnewyork.com/