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  • Happy Valentine’s Day
    Happy Valentine’s Day

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Waxing and Waning Density of Residents in 1962 While we think of New York (or Manhattan) as being densely populated, our island is actually less dense than it was historically. I don’t think I’ve seen a better visualization of this than this short 2 minute video on human density. Note that none…

  • Healthcare and Health
    Healthcare and Health

    Healthcare helps people stay healthy. Health insurance coverage is associated with many health benefits. People with health insurance are more likely to have a regular doctor, receive preventive care services, better manage chronic health conditions, have longer life expectancy, and more. See more, here: https://a816-dohbesp.nyc.gov/IndicatorPublic/beta/data-explorer/health-care/?id=2151#display=map HNBA Community Meeting Tonight See you tonight at HNBA’s community…

  • HNBA Meeting Tomorrow at 7:00
    HNBA Meeting Tomorrow at 7:00

    See you tomorrow at HNBA’s community meeting! The Harlem Neighborhood Block Association’s February community meeting will be held tomorrow, on Tuesday the 13th at 7:00 PM. This meeting will be held in a new location – the MTA’s 2nd Avenue Subway Community Information Center – 69 E 125th St, New York, NY 10035: At the…

  • Perfect Grace and Beauty
    Perfect Grace and Beauty

    A cupid and Perfect Grace Beauty. I’ll Fix You In the 1950’s teenage gangs terrorized many neighborhoods of Harlem. Hal Evanson wrote several pulp novels that reflected and sensationalized New York gang culture and life: To read about a Harlem gang’s beating and murder on Lexington at 127th Street in 1956, see the section on…

  • Toasted Almonds and Tea With Honey
    Toasted Almonds and Tea With Honey

    One of my favorite passages about love and Harlem: Here is the biographical information about the author: Paddlewheels On The Harlem River When someone says “paddle wheeler”, most people think “Mississippi River”, but in the mid-19th century, the Harlem River had paddle wheelers traveling up and down its busiest sections: The full image shows the…

  • Meet Council Member Salaam
    Meet Council Member Salaam

    Here’s your chance to meet our new Council Member, Yusef Salaam. Thursday, February 15th at 6:00 PM at 41 West 115 Street: As Seen In Harlem Love.

  • Amsterdam News’ Guide to Black History Sites
    Amsterdam News’ Guide to Black History Sites

    Amsterdam News, our neighborhood’s venerable news outlet, has a fantastic list of Black history sites. For a full description of each, see the Amsterdam New site: https://amsterdamnews.com/news/2024/02/03/black-history-and-culture-sites-in-nyc Museums and Educational Centers Visit these institutions online or, where possible, in person for insight into Black history, art and music. Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute 120 E. 125th St.,…

  • Vegetative Cover
    Vegetative Cover

    While the map uses blue to indicate green, every New Yorker knows that Staten Island is really red. Look at the map in detail, here: https://a816-dohbesp.nyc.gov/IndicatorPublic/beta/data-explorer/active-design/?id=2143#display=map Shawn Walker, Photographer Shawn Walker’s photographic work centered on Harlem from 1963 to now, has been acquired by The Library of Congress. Born and raised in Harlem, Walker learned…

  • HNBA’s February Meeting – Next Tuesday, 7pm
    HNBA’s February Meeting – Next Tuesday, 7pm

    Next HNBA Meeting – Tuesday, February 13th, 7:00 PM You’re invited! The Harlem Neighborhood Block Association’s February community meeting will be held on Tuesday the 13th (the day before Valentine’s Day), at 7:00 PM. This meeting will be held in a new location – the MTA’s 2nd Avenue Subway Community Information Center – 69 E…

  • Green Roofs Over Bus Shelters
    Green Roofs Over Bus Shelters

    The challenges of climate change bear down disproportionately on East Harlem, a neighborhood grappling with decades of structural oversaturation and inequalities. Our concrete-laden landscape, while emblematic of the city’s urban sprawl, intensifies the impact of climate change, elevating temperatures and fostering an overly hot community. A recent study unveiled the grim reality: East Harlem experiences…

  • Lexington Barbershop
    Lexington Barbershop

    Men in a barbershop. Mirrors within mirrors. Romance Novels and Race Scholars of romance novels frequently cite Jessie Fauset’s ‘There is Confusion’ as one of the first ‘Black audience’ romance novels to be published. Since this novel debuted 1924, most romance novels have almost exclusively focused on white protagonists and their romantic/sexual interplay – displaying…

  • FloodNet
    FloodNet

    FloodNet is a network of sensors across NYC that reports on flooding conditions in vulnerable neighborhoods. The sensor (shown below) is located at ACP/126: The flooding data is then linked to researchers and New York City government agencies who are all working to better understand the frequency, severity, and impacts of flooding in New York…