Heart to Heart – Gospel Concert on Saturday

Heart to Heart Concert is LIVE again from Symphony Space!
HEART TO HEART CONCERT – The Sounds of Gospel!
Date: Saturday, September 17, 2022
Time: The concert begins at 6:00pm EST 
Location: Peter Norton Symphony Space
Address: 2537 Broadway, NY, NY
(Located on the southwest corner of 95th St and Broadway) 
 
We’re back and ready to “Raise the Praise!” 
Labor of Love Association hosts Heart to Heart Concert – New York’s Premiere Event for Authentic Traditional/Contemporary Gospel Music!
 
What A Thrilling Line-Up! Our Featured Performers for the 2022 Concert
The Labor of Love Ensemble, Reverend Vandell Atkins, Brother Jospeh Ellis, Brother Alson Farley, Jr, Elder George Heyward, The Richard Curtis Singers, and Brother Henry Mitchell

This year Heart to Heart presents, “The Sounds of Gospel!” Join us as we celebrate the origins of Gospel, one of the most prolific genres of American music!
Don’t miss this evening that will take you on a journey through the phases of Gospel from the early days of “call and response” to the energizing sounds of contemporary Gospel music!
 
Plan now to be with us on Saturday, September 17 for an evening of high-energy gospel music and a fascinating trip down musical memory lane! You don’t want to miss this year’s concert experience. Tickets are available now.

We can’t wait to see you in person in September!
The Labor of Love Ensemble
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Federal Housing Policy Discussion with IssueVoter

Join IssueVoter, a non-partisan non-profit, and William Smith, District Leader of the New York County Democratic Committee representing the 68th District, for a federal housing policy briefing.

Meet us on Zoom on Thursday, September 22 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time as we discuss federal housing legislation and how to make your voices heard in Congress.

IssueVoter is a nonpartisan, nonprofit online platform dedicated to giving everyone a voice in our democracy. Our free public service makes civic engagement accessible, efficient, and impactful.
IssueVoter informs you of legislation affecting issues you care about, sends your opinions to lawmakers, and helps you see how often you were truly represented.

TODAY’s September HNBA Gathering Will Be At 6 PM, At East 129th Street and 5th Avenue

Today – September 13th (Tuesday) at 6:00 – you’re invited to gather at East 129th Street and 5th Avenue (south-east corner) to celebrate the unveiling of Ann Petry Place.

The acclaimed African-American author, Ann Petry, lived at 2 East 129th Street when she engaged in much of her activist writing for African American newspapers such as The Amsterdam News and The People’s Voice, and The Crisis. 2 East 129th Street was also her home when she wrote the seminal novel: The Street.

This novel, The Street, was the first novel by an African-American woman to sell a staggering 1.5 million copies. With time, The Street has become a canonical text that continues to be widely read throughout the United States as a literary exploration of the grinding and oppressive impact that systemic racism and sexism in mid-century America had on Harlem residents, and African-American women in particular.

Ann Petry stands as a crucial bridge between activists and writers from the Harlem Renaissance with those of Harlem’s Civil Rights and Black Power movements of the 1950’s and beyond.

The gathering will include Manhattan Borough President, Mark Levine, the Chair of Community Board 11, and the Chair of Uptown Grand Central.

After presenting Liz Petry with a copy of the street sign that will be unveiled tomorrow, The Harlem Rose Garden (next to Ann Petry’s former apartment building) will open and present a musical selection for all to enjoy.

Come out and meet new (and vintage) HNBA members as we gather outdoors, together.

CB11 To Hold Injection Site Conversation, Tonight

The Department of Health and Mental Hygene will attend CB11’s meeting tonight at 6:00 PM. There will be a focus on the injection site in East Harlem and the impact this facility has had on open-air drug use and dealing in our community.

Click the link, below, to register and ask your questions or offer your opinion:

https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_L95XpSZ5SfOTlalOdt9zhQ

Your Budget. Your Priorities

The 2023 People’s Budget is asking for your input.

Please use this form (link below) to submit your spending policy priorities for review in preparation for the drafting of the 2023 People’s Budget. Should you have any questions or any supporting documents, please email: [email protected].

Feel free to share this form with any New York-based organizations that are providing on-the-ground support and community resources. Responses should be submitted no later than Thursday, September 15, 2022.

Both sections must be completed to be considered for the final document.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdAkR1pA2Oxdxw0hTrfyFh7s6azJ-DxmkC5M3fJi8Rcy0HNhw/viewform

Spotted Lanternfly Spotted in East Harlem Community Garden

The invasive spotted lanternfly was recently found and killed in Lydia’s Magic Garden on Park Avenue at 118th Street.

If you spot this insect, please kill it upon sight.

311 Wants to Hear From You

New York City’s 311 app wants to hear from you. Specifically, they want to hear about your experience using the 311 App and so are inviting you to participate in a survey

To tell them how you love/hate the 311 App, click the button below.

Where McDonalds Stood, A Tower Grows

If you remember the McDonalds on 125th Street, under the 1 Train, and on the corner of Broadway, that site (600 West 125th Street) is the location of a large new sustainable and eco-friendly designed building that Columbia University is putting up.

The new building will include elements like a high-performance façade, vegetated roof space, storm water collection and retention, optimized equipment efficiency, and an enhanced Clean Construction program. Amenities include a 150-bicycle storage room, storage space, a fitness center, and lounges on the second and sixth floor with adjoining outdoor terraces. It will have commercial space, and 142 residences for Columbia graduate students and faculty.

And, maybe, just maybe, a McDonald’s franchise would return to occupy the tower’s ground-floor retail space.

Harlem Wellness Fest TODAY

IT’S A MOVE & STRETCH PARTY! Join us for Harlem Wellness Fest @harlemwellnessfest — where you can get to know Harlem’s homegrown fitness & wellness businesses, and map out your wellness routine for fall.

Harlem has seen enormous growth in our fitness and wellness scene over the course of the past decade. While we were hit hard by COVID-19, we’ve built a strong network of minority-owned and women-led small businesses — with amazing teachers and trainers who are expanding and energizing our community culture of fitness & self-care.

Save the date for TWO BIG TENTS with a lineup of FREE classes ranging from dance to yoga, boxing to strength training, and kettlebells to meditation. You can also explore the Humana Pavilion, where you’ll get to know each small business and sample wellness offerings including massage, acupuncture and plant-based nutrition.

REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE IN ADVANCE TO CLAIM YOUR FREE SWAG BAG! (While supplies last, and link in our profile.)

Participating businesses include:
💪🏽Harlem Cycle @harlemcycle
💪🏾Harlem Wellness Center @harlemwellnesscenter
💪🏼Harlem Yoga Studio @harlemyoga
💪🏿Harlem Kettlebell Club @harlemkettlebellclub
💪🏾Women’s World of Boxing @wwboxnyc
💪🏽Cliffs of Harlem @thecliffsharlem
💪🏿Harlem Pilates @harlempilates
💪🏾Benswic @benswic
💪🏽Hurricane Fitness @hurricanefitnessnyc
💪🏼Uplift Spa @upliftspa
💪🏽Harlem Chi Community Acupuncture @harlemchiacupuncture
💪🏿Spa Boutique & Wellness Lounge @spa_boutique_2go
💪🏼Art of Massage @artofmassage_nyc
💪🏽The Juicery Harlem @juiceryharlem
💪🏿Juice Max Eatery @juicemaxeatery

With thanks to Humana @humana, lululemon @lululemon, and our partners at Uptown Grand Central @uptowngrandcentral & TBo Harlem @tbo.harlem.

#Harlem #EastHarlem #ElBarrio #SmallBusiness #Community #Health #Fitness #Wellness #HarlemWellnessFest

Health Department Will Spray Harlem and East Harlem for Mosquitoes Next Week

Mosquitos carrying the West Nile virus were found in Staten Island, according to the Department of Health.

Health Department trucks will spray pesticides in Harlem and East Harlem on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.

In the event of bad weather, spraying will take place on Sept. 19.

The Health Department will also spray the area:

  • Bordered by Spuyten Duyvil Creek to the North;
  • Harlem River, East 102 Street, Park Avenue to the East;
  • West and East 57 Streets to the South;
  • Hudson River to the West.

Throughout the duration of the spraying, the Health Department will use very low concentrations of Anvil® 10+10, Duet®. The risks of pesticides are low to people and pets, but some people who are sensitive to spray ingredients may experience short-term eye or throat irritation, or a rash. People with respiratory conditions may also be affected.

The Health Department encourages New York City residents to mosquito-proof their homes and take precautions when spending time outdoors, and reminds them that the best way to control mosquitoes is to eliminate any standing water. Use an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (not for children under three), or products that contain the active ingredient IR3535.

New Yorkers are encouraged to eliminate any standing water from your home and make sure your gutters are clean and draining properly. Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs and should be empty or covered if not in use, and drain water that collects in pool covers. Make sure windows in your home have screens, and replace any damaged or ripped screens.

For more information about West Nile virus, call 311 or visit nyc.gov.

New Food Baazar Has Opened

East Harlem’s Triangle now has a new supermarket. Food Bazaar has opened up at the corner of 3rd and 125th Street. Take the escalator up and check out the introductory deals.

Tuesday’s September HNBA Gathering Will Be At 6 PM, At East 129th Street and 5th Avenue

Next week – September 13th (Tuesday) at 6:00 – you’re invited to gather at East 129th Street and 5th Avenue (southeast corner) to celebrate the unveiling of Ann Petry Place.

The acclaimed African-American author, Ann Petry, lived at 2 East 129th Street when she engaged in much of her activist writing for African American newspapers such as The Amsterdam News and The People’s Voice, and The Crisis. 2 East 129th Street was also her home when she wrote the seminal novel: The Street.

This novel, The Street, was the first novel by an African-American woman to sell a staggering 1.5 million copies. With time, The Street has become a canonical text that continues to be widely read throughout the United States as a literary exploration of the grinding and oppressive impact that systemic racism and sexism in mid-century America had on Harlem residents, and African-American women in particular.

Ann Petry stands as a crucial bridge between activists and writers from the Harlem Renaissance with those of Harlem’s Civil Rights and Black Power movements of the 1950’s and beyond.

The gathering will include Manhattan Borough President, Mark Levine, the Chair of Community Board 11, and the Chair of Uptown Grand Central.

After presenting Liz Petry (Ann’s surviving daughter) with a copy of the street sign that will be unveiled tomorrow, The Harlem Rose Garden (next to Ann Petry’s former apartment building) will open and present a musical selection for all to enjoy.

Come out and meet new (and vintage) HNBA members as we gather outdoors, together.

Mayor Adams Continues to Back Injection Site Opening 24/7

Mayor Eric Adams voiced support for extending Harlem’s safe injection site’s hours to a 24/7 operation in May on Twitter. Since then, OnPoint (the provider that runs the Harlem injection site) has maintained a steady lobbying effort to operate around the clock.

10 months later, while there is still no data showing any decline in overdose rates in Harlem or East Harlem, proponents of the site tout that overdoses occurring inside their facility have been reversed.

Expanding the injection site before any evidence of success emerges seems reckless – especially when peoples’ lives and a vulnerable community are at stake.

Perhaps the 24/7 experiment could be tried in wealthier New York neighborhoods first?

As Seen Beside The National Jazz Musem

Tito Puente

Uptown Grand Central does it again. Another great mural on E. 124, between Madison and Park.

Allison Ruiz and BC1 created this mural of the mambo king Tito Puente.

Uptown Grand Central’s Grandscale Mural Project is located on 125th & 124th streets from Third to Madison, and along Third, Lexington and Park avenues.

Hashtag #GrandscaleMuralProject.

From Nikoa Evans

HNBA’s September Meeting (next week)

Next week – September 13th (Tuesday) at 6:00 – the Harlem Neighborhood Block Association (and yes, you are a member simply by virtue of reading this!) will gather at East 129th Street and 5th Avenue (southeast corner) to celebrate the unveiling of Ann Petry Place.

Our gathering will include Manhattan Borough President, Mark Levine, the Chair of Community Board 11, and the Chair of Uptown Grand Central.

After presenting Liz Petry (Ann’s surviving daughter) with a copy of the street sign that will be unveiled tomorrow, The Harlem Rose Garden (next to Ann Petry’s former apartment building) will open and present a musical selection for all to enjoy.

Come out and meet new (and vintage) HNBA members as we gather outdoors, together.