Piano – Free if you pick it up!

Robert is offering a piano for free if you are willing to pick it up and take it home. It’s a Story & Clark. It needs tuning and some repairs.

Please email: pgreen5.rg at Gmail if you’re interested.

Preparing for the 2nd Wave

The data regarding the impact of COVID-19 continues to be terrifying. The CDC has documented well over 6 million COVID-19 cases, and the numbers in states like Georgia, Florida, Texas, and California continue to increase:

See: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#cases

With the coming fall/winter season, health officials continue to remind New Yorkers to remain vigilant. Wear your masks (over your nose and mouth), socialize outside and maintain social distance.

To learn more about the science behind masks: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

To learn more about the science behind not getting infected: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

To get free testing near you: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you

Patch – Report on New Yorkers’ Attitudes to COVID-19

New Yorkers who fear the coronavirus pandemic could come back worse than ever aren’t alone — it’s a worry shared by 62 percent of people in the state, a new survey found.

A Siena College Research Institute survey found widespread doubt COVID-19 will stay contained in New York. A 70 percent swath of New Yorkers largely support government efforts to stop the virus’ spread even if it hurts the economy.

“Majorities of every demographic, except Republicans, think that we haven’t seen the worst of the pandemic, and majorities of every demographic want the government to concentrate on containing the virus even if the economy suffers,” said Don Levy, the institute’s director, in a statement. “Nearly 80 percent are concerned that they, or another member of their household, will get sick with COVID-19.”

The survey indicates New York’s swing from coronavirus epicenter to success story isn’t making its residents, including those in New York City, complacent.

Beyond the 62 percent who fear the worst is yet to come, 82 percent of those surveyed think it’s likely the state will face another large COVID-19 outbreak in the fall.

Large numbers of New Yorkers still adhere to public health recommendations, the survey found. For example, 73 percent always wear a protective mask outside their homes and 56 percent follow social distancing recommendations completely.

Between 56 and 64 percent of New Yorkers feel comfortable with eating outdoors at a restaurant, going to a playground or park, going to a barbershop or salon and visiting a beach.

But when asked about indoor dining — a growing hot topic in New York City, where it is still banned — 65 percent were not comfortable eating inside a restaurant, according to the survey.

Read the full results here.

Advancing Black Entrepreneurs

Black Enterprise is excited to announce a new partnership with Chase for Business to offer Advancing Black Entrepreneurs — an education program designed to help Black business owners recover and move forward in the wake of the current global pandemic.

Joining us in this important effort are National Minority Supplier Development Council, National Urban League and the US Black Chambers, Inc.

Together, we’ve developed a series of information-packed sessions – the first of which focuses on Reclaiming the Future: How Your Business Can Rise to the Challenges of COVID-19.

This ninety-minute guided digital session, offered at no cost, will cover topics including:

The increasing importance of bookkeepingPivoting your business model in this new economic environment

Helping your customers feel confident and safe

Developing contingency plans for the future

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get the financial guidance and expertise you need to grow your business.

Join us:
Black Enterprise Webinar
2pm EDT
September 16, 2020

 © 2020 BLACK ENTERPRISE | New York, NY, 10016, USA   

Henry Hudson

In 1609, on September 13th, Henry Hudson weighed anchor at West Harlem on his way up what would become known as the Hudson River:

[September 13]
The thirteenth, faire weather, the wind Northerly. At seuen of the clocke in the morning,
as the floud came we weighed, and turned foure miles into the Riuer. The tide being done wee
anchored. Then there came foure Canoes aboord : but suffered none of them to come into
our ship. They brought great store of very good Oysters aboord, which we bought for trifles.
In the night I set the variation of the Compasse, and found it to be 13.degrees. In the afternoone we weighed, and turned in with the floud, two leagues and a halfe further, and anchored
all night, and had fiue fathoms soft Ozie ground, and had an high point of Land, which shewed
out to vs, bearing North by East seuen leagues off vs.

Robert Juet, Hudson’s first mate’s diary contains the (above) entry.

Help Manhattan Community Board Determine What Your Budget Priorities Are

Manhattan Community Board 11 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 in the following ways:

  1. Fill out the Public Input Survey by Friday, September 25, 2020. Access the survey here: https://forms.gle/BEVYsJZnf97UzoTA9
  2. Testify at the Public Hearing on Draft FY 2022 Statement of District Needs. The hearing will occur during our Full Board meeting on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 6:30 PM.

    Register to attend here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/3615998323216/WN_bZqKJAOrQASa1DzCjdF34Q
  3. Submit written testimony on the Draft FY 2022 Statement of District Needs to [email protected] by Friday, September 25, 2020.

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

Up Third

If you’ve looked up 3rd Avenue in the last year, you’ve likely seen the construction of 3 large towers just over the Harlem River in the Bronx.

Two of the 3 towers (the two rendered above) are rentals called ‘The Arches’ and are now starting leasing.

For those of you curious as to what a high end rental in the South Bronx (sandwiched between The Deegan Expressway and the Harlem River) offers:

Designed by Fischer Rasmussen Whitefield Architects, the property includes a total of 430 units that range from studios to two-bedroom apartments. Each of the homes features a Control4 automation system that will allow residents to control lighting, thermostats, music, and entry locks with their smartphone devices. Select units will also feature private outdoor space with views of Upper Manhattan.

Occupants will also have access to a health club and yoga studio, a screening room, a business center with a private conference room, a children’s playroom, and a cafe. Additional amenity spaces include a library, a quiet room with a fireplace, and a landscaped roof garden with an open-air lounge outfitted with an additional fireplace and seating areas.

The property will also support 25 short-stay hotel rooms and 6,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.

Studios start from $2,300. 2 bedrooms from $2,900. More details at: https://newyorkyimby.com/2020/08/leasing-launches-for-the-arches-at-224-228-east-135th-street-in-mott-haven-the-bronx.html

Your 2020 Voting Options in New York

This year, registered voters can vote three ways: By absentee ballot, in-person early voting, or in-person voting on Election Day, November 3, 2020.

All registered voters can request an absentee ballot if they are concerned about COVID-19 for the November 3 election. Signed absentee ballots can be returned to drop boxes without a wait at over 300 locations statewide.

REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT You may return the ballot in any of the following ways:

  1. Put it in the mail ensuring it receives a postmark no later than November 3
  2. Drop it off at an early voting poll site between October 24th and November 1
  3. Drop it off at a poll site on November 3 by 9pm
  4. Drop it off at your County Board of Elections Office starting September 8 until no later than November 3 by 9pm:

Manhattan Absentee Ballot Dropoff Location

200 Varick Street, 10 Fl
New York, NY 10014

Tel1-212-886-2100 Fax1-646-638-2047

 Refer to these instructions on completing your absentee ballot.

25th Precinct Community Council Meeting

From Kioka Jackson, President of the 25th Precinct’s Community Council

Good Afternoon Everyone,
It is my hope that everyone is doing well and I welcome you all back from Summer 2020.  
2020 has been a very peculiar year with a unique set of challenges.  I am sure it has taken a toll over us in different ways.  One of the most amazing things that I have realized is that in times of trouble our community finds a way to come together and take care of one another.  So let me thank all of you for your commitment to the community and for the love of your neighbors.  The saying, “It takes a village” is not just about raising children, in my opinion, it is about creating and sustaining community.  Kudos to you all!! 
Our next Community Council Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 6:00PM Via Zoom.  We look forward in having everyone join us.  I will send out an agenda prior to the meeting.  If you have any specific questions or topics that you want to discuss or any presentations please email me at [email protected].  
K. Jackson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: 25th Precinct Community Council Meeting
Time: Sep 16, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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New BLM Mural for Lydia’s Magic Garden

Lydia’s Magic Garden (Park Avenue, east side, between 117/118th Streets has a new crocheted mural:

Project as described by one of the children (Sulaf):

“Our crochet class started in the middle of the nation’s grieving for George Floyd and other innocent victims of racially charged police murders. So when we were deciding what project we should do, the clear choice was to do an homage to the Black Lives Matter movement.

This crochet project consisted of us all crocheting several pieces on our own, with our teacher Carmen Paulino’s expert virtual help. Then we sent our pieces to Carmen, who combined them into a beautiful quilt spelling out “BLM.” The quilt was unveiled at Lydia’s Magic Garden, a local community garden Pono has partnered with for years. Our piece of art will now reside in a beautiful place, spreading awareness about this extremely important issue for years to come.”

Names and ages of children who created the project:

Sulaf Hatab (age 12)

Willa Sullivan (age 11)

Sophie Hurtado (age 12)

Hannah Rivner (age 12)

Info on artist: 

Carmen Paulino is a visual artist, who works on providing community art programming in hospitals, community centers, and senior centers in and around New York City. Carmen was raised in El Barrio neighborhood of New York City, where she developed her love for the arts with inspirational murals from around her neighborhood. Carmen has crafted and created many crochet pieces, artwork, and murals, which are displayed in New York City and are inspired by her upbringing in Spanish Harlem. 

Info on class:

This class is designed for students to learn, interact, and participate with each other to make fiber art. Children will learn simple knitting and crochet techniques and patterns to make a fiber art piece.  They will also have the opportunity to participate in a group project with members of the Pono community to make a crochet mural that will be publicly displayed at Lydia’s Magic Community Garden, Pono’s community garden partner, in Harlem, New York City.

John Lewis: Good Trouble to air on CNN September 27th

by AFineLyne

If you missed the documentary, John Lewis: Good Trouble, at The Africa Center last month, you’re in luck. It will air on CNN on September 27th at 9:00pm.

The documentary focuses on Congressman John Lewis’ lifelong commitment to being a civil rights champion and his crusade for racial and social justice. As the 2020 general election day is fast approaching,

Heart to Heart – Correction

HEART TO HEART CONCERT – VIP Victorious in Praise!Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020

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Time: Starting at 6:00pm EST 
Location: Online from the comfort of your own home!  

Mea Culpa!  We learned after sending our email message to you last week that the donation link we included has a security measure in place that may have prohibited you from being able to complete your donation successfully.

Our apologies
for any inconvenience. If you wish to make a donation online, click HERE to visit our fundraising page. Once there, simply click on the donation icon. We know that will work!

Prefer to mail your check in the old-fashioned way? Below is our address.
Make checks payable to: The Labor of Love Association
Mail to: 57 East 126th Street, Ste. 2, New York, NY 10035

Many thanks for your patience and support.
Hallia Baker 

Questions for the Commanding Officer at the 25th Precinct

We asked HNBA members to submit questions they would like Captain Henning to answer today at 7:00 PM at the September HNBA meeting. Here are the questions posed by your neighbors:

What are you and your fellow precinct and department leaders doing to ensure that your officers, most of whom do not live in this neighborhood, have the necessary levels of investment in our communities and connectivity to us as residents to ensure they patrol our streets with the respect we deserve? I think I speak for myself and my neighbors when I say we’re tired of being viewed as “other” by the cops that are supposed to be working for and with us.

Why are NYPD officers not always wearing a mask in the street?

Why is there absolutely no police presence around 6am – 8am in the morning around 125th street and Lexington Avenue?

What is being done about the homeless and drug activity around 125th and Lexington? I’ve never seen it so bad.

What is being done about the homeless and drug activity around 125th and Lexington? I’ve never seen it so bad.

With unrest in the Black community, a horrible lack preparedness to the Coronavirus, and despite that fact Trump is not supported by the majority of New Yorkers, why would the NYPD – which is supposed to be non-partisan – back Trump as President?

The Sergeants Benevolent Association this year has issued declaration of “war” on the Mayor, and appeared with QAnon material in interviews. Understanding SBA is not NYPD, but do officers at the Precinct understand, nonetheless, that these incidents have an impact in some residents’ ability to trust the police?

I’m still seeing a lot of officers without masks. I also notice around 125 and Lex they are often standing around chatting in groups of four, without masks. I asked an officer once why he wasn’t wearing a mask and he told me he was immune. Tried to tell him that was nice but he could still infect someone. He wasn’t particularly interested in hearing that. I’m trying to say “Hello” and be friendly but am not thrilled with the response I’m getting.

There are often groups of people hanging around Madison between 125 and 126, sitting in their cars and playing very loud music. I can’t imagine what the local residents feel about it but I have been told that these are drug dealers and am wondering why the police never seem to do anything about it.

What is your relationship with the MTA officers at the MetroNorth station? There was a fire in my on 125th the other day. The building on fire backed up to my garden (I’m on 126th). I wanted to tell a firefighter that if they needed to get into the rear of the building they could go thru my ground floor apartment. I asked 2 officers how to get that info to the firefighters but the officers just walked away while I was talking to them. They might have been MTA police, didn’t really think to look. But a third officer who was definitely NYPD kept dismissing me and not hearing what I was saying. Finally I got him to tell a firefighter but the whole experience got me angry.

If you are a member of HNBA (Join Here) and would like to join in the conversation tonight, email Shawn for the zoom link.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts to Reopen September 9th

Sanford Biggers, Khemetstry, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery

by AFineLyne

The Bronx Museum of the Arts is reopening on Wednesday, September 9th with Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch, a solo show featuring more than 50 quilt-based works by the artist, and José Parlá: It’s Yours, evoking the artist’s personal connection to the Bronx.

Sanford Biggers, Khemetstry, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery

For over two decades, Biggers has been developing a singular body of work that is deeply informed by African American history and traditions, and sustains a rich dialog with contemporary art on a national and international level, referencing urban culture, the body, sacred geometry, and American symbolism.

The title of the Bronx Museum exhibition, Codeswitch, refers to both the artist’s quilt series known as the Codex series and to the idea of code-switching itself, or shifting from one linguistic code to another depending on the social context. The Codex series includes mixed media paintings and sculptures done directly on or made from pre-1900 antique quilts. This process, like linguistic code-switching, recognizes language plurality, as the quilts signal their original creator’s intent as well as the new layers of meaning given to them through Biggers’s artistic intervention.

Sanford Biggers, Khemetstry, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery

Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch is the first survey of quilt-based works by the New York-based interdisciplinary artist. The solo show features over 60 quilt-based works by the artist that seamlessly weave American history into a broader context of global traditions and styles.

Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch will be on view from September 9, 2020 through January 24, 2021 at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Writers’ Bench: Grand Concourse & 149th Street BX, 2020 by José Parlá © Acrylic, ink, collage, enamel, plaster and oil paint on canvas. Photo courtesy of Parlá Studios

While celebrating Parlá’s roots in the hip-hop energy of the Bronx, this series of paintings addresses the suffering caused by redlining policies, the waves of displacement imposed by gentrification, and structural racism. It’s Yoursencourages viewers to question ownership in New York’s rapidly changing neighborhoods. In addition to large-scale paintings in the museum’s gallery, the exhibition features Parlá’s sketchbooks and drawings from age ten to seventeen as well as site specific responses in the lobby and outdoors that seek to integrate the museum with the city.

José Parlá on Instagram preparing for exhibition at The Bronx Museum of the Arts

José Parlá: It’s Yours will be on view from September 9, 2020 through January 10, 2021 at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Take a look back and José Parlá on The Plaza at The Standard High Line.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts is located at  1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street, Bronx, NY.

As part of a safe reopening, our visiting process will look different. While The Bronx Museum remains free and open to the public, visitors and members must reserve timed tickets in advance and follow all safety guidelines.

In order to ensure that the health and safety of our visitors and staff is prioritized, the museum is operating at a significantly reduced capacity with limited ticketing and entry every 30 minutes. The museum’s new hours are Wednesday to Sunday from 1 PM to 6 PM, until further notice. Read more about our new safety guidelines and what to expect during your visit by clicking here.  Reserve Timed Tickets.  Reserve Senior Tickets.