Saved from The Ku Klux Klan

The New York photographer, Percy Loomis Sperr, was interested in everyday people and how their lives were lived in the 1920s to the 1940s. Sperr sought to document and preserve the city as fully as possible.

Born on December 27, 1899, Sperr attended Oberlin College, and by the 1920s was venturing into East Harlem to document the culture he encountered there. He was, in particular, attracted to the immigrant culture of Halrm, describing with sympathy the feast day of St. Anthony of Padua in Manhattan.

The photo (above) focuses on a large ex-voto, constructed in East Harlem to thank Saint Anthony of Padua (in 1932) for saving an Italian-American man from death at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan.

The photo is at the corner of 1st Avenue and 106th Street, a dense Italian immigrant community during the depression.

Sleighs in 19th Century Harlem

25th Precinct’s Community Council January Meeting

2022 has come in like whirlwind.  We have a lot to cover.  Many of you have reached out about a number of things and I would like to do some due diligence in covering the topics. 
Please send your questions and/or concerns to me in a separate email so that I can invite appropriate people/personnel to join the meeting to respond to your inquiries.
This month’s meeting will be totally remote.  If there is anyone that needs accommodations to meet a different way please let me know and I will do my best at helping you out.  If it means that I have to set up in the Precinct we will follow all necessary precautions outlined by NYDOH.

25th Precinct Community Council Meeting

Wednesday, Jan 19, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time 
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Hope to see everyone next week.

Have an amazing day! 
Peace and love

Kioka Jackson

Infant Deaths

How Calculated: 

Number of deaths occurring at less than 1 year of age in an area, divided by the number of live births among resident mothers of the area; expressed as cases per 1,000 live births. Infant deaths are restricted to those that can be linked to a birth certificate of a NYC resident mother and are mapped to the mother’s usual residence at birth. For more information about this measure, click here.

Source: New York City Bureau of Vital Statistics

Hot Sauce

Seen on 1st Avenue, between 109/110:

Someone attached a flame-cut sign that says “Hot Sauce”.

Youth Housing Summit

Victory Beyond Sims: A Community Report Back

Wednesday, June 16, 2021


Held virtually on Zoom


Through the Percent for Art program of NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Vinnie Bagwell was selected as the artist to replace the J. Marion Sims statue with a new artistic piece titled Victory Beyond Sims. The COVID-19 pandemic halted progress on her work. The Committee to Empower Voices for Healing and Equity is sponsoring a community conversation where we will provide updates on the process and discuss the larger City effort to remove, remodel, or reframe controversial statues in NYC. Artist Vinnie Bagwell will be in conversation alongside writer and medical ethicist Harriet Washington, author of Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present.


Harriett Washington
Author of Medical Apartheid

Vinnie Bagwell