Art Kane on Choosing East 126th Street

If you’ve ever wondered why Art Kane chose East 126th Street for his iconic photo, here is his explanation:

And, while 17 East 126th Street was the ultimate location, few know that in the middle of the project, everyone moved a block eastward, to 52 East 126th Street, but after a few test photos (and dissatisfaction with 52) the whole group returned to 17 East 126th Street where the final photos were taken, and A Great Day In Harlem was born.

Below is 52 East 126th Street – the building is demolished – that awaits redevelopment as an Odyssey House facility.

Fall Events at The Harlem Rose Garden

Join The Vitafusion Fruit Tree Project Planting With Concrete Safaris In East Harlem

The vitafusion Fruit Tree Project is making a stop at Jefferson Houses in East Harlem to partner with the local nonprofit Concrete Safaris.

Come join the fun on October 8, 2021, to plant 35 apple, plum, and pear trees as well as blueberries and blackberries.

The planting will mitigate poor air quality in East Harlem, a neighborhood that is polluted by multiple truck and commuter routes and faces devastating impacts of climate change including heatwaves.

Since 2017, vitafusion Gummy Vitamins and the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation have partnered to create the vitafusion Fruit Tree Project. So far, the project has planted over 200,000 fruit trees around the globe, with tree planting and/or distribution events in the U.S. and internationally.

These fruit trees have helped increase access to 28 million pieces of fresh fruit in underserved communities, combat global pollution by reducing CO2, and generate 33 million pounds of oxygen each year.

These fruit trees have helped increase access to 28 million pieces of fresh fruit in underserved communities, combat global pollution by reducing CO2, and generate 33 million pounds of oxygen each year.

Since 2008, Concrete Safaris has prepared youth in East Harlem and beyond to lead healthy lives and shape their environment through outdoor education, play, exploration, and community engagement.

Approximately 400 daily, direct-service participants are enrolled in after-school or internships, and 5,000+ community members get active outdoors at the garden and street-based events led by youth in East Harlem.

Approximately 400 daily, direct-service participants are enrolled in after-school or internships, and 5,000+ community members get active outdoors at the garden and street-based events led by youth in East Harlem.

To attend the planting event, local event hosts are requiring proof of COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within the prior 72 hours and masks. The event remains rain or shine, and experience is not necessary.

Anyone who would like to attend must register at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jefferson-houses-fruit-tree-beautification-day-tickets-174272432537

Interested? Great, here’s the details on Friday, October 8th: Meet at 10:30 am EST outside Jefferson Houses Management Office at 300 East 115th Street New York, NY, the Planting will begin at 11:00 am.

Heart to Heart Concert Video

Hi Everyone!
Labor of Love Association pulled off yet another successful virtual concert and we’re so appreciative of each of you who joined us last week to enjoy the music. To each of you who made a donation to help us meet our fundraising goals, DOUBLE thanks!
If you missed watching the virtual concert, we are airing it again now for a limited time! It was an astounding night, and we hope that you’ll watch or experience it again with your family and friends!
XOXO,
The Labor of Love Ensemble
We’ve got a Super Fan in the house!Our lead guitarist’s daughter, Lulu, sent us her video during the show dancing to the song of her choice! She selected “I Don’t Know What You Came To Do” and she impressed the judges so much, we declared her the WINNER! Her video is adorable, so be sure to watch it.
Lulu, thank you and congratulations. You are forever our honorary VIP guest!
Instructions to access the broadcast:
Step One: From any device, go to our website
Step Two: At the top of the home page, you’ll see the H2H Virtual Edition image.
Step Three: Sit back, enjoy the show, and get your PRAISE ON!
We are still accepting donations.  A donation in any amount will be deeply appreciated as Heart to Heart is our annual fundraising project.
Make a donation payable to The Labor of Love Association, Inc.
Mail to: The Labor of Love Association, Inc.
57 East 126th Street, Suite 2, New York, NY 10035
Attention: Shkigale Baker, Treasurer

Uptowner Reports on the Co-Naming of 126th Street

The Uptowner – a project of the Columbia University school of journalism, reports on the co-naming of 126th Street:


By Tazbia Fatima

Flowerpots hang from the railings along a tree-lined sidewalk in East Harlem; neighbors sitting on the stoops have conversations across the street. Time seems to stand still along this row of four-storied brownstones. One of them at 17 E. 126th St, is etched in history as the backdrop for the photo, “A Great Day in Harlem,” that photographer Art Kane shot on August 12, 1958, on assignment for Esquire.

The photograph, officially named “Harlem 1958,” represents a sort of  graduation picture featuring four generations of jazz legends — Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and 56 other musicians, two of whom, Benny Golson and Sonny Rollins, are still alive. The city renamed this iconic block between Madison and Fifth Avenues last month, calling it “Art Kane Harlem 1958.”

But a group of residents are contesting this decision, arguing that Kane, who was white, wasn’t local. “It’s not about race. It’s about contribution to the community,” said Tina Bristol, a resident of the block.

To read more from the article, see:

http://theuptowner.org/renaming-a-block-on-east-126th-street-a-controversial-day-in-harlem/

A Great Day in Harlem

Uptown Grand Central writes:

Greetings, neighbors!

I am writing to invite you to the co-naming the block of 126th Street between Madison & Fifth as “Art Kane: Harlem 1958 Place.”

This is in celebration of the historic jazz photograph that is sometimes called “A Great Day In Harlem” — but is actually called “Harlem 1958” — which was taken in front of the brownstone at 17 East 126th Street.

The naming ceremony will take place on the afternoon of next Thursday, August 12, with a concert by Jazzmobile and short remarks by Jonathan Kane, the son of the original photographer:

Harlem 1958 street co-naming
Corner of 126th & Madison
Thursday, August 12
2 p.m. — Reception
2:45 p.m. — Remarks by Jonathan Kane, moderated by our very own G. Keith Alexander
3 p.m. — Jazzmobile concert
3:30 p.m. — Street sign unveiling

We’d love it if you are able to join us. The two musicians from the photo who are still living (Benny Golson & Sonny Rollins) are unable to attend due to their age, but will be sending written remarks.

If you are able to attend, please respond here on the Eventbrite. (And, if you know of neighbors we missed, please let me know!)

Thanks so much as always,
Carey