Languages in New York

A great map of the languages spoken in NYC:

Drilling down into the linguistic mosaic of Harlem and East Harlem you can see the complex, vibrant culture of Harlem immigrants – everything from lesser-known languages spoken by close-knit communities like Akan – an African language spoken by Ghanaian and Ivorian immigrants, to large linguistic groups like Haitian Creole speakers.

Here is a zoomed-in look at our neighborhood:

To explore the map, click here:

As Seen In East Harlem

Exhibit At The Africa Center

Reframing Neglect
On view from August 5, 2023 through September 3, 2023 

The Africa Center at Aliko Dangote Hall (map)
1280 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10029

Thursday – Sunday | 11AM to 6PM
Free and open to the public; No prior registration required

In partnership with The END Fund, through the support of Reaching the Last Mile, we are pleased to announce Reframing Neglect, a new photography series, creative direction by contemporary artist and activist Aïda Muluneh, highlighting the need to end neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) globally. The full series includes 38 photos by photographers from seven African countries; through fine art and documentary photography, the artists highlight the weight of NTDs on individuals and communities, using art as a tool of shared human emotion while addressing the need to spread awareness of neglected diseases.

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The Africa Center is hosting a photography exhibition on neglected tropical diseases. 5th Avenue at 110th Street.

As Seen In East Harlem

Ballroom and Language

Harlem’s role in the 1970’s ballroom scene and many other earlier iterations of trans expression, is well known. What may not be as well known are the linguistic contributions that originated in this musical/fashion/identity/dance scene.

1988: Drag ball in Harlem, New York City in 1988. © Catherine McGann

Slang words like “shade” — to speak ill of something or someone –- or “werk,” as in “werk it,” or to do something well, both came from this Harlem scene. In addition, popular trans programs and stars – like “RuPaul’s Drag Race” – have also been heavily impacted by Harlem ballroom.

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As Seen In East Harlem

25th Precinct Community Council Meeting on Wednesday

From Kioka Jackson:

Welcome to the month of GIVING THANKS! Well we should be thankful daily, but you know what I mean.  LOL!  It is my hope that everyone is doing amazing!  Just wanted to remind you that our monthly council meeting will be taking place on Wednesday, November 16th at 6:15PM.  We are back at the Precinct this month in the Muster Room.  We will have a presentation by the Manhattan DA’s office to discuss and answer some of the concerns that you guys had in previous meetings.  My folks in Riverbend — I’m trying to keep my word.  LOL! I’m not done yet.  This is just one of the few meetings that we are planning to ensure that your questions are answered by the right parties.  

I hope to see you all there.  I might even be nice and bring some good eats for you all.  At the very least I will bring desserts that you can take home and have with your dinner. 

Pray for me as I have been dealing with an issue with my back – but God Willing I will be there as chipper as always, bouncing around.  

See you all on Wednesday!! 

As Seen In East Harlem