HNBA Meeting Next Tuesday (April 12, at 7 PM)

Join the Commanding Officer Chris Henning of the 25th Precinct next Tuesday at 7, to hear more about (and ask questions concerning), public safety issues in our community.  

In addition to CO Henning, we will be joined by Marissa Yanni from DSNY.  She’ll be answering questions about composting, pickup of corner trash bins, street cleaning, and much more.

Lastly, our State Assembly Member Gibbs will drop in to introduce himself and answer your questions about what he’s done, and what he intends to do, to improve the quality of life in our community.

Bring your questions, forward this to your neighbors, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

(To request the Zoom link, go to:

Mr. or Miss Harlem Shake

It’s that time of year again. Harlem residents are urged to apply to be the 2022 Mr. or Miss Harlem Shake.

Prized include a year of free burgers, $1000, money for a charity of your choice, and fame beyond your wildest dreams.

Details at:

And The Fabulous Children of Harlem

As seen at 135th/5th.

Waiting to Open

A photograph from October 1977 recently came on Ebay. The scene is a corner of Lenox Avenue and 124th Street, where a line of men awaits entry into a liquor store.

Here is the back of the print.

The location is now the home of Harlem Shake. Note how the liquors sign on the corner of the building, remains:

Trash Talk

The City has an article about the DSNY garage at 99th Street and the stop-gap, open-air new location on East 127th Street:

Uptown Grand Central, Again!

If you’ve been on East 125th Street recently, you’ve probably noticed that Uptown Grand Central has again restarted their amazing mural project on the otherwise, monotonous green construction hoarding.

The UGC project has grown from 50 artists in 2019 who enlivened the area around the Metro-North station at 125/Park. This year, is inviting up to 100 artists to paint new work over the old ones.

The goal, like last time, is to create art that will “support and uplift the community,” according to Carey King, director of Uptown Grand Central, which organizes the project.

Artist applications are open and being selected on a rolling basis through June, when organizers hope to have them all painted. Each artist chosen will receive a $500 honorarium, and priority is being given to artists with connections to Harlem, Upper Manhattan and the Bronx — as was the case last time.

“They were all people from the community that knew East 125th Street and knew how important it was to bring joy here,” King said of the 2019 artists. “It was just a beautiful thing.”

The project’s funders include City Councilmembers Diana Ayala and Bill Perkins, the city’s Department of Small Business Services and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

In the coming weeks, Uptown Grand Central will put out another, separate artist call: this time, to paint dozens of metal shop gates between Fifth and Lexington avenues, building off a 2017 project.

To learn more about the call for artist submissions, click here, or read more about the Grandscale Mural Project at Uptown Grand Central’s website. To see the works in progress, stop by East 125th Street — and tag Instagram photos with the hashtag #grandscalemuralproject.

Thanks to ‘s Nick Garber for the reporting, above.

Miss Harlem Shake 2021

Toe Whoppin’ Tina was crowned Miss Harlem Shake 2021.

Toe Whoppin’ Tina received the official Golden Cup award, free burgers for a year, a $1,000 gift, and a $500 donation to her favorite charity – the 116th Street Food Pantry in Harlem.

Toe Whoppin’ Tina is 32 and works as a children’s mascot entertainer, a promoter and a restaurant manager. Tina says she enjoys dancing, singing and parties. In her words, “I love people with a good sense of humor. I’m funny.”  

Tina’s favorite Harlem Shake meal is the Hot Mess burger and she believes she personifies a chocolate shake. When asked why she loves Harlem, Tina responded with a question, “Who doesn’t love Harlem?”

Sol Cinema Cafe – Our Right to Gaze


Harlem’s own Sol Cinema Cafe has a fantastic collection of ​six shorts under the title “Our Right to Gaze“. The filmmakers gaze at themselves and their world, attempting to make sense of what they see reflected back. From gripping drama to heart-warming comedy, Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities features timely stories from Black artists that take us outside of the ordinary.

Love in Submission”  by Antu Yacob & Lande Yoosuf

  • Worlds collide when two different Muslim women meet each other for the first time through a mutual third party.

​”A Hollywood Party” by Toryn Seabrooks

  • An aspiring TV host encounters her lifelong idol at a Hollywood party but is mortified after the superstar accidentally spits on her lip mid-conversation.

​”Nowhere” by Lin Que Ayoung

  • A middle-aged Latina flees her controlling husband for a night of unadulterated freedom.

​”The Black Banshee” by Kyla Sylvers

  • Convinced by her friends and boyfriend to enjoy a night out after losing her job, Yvie begins to question her own mind when the visions she’s been having start to have dangerous consequences.

​”Auntie Zariyah” by Zora Bikangaga

  • Zach crashes with an auntie he’s never met before and soon finds out that Auntie Zariyah is a 12-year-old influencer.

​”Pandemic Chronicles” by Ya’ke Smith

  • A three-part anthology series about love, loss, and grief during quarantine.

To watch the trailer:

To watch the short film collection ($10):

Kamala Combo at Harlem Shake

For Women’s History Month, Harlem Shake is celebrating with The Kamala Combo. A portion of their sales will benefit Girls Educational and Mentoring Services. The combo is priced at $18.75. 

In addition, they’re kicking off their eighth edition of the Miss or Mr. Harlem Shake contest to highlight a Harlem resident representing the pride of the neighborhood.

Outdoor Dining Will Return (next summer, and kind of late…?)

The mayor has said that the COVID driven outdoor dining program will return next summer, on June 1st.

Outdoor dining at Harlem Shake on Lenox Avenue, Harlem, New York

“I wanted to say it now because I want people in communities to look forward and see that we’re going to keep coming back strong. I want the folks who own the restaurants to know that they’re going to have that additional revenue going forward. The folks who work in the restaurants to know that whatever else we have to weather, we have seen that this experiment worked,” said the mayor.

That seems kind of late in the season. Many people would be happy to dine out earlier in May, for example and our local restaurants will need every dollar they can get. Let’s hope outdoor dining does return, but earlier than the mayor’s plan.