I thought it might be interesting to look at Harlem Libraries from a data perspective.
Here is the data on which of the Harlem branches have the most holdings:
Keen readers will, however, wonder if the size of holdings is somehow related to the nearby population. To do this, the population within 3/4 of a mile of each library has been used in the calculation. The results are fascinating.
The Countee Cullen Branch on West 136 (behind the Schomburg, has almost one book for every person in the neighborhood.
By contrast, the Harlem Branch (West 124th Street, on Marcus Garvey Park) and the 115th Street Branch have only one book for 3 people.
The other 3 branches have roughly 1 book for every two residents.
The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance does such a great job on so many different projects that it’s hard to highlight just one thing that stands out. Today, however, I had finished the book ‘The Wanderers’ by our neighbor Richard Price, and wanted to donate it.
I took it to one of two small lending library kiosks that the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance put up in the park.
The concept is brilliantly simple. Bring a book. Take a book. Return a book.
The artwork – paintings on one, mosaics on the other – celebrate the park and the community:
This last one might be my favorite. People sprawled out on blankets next to the Marcus Garvey Park’s public pool, while a summer sun shines reflective mosaic rays all around
The two kiosks could use some plexiglass to protect the books from the elements.
Brian Benjamin Runs for Comptroller
State Senator Brian Benjamin is running for NYC Comptroller. According to Patch, Senator Benjamin has:
raised the second-most money of anyone in the comptroller’s race: over $462,000, trailing Lander, who had raised more than $613,000 through July 11, the most recent public filing period.
He’s also received the support of a number of local Harlem politicians:
Also on Thursday, Benjamin was endorsed by a number of local officeholders, including councilmembers Diana Ayala and Bill Perkins, Assemblymembers Michael Blake and Al Taylor and State Senator Robert Jackson. Community leaders lining up behind Benjamin include Pastor Michael Waldrond of the First Corinthian Baptist Church and Hazel Dukes, President of the NAACP New York State Conference.
Scott Stringer has been a strong supporter of Senator Benjamin and in kind, Senator Benjamin has been working to get the Harlem Machine behind Scott Stringer’s bid for NYC Mayor.