Church at 129/Madison

If you’ve wondered what is going to happen to the church, school, and rectory at 129/Madison, October’s Land Use meeting for CB11 revealed some of the plans:

Essentially the church and school have been leased to a charter school, and the rectory will be converted into a rental building. Capital Prep will take over the entire church complex, including the main building and also an adjoining school. Its move, coinciding with the 2022-23 school year, will allow the school to expand capacity from 500 to 700 students.

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Harlem’s Renaissance Man

The CW series: Over the last century 4400 people who were overlooked, undervalued or otherwise marginalized vanished without a trace off the face of the planet. Now, inexplicably, they’re back, returned to Detroit having not aged a day and with no memory of what happened to them.

$100 Giveaway for Vaccinations

Tell your neighbors. The vaccine $100 giveaway is in effect on Madison Avenue between East 128/129.

9/11 Tribute

You can see our Harlem neighbor, Dr. Keith Taylor at 14:00 talk about 9/11 from his perspective as a first responder on the scene 20 years ago.

Community Board 11 Wants To Hear From You

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A Rare Cornerstone

A rare Harlem cornerstone that not only has the year built, but also the name of the architect.

Found on East 128th Street, at Madison, on the former ARC building.

Dawoud Bey at The Whitney Museum

Dawoud Bey is one of the most innovative and influential photographers of his generation. He has spent more than four decades photographing underrepresented subjects and fostering a dialogue that addresses African American history and contemporary society and politics. 

Dawoud Bey: An American Project is at the Whitney Museum of American Art until 3 October and features a number of Harlem images from the mid 70’s and beyond.

Bey’s work in the tradition of the American portrait and street photography references and builds upon the work of other Black photographic pioneers of the 20th century including James Van Der Zee and Roy DeCarava

Bey began photographing in Harlem in 1975, at the age of 22. Although he was raised in Queens, he was intimately connected to the neighborhood – his parents had met there and members of his extended family still made it their home

Bey’s work portrays Harlem and its residents as complex individuals in images free of stereotype

New Juice Bar

A new juice bar is coming to Madison Avenue, just north of 125th Street at the old location where Jahlookova used to be.

Harlem and Civil Rights

A Virtual Tour

Since tourism has been put on hold, Welcome to Harlem introduces a way to safely tour Harlem and learn of its significant contribution to the Civil Rights Movement.

Welcome to Harlem proudly presents the “Harlem Civil Rights Virtual,” which is a virtual walking tour that will take place in Harlem, New York, beginning at Canaan Baptist Church of Christ. Eighteen of the twenty stops will be covered during an eye-opening trail starting on 116th Street uptown to the 137th area. The remaining two stops are past 137th Street. This exciting event will span across approximately two hours while it outlines the pivotal role Harlem played during the Civil Rights Movement, highlighting the fundamental sites and individuals who contributed to the cause.

Although tourism is currently non-existent, Welcome to Harlem is introducing a fun way for history lovers to learn about and engage with the neighborhood’s rich past. Harlem is a proud contributor to the Civil Rights Movement, and tourists will learn about each of the critical events that took place in the area. The Harlem Civil Rights Virtual Tour will visit the original Temple No. 7 and the Blumstein Department Store. It will also illustrate Harlem’s connection to the famous March on Washington House, and visit pertinent churches, including Mother A.M.E. Zion Church and Abyssinian Baptist Church, to name a few.

In addition, the tour highlights key individuals who helped lead the movement, including Malcolm X, A. Philip Randolph, Josephine Baker, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Roy Wilkins, W.E.B. DuBois, Walter White, Wyatt Tee Walker, James Weldon Johnson, John Carlos, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Bayard Rustin, Paul Robeson, and many others.

Price: $15

Madison/110 To Be Developed

YIMBY is reporting that the vacant lot at the south-west corner of Madison Avenue and East 110th Street will be an 8 story rental building.

Build the Block on Thursday, March 11th, at 6:30 PM

Join our NCO’s at Ginjan Cafe on Thursday, March 11th for a 6:30 PM meeting to talk about public safety and any other concerns.

1939 Madison Ave. Used As Gambling House

100 years ago the New York Times reported breathlessly on an illegal gambling house at 1939 Madison Avenue (between 124/125).

The charges leveled in court and in the newspaper allege that not only was gambling occurring, but debts were not paid, and the local police were on the take.

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Claire Oliver Gallery

If you have a chance, head up Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. to 134/135 and stop in the Claire Oliver Gallery. The current exhibit of photography – a Love Letter for Harlem – is wonderful, powerful, and worth a visit.

Negro Church Seeks Madison Avenue Home

Exactly 100 years ago today, this article came out in the New York Times:

The “alarm in neighborhood” and “real estate men fear”, of course, is code for white residents.

Later in the article, the process of what will later be termed ‘white flight’ is described as contributing to the decline in the white church’s numbers, which in turn led it to be favorably impressed by the offer.

The center of Black Harlem is described as being on West 135th Street, but further expansion southward, seems to be particularly troubling to the writer and the (white) Harlemites quoted.

For the full article, see below: