Inwood Cupcake Shop Getting Reality TV Makeover With Help from ‘The Profit’ | DNAinfo

By Lindsay Armstrong

Tonnie's Minis - Inwood

After a series of missteps, Tonnie Rozier says he is back to baking and focused on making the Inwood location a success. (Photo: Lindsay Armstrong | DNAinfo)

INWOOD — An Uptown cupcake shop that has been beset by difficulties will get another chance with some help from reality TV.

Tonnie’s Minis, which has opened and closed several times since leasing its space at 4738 Broadway two years ago, will be featured on the CNBC reality show “The Profit” this May. The show chronicles the projects of Marcus Lemonis, CEO of the multibillion-dollar recreational vehicle company Camping World.

Read more: Inwood Cupcake Shop Getting Reality TV Makeover With Help from ‘The Profit’ | DNAinfo

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Seriously, if you have not heard Ibeyi’s debut album you are missing out on something truly transcendent. The French-Cuban sister duo chop it up with the good folks at Havana Cultura and give you an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album. Ibeyi takes traditional Yoruban chanting and infuses it with hip-hop, electronic and down tempo. Get up on it NOW.

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July 1970 Harlem, full of life | Mashable

by Chris Wild

Inside the African-American bookstore.  Image: Jack Garofalo/Paris Match via Getty Images

Inside the African-American bookstore. Image: Jack Garofalo/Paris Match via Getty Images

Jack Garofalo (1923-2004), one of the leading photographers for Paris Match magazine, spent six weeks in Harlem, New York, in the summer of 1970. His images were the cover story for Match in October that year.

In the 1960s, large numbers of residents left Harlem for neighborhoods in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx, seeking better schools, improved housing and a stronger sense of safety. Left in Harlem were the people who couldn’t afford to or chose not to move.

Despite massive federal investment throughout the 1970s, in 1978 the New York Times would publish an article titled “Harlem’s Dreams Have Died in Last Decade, Leaders Say.”

Yet, as these pictures show, that didn’t mean Harlem in 1970 was lacking in vibrancy. In the words of Camilo José Vergara, another photographer documenting Harlem during the decade: “There was something vital going on in Harlem in the ’70s.”

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3/16/15: Select the official 2015 Uptown Arts Stroll Poster @ 809 Restaurant

2013 Uptown Arts Stroll

NoMAA invites the community to vote for the official

2015 Uptown Arts Stroll poster

at an Artists Salon on Monday, March 16th

from 6:30pm-8:30pm

at 809 Restaurant, 112 Dyckman Street, between Post Avenue and Nagle Avenue.

Join us for refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment.

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Washington Heights Through the Decades | Rutgers Today

By Lawrence Lerner

Crossing Broadway - Washington Heights - Robert W. Snyder

Robert Snyder has a deep connection to Washington Heights, the neighborhood near the northern tip of Manhattan between 155th and 190th.

The Rutgers University–Newark historian was born in 1955 and lived there for a year. And though his parents moved the family to the New Jersey suburbs in 1956, Snyder grew up on stories of his old neighborhood, a place they described affectionately as great for working people, rich with urban amenities. As a teenager in the 1960s and ’70s, he took occasional walks through the western section of Washington Heights, convinced it was still a happy place.

But in 1980, he returned to do an oral history project, only to find a different story: residents fearful of crime and ill at ease with their Spanish-speaking neighbors. In 1983, an elderly woman was murdered 10 blocks from his parents’ old house. Three years later, U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani and U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato ventured into the neighborhood, in disguise, to demonstrate the ease of buying crack cocaine there. In 1989, Snyder went back to study how crime reporting depicted his old neighborhood, going on police patrols in drug-infested areas donning a bullet-proof vest.

Snyder wondered where his parents’ idyllic neighborhood had gone.

“I’d hoped to write a book about Washington Height for many years but didn’t want to write a story about my parents’ old home with a sad ending,” says Snyder. “It was hard to see a bright future for the neighborhood.”

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