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When two grocery stores compete for business on the same block, the battle for customers can turn into an all-out war.

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A Harlem Tenement Was Her Neighborhood | NY Times

By SANDRA E. GARCIA

Harlem Building Being Razed By Columbia

The author, center-left in an orange dress, dancing at a party in the building in the early 1990s.

Sometime in the next year, my childhood home is going to disappear. The building where I was raised, 602 West 132nd Street, is being torn down to make room for Columbia University’s $6 billion Manhattanville campus expansion.

The building may not look like much — it’s a lonely six-story brick tenement sandwiched between a U-Haul warehouse and what used to be the Madame Alexander doll factory, across the street from a bus depot.

But to me and my childhood neighbors, it was our world.

“I had my first kiss here; I went on my first date while living here,” said Lyzeth Calderini, 37, who has lived in the building since she was a year old. “It’s like all my memories are being destroyed.”

That immense feeling of loss grips me as well.

My family moved into the building in 1987, a year before I was born. We stayed there until 2003, when my mother found a three-bedroom apartment that better accommodated us. The new apartment, on Faile Street in the Bronx, was renovated and had sparkly appliances. But it wasn’t the building I adored.

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Uptown Talk: The Translators Podcast – Darlenis Duran

The Translators Podcast

In this episode the Translators (Jaime Fernandez and Michael Diaz) talk to Darlenis Duran who is an actress, producer, AND a model. She tells us stories about how her acting career began, how she ended up in a reality TV competition show, and her career goals.

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Harlem’s Blujeen offers great comfort food and no duds | NY Daily News

BY | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Blujeen chef Lance Knowling.

Blujeen chef Lance Knowling.

Lance Knowling knows where his biscuits are buttered.

The Kansas City-born chef pays homage to the women who inspired his culinary career, and does them proud, at Blujeen, whose very name evokes the spirit of the place: a hip take on something sturdy and traditional.

The restaurant’s accomplished blend of soul food and upscale comfort fare is a homecoming of sorts for Knowling, who apprenticed in Texas and climbed the restaurant rungs in the tristate area (Butterfield 81 with Tom Valenti, Indigo Smoke, Park Ave. Club). One of his latest high-profile gigs was cooking for Chelsea Clinton’s wedding.

His Harlem spot, near the busy corner of Frederick Douglass Blvd. and 116th St., manages the neat trick of marrying industrial and homey with exposed venting in the ceiling and rustic hutches along the walls. Paintings courtesy of his mom and friends, including a dominant portrait of John Coltrane, lend a modern vibe.

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