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Disrupt Harlem Code Squad Wants You…

Disrupt Harlem Code Squad Wants You...

The Disrupt Harlem Code Squad is Back – Apply Today for the Fall 2016 Cohort. The deadline is September 9th at 5pm. The program teaches Harlem youth how to code, make websites and start their own business all in 11 weeks. The program is looking for Harlem residents, 18-24 yrs old, who are able to […]


Five Questions with Tony Hillery, Founder of Harlem Grown | Food Tank

Five Questions with Tony Hillery, Founder of Harlem Grown | Food Tank

by Allyn Rosenberger Food Tank recently had the opportunity to speak with Tony Hillery, the founder of Harlem Grown, about his organization’s commitment to inspiring youth to live healthy, ambitious lives. In addition to providing mentorship and role models to impoverished youth, Harlem Grown provides hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition. When we […]


Uptown Arts Program Preps Kids for College and Beyond | DNAinfo

Uptown Arts Program Preps Kids for College and Beyond | DNAinfo

By Carolina Pichardo WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — A longtime local youth organization is kicking off a fundraising campaign to add more of the stuff local teens need, including yoga, arts and college-readiness programs — as part of its plan to revamp its mission. The Growth Development Services, Inc. (GDS), founded in 1986, with a focus on […]


The Loiza Festival – The Recap

The Loiza Festival – The Recap

Photography by Mario Carrion “That’s real commitment. These guys are staying put,” affirmed Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, founder and Director of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), one of the Festival’s presenters. She referred to the sea of umbrellas moving to the sound of drums at this year’s “Fiestas Tradicionales en Honor a […]


Sisterhood of the Skateboard | NY Times

Sisterhood of the Skateboard | NY Times

By NOAH REMNICK Early one evening in June, River Avenue Skate Park in the Bronx was reverberating with its usual medley of screeching from the elevated No. 4 train and scattered applause from Yankee Stadium, when a young boy shouted, “Brujas coming, yo!” And with that, in rolled some of the park’s most steadfast devotees, […]


‘It’s always been there for us’: a love letter to New York’s fire hydrants | The Guardian

'It's always been there for us': a love letter to New York's fire hydrants | The Guardian

The quintessential tradition has remained intact throughout decades of change, but with gentrification taking hold, are these the scenes of a dying New York? BY Rose Hackman Edwin Canela sits outside, on a white chair on a north Manhattan sidewalk, with an old boombox to his right, and a mini barbecue to his left. He […]


07/16/16: 2 New Exhibits @ The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling

07/16/16: 2 New Exhibits @ The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling

Have you been to the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling yet? Housed in the simply breathtaking Sugar Hill Project building, the museum boasts an impressive art collection that appeals to all not just kids. Since first opening its doors late last year, the museum has been a welcoming presence inviting the community […]


Adding Classes and Content, Resurgent Libraries Turn a Whisper Into a Roar | NY Times

Adding Classes and Content, Resurgent Libraries Turn a Whisper Into a Roar | NY Times

By WINNIE HU Matthew Carter’s summer hideaway is not in the Hamptons, the Catskills or on the Jersey Shore. It does not require a car ride or a small fortune to keep up. Mr. Carter, 32, an adjunct professor of music at the City College of New York, simply holes up at the Inwood Library […]


Spread Love: The Harlem Arts Festival

Spread Love: The Harlem Arts Festival

It’s that time of year again folks. The Harlem Arts Festival is going down this weekend. Festival Day 1 (June 25th) and Day 2 (June 26th), from 3:00pm-8:30pm in Marcus Garvey Park are completely free! Featuring the brightest talents of Harlem, the festival is a fun celebration of local arts for all ages and interests. […]


Storm the Palace – The Recap

Storm the Palace – The Recap

Words: Led Black (@Led_Black) Photography: Emmanuel Abreu (@EAbreuVisuals) We came, we saw, we stormed the palace. Hundreds of people came from far and wide to celebrate the community affirming work of the People’s Theatre Project at the magnificent United Palace this past Tuesday. For the people – by the people, succinctly sums up what the […]


Washington Heights sixth-graders name just-discovered Dominican Republic-native wasp species ‘La Luz Brillante’ | NY Daily News

Washington Heights sixth-graders name just-discovered Dominican Republic-native wasp species ‘La Luz Brillante’ | NY Daily News

BY Reuven Blau Students in Washington Heights got a real-life science lesson when they were chosen to name a newly discovered species of wasp native to the Dominican Republic. Sixth-graders at the Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity after an entomologist at the American Museum of Natural History reached out for assistance. […]


Spread Love: Word Up Books Turns 5

Spread Love: Word Up Books Turns 5

On Saturday, June 18th Word Up Books will be celebrating 5 awesome years of being an indispensable community resource. In light of that significant milestone, Word Up is throwing an all day long shindig. The festivities kick off at 11 am. See below for the deets.


06/18/16: The Sweet Spot Festival Presents Pop + Shop

06/18/16: The Sweet Spot Festival Presents Pop + Shop

The Sweet Spot Festival will be celebrating the opening of the 2016 Sugar Hill Green Market season with Grow NYC Sweet Spot POP + SHOP June 18th, 2016 from 10AM- 5PM Tunes by DJ Olivia Dope + KEEYS Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling 898 St.Nicholas Ave ( A w 155 St) Craft […]


Indiegogo Spotlight: Statement Arts College Prep Program 2016

Indiegogo Spotlight: Statement Arts College Prep Program 2016

A Word From Statement Arts Help Us Get 15 More NYC Young People Into College! If you can help us level the playing field for some amazing young people who deserve a chance, we’d be extremely grateful. Thanks for taking the time to check out our campaign. This July Statement Arts will sponsor its free […]


A Broad Brush | Manhattan Times

A Broad Brush | Manhattan Times

Story and photos by Erik Cuello They were struck by the strokes. A new mural at the George Washington Educational Complex is the handiwork of seven student artists intent on expressing the challenges specific to young women of color. The group of seven hails from the George Washington Educational Campus. The mural was produced in collaboration with […]


Indiegogo Spotlight: Urban Woodworking Project

Indiegogo Spotlight: Urban Woodworking Project

A Word From The Inwood Academy for Leadership Inwood Academy for Leadership empowers students in Inwood and Washington Heights to become agents for change through community-focused leadership, character development and college preparedness. Our population is drawn directly from the Washington Heights and Inwood community, where an average of 27% of children live below the federal […]


Passion Project | Manhattan Times

Passion Project | Manhattan Times

Story by Gregg McQueen They’ll be packing. On Fri., May 13th, public school students from District 6 and the Urban Arts Partnership will descend upon United Palace for the Annual Urban Arts Festival. For the 12th consecutive year, the Urban Arts Festival will serve as a showcase event to celebrate the positive impact of the […]


Harlem teen joins Community Board to tackle neighborhood issues | NY Daily News

Harlem teen joins Community Board to tackle neighborhood issues | NY Daily News

BY Kerry Burke, Ginger Adams Otis | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS A Harlem teen determined to change the world is tackling some of the city’s biggest challenges — one community board meeting at a time. Victoria Pannell, 16, stopped on her way into her inaugural session as a member of Community Board 10 on Wednesday […]


Eli Paperboy Reed Lifts Young Voices in the Gospel Spirit | NY Times

Eli Paperboy Reed Lifts Young Voices in the Gospel Spirit | NY Times

By JOHN LELAND There was a moment in Eli Paperboy Reed’s gospel quartet class recently, at the end of Blind Willie Johnson’s plaintive “Let Your Light Shine on Me,” when Asher Bethune, a reserved 19-year-old, hit a note so low, so unexpectedly, that the other students jumped and shouted. No one had heard Mr. Bethune […]


Stepping up | Manhattan Times

Stepping up | Manhattan Times

They’re two of a kind. Twin 15-year-old students have been offered an opportunity to study at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (JKO) School of the American Ballet Theatre (ABT). And now the two tenth graders at the Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School students need help covering their tuition costs at one of the top dance […]


Lin-Manuel Miranda: By the Book | NY Times

Lin-Manuel Miranda: By the Book | NY Times

The star and creator of the musical “Hamilton” says “Things Fall Apart” was his favorite book to teach at Hunter College High School: “The kids walk out of the classroom as different people.” What books are currently on your night stand? “The Wayfinders,” by Wade Davis; “Between Riverside and Crazy,” by Stephen Adly Guirgis; and […]


Slaying the silence | Manhattan Times

Slaying the silence | Manhattan Times

Story and photos by Gregg McQueen It was a music room with no music. The large music instruction room at George Washington High School for Media and Communications in Washington Heights had remained dormant for many years, used only for storage rather than for students playing instruments. Like many schools, cuts to the music curriculum […]


Indiegogo Spotlight: Jumpstart D’Lolly’s Uptown Bakeshop

Indiegogo Spotlight: Jumpstart D'Lolly's Uptown Bakeshop

A Word From Gio Andollo My name is Gio Andollo and I’m a creative entrepreneur, based in New York City. And now my very cool wife, D’Lolly Lopez-Andollo, is poised to become the same! She has a HUGE opportunity to supply  wholesale baked goods, made in our home kitchen with lots of love, to a […]


2/25/16: CoSMO Clinic Fundraiser Ft. Los Pleneros de La 21

2/25/16: CoSMO Clinic Fundraiser Ft. Los Pleneros de La 21

CoSMO Clinic Fundraiser Ft. Los Pleneros de La 21 Thursday, February 25th at 7:30pm Alumni Auditorium, 650 W 168th Street on Fort Washington Avenue Get Your Tickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10071850 This is what we call a win-win. Have a blast taking in, learning and listening to the Grammy nominated and Smithsonian-recognized Los Pleneros de la 21 and support […]

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