Fort George, Manhattan: Nosebleed Heights and Down-to-Earth Prices | NY Times

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Despite occupying some of the highest terrain around, Fort George, near the northern point of Manhattan, can seem to be hiding in plain sight.

“The tip of the island was just a complete mystery to me,” said Amy Drury, 38, who lived in a string of apartments in southerly neighborhoods, like the Financial District and Dumbo, Brooklyn, after moving to New York from England in 2011.

Online subway maps that lop off the blocks beyond Harlem, Ms. Drury joked, may be a culprit. “I feel that no one goes to the end,” she said.

But about a year ago, curious to explore, she stumbled upon Fort George, a middle-class, mostly Latino enclave of Washington Heights. There, she found a renovated two-bedroom, one-bath condo with hardwood floors, eastern views and a washer and dryer, in a non-doorman elevator building. The price, $549,000, was befitting of the apartment’s off-the-beaten-path location, said Ms. Drury, a financial instructor. Similar places in Lower Manhattan can cost three times what Ms. Drury paid.

Read more: Fort George, Manhattan: Nosebleed Heights and Down-to-Earth Prices | NY Times

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Progressives Look to Shield Undocumented Tenants From Landlords’ Deportation Threats | Observer

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State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and a host of other left-leaning pols debuted a new handbook outlining protections for undocumented renters facing landlord harassment—a legal manual they called crucial given the “very hostile, very toxic” current climate for foreign nationals under President Donald Trump.

The prosecutor’s office released new “Know Your Rights” guidance—available online—for non-citizen tenants whose landlords have threatened to report them to federal authorities or have claimed that eviction protections do not apply to them because of their lack of formal paperwork. The Democratic officials at today’s presser at La Marqueta in East Harlem blamed Trump, who ran on promises of mass deportations and who has pursued an aggressive immigration enforcement agenda in office.

“We have had complaints…from immigrant tenants who are being harassed or threatened because of their immigration status,” Schneiderman said. “That harassment is not just inexcusable, it is against the law in New York. Every tenant has rights.”

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Parcels of power, packaged with care | Manhattan Times

By Gregg McQueen

The packages, diligently packed and labeled, reach every corner of the globe.

But first they must pass through the hands of women working in concert in a small office in Washington Heights.

Stuffed with t-shirts, hoodies and other apparel, the packages are sent to those who ordered items from TeeRico, the officially licensed merchandise store for Hamilton creator and uptown native Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The five women handling the fulfillment duties work from space within the Mama Tingo Child Care and Learning Center. All are clients of the Dominican Women’s Development Center (DWDC), a social services organization that focuses on the needs of women and families.

Previously unemployed, the women are currently being assisted by a $50,000 grant to the DWDC from TeeRico, to handle shipping of items ordered from the online store.

Luis Crespo, who founded and manages TeeRico, said that all sales from the company’s help benefit a cause.

“It’s always about helping somebody else; it’s behind everything we do,” said Crespo. “We’re a vehicle for people who want to help others.”

“We’re very honored to receive the grant from TeeRico,” said Rosita Romero, DWDC’s Executive Director. “The women needed the work and are very happy to be here.”

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Bodegas: Living the American Dream

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Maria Hinojosa is a powerhouse. She has been properly representing Latinos in the media for over 25 years and she recently became the newest contributor to the indispensable CBS Sunday Morning news show. For her first segment, she took us to the bodegas of New York City for a look at the special place these establishments hold in their respective communities. Shout out to Maria Hinojosa for telling our stories so well for so long. Check it out the segment below.

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04/20/17: 4th Annual Health & Beauty Expo

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The 4th Annual Health & Beauty Expo goes down on April 20 at 6:30 pm at the Fort Washington Collegiate Church (729 W 181st Street).

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