What It’s Like to Live in Segregated New York | NY Times

The New York Times asked residents in community districts that were highly divided along racial and ethnic lines to describe what they liked and didn’t like about their neighborhoods.

(Photo: Credit Hiroko Masuike | NY Times)

(Photo: Credit Hiroko Masuike | NY Times)

Washington Heights, Manhattan
Community District 12; 70 percent Latino

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Brian Harkin | NY Times

Jennifer Celadilla, 27
A middle school teacher

“In the ’80s and ’90s it was really dangerous to live here. Shootouts were a normal thing. I remember my mom used to tell me, ‘Don’t stand in front of windows’ after a certain time.”

“Now it’s fine for the most part. There is high poverty. It’s very common to have two or three families inside one apartment.”

“If you go on 181st, you notice there’s a lot of bigger businesses coming in. We started first getting the Starbucks. It’s a good thing and a bad thing. It brings jobs into the community. At the same time, we do feel the effects of gentrification. Rising prices, rent. We have people who had to move out from here. It’s not so much segregation that I’m worried about. It’s really the livability of the area. Can I stay here?”

 

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Robert Lowery, first black FDNY commissioner, honored with Washington Heights street dedication | NY Daily News

BY , | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

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Hundreds of firefighters came out to honor Lowery, who joined the department when there were only 50 African-Americans representing the city’s 10,000 members. (Photo: FDNY)

Hundreds of firefighters came out to honor Lowery, who joined the department when there were only 50 African-Americans representing the city’s 10,000 members.

When Robert Lowery joined the FDNY in 1941, there were only 50 African-American firefighters out of the department’s more than 10,000 members.

A quarter of a century later, Lowery became the first black fire commissioner of a major U.S. city.

On Saturday, hundreds of firefighters of all races joined Lowery’s nephew, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, a slew of politicians, including former mayor David Dinkins, and activists at 155th St. and Riverside Drive in Washington Heights to rename the corner Robert O. Lowery Way.

Read more: Robert Lowery, first black FDNY commissioner, honored with Washington Heights street dedication | NY Daily News

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The NYPD is Running Stings Against Immigrant-Owned Shops, Then Pushing For Warrantless Searches | ProPublica

by Sarah Ryley for ProPublica and the New York Daily News

East Harlem

Police filed 34 nuisance abatement cases against businesses in the precinct covering, East Harlem, a largely Hispanic neighborhood in Manhattan. (Edwin Torres for ProPublica)

An undercover NYPD officer entered the spotless Super Laundromat & Dry Cleaners in Inwood, a largely Dominican neighborhood at the northernmost tip of Manhattan. He made his rounds through the store, hawking what he said were stolen gadgets — an iPhone, iPad Mini and iPad.

One man took the bait, agreeing to shell out $200 for all three. He was arrested during the May 2013 sting, and the trouble seemed to end there.

But seven months later — the week before Christmas — cops arrived at the laundromat again. This time, they slapped a neon sticker on the front door declaring in block letters: “RESTRAINING ORDER.”

They presented the store’s owner, Sung Cho, with a daunting slew of legal papers, threatening to shutter the laundromat for a year and auction off everything inside. Their justification, the cops said: The store was being “used to facilitate criminal possession of stolen property.”

Read more: The NYPD is Running Stings Against Immigrant-Owned Shops, Then Pushing For Warrantless Searches | ProPublica

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The Fix: Camille Safiya – Indigo

Camille Safiya

Songstress Camille Safiya is back people. Her latest offering, Indigo, is an intimate and introspective 3 song EP that will leave you fiending for more. Miss Safiya is that good. Check out this awesome review of her latest offering from NPR Music.

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