Posts Tagged ‘Harlem Renaissance’

SoHa in Harlem? The Misguided Madness of Neighborhood Rebranding | NY Times

SoHa in Harlem? The Misguided Madness of Neighborhood Rebranding | NY Times

By GINIA BELLAFANTE During any other summer, one in which the news didn’t ricochet from presidential wrestling videos to threats of nuclear annihilation at the hands of North Korea to the mysterious arrival of Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets into the treasure chests of people who make scrapbooking easier somewhere in Oklahoma, ordinary citizens might have produced […]


People’s Victory: Activists stop effort to rename Harlem south of 125th Street ‘SoHa’ | Amsterdam News

People’s Victory: Activists stop effort to rename Harlem south of 125th Street ‘SoHa’ | Amsterdam News

By STEPHON JOHNSON and CYRIL JOSH BARKER It looks like the battle to rename Harlem south of 125th Street “SoHa” is coming to an abrupt end. Reports indicate that real estate firm Keller Williams is heeding the call of the community to stop using the term to attract new residents to the already heavily gentrified […]


Gentrifiers Want To Rename Harlem Area ‘SoHa’ And Residents Are Pissed | Huffington Post

Gentrifiers Want To Rename Harlem Area ‘SoHa’ And Residents Are Pissed | Huffington Post

By Taryn Finley Developers and real estate agents thought that they could come into the lower area of Harlem and dub it “SoHa,” short for South Harlem. As far as residents are concerned, they thought wrong. NY1 reports that developers want to refer to the area between 110th and 125th Streets to make it more […]


Naming rights: Who decides what a neighborhood is called and where it starts and ends? | Crain’s New York Business

Naming rights: Who decides what a neighborhood is called and where it starts and ends? | Crain's New York Business

An ongoing brouhaha over what to call a section of Harlem is the latest battle in a long-running war over neighborhood naming rights By Joe Anuta A Harlem businessman in 2010 trademarked the term SoHa with plans to print T-shirts and promote southern Harlem as a residential and retail destination. Now the community board is […]


Residents: Don’t call southern Harlem ‘SoHa’ | Fox 5

Residents: Don't call southern Harlem 'SoHa' | Fox 5

By: ZACHARY KIESCH There has long been a debate about where Harlem starts: North of Central Park, 116 Street or 125 Street? But this is different. This is the rebranding. Danni Tyson is a member of Community Board 10, which includes central Harlem. She doesn’t like anything about calling a section of Harlem SoHa, short […]


Langston Hughes’ Legacy Lives on in Harlem | Bio

Langston Hughes' Legacy Lives on in Harlem | Bio

Today, on Langston Hughes’ birthday, Renée Watson, author and executive director of I, Too, Arts Collective, writes about how the influential poet and activist inspired her to preserve his Harlem brownstone and transform it into a space for the community and emerging artists. By RENÉE WATSON Bring me all of your dreams, You dreamer, Bring […]


A Hero at Home in Harlem | WSJ

A Hero at Home in Harlem | WSJ

Marvel superhero Luke Cage defends the uptown streets in new Netflix series By Steve Dollar Harlem is more than a backdrop in “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” the new superhero drama available Friday on Netflix. The Manhattan neighborhood is very much a character in the show, which stars Mike Colter in the title role, a falsely accused […]


Writers to turn Langston Hughes’ Harlem home into cultural center after successful fundraising campaign | NY Daily News

Writers to turn Langston Hughes' Harlem home into cultural center after successful fundraising campaign | NY Daily News

BY Christopher Brennan The former home of Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes will be reborn as an arts center after a writers collective successfully raised money to rent it. A brownstone on 127th St. where he lived for 20 years in the 1920s and 30s has stood vacant for years, but has fallen into disrepair […]


A Poet’s Mission: Buy, and Preserve, Langston Hughes’s Harlem Home | NY Times

A Poet’s Mission: Buy, and Preserve, Langston Hughes’s Harlem Home | NY Times

By SAMANTHA SCHMIDT As a young girl in Portland, Ore., Renée Watson immersed herself in the words of Langston Hughes, discovering that his poems about black identity mirrored experiences in her own life. Since moving to Harlem more than a decade ago, she has often walked by his old home — a three-story brownstone on […]


An Appetite for Harlem Apartments | NY Times

An Appetite for Harlem Apartments | NY Times

By KAYA LATERMAN Renee Jennings, a Bronx native, fondly remembers trekking into Harlem for weekly Sunday dinners and celebrating the holidays at her great-grandparents’ house on West 131st Street in the 1970s. Christmas photos were taken at Blumstein’s department store on 125th Street, one of the few stores at the time that had a black […]


The story behind the iconic “A Great Day in Harlem” photo | NY Daily News

The story behind the iconic "A Great Day in Harlem" photo | NY Daily News

BY SARAH GOODYEAR A recurring series on iconic scenes from the city’s storied culture. The year was 1999, and Noella Cotto was just looking for a place in Harlem to call her own. When she finally found the perfect place — a brownstone, in decent shape, at 17 E. 126th Street — she had no […]


The battle to save Langston Hughes’ home from gentrification | CNN Money

The battle to save Langston Hughes' home from gentrification | CNN Money

by Heather Long Ivy still grows on the front of Langston Hughes’ home in Harlem. There aren’t many houses like it left in New York City. Real estate agents estimate it’s worth over $3 million. And that’s before anyone talks about the fact that one of America’s great writers — a hero of the Harlem […]


South Harlem, just above Central Park, is home to great food and rich history | am New York

South Harlem, just above Central Park, is home to great food and rich history | am New York

By Patrick McGovern The notion that uptown is a destination for the young and fashionable is becoming more common thanks to the dynamic neighborhood of South Harlem. Situated just above Central Park and extending from 110th Street to 125th Street, South Harlem, also called SoHa, has a rich history and boasts an impressive array of […]


At the Studio Museum in Harlem, 4 Shows Engage a Cultural Conversation | NY Times

At the Studio Museum in Harlem, 4 Shows Engage a Cultural Conversation | NY Times

By MARTHA SCHWENDENER For nearly five decades, the Studio Museum in Harlem has served as a cultural repository, reflecting the ruptures, shifts and spectrum of experiences for artists of African descent. Its current grouping of shows, culled mostly from the museum’s permanent collection, echoes this landscape, looking backward and forward. The main exhibition, “A Constellation,” […]


Harlem’s Studio Museum Will Expand | Wall Street Journal

Harlem’s Studio Museum Will Expand | Wall Street Journal

Its $122 million home on West 125th Street will be designed as a hub for the neighborhood By Jennifer Smith The Studio Museum in Harlem is planning a $122 million home on West 125th Street that would replace its current building with a five-story, custom-built space intended to serve as a hub for a rapidly […]


‘Voodoo,’ an Opera from the Harlem Renaissance, Gets Its First Revival | Wall Street Journal

‘Voodoo,’ an Opera from the Harlem Renaissance, Gets Its First Revival  | Wall Street Journal

By Andy Beta Last Friday, at the Convent Avenue Baptist Church in Harlem, a soaring soprano voice pierced the quietude, strong enough to be heard inside and outside the building. In a small rehearsal space upstairs from the main sanctuary, eight singers, a pianist and Dr. Gregory Hopkins, conductor and artistic director for Harlem Opera […]


Historian Sheds Light on Harlem’s Gay Past | DNAinfo

Historian Sheds Light on Harlem's Gay Past | DNAinfo

By Gustavo Solis HARLEM — The term “Harlem Renaissance,” which captured the social, cultural and artistic tidal wave that catapulted the area to international recognition in the 1930s was coined by Alain LeRoy Locke, a gay man who was not only a professor at Howard University but became the first African-American to be named a […]


Uptown Poetry: Langston Hughes – Harlem

Uptown Poetry: Langston Hughes - Harlem

Being that today is the 113th B-Day of Langston Hughes, it is only right that we send some posthumous love to that giant that played such a part in the Harlem Renaissance. Happy B-Day Langston, you will live forever. What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? […]


Savoring Harlem: Watching the New Harlem Renaissance Come Alive | Huffington Post

Savoring Harlem: Watching the New Harlem Renaissance Come Alive | Huffington Post

BY Marcus Samuelsson As the famous Langston Hughes poem entitled “Harlem” starts, “What happens to a dream deferred?” many often think that the line refers to Harlem itself. That somehow some grandiose dream of what Harlem was or could be has withered or in this case “dried up like a raisin in the sun.” Well, […]

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