Posts Tagged ‘The New Yorker’

Black Cowboys, Busting One of America’s Defining Myths | The New Yorker

Black Cowboys, Busting One of America's Defining Myths | The New Yorker

By Emily Raboteau In a 2016 portrait by the photographer Brad Trent, an older black woman poses on a bale of hay, a white Stetson hat on her head and a pair of hand-tooled cowboy boots on her feet. The fringe on her leather jacket flows downward, as do her knee-length dreadlocks, which echo the […]


The Harlem Hip at Lenox Saphire | The New Yorker

The Harlem Hip at Lenox Saphire | The New Yorker

By Nicolas Niarchos There are two reasons Phil Young is an uptown legend. First, for his work as a florist: for many years, he ran the Carolina Flower Shop, one of Harlem’s oldest and most beloved stores. Second, for his drumming: in the early sixties, when Phil was in his teens, his band won a […]


A Young Black Girl’s View Of Harlem At The Height Of The Great Migration | The New Yorker

A Young Black Girl's View Of Harlem At The Height Of The Great Migration | The New Yorker

By Emily Raboteau Mildred Harris was born in South Carolina in 1926. She moved to Harlem as a baby, when her parents, Eddie and Jessie Mae Harris, joined the wave of African-Americans fleeing the South as part of the Great Migration. Mildred and her siblings—there would eventually be eight children altogether—grew up moving from building […]


Radical Hope | The New Yorker

Radical Hope | The New Yorker

By Junot Díaz Querida Q.: I hope that you are feeling, if not precisely better, then at least not so demoralized. On Wednesday, after he won, you reached out to me, seeking advice, solidarity. You wrote, My two little sisters called me weeping this morning. I had nothing to give them. I felt bereft. What […]


Ralph Ellison and Gordon Parks’s Joint Harlem Vision | The New Yorker

Ralph Ellison and Gordon Parks’s Joint Harlem Vision | The New Yorker

By Vinson Cunningham In the summer of 1947, editors from the short-lived magazine ’47, known since its shuttering in 1948 as The Magazine of the Year, contacted Ralph Ellison—then in the thick of his seven-year labor to complete “Invisible Man”—with an idea for a photo essay on the Lafargue Psychiatric Clinic in Harlem. Established a […]


Flashback: Harlem Chic | The New Yorker

Flashback: Harlem Chic | The New Yorker

By Kelefa Sanneh In 1987, a streetwise d.j. from Queens named Eric Barrier released an album with an eerily mature teen-age rapper from Long Island named William Griffin. They called themselves Eric B. & Rakim (Griffin had adopted an Arabic name after joining an offshoot of the Nation of Islam), and they called the album […]


The New Yorker Salutes The Schomburg Center & The Harlem Renaissance

The New Yorker Salutes The Schomburg Center & The Harlem Renaissance

Have you seen the striking cover for the latest issue of The New Yorker? Inspired by the Schomburg Center and the Harlem Renaissance, Kadir Nelson conjures up a stirring image that highlights the magnificence of that era. Entitled “Harlem On My Mind”, the painting is an homage to the great Harlem Renaissance painters. The artwork […]


Walking the Heights | The New Yorker

Walking the Heights | The New Yorker

By Jon Michaud Washington Heights, the tapering neck of northern Manhattan, takes its name from our first President, who, during his soldiering days, suffered the fate of so many who have resided on that strip of land between the Harlem and Hudson rivers: he was pushed out. In Washington’s case, the spur wasn’t crime or […]


A Thousand Cuts | The New Yorker

A Thousand Cuts | The New Yorker

By Richard Morgan On a recent Saturday morning, Hannah Kohl curled herself into an armchair in her Washington Heights apartment, pulled up a TV tray, and began work on what would become a thirty-hour project: completing an artwork that had been commissioned as a wedding-anniversary gift for Tom Meehan, the writer of the musical “Annie,” […]


Inside the Fast-Food Labor Protests | The New Yorker

Inside the Fast-Food Labor Protests | The New Yorker

By William Finnegan For the customers, nothing has changed in the big, busy McDonald’s on Broadway at West 181st Street, in Washington Heights. Promotions come and go—during the World Cup, the French-fry package was suddenly not red but decorated with soccer-related “street art,” and, if you held your phone up to the box, it would […]


Picture of the Week – The New Yorker Edition

Picture of the Week - The New Yorker Edition

The New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein recently plunged into the 10-day citywide OutdoorFest, which resulted in some really cool images. The one above is from our neck of the woods. Click below to see the rest. Check out: New Yorkers Attempt the Outdoor Life Style : The New Yorker.


Moyra Davey Photographs the Trinity Church Cemetery Extension | The New Yorker

Moyra Davey Photographs the Trinity Church Cemetery Extension | The New Yorker

Posted by Anna Altman On a recent sunny Saturday, the photographer and writer Moyra Davey took her Nikon camera 35 mm, no zoom to the Trinity Church Cemetery’s northern extension, two blocks from her apartment. Davey, a Washington Heights resident for twelve years, was photographing her neighborhood, from Riverside Park to the Hispanic Society, as […]


Uptown Writer’s Debut Novel Garners Critical Acclaim

Uptown Writer’s Debut Novel Garners Critical Acclaim

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Washington Heights resident, Karen Russell, has the literary world abuzz with her debut novel Swamplandia!. Just last year, Karen was featured in the The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 Fiction Issue and her novel recently received a rave review from the The New York Times. In the accompanying podcast of the […]

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