Thursday, June 30, 2011

Report: NYPD Tests Out Gunshot Tracing Cameras


The New York City Police Department is testing out surveillance cameras with sound sensors that have the ability to rotate and zoom to the area where it believes a gunshot originated, according to a published report.

Report: NYPD Tests Out Gunshot Tracing Cameras
Thu, 30 Jun 2011 13:40:50 GMT

Note: Cross posted from HARLEM HAPPENINGS.


Violent NYPD Response To Crowds Outside LES Nightclub

Video: Violent NYPD Response To Crowds Outside LES Nightclub

_Video: Violent NYPD Response To Crowds Outside LES Nightclub

A high density of bars and nightclubs combined with manic out-of-town revelers and wary locals gives the Lower East Side an electricity all its own. It also provokes scenes like the one late last night at the intersection of Rivington and Orchard around midnight. Nightclub Tammany Hall was hosting an album release party for rap group Smif N Wessun. [MORE]

Lena Horne

In memory of Lena Horne who was born this day in 1917.....
- Lester Perkins
Jazz on the Tube

"Everybody Loves the Sunshine" Roy Ayers and The Jazz Mafia Symphony plus special guests

"Everybody Loves the Sunshine" Roy Ayers and The Jazz Mafia Symphony plus special guests

Date: July 2, 2011

Though he has gained renown for his funky, soulful and jazzy compositions, Roy Ayers' signature sound is the vibraphone, incorporated into virtually all elements of his music. With hits such as "Brother Green" and "Everybody Loves the Sunshine," Ayers set the stage for modern R&B artists over the course of his forty plus year career with his innovative use of synthesizers and modern production techniques. Widely considered to be one of the most sampled artists of all time, Ayers' music continues to engage and inspire audiences of all ages.

The Jazz Mafia Symphony, an intricately woven collective of jazz virtuosos, top MCs, singers, arrangers, and composers that include many of the San Francisco Bay Area's most innovative and prolific musicians, had a break-through year in 2010. Performing their critically acclaimed 45 piece symphony, "Brass, Bows & Beats" in front of tens of thousands at major festivals including the Montreal and Newport Jazz Festivals. They return to the road in 2011 to premiere the Jazz Mafia Symphony #2, "The Emperor Norton Suite." The Jazz Mafia Symphony is bravado post-modern orchestration, blistering solos, spoken-word, Latin poly-rhythms, boom-bap rhymes, and emotive ballads, all spun together with the spirit of improvisational jazz.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 360-2777

Location: Rumsey Playfield (in Central Park)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Harlem barbershops, salons double as health clinics
The machines arrived at the Denny Moe's Superstar Barbershop in New York's historic African-American neighborhood of Harlem in May, making it only one of the latest examples of barbers and beauty salons in predominantly black or immigrant neighborhoods ...
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Harlem Football Star Killed After High School Graduation
(Facebook/Isayah Muller) By Amy Zimmer MANHATTAN — A star high school football player from East Harlem's Jefferson Houses was stabbed to death during a fight in a Bronx parking lot on Tuesday, just hours after the 19-year-old graduated, police said. ...
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Teenager Charged in Gang Case Surrenders
New York Times
By JOHN ELIGON A Harlem teenager who received the financial and spiritual support of the Abyssinian Baptist Church after she was charged with being involved in a gang surrendered herself to jail on Tuesday as part of a plea deal. ...
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What the Harlem Renaissance Teaches About Gay Rights
The Root
Harlem, to be specific. It was actually a pretty gay place. Like the rest of the city, Harlem was home to countless gay bars. At the annual Hamilton Lodge drag ball, hundreds of drag queens competed for the top prize while thousands of straight ...
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Developer Plans Harlem Building
Wall Street Journal
By JOSEPH DE AVILA One of Harlem's biggest property owners is considering a city-owned parcel of land to erect a $40 million "affordable housing" apartment building. Tahl Propp Equities, owner of about 3500 apartments in Harlem, wants to buy the ...
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Harlem Globetrotters draft Beaver Lake basketball phenom
Issaquah Press
By Staff Jordan McCabe, a basketball-handling phenomenon from Beaver Lake Middle School, was drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters on June 21, according to his family and a press release from the team. Jordan McCabe juggles three balls in February during ...
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Issaquah Press

High School Athlete From Harlem Stabbed To Death - CBS New York
By wcbsmark
19-year-old Isayah Muller led his Truman High School team to a victory in the PSAL Bowl Championship last fall, but his promising career came to an end Tuesday night.
CBS New York

Harlem group's push to curb infant mortality prompts national action
theGRIO REPORT - The North Manhattan Perinatal Partnership has led an effort that reduced the black infant mortality rate from 27.7 deaths per 1000 live ...

Chinese Men Marrying African Women, A New Trend?

Chinese Men Marrying African Women, A New Trend?

AFRICA - A new trend of Chinese workers marrying African locals may be on the horizon. This rise of interracial matrimony is said to be a plausible solution to the overpopulation of males in China due to its cultural mandate of one child per household and strong proclivity for boys.

The Grio Reports:

Despite the growing trend of Chinese workers marrying local African women, predictably, many in their home country have a lot to say about it. On the Chinese culture blog, China Smack, one writer suggests that the "large-scale" marrying of African women could be the key to Chinese men finding love, but of course, only if they marry "high end black girls" without "greasy skin."


Monday, June 27, 2011

Justin Bieber Meets 9/11 Teens at Macy's as President Promised, Report Says

Justin Bieber Meets 9/11 Teens at Macy's as President Promised, Report Says

June 26, 2011

Payton Wall, of NJ, had been promised a meeting with Bieber by President Obama at a Ground Zero ceremony in May.

Justin Bieber Fans Swarm Herald Square for Macy's Perfume Event

By Tom Liddy

DNAinfo News Editor

MANHATTAN - Her dream came true.

President Barack Obama delivered on his promise to set up a meeting between a New Jersey teen who lost her father on 9/11 and Canadian singing sensation Justin Bieber, according to theNew York Post.

During a ceremony at Ground Zero in May, Obama had promised Payton Wall, 14, of Rumson, some face time with her favorite singer after she wrote the president a letter talking about the loss of her father Glen and saying that Bieber's music inspired her to share the story. 

Last Thursday, she got her wish when Bieber was in town to promote his new fragrance, "Someday," at Macy's in Herald Square as throngs of raucous fans waited outside.

"It was so cool," she said, according to the paper. "I couldn't believe it."

The teen got to hug the pop phenom with her sister, Avery, 12, and best friend Madison Robertson, 14, who also lost her father, Don, on 9/11.

The girls, who brought along a life-size cutout of President Obama, were nervous at the prospect of meetingBieber.

"He was really nice and is so cute," said Avery, according to The Post. "He didn't even look real."

After receiving Payton's letter, Obama invited the girl and her mother to a wreath-laying ceremony at Ground Zero just days after Osama bin Laden was killed.

During the ceremony, Obama - who jetted into town Thursday for a series of fundraisers as the Macy's event was wrapping up - told her that he knew Bieber and would try to set up a meeting, as first reported by DNAinfo.

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Greenmarket Vendors Say Cheese Slicing Ban Stinks

Greenmarket Vendors Say Cheese Slicing Ban Stinks

June 27, 2011

State officials have banned cutting cheese at local greenmarkets without a license to process food.

No More Cutting Cheese at Union Square Market

By Amy Zimmer

DNAinfo News Editor

UNION SQUARE — Cheesemongers at Union Square's greenmarket say the state's new crackdown on rules banning them from slicing their product in public without a license stinks like Gorgonzola.

Under rules now being enforced by the state's Department of Agriculture and Markets, farmers are no longer allowed to slice and wrap their cheese wheels at markets in New York unless they have a license to process food. They can only get that license if they have, for instance, a three-basin sink and hot water heater.

"It eliminates the personal touch, the beauty or freedom, if you will, of the farmers' market," said Jody Somers, ofDancing Ewe Farm, which makes artisanal caciotta, pecorino and ricotta in Granville, New York.

"We try to do the right thing on the farm. We try to treat the animals well. We trudge four hours to get here," Somers added. "We're under everyone's thumb."

Cheese vendors say that the state will kill off their success at local greenmarkets by subjecting them to similar rules as delis or grocery stores — since it's impossible to get access to the same running water in their temporary stands as delis do at a store.

In addition, unlicensed cheesemongers are supposed to cut cheese samples with a disposable plastic knife, an impossibility with hard cheese, Somers said.

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Former Inwood Restaurant Operating as Illegal Club, Police Say

Former Inwood Restaurant Operating as Illegal Club, Police Say

June 27, 2011 7:04am   Updated June 27, 2011 7:15am2commentsshareprint

Police said a former restaurant at 65 Sherman Avenue is throwing parties and charging $80 for a bottle of booze.

Police Warn of Illegal Bottle Club in Inwood

By Carla Zanoni

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

INWOOD — A former Inwood restaurant that closed down last year has been operating as an "illegal bottle club" that sells $80 bottles of alcohol and plays music for partygoers to dance into the early morning hours, police say.

The space at 65 Sherman Avenue that formerly housed the Arauaco Restaurant & Bar had its red velvet curtains drawn and a "closed" sign was placed in the window, on a recent visit by DNAinfo.

But a row of posters were propped up inside the windows beside the entrance advertising Friday and Saturday night parties where cases of beer go for $35 before midnight and $80 bottles of liquor are sold with hookah table service. There were no dates on the posters, but they appeared to be new and unfaded by the sun.

"It looks like the establishment is operating without a license," an NYPD officer from the 34th Precinct told a Community Board 12 economic development committee meeting on June 7, after describing spotting rows of beer and liquor inside the establishment and signs of active parties.

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Venus and Serena Williams both have been eliminated from play at Wimbledon

Venus and Serena Williams both have been eliminated from play at Wimbledon.

Defending champion Serena Williams was defeated in straight sets by France's Marion Bartoli.

Venus Williams lost to Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova for the second successive year.



Summer on the Hudson presents Game Days! in West Harlem Piers Park


Date: June 28, 2011

Calling all children under 12 who want something fun to do on a sunny afternoon.
Games such as giant tic tac toe, lawn bowling, hopscotch, jump rope and more will be ready for your arrival. Sign them out, enjoy your play, and then return the games so they will be there next week!

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: 311

Location: West Harlem Piers Park

Summer on the Hudson presents Game Days! in West Harlem Piers Park
Sun, 26 Jun 2011 04:00:07 GMT

Sunday, June 26, 2011

FYI: NYPD Maybe Be Following Your Twitter And Facebook


FYI: NYPD Maybe Be Following Your Twitter And Facebook After the "Freaky Friday" house party shooting that left one man dead and eight other people injured, the NYPD has been upping its monitoring of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, because the East New York party had been advertised there. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said, "Oh, we look for house parties all the time." [ more › ]
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FYI: NYPD Maybe Be Following Your Twitter And Facebook
Jen Chung
Sat, 25 Jun 2011 20:35:45 GMT

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sep 25, 2011: Sundae Sermon at Morningside Park


For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Amber Haeckel
(917) 805-0471 /
New York, NY – June 21, 2011 – Sundae Sermon, Harlem’s very own feel good music & film series is back in Morningside Park this summer. Celebrating its fourth season, Sundae Sermon (founded by Norman McHugh aka DJ Stormin’ Norman) promises to be as inviting as ever with a wide-array of acclaimed international and local NYC DJ’s spinning positive vibrations by way of soulful house, disco, classics, Afro-beat, Latin tunes, and more that are sure to get those hips shaking. Put on your dancing shoes, pack up the family, and get ready to dance those sultry summer days away. There are also fun activities for children such as face painting, hula hoops, and ball games, so pack the kiddies too. The event is FREE. There are no food vendors within the park so be sure to pack food or visit one of Harlem’s local eateries on your way in.
Sundae Sermon was born with the Harlem community in mind. Harlem has a rich history and its residents offer a wealth of diversity, giving the enclave it’s influential, vibrant, and creative vibe. Sundae Sermon celebrates Harlem’s uniqueness and welcomes people of all ages. Through the spirit of music and independent film, Sundae Sermon aims to bring Harlemites, its friends in all 5 boroughs, and visitors to New York, a fun and uplifting experience that is rooted in good music and good people. Last year’s series saw over 6,000 visitors and 2011 expects to draw approximately 10,000 guests.
Norman McHugh, Sundae Sermon’s founder is a globally renowned DJ and producer (under the moniker DJ Stormin’ Norman), and 15-year resident of Harlem. Sundae Sermon is McHugh’s way of bringing the community he loves and works in together under the backdrop of Harlem’s Morningside Park, inviting a host of special guests along the way.
Mc Hugh adds, “Sundae Sermon is my way of giving back to the community. It is my vision to continue to grow the event, making it a summertime staple in Harlem that brings residents, visitors, community leaders, and commerce together year after year.”
Don’t miss Sundae Sermon at Morningside Park (Morningside Drive & 114th Street):
Sunday, June 26th, 3pm-7pm w/special guest Grammy Award Winning DJ’s Louie Vega and Kevin Hedge!
Sunday, July 10th, 3pm-7pm w/special guest DJ’s Kervyn Mark, Herbert Holler, and Stormin’ Norman!
Sunday, July 24h, 3pm-7pm Women’s Mentoring Day! w/special female guest DJ’s Kamala, Reborn, and Beverly Bond!
Sunday, August 14th, 3-7pm Small Business Day! w/special guest DJ Tommy Bones!
Sunday, August 28, 3-7pm Health & Wellness Day w/ DJ Stormin’ Norman & More TBA!
Sunday, September 11th 3-7pm, Remembering 9/11 w/DJ Stormin’ Norman & More TBA!
Sunday, September 25th, 3pm-7pm Season Finale w/ DJ Stormin’ Norman & Guests, plus special live performance TBA!
Sunday, September 25th, 7:30pm Sundown Film Series & Imagenation w/Mooz Lim
And Don’t Miss DJ Stormin’ Norman at these special events:
Tuesday, June 21, 7pm-10pm Make Music New York! 67 Orange (113th & 8th Avenue)
Thursday, June 23, 6:30pm-10pm 5th Anniversary of Shall We Dance! Columbia University / Rotunda Low Library (116th & Broadway entrance) *w/instructional Dance/Sambe & Belly Dancing
Friday, June 24, 7pm-9pm CityParks SummerStage/Red Hook Park, Brooklyn! Opening DJ set for Reggie Watts (@Otsego, Bay, Hicks, Lorraine, Court, Halleck Streets)
Thursday, July 21, 6:30pm Shall We Dance! Columbia University / Rotunda of Low Library (116th & Broadway Entrance) *w/instructional Dance/Bollywood & Waacking
For updates visit:

Sep 25, 2011: Sundae Sermon at Morningside Park
Fri, 24 Jun 2011 23:01:28 GMT


For a Few Developers, It's Hammer Time
New York Times
It was a renovated building in East Harlem with everything a first-time buyer might want, including granite countertops, dishwashers and washing machines in every unit. It was just a few blocks from the subway, and plenty of new development was under ...
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New York Times
Spotlight Nonprofit: Bringing scientists and low-income students together to ...
Latina Lista
LatinaLista -- The founders of the Harlem Children's Society (HCS) describe their effort as an experiment in the "relationship between science and society." Yet, what this unique organization is achieving is opening doors -- and minds -- to the future ...
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Top 5 Notorious Gangsters Turned Informants
News One
Alberto "Alpo" Martinez was a drug dealer from Harlem who made an obscene amount of money selling heroin and cocaine on the whole East coast. Along with fellow drug dealers, AZ and Rich Porter, Alpo would make a name for himself due to his expensive ...
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News One
St. Nicholas Avenue between 124th and 126th Streets
This block in the heart of Harlem is home to Wayusi Artist Collective, one of the oldest African American arts organizations in the US It's also home to other rich cultural institutions and architecture that dates back to the late 1800s. ...
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UFT-NAACP child abuse
New York Post
At another, in Harlem, just 3 percent of kids passed state math exams -- and a city study called its environment worse than Paul Robeson's. Clearly, the lawsuit is succeeding in its attempt to create anxiety. But City Hall can't back down, ...
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New York Post

H A R L E M + B E S P O K E: MEET: Harlem Pride at Marcus Garvey Park
By Ulysses
Past lives have been in the East Village and Lower East Side of Manhattan; more recently transplanted to Harlem. Currently living in a 1907 "French flat," an Edwardian era middle-class apartment. View my complete profile ...
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Jul 8, 2011: Ghost Doctors Ghost Hunting Tours in Grand Central Terminal at Grand Central Terminal


Countless millions have traveled the halls and tracks of this treasured New York landmark, but are the ghosts of these very same passengers still present?  Join NYC's own Ghost Doctors (paranormal investigators and licensed tours guides) as they hunt for real spirits in one of the world's most famous train terminals. This is not your typical “story telling” ghost tour. This is the real deal! Learn lore and legend as well as the use of authentic ghost hunting equipment as you travel this amazing terminal and don't be  surprised what shows up! This is a special limited time offer of only $25.00! For all information including ticket info go to our website: or call (212) 227-6134

Jul 8, 2011: Ghost Doctors Ghost Hunting Tours in Grand Central Terminal at Grand Central Terminal
Sat, 25 Jun 2011 00:05:20 GMT

Morphsuits Flashmob!


Join Party City on June 25th at 11:30 a.m. for an epic Morphsuits™ Flash Mob outside Yankee stadium! Sign up now on using the link below for this special event where Morphsuits™ of al...
Event Date & Time: 06/25/2011 11:30 AM
Location: Yankee Stadium

Morphsuits Flashmob!
Fri, 24 Jun 2011 16:26:33 GMT

What Is Wrong With This Picture?


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How do you feel about having an Afro snack? These Japanese cookies come in some pretty interesting packages. Racist or Pure Comedy?

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Fri, 24 Jun 2011 21:08:14 GMT