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Abrazo Fraternal del Barrio

With the lingering signs of the annual weeklong celebration of all things and people Puerto Rican still visible around Spanish Harlem, it’s hard to believe the 26th annual 116th Street (Abrazo Fraternal) Festival and 54th annual Puerto Rican Day Parade … Continue reading

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Beats For (Anthony Weiner’s) Week – “Pass the Hatchet”

One step forward, two steps back, thanks man. How hard  is it (no pun intended) to not take a photo of your d*#k? Let the great song by Roger & the Gypsies, “Pass the Hatchet,” help us New Yorkers get … Continue reading

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Love Thy Neighbor – Gil Scott-Heron

“Voice of black culture,” “polymath,” “musician and poet,” “spoken-word musician,” “composer, musician, poet, and author,” “godfather of rap,” “poet and music pioneer,” “influential poet/musician helped inspire rap, “US activist, poet and singer.” These are just a few of the headlines … Continue reading

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Beats For Your Week – Jamaica Funk (Queens, baby!)

With the First Annual Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival just wrapped up, it’s the perfect moment to think about jazz–past, present, and future. The latest issue of the always hot Wax Poetics does just that. Here at 106th Street, music is … Continue reading

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The Apollo Shines for Harlem Jazz Shrines

Last weekend, the Apollo went back-to-the-future of its historic past as it hosted “Jazz à la Carte,” a variety show featuring comedy, dance, and live music–and part of the weeklong (and first annual) Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival. The show, “Wycliffe Gordon’s … Continue reading

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Beats For Your Week – Elis Regina

Elis Regina…oh, my how lovely…here’s another favorite

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Love Thy Neighbor – Julia de Burgos

When you walk Spanish Harlem, you are never too far from poet Julia de Burgos (1914-1953). From Manny Vega’s tile mural of her at 106th Street (between Lexington and 3rd Ave.), to the EHBCC banners with her image hanging from … Continue reading

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Night Catches Us at the House of Maysles

Director and screenwriter Tanya Hamilton is someone you should make note of. You could be saying years from now, “Yeah, I’ve seen every film she’s made. I’ve known about her work from the beginning.” This claim would let others know … Continue reading

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Love Thy Neighbor – Art for Change

Living in Spanish Harlem is always fresh. Perhaps, not the air, but definitely the energy. Come spring, this neighborhood comes alive the second the faintest hint of sweet, warm springness touches El Barrio. It’s a good time to reflect on … Continue reading

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Fight Like an Egyptian

Yeah, so I’ve always hated the effing Bangles, but after a days work plus several glasses of lower-middle class Riesling, my brain reached for the obvious. The 106thstreeters have been glued to the events in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen…Not having access … Continue reading

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