Category Archives: Culture

Beats For Your Week – Happy Mardi Gras!

There is no place else the 106thstreeters wish they could be on Mardi Gras Day than in New Orleans. Damn! what is up with those ticket prices to NOLA from NYC?!? Though we here at 106th Street know that New … Continue reading

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Backstreet Cultural Museum (Tremé) – “They don’t do this nowhere else but in New Orleans”

Fi Yi Yi, Wild Magnolias, Creole Wild West, Congo Nation, Wild Tchoupitoulas, Black Seminoles, 9th Ward Hunters, 7th Ward Hard Headers, Flaming Arrows, Black Eagles, White Eagles, Red Hawks Hunters, Golden Comanche, Wild Bogacheeta… New Orleans is home to one … Continue reading

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La La La Human Steps

For me, heading out in the evening, my Cali style, means literally stepping out in the evening as apparently I may be the only person is this town without a car. Tonight I wasn’t the only one doing the Hollywood … Continue reading

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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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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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“Straight Ahead”, No Chaser: A Celebration of Billy Taylor

2,100 of jazz pianist and composer Billy Taylor’s family, friends, colleagues, and admirers turned out in full force at Riverside Church to bask in the life of Taylor. Also known as Dr. Billy Taylor, for his actual PhD (Music Education; … Continue reading

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New York in Black and White

Like Narcissus, New York City can’t stop gazing at itself. Now NYC looks good at many angles. If you’re like the 106thstreeters, you’ve noticed by now that New York is at its most beautiful at night. A close second is … Continue reading

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I Pugni in Tasca (Fists in the Pocket)

We here at 106th Street love cinema. In fact, if it weren’t for cinema the 106thstreeters would never have met, forged our way back across country, and returned our family names to their proper North American East Coast origins. Like … Continue reading

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Pete Hamill and the American Vision

Leave it to Brooklyn native Pete Hamill to nail why immigrants are now and have always been the bedrock of our country. The son of two Irish immigrants, this second generation American writer knows first hand what it’s like to … Continue reading

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