Category Archives: East Harlem Life

Summer Breeze to the Max

An ominous thunderstorm rolled in tonight right over the heart of Manhattan that looked like some kind of crazy tornado formation. And it looked like that fancy new tower near Mt. Sinai was going to be sucked up into a … Continue reading

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Dancin’ in the Park, East Harlem Style

Every year Spanish Harlem lights up on the day before the National Puerto Rican Day Parade with a huge festival on 116th Street, music blasting all day, people out in the streets strutting their stuff, homemade cooking on every block…it’s … Continue reading

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Love Thy Neighbor – East Harlem Community Supported Kitchen (CSK)

Eating healthy is easy if you have the know how and means (money and availability to healthy food) to do it. In Spanish Harlem, our food shopping/acquiring choices are simply not adequate. It’s basically a choice between a large supermarket … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Art on the Streets of East Harlem

If you spend an afternoon wandering around East Harlem, you’ll immediately notice all of the amazing street art. From gorgeous murals to brilliant graffiti to intricate tile designs, beauty is everywhere. But if you live here and stroll by these … Continue reading

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