It has become an obligatory stop for Latino literati. Junot Diaz, Esmeralda Santiago, Sandra Cisneros, to name just a few, have all been to La Casa Azul Bookstore in East Harlem for signings and readings of their books. Continue reading
Witnesses who alleged racial bias in the NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk didn’t prove their case, lawyers for the city said Monday in closing arguments in a nine-week trial over the controversial tactic. Continue reading
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When she’s outside and it’s time to breastfeed her two-month old daughter Zae-Simone, Tiombe Bowman usually retreats to her car. Continue reading
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Anchored by Convent Ave., one of the city’s prettiest brownstone blocks, Harlem around 145th St. and St. Nicholas Ave., is easily one of the fast-growing neighborhoods and potentially explosive housing micro-markets in all of New York City. Continue reading
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The word sounds retro, but its corrosive power lingers. Once a cruelly common taunt that mocked the way Spanish speakers pronounced “speak,” it set off fights, shattered friendships and trampled feelings.
Now that word forms the title of a poetry series — “Spic Up/Speak Out” — at, of all places, El Museo del Barrio in East Harlem, on Saturday.
Organizers say that the provocative title is intended as a postmodern take, inviting dialogue and debate over issues of identity. Some of the participating poets have embraced the title as a symbolic inversion of the word, that neutralizes its sting. But others are not so sure.
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As soon as the image of Sonia Sotomayor appeared on the three plasma screens inside Creole Cafe on Third Avenue at East 118th Street in East Harlem, there was silence.
Not the absolute silence that judges are bestowed when they walk into their court. At this gathering of proud Puerto Ricans, Latinas and African-Americans yesterday, it was a silence filled with excitement and anticipation for the historic Supreme Court swearing-in about to take place — one that most in the room thought they would never witness in their lifetimes. Continue reading