January 7, 2009

New Girls Prep School

East Harlem - January 7, 2009. Girls Prep East Harlem is a new charter school opening in the fall of 2009. The school is modeled on the success of Girls Prep Lower East Side.

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The Congo 2009 - Former East Harlem Cristo Rey New York High School teacher, Dawn Hurley, is working with women in the Congo and whose story you need to know. As we start the New Year, please consider them in your gracious giving.

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Challengers for Melissa?

East Harlem- January 7, 2009. Now that the year has begun, it is time to turn our attention to one of the many upcoming elections that will take place this year. It’s hard to believe but East Harlem’s City Council race is fast upon us. Who knew time would past so fast?

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November 2, 2008

Maria Ramos Receives Award

East Harlem - October 29, 2008 - Maria Ramos an East Harlem activist and health literacy professional received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders Award.

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October 3, 2008

East Harlem Cafe Opens

East Harlem Cafe LogoEast Harlem – October 23, 2008. The day finally arrived, the day which Michelle Cruz has been working and planning for a good long time. It was the day she finally opened her East Harlem Café. It takes a lot of effort to open a business, and Ms. Cruz did all that was necessary to open to make her dream come true.

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October 1, 2008

Cab Ride From Hell

“The Night of the Cab Ride from Hell” or “How Papo Lost the Job That He Loved” or “The Excuses Men Make” a Personal Essay of Truth * by Jesús Papoleto Meléndez

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September 21, 2008

Open Letter to the Community

East Harlem - September 18, 2008. Congressman Rangel e-mailed this open letter to the community. East Harlem.com presents it here for your information:

The campaign season has begun, and to no great surprise, I'm now a Republican talking point. But I assure you, I've brought no dishonor to my family, the Congress, my constituents, or my country.

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September 20, 2008

Military Recruitment Under Attack!!

Military Recruitment in New York City Public Schools is under attack by some elected officials. Manhattan Borough President, Scott Stringer, Councilwoman Melissa Mark Viverito, State Senator Jose Serrano, the American Civil Liberties Union and Students or Soldiers Coalition have united to make it more difficult for Military Recruiters to do their jobs.

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April 27, 2008

J. Marion Sims, Surgeon or Monster?

East Harlem - April 27, 2008. A recent poll in the East Harlem Preservation website asks its visitors if the statue of J. Marion Sims should be removed from its present location. The question is phrased as follows: "Should the NYC Parks Department remove the statue of Dr. Marion Sims from its East Harlem location considering his experiments on female and infant slaves?"

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April 21, 2008

East Harlemites Protest the War

East Harlem - March 24, 2008. Local Community Activists took to the streets today and protested the war in Irag. The protesters, six (6) in number began their protests at 1700 hours (5:00 PM for all you civilians out there)

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April 20, 2008

East Harlem.com turns 12 years old

East Harlem - February 25, 2008. Jose B. Rivera, founder and webmaster of East Harlem.com celebrated another year and another milestone. East Harlem.com celebrated it 12th year of existence. It's hard to believe but the local community website has been around since 1996, when the web was young and practically without any graphics. Browsers did not deal with graphics back then.

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January 7, 2008

El Barrio's First Upscale Men's Salon Celebrates 1st Year

An East Harlem-based business that specializes in grooming services for men celebrated its first-year anniversary November 14, 2007, challenging the myth that taking pride in one's appearance is only for the ladies.

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October 22, 2007

Affordable Housing in Northern Manhattan: The New Oxymoron

East Harlem, March 3, 2007. Marion Bell and Joann Lawson share a few things in common. Both are long-term residents of Northern Manhattan and are very active in their community; Bell as a member of Manhattan Community Board 11 and Lawson as the president of the Tenants Association at Lakeview, a 446-unit apartment complex both women call home.

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East Harlem Remembers 911

East Harlem, September 8, 2007. East Harlem residents and members of law enforcement impacted by the September 11th terrorist attack six years ago gathered last Saturday at the community's first annual memorial ceremony to remember those lost by the tragedy.

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August 31, 2007

Artist Housing? - Give Me a Break!

East Harlem, September 1, 2007. East Harlem, September 1, 2007. I just received an e-mail from our beloved state senator, Jose M. Serrano, praising the Governor for signing a bill which provides assistance for artist housing needs

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August 19, 2007

Johnny Runs For District Leader

Johnny C. Rivera, a community activist for most of his life is running for a leadership position within the Democratic Party, he is running for District Leader in Party A in East Harlem. Although Mr. Rivera has usually been seen as one who helps others with their political campaigns , this is the first time that Mr. Rivera is the candidate.

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August 18, 2007

District Leadership Endorsements

East Harlem, August 18, 2007. It's been a while, but East Harlem.com is coming out with endorsements this year in the races for District Leader. We are happy to endorse Johnny C. Rivera in Part "A" and Harry Rodriguez in Part "B" of the Democratic Party . (From left to right in the photo to the left is Johnny C. Rivera and incumbent Democratic District Leader Harry Rodriguez.). Don't forget to vote for these gentlemen.

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August 15, 2007

Congestion Pricing - New TAX, Less Freedom

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is leading the charge to implement Congestion Pricing in Manhattan. A terrible plan which will charge everyday drivers $8.00 and trucks $21.00 to drive into Manhattan below 86th Street. This plan is nothing but a money grab, a cash cow and a new TAX on the rest of us.

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February 20, 2007

Savoy Bakery A Delicious Treat

East Harlem, February 20, 2007. Brian Ghaw gently wipes the glass where his delicious cakes and pastries are displayed. As owner of the recently opened Savoy Bakery, Brian wants to ensure his business covey's a sense of warmth. Something which he accomplishes with both the look of the bakery and with his easy going manner. The bakery is both warm and welcoming.

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February 18, 2007

Parishioners Hold Service Anyway

East Harlem, February 18, 2007. Parishioners of Our Lady Queen of Angels Church held a service Sunday morning without the assistance of any parish priests. The parishioners, led by 5 of the 6 women arrested on February 12, 2007, wanted to send the message to all who would listen that their church is still alive, even if the doors are closed.

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February 13, 2007

Community Catholics Are Furious!!!

East Harlem - February 13, 2007. After a night which featured the arrest of 6 parishioners, East Harlem Catholics are furious at Cardinal Egan. The arrest were made after parishioners of Our Lady Queen of Angels Parish refused to leave the church. They had vowed to stay in an attempt to keep the church from being permanently closed.

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February 12, 2007

Irag, Determination and the Lack thereof

East Harlem, February 14, 2007. The war in Irag has divided this nation between those who support it and those who wish for the United State to pull out unilaterally. Of course both options can not be right. There is only one correct option to take.

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October 28, 2006

Julia de Burgos's Beautiful Mosaic

East Harlem - October 27, 2006. The likeness of Julia de Burgos now occupies East 106th Street creating not only new and wonderful art for our community, but also a place, a landmark to visit and honor our great Puerto Rican poet.

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September 4, 2006

Metropolitan Hospital Closing?

East Harlem, September 4, 2006. The community has been blanketed with flyers by the "Community Coalition to Prevent the Closing of Metropolitan Hospital". The Flyer asks the public to join in a demonstration to be held on Tuesday, September,5th, 2006

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Don Otilio Diaz 1930-2006

Don Otilio Diaz, executive director of La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriquena, died peacefully on Monday, August 21, 2006. He was 75. Mr. Diaz had no children, but is survived here in New York City by a sister, a nephew, and many nieces and cousins.

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April 23, 2006

Garden Naming Unfair to East Harlemites

East Harlem, April 20, 2006. In a letter to Councilmember Mark Viverito dated April 20, 2006, well known and loved community activist, Marina Ortiz states her opposition to particular naming the family garden at East 114th Street.

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April 3, 2006

Con Ed Sub-Station in East Harlem

East Harlem - April 3, 2006. The Community Association of the East Harlem Triangle has brought up the issue of Con Edison Sub-Stations by holding a Town Hall meeting Friday, April 7th, 2006. Many will see and hear the word sub-station and immediately think of health concerns. Particularly as they relate to electromanetic fields and any harmfull effects they may have.

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March 19, 2006

East Harlem.com Turns 10!!!

East Harlem - March 8, 2006. Can you believe it? East Harlem.com is 10 years old!!! The site that started out with just one page and 2 hits a day in March of 1996 has grown to over 500 pages and over 700 community photos.

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State of the Neighborhood

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito's first State of the Neighborhood report to the community as originally reported on the Gottham Gazette.

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December 13, 2005

Ev's Gift Shop

Esther Vincent (EV, hence Ev's Gift Shop), is doing well at her brand new location at 234 East 106 Street, which is located between Second and Third Avenues.

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