"I was the only girl I knew practicing her flow, and internal rhyme, and not just listening to rap but studying it."
It's not everyday that a city official sounds the alarm by claiming a city plan could "inadvertently displace tens of thousands" of New Yorkers from one neighborhood alone.
There were other stories from vendors in El Barrio from the last couple of weeks: one woman, I was told, had her entire grill
The Street Vendor Project provides legal representation, loans, training and support to thousands of vendors in New York City and is part of the Urban Justice Center, a nonprofit that provides legal representation and advocacy to various marginalized groups of New Yorkers.
If another gang raid is in the works, it's unlikely to help a situation where young people are surrounded by violence, poverty and police surveillance. In fact, it's just part of a cycle that keeps unfolding on both ends of Harlem.
The alleged attacker is only 13.
Earlier this month New York city council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito co-hosted her final community meeting for residents of Spanish Harlem concerned about the city's housing plans.
It's time to pop the champagne and celebrate the new shopping landscape that is on the horizon in 2016.