East Harlem

"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.
Street vendors have always been in the crosshairs of the Broken Windows theory of policing. When the disorder-busting approach
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.
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.
The statistics are troubling. Only about 16 percent of students in Harlem pass the New York State English Language Arts exam. And just 31 percent of children across New York City pass it. But one group is changing that.
There is no love lost between some communities in New York and the NYPD. There won't be a tremendous amount tears shed or moments of silence. Some will ask where this outpouring of grief from authorities was when cops had been the perpetrators and not the victims of violence.
Then for the other kids I went to Martha Cooper's studio to do some more research on East Harlem and to find more photos
Francis evoked the spirit of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in his address.
The Pope is scheduled to visit a school across the street from my apartment in East Harlem. In the build up to this historic presence, I have witnessed reporters from various forms of media ascend upon my block like locusts harkening a plague.
The K2 drug scare has become inextricably linked to the East Harlem's homelessness problem, particularly to the corner of 125th and Lexington, which has long had a significant population of homeless people and is also the site of increasing gentrification.
In 2013, the New York City Health Department declared a diabetes epidemic in the city. The number of people who had contracted