"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.
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.