CUNY Dominican Studies Makes 2,900-Photo Archive Accessible

CUNY DSI Makes 2,900-Photo Archive Accessible via Flickr   Images of colonial-era Dominican historic sites and monuments comprise collection   The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute at The City College of New York (CUNY DSI) announced today that it has made accessible on the Internet an extensive collection of photographs of places and monuments from early colonial times of the Dominican Republic. The searchable collection, titled “First Blacks

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Tourists Find Refuge in Hamilton Heights During Hurricane Sandy

  On Monday, Oct. 29, winds from Hurricane Sandy left a crane dangling 1,000 feet above 57th Street. The next day, tourists staying at the Salisbury Hotel right below the crane found refuge at an evacuation shelter at New York City College in Hamilton Heights. Pam Mannin was vacationing from York, England. She recalled hearing the crane break. “We heard this almighty crash,” she said. “But we couldn’t see what happened until we got on

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The Battle of Harlem Heights

Heading up Broadway from Columbia’s main gates, the neighborhood gets quieter. The bustling foot traffic around 116th Street dies down, and the chatter of conversation is largely replaced by the sounds of passing cars. With Hamilton Heights sloping up in the distance, one can almost imagine what this part of the city looked like before buildings were constructed, before the network of streets and sidewalks spread out across the rolling hills and

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Harlem School of the Arts Toots Trumpeter Herb Alpert’s Horn

Iconic trumpeter and philanthropist Herb Alpert never toots his own horn about his generous support for the arts because he prefers anonymity leaving boasting rights about his noble nature to others.  Case in point, The Herb Alpert Foundation made an unprecedented grant to the Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) of $5,050,000 – the largest single gift to any cultural institution in Harlem – bringing their total giving to HSA to more than $6 million

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Alvin Ailey – Revelations

This work is always so beautiful! Alvin Ailey said that one of America's richest treasures was the cultural heritage of the African-American - "sometimes sorrowful, sometimes jubilant, but always hopeful." This enduring classic is a tribute to that heritage and to Ailey's genius. Using African-American traditional spirituals, this suite fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul. Enjoy! Alvin Ailey's REVELATIONS from

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Manhattan: Hooray for Hamilton’s old hood

When Andrew Ding moved into a studio apartment on West 149th Street in Hamilton Heights two years ago, he was frustrated to discover that he had to travel beyond his neighborhood to find a nice café. So he decided to do something about it. The former classical violist turned real estate agent teamed up with a partner and opened the Chipped Cup on Broadway, right around the corner from that apartment. On opening day last month, a half-dozen people

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City Planning Commission Approves Rezonings in West Harlem, Bed-Stuy

Keeping It Contextual: City Planning Commission Approves Rezonings in West Harlem, Bed-Stuy From: New York Observer It was a busy day at the City Planning Commission Wednesday. Not only did the commissioners debate the upzoning of the Chelsea Market, which they unanimously approved, but they also approved the downzoning of two historic neighborhoods, West Harlem and Bed-Stuy. The contextual rezonings seek to limit development on side streets, which

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Knox Gallery Opening Reception in West Harlem Townhouse - C. Knox LaSister, an urban planner and real estate attorney, held an opening reception for Homage, a group art exhibit celebrating the work of his mother, Myra Pankey LaSister, and other artists. Renowned artist and illustrator, Al Johnson, curated the exhibit, which was held in a stylish "pop-up" gallery called Knox Gallery located in a West Harlem townhouse that is awaiting sale. Al is also the Creative Director of

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Calvin Copeland Remembered

HARLEM — If there was a dish that best described what acclaimed Harlem restaurateur Calvin Copeland tried to accomplish with his soul food restaurant Copeland's, it was the chitterlings served with a glass of champagne, according to his son. "He had the idea to bring fine dining to Harlem with table clothes, jacketed waiters and a maitre d' but not downtown cuisine," said Vincent Copeland, a week after his father's death at the age of 87. "He didn't

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