Harlem Real Estate Market Key Indicators 2014 Sep 14

Current key indicators for the real estate market in Harlem, courtesy of Trulia.com.  Rising prices.  Low inventory.  Greater variety.   Click here for additional details.

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See below for the book that every Harlem resident should own.

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Harlem is perhaps the most famous, iconic neighborhood in the United States. A bastion of freedom and the capital of Black America, Harlem's twentieth century renaissance changed our arts, culture, and politics forever. But this is only one of the many chapters in a wonderfully rich and varied history. In Harlem, historian Jonathan Gill presents the first complete chronicle of this remarkable place.

From Henry Hudson's first contact with native Harlemites, through Harlem's years as a colonial outpost on the edge of the known world, Gill traces the neighborhood's story, marshaling a tremendous wealth of detail and a host of fascinating figures from George Washington to Langston Hughes. Harlem was an agricultural center under British rule and the site of a key early battle in the Revolutionary War. Later, wealthy elites including Alexander Hamilton built great estates there for entertainment and respite from the epidemics ravaging downtown. In the nineteenth century, transportation urbanized Harlem and brought waves of immigrants from Germany, Italy, Ireland, and elsewhere. Harlem's mix of cultures, extraordinary wealth and extreme poverty was electrifying and explosive.

Extensively researched, impressively synthesized, eminently readable, and overflowing with captivating characters, Harlem is an ambitious, sweeping history, and an impressive achievement.
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QUOTE: #WeAreHere – Alicia Keys

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Has Alicia Keys read your mind and your wish list too?

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“The day I wrote this song, I was sitting in a circle of people of all ages and we were asked, “Why are you here.” Why am I here?? This really hit me on a deep level. I realized no one had ever asked me that question before.

As I prepare to give birth to a new child, I can’t help and think about the world I’m bringing my baby into. No matter where we come from, when we see the state of the world today, we can all feel the growing frustration and desire to make a difference. And we all have a voice – we just need to know how to make it heard.

I have a vision that I believe is more than a dream, that I know can be our reality.

I believe in an empowered world community built on the true meaning of equality – where we are all considered one people, regardless of race, religion, gender, zip code, belief system or sexual orientation.

I believe all of our voices should be heard, so that our representation reflects our population. We need our leadership to reflect an equal balance of the gifts that both men and women have to offer.

I believe in a world where every child born receives a quality education – where their unique gifts are nurtured so that they may be a beneficial presence in this world.

I believe in mutual respect and cooperation among all peoples and all nations. It is time to end all forms of racial injustice for our black brothers and sisters and all people of color.

I believe in an end to the prison industrial complex in America and a renewed justice system that is based on fairness and truth.

I believe in universal global health care based on Integrative Medicine, so that our bodies are acknowledged and treated as one system, and we can help control the spread of diseases like AIDS, Malaria, TB and Ebola.

I believe we have an ability to end poverty, oppression, and hopelessness that often breeds despair, terror, and violence.

I believe in common sense gun laws that serve to protect children and families and society from unnecessary violence.

I believe in Peace & Love & Unity.

I believe that this vision can be a reality.

And, it’s not about me. It’s about WE.

Together we can give birth to a kinder and more peaceful world for ALL children.

Our souls were brought together so that we can love each other sister, brother.

We Are Here. We are here for all of us. That’s why #WeAreHere.

Sent with Light,

–Alicia Keys

Vote to send Ruthy Valdez to Art Basel Miami

Lost in a Lucid Dream Ruthy ValdezVote to send Ruthy Valdez to the finals for a chance to win a Solo show at Art Basel in Miami.

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin and Russell and Danny Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation continue to partner together to showcase emerging artists.

During Artisan Series, a select group of artists will be chosen from online submissions and local art gallery events for a chance to exhibit their work at the Grand Finale event at the SCOPE MIAMI BEACH Art Show.

The creators of the top three pieces from the Grand Finale will participate in the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series Mural project in each of their hometowns, and the Grand Finale Winner will receive a solo show at SCOPE NYC in March 2015.   SCOPE Arts is one of the most important shows at Miami Art Basel.

Ruthy Valdez has made it to the semi-final round of this contest.  She needs our vote to get into the finals.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR RUTHY AND SEND HER TO THE FINALS.

You can vote once a day per entry until November 9th.

Ruthy Valdez’s has previously won another contest with Bombay Sapphire and Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation this year.   The earlier contest was for the most likes and shares on Instagram, for which she ultimately won the grand prize: two tickets to Russell Simmons 15th Annual Art For Life Gala in the Hamptons.

Full disclosure: We have been huge fans of Ruthy’s work since we first encountered it at Harlem’s 67 Orange several years ago.  We finally met Ruthy  and subsequently acquired one of her works.  It delivers reflection, introspection, hope and joy each and every day.  Thank you Ruthy.

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Jazz Birthday Series – Elise Woods Quartet Honoring Horace Silver

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As part of its Birthday Tribute to talented Jazz musicians, La Maison dArt Gallery & Elise Woods Quartet is pleased to pay tribute to the famous:Horace Silver, Jazz Pianist and Composer Sept. 2, 1928- June 18, 2014.

Horace Silver would have been 86 years-old on Sept. 2.

Location: La Maison dArt Gallery 259 West 132nd St., NY Between Adam Clayton Powell & Frederick Douglass Blvd.

Musicians:Steve Williams, Drums; James Weidman , Piano; Harvie S, Bass; Elise Wood, Flutes.

The event will include a short documentary about the Great Horace Silver.

$15 tickets.

Complimentary Wine Bar & Appetizers..

Horace Silver is known for his distinctive playing style and pioneering compositional contributions to hard bop.

He was influenced by a wide range of musical styles, notably gospel music, African music, and Latin American music, and sometimes ventured into the soul jazz genre.

To learn more about Horace Silver go to http://www.horacesilver.com/

via Jazz Birthday Series – Elise Woods Quartet Honoring Horace Silver, Jazz Pianist & Composer.