Indian restaurant Clove opens in Harlem

Indian restaurant Clove debuted on June 11. There’s outdoor seating and a lunch buffet for $9.95.   1592 Amsterdam Avenue, 646-918-6644.

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Petition Seeks New Name for Rikers Island Over Historic Ties to Slavery

 Jacob Morris is circulating a petition to change the name of Rikers Island based on the island's namesake's connection to slavery.
RIKERS ISLAND — The head of the Harlem Historical Society wants Rikers Island renamed based on the namesake family’s connection to slavery.

The embattled jail complex, which has been beset with scandal over poor treatment of inmates and calls to shut it down, gets its name from the family of Abraham Rycken, a Dutch immigrant who settled in New York in the 1600s, according to the New York Historical Society.

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Do Harlem When Everyone’s Left the City in the Summer

When the warm weather draws so many people out of the city, it’s a great opportunity to take advantage of those normally overrun spots (such as Bed Bath & Beyond or the entirety of SoHo).

DNAinfo’s neighborhood reporters share with you their favorite things to do when the neighborhood gets a little less crowded in the summer.

Take advantage of East Harlem’s Museum Mile (Fifth Avenue between 103rd and 105th streets)

El Museo Del Barrio and the Museum of the City of New York both offer discounts to NYC Municipal ID holders. With local crowds gone, there should be more room to enjoy some of the summer exhibits. Additionally both museums offer free nights of entertainment called “Uptown Bounce,” which feature live music, food trucks, and special exhibits.


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Harlem Run Connects Old and New Residents

 The group, Harlem Run, meets up every Monday and Thursday on 125th Street.

Harlem Run members gather at 125th Street across from the Rite Aid on Lenox Avenue in an effort to get and stay fit.

“The first couple of months it was just me and my friend,” said Alison Desir, who started the group in 2013. “To be fair we started in the coldest months of the year.”

The group is now the largest and most active group in the neighborhood with between 20 and 30 people showing up for each event.  They have 1000 followers on Facebook.

“As it’s developed I didn’t want it to be a group of gentrifiers,” Desir said. “[Running] breaks the ice. What’s even cooler now is seeing pictures of people hanging out or hearing people make plans with people they otherwise wouldn’t know.”

The organization has helped people lose weight and live healthier lives. On Father’s Day, one of their members ran a mile with his kids after losing 75 pounds. At the start of every run the group forms a large circle and each runner introduces themselves to the group. To avoid taking over the entire sidewalk, they run in twos.

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