Author Archives: Native New Yorker

“Toni On New York” up in Harlem

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TONI SENECAL

I woke up early this morning, (having fallen asleep with the television on) to an episode of Toni on New York featuring our beloved Harlem.  I thoroughly enjoyed the vivacious Toni’s exploration of our neighborhood – its important and colorful schomburgpast and its vibrant present.  I am a native and long time resident of Harlem and I learned a few things I did not know about this amazing neighborhood.  The visit to the Schomburg and the backstage tour of Apollo with Billy Mitchell were

apolloparticularly interesting,  It was also great fun to see Toni sample some of Harlem’s favorite foods, escorted on her “Taste of Harlem” tour by Neal Shoemaker, the founder of Harlem Heritage Tours, which ran the gamut from wings & waffles at Amy Ruth’s to to red velvet cake at one of my personal favorites, Make My Cake..  I had not previously seen this show, make my cakewhich is both hosted and executive produced by Toni Senecal, but I am now definitely a fan.  You can check out the segment online or on Toni’s Facebook page.

 

 

Have you every considered running for public office?

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If you have ever wondered how candidates get started on their road to elected office, you should check out this seminar on political leadership and the science behind winning elections!  The event is sponsored by WE ACT, a Harlem-based environmental justice organization, and several other community groups.  The seminar will be held Wednesday, January 22, 2014 from 6:30-9:00pm at the WE ACT offices at 1854 Amsterdam Avenue, 2nd Floor. 

You can RSVP to www.haveyouconsideredrunning.eventbrite.com or contact Charles Callaway at Charles@weact.org with any questions regarding this event.
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Harlem Stands With Sandy Hook

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On the First Anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings, Harlem Remembers the Children of Sandy Hook and Their Own

 Vigil and Exhibition Basketball Game

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Half-time Show with Organizing For Action Fellows & Friends

 Sunday, December 15, 2013         2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

FREE

Limited Seating*

Harlem Armory 

West 142nd Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues

On the occasion of the first anniversary of the shootings in Sandy Hook Elementary School, this event will not only honor those who lost their lives on that day, but also the many children who have lost their lives tragically to gun violence in Harlem. 

*Only 150 seats available!  Please register here! 

 

Screening of De Novo at El Museo del Barrio on November 13th and 14th

denovoHCL readers may be interested in this documentary of the acclaimed play de novo that tells the true story of a 14 year old boy from Guatemala, who chose to leave his life with a street gang in search of his mother and a better life in the United States.  The story, crafted from immigration court transcripts, interviews, and letters, describes his legal struggle for asylum to avoid being deported back to Guatemala, where the gang he left behind had ordered his execution.   Two showings are scheduled: November 13th at 7:30 pm and November 14th at 12 noon, at El Museo del Bario (Fifth Avenue and 104th Street).

This event is sponsored by the Libertas Center for Human Rights, in partnership with Houses on the Moon Theater Company and the Mount Sinai Global Health Program.  On November 13th, there will be a panel discussion following the film with Dr. Dinali Fernando (Libertas Center Medical Director) and Leah Weinzimer (Libertas Center Program Director), Dr. Craig Katz (Mount SInai Medical Center), and Morgan Allen (CCCS Unaccompanied Minors Program Attorney).  Tickets are FREE, but please reserve them in advance: http://www.elmuseo.org/event/de-novo-13/.