Category: Innovation

August 29th, 2014 by Native New Yorker

It’s not just a rhetorical question – the City is asking us to suggest projects to improve our community and we will get a chance to vote on which ones should be included in the City budget. It is a new way of making decisions about how to use public money called Participatory Budgeting, now in its second year.  If you would like to learn how to weigh in, check out one of these informational sessions in our area:

Tuesday, Sepatember 9th 5:30 pm at Union Settlement (237 E 104 Street)

Monday, September 15th at 5:30 pm at the Jonson Community Center (1833 Lexington Ave) $_million

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July 27th, 2014 by harlemhouse


This picture has been floating around social media sites again recently.  Such a simple yet powerful image.  A rainbow of colors.  A  beautiful and important message.

Love the skin you are in.

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February 8th, 2014 by Herve Jean-Baptiste

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Jack Dorsey (co-founder and co-creator of Twitter and founder and CEO of Square, a mobile payments company), connects with entrepreneurs with businesses based in Harlem, in this fascinating interview.

Featured businesses include Harlem Skin Clinic and Astor Row Cafe.

This interview follows Dorsey’s recent appearance at the Apollo, courtesy of Square’s “Let’s Talk” series, which we first posted about on December 13th 2013.

Says Dorsey about Harlem:  “There’s an electricity in the air.  It’s one of the reasons we chose Harlem for this event.”

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January 15th, 2014 by Native New Yorker


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 or contact Charles Callaway at with any questions regarding this event.


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December 23rd, 2013 by HarlemGuy

Urban Electric Power is a Harlem based battery startup located 10 blocks from City College and which has received funding from the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA–E).

The company hopes to turn the familiar alkaline battery into a cheap way to store the electricity from massive wind farms.

What sets Urban Electric apart from other similarly focussed startups is the safety of the underlying materials, which are not caustic, volatile or otherwise dangerous.  

Urban Electric and other like startups funded by ARPA-E a trying to build a big battery costing less than $100 per kilowatt-hour of storage which would lower the cost of stored making it more available.  Says Urban Electric:  “Storage gives you massive flexibility,” Moniz notes, adding that it can help improve reliability and resilience as well by providing backup power. “The issue has been the cost.”

For more details:


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December 13th, 2013 by HarlemGuy

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Jack Dorsey is a co-founder of Twitter and founder and CEO of mobile payments processor Square.

He will appear at the Apollo Theater next week as part of Square’s nationwide “Let’s Talk” series.

The goal is to bring small businesses together to create a climate of collaboration.

“There is an electricity in Harlem especially around merchants who helped to stabilize the neighborhood,” said Dorsey, who added he visited Red Rooster just a few months ago. “We believe its our responsibility to not just build services and software but to make sure there is a venue for conversations.”

Seven Brown, owner of Harlem Skin Clinic, will sit on the panel along with the owners of Astor Row Cafe, Hue-Man Bookstore and the executive director of Maysles Institute.

The Harlem “Lets Talk” event will take place Tuesday, Dec. 17, starting at 6 p.m. at the Apollo Theater, 253 W 125th Street. Small business owners can RSVP here.

via Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey Brings Small Business Talk to Harlem – Central Harlem – New York.

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November 27th, 2013 by HarlemGuy

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Sixteen health care focussed startups have settled inside the new Harlem Biospace, on W. 127th St.

The Bloomberg administration contributed $626,000 and partnered with Columbia University biomedical engineering professor Sam Sia for the balance of the funding.

Companies include an allergy-testing company, which uses a simple cheek swab to analyze a sneeze; a pharmaceutical drug maker that’s trying to compel cancer cells to “commit suicide,” and inventors developing an MRI-styled device for small animals, Invivo Analytics, which uses imaging to study how diseases ravage mice during pharmaceutical testing.

The facility includes access to a laboratory outfitted with advanced equipment to grow cells, test tissue and analyze toxins; free legal advice from biotech law firm Wilmer Hale; access to topnotch tools and mentors.

About Harlem Biospace

  • Harlem Biospace (Hb) is a new biotech incubator, the first of its kind in New York City, to offer affordable shared wet-lab space for competitively-selected entrants
  • Situated at the heart of three academic campuses (Columbia University, City College of New York, and future Columbia Manhattanville campus), with easy access to to other major universities and the vibrancy of New York City via the A, B, C, D and 1 trains, eight bus lines, and only three blocks from the Hudson River bike trail and West Side Highway
  • Located in the old Factory District of Harlem, an exciting new development attracting technology companies and start-ups, Hb will be housed in the Sweets Building, a former laboratory for confectionery research located at 423 West 127th Street
  • Walking distance to the world-famous Red Rooster, the legendary Apollo Theater, Michelin-recommended Jin Ramen, Maison Harlem, multiple Starbucks, and many high-quality independent restaurants and coffee shops

via EXCLUSIVE: Harlem Biospace unveils its new crop of medical research startups  – NY Daily News.

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November 16th, 2013 by HarlemGuy
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The Harlem YMCA will launch HARLEM Y TALKS, a prospective new lecture series, with two evening programs in December. The first program, on Monday evening, December 2nd, is called “He said, she said…Expanding Bartlett’s Quotable Landscape,” and will feature a discussion and book signing of Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations by Retha Powers, the book’s general editor. Little, Brown and Company is the publisher of the book, whose official release is scheduled for November 19th.

The second program, on Monday evening, December 16th, is called “On Winged Feet…Tracking the Trailblazing Journey of Jesse Owens,” and will feature a screening and discussion of the PBS documentary Jesse Owens with director Laurens Grant. The American Experience film just won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Research at the 34th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards.

HARLEM Y TALKS hopes to offer numerous Monday evening talks on various topics in its Little Theatre, located in the lower level of its landmarked 135th Street building, known as the Claude McKay Residence.

About the Harlem YMCA and the Little Theatre

Generations have called the Harlem YMCA “the living room of the Harlem Renaissance.” Its two West 135th Street buildings hosted much of Harlem’s flourishing artistic, literary and intellectual talent in the 1920s and 1930s. Writer Claude McKay, the namesake of the iconic “Y” tower, was among many of its notable former residents. In 1998, New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the building at 180 West 135th Street an official historic landmark.

“We’re testing the waters with this exciting new talk series,” Thalia Kwok, Program Director of the Harlem YMCA says. “Raising awareness and community pride in Harlemspeaks to our overarching mission of social responsibility. We look forward to once again being known as a haven for developing cultural talent in our neighborhood.”

The Little Theatre is located on the lower level of the Harlem YMCA. It has a proscenium stage and seats about 100 people. In the 1930s the venue figured prominently inHarlem’s Little Theatre Movement offering original dramatics, concerts and public forums. Later well-known actors who performed on the Little Theatre stage have included Cicely Tyson, James Earl Jones, Roscoe Lee Browne and Clarence Williams III.

About Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations and author Retha Powers


“An impressively researched and documented collection of the finest thought produced by writers throughout the African Diaspora. A magnificent achievement,” writes Henry Louis Gates, Jr., in his forward to Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations, a compendium of passages from authors, artists, scientists, philosophers, theologians, activists, politicians, and many others.

Retha Powers has painted a rich canvas of Black history through time. Her new book, Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations, culls five thousand quotes from the time of Ancient Egypt through American slavery, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Era, Apartheid, to the present day. The book is certain to appeal not only to quote aficionados and researchers, but also to history buffs.

Harlem resident Retha Powers is editor of the anthology, Black Silk: A Collection of African American Erotica and co-editor of This is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work. Her journalism and essays have appeared in publications such as Essence, Ms., The New York Times Magazine, and Glamour. Powers holds an undergraduate degree from Howard University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College. A publishing professional for over twenty years, she is currently the Assistant Director of the Publishing Certificate Program at City College of New York.

About Jesse Owens and director Laurens Grant


Laurens Grant has chronicled the most famous athlete of his time. Jesse Owens’ stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. Despite the racial slurs he endured, his grace and athleticism rallied crowds across the globe. But when the four-time Olympic gold medalist returned home, he could not even ride in the front of a bus. Grant’s film about the 22-year-old son of a sharecropper who triumphed over adversity to become a hero and world champion recently won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Research. Yet Jesse Owens also explores the elusive, fleeting quality of fame and the way Americans idolize athletes when they suit our purpose, and forget them once they don’t.

Laurens Grant is a Peabody- and three-time Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker. Most recently, she is the Producer and Director of Jesse Owens, about the African-American sprinter who crushed Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy by winning four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Jesse Owens is a Firelight Films production for the PBS series American Experience and is the first feature-length documentary Grant has directed for American Experience. The film originally aired on PBS on May 1, 2012, and just won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Research at the 34th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. Grant has won Emmy Awards as co-producer for two ground-breaking documentary series for PBS: Latin Music USA: The Chicano Wave and Slavery and the Making of America: Seeds of Destruction. The filmmaker served as coordinating producer for American Experience’s The Murder of Emmett Till, which garnered a Sundance Jury Award, Primetime Emmy and a Peabody Award for Best Documentary. Grant produced Freedom Riders, the documentary directed by MacArthur Fellow Stanley Nelson–co-founder and executive director of Firelight Films–which won three Primetime Emmys and a Peabody. Some clips from the documentary Freedom Riders–which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was featured on Oprah–can be seen in The Butler, the latest film by director Lee Daniels. Grant has also produced and directed films for A&E and The History Channel, and has worked extensively in print journalism.

HARLEM Y TALKS is very excited to launch its inaugural talk series with a presentation of Ms. Powers’ new book, Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations and with Ms. Grant’sEmmy-winning film, Jesse Owens. Copies of Ms. Powers’ book will be available at the December 2nd event for purchase ($40 US), and the author will also sign copies following her discussion.

Admission is FREE for both HARLEM Y TALKS events. To reserve tickets online:

Bartlett’s/Retha Powers:

Jesse Owens/Laurens Grant:

Harlem Y Talks
Little Theatre, Claude McKay Residence, Harlem YMCA
180 West 135th Street
New York, NY 10030

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November 1st, 2013 by Native New Yorker
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By NativeNewYorker

You’ve probably noticed it when you go across 116th Street – the colorful  entrance is hard to miss.  But if you’ve never gone inside, you are missing one of Harlem’s more unique experiences.  Stepping through the whimsical entrance is like making a quick visit to west Africa.  In addition to a wide selection of

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traditional African garb and the inevitable T-shirts,  the merchants offer beautiful handmade jewelry, original craft items like dolls and small sculptures, and an array of natural skincare products.  For the music lover with ecclectic tastes, you can also find CDs of contemporary African music.  The prices are pretty reasonable but if you don’t like the price, feel free to bargain – the merchants seem to enjoy it.

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“Malcom Shabazz ~ Harlem’s Market” is located on the southern side of West 116th  Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues. The market is open year round,  9am to 5 pm,  7 days a week.

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August 9th, 2013 by tharealharlemista


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New York’s official marketing and tourism organization NYC and Company‘s latest “Neighborhood X Neighborhood” unveiled its latest campaign on  Wednesday highlighting Harlem and Washington Heights , including a multipage article on Harlem’s Foodie Renaissance and a Destination:Harlem page that includes hotspots both legendary and new alike, including the Apollo Theater, the Schomburg Center, Aloft Harlem, Sylvia’s , Amy Ruth’s,  Red Rooster, Chez Lucienne, Bier International , Billie’s Black, and the Studio Museum.

“The Harlem and Washington Heights communities have rich cultural legacies that continue to thrive,” said Deputy Cultural Affairs Commissioner Margaret Morton. “From the iconic stages at the Apollo Theater and Harlem Stage, to the rich collections of the Cloisters and Studio Museum, arts organizations in these neighborhoods provide extraordinary opportunities for visitors and residents to engage with a wide range of unique cultural activities.”



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