HarlemCondoLife is happy to see that “Harlem Restaurant Row” (the phrase, the concept, the place) is maintstream, as friend to our publication Michael Feeney reinforces in his latest piece in the Daily News.
After several delays earlier this year, food trucks arrived on Frederick Douglass Boulevard. It was a huge success. Which translates into more trucks coming soon – starting May 10th.
We love a good food truck. Our one hope is that Harlem businesses will broaden their brand and their reach by setting up and/or bringing their own food trucks to the party. See our previous post Harlem Food Truck Rally.
Welcome one. Welcome all. Welcome food trucks to Harlem Restaurant Row. See the full NY Daily News article below.
I was very upset to hear the news about this hate crime that happened last weekend. A hateful mob attacked a Sikh man who says he was mistaken for a radical Muslim. This is unacceptable. Teachers and parents must educate their kids on the religious differences in our community and the diversity in the world. As the Daily News, DNAinfo and BuzzFeed have reported, a Sikh-American Columbia University Professor was beaten in a hate crime this past Saturday while the suspects yelled “Osama”. Any citizen should have the freedom to dress as they wish and be accepted for it. Especially if it has to do with their religious beliefs. This is America, Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. Yes, Osama Bin Ladin was a bad guy, a terrorist and he did horrible things and was punshed and killed. This has nothing to do with an innocent American, doctor and professor who is part of our community and an educator at one of the top Unniversities in the country. This is the sort of story you may expect to read from a back woods unnecducated small town in the midwest or unfortunately small areas down south where racism, predudice and ignorance still exists. But not in a comopolitan, multi racial, well educated and worldly city such as new york. We are smarter than this. Come on people! It is the parents and teachers and communities responsibility to educate our children. This should not have happened and it should never happen again. The gentleman who was attacked, Dr. Prabhjot Singh was quoted in BuzzFeed as saying “This is my community, I live in Harlem, I see patients here,” he says. “It’s not the side of Harlem I’ve come to know and not how I’ve been embraced.”
In the Daily News they report that “Columbia University professor Prabhjot Singh has written about violence toward Sikhs in America — and on Saturday was the target of a vicious assault just blocks from his Harlem home.”
The attack is under investigation by the Hate Crimes Task Force says the New York Police Department. BuzzFeed writes: Dr. Prabhjot Singh, a Columbia University professor, had just dropped his wife and his 1-year-old son off at home on Saturday night when he went for a short walk with his friend to the north of Central Park in Harlem, he explains. They were walking past a group of 25 to 30 young men, many of whom had bikes, when he heard, “Get him!” as well as “Osama” and “terrorist” being yelled. This is when the Professor was knocked to the ground and punched repeatedly in the face and head which left him with an injured jaw, a lacerated lip and badly bruised until bystanders finally came to his aid.
The criminals in this beating need to be found and prosecuted.
Sikhism considers spiritual life and secular life to be intertwined: “In the Sikh Weltanschauung…the temporal world is part of the Infinite Reality and partakes of its characteristics.” Guru Nanak described living an “active, creative, and practical life” of “truthfulness, fidelity, self-control and purity” as being higher than a purely contemplative life.
The 6th Sikh Guru Guru Hargobind re-affirmed that the political/temporal (Miri) and spiritual (Piri) realms are mutually coexistent. According to the 9th Sikh Guru, Tegh Bahadhur, the ideal Sikh should have both Shakti (power that resides in the temporal), and Bhakti (spiritual meditative qualities). This was developed into the concept of the Saint Soldier by the 10th Sikh Guru, Gobind Singh.
Protecting the religious and political rights of all people and preventing discrimination is an integral part of the Sikh faith. The 5th Guru Arjan was martyred by the Mughal ruler Jahangir on 16 May 1606 for refusing to convert to Islam. The martyrdom of Guru Teg Bahadur9th Guru to protect Hindus from religious persecution, in Delhi, on 11 November 1675 AD, is another example of upholding minority religious freedom; he gave his life to protect the right of Kashmiri Hindus to practise their own religion when they were being forced to convert to Islam by Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor at the time.
According to Guru Nanak, the goal is to attain the “attendant balance of separation-fusion, self-other, action-inaction, attachment-detachment, in the course of daily life”, the polar opposite to a self-centered existence. Nanak talks further about the one God or Akal (timelessness) that permeates all life). and which must be seen with ‘the inward eye’, or the ‘heart’, of a human being.
Guru Nanak was the founder of Sikhism. Guru Nanak summarised the basis of Sikh lifestyle as: Kirat Karo, Naam Japo and Wand kay Chako, which means work diligently and honestly, meditate on the holy name (Waheguru), and share the fruits of labours with others. The idea that human beings must work for a living and play an active role in society is the basis of this philosophy. The guiding principles of the Sikh faith are Truth, Equality, Freedom and Justice.
The Sikhs revere Guru Granth Sahib as their supreme teacher, ‘Guru’ means the enlightener. The tenth Guru ended the line of personal Gurūs and transferred his authority to the dual agency of the Sikh scripture Gurū Graṅth Sāhib and to the Guru Khalsa (also Panth). The Panth or the community of followers was to be the physical manifestation of the Gurū, while the Guru Graṅth was to be the scriptural guide for this body of Sikhs.
Sikhism is an extremely pluralistic religion. The Guru Granth Sahib, in addition to the revelations of the Sikh gurus, contains revelations of various saints and sages of that period. The Mul Mantar, the opening hymn of the holy Guru Granth Sahib, expounds the nature and attributes of God:
There is one supreme eternal reality; the truth; immanent in all things; creator of all things; imminent in creation. Without fear and without hatred; not subject to time; beyond birth and death; self-revealing. Known by the Guru’s grace.
*Photo at the top of this post from BuzzFeed Via blogs.ei.columbia.edu
Live in Harlem? Love Harlem? Then you need to be here…TONIGHT!
Help Clyde make our Harlem better!
Live in Harlem? Love Harlem? Then you need to be here… TONIGHT! Get involved. Help Clyde make our Harlem Better.
Stop by Bleu Violin tonight June 21, 2012 from 6:00PM – 9:00PM to celebrate with Clyde Williams‘ NY Times and NY Daily News Endorsement for District 13 NY. Meet Clyde, the campaign team and volunteers as they prepare to push towards June 26th.
Bleu Violin is located at 1400 Fifth Avenue at 116th Street. There will be a DJ and Open Bar for the first hour 6PM – 7PM.
Harlem never had its own costumed protector with his very own comic book – until now. Last week, DC Comics’ “Static Shock” #1 hit the stands, introducing African-American teen-turned-electromagnetism-wielding superhero Virgil Hawkins.
Static was originally based in the fictional Midwestern city of Dakota. But DC Comics, after acquiring the character a few years ago, decided to reboot the hero with a more gritty, realistic setting.
“Static’s adventures take him all over New York City and elsewhere,” said series co-writer John Rozum. “[But] Virgil and his family live in Harlem, his school’s in Harlem and, as he makes friends, they’ll all be in Harlem as well, so this will really be his neighborhood and the background of his life.”
Created by Dwayne McDuffie, whose sudden death this year shocked the industry, Static was meant to bring a little more color into the predominantly white world of caped crusaders.
“If the name Harlem becomes all it is and it doesn’t delve deeply into the neighborhood and the characters, then it won’t work,” said comic book historian William H. Foster 3rd. “But let’s give him a shot. The character has such depth; I think this has the opportunity to be a fitting tribute to Dwayne’s legacy.”