Harlem residents craving the return of Stormin' Norman's 'Sundae Sermon'

Monday, June 30, 2014

 Harlem residents are craving the return of a popular summertime park tradition.

And they may soon get their wish.

Norman McHugh, better known as DJ Stormin’ Norman, started playing soulful house music, Afrobeats and classics at Morningside Park in 2008 and it eventually attracted thousands, who relaxed on blankets in the grass or stood up and danced.

Vacant 125th Street Mart to Become Digital Media Space

Friday, June 27, 2014

HARLEM — The long-vacant Mart 125 on 125th Street won't be empty for long, the 125th Street Business Improvement District revealed Thursday.

The 67,000-square-foot single story building between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. boulevards will contain a ground floor digital interactive media space, restaurants and two Harlem-based non-profits that focus on journalism and documentary film-making, organizers said.

A third "media entity" will take space on the 124th Street side of the project.

Harlem's decades-old Mart 125 building on road to rebirth

Friday, June 27, 2014

Mart 125 will soon experience a rebirth.

The 67,000-square-foot eyesore on 125th St. near Frederick Douglass Blvd., which has been vacant for more than a decade, will soon house three journalism and documentary filmmaking media-related organizations, a Harlem visitors center run by NYC & Co. and ground floor retail that could include a restaurant, according to officials at the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone.

The latest proposal for the single-story building was made public by the 125th St. Business Improvement District this week.

Sneaker Pawn Shop Opens In Harlem

Friday, June 27, 2014

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Sneakers such as Air Jordans are big business, and now a father and son have teamed up to open the first-ever sneaker pawn shop in Harlem.

Three hundred sneakers line the walls of Sneaker Pawn.

“These go for $1,200,” said co-owner Chase Reed.

“Pawn your car, pawn valuable items and now you can do that with pricey, collectible sneakers,” said Reed’s father and Sneaker Pawn co-owner Troy Reed.

Giant 'H' to Light up 125th Street in West Harlem This Summer

Monday, June 23, 2014

HARLEM — You can't spell Harlem without an "H."

Starting June 25, the letter will be easy to spot uptown when artist Bentley Meeker installs a 66-foot wide and 35-foot high lighted 'H' from the Riverside Drive Viaduct at 125th Street and 12th Avenue.

"I know people love the idea of Harlem but they are scared of the actuality. I want to show people this is an awesome place," said Meeker, a long-time Harlem resident who said he loves the culture, diversity and history of the neighborhood.

Residents Concerned About 'Collateral Damage' to Harlem Youth in Gang Sweep

Friday, June 6, 2014

By Jeff Mays DNAinfo

HARLEM — While many of her neighbors were relieved by the roundup of more than 100 suspected gang members who police and prosecutors say terrorized the Grant and Manhattanville Houses with back-and-forth shootings for years, Katherine Fort was furious.

Police had entered her apartment early Wednesday morning looking for her 20-year-old son, Isaac Waterman, who was charged with conspiracy for his alleged involvement with the Make it Happen Boys, a gang from Manhattanville Houses.

Mount Morris Park House Tour Celebrates 25 Years

Friday, June 6, 2014

By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo

Mount Morris Park residents open their doors for 25th annual house tour

Thursday, June 5, 2014


How Sweet it is at Harlem’s ‘Sugar Metropolis’

Thursday, June 5, 2014

BY TANYANIKA SAMUELS - Wall Street Journal Blogs

In an art space in Harlem’s Sugar Hill historic district, a whimsical miniature city is taking shape in the skillful hands of Irish sculptors Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels. Their medium of choice: 250,000 sugar cubes.

The stark white installation titled “Sugar Metropolis” conjures a futuristic city of elaborate towers, a stately bridge and mountains, even a winding river. Perhaps the sweetest element of the endeavor, however, is that viewers are invited to help with construction.