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Harlem residents rally against real estate professionals’ renaming part of Harlem “SoHa.” They argue it’s an attempt to erase Harlem’s black history, offensive to the people who built the community, and harms an already valuable brand.

Soon after being elected to the New York Senate from District 31, Marisol Alcantara joined the Independent Democratic Conference, a group of breakaway Democrats whose presence in Albany gives Republicans the majority power. The senator remains unbothered by critics.

Victoria Pannell, 17, wants to run for president one day. She already has a track record of activism in Harlem, and she doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon.

The Upward Bound programs at Columbia and Fordham, which help low-income students prepare for college, have lost more than $1.2 million in federal aid, and their fate lies in the crosshairs of Washington.

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As Harlem becomes more commercialized, it has lost much of its original charm. In the face of these changes, local business owners, both new and old, have tried to confront Harlem’s new reality.

In the shadow of the Apollo, Harlem’s oft-forgotten Victoria Theater is getting an encore, as the centerpiece of a $178 million redevelopment. Although only the facade and lobby will remain, the old building still has stories to tell.

A proposed bill in City Council would give low-income tenants a right to counsel in Housing Court, making New York the first jurisdiction in the nation to do so.


New York’s Cabaret Law, passed during Prohibition in 1926, prohibits dancing in locations without a cabaret license. Out of over 25,000 bars and restaurants, only about 100 have licenses, many of which were distributed almost 100 years ago.

New York City’s school bus drivers have reported more than 135,000 delays since September 2015. A charter school in Harlem where a majority of students have disabilities has had 132 delayed arrivals.

The Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps works out of a trailer in Brooklyn, answering the occasional 911 call, and training the next generation of emergency medical technicians.

A former dormitory for nurses that has been vacant since it was damaged in Hurricane Sandy will soon reopen as apartments for the elderly, expanding housing for a population struggling to pay skyrocketing rents.

Leer en español The streets of Washington Heights are filled with bodegas, small grocery stores usually owned by Latino families, some for generations. The Spanish word “bodega” can be interpreted as cellar, pantry or grocery store, among other things. In the quickly shifting neighborhood, some bodega owners say turning a profit becomes tougher each year. […]

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