All-boys Eagle Academy opens in Harlem

Monday, September 23, 2013

NEW YORK — Harlem sixth-graders have been officially welcomed into a network of all-boys public schools.

A grand opening ceremony was held Monday at the Eagle Academy for Young Men of Harlem.

The school is the fifth Eagle Academy. The first opened in the Bronx in 2004.

Parents attending the ceremony said they like the school's focus on preparing young men for success.

They said they believe boys learn better in a single-sex school.

East Harlem Merchants to Pay Homeless to Tackle 125th Street Trash Problem

Monday, September 23, 2013

HARLEM — For more than a decade, neighbors have complained about the hundreds of homeless people who gather at a bus stop at Lexington Avenue and 125th Street to commute to shelters on Ward's Island, blaming them for contributing to the garbage overflowing from the trash cans.

Now a Harlem business improvement district is hoping to employ some of the 700 to 900 homeless people who ride the M35 bus to help clean up the mess, recruiting local property owners to contribute to a fund to pay them to keep the area clean.

Alexander Smalls, Harlem Chef, Restaurateur, Gives '30s-Era Jazz Club Minton's Playhouse New Life

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Don't call chef Alexander Smalls' relaunch of one-time Harlem hotspot Minton's Playhouse a comeback. Call it a revival.

That's how the South Carolina-bred restaurateur refers to his return to the New York City restaurant scene. "The food is how I made my reputation -- what I call southern revival cooking with low-country notes," Smalls said of his latest project.

Photographers Capture 125th Street's Evolution

Friday, September 20, 2013

One of the city's main thoroughfares, 125th Street, is undergoing a rather extreme makeover, with changes that are as major as Columbia's

Manhattanville expansion and as minor as new retailers and restaurants opening next to the historic Apollo Theater. Photographers Isaac

Diggs and Edward Hillel see it, too, so they turned their lenses onto the changing nature of Harlem's main drag, aiming to chronicle "one of

Harlem's Fashion Show Row: NYFW

Friday, September 20, 2013

As Fashion Week continues its takeover across the Atlantic, we at HFR are still buzzing from the incredible experiences and accomplishments that occurred during S/S '14 NYFW. This year was all about fashioning the change for an equal mainstream platform for designers of color. We are dedicated to the future of fashion and excited to see the progression of these extraordinary designers. Here's the rundown of our events from this season:

Red and Black 'Harlem Nocturne'

Friday, September 20, 2013

In the national consciousness, Harlem has usually been defined by two eras: the artistic and cultural explosion of the 1920s, known as the Harlem Renaissance, and the drug-fueled devastation that began in the 1950s and peaked in the late ’80s. The Harlem Renaissance has been well documented by its poets, novelists and essayists, as well as by a legion of scholars in the decades since. The long, depressing ghetto years were recounted most eloquently by James Baldwin, and by lesser mortals like sociologists, memoirists, politicians, Hollywood screenwriters and rappers.

Laundromat Art Festival Celebrates Underserved Communities

Thursday, September 19, 2013

NEW YORK CITY — A program that uses laundromats to showcase art in underserved communities is celebrating its "anchor neighborhoods" with a three-location arts festival on Saturday, including workshops and walking tours focused on the areas' history and residents.

The first annual Field Day is organized by the Laundromat Project, now in its eighth year as a nonprofit.

Controversial Group Home in Luxe Harlem Building a Success.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

HARLEM — A controversial program that placed four developmentally disabled men into a $550,000 apartment in a Harlem luxury building has become a teaching moment for advocates who say the initial resistance dissipated once the men arrived.

The nonprofit group Community Options New York purchased the three-bedroom, 1,400-square-foot condo inside the Savoy West, a luxury building on Lenox Avenue at 138th Street, following a battle with neighbors and Community Board 10.

$28 Million East Harlem health Center could provide more than just primary medical care.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The doctor is in . . . again.
The Institute for Family Health’s Family Health Center of Harlem is now completely operational, offering primary care along with mental health and dental services.
The $28 million facility at E. 119th St. and Madison Ave. will provide needed services to East Harlem residents and — perhaps equally as important, its operators say — it could serve as a “model” for the provision of community health services across the city.

Photographers Bruce Weber and David Bailey team up to capture the essence of Harlem

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

“When Bruce said let’s go to Harlem, I thought it was a good idea,” said Bailey, 75, the iconic English photographer who has shot the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Kate Moss. “The locations were fantastic,” he added. “I am always surprised at how friendly people are in New York; it is less aggressive than London sometimes.”