Rejuvenated Harlem Building Becomes a Business Incubator for Biotechnology

Sunday, March 23, 2014


It is no secret that Harlem is changing. There is a new Red Lobster, a Joe’s Crab Shack, a DSW shoe store, and soon there will be a Whole Foods on 125th Street. But some of the most interesting changes are not so obvious.

Inside the Sweets Building, a renovated structure that was formerly a confectionery research lab, is Harlem Biospace, a new business incubator focused on biotechnology.

East Harlem Crowdfunding Site Waives Fees to Help Explosion Victims

Thursday, March 20, 2014

By Jeff Mays

HARLEM — An East Harlem-based crowdfunding company is waving its fees to help victims of the fatal explosion that destroyed two apartment buildings raise money for essential needs.

Dana Ostomel, founder and chief gifting officer for Deposit a Gift, said the company's offices at 119th Street and Third Avenue shook the morning of the explosion. After she found out what happened, Ostomel, also an East Harlem resident, said she knew her company's fundraising platform could be of help.

Harlem activist and disability advocate Pamela Bates dies

Monday, March 17, 2014


Salvation Army shelters displaced from E. Harlem blast

Thursday, March 13, 2014


At the Salvation Army on 125th Street and Third Avenue, families and neighbors displaced by the East Harlem building explosion and collapse got up Thursday morning to go to work and school, resuming their normal lives as best they could.
Red Cross and Salvation Army vans shuttled about 19 children to their Harlem schools, and their parents reported to work after eating egg and sausage breakfast sandwiches.
The children selected from an array of new backpacks, school supplies and clothes donated by neighbors and the nearby 23rd Precinct.

Blast ‘Ripped the Stomach Right Out of You’

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


The explosion was so powerful it lifted Jaye Virgo off her bed and blasted her window fan from the sill. Outside that window was chaos. People lay on the pavement, strewed among shattered glass and parts ripped from cars, the sidewalk dusted in ash.

Across the street was a gaping hole, breathing fire. Two brick buildings, standing moments earlier, were gone, collapsed into rubble that spilled across Park Avenue, subsuming parked cars in piles of brick and concrete.

Harlem School of the Arts gifted with 10 new Steinway pianos

Monday, March 10, 2014

It's a gift that’s right on key.
The Harlem School of the Arts will soon receive 10 brand-new Steinway pianos, thanks to a $500,000 grant from the Manhattan Borough President’s Office.
Yvette Campbell, the school’s president and CEO, said the upgrade was much needed because 32 pianos there are in poor condition.
“They’ll be able to play on stellar instruments,” said Campbell, adding that the school on St. Nicholas Ave. has pianos that are more than 50 years old.

De Blasio Continues Push for Pre-K at Rally in Harlem With Sharpton

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio is trying to energize his base as it fights for a tax hike on wealthy New Yorkers to pay for universal pre-K. The pre-K campaign, though, seems destined to fall flat given the lack of support from key lawmakers in Albany. Grace Rauh filed the following report.

The mayor rallied in Harlem Saturday for his pre-K tax plan.

“If you’re not getting early childhood education right then don't be surprised when things don't work out on the back end,” said de Blasio.

Children’s Museum to Showcase Harlem’s Role in Jazz

Friday, March 7, 2014


Jazz – its history, its talents, its sounds – is the subject of a new exhibition at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan that will run May 23 through Oct. 19, in partnership with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. “Jazzed! The Changing Beat of 125th Street” is an interactive, multimedia exhibition that will make use of jazz artifacts, music education workshops and live performances each day.

In change of course, city says it will find seats for displaced Harlem charter school students

Friday, March 7, 2014

By Ben Chapman AND Nathan Place / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Harlem Bow Tie Designer Taps Into Creativity For Custom Designs

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

By Jeff Mays

HARLEM — As a teen, Darrick Leak designed T-shirts that were so popular at his Brooklyn high school that he planned a career in fashion.

But after college, Leak, 28, decided he wanted work that would guarantee a steady paycheck, so he started working in criminal justice. He spent his free time designing accessories for himself, like leather pocket squares. When a friend saw one, he asked Leak to make him a bow tie.