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Pope Urges Immigrants, East Harlem Children To 'Keep Dreaming'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.25.2015 | Religion

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There Is a Pope in Spanish Harlem

Eddie Parsons | Posted 09.24.2015 | New York
Eddie Parsons

The Pope is scheduled to visit a school across the street from my apartment in East Harlem. In the build up to this historic presence, I have witnessed reporters from various forms of media ascend upon my block like locusts harkening a plague.

The Danger of Drug Scares: Why It's Time to Turn Down the K2 Hysteria

Julie Netherland | Posted 09.09.2015 | New York
Julie Netherland

The K2 drug scare has become inextricably linked to the East Harlem's homelessness problem, particularly to the corner of 125th and Lexington, which has long had a significant population of homeless people and is also the site of increasing gentrification.

East Harlem Awaits Pope's Visit To Our Lady Queen Of Angels School

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.13.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK -- Millions are expected to flock to the East Coast in the hope of seeing Pope Francis during his September visit to the U.S. Whether t...

The Prescription for a Healthy Life: A Helpful Neighbor

NationSwell | Posted 08.10.2015 | Impact

In 2013, the New York City Health Department declared a diabetes epidemic in the city. The number of people who had contracted the disease had more ...

Albany Gets "F" for Failing to Protect Tenants

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 06.17.2015 | New York
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

This week's expiration of rent regulations shows just how anti-tenant the state legislature remains, putting over one million apartments at risk for unreasonable rate increases.

Meet the Harlem Native Who Is on a Mission to End Poverty in America

NationSwell | Posted 06.07.2015 | Impact

The East Harlem headquarters of Single Stop, the nonprofit that Mason helped establish seven years ago, invites at-risk Americans from all walks of life to pay a visit. There, representatives demystify the labyrinthine process of accessing aid.

NYC Housing: A Clear and Present Danger

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.28.2015 | New York
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

For all emergency conditions, especially when we don't have heat and hot water in the winter, HPD should improve their response: inspectors must be dispatched in less than 24 hours and must notify landlords of the violation immediately and the requirement to make the repair within 24 hours; fine owners when the repair is not made within 24 hours.

Why Is Mayor De Blasio Breaking 4 Promises Within 400 Yards of His Own Home? Part Four: Low-Income Housing

Matthew Chapman | Posted 12.07.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

Yorkville and East Harlem already have some of the worst pollution and highest asthma rates in the city, and now 100 to 500 extra diesel trucks are going to roar through an entirely residential neighborhood to dump their loads in a stinking, two acre, heavy-duty industrial facility in front of public housing.

Why Is Mayor De Blasio Breaking 4 Promises Within 400 Yards of His Own Home? Part Three: Education

Matthew Chapman | Posted 12.05.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

Children are far more sensitive to pollutants than adults. That's why hundreds of doctors signed a petition urging first Bloomberg and now de Blasio not to build a massive garbage site next to an athletic center in Manhattan used by 34,000 city kids.

Commemorating the Lives of Italian-American, Non-Traditional Social Workers, From East Harlem

Joseph LoGiudice | Posted 07.01.2014 | New York
Joseph LoGiudice

The Pascales are the few people who can light that flame of hope through their beautiful and touching stories, especially during this grim time of capitalism that overshadows individuals' basic rights and needs.

Power of Organizing Rooted in Participatory Action Research

Donna Nevel | Posted 05.27.2014 | Education
Donna Nevel

El Museo del Barrio offered a warm, welcoming space consistent with the spirit of the day. Working with social justice oriented childcare and interpretation collectives and community food cooperatives contributed to an inclusive and participatory event that celebrated the strengths of the many communities that were there.

What Happens After A Collapse?

Colorlines | Posted 03.24.2014 | Black Voices

On March 12, 2014, my father forwarded a New York Times article with the headline “At Least 2 Killed in East Harlem Building Collapse.” A brief no...

Our Aging and Dangerous Urban Infrastructure

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics
Steven Cohen

This is not a problem limited to New York City, but one that is seen throughout the United States. In many cities of the "Rust Belt", the infrastructure crisis has been a fact of life for decades.

Death Toll Rises In Harlem Gas Explosion

AP | JAKE PEARSON and KEN SWEET | Posted 03.14.2014 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — Using sound devices to probe for voices and telescopic cameras to peer into small spaces, workers searching a pile of rubble from a ...

Death Toll Rises In Harlem Gas Explosion

AP | JONATHAN LEMIRE and VERENA DOBNIK | Posted 03.13.2014 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — Rescue workers using dogs and thermal-detection gear to search rubble for more victims of a gas explosion found an eighth body on Th...

Politicians React To Harlem Explosion

The Huffington Post | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

Two buildings in Manhattan's East Harlem neighborhood collapsed around 9:30 a.m on Wednesday following a massive explosion that left at least two peop...

Multiple Deaths Reported After Harlem Building Collapse

Posted 03.13.2014 | Crime

Two buildings collapsed in East Harlem on Wednesday morning after a massive explosion, leaving at least six people dead. The buildings, which colla...

East Harlem Tables: Food and Italian Immigrant Cultures

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 05.05.2014 | Taste
Fabio Parasecoli

When friends visit NYC from out of town, we often end up taking a stroll through Manhattan's Little Italy. Although they have seen it in movies and in TV shows, they tend to have a limited sense of how and why immigrants moved between different neighborhoods over time.

'Talking Trash' Report Slams NYC's Expensive and Environmentally Outdated Garbage Plan

Matthew Chapman | Posted 04.21.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

For the first time in a decade-long fight against a garbage site slated to be built in surreal proximity to public housing, a report has been published that exposes not just the absurdity of this one site, but the absurdities and weaknesses of the entire plan it is a part of.

New York: The Tale of Two Cities

Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D. | Posted 03.08.2014 | New York
Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D.

When Bill de Blasio moved into Gracie Mansion, he became mayor of 59 community districts that constitute New York City. As he eloquently described during his campaign, these districts comprise two distinct cities that have very little in common.

Separation of Powers: Still Alive and Well in NYC

David Nocenti | Posted 03.05.2014 | New York
David Nocenti

Some have reported Mayor de Blasio's efforts to influence the Speaker race with all the shock and dismay of Louis Renault discovering that there was gambling going on in Rick's Café as he received his winnings. Fortunately, the reports of the death of an autonomous City Council have been greatly exaggerated.

Giving Tuesday: Magnify Your Generosity This Year

David Nocenti | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
David Nocenti

The initiative struck an instant chord -- last year over 2,500 partners from all 50 states led charitable giving campaigns, and more than 50 million people worldwide spread the word about Giving Tuesday, as evidenced by milestone trending about the day on Twitter.

Serving The Underserved Through Education in East Harlem

Marissa Shorenstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Marissa Shorenstein

Samantha, Brianna, Anthony and so many like them at Union Settlement show us the power of giving and how far a little help can go.

Dante de Blasio's Circles of Hell

Matthew Chapman | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

The New York Times reports that Mayor-elect de Blasio is having second thoughts about living in Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the mayor. The announcement came after a meeting with Mayor Bloomberg during which they discussed "the intricacies of garbage pickup."