Sunday Blogroll

The Harlem Renaissance Revives Itself As A Cartoon Crimefighting Gangster ‘The Harlem Shadow‘ (Via SuperHeroHype)

ImageHarlem’s Rucker Park Played Host To Inaugural Trayvon Martin Invitation Basketball Tournament, With All Proceeds Benefitting The Trayvon Martin Foundation (Via Vibe Magazine)

– Lexington Avenue Suffering From A Bad Case Of Gentrification – from NYDN:

“Lexington Ave. between 100th and 101st Sts. has almost entirely lost its commercial sector as eight of the block’s nine retail spaces either vacant or about to bite the dust — all citing high rents.

Santa Anita Grocery is the latest tenant call it quits, planning to close Aug. 3, after its lease jumped from $4,000 to $7,000.

“For five years everything here was great,” said grocery manager Meliton Torres. “But now it’s a lot of money they want.”

– But The Sun Still Shines In The Form Of Solar Panels From The Harlem Solar Collective, Which Is Hoping To Capitalize On Solar Energy:

“Our big vision is not only to put solar panels on rooftops, save some energy, and save some money, but also to make Harlem-based green jobs,” said Brian Smith, the co-op’s founder and an environmental consultant. “We want to make a green industry in Harlem.” (Via NYDN)

– Union Theological Seminary Is Allowing Cooks To Create Dreams In A Newly Renovated Kitchenspace In West Harlem:

“There are lots of people in the Harlem area who want to start their own ventures,” said Bethany Vaughn, an executive assistant at the Morningside Heights school.

They’re calling it the Union Food Incubator, and it’s going to be the first first commercial kitchen in West Harlem; East Harlem has five.

“You can’t really work in your kitchen if you want to be a food entrepreneur,” said Richard Madonna, the school’s vice president of finance, who came up with the idea. “You need to come into a commercial space.” – from NYDN

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