Saturday, June 30, 2012

Fw: The Neighborhood Yard Sale at Fort Tryon Park: Sell your old stuff and support a great park!

The Neighborhood Yard Sale
Half of the spots for the Neighborhood Yard Sale have been reserved!
Get yours now before they run out!
Reserve tables now at
Neighborhood Yard Sale:
Sunday, July 15th, 2012
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Stan Michels Promenade
Reduce, reuse, recycle: give your old things a new life in the hands
of a neighbor and make a few bucks while you are at it. Bargain
Hunters come from near and far to shop the yard sale on Stan Michels
Table rental is only $35. Rental includes a 6-ft. x 10-ft. space and
use of a 6-ft x 30-in. table. Limited tables available. Reserve a
  to sell your personal and household items.
This is a Community Yard Sale: Our permit stipulates that it is for
individuals to sell personal and household items only. It is our
policy not to allocate space at the Neighborhood Yard Sale to
organizations, artists, businesses etc. On the day of the event, any
commercial enterprises will be asked to leave and no refunds will be
Baker's Bash
Don't Miss a Great Live Kids Concert with the Bossy Frog Band and the
Garbage Men!
Bakers Bash:
Sunday, July 15th, 2012
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Linden Terrace
Enjoy a bake-off competition, breakfast buffet, face painter, with
live music from Bossy Frog Band as well as the Garbage Men. Breakfast
will be compliments of Coogan's Restaurant.
The Bossy Frog Band <>
  is a fun and funky musical experience for children, young and old.
Led by Jeffrey Friedberg, certified music therapist, on banjo, The
Bossy Frog Band creates a safe environment for children to let loose
and discover the world around them. Songs are composed specifically to
facilitate growth socially, personally, cognitively, and physically.
Children will dance, sing and immerse themselves in the Bossy Frog
experience. The witty and catchy tunes fully engage children while
providing them opportunities to grow and develop.
Five teens from Sarasota, Florida, are making music from garbage. The
's instruments are made from recycled objects. The band started about
two years ago. Jack Berry�who was in eighth grade at the
time�decided to make a playable, homemade guitar. After some
trial-and-error, he ended up building it from a cereal box, a
yardstick and toothpicks. After Jack showed his creation to his friend
Ollie Gray, Ollie had the idea to form a band using other homemade
instruments as a way to promote recycling. "We want to show people
there is more to recycling than throwing things away in the bin,"
Jack, 16, told TFK. "You can actually reuse materials."
Buy tickets now to check out these great live acts and other
activites. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children under 12.
Tickets are available at
.. Space is limited.
*Bakers Bash Bake-Off*
Bakers! Fort Tryon Park needs you and your baking skills to enter the
baking competition and win great prizes. Entrants must provide a dozen
servings for each category they wish to enter. To enter the baking
  or call 212-795-1388x302 to let us know your name, email, phone,
address and what category you will enter.
All proceeds support Fort Tryon Park restoration, horticultural
supplies, maintenance staff, free programs, special events, volunteer
initiatives and improvements in the park.

Friday, June 29, 2012



* The governors of New York and New Jersey are trying to wrest control from Mayor Michael Bloomberg of events and other decisions at the 9/11 Memorial, including the annual ceremony marking the terrorist attacks, the Wall Street Journal reports:

* The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that New York City's taxi system complies with federal laws in a decision that rebuffs a class-action suit from disabled passengers, the New York Times writes:

*Almost one-third of state school districts will spend their cash reserves in less than two years, according to a new survey, the Times-Union reports:

* Bloomberg blasted the appeals judges who threw out a case against a Bronx teenager police arrested for possessing a loaded gun, the New York Post reports:

* Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes did not work to extradite an alleged pedophile for prosecution despite his promises to the contrary, according to newly released documents the Times examines:

* State Sen. Adriano Espillat's supporters want the Board of Election to investigate the slow pace of the election count that narrowed Rep. Charlie Rangel's lead to just over 1,000 votes, the Times reports:

* The City Council overrode three Bloomberg vetoes, approved an Upper West Side zoning measure and signed off on a $68.5-billion budget in its last session before summer, the Journal notes:

* Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson will expand an NYPD ticket-fixing probe resulting in indictments against 16 officers to include seven local and federal police agencies, the Journal writes:

* Police officers routinely downgrade crimes to lesser offenses and discourage victims from filling complaints to juke crime statistics, a new survey shows, but NYPD brass questioned the report's methodology, the Times writes:

*Former Rep. Anthony Weiner discusses the politics and future of the Supreme Court's health care decision with the New York Observer but refuses to answer questions about his resignation:


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Fernando Cabrera: Rename Bridge For Dinkins

Fernando Cabrera: Rename Bridge For Dinkins

Ed Koch has a bridge named after him, so why not David Dinkins? City Councilman Fernando Cabrera wants to know. Our Dan Beekman reports: Cabrera is introducing a bill to rename the Willis Avenue Bridge after New York’s first -- and only -- African-American mayor. “David Dinkins was a ...

Fernando Cabrera: Rename Bridge For Dinkins
Thu, 28 Jun 2012 17:00:35 GMT

Charlie Rangel's Packed Post-Primary Day

Charlie Rangel's Packed Post-Primary Day

Everybody wanted a piece of Charlie Rangel on Wednesday. Our Alison Gendar reports: The Harlem icon, fresh off his unofficial win in the new NY-13, was much in demand, as his schedule shows for his first post-primary day. The 82-year-old incumbent had derided rivals’ claims that he was too ...

Charlie Rangel's Packed Post-Primary Day
Wed, 27 Jun 2012 22:26:56 GMT

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Jun 28, 2012: Men of Storytellers Celebrate Phyllis Hyman! at Billie's Black Restaurant


An evening celebrating the music of the iconic Phyllis Hyman starring some of NYC's most sought after male vocalists!

Jun 28, 2012: Men of Storytellers Celebrate Phyllis Hyman! at Billie's Black Restaurant
Wed, 27 Jun 2012 23:17:34 GMT

Summer on the Hudson: Lunchtime Listen with Charly and Margaux

Summer on the Hudson: Lunchtime Listen with Charly and Margaux

Date: June 29, 2012

Lunchtime sounds even better now! Enjoy the ambient acoustics on the final Friday of each month. Pack a bag of yummies and soak in the reverberations of Charly & Margaux, a violin & viola duo with a unique and unbridled sound.

Summer on the Hudson’s 2012 West Harlem Piers Park Programming is sponsored by FAIRWAY MARKET!

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: 311

Location: West Harlem Piers Park

Summer on the Hudson: Lunchtime Listen with Charly and Margaux
Wed, 27 Jun 2012 04:00:06 GMT

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


CONGRESSIONAL PRIMARY COVERAGE: Our online primary polls have Grace Meng, Nydia Velázquez and Hakeem Jeffries leading their respective primary battles, while Charlie Rangel and Adriano Espaillat are locked in a tight race. For on-the-scenes coverage of the actual races, check for updates all day on The Notebook as we blog from Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan following the congressional primaries to their exciting conclusion:



* Campaign officials and political consultants predicted low turnouts in primary elections for House seats and in the lone statewide primary, the New York Times writes:

* Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council agreed on a $68.5 billion budget, restoring hundreds of millions of dollars in proposed cuts to after-school programs, fire service and libraries, the Wall Street Journal says:

* As Bloomberg's third term comes to a close, City Hall is now starting to experience a phenomenon rarely seen in the "loyal pastures of Bloombergland": an exodus, the Times says:

* New York taxpayers shelled out nearly $2 million last year to cover late bill payments by the state government, a 38 percent increase from the prior year, the Post reports:

* Brian Kolb, the state Assembly's top Republican, called a possible post-election deal to raise lawmakers' pay in exchange for cutting their per-diem payments "extortion," the Post writes:

* The state's plan for hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale might cause conflicts in municipalities where members of the town boards own land and could profit by leasing gas rights, the Democrat and Chronicle says:

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo believes a property tax abatement for hundreds of thousands of condominium and co-op owners in New York City will be preserved, despite his rejection of its renewal, the Times writes:

* A federal appeals court has returned to the New York state courts a dispute over whether the Shinnecock Indian tribe should be able to build a casino in the town of Southampton, the Times Union reports:


Monday, June 25, 2012


THE VENCEREMOS BRIGADE!  This summer 31 citizens are defying American law and going to Cuba as a civil disobedience!  Support these amazing folks!



* Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was aware of the challenges coming into his second session, and tackled priorities like redistricting and the budget early to strengthen his hand with the Legislature, the New York Times reports:

* Cuomo may require an end to the abused "per diem" reimbursement system for state lawmakers and mandate relief measures in exchange for a legislative pay raise after this fall's elections, the Post's Fred Dicker writes:

* Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a major donor to state Senate Republicans, is driving some of them crazy with his "do-or-die" pressure on issues like teacher evaluation disclosure, the Daily News writes:

* The state comptroller found that companies in the Bronx, Brooklyn and upstate misused or abused state funds for a $2 billion special education preschool program that relies heavily on private contractors, the Times writes:

* More than 50,000 New York City homeowners are appealing their property tax assessments this year, a near record, as bills rise and profits from home sales plummets, the Post reports:

* Lawsuits and interviews show the NYPD has an "anti-snitching culture" that makes it difficult for police officers to call the Internal Affairs Bureau about colleagues' corruption or misconduct, the Times says:

* Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes and his fiancé, activist Sean Eldridge, are launching a campaign to push for publicly financed elections in coordination with Cuomo, the Times reports:

* Jerry's, an unassuming diner near City Hall, has emerged as the "unofficial canteen for the city's political power brokers," the Wall Street Journal writes:


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Sep 21, 2012: Caribbean: Crossroads of the World at Queens Museum of Art

Sep 21, 2012: Caribbean: Crossroads of the World at Queens Museum of Art

In an unprecedented collaboration organized by El Museo del Barrio with the Queens Museum of Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem, 'Caribbean: Crossroads of the World,' an ambitious and trailblazing exhibition, will highlight over two centuries of rarely-seen works from the Haitian Revolution (c. 1804) to the present.

Harlem Meer Performance Festival in Central Park

Harlem Meer Performance Festival in Central Park

Date: June 24, 2012

Enjoy live lakeside music in the Park's beautiful northern end at the Central Park Conservancy's weekly Harlem Meer Performance Festival concert.

6/17/12 - Orlando Marin (Latin World)
6/24/12 - Bob Cunningham 7 Jazzy Friends (Jazz)
7/1/12 - New York Cuban All Stars (Afro Cuban)
7/8/12 - Susan Pereira & Sabor Brasil (Brazilian Jazz)
7/15/12 - Grupo Rebolú (Afro Columbian)
7/22/12 - Charansalsa (Salsa)
7/29/12 - Sean Smith Quartet (Jazz)
8/5/12 - Sumba Swing (Latin Jazz)
8/12/12 - Sonido Costeño (Latin World)
8/19/12 - Chembo Corniel Latin Jazz Quartet (Jazz)
8/26/12 - Cocomama (Latin World)
9/2/12 - Ballet Hispanico (Dance)

Free. No advance registration. All ages are welcome. In the case of inclement weather, concerts will be canceled (no rain dates). For day-of weather-related changes or cancellations and accessibility information, call (212) 860-1370.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

Harlem Meer Performance Festival in Central Park
Sat, 23 Jun 2012 04:00:05 GMT

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Art pops up on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.

Art pops up on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.

A new type of art gallery has “popped up” in Harlem, showcasing community artists in vacant storefronts along Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.

Art pops up on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
Thu, 21 Jun 2012 00:37:51 GMT