Wednesday, July 31, 2013

George Zimmerman Is Now Speeding Around Texas With a Gun

Acquitted Florida shooter George Zimmerman was stopped for speeding in Texas over the weekend but got off with a warning, TMZ reports, after informing police that he had a gun in his glove compartment and was headed "nowhere in particular." Be careful, Texas. Read more posts by Joe Coscarelli Filed Under: guns ,Texas ,George Zimmerman

Lexington Ave. Block's' retail vacancy soars

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.     

Saturday, July 27, 2013

FAA Certifies First 2 Types Of Drones For Civilian Use

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators say they have certified two types of unmanned aircraft for civilian use, a milestone expected to lead to the first approved commercial drone operations later this summer. The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday the drones are Insitu's Scan Eagle X200 and AeroVironment's PUMA. Both weigh less than 55 pounds, are about 4.5 feet long and have wingspans of 9 to 10 feet. Read More... More on Drones

Friday, July 26, 2013

New Interactive Map Breaks Down, Analyzes NYPD Crash Data

The NYPD's been burping out monthly crash data since City Council mandated they publish collision information back in 2011. But if you need something a little more comprehensive than an Excel spreadsheet or PDF to pinpoint problematic intersections, you're in luck—a new collision map will let you analyze two years of NYPD crash data, breaking down the information by category and highlighting crash-prone areas via heat map. [ more › ]     

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Fw: Northern Manhattan Parks July 25th through the 31st

Northern Manhattan Parks
Movie Nights, Swimming, Boating, Dancing, Concerts and more in
Northern Manhattan Parks!
Dyckman Marina
La Marina Boating
Summer 2013 Moorings, Sailing Center & Boat Ramp
Sailing center and mooring operations have begun. Dock slips will be
ready in spring 2014. Further information will be available shortly.
The boat ramp has opened. Please note advance reservations are
required. For more information, visit
Highbridge Park
Senior Splash
Thursday July 25 through August 22, 2013
(at Highbridge Pool on Amsterdam Ave. and W. 173rd Street), Manhattan
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Free swim: 9 - 10 a.m.
Senior aquatics class: 10 - 10:45 a.m
During summer, we reserve time at many of our outdoor public pools for
senior use (ages 62 and over). Senior Splash offers water exercise
classes and swim instruction for senior citizens, taught by qualified
water instructors. Additional activities include lap swimming and
water ballet. Register at the pool during program hours.
Volunteer Here!
Want to help Northern Manhattan Parks become even better? Join us at
these upcoming volunteer events.
Forest Crew
at Laurel Hill Terrace (in Highbridge Park), Manhattan
Saturday, July 27, 2013
12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
From Porcelainberry to Multiflora Rose and Oriental Bittersweet, the
Highbridge Forest Crew works to remove these invasive plants and
others from the park and to care for recently planted native trees.
The Forest Crew will learn basic invasive and native plant
identification, proper removal techniques and an overview of NYRP's
approach to urban reforestation. Anyone interested in forest ecology,
invasive plant removal, and urban forests should attend and join the
Forest Crew in their work every Saturday afternoon. RSVP by emailing
Bennett , J. Hood Wright and Mitchell Square Parks
Delving into Bennett, Mitchell, & J.Hood Wright Parks' Past
with Sidney Horenstein
at 184th Street Entrance (in Bennett Park), Manhattan
Thursday, July 25
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Join Sidney Horenstein, geologist and Educator Emeritus, American
Museum of Natural History, as he leads his geology, history and
natural history walk through Bennett, Mitchell, and J. Hood Wright
These small parks are rich in history and geological features. See the
highest point of land on Manhattan Island, naturalized (imported)
rocks that add to NYC's history and classical examples of glacially
sculptured bedrock.
This program is generously supported by the Greenacre Foundation and
the Fort Tryon Park Trust.
Meet at the 184th Street Entrance in Bennett Park.
For more information please call (212) 795-1388 or email
J. Hood Wright Park
Summer Movie Series: Surf's Up
at J. Hood Wright Recreation Center (in J. Hood Wright Park),
Friday, July 26, 2013
8:00 p.m.
Watch a movie in the great outdoors! Join us for our citywide Summer
Movie Series featuring family-friendly films through August. Admission
is free! Please feel free to bring your own snacks and comfy chairs or
blankets, as a limited number of chairs will be available.
In Surf's Up, a surfing penguin currently riding the wave of success
enters his first professional competition in this computer-animated
family-oriented comedy from directors Chris Buck and Ash Brannon. Cody
Maverick (Shia LaBeouf) may be a relative amateur when it comes to
hanging ten, but he's sure he has what it takes to surf his way to
superstardom. With a little help from his cantankerous King Penguin
mentor, ex-surfing legend Big Z (Jeff Bridges), and a little
encouragement from star Pen Gu Island lifeguard Lani (Zooey
Deschanel), there may be hope for this tuxedo-clad wave twister after
James Woods, Jane Krakowski, Michael McKean, Jon Heder, Mario Cantone,
and Brian Benben all lend their voices to this inspirational tale that
proves anything is possible when you put your heart and mind to it. J.
Hood Wright Recreation Center in J. Hood Wright Park is located at 351
Fort Washington Avenue.
For more information call (718) 965-8935.
CityParks Puppet Mobile Presents Little Red's Hood
at J Hood Wright Park (in J. Hood Wright Park), Manhattan
Monday, July 29, 10:30 a.m.
CityParks PuppetMobile, one of the only traveling puppet theaters in
the country, brings Swedish Cottage productions and puppet making
workshops to all corners of the city, free of charge. Traveling the
five boroughs of the city in a PuppetMobile equipped with a stage and
staff of professional puppeteers, we bring entertainment to 50,000
children and families each year.
The current production of "Little Red's Hood" is an updated take of
the classic story, "Little Red Riding Hood," fresh for urban
audiences. Come watch this original show created specifically for the
PuppetMobile and find out what happens. The production includes a
dozen handmade marionette puppets.
Little Red's Hood is directed by Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre's
Artistic Director Bruce Cannon and written by Liam Hurley. No
reservations necessary.
For more information call 212-795-1388 ext 305 or email
Fort Tryon Park
5th Annual Stan Michels Memorial Concert
at Stan Michels Promenade (in Fort Tryon Park), Manhattan
Saturday, July 27, 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Join the Fort Tryon Park Trust, New York City Parks & Recreation and
the Michels family in celebrating the late Council Member Stan Michels
at the fifth annual memorial jazz concert performed by local
impresario Marjorie Eliot and her ensemble. The jazz is hot and the
setting is cool, underneath the majestic elms on the promenade
alongside the beautiful Heather Garden and overlooking the Hudson
Stan Michels represented northern Manhattan in the City Council for 24
years from 1978 through 2001. He was chair of the Committee on
Environmental Protection, and his legislative record was notable for
his work fighting on behalf of tenants, for the expansion of the
city's recycling program, for the protection of our water supply and
cleaner air, and against childhood lead poisoning, smoking in public
places and unreasonable noise. He also was a steadfast advocate for
parks, allocating over $50 million for park improvements in Washington
Heights, Inwood and Harlem, including virtually every playground in
his district. The promenade where this concert is being held was named
in his honor shortly before he passed away on August 1, 2008.
We hope you can be with us to remember Stan on the fifth anniversary
of his passing. This program will be accessible to people with
disabilities. Stan Michels Promenade in Fort Tryon Park
For more information call (212) 795-1388 x305 or email
Isadora Duncan Children's Dance Class
at Broadway & Dongan Place (in Fort Tryon Park), Manhattan
Wednesday, July 31
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Inspired by the natural movements of the human body, Isadora Duncan
created a style of dance filled with joyful, rhythmical movements.
These skipping, running, and leaping, free, lyrical, and expressive
upper body movements make it a great activity for children.
Wear comfortable clothes which are appropriate for the weather.
Footwear should be flexible and easy to move in, such as ballet flats
or comfortable sandals. This class is for children ages 4-10. Parents
are responsible for the supervision of their children during the
Morgana Rose is a certified teacher and company member of The Isadora
Duncan Dance Company with Artistic Director Lori Belilove. Please
Note: The location of this program has been relocated to Dongan Lawn
at the entrance near the intersection of Broadway and Dongan Place.
For more information call (212) 795-1388 or email
Inwood Hill Park
Evening Yoga
Tuesday, July 30
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
at Indian Road Lawn (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan
This class is appropriate for all ages and abilities. Wear comfortable
clothing. Bring your own mat and water. No class in case of rain.
Please follow us on Facebook for most up-to-date weather info.
For more information call (212) 569-4112 or email
Family Capoeira
at Indian Road Lawn (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan
Wednesday, July 24
6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Capoeira is a unique Brazilian art form that has evolved over
centuries into an exciting combination of martial arts, dance, music,
and acrobatics. Capoeira was developed in Brazil, but its history
extends to Africa and tribes from Angola. Slaves living on Brazilian
Plantations who weren't allowed to openly practice traditional forms
of self-defense developed an ingenious method of disguising their
training by combining it with dance-like movements, singing, and the
rhythms of primitive instruments. Some of capoeira's benefits include
strength, flexibility, stamina, overall fitness and confidence.
Benefits of capoeira for kids include promoting social interaction and
sense of belonging, building confidence, discipline and self esteem,
promoting a healthy lifestyle so children become active, and healthy,
and develop cultural awareness and tolerance. Wear comfortable
clothing. For more information call (212) 569-4112 or email
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Robert Pruitt's Cosmic Cool 'Women' Come To The Studio Museum In Harlem (PHOTOS)

Robert Pruitt's Cosmic Cool 'Women' Come To The Studio Museum In Harlem (PHOTOS)

Is it possible to be a shape-shifter while remaining strongly grounded at the same time? Robert Pruitt's crayon series, simply entitled "Women," shows such an existence is not just possible -- it is everywhere.

robert pruitt

Pruitt's portraits of contemporary African American women incorporate science fiction, hip-hop, 1960s black power, comic book culture and a romantic allegiance to realism. Conjuring the cultural influences that construct identity, Pruitt presents feminine strength from the inside colliding with external forces to create a captivating and fantastical portrait.


Robert Pruitt's Cosmic Cool 'Women' Come To The Studio Museum In Harlem (PHOTOS)
The Huffington Post News Editors
Mon, 22 Jul 2013 12:06:33 GMT

Fw: [SOA~2013] Reminder: Boycott America on Tuesday, July 23 - Also,

Reminder: Boycott America on Tuesday, July 23 - Also,

In Memory of Councilman James E. Davis- 
Murder at City Hall of Councilman James E. Davis 
there will be a Vigil at City Hall on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 1:00pm to mark the Tenth Anniversary of his Death.
Take the 4, 5 or 6 trains to Brooklyn Bridge City Hall.

Do not shop, do not buy one thing, and wear black on Tuesday, July 23. This is a forwarded message to show our solidarity as well as our displeasure about the outcome of the Trayvon Martin verdict.

Even though I am in support of these efforts, as far as the "Boycott of America" is concerned as well as all these rallies, what frustrates me is to what end? We hop from problem to problem exhausting ourselves. Fighting for Restitution aims to correct all of these issues, provides answers, and ways to go about attaining these answers.

So, every month since January, we- The Committee to Collect in partnership and agreement with N'COBRA, Juneteenth Movement, and We The People U.S. Citizens have been circulating a document that we, each individual - all of us, need to be stampeding to our local congressional offices on the fourth Friday of every month, until we receive Restitution for Blacks in America.

We will continue to do this until we collectively wake up and see that us coming together not only makes sense, it is technically the only way we will annihilate oppression. To achieve freedom, equality, respect, and ultimately sovereignty, we must stop chasing our tails and realize that all of our dilemmas basically have the same root cause: Stop and Frisk, Stand Your Ground and other unjust laws, Housing issues, Hospitals Closing, lack of employment, Colleges performing blatant ethnic cleansing, Lynching of our Brothers, the Raping of our Sisters, and my biggest gripe, the mis-education of our children, all stem from white supremacy.

The time is now to wipe out oppression. I knew in my heart-of-hearts that President Obama was going to stand within these last four years of his tenure. We have to now follow-up and follow-through.

Dr. Jackie


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    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

    Fw: Notify NYC - Alert

    Alert Issued 7/17/13 at 3:30 PM.  The New York State Police have cancelled the AMBER Alert for Mario Danner.
    The sender provided the following contact information.
       Sender's Name: Notify NYC
       Sender's Email:
       Sender's Contact Phone: 212-639-9675

    Fw: AMBER Update: Manhattan NY CHILD:7mo Hispanic male 20" 25lbs Hr:black Eye:brown SUSP:25yrs Hispanic female 5' 6" 130lbs Hr:brown Eye:brown CALL(866)NY

    ...This is an ACTUAL AMBER ALERT...
    Issued By:        New York State Police
    Jurisdictions:  Bronx, Kings, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Westchester Counties
    Headline:          AMBER Update: Manhattan NY CHILD:7mo Hispanic male 20" 25lbs Hr:black Eye:brown SUSP:25yrs Hispanic female 5' 6" 130lbs Hr:brown Eye:brown CALL(866)NY
    Activation Date and Time: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 10:36 PM

    The suspect may be driving a 1995 Lexis ES300 4 door, tan, NY gold plate GEX1377

    The New York City Police Department has activated the New York State AMBER Alert and is investigating a confirmed child abduction that occurred on 2090 7th Ave. , in Manhattan NY at about 3:05 PM on 7/16/2013.

    The CHILD, Mario Danner is a Hispanic male, approximately 7 months old with black hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 20 inches long and weighs about 25 pounds. Mario was last seen wearing gray t-shirt, black shorts.

    The SUSPECT, Marina Lopez is a Hispanic female, approximately 25 years old with brown hair and brown eyes. She is approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds. The suspect was last seen wearing pink t-shirt, floral shorts.

    The SUSPECT was last seen traveling on foot possibly heading for Shorefront Pkwy Rockaway, NY.
    Suspect is non-custodial mother, abducted child from a supervised ACS visit. The child had been removed from suspect's custody due to mental health issues. Suspect is bi-polar and has had recent outbreaks of violence.
    Anyone with any information on this abduction is asked to call the New York City Police Department at (866)N Y S-AMBER or dial 911 to provide information on a report or sighting.
    Instructions: Visit for the most up to date information concerning this alert.

    Click here to listen to the Audio Recording

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    Fw: The 15th Annual Harlem Book Fair is Here!



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    Dear Book Lovers,

    The weekend of July 19 - 20 marks the 15th anniversary of the Harlem Book Fair and we are asking you to join us for a most signature event. Along with our outdoor celebration of books, authors, and exhibitors, our author main stage, indoor author panel discussions, readings and workshops will offer surprising and engaging entertainment for every type of book lover.  We will celebrate theater, books to film, best selling authors and e-book workshops (I know you like to turn that page but trust when I say e-readers are seductive and here to stay. I have 5 two-hundred+ page books by my bed waiting to be read! How many do you have???) We can talk about it at the Harlem Book Fair.

    Leading up to the book fair are the Friday night Wheatley Book Awards at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Featuring the music of Atiba Wilson and the Befo Quotet and the poetry of Sonia Sanchez, the Grammy Awards will have nothing on this event. If you love Sonia...if you have ever been touched by her work...please join her in receiving her award. You can preview our awards nominees now at

    Here is your link to your reservation to the 2013 Wheatley Book Awards Program. Reserve seats now or forever hold your peace.

    Does it sound like I am having fun? Does it sound like I am excited by the 15th Anniversary celebration of the Harlem Book Fair? I am. Books, Film, Authors, E-Books, Music, Poetry, Food, and Awards? File this one under Too Good to Miss.

    Please set your calendars and pass the Word! Words People, this is our event and we are going to fill the house! See you in July!


    Max Rodriguez
    Founder, Harlem Book Fair

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    Join Columbia University School of the Arts and C-SPAN's BookTV in the annual live broadcast of the 2013 Harlem Book Fair Panel Discussions. The author discussion, presented at the Schomburg Library for Research in Black Culture's Langston Hughes Auditorium, offer a stellar array of authors and topics. Mary Frances Berry, Anthea Butler, the Reverend James Forbe, Obrey Hendricks, Peniel Joseph, and many others will engage forward-reaching conversation on topics of race, religion, history, and the politics of blackness. Click here to read the full listing.


    The Harlem Book Fair & the Wheatley Book Awards

    Friday, July 19, 7 - 9pm; Saturday, July 20, 11 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    Location: West 135th Street between Malcolm X Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevards.

    Event Venues:

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at West 135th Street.

    Countee Cullen Library, 104 West 136th Street (near Malcolm X Boulevard).

    Be there!

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    Fw: Military Consumer Protection Day is July 17


    The unique challenges of military life – frequent relocation, separation from family and friends, and the stresses of deployment – can make military households an attractive target for scam artists.

    During 2012, the Federal Trade Commission logged more than 62,000 complaints from servicemembers, veterans, and spouses about their experiences in the marketplace.

    These free tips and tools can help military families avoid scams, invest wisely, manage money and credit, and deal with debt.

    Learn more about Military Consumer Protection Day.

    This email was sent to from: • General Services Administration • OCSIT • 1275 First Street NE • Washington DC 20417 • (800) 333-4636.  

    Select Bus Service dead on 125th St.

    Select Bus Service dead on 125th St.

    Harlem commuters won't be getting long-sought high-speed buses along congested 125th St. - and the neighborhood's state senator is claiming victory.

    Select Bus Service dead on 125th St.
    Tue, 16 Jul 2013 23:53:31 GMT

    Monday, July 15, 2013

    Fw: REMINDER...Wednesday July 17th from 6-10pm..'Women Doing Business' Networking Mixer at Bleu Violin...1400 Fifth Avenue in Harlem, NY; Save the date for July 31st from 5:30-8:30pm NYYCC Kick-off event

    For more details on the networking mixer
    please contact
    Niecey at 347-796-1938 or
    Please save the date for our next event
    July 31st from 5:30 - 8:30pm
    'New York Youth Chamber of Commerce' 
    Kickoff Event
    New York Youth Chamber of Commerce (NYYCC)
    Our mission is to empower young entrepreneurs and leaders by introducing entrepreneur education and financial literacy to our youth ages 11-25 in the Greater New York Area.
    "Young Entrepreneurs learn to create jobs, not just take one!"
    YoungMissCEOs, Inc | 145 West 135th Street | New York | NY | 10030

    Fw: R&B Legend Shirley Murdock Lands at Billie's Black

    We are so excited to to have R&B Legend Shirley Murdock grace the Billie's Black stage.  Please join us on Tuesday July 16th, 2013 9 pm to meet & greet the cast of "Soul On Fire The Musical" starring Shirley Murdock.  The cast as well as Ms. Murdock will take to the stage and set Billie's on Fire!  Please show your support and come out.  NO COVER!  


    Billie's Black
    272 W. 119th St. (btwn Frederick Douglas Blvd & St. Nicholas Ave)
    212.280.2248 (reservations suggested)

    Billie's Black Gourmet Soul | 271 West 119t Street | New York | NY | 10026-1103