Harlem/Metro

Interview with Kemar Brown: founder, creative director of Aritsu

How did you get the idea to start Aritsu? In 2009 there was a graphic tee boom, but many had negative messages. My brothers and I saw a need for a clothing line with artistic images and creative designs with more positive messages. We go to church, enjoy BMX bike riding, and love to get …

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Students defend failing Bread and Roses High School but blame their classmates for phaseout; ‘The teachers do everything they can,’ said one, ‘but if we don’t care this is what happens.’

Bread and Roses was one of three uptown public schools slated for phaseout by the Panel for Educational Policy this week, along with the Choir Academy of Harlem and J.H.S. 013 Jackie Robinson. MS 45/STARS Prep Academy, a Grade 6 to 8 school in East Harlem, will close at the end of the school year. …

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Francis Begins First Full Day as Pope in Private Prayer

VATICAN CITY — Displaying some of his signature distaste for the trappings of high office, Pope Francis, the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, began the first full day of his papacy on Thursday with private prayers at a Roman basilica dedicated to the Virgin Mary, slipping quietly into the building by a side door and leaving some …

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The Rev. Dr. Calvin Butts, pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church and president of SUNY College at Old Westbury, receives UNCF Shirley Chisholm Community Service Award

Group highlights Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change as an example of his commitment to improving education in the community. One of Harlem’s most influential pastors was recently celebrated by the United Negro College Fund for his commitment to education. The Rev. Dr. Calvin Butts, pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church, received the UNCF …

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Two Harlem Parks Headed in Different Directions in New Park Group’s Survey

Just call it a tale of two parks. While Marcus Garvey Park in Central Harlem received a score of 91, up from 64 two years ago, on the Report Card on Large Parks by New Yorkers for Parks, St. Nicholas Park, on the west side of Harlem, is in decline, dipping to a 77 from a score of …

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Judge blocks New York City large-soda ban, Mayor Bloomberg vows fight

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed on Monday to appeal a judge’s ruling that struck down his pioneering ban on large sugary drinks sold by the city’s restaurants, movie theaters and other food service businesses just a day before it was to take effect. The judge called the ban “arbitrary and capricious” in an 11th-hour decision …

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Harlem Robotics Team Advances To Championship Event

The Harlem Knights robotics team from the Frederick Douglass Academy took home one of the top honors at the FIRST NYC Regional Robotics Competition this week at the Javits Center. FIRST, which stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is a non-profit organization working to promote science and technology learning among young …

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Preparation and Vows of Defiance as Big Sugary Drink Ban Is Set to Start

With one day to go before Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s ban on large sugary drinks goes into effect across the city, some big-drink lovers, and the places that serve them, vowed defiance. Others accepted it with a shrug. Then there were people like Leonardo Scarpone, the owner of Sanpanino, an Italian sandwich shop in Greenwich Village, …

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