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Mood Music: Chazmere – Simple Things

The one and only Chazmere is back people. Simple Things is the first visual from Chazmere’s superb 4th album, •FELT•. Check out the project ASAP. You can thank us later. Remember, if we don’t support our art who will?

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12/16/17: The Juan Bago & Ariel Toy Drive

Tis the season to spread good vibes and good cheer. Stop by Off the Grid (3480 Broadway) on Saturday, December 16 at 7 pm for the Juan Bago & Ariel Toy Drive. Bring a toy, get a beer. It’s that simple so make sure you stop by and spread that Uptown Love!

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Eviction Fiction | Manhattan Times

BY Gregg McQueen

Jacinta Duran was shocked after opening her mail one day this past February.

Duran, who lives in a rent-controlled apartment on Sherman Avenue in Inwood, received a notice stating that she needed to vacate her apartment in 90 days because she was not using it as her primary residence, a violation of her lease agreement.

The letter from her landlord’s attorney claimed Duran resided in the Dominican Republic, and that someone else was actually living in her Inwood apartment.

“I was shocked,” Duran stated. “It wasn’t true. I only live here.”

“They said I owned a car in the DR,” she said. “That’s crazy, because I don’t drive. I don’t even have a license.”

A native of the Dominican Republic, Duran has lived in the United States for the past 54 years. Though she visits her native country every year or so for two months at a time, she said she has never maintained a residence there since moving to New York.

Duran said she was frightened of losing her apartment after receiving the notice her lease would not be renewed.

“I was scared,” she said. “I couldn’t sleep. If they’re taking me out of there, where would I go?”

Determined to fight the legal action, Duran sought assistance from Manhattan Legal Services, part of Legal Services NYC. In 2016, Manhattan Legal Services opened an Inwood office at 5030 Broadway, to better support Northern Manhattan tenants having problems with their landlord.

Read more: Eviction Fiction | Manhattan Times

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A Walking Tour of Harlem’s Literary History | Vogue

by Dana Givens

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Langston Hughes on his Harlem stoop in June 1958. (Photo: Robert W. Kelley/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

I didn’t always appreciate being born and raised in Harlem, New York. Growing up, I was often struck by the stereotypes and caricatures of what others thought of my home. I quickly learned I was from “that” neighborhood, that place you tell your friends not to walk around at night. I can remember funny stories about how one would never go north of 96th Street.

But times have changed. Today, I look at my neighborhood with a weak smile, a faint happiness when I see the new life being born in old haunts combined with a gloomy despair when I look at new luxury condos replacing the homes of those who built Harlem into what it is. Harlem has changed before my eyes, but I never forgot its history.

Read more: A Walking Tour of Harlem’s Literary History | Vogue

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Kahlil Joseph’s New Film Is Steeped in Harlem’s History. And His Own. | NY Times

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