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News, culture, and entertainment produced in the South Bronx, New York City featuring interviews and profiles with musicians, muralists, community leaders, Hip-Hop artists and politicians. N? Don’t Stop follows the global cultural work of Rebel Diaz, while addressing the pressing issues faced by marginalized communities in the United States, including immigration, police brutality, health, and education. Hosts are Rebel Diaz (Rodstarz y G1) and Claudia de la Cruz.


Call For Photographers: Selfless Selfies

Paul Lomax - Washington Heights

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) welcomes submissions for the upcoming NoMAA Gallery exhibition titled “Selfless Selfies.” The exhibit seeks to present black-and-white images by uptown photographers that narrate stories from our uptown communities, from the quotidian to the extraordinary

Deadline for submissions: Friday 12 September 2014, 5:00 p.m. EDT

Exhibition dates: 16 October – 19 November 2014
Location: NoMAA Gallery178 Bennett Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10040

Eligibility: Open to all photographers who reside and whose images reflect stories of the uptown communities in El Barrio, Central/West Harlem, Washington Heights or Inwood.


The Return of the Native | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi

Emmaunel DJ Boy Abreu

Ask Emmanuel “DJ Boy” Abreu why he spends much of his free time volunteering at the Word Up Community Book Shop, he will likely offer a deprecating answer.

“It’s a great place to meet women” was one recent response.

But the truth is more complex.

One recent afternoon, the store was closed but Abreu and another long-time volunteer Gio Andollo, were hard at work moving books, dismantling shelves and inventorying thousands of books.

Abreu has been with the little bookstore that could since its earliest days—photographing the first crates of books with his camera. The store is not just a meeting place for artists, writers and other creative types, it is also a source of inspiration, a gallery and performance space as well as a safe haven from the creeping juggernaut of gentrification.

Read more: The Return of the Native El regreso del nativo | Manhattan Times News.


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#TBT: Inwood Serial Killer: “Texas Jim” Baker | My Inwood

by Cole Thompson

I had a periodical desire to poison human beings and in killing them in this manner, I derive a certain mental satisfaction.  When this mania seizes me, I want to kill the nearest person to me.” –excerpt from “Texas Jim” Baker’s murder confession.

“Texas Jim” Baker, Miami News, August 3, 1930.

“Texas Jim” Baker, Miami News, August 3, 1930.

On the morning of December 27, 1928 New York Police responded to an emergency call at the Guggenheim Brothers metallurgical laboratory on 202nd Street and Tenth Avenue.

Arriving at the scene investigators discovered that a lab worker had been murdered and two truck drivers had narrowly escaped death.

Police would later learn that Henry S. Gaw, 29, of 163 West 84th Street, an assistant in the lab, had been forced to drink cyanide before his death.

The prime suspect was a former submarine crewman named “Texas Jim” Baker.

Baker, a former Guggenheim employee who had stopped working in the lab just three weeks before Gaw was hired, was a colorful and well-known figure in this industrial section of uptown Manhattan. He was known for his signature stunt, the almost superhuman ability to tear phonebooks in half. He also had two distinctive tattoos, a dagger and a snake.

Baker’s former captives, who were delivering a load of nerve gas to the lab, explained to the police that they had walked in on the scene after Gaw had been murdered.

They were promptly bound and gagged at gunpoint.

Both were very grateful that their lives had been spared.

Police reported that the perpetrator had made off with twenty dollars cash, taken from a safe, and $1,000 worth of platinum.

Just hours later an all-points-bulletin was issued for Baker. A search of his nearby apartment uncovered enough poison to kill thousands of others.

But Baker had vanished.

Read more: Thrill killer Texas Jim Baker strikes in Inwood, NYC in 1929..


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