#TBT Video: N.Y.E.B.N. – Washington Heights

The good folks at Creative Control featured our hood in their N.Y.E.B.N. series back in February of 2011. The series looks at Latino communities throughout New York City.

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8/28/14: Hit Em Hard Showcase Ft. Joell Ortiz @ Arka Lounge

Joell Ortiz - Hit Em Hard Showcase - Washington Heights - Arka

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The Incredible Story Of Eliza Jumel: Once America’s Richest Woman, Now A Ghost In Washington Heights | Gothamist

BY Danielle Oteri (@feastonhistory)

Morris Jumel Mansion - Eliza Jumel

Eliza Jumel, far right, on her porch (courtesy Morris-Jumel Mansion)

In 1921, the Daughters of the American Revolution held an auction to rid the oldest house in Manhattan of any trace of its former inhabitant, Eliza Bowen Jumel, once the richest woman in America.

Jumel was not the chaste ideal of a colonial woman typically beatified by the DAR. There were stories about her being a kept woman in a Providence brothel, abandoning an illegitimate child, feigning death to trick Stephen Jumel into marrying her, and being kicked out of France by Louis XVIII himself.

So the DAR attempted to erase her 55-year tenancy at the mansion in Washington Heights by renaming it “Washington’s Headquarters.” Bundles of Jumel’s personal letters —documents which were said to contain stories about her life in the company of Napoleon Bonaparte, Benedict Arnold, Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr—were sold on the front lawn for pennies.

Thankfully this would not be the last New Yorkers would hear of the woman who once owned 150 acres of Manhattan real estate, including a pasture with 500 Merino sheep on what is now the campus of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, and whose ghost reportedly haunts her old home.

via The Incredible Story Of Eliza Jumel: Once America’s Richest Woman, Now A Ghost In Washington Heights: Gothamist.

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Uptown Video: Charlie Cruz – Wasn’t All Good

Charlie Cruz

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At Unusual Hearing, Daughter Recounts 25-Year Quest to Catch Father’s Killer | NY Times

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Joselyn Martinez - NY Times

Joselyn Martinez outside a Manhattan courtroom on Monday. Ms. Martinez helped track down the man charged with killing her father in 1986 and testified at a hearing in the case. (Photo: Michael Appleton | NY Times)

Thanksgivings were the worst. Every year, when the family gathered, Joselyn Martinez would be reminded of her father’s death, how he had been gunned down in Upper Manhattan in November 1986.

Every year, she would redouble her online searches, scouring websites for information about the man the police had said was their prime suspect, a teenager named Justo Santos who had fled to the Dominican Republic after the shooting.

Finally, after a quarter-century of searching, hundreds of dollars paid for background checks and hours spent poring over the case file at the 34th Precinct, she located a man in Miami whose name and birth date matched.

“I never gave up,” she said on the witness stand in a Manhattan courtroom on Monday, as Mr. Santos sat at the defense table. “I would never give up.”

Ms. Martinez, a 37-year-old model, recounted her quest during an unusual hearing before Justice Robert M. Stolz of State Supreme Court, who is weighing evidence to determine whether Mr. Santos’s constitutional right to a speedy trial was violated when the police and the Manhattan district attorney’s office waited 26 years to arrest him. Testimony is to continue on Tuesday.

Read more: At Unusual Hearing, Daughter Recounts 25-Year Quest to Catch Father’s Killer – NYTimes.com.

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Time Travel Tuesdays: Life and Death in the Three-Four Precinct | NY Times

By RALPH BLUMENTHAL
Published: April 16, 1990

34th Precinct

Detective Sgt. Andrew Eanniello had spent the afternoon cruising the double-parked streets of Washington Heights, looking for a man and a woman suspected of robbing and killing two drug sellers.

Back in the squad, he hung up his suit jacket, and the radio squawked to life: ”Man shot, one-six-four and Broadway.”

Two days, three killings in New York City’s busiest homicide precinct, the 34th at Broadway and 183d Street, covering Manhattan north of 155th Street.

”A fresh one,” said Detective Anthony Imperato, pushing aside the paperwork from the morning’s last shooting.

‘All right, who’s working here?” bellowed Sergeant Eanniello.

There is rarely a break in the deadly routine, although a recent lull left detectives wondering what was wrong. Last year the precinct led the city with 99 of the record total of 1,905 killings, including three police shootings of suspects, labeled ”justifiables.”

This year the statistics are running well ahead of that, with killing No. 34 already inked onto the manila tally sheet in the back room; last year by now there were 25. The latest victim was an unidentified ”John Doe” who died in the hospital on Saturday after being shot April 8 in a gunfight with a fire marshal investigating an arson on Audubon Avenue.

The column listing ”Motive” repeats one word over and over: ”Drugs.” But other homicides of greed and passion round out the caseload.

Read more:  Life and Death in the Three-Four Precinct – New York Times.

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