NYC Needs Emergency Snow Laborers!

Sign up now to be an emergency snow laborer and help to remove snow and ice from bus stops, step streets, and other locations throughout the city this winter.
Interested? Please register at one of these DOT garages, weekdays from 7AM until 3PM. Snow laborers will be paid $15 per hour, and $22.50 per hour after 40 hours are worked in a week.
* Flatbush Yard: 2900 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn NY 11234
* Bronx Yard: 258th Street & Mosholu Ave Bronx, NY
* Long Island City: 5-40 44th Drive, Queens, NY
* Kew Loop Yard: 78-88 Park Drive East, Flushing NY 11367
* Harper Street Yard: 32-11 Harper St, Queens NY 11368

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, be eligible to work in the United States, and capable of performing heavy physical labor.

All applicants must bring:
* Two small photos (1 ½ square)
* Original and copy of two forms of identification
* Social Security card or Tax ID Number

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WaterWorks at 10: Visionary Artists and Transformative Art

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November 13, 2017 at 7:00pm – 9:00pm

This discussion series is dedicated to reflecting on the visionary artists and transformative art that has been, and continues to be, created in the Gatehouse. It is designed to highlight the significance of our WaterWorks commissioning program—past, present and future, while creating space for dialogue, community and transformational ideas. Join us for an intimate dinner party examining hidden influences in American Pop Culture and the importance of intersectional artistic practice; featuring WaterWorks artist Tamar-kali in conversation around her new work Demon Fruit Blues.

She will be joined by Kyra Gaunt PhD, Elissa Blount Moorhead, Laina Dawes and Peg Schuler-Armstrong, in a conversation focusing on the role of the ‘Blues Woman’ in contemporary music and how the legacy of African American culture and traditions inform her new work. Only 50 tickets available.

Cost: $50 per person includes dinner and discussion.

Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street
New York, NY 10031

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Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Martha Redbone Roots Project

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November 13, 2017 at 7:00pm  8:30pm

Martha Redbone fuses Native American soul, Piedmont blues, and Appalachian folk to create a stirring and unique style of music. Memories of growing up in Clinch Mountain, Virginia, and Harlan County, Kentucky—where she embraced her Cherokee and Choctaw roots—inspired “Americana’s next superstar” (The Village Voice). Her soulful vocals have drawn listeners to the heart of American roots music, and inspired Living Colour’s legendary guitarist, Vernon Reid to exclaim, “Martha’s voice itself is the sound of the dreams of hills and rivers.”

Performers: Martha Redbone.  The remaining artists to be announced.

Cost: FREE!

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 
515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street
New York NY 10037

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A Misty Copeland Ballet Class

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November 6, 2017 at 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Harlem Stage is honored to host world renowned Misty Copeland who will lead a ballet class designed to deepen the engagement in the arts for young ballet students in the Harlem Community and collaborate with Harlem arts organizations. Students selected by and from Dance Theater of Harlem and Harlem School for the Arts will participate in a one-hour ballet class with Ms. Copeland. We will open the Harlem Stage Gatehouse to students and their families to experience the inspiring, empowering, and history making Misty Copeland.

The Ballet Class will be followed by an intimate conversation around the concept of “being the first” between Misty Copeland and legendary dancer, choreographer and actress, Carmen De Lavallade, moderated by Zita Allen from New York Amsterdam News. This event is made possible with the generous support of Valentino D. Carlotti.

Cost: $50

Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street
New York, NY 10031

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Carla Cook Quartet – Harlem Jazz Series

November 14, 2017 12:00pm – 2:00pm

CARLA%20COOK%2019Carla Cook is daring. She is a jazz singer/songwriter who sings standards beautifully — but she doesn’t stop there. Cook is willing to put a jazz spin on songs not written by traditional jazz composers. Songs that, until you hear her sing them, you’d never imagine could be interpreted as jazz. This native Detroiter, who grew up in a musically rich and diverse environment, brings all her influences to bear within her repertoire. In her songbook you’ll find elements of R&B, European classical, Motown, Blues and Gospel. Cook has always eschewed labels, and refuses to become a jazz purist or snob. That willingness to simply sing what she loves, bringing an earthy sophistication to every song, is what gives Cook her signature style. In 1999, Cook recorded her debut album, It’s All About Love. The CD enjoyed favorable reviews and received a Grammy nomination in the Best Jazz Vocal Performance category and was awarded the AFIM Indie Award for Best Jazz Vocal in 2000. In 2000, Cook recorded her second album, Dem Bones and in 2002, she recorded Simply Natural, both for MAXJAZZ. Her albums continue to receive critical acclaim.

1st set: 12pm – 12:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 1pm – 1:45pm

House doors open at 11am

Price: $15

Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Ensemble Connect

Ensemble Connect

November 12, 2017 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Schubert’s Octet and the daring music of such cutting edge composers as Meredith Monk, Steve Reich, and Hans Zender represent just some of Ensemble Connect’s extensive repertoire. The critics have taken notice: The New York Times called them “the new face of classical music,” while New York Classical Review said it is “one of the strongest ensembles in the city.” These exciting young musicians are members of a fellowship program that prepares them for careers as innovative performers, teachers, and advocates for music in the 21st century.

  • Ensemble Connect
    ·· Bixby Kennedy, Clarinet
    ·· Nicolee Kuester, French Horn
    ·· Rebecca Anderson, Violin
    ·· Mari Lee, Violin
    ·· Adelya Nartadjieva, Violin
    ·· Andrew Gonzalez, Viola
    ·· Julia Yang, Cello
    ·· Lizzie Burns, Double Bass
    ·· Lee Dionne, Piano
  • STEPHEN HARTKE The Horse with the Lavender Eye
  • BRAHMS Trio in E-flat Major for Violin, Horn, and Piano, Op. 40
  • DVOŘÁK String Quintet in G Major, Op. 77

Cost: FREE!

Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church
178 Bennett Avenue at 189th Street
New York NY 10040

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Council Approves Harlem African Burial Ground

The Harlem African Burial Ground, affordable housing, and commercial space will replace the 126th Street Bus Depot.

On September 27, 2017, City Council approved the 126th Street Bus Depot redevelopment by a vote of 42-0. The land use application, by NYC Economic Development Corporation, includes a zoning map amendment, zoning text amendment, city map change, and future disposition of city-owned property. This action will facilitate the development of affordable housing, commercial space, and the Harlem African Burial Ground Memorial. For CityLand’s coverage on the prior stages of the project’s ULURP process, click here.

On September 5, 2017, at the Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions meeting, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito described the project’s history. This project is “the culmination of almost a decade of work.” SELRES_7b87e16a-b7e2-4613-9752-ba9d8640fdc6Reverend Patricia Singletary SELRES_7b87e16a-b7e2-4613-9752-ba9d8640fdc6from the Elmendorf Reformed Church wanted “to properly memorialize her church’s historic African burial ground underneath the 126th Street Bus Depot, which had been forgotten, built upon and disrespected for almost 200 years.” Reverend Singletary approached Speaker Mark-Viverito in 2009, who then helped the Reverend form a group of local stakeholders—community members, city agencies, archaeologists, urban planners, architects, historians—to create the Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force “to advocate for the reclamation, preservation and recognition of this sacred cemetery.” Speaker Mark-Viverito commended the efforts of Reverend Singletary and the Harlem Burial Ground Task Force, especially in their ability “to persevere when no one believed the history that they had uncovered.”

18,000 square feet in the Harlem African Burial Ground will be accessible to the public. The Harlem African Burial Ground will also contain an outdoor memorial and an indoor cultural educational center, which must be maintained in perpetuity. The City will work with the developer to ensure the memorial’s future through financial commitment. Speaker Mark-Viverito stated, “The developer will be required to provide an annual contribution of approximately $1 million to support eligible operating costs. The indoor and outdoor spaces will be provided to the memorial operator free of charge.” 20% of the housing units, available at market-rate, will also contribute to the cost of the memorial’s operation. The Speaker added, “The commitments being made today will ensure the history that Reverend Singletary and the task force have rediscovered will never be forgotten again.”

The project will also produce affordable housing. The Council modified the zoning text amendment to apply the deep affordability option instead of Option 2 for Mandatory Inclusionary Housing. 80% of the 730 housing units will be affordable. Half of the units will be affordable for households earning up to 60% of the Average Median Income (“AMI”). 20% of all housing units will be affordable for households earning a maximum of 30% AMI ($25,770 annual income).

Lastly, the redevelopment will produce commercial space. The commercial development has been capped at 138,000 square feet to accommodate the affordable housing demand. The developer will be required to support job training, create a targeted hiring outreach plan, and work with the Economic Development Corporation to meet these local hiring goals.

The application with modifications—ensuring 18,000 square feet of public space and amending the zoning text to reach the deepest affordability levels—unanimously passed through both the Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions and the Committee on Land Use. The City Council honored the Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force at the September 27th meeting for “their stellar service and enduring contributions to East Harlem and all of New York City” before unanimously approving the modified land use applications for the project. The site is integral in honoring the story and culture of those who helped build this City and nation.  

CC: 126th Street Bus Depot (LU 0733-2017; LU 0734-2017; LU 0735-2017; LU 0736-2017) (Sept. 27, 2017).

By: Shelby Hoffman (Shelby is the CityLaw Fellow and a New York Law School Graduate, Class of 2017.)

Dizzy at 100: The Juilliard School Celebrates with Elio Villafranca

October 24, 2017 at 7:00pm – 8:30pm

We’re celebrating Dizzy’s 100th birthday in true Dizzy spirit, with a band of young lions from The Juilliard School led by one of the most exciting Afro-Cuban pianists on the scene today, Elio Villafranca. It’s a combination of musical fireworks, global spirit, and good-hearted fun that encapsulates all things Diz, minus that signature goatee.


Anthony Hervey, trumpet; David Milazzo, alto saxophone;
Jeffery Miller, trombone; Joel Wenhardt, piano; Andrea Domenici, piano; Renée Cruz, bass; and Cameron MacIntosh, drums.

Elio Villafranca is at the forefront of the latest generation of remarkable Cuban pianists, composers and bandleaders that has been making major contributions to the development of jazz. In the 2010 Grammy Awards he was nominated in Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year, for his performance, composition and coproduction in the album Things I Wanted To Do by Chembo Corniel. Villafranca is an official Steinway Artist who’s performed as leader and as a sideman with Wynton Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Sonny Fortune, Giovanni Hidalgo, Eddie Henderson, Miguel Zenón, Cándido Camero, and Johnny Pacheco.

Cost: $10 suggested donation. Please reserve tickets online. 

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
58 West 129th Street btwn Malcolm X Blvd & Fifth Ave
New York NY 10027

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Harlem Renaissance II Writers Meeting

October 28, 2017 |12:00pm – 2:00pm

Our sessions are supportive gatherings where creative people meet, read our work, discuss our craft, talk about how to improve and how to achieve our goals as writers.

Contact:  Professor Whitfield at e-mail:


NYPL – Harlem Library
9 West 124th Street near 5th Avenue
New York NY 10027


Harlem Holiday Gospel Celebration

Website photo 2If you have never been to an authentic gospel concert, look no further. Welcome to Harlem is the tour company that will provide you with an unforgettable experience this holiday season!  

This one-hour holiday season Gospel Concerts will bring joy to your heart and soul.  Gospel music is a powerfully uplifting experience that everyone should experience.  We intend to have you toe-clapping, foot-stomping, and singing along with the soulful rhythms of Black gospel music that will fill the church on these two days.

Dates: December 23rd and 25th

Time: 11 am
House doors open at 10:00 am
Location: SELRES_ef5c0d0c-a05f-4b18-9960-2538fc5c6c99Mt. Olivet Baptist ChurchSELRES_ef5c0d0c-a05f-4b18-9960-2538fc5c6c99, 201 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY 10027
Price: $20.00 – Children under 7 are free