Thursday, January 31, 2013


New Restaurant Harvist Aims to Continue Harlem's Culinary Growth
Harvist restaurant is part of the My Image Studios cultural complex on 116th Street.

Man Stabbed in Harlem SupermarketOfficials Say
A man was stabbed near Broadway and West 131st Streetthe FDNY said.



WHO WANTS TO BE THE MAYOR? In a preview of the 2013 mayoral race in New York City, City & State assesses the crowded field of candidates [], weighs the potential impact of independent expenditures this year [], takes a look at the coverage of City Comptroller John Liu in the Chinese-language media [], and tracks a protest movement against Council Speaker Christine Quinn [].


* Gov. Cuomo plans to empower the state Education Department to act as an arbitrator in negotiations between New York City and the United Federation of Teachers over a teacher evaluation plan unless an agreement is reached shortly, The Wall Street Journal writes:

*Sources say that the federal investigation into New York City Comptroller John Liu's campaign finances is nearing an end, with wiretaps failing to yield enough evidence to support charges against him, The New York Times writes:


* In the latest development in the ongoing battle between Cablevision and its Brooklyn workers over their attempt to unionize, the cable company fired 23 employees on Wednesday after they allegedly refused to return to their jobs after confronting management about a lack of movement at the negotiating table. "A small number of Brooklyn technicians refused to work Wednesday after several requests to return to their jobs," said Cablevision Spokesman Jim Maiella. "Therefore, Cablevision took legal and appropriate steps to maintain adequate staffing and ensure its Brooklyn operations are not disrupted." The Brooklyn workers and the Communications Workers of America District 1, who are backing the workers' efforts to form a union, tell a different side of the story. Tim Dubnau, an organizing coordinator for CWA District 1, said that the workers approached management yesterday per the company's open door policy to air their grievances over the lack of bargaining sessions. They were then kicked out by management and told that they were being fired for refusing to work, despite the fact that none of the workers had gone on strike, and simply wanted a sit-down with management, according to Dubnau. "This is a company that has utter contempt for its workers, they have utter contempt for the law, all they care about is lining the pockets of [Cablevision CEO James] Dolan and his cronies," Dubnau said. This morning, several elected officials including Democratic mayoral candidates Christine Quinn and Bill de Blasio and many state and city legislators will walk the fired Brooklyn workers back to work in protest of Cablevision's decision.


Wednesday, January 30, 2013


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Fw: PR: New Rosa Parks Stamp, 100th Birthday Celebration

January 29, 2013

Matt Clower or Andy Ellis
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Montgomery, AL ( -- U.S. Postal Service officials will unveil a new historic Forever Stamp honoring civil rights leader Rosa Parks at the site of her famous arrest during a 100th birthday celebration for Ms. Parks on Monday, Feb. 4, hosted by Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum in historic downtown Montgomery, Alabama.

The event in Montgomery will be held in conjunction with two additional events on the same day in Michigan. The Charles Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit and The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn will join the Montgomery Rosa Parks Museum in celebrating the unveiling of the commemorative stamp on this historic occasion.

The three events are expected to draw stamp collectors, admirers and civil rights leaders from all over the country. Parks, whose December 1, 1955 arrest aboard a Montgomery city bus served as a catalyst for the Montgomery Bus Boycott, is being honored by the U.S. Postal Service on her centennial birthday with a Forever Stamp, which is always equal in value to the current First Class-Mail one-ounce price.

In Montgomery, Bridgett Carol, the Director of Marketing for the U.S. Postal Service Alabama District and Donnie Snipes, Postmaster for Montgomery, will unveil the new Rosa Parks stamp during the celebration of Parks' 100th birthday, which will also feature, art, poetry and reflection on Parks' life and accomplishments.

The Montgomery celebration event will also feature:

* Award-winning poet Nikky Finney reading her poem "Red Velvet," which is about Rosa Parks.

* Dr. Riche' Richardson, an associate professor at the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University, will present a lecture entitled "Rosa Parks at 100."

* Museum Director Georgette Norman and Curator Daniel Neil will present the "Rosa Parks 100th Birthday Wishes Project." A collection of more than 1,400 "wishes" for the future of the city of Montgomery and the nation inspired by Parks' life. Many of these "wishes" have been turned into a series of silkscreen posters, which will be presented to local elected officials and leaders for display around Montgomery.

The celebration event will be held at 6 p.m. at Whitley Hall on Troy University's Montgomery Campus. Admission is free and open to the public and press is welcome to attend.

About the Montgomery Rosa Parks Museum:
Constructed on the site of the Empire Theatre where Rosa Parks was famously arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery Bus, the Rosa Parks Museum opened in December 2000 with the mission of preserving and interpreting the story and lasting legacy of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

For more information or about this or other museum events, contact Museum Director Georgette Norman at (334) 241-8608, or email at or visit


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Harlem Man Found Dead With Hands Tied, Bag Over His Head

Harlem Man Found Dead With Hands Tied, Bag Over His Head

Harlem Man Found Dead With Hands Tied, Bag Over His Head A 48-year-old man was found dead in his Harlem apartment yesterday with a bag over his head and his service dog at his side. Police say Charles Romo was found at 10:20 a.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene. An NYPD spokesperson said that the medical examiner will determine the cause of death. The Post quotes police sources saying "he was found kneeling on the bedroom floor with [his] hands tied behind his back and legs secured together with that appeared to be a belt. There was tape found wrapped around his neck and blood coming from the head and neck area." [ more › ]
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Harlem Man Found Dead With Hands Tied, Bag Over His Head
Christopher Robbins
Tue, 29 Jan 2013 19:53:00 GMT

Shadowy Squads Enforce Modesty in Hasidic Brooklyn

Shadowy Squads Enforce Modesty in Hasidic Brooklyn

Shadowy committees have threatened shop owners over mannequins they don’t like, and reportedly have invaded homes to seize computer equipment.

Shadowy Squads Enforce Modesty in Hasidic Brooklyn
Wed, 30 Jan 2013 03:59:06 GMT

Committee for Hispanic Children and Families honors Edgardo Vargas

Committee for Hispanic Children and Families honors Edgardo Vargas

Although he wasn’t yet out of his teens, it seemed like Edgardo Vargas was headed nowhere fast. The 20-year-old Bronx man dropped out of high school.

Committee for Hispanic Children and Families honors Edgardo Vargas
Wed, 30 Jan 2013 11:00:02 GMT

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Fw: Announcing: State of Our City, Feb 28th

City & State Presents
State of Our City

A Day of Candid Conversations with New York City's Government and Thought Leaders

City & State's State of Our City will be a half-day series of conversations featuring a truly dynamic line-up of New York City commissioners, officials and thought leaders to discuss some of the pressing challenges and opportunities facing New York today, and to reflect on the short and long term state of our city.

Thursday, February 28
New York University
238 Thompson Street
Grand Hall - 5th Floor

Session 1: Public Safety (9:00 AM – 10:15 AM)

New York City just logged one of the "safest" years on record, and is consistently touted by the current leadership in city government as the "safest big city in the world". Where does policy shift have the most effect: Prevention? General Policing? Conviction and/or Prosecution? Education? Will we have a new police Commissioner in New York City?

Session 2: Real Estate/Land Use Policy (10:30 AM – 11:45 AM)

City & State highlights the most significant projects that will effect long-term livability / viability, as well as zoning/buildings changes that may take effect following recent natural disasters, such as Sandy. Given the rise of development on New York City's waterfront, how might these precautionary changes effect new developments on the West Side, Battery Park, in downtown Brooklyn and elsewhere in the City?

Session 3: State of Labor (12:00 PM – 1:00 PM)

Organized Labor has always wielded considerable negotiating and political power in New York City. From public pension policy to contract negotiations and work stoppages, city government and labor have had their fair share of squabbles and successes. City & State looks at the "State of Play" for organized labor and how the pendulum of power may shift in the coming years.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Lawsuit Tries To Block NYPD From Using New Body Scanner

Lawsuit Tries To Block NYPD From Using New Body Scanner

Lawsuit Tries To Block NYPD From Using New Body Scanner A civil rights advocate filed a lawsuit today in federal court seeking an injunction to prevent the NYPD from using new body scanners to detect firearms on civilians. "The image created by a Scanner is clear enough to determine the presence and rough shape of objects, but not clear enough to determine the presence of a weapon conclusively," Jonathan Corbett writes in his complaint. [ more › ]
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Lawsuit Tries To Block NYPD From Using New Body Scanner
Christopher Robbins
Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:27:00 GMT

Fw: Free Tax Return Preparation -- See If You Qualify


Do you need help preparing your tax return? Learn about the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs.

VITA Program: If you make $51,000 or less, IRS-certified volunteers can inform you about tax credits for which you may qualify, and prepare a basic tax return with electronic filing.

TCE Program: If you are 60 years of age or older, you may qualify for free tax help from IRS-certified volunteers who specialize in issues that pertain to seniors. 

There are thousands of locations across the United States where you can get free tax help through the VITA and TCE programs.





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Two months after private landlords agreed to give priority to Superstorm Sandy victims for hundreds of market-rate apartments, only one apartment lease has been signed because the "affordable" apartments are too expensive, The Wall Street Journal writes:
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn received the endorsement of influential pastor, Rev. Calvin Rice of New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Jamaica, Queens, for her mayoral campaign, the News reports:

*  Three years after the state allowed the release of partial match DNA data to investigators, law enforcement officials say they knew of no cases solved in New York City because of a lead generated by a partial match, The New York Times writes:

Rep. Charles Rangel's favorite nonprofit, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, received $21 million in state funding but critics say the group has done little with the money or its mandate to stimulate the local economy, the Post writes:

The News writes that the New York City Board of Elections' ideas to compensate for slow electronic ballot machines that were forced on them by the state Legislature, are absurd:

* The Times writes that Cuomo's plan to require police to videotape interrogations of people charged with serious crimes is a positive step towards curbing wrongful convictions: NEW THIS MORNING

Fw: Super Super Bowl Party


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