Live Stream: Spirit of Justice with Michelle Alexander & Angela Davis

Visiting Professor Michelle Alexander will interview Angela Davis, the American political activist, academic, and author.
The live stream will be available on Friday, October 20 at 6:00 pm. 

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#StandingUptown March

NY1 VIDEO: Arnold Eisen, the Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary; Reverend Lisa Jenkins, the Senior Pastor at Saint Matthew’s Baptist Church of Harlem; and Imam Al-Hajj Talib’ Abdur-Rashid, the leader of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood, join Josh Robin for a special panel of interfaith leaders who have come together to preach tolerance and cooperation in the city and beyond.



Be a Tourist in Your Own Neighborhood!

Harlem One Stop has just launched Explore Harlem NYC – the single best source of inspiration for exploring Harlem.


Scheduled and Customized Tours

Visit Experience Harlem NYC online to view all guide-led tours or customize your own Harlem NY experience!


God and Guns

 The Riverside Church in the City of New York, along with a growing list of partners, will host an intensive training on gun violence for faith leaders of all traditions beginning the evening of October 6 through the evening of October 7, 2016. Designed for millennial faith leaders, a demographic with the capacity to shift our culture, the training is also open to ministry teams of any age that include a millennial attendee. Those who attend do not have to agree on the solutions to the epidemic of gun violence, only that something must be done.

Evangelicals and mainline Protestants make up 40 percent of the population, but own guns at higher rates than the rest of the country.  The power to change our culture is in our pews.

Attendees will gain concrete tools to educate, engage, and mobilize your congregations to enact change in your community. Each God and Guns 2016 participant will commit to taking concrete action in their circles of influence.

Space is limited.

Following the training, The Riverside Church will provide ongoing support, resources, and reporting mechanisms. This will help those who attend stay connected and share the work you are doing in your congregations.

The training begins with a free, open to the public screening of “The Armor of Light” on Thursday, October 6 at 7PM. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers Rev. Rob Schenck, Abigail Disney, and Lucy McBath.


Morningside Lights: TRAVERSE

Morningside Lights: TRAVERSE kicks off September 17, inviting community members to create literary lanterns inspired by 100 years of Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry. This year’s edition of Morningside Lights will literally illuminate favorite passages by great poets of the last century. Artists Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles, co-directors of Processional Arts Workshop, will lead free, collaborative workshops Saturday, September 17 through Friday, September 23. The workshops are geared toward adults, but kids 10 and up working with an adult are welcome. The procession will be the culmination of the Friends of Morningside Park’s annual Common Ground festival, which takes place early Saturday afternoon and welcomes young children and families to make simple lanterns they can carry in that night’s event. More details and workshop registration: morningside-lights.com.


West Harlem Tour

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]REGISTRATION FOR THE AUGUST 9 TOUR AND NETWORKING LUNCH IS NOW CLOSED.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]It’s not easy to keep up with all of the changes in West Harlem.  But let us help you while having a great educational and networking experience!  You, along with orientation leaders, student life, residential life, and admissions staff of our member institutions, are invited to share in a fun-filled morning. Experience the lovely, historic, music-filled streets and sights of West Harlem during a professionally-led walking tour hosted by Morningside Area Alliance. Learn more so you can better educate and refer your students to all the community has to offer them! Register now. For more information, contact Jenn at 212-749-1570.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, August 9th 2016
Time: 10am-1pm
Cost: $35
Meeting Location: The Apollo Theater, 253 W 125th St, New York, NY 1002

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Walking Tour 10am – 12:00pm

This customized tour itinerary takes us from 125th Street through Central and West Harlem with stops at some of the neighborhood’s most exceptional sites. Imagine the past while experiencing how historical, musical, political, and cultural legacies shape the sights, sounds, and tastes of Harlem today.

Lunch at 12pm

Enjoy spending time and sharing resources with your colleagues from across Morningside Heights institutions during a relaxing lunch at The Grange (included).

Our local guide will share stories of culture spanning from the American Revolution, to the Harlem Renassiance, and today.

Your tour registration fee covers a networking lunch.

About Morningside Area Alliance

Morningside Area Alliance, established in 1947, is a nonprofit membership organization that fosters collaborations and partnerships between members, provides a forum for communication, and is a valued source for neighborhood information.

The Morningside Heights neighborhood is home to the world’s leading academic and religious institutions who, together, help create a truly unique community in which to live, learn, and grow. Morningside Heights is located within greater Harlem, expanding from Cathedral Parkway and W. 125th St, with Riverside Park and Morningside Park flanking its western and eastern borders. Residents belong to both Manhattan Community Board 9 and New York City Council District 9.

Partners: Harlem One Stop Cultural Tours

This West Harlem Tour is presented by Harlem One Stop.

Harlem One Stop is a cultural tourism initiative of the Hamilton Heights West Harlem Community Preservation Organization (CPO) which seeks to establish a one stop network for Upper Manhattan-Harlem-based tourism through alliances and strategic partnerships.

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Taiwo Adenekan Columbia University
Megan Amouzou International House
Alberta Anderson Union Theological Seminary
Alina Angeles Barnard College
Bridget Arndell Columbia University
Ana   Auguste Barnard College
Ana Maria Aversa Columbia University
Keith Blankenship Columbia University
Ciasia Brown International House
Peter Cerneka Columbia University
Audrey Charnow Teachers College
Monica Coen-Christensen Manhattan School of music
Courtney Colvin Barnard College
Marin Conaughty Columbia Business School
Beth Conaughty Columbia University
Zelon Young Columbia Business School
Brooke Quiggins Davidson Manhattan School of Music
Clarissa Dixon Columbia University
Andi Dixon Barnard College
Christine Destin Columbia Business School
Courtney Donohue Barnard College
Craig Dorsey Columbia University
Melanie Dorsey Manhattan School of music
Cristen Esquilin Columbia University
Darice  Flores Columbia University
Lindy Lucas School of Continuing Education
Darleny Gallagher Columbia University
David Galvan Jewish Theological Seminary
Deanne Gomes Teachers College
Samantha Gonzales Union Theological Seminary
Laurencia Gonzales Columbia University
Denise Gonzalez-Block Barnard College
Celia Decalo School of the Arts
Donna Green Manhattan School of Music
Sophia Grigoriou Manhattan School of music
Pamela Guarrera Bank Street
Tara Hanna Columbia University
Ellie Hardesty, Jr. Columbia University
Tom Harford Columbia University
Erin Helfrich Columbia University
Sara Horowitz Jewish Theological Seminary
Aaron Hukari Columbia University
Gloria Iglio Barnard College
Lisa Jenkins Columbia University
Ivonne Jimenez Columbia University
Carl Jones Columbia University
Jessica Joseph Barnard College
Velma Joseph Barnard College
Cindy Justice Columbia University
Brigitte Kahl Union Theological Seminary
Jessie Karahalios Columbia University
Mary Kate-Kelly Bank Street
Matt Kingston Barnard College
Joshua Kingston Barnard College
Kadine  Knobles Bank Street
Joey Kopriva Columbia University
Sharon LaCruise International House
Lauren Lannia Columbia University
Alicia Lawrence Barnard College
Bona Lee Barnard College
Jim Love Manhattan School of music
William Lucas Columbia University
Josh Lucas Columbia University
Barabara LundBlad Union Theological Seminary
Lourdes Lundblad Columbia University
Ann Madigan Columbia University
Marcelle Madigan Barnard College
Rebecca Madison Columbia Business School
Margaret Madson Columbia University
Laila Lissain School of the Arts
Maria Malcolm Barnard College
Phillip Masciantonio Columbia University
Maria  McCants Teachers College
Troy Messenger Union Theological Seminary
Omar Miranda Barnard College
Jocelyn Morales Columbia University
Megan Morales Barnard College
Zaibis Munoz Columbia University
Melissa Nathanson Bank Street
Jesse Nguyen Bank Street
Chante Noel Columbia University
Melinda Orzechowski Columbia University
Chia-Ying Pan Columbia University
Michael Pasquali Union Theological Seminary
Lauren Paulus Columbia University
Michael Peña Barnard College
Robert Penaherrera Columbia University
Martha Phelps Columbia University
Yvonne Pitts Columbia University
Jazmyn Pulley Columbia University
Raphael Richard Columbia University
Ciara Riveria Columbia Business School
R.J. Rojas Columbia University
Rebecca  Schmidt Manhattan School of Music
Cristen Sculley Columbia University
Markert Shira Jewish Theological Seminary
Ruth Shira Jewish Theological Seminary
Tiffany Simon Columbia University
Mandeep Singh Columbia University
Diane Graf School of Continuing Education
Katherine Lee Columbia Business School
Melissa Szobota Columbia Business School
Stephanie Valentin Columbia University
Vanessa Vanderputten Perlongo Columbia University
Beth Vanderputten-Perlongo Columbia University
Valeria Watkins-Causwe Columbia University
Wadner Wecht Manhattan School of Music
Jody Wecht Barnard College
Yoohyun Williams Teachers College
Erica Williams Columbia University
Yvette Wong Union Theological Seminary
Chris Wood Columbia University
Yvonne Young Teachers College
Marci Zimmerman Columbia Business School

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Columbia Community Scholars

Columbia University’s Community Scholars Program is seeking nominations and applications for its next class; the deadline is Friday, April 29, 2016.  The program, one of the benefits associated with the Manhattanville Campus Expansion, offers independent, community-based scholars from Northern Manhattan access to a suite of Columbia University services and resources in order to work toward the completion of a particular project or to attain skill in a particular area. We hope you will share the link with people you think would make great candidates.

Please click here to view an informational video about the Columbia Community Scholars Program.



A Long Journey to Ownership Nears Its Goal

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_custom_heading text=”Residents being displaced by Columbia will buy affordable homes built by the university” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]By  JOSH BARBANEL

Feb. 17, 2016 7:26 p.m. ET

After waiting decades for a shot at home ownership, Hilda Muentes, 80 years old, a retired sample maker in the garment industry, bounded Tuesday through a new apartment in Hamilton Heights that she soon will buy for $250.

She pulled out her cellphone and took a picture of the shiny, single-handle faucet on the tub in her new bathroom. Then she turned to the kitchen and photographed a window facing Broadway. “Look a window in the kitchen,” she said.

The 12-story building, at Broadway and West 148th Street, was built by Columbia University. It fulfills a promise to build replacement affordable housing for tenants whose old building is to be razed to make way for the university’s new Manhattanville campus rising along Broadway above West 125th Street.

Muentes and her friend Luisa Henriquez were part of a community of 20 neighbors who lived together in a century-old, six-story walk-up on West 132nd, just west of Broadway.

The city foreclosed on the building in 1978 because of unpaid taxes. Since then, it has promised the tenants several times that they would be able to purchase their apartments for $250 each as part of a low-income co-op, if they showed they could manage it themselves, said Ms. Henriquez, a retired assistant preschool teacher.

Then, in 2003, Columbia began discussing plans for a new campus. In the end, Columbia agreed to put up the new building with “equal or better housing” for displaced tenants on a site it purchased in 2008. Residents are to move in this spring.

The building will provide 42 affordable apartments, with rooftop patios for tenants with views from the George Washington Bridge to Midtown skyscrapers. Some laundry rooms and meeting rooms have Hudson River views.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”38832″ img_size=”medium”][vc_column_text]A photo of the new building hangs in the hallway of the 132nd Street structure that will be razed.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”38833″ img_size=”medium”][vc_column_text]Hilda Muentes in her new kitchen.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”38834″ img_size=”medium”][vc_column_text]The new building at 148th and Broadway.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”38831″ img_size=”medium”][vc_column_text]Luisa Henriquez, left, and Hilda Muentes visit the roof deck of the new building they will occupy after being displaced by Columbia University’s new campus[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Columbia will sell 20 apartments to the tenants of West 132nd, who in turn will set up their own co-op. Seven more units will go to former tenants of a second building on Broadway also being displaced by Columbia. The rest will be filled by the city with a housing lottery, a city spokeswoman said.

The tenants at West 132nd Street named their new co-op the Exodus Housing Development Fund Corp., reflecting their long journey toward home ownership. The building will also have retail space to be retained by Columbia, and a new home for the Meeting with God Pentecostal Church displaced from West 130th Street by the Columbia project.

“We were waiting for many years, looking for a new location, and finally God opened the door through Columbia University,” said Rev. Henry Mercado, the church’s pastor, after it relocated to a temporary space in 2009.

Isabel Rodriguez, a partner at Solomon & Bernstein, represented the tenants along with partner Joel Bernstein. They credited the tenants with holding their building together during decades when many other uptown buildings deteriorated or were abandoned.

Ms. Muentes moved into the West 132nd Street building in 1968. A few years later, an uncle, Arturo, purchased it for about $1,300 a unit. After he died in 1975, Ms. Muentes said her husband took over the building and stayed on as superintendent after the city foreclosed.

Columbia will cover most cost increases over the next 15 years to keep maintenance and rents low, provide reserve funds for both co-ops, and pay $7,000 to cover relocation costs, plus $2,000 for tenants who use their own movers.

The building was designed by Magnusson Architecture & Planning, a firm with extensive experience with cost-conscious affordable housing. Since the scaffolding came down, the building has faced some criticism.

It includes yellow, beige, black, red and blue brick, and an irregular pattern of windows, that several architects and preservationists said is largely disconnected from the century-old brick buildings with terra-cotta trim that line nearby sections of Broadway.

“It is a good-faith effort by Columbia,” said Andrew Dolkart, director of the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia. “They are sticking to the deal they made.”

But he said the building looks like “affordable housing” without context. “You see that a lot in the Bronx, in neighborhoods where there isn’t that much context.”

Ms. Rodriguez disagreed. “They didn’t build Versailles but they built a beautiful building that fits with the architecture of New York,” she said. “The roof deck is gorgeous.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]


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The Riverside Church Seeds New Social Justice-Based Investment Strategy

Strategy Targets Urban Minority- Owned and Operated Businesses Committed to ‘Open Door’ Hiring Read more >

Volunteers Needed for Harlem Fine Arts Show on February 5-6

The Harlem Fine Arts Show is coming to Riverside in early February! Volunteers are needed to work four-hour shifts covering set-up and the event itself.


Grand Opening – Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling

Grand Opening: Saturday, October 3rd

The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling provides our culturally rich neighborhood with a space where children and their families grow and learn about Sugar Hill, and about the world at large, through intergenerational dialogue with artists, art and storytelling.

Designed to nurture the curiosity and creative spirit of three- to eight-year-old children, Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling provides opportunities to grow as both author and audience, as children engage with the work of accomplished artists and storytellers, and create and share their own.

Click here to learn more: http://www.sugarhillmuseum.org/



Paula Mayo and the Interchurch Center featured on Positive Community

The Interchurch Center, home to 76 different non-profit organizations is one of NYC’s best kept secrets. Originally unveiled in 1958 by President Dwight Eisenhower, the center’s unique mission was of a place where Christians, Jews, and Muslims would collaborate as neighbors. This mission remains in Interchurch Center’s guiding principles.

Currently ran by President/Executive Director Paula Mayo, the Interchurch Center is a fascinating mix of positive people and places devoted to making life better.

For further reading, download the PDF provided in the link below:
Positive Community – Interchurch Center