Friday, January 25th, 2008
When 13-year-old Steven (King) Ayala strides confidently down the hall at South Bronx Preparatory, students follow.
When he enters Rosaleen Knoepfel’s sixth-grade classroom, people notice.
When he freestyles in her after-school program, his rhymes ring.
“Think twice,” he raps. “Wrong or right, think twice, day and night, think twice, death or life.”
King is one of more than 40 students in the after-school Urban Art Beat program at the middle school at 145th St. and Third Ave. in Mott Haven.
Wednesday, January 16th, 2008
At first it sounds like a typical tale of gentrification: Spanish Harlem residents battle to save a community garden from being bulldozed to make way for apartments.
But the gardeners are fighting neighbors they’ve known for decades, not outside developers. The 116th Street Block Association, a nonprofit founded by locals in 1976, plans to build 55 apartments on the garden site for families making $40,000 or less.
Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
The middle-age man with a weather-beaten face crouches over a red book in a corner off the sidewalk and scribbles on a notepad, while a young woman sitting across from him wears a worried expression.
After an agonizing few minutes for the fidgeting woman, the man looks up from under his worn straw hat and speaks to her in soft, reassuring tones. She nods and reaches into her purse to pull out a $20 bill. The man accepts the money and bids her farewell.
Master Li has just seen his first patient of the day.
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008
The Reverend Jesse Jackson led a march to a Laurelton house surrounded by weeds after calling for a new civil rights movement to fight rising foreclosures and high-cost lending that have plagued minorities disproportionately – and southeast Queens, in particular.
“This is the economic crisis of our time,” Jackson said at St. Luke’s Cathedral on 232nd Street.