Tuesday, August 27, 2013
By Mirela Iverac : Reporter, WNYC News
The mother of the transgender woman, Islan Nettles, who was beaten to death in Harlem, said at a a vigil held for her daughter Tuesday evening that she'll fight for the rights of transgender people to ensure other parents don't experience the same loss.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Some historians challenge the idea that white conservatives were solely to blame for the laws that sent countless black men to prison.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
By Kate Hinds
(UPDATED) Less than a year ago, New York officials vowed to bring fast buses to an infamously slow route route to LaGuardia Airport. But after push back from elected officials and community boards, the MTA says it's now formally killing the project.
Monday, March 04, 2013
As we reported last week, six-year old Amar Diarassoubba was killed while crossing a Harlem street last week. The emotional case has thrust the dreary issue of pedestrian safety into the spotlight, and what that reveals is a poor record of traffic crashes involving kids for East Harlem and a lack of fresh data to measure progress.
According to police, Amar was walking with his nine-year old brother. A crossing guard was supposed to be at the intersection on First Avenue and 117th Street, but wasn’t. And, of course, the truck was supposed to yield but didn’t. The rear wheels of the tractor trailer ran Amar down as he was in the crosswalk. His brother stood watching. All of it was just half block from Amar’s school.
PS 155 sits at the center of something of a hot spot for kids in traffic crashes according to two different studies.
The group Transportation Alternatives looked at all crashes involving kids from 1995-2009. In East Harlem, children made up 43 percent of traffic injuries. A much higher proportion (15 percent) than just a few blocks south on the same avenues on the Upper East Side which has the same percentage of children in the population according to the study.
“This is not a force of nature that we do not have control over, this is something we can fix,” said Juan Martinez of Transportation Alternatives.
In the second study, The Tri State Transportation Campaign tracked all traffic deaths from 2009 to 2011 in the New York region. The group found that in Manhattan, five kids under 15 years old died in traffic. But there was a cluster. Three of them were within just seven blocks of PS 155. (See map here).
Parents at PS 155 say the area is hazardous as trucks are constantly roaring by to and from the nearby shopping mall and the RFK (formerly Triborough) Bridge.
Mayor Mike Bloomberg and his Department of Transportation say they’re aware of the problem, and working on it. “We try to have traffic lights, we try to have red light cameras, which the state won’t let us have. We deploy our police officers when they’re not doing other things.”
Seth Solomonow of the Department of Transportation said in an email, “From last year’s safety redesign of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard to school safety projects to simplifying the entrance to Harlem River Park, Harlem has seen some of the most extensive and innovative safety changes ever brought to New York City’s streets." Solomonow said prior to this recent incident, just one child pedestrian had died in Manhattan since 2011.
First Avenue is slated for a redesign to add pedestrian plazas and a bike lane.
Both the Mayor and Department of Transportation like to point out that in 2011, the city had the lowest number of traffic fatalities on record. That year, the Mayor announced the tallies even before he pushed the button for the New Year's Eve ball drop. But preliminary data for 2012 show a rise in traffic deaths, and the city has yet to release the final numbers to the dismay of city council members like the east side’s Jessica Lappin. She’s been calling for detailed reports for over a month.
“They’re supposed to be providing this information. We’ve been asking for it for months. And they still haven’t provided it. That’s why we had a press conference back in January. And they promised us we would have it in weeks. Well it’s been a month plus and we still don’t have the data.”
Since January, Transportation Nation has repeatedly asked the Department of Transportation for the number of children killed or injured in traffic in New York City to no avail. The only available data on 2012, or that includes the locations of crashes, is an NYPD preliminary data based on initial accident reports. Those figures show that fatalities might be on the rise over 2011, but they are un-audited.
Police say the investigation into the Diarrassouba crash continues, including into the whereabouts of the crossing guard. No charges have been filed and no arrests have been made.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
After slowing office productivity around the world, the song that inspired the Internet meme known as the Harlem Shake has hit No. 1 on this week's Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, thanks to a new tabulation formula that counts YouTube plays. Journalist Tamara Palmer charts the rise and fall of a viral video phenomenon.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
By Beth Fertig
Three years after releasing a report finding students at New York City charters schools perform better than their peers at traditional schools, a research center at Stanford University reached the same conclusions and gave high marks, especially, to gains made in mathematics.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Vivek Bald, documentary director and assistant professor of writing and digital media at MIT and the author of Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America, reveals the little known history of early South Asian immigrants, from Tremé to Harlem.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Shemkia Copeland's latest album, 33 1/3, evokes not only the revolutions per minute of LPs, but also her current age, and the record is filled with songs that don't hold back on opinions or emotions. Hear Copeland perform live in the studio.
Thursday, October 04, 2012
Data on student discharges from both charter and district schools revealed lots of movement in the city's epicenter of school choice: Harlem. SchoolBook's analysis sparked debate over dumping and attrition, and it is still going. Join the conversation.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
By Beth Fertig
In the past decade, about 150 charter schools have opened in New York City to provide more options for families. Harlem has the highest concentration of charters in the city and the influx has created a buyer’s market, one with a lot of student turnover but maybe higher expectations, too.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
This interactive chart shows the movement of students between district and charter schools in three school districts in Upper Manhattan. It reveals a tremendous amount of mobility in Harlem, which has the highest concentration of charter schools in the city. It also seems to debunk the theory that charter schools "dump" low-performing students conveniently before test-taking time.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Overall, charter schools account for about 10 percent of the city's public schools but in a handful of neighborhods the concentration is much higher. Check out SchoolBook's interactive map that shows the latest data on charters in the city.
Friday, July 20, 2012
It was somber mood outside Sylvia’s Restaurant on Friday. Instead of a condolence book, the restaurant that has hosted presidents, congressman, locals and tourists alike placed a table cloth outside for people to sign their remembrances the “Soul Food Queen,” Sylvia Woods. The Harlem icon died Thursday at the age of 86, and just days shy of the restaurant’s 50th anniversary.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Sylvia Woods, the “Queen of Soul Food” and owner of Harlem’s famed Sylvia's Restaurant died Thursday afternoon. She was 86.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
By Katie Bishop : Producer, Death, Sex & Money
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In general, musicians hate being assigned to a genre. The desire to experiment, create a definitive personal sound, and reach new audiences is universal. But it’s rare that an artist actually succeeds in shaking off the categorical restraints that we as journalists, fans and consumers impose upon them. Christian Scott is one who has succeeded.
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
By Annmarie Fertoli : Associate Producer at WNYC
After nearly a decade in business, a Harlem bookstore specializing in African-American literature has announced plans to close at the end of the month.