Tag Archives: politics

Get out and vote! Today is Election Day in New York City

Today is Election Day in New York City and our chance to help elect the officials we want to lead NYC. Polling places are open today from 6 am to 9 pm, which allows plenty of time to get out and vote. So, no matter who you support in this election, please, please, please vote! Go here to find your polling place.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to be keynote speaker at Harlem’s Democracy Prep graduation

Congrats to Democracy Prep in Harlem! They are getting the top person at the United Nations to come and address their graduating class of 2013. Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon will deliver the keynote address at Democracy Prep’s first graduation ceremony on June 24th at the historic Apollo Theater! Mr. Ban is currently serving as the eighth Secretary-General of the UN.

Way to go Democracy Prep and best wishes to all the graduates!

Free screening in Harlem of The Central Park Five

The LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem will present a free screening of The Central Park Five on Saturday, February 16th at 4:00 pm. The celebrated documentary, created by Ken Burns, David McMahon and Sarah Burns, bears revealing facts about the 1989 case in which five Harlem youth were falsely accused and convicted of a crime that Mayor Koch coined “The Crime of the Century.”

This screening allows the community an opportunity, not only to examine facts and fiction, but to engage in creative exploration, and dialogue with the men at the center of the storm-who are still fighting for justice some twenty years later.

The two-hour screening will be followed by a Q&A and Open Mic Poetry Jam led by Yusef Salaam, who has been writing poetry since age 11. RSVP is recommended by calling 212.862.2787

The Central Park Five Screening
Saturday, February 16, 2013
LeRoy Neiman Art Center
2785 Frederick Douglass Blvd near 148th Street

Celebrate Martin Luther King Day and President Obama’s Second Inauguration at Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem

Lots to celebrate this coming Monday. And if you need a place to celebrate in Harlem, Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem, 310 Lenox Ave, is inviting us all over. In celebration of Martin Luther King Day and President Obama’s second inauguration, Ginny’s Supper Club will host two special events.

The first is an inauguration watching party at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 21st. Guests can order from Marcus Samuelsson’s acclaimed upstairs restaurant and Red Rooster Harlem, while watching a live-feed of the inauguration downstairs at Ginny’s Supper Club. In 2011, the President Obama held a swanky fundraiser at Red Rooster Harlem and in 2009, Marcus Samuelsson was chosen to cook the Obama Administration’s first State Dinner.

The celebration of Dr. King’s dream continues into the evening of January 21st, with a two-set special performance by Amanda Brown of The Voice. Brown’s performance will be complemented by excerpts of Dr. King’s iconic “I have a Dream” speech. Ginny’s small plates and playful cocktails will round out the celebratory evening. Guests can make reservations by calling 212-421-3821 in advance. There is no cover. Shows start at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Harlem’s Democracy Prep Public Schools to host ‘Inauguration of a DREAM’

This January 21st, Democracy Prep Public Schools, which operates six charter schools in the Harlem area, will be hosting “Inauguration of a DREAM: a Celebration of Education, Service, and Democracy” from 10 am to 4 pm at the Harlem Armory. This event is free and open to the public. It will feature live music, guest speakers, food, door prizes, and community service opportunities to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This event will coincide with the second Presidential Inauguration of President Barack Obama.

If interested in attending this event, please RSVP by January 15 at Eventbrite.com.

Democracy Prep is a growing network of six free, open-enrollment, high-performing no excuses public charter schools committed to preparing scholars for success in the college of their choice and a life of active citizenship. Teachers and staff currently educate more than 1,500 scholars in grades K-12 at six schools across the Harlem neighborhood. To learn more about Democracy Prep Public Schools, visit their website.

Here is your list of where to watch the Presidential Election results in Harlem!

There are several places in Harlem that are holding election night parties tonight, November 6! Click on the links below to get more details. And have a great time tonight. The establishments are:

Sylvia’s Restaurant at 318 Lenox Avenue (Corner of 126th Street)

Melba’s Restaurant on 114th Street and FDB

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at 515 Lenox Avenue. Schomburg’s 2012 Presidential Election Watch Party will feature special guest commentators: Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Grace Aneiza Ali, Monifa Bandele, William Jelani Cobb, Michaela angela Davis, and Dorian Warren.

Red Rooster Harlem at 310 Lenox Avenue

Corner Social at 126th Street and Lenox Ave

Lido Italian Restaurant and Bar. Lido Harlem will be offering patriotic drink specials! Location is 2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd  and 117th

Harlem Tavern at 116th Street and FDB

Harlem Food Bar on FDB between 113th and 114th Street

Creole Restaurant at 2167 Third Avenue. RSVP is required to attend

Speakers at Schomburg

Listen up Harlem, go vote November 6

The big day is near. Tomorrow, November 6 is election day. It is time of us to go to the voting booths to cast our vote! If you’re a registered voter and not sure where to go to cast your ballot, use New York City’s Board of Elections (BOE) Polling Locator. It will tell you where to go by typing in your building number and street name. The BOE also has an app that will allow you to find your voting poll. Go here to download the app.

Most of us online have been expressing our political views for weeks. I know I have. The day is here where it’s now time for us to do the walk, not just talk. Get out and vote tomorrow! See you at the voting booth!

Where to watch 2012 Presidential Debates in Harlem?

The first political boxing match, aka Presidential Debates, is happening this Wednesday, October 3, and so far two establishments have reached out to HarlemGal Inc. announcing they will be showing the 2012 Presidential Debates on the big screen at their establishments.

The Harlem4Obama organization will be hosting a viewing party at the Corner Social located on 126th Street and Lenox Avenue. So if you want to watch President Obama verbally take down Gordon Gekko, aka Mitt Romney, head to the Corner Social!

Over on Frederick Douglass Blvd., Harlem Food Bar, one of the new dining establishments on Harlem’s restaurant row, will be showing all three debates this month at their 2100 FDB location, starting this Wednesday, Oct. 3rd at 9 pm. And Harlem Food Bar will also be having an Election night party. So mark your calendar for November 6.

I have a feeling more Harlem dining establishments will host Presidential Debate viewing parties. If you’re aware of more viewing parties happening in Harlem, please chime in!

Putting the boxing terminology aside and name calling, this is a serious matter. HarlemGal Inc. encourages all Harlemites, no matter which political party affiliation, to watch all the 2012 Presidential Debates. And more importantly, do not forget to get out and vote on November 6, 2012. See you at the polls!

Attend panel discussion in Harlem on private school kindergarten admission process

Only in New York City do parents have to start thinking about the admission process for school while their child is still in utero. And it’s not even college admissions that they have to think about first. It is kindergarten and whether that primary step toward education should be public or private. This is the reality for NYC parents and if you’re approaching this part of parenting, to do private or public kindergarten for your kid, and live in Harlem, you may want to consider attending this event.

On August 13th at 6:30 pm, Let’s Talk Schools will be hosting a panel discussion in Harlem at Ephesus Church, located at 110 W 123rd Street (Corner of Lenox Avenue), on the NYC private school kindergarten admission process. The workshop will inform parents about applying to kindergarten at Hunter Elementary School on East 94th Street and private independent schools in September 2012 for the 2013-2014 school year. The workshop will discuss the different options available and provide an overview, directly from admission directors, about the process; including summary of the complete application process, screening tests (ERB & Stanford Binet), what to look for on tours and what to expect, financial aid and affording an independent school education and how admission decisions are made.

If you are interested in attending, the cost is $20 before August 9 and $25 from August 10-13. Registration is required to attend and space is limited. Click here to register.


‘Preventing Falls Among Seniors’ seminar happening in Harlem

Senator Bill Perkins and experts from the VNSNY CHOICE, a nurse-led health plan for Medicaid and/or Medicare eligible New Yorkers by the not-for-profit Visiting Nurse Service of New York, have partnered together to host “Preventing Falls Among Seniors” seminar in Harlem. Dr. Eileen Bach, VNSNY’s Director of Rehabilitation Quality Assurance and Education Services, will lead the workshop on June 28, starting at noon, to present seniors and their family caregivers with knowledge that will keep them safe and confident in their home and community environments.

According to VNSNY CHOICE, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for seniors. In fact, every 17 seconds a senior is taken to the emergency room because of a fall. And 70 percent of these falls occur in the home.

If you would like to attend this event or know of someone who would be interested, event details are below:

WHAT: Preventing Falls Among Seniors
WHO: Senator Bill Perkins and Health Experts from VNSNY CHOICE
WHEN: 12:00 PM, Thursday, June 28, 2012
WHERE: Taino Towers, Harlem Prep Charter School Building (240 East 123rd St. *In the gymnasium located on the lower level*Photo ID required*)