Here’s something that kicks ass: There’s an HBO Films project in the works dedicated to the life of Stephanie St. Clair, the legendary Harlem numbers runner. Basically she ran a version of what we know now as the lottery, only it was under the table—and that meant going toe to toe with the mob.
The home where Harry Houdini lived when he died in 1926 is currently for sale. It could become yours, assuming you can make $4.5 million appear out of thin air. Abracadabra!
EAST HARLEM – Cecelia Grant, a retired public school teacher, has been living on the street since June. On Tuesday, she voted for the first time today in 20 years. “Being a registered voter means I’m a part of ‘We the People,’” she mused. “Any time anything gets done, it’s because of We the People.”
Things didn’t work out for Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, so Cage has moved uptown. Like many comic book super heroes before him, he’s here to clean up the neighborhood.
Two weeks ago, I wrote a post about killer raccoons in Harlem and now somehow I’m stuck in an email thread about it.
Raccoons are reportedly terrorizing the citizens of Harlem by pillaging their homes, stealing food — and eating animals.
In 1953, an Associated Press photographer attended one of the famous mambo competitions at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. The images that resulted can only be described as fire.
Not sure why it’s so warm and muggy here in New York City, but maybe we’ll get some properly crisp weather eventually. Until then, let’s just admire the autumnal style of these three cool kids.
Nedjra Nance always had doubts about the abusive, drug-addicted woman she knew as her mother, and she was right. It turns out the woman, dressed as a nurse in a hospital, had kidnapped her from her parents as an infant.
The island of Manhattan has the lowest obesity rate in New York state. Following the "enough rope" school of journalism, the Times found some terrible people to greet this news by saying things like: "Look at my cute little triceps!"
[New York, June 30. Image via Getty]
Tonight, Barack Obama became the first African-American man to win the Presidency of the United States. There are many, many things that we could say about this, and we will, but sometimes, pictures are really worth 1,000 words. And so a gallery of celebration can be found after the jump.