Author: Darnell Jefferson

A English Class In Brooklyn Offers Free Babysitting Too

A new program in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, offers free classes to women who don’t speak English but want to improve their language skills. For example, student Maria Luna wants to practice writing and speaking before taking the GED at the end of the year, but she couldn’t find someone to watch her three-year-old daughter.

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It’s called Mother to Mother, and in this program, both the English lessons and childcare are free. Sarah Wang, co-founder of the program, said it was also the perfect way for her to start teaching again after her son turned one. The kids play while volunteer teachers hold class a few feet away. It can be noisy at times, but Wang said the moms are used to it.

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New Signs Installed Along FDR Drive In Manhattan Says “All Trucks Must Exit”

New bright red signs that reads “All Trucks Must Exit” have been installed along the FDR Drive in Manhattan to remind drivers that only passenger vehicles are allowed on parkways. The goal is to reduce the number of trucks that strike overpasses. New markings have also been painted onto the roadway to warn of low clearance. DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, said signs will be at critical locations along the parkway at the Harlem River Drive, on  155th street, 116th street, and 106th street.

A Silent March To Protest Federal Response In Puerto Rico

About a hundred New Yorkers marched from East Harlem to Trump Tower on Sunday to protest the ongoing plight of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rican flags waved in the wind, but cheers were few and far between. The organizers of the march wanted it to be silent, because they said they are tired of shouting for the Trump Administration to do more for the island.  Have a listen to my audio story:  

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A Local Jazz Bar In Harlem Still Thriving

It’s one of Harlem’s oldest live Jazz bars. Paris Blues opened in 1969 and is still thriving at its original location on 121th street and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. Owner Samuel Hargress Junior has been there ever since. This is one of the last old school spots to get a drink and casually listen to live music without a cover which makes Paris Blues one of the last hidden treasures to be found uptown. Paris Blues is still owned and managed by eighty one year old Samuel Hargress, and for many businesses in Harlem that is rare to see one that has not been affected by gentrification.

 

 

 

 

 

WOMAN HISTORICAL STATUE COMING TO CENTRAL PARK

City Park Officials have approved plans to bring the first statue of woman into Central Park. In fact, the plan is for two statues together at 77th and Central Park West… of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, two pioneers in the fight for women’s rights.  Darnell Jefferson checks in on the project, and what people think about it.  

The statue is expected to be unveiled on another auspicious date in 2020, the 100th anniversary of the day women won the right to vote on a national level.

News Sites DNAinfo And Gothamist Shut Down Abruptly!

 

One week to the day after reporters and editors at the news outlets DNAinfo and Gothamist voted to join a union, their owner shut them down. The site was launched in 2009 by TD Ameritrade co-founder Joe Ricketts, DNAinfo was known for its on-the-ground neighborhood coverage in the 5 boroughs.

A statement from Joe read , “it was a difficult decision to discontinue publishing DNAinfo and Gothamist” “He says reaching this decision wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t one made lightly.” The announcement caught employees at both media outlets by surprise.  DNA was the best site for New York City neighborhood news coverage. WNYC’s News Director Jim  Schachter says “this now leaves a void left in the local news news ecosystem, which has drastically changed in the digital age”.

 

MetroCards Will Soon Be A Thing In The Past

After more than two decades, Metrocards will be a blast from the past and is getting ready to swipe left on MetroCards.  For more than 20 years, the MTA has used the MetroCard but has decided it may be time for an upgrade. The MTA approved more than $500 million to bring in the next fare-payment system beginning late 2018. By 2020, all subways and buses will adopt the more modern payment system. Officials say the plan is to fully retire the MetroCard by 2023. Until then, riders will still be able to use it.

 

15-Year-Old Bow Tie Entrepreneur Lands Sponsorship Deal With The NBA

I blogged about this young man a few years ago when he appeared in an interview for a local tv station but who would have thought he would be so successful today. Fifteen year old Moziah Bridges has entered a sponsorship deal with the NBA, giving his company, Mo’s Bows, the right to use NBA logos on their custom-designed bow ties.  Moziah and his mom sat down with CBS David Begnaud to see how his fashion sense led to big bucks.

 

One Local Vendor In Harlem Sells The Best Burgers!

Since 1990, Maurice “Mo” Robinson has been feeding people on Lenox Avenue between 117th and 118th streets. He’s known for his cheeseburgers and hamburgers but he also sells hotdogs and sausages. Between April and Halloween, Mo grills burgers and hot dogs seven days a week between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Every day at lunch time, a line of people queue up at Mo’s cart for burgers and hot dogs — most of them lured by the smell of freshly grilled patties.