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Install Surveillance Cameras on 125th? The Discussion Begins: Do The Ayes Have It? TELEPHONE or
Install Surveillance Cameras on 125th?
The Discussion Begins: Do The Ayes Have It?
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By Glenda Johnson
O n November 18, 2003, the 125th
ambassador foot patrol. The increased light-
County District Attorney’s and New York
and preventing crime and guidelines for use
Street Business Improvement
ing has been implemented, the handbook has
Civil Liberties offices.
and monitoring of surveillance data.” Barbara
District (BID) met with
been published, and the ambassador foot
In the meantime, the 125th Street BID
Askins, at 125th Street BID, could not be
Community Board 10’s (CB10) Uniformed
patrol is slated to begin in Spring 2004. The
has been asked by the joint committees of
reached for comment.■
Services and Economic Development,
final component—the CCTV web-based sur-
CB10 to “provide information about the effec-
The Citizen will have an update on this
Technology, and Telecommunications
veillance system—has become a highly
tiveness of surveillance cameras in deterring
issue in the January 2004 edition.
Committees to discuss their plans to place
charged issue.
(photo: Holly’s eyes)
surveillance cameras on this commercial strip.
One concern is residents’ civil liberties.
According to records from the meeting,
One resident, who preferred not to be named,
NewsNews toto Use!Use!
BID—under the presidency of Barbara
said that cameras on 125th send a bad signal
Askins—met with CB10 to “explain to the
to community residents because they make
committees the limitations and controls on the
people feel violated. He also mentioned that
use of the surveillance systems in order to
cameras invade the privacy of those who actu-
Welcome to the sixth edition of THE CITIZEN, a monthly newspaper produced
allay fears about misuse and encroachment on
ally live on 125th Street.
civil liberties.”
The logistics surrounding the 125th
In an effort to garner support, Ms. Askins
Street BID’s plans that have yet to be worked
mentioned that other BIDs, namely Fifth
out. According to Joseph Handy, co-chair of
Avenue, Gun Hill Road in the Bronx, and
the Uniformed Services Committee, specific
Brooklyn’s MetroTech,
issues such as the number
by and for the residents of Central Harlem.Your neighbors created this publication with the hope that every-
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were using surveillance
of cameras and their loca-
cameras to enhance public
tions haven’t been deter-
PAGE 1 Public Safety on 125th Street
Read about the 125th Street BID’s public safe-
ty campaign and other initiatives on their website:
January 26, 2004
mined by the 125th Street
Joe Haslip, of the
BID because Askins want-
NYC Comptroller’s
Dempsey Center
127 W. 127th Street
ed to broach the issue with
office, said that his office
CB10 before proceeding
had been asked to contact
with plans. However, the
Discuss Plans For Surveillance
Cameras on 125th Street
meeting records also state; the office is locat-
ed at 271 W 125th St.; hours: Mon-Fri 9:00AM-
5:00PM, Tel: 212-662-8999, Fax: 212- 233-7954.
Contact Community Board 10, 215 West
125th St., Suite 340, Tel:212-749-3105, 212-662-
these other BIDs to
inquire about the surveil-
that the funding for the
lance system’s effective-
hardware, which came
ness. “We’re looking into these BIDs’ imple-
from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment
mentation process, the position of their cam-
Zone, must be used by October 30, 2004.
eras, and also questions like ‘Who’s viewing
Therefore, Handy is spearheading a
the film?’ ‘How long is the film kept?’ ‘Who
Community Board 10 sponsored public hear-
PAGE 3 Know Your HIV Status
Get free STD and HIV tests: the Central
Harlem Health Center at 2238 Fifth Avenue or the
East Harlem Health Center at 158 East 115th
Street. Or call 311 to find HIV services outside of
these areas.
has access to film?’ ‘Is there a relationship
ing to get responses from residents to the
Photo in Editor’s Letter
The Painting is by Tree Williams
@Triple Candie
461 W. 126th Street
with the local police precinct?’” Haslip said
125th Street BID’s plan. The hearing will be
PAGE 3 Breast Examination Center Of Harlem
that he expects to have findings within the
held at the Dempsey Center, 127 W. 127th
Get free screening services for breast and cervical
next couple of weeks.
Street, January 26, 2004, at 6:30pm. Invited
cancer at B.E.C.H located at163 West 125th Street, 4th
This proposed plan by the 125th Street
guests will include a representative from the
Floor, New York, NY 10027, 212-531-8000.
BID is one part of a four-step public safety
125th Street BID, elected officials, business
Support Local
Artists & Merchants
program, which involves increased security
owners on 125th Street, the police depart-
lighting, a safety education handbook, and an
ment, and representatives from the NY
Fromthe Editor “I t’s a Family Affair.” Do you remember that 1971 hit by Sly
Fromthe Editor
“I t’s a Family Affair.” Do you remember that
1971 hit by Sly and The Family Stone?
Well, I was a little too young to actually
remember it, but I can recall my older brothers and
sisters grooving to it. They all knew somebody who
reminded them of the family that Sly sang about.
That’s the feeling I get when walking up the
boulevards in Harlem. No, this isn’t an all-things-
are-lovely-and-positive-in-my-Harlem-village type
tale. It’s my attempt to articulate exactly what
makes Harlem so intimate.
It’s a father. Strong. Defiant. Bruised but not
defeated. The one who talks about the good ole
days, and King, Kennedy, and Jesus. The one who
knows what must be done, and will break his back
to do it. The one who embodies both the rough-
ness and smoothness of masculinity. The one
who’s always there ‘cause he knows the family
structure would be weaker if he was not around.
It’s a mother. Strong. Patient. Honest. The
one who’s loving and overbearing. The one who
takes care of things. The one who gives, and gives,
and gives, and gives, and gives, and gives, and
gives, and gives, and gives, and gives, and gives.
The one who’ll take (but only her share). The one
who’s prudent.
It’s a grandmother: the one who’s old and
old-fashioned. The one who’s wise. The one who’s
still making all that greasy food, even though the
doctor has told her many times that she’s got to
cut back. The one who won’t listen. The one who
says that she’s been eating this way since the
1930s and she’s not going to stop now. The one
who goes to church every Sunday with a Bible in
her hand. The one who wears pretty hats. The one
who, when the temperature drops, pulls out her
It’s a grandfather: the one who’s old, but not
old-fashioned. The one who still dances, and takes
a little swig when the feeling hits him. The one
who’s a deacon—the faithful one. The one with
the biggest heart and the gentlest spirit. The one
who talks about the war and remembers segrega-
tion. The one who still reads the paper. The one
who’s been going to the same barber on the same
day for as long as he can remember. The one who
still makes his wife smile.
It’s an older brother: the one with the tattoo
of a panther on his arm; the one who wears a
Malcolm X hat (from the Spike Lee movie), and
hangs a red, black, and green flag above his bed.
The one who’s a philosopher and politician. The
one who has read every book about every black
person during every time period. The one who
always talks about the days when we were kings
and queens. The one who’s the entrepreneur—the
man with the plan.
It’s a sister: the one who complains about not
having a man. The one who complains about all
the brothers being gay or in jail or with white
women. The one who complains about her job, her
boss, her bank account, and her age.
It’s a younger brother: the one who rarely lis-
tens. The one who’s too loud, too brash, and very
naïve. The one who makes you shake your head,
but you love him anyway (even though sometimes
you want to knock him upside the head). The one
whom you embrace ‘cause you know he’s got so
much potential.
It’s an aunt: the one whom you could always
trust. The only one who still appreciates the blues.
The one who swings to Smokey Robinson and the
Miracles. The one who cusses a lot, but loves her
man even more.
It’s an uncle: the one who still dresses in his
furs and wears too much gold jewelry. The one who
swears up and down that he’s still the most stylish
of them all. The one who takes care of business (all
of his bizness). The one who always smells good.
The one who loves to joke.
It’s a cousin—the traveler who embodies the
entire universe. The one who has had a lot of
schooling and speaks several languages. The one
who’s comfortable “in her skin.” The one who has
had many loves; the one who has never forgotten
who or what is home. The one who walks like she
belongs on a fashion runway.
It’s a little sister—the beautiful one. The one
who’s sweet and innocent. The one whose long legs
and natural hair will, one day, make them knock on
her daddy’s door.
Do they sound familiar? If so, you know why.
It’s Harlem. It’s a family affair, and we should give
Glenda Johnson, editor-in-chief
January 2004 issue - December 26
February 2004 issue - January 12
March 2004 issue - February 18
Parting time summons with jet speeds
But uphold ethics high as goldmines
Calling partners to account for deeds
And strive for excellence in dignities
With courage and conviction as warriors
Forge ahead with love and respect
Success smiles on all who battle failures
For none snatches your rightful dues
P.O. BOX 1588
NEW YORK, NY 10026
Each passing minute rings bye-bye bells
Despite adversities and adversaries
Alerting all to prepare for inevitable trips
Stick strong to your principles as tigers
Whether humans want journeys or sojourns
Show firm and fair flexibility as foxes
Life commands as judges’ hammers
But struggle unrelentingly as battlers
Unlike court cases no appeal stands
Despite hurdles be ready at all times
For the ruling accompanies arrivals
For reckoning bells knock fast sirens
Exit holds high pedestal on agendas
Tomorrows instantly flash to yesterdays
For you leave when the bell chimes
As time rolls past like Concorde planes
So work in faith and vision as lions
Presents quickly transform to pasts
Resolved to shatter irons and chains
As futures fast mutate to currents
Beat mountains and valleys as cruisers
Yesterdays, todays, and tomorrows cross
And pilot your path to fame as heroes
Asking legacies bequeathed to progenies
office: 27 West 129th Street, New York, NY 10027
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Mission Statement
THE CITIZEN is a community newspaper pro-
duced by and for the residents of Central Harlem.
Publisher Kitty Barnes
Editor-in-Chief Glenda Johnson
Marketing Manager Sherry Ellerbe
Designer Daniella van Gennep
It is meant to serve as a public forum, providing
residents with a means to speak out, in their
own words, on issues of importance to them. Its
Valerie Jo Bradley
Jerry Domatob
Clymenza Hawkins
Musa Jackson
Martha Mae Jones
Shephard Lee
Honey Walrond
Hashim Warren
*All photos by Glenda Johnson, unless noted
goal is to accurately and fairly report news, infor-
mation, and opinions of interest and concern to
the Harlem community and to advocate meas-
ures that will make life better for community resi-
Our Father, Thou hath abundantly blessed
this earth on which we live with great har-
The process of producing the paper is designed
vests. Thou hath provided for mankind all
to harness the existing talents and skills of
things needful. Bless those who labor in the
Neighborhood Advisory Group, a collective of block
associations, tenant associations, and community stake-
holders, who work together to improve the quality of
life in Central Harlem.
Marie Dutton Brown
Keith Faulkner
Paul Vincent Hendricks
Phyllis A. Lodge
Nicholas A. Mottern
A. Verde
Tom Vitullo-Martin
Harlem residents to help others develop and
fields. May we ever rejoice in Thy great
goodness to us. Help us to not forgot all Thy
improve their communication skills. We encour-
benefits. This is a good land in which we
age Harlem residents to participate by sharing
live. As we move into another year, we
story ideas; researching, writing, or editing arti-
thank thee.
cles; providing illustrations or photographs;
May the words of the Psalmist be our prayer:
developing the layout; and assisting in distribu-
Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
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THE CITIZEN is your forum.
We hope you will use it.
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Be Proud, Stay Strong, Get Tested

By Hashim Warren

still a high number who are engaging in risky HIV-exposing

behaviors such as intravenous drug use and unprotected sex. However, this seems to be occurring at a lower rate than as compared to other New York communities. So, if we’re being safer than most, why are so many dying so soon? This is an especially troubling question since we are in a time peri- od where those who are HIV-positive can live longer and healthier lives thanks to the pow- erful medications available in the drug mar- ket.

Frank Oldham Jr., a citywide coordinator of AIDS outreach for Department of Health and Mental Health and Hygiene, reasons that a lack of adequate housing for the HIV infect-

ed is an important factor that is keeping the AIDS death rate from receding. “An AIDS patient cannot maintain the strict regime required by their medication if they do not have a stable, safe environment to live in,” Oldham says. He also points to a lack of access to health care as a problem. Far too often, those who are infected find out their status only after they are hospitalized and the crippling condition of AIDS has already set in. At that point, it is usually too late to begin a success- ful treatment and they do not live as long as they could have. The most unfortunate factor in our high death rate is that many of us are purposefully remaining ignorant about our HIV status. This

cannot be totally explained or blamed on eco- nomic factors. Like those in many other black and Latino neighborhoods, we are still dealing with the stigma that comes with being HIV positive. Those who think they may be infect- ed rightly fear being shunned by their friends and family or being mislabeled as a drug user or homosexual. Even worse, men who really are having sex with men are not admitting they are gay to their girlfriends and worse yet, not even their doctors. Because of this, they never receive the special information and counseling usually offered to openly gay males by AIDS educators. For those who would like to have a free STD and HIV test, there are two local clinics:

the Central Harlem Health Center at 2238 Fifth Avenue or the East Harlem Health Center at 158 East 115th Street. You can call 311 to find HIV services outside of these areas. Each clinic can test you, counsel you about the results, and even help you to find stable housing if you are HIV positive. With all of that help, there is no reason not to know your status.Hashim Warren is a 23-year-old student in CUNY and a long time Harlem resident and community activist. He regularly updates a



M y neighborhood, Central

Harlem, has always rivaled

other neighborhoods in New

York City with its rich cultural history and beautiful architecture. However, according to a recent neighborhood profile released by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), we have another distinguishing mark: an AIDS death rate that is triple that of the city’s average. And that is not a mark to be proud of. Though drugs and violence are consider- able concerns for parents raising their children in Central Harlem, they must be equally informed and aware of the dangers of HIV infection, which is one of the leading causes of death for young women and men in our community. In fact, twice as many of our neighbors—of any age—lost their lives last year to AIDS than they did to drug overdoses or gun shot wounds combined. Additionally, more neighbors died from AIDS, within that same period, than they did from diabetes or strokes.

The health profile also showed that although we, in this neighborhood, are dying of the disease at an epidemic level, there is

HARLEM HAIKU By Martha Mae Jones Bare trees of winter Do not linger ‘til the
By Martha Mae Jones
Bare trees of winter
Do not linger ‘til the Spring
To claim themselves whole




By Honey Waldron

T o promote breast cancer aware- ness, the Breast Examination Center Of Harlem (B.E.C.H) is

delighted to announce the Women’s Health Community Mural Project. B.E.C.H, a community outreach program of Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, has an established reputation in the Harlem commu- nity for free high-quality care. Its aim is to educate women within the Harlem communi- ty about the importance of having cancer screenings, and about understanding various health issues. The Women’s Health Community Mural is on a 1,400 square foot outdoor wall on the side the H&M clothing store, which is located on 125 th Street next to the plaza of the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building. The mural is adjacent to where the Breast Examination Center Of Harlem is located. (Its address is: 163 West 125th Street, 4th Fl.). The Project started a year ago with 14 weeks of workshops provided by B.E.C.H health educator and mural director Alexandra Mitnick. The workshops focused on the importance of women’s health, preventive care, health services, and the ways to commu- nicate those issues through visual images. At the onset of the mural project, B.E.C.H wanted to make it a collaborative of

community members, including artists, cancer survivors, B.E.C.H staff and supporters, edu- cators, and young adults. According to B.E.C.H, its aim was to serve as a model for other social services and agencies interested in using this unique technique to communi- cate important messages about women’s health care. The goal of the Mural Project is two- fold: first, to increase knowledge of women’s

health issues with the ultimate goal of increas- ing positive health behaviors among woman in the Harlem community, and

second, to address the emotion- al and psychological needs of women during very difficult times and to support their heal- ing process through the use of arts.

In addition, the mural speaks to the intergenerational collaboration and creativity of the participants. It also adds beauty to the neighborhood and increases community pride. Diana Godfrey, the pro- gram director of B.E.C.H, says she is just elated to have this type of advertisement, with such high visibility. “With the mural project, which is a form

of advertising through art, we’re going to increase the awareness of those who pass by, and of those who had no idea that such an out- reach program existed. My personal feeling is that we’re going to get through to the people about the job that we do best, which is to reduce the high cancer mortality in this com- munity,” she said. Painting began this year on the 16th of May by Bryan Collier, who was commis- sioned to guide 40 women from the commu- nity to design the image, which incorporated

many of their personal sketches. The mural is funded by contributions from the Aaliyah Memorial Fund through Set Up Women’s Network, Essence Magazine, New York State Department of Health Bureau of Chronic Disease, Blockbuster, Johnson& Johnson, and H&M.Honey Walrond is an young journalist, writer, CCNY student, and a program director of WHCR's (90.3 fm) HARLEM 411 (Friday's 6-8PM). She's a Harlemite.

fm) HARLEM 411 (Friday's 6-8PM). She's a Harlemite. Mural on the side of the H&M clothing

Mural on the side of the H&M clothing store, 125th Street adjacent to ACPowell, Jr. State Office Building


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By Glenda Johnson

By Glenda Johnson Artists’ works from the E.merging Y.oung A.rtists Program

Artists’ works from the E.merging Y.oung A.rtists Program

if they’re painting, then they learn about using paint brushes, mixing colors, and basic painting techniques.

The artistic media that are studied include mixed media, drawing, painting, photography, and digital art. GJ: How are the stu- dent artists’ judged? PC: By their project completions, class atten- dance and participation, behavior and teamwork. Also, while the artistic quality of the work is important, because each child has a different level of talent, progress is measured by how well instructions are

followed. They come to understand the way

galleries work and the discipline it takes to be engaged in the art process. Plus, they get the pleas-

ure of working in a gallery environ- ment, along with great artists who’ve also shown here, such as my partner Ousmane Gueye, photogra- pher Carrie Mae Weems, and the artist and novelist

Danny Simmons. GJ: Approximately how many stu- dents participate in the program? PC: Usually from 10 to 17. GJ: Is this the first group show? PC: Yes. It was organized with the Etu Evans Foundation. His foundation sponsored a four day shoe drive to collect shoes for young people, ages 18-24. We decided to play on that activity, which is

why we created the shoe art theme. GJ: Did all the children participate in the show? PC: We have 11 permanent students and 10 who audit. So the 11 permanent students were in the show. The pieces aren’t named. The kids created their work from things that inspired them. Everyone’s installation consisted of at least one shoe and a shoe box. GJ: Who are some of these emerg- ing artists? PC: Robert Davenport, age 10; he started his shoes first. He was inspired by the circus, which is why he used clowns in his work. It’s tempura and acrylic.

P aula Coleman, of PCOG

Gallery, wrote an article

Navon A. Bird, age 8; he was inspired by Native Americans; he was learning about them in school. The col- ors he chose invoke images of Native American headdress; the colors of the boot make you think of the land. His box has all the elements of the environ- ment—the oceans, land, etc. Other artists were Aja Giles, 12; Jazslyn Saunders, 10; Amalie and Marina Seyffert, 3 and 6; Jenaba and Sirah Sow, 4 and 6; Sojouner Joy Travis, 5; Camera Ford, 9; and Terra Cary, 6. GJ: Was the art for sale? PC: Yes, and all will be sold by the end of the show. Each piece was $100. Some artists had drawings, and they were priced at $50. GJ: When does the show end and will there be another? PC: This show ends December 13. We’ll have a major fundraising and exhi- bition with a larger body of work. That will be in late spring. Also on exhibit, which will extend past December 13, are works from the two instructors: Chesiel John, a mixed media artist, and Diane Smith, a painter and illustrator. In the meantime, interested individu- als can make tax deductible donations to our E.merging Y.oung A.rtists program at PCOG Gallery. Checks must be made payable to the Harlem Renaissance EDC, the fiscal conduit for the program.P.C.O.G is located at 1902 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard, between 115th and 116th Streets. You may contact her at 212-932-9669 or email at

in the August issue of

The Citizen about investing in the human capital of the neighbor- hood. There, she explained the need to hire community workers to renovate the gallery that she owns with renowned sculptor, Ousmane Gueye. With her E.merging Y.oung A.rtists program, she’s developing the talents of neighborhood youths through art education and prac- tice.

We stopped by PCOG gallery to talk to her about the latest show and about her roster of young tal- ent.

Glenda Johnson: What is the E.merging Y.oung A.rtists pro- gram? Paula Coleman: It’s a non-

profit children’s art program, with chil- dren ranging from the ages of 5 to 12. Our mission is

twofold: first, to expose children in urban settings to the arts; and second, to give them the oppor- tunity to work with established and emerging older artists. These artists teach and mentor them as well. Most important though, the pro- gram’s goals are to nurture and cultivate the natural talents of the students.

nurture and cultivate the natural talents of the students. By Artist Robert Davenport GJ: When did

By Artist Robert Davenport

GJ: When did the program begin? PC: In August 2002. GJ: How much does it cost?


GJ: How much does it cost? s i g n OF THE TIMES Malcolm X. Blvd.,

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next year. planning dona- for GJ: And are the struc- By Artist Navon A. Bird how

By Artist Navon A. Bird




PC: The classes are divided into groups of 10-12 students. They meet once a week on Saturdays for two hours. In these two hours, children are taught to work on individual and collaborative art projects. Also in these classes, they learn art history and an introduction to that day’s medium. It is followed by a tutorial on using appropriate art tools. For example,


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Dressin’ HARLEM

By Martha Mae Jones

inGrand Style

G randview: the name conjures up

images of those with style and

grace. And certainly, that is the

mission of Veronica Jones, the owner of this

small, cozy boutique. “It exists to bring

sophisticated, quality clothing to the Harlem

community, which has been greatly under-

served in this regard,” says Veronica. “And

I’m honored and pleased that Grandview has

become a destination for a cross section of

Harlemites who are delighted to be able to

keep their fashion dollars in our community,”

she added.

Veronica opened Grandview in Harlem

on the eve of this century after having helped

to pioneer the revitalization of downtown

Nyack, NY. That was fourteen years ago.

Now, she’s here and contributing to this com-

munity’s spirit of renewal.

On the cutting edge of fashion since

graduating from Kent State University and

New York’s Laboratory Institute of

Merchandising, Veronica’s pioneering spirit

has taken her to great heights. She entered

the Institute’s Abraham & Straus executive

training program early in her career.

Afterwards, she quickly climbed the corporate

ladder to become an esteemed buyer at

Gimbels in New York and Joseph Magnin in

San Francisco, traveling the world and buy-

ing for 48 stores. She served as vice president

and buy- ing for 48 stores. She served as vice president Ve ronica Jones of both

Ve ronica Jones

of both Gene

Ewing Bis and

Kenar Enterprises.

And for 10 years,

she owned

Veronica Jones

Showroom on

Seventh Avenue,

selling to Saks

Fifth Avenue,


Goodman, Neiman


Nordstroms, and

other high-end

boutiques across

the country.

Although, by

choice, she operates

on a much smaller scale

now, her expertise and contacts have made her

a much sought after authority in both the retail

and manufacturing houses of fashion.

Grandview specializes in clothing and

accessories that make a distinctive difference

in every wardrobe. While Grandview carries

such brand names as Flax, Michael Stars,

Womyn, and Nicole Miller, it showcases

many of the best black purveyors of style.

Consider a few names: Stephen Burrows,

Byron Lars, Courtney Washington, Sandy

Baker, Edward Wilkerson, Dabanga, Toma

Holley, and

Doris Wooten, Jonelle Procope, Harriet

Michelle Dudley.

Cole, Lu Sierra, Regina Taylor, Nina

While keep-

Freelon, Elsie Simmons, Cynthia Grace,

ing an eye out for

and Shannon Ayers.


With her savvy business sense and style

Grandview’s selec-

concepts, Veronica is very much a role model.

tions veer toward

She is renowned for her tireless efforts on

classic lines that

behalf of young people who are embarking on

are forever con-

careers in the fashion industry; she has men-

temporary. While

tored many through her association with

she carries casual

Black Retail Action Group (BRAGG) and

wear, Veronica

Fashion Outreach, for which she served as

says that it’s the

president for four years.

special occasion

Among those who have honored her are

and eveningwear

Black Enterprise Magazine, The National

niche that she has

Black MBA, and the Harlem Business

captured and that is

Alliance. For two years, she appeared in a

most popular with

JC Penny national advertising campaign that

celebrated African Americans in fashion.

“I hope my experience will motivate oth-

ers to take an entrepreneurial path. There are

millions of Harlemites out there ready to sup-

port Harlem,” Veronica declared.

Representing grand style in Harlem,

Grandview is located at 2531 Frederick

Douglas Blvd., between 135 th and 136 th

Street. Store hours: 12-7:00PM, Tues. -

Sat., Tel: 212-694-7324. Website:

Martha Mae Jones is a resident of

Harlem and is the author of the Haikus

appearing in this paper each month.

her eclectic clientele.

Grandview’s holiday selec-

tions include: cuddly cashmere sweat suits,

uniquely crafted patchwork bags and scarves,

corset shirts, audacious leather and silk chif-

fon paneled dresses, tye-dyed and handknit

sweater coats. Grandview, as one can see , is

not an ordinary store for Harlem or for the

city. Prices range from $30 to $1000. Sizes

cover 6 to 20.

“I’m interested in fitting all of us,”

Grandview’s grande dame declares. Some of

those whom she wardrobes include Sandra

Parks, Audrey Smaltz, Peggy Dillard,

Take AStroll and Discover our Community’s Hidden Treasures

By Clymenza Hawkins

our Community’s Hidden Treasures By Clymenza Hawkins Where We Live F rom West 157th to Spanish

Where We Live

F rom West 157th to Spanish Harlem,

discover great gifts from shops and

artists with prices to fit any budget.

Let’s begin this stroll with Paula Nixon,

fit any budget. Let’s begin this stroll with Paula Nixon, proprietor of Where We Live. On

proprietor of Where We Live. On the corner

of 154th and St. Nicholas, Paula turned the

main floor of her residence into a shop offer-

ing personal and home accessories “for the

soul.” This is her second holiday year featur-

ing a wonderful variety of gifts and merchan-

dise for adults and children. Items in photo

include: Votivo candles ($24), wood bowl

($18), silver and crystal candle set ($40),

African candles ($10), rift vase ($10), orange

and red striped suede vase ($20), wooden

frame ($60), and the large ceramic vase

($30). Other items (no photo) include: velvet

cell phone bags with beaded strap ($18),

handknit wool scarves ($28), rabbit fur hand-

bags ($80), young lady’s felt bags ($10), vel-

vet bags ($20). There’s something for every-


Where We Live is open daily from

December 15 to December 24, 1:00-

7:00PM, 877 St. Nicholas Ave., @ 154 th

Street, 646-303-3671, email:;; major credit

cards accepted; take the C train to 155th.

Chrysalis Emporium at Sisters

Uptown Bookstore, L.L.C. Set in a commu-

nity bookstore offering bestselling titles and a


children’s bookclub. You can find the fol-

lowing: journals ($10), visual art ($8 and

up), wrap skirts ($40 and up). The empori-

um will also be open December 23rd and

24th during store hours. Free gifts with pur-

chase, refreshments served. Sorry, no credit

cards accepted at this time. Email:, fax: 212-


Let’s head down to St. Nicholas to

Sugarhill. This charming shop features

beautifully handcrafted Moroccan home fur-

nishings and accessories. You’ll have a hard

time picking from the colors and patterns for

your holiday dinner party. Items include:

candleholders with stained-glass colored

stems ($27 and up) and beautifully designed,

colorful Moroccan dishes ($10 and up); pho-

tos on page 6. Sugarhill, 741 St. Nicholas

Ave., between 147th and 148th; Monday-

Friday, 10:00AM-10:00PM, Saturday,

11:00AM-10:00PM, email: www.sugarhill-; phone: 917-507-2046, major

credit cards accepted take the 2/3 train to


Be greeted by artist Shimoda in the

serenity of her living room. Shimoda’s

Holiday Home Show features her jewelry

made of precious stones, pearls, and glass:

earrings ($10-$85), bracelets ($45-$65), and

necklaces ($65). She also makes journals

with visual art and rubber stamps ($10).

(Photo on page 6). Every purchase comes

with a giveaway box. Shimoda Accessories

Holiday Homeshow, December 12-14 and

Shimoda Accessories Holiday Homeshow, December 12-14 and 19-21, Friday, 5:00-8:00PM; Saturday, 1:00-7:00PM; Sunday,

19-21, Friday, 5:00-8:00PM; Saturday,

1:00-7:00PM; Sunday, 1:00-6:00PM,

2572C Frederick Douglass Blvd., between

137th; phone/fax: 212-

491-6726; major credit cards accepted;

take C train to 135th Street.

Step into Bakayoko & Sons Company

and you’re in an African market. Their house-

wares are both functional and decorative.

And they’re also very resourceful in creating

new and inventive recipes with a variety of

herbs and spices. Islamic prayer mats can Con’t on page 6




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Take a Stroll Con’t from page 5 from Kente to mudcloth. They are currently sold
Take a Stroll
Con’t from page 5
from Kente to mudcloth. They
are currently sold out (ask
also make eye-catching bags
her about reorders), but
from their fabric stock. Canvas
there’s plenty of other jew-
and leather shoulder bags with
elry to beautify yourself.
adjustable strap ($45 and up).
Items include rings ($45)
Kaarta Imports &
and earrings ($45). The
Exports, 121 West 125th
sterling silver triangle and
street, between Malcolm X
square bracelets ($18 each)
Blvd., and 7th Avenue,
are also her signature trade-
Bakayoko & Son Company
Monday-Friday, 10:00AM-
8:30PM; Sunday, 12:00 -
Second floor: Find
Yo ur Dream” can be purchased on posters
8:30PM, phone: 212-866-
Gina Blalock’s Harlem Charm Bracelet
($10), tote bags ($20), black or white t-shirts
5190 fax: 212-665-9815, cred-
(photo on page 7). She says, “Everyone can
($25), long-sleeve
it cards accept-
own a brownstone
shirts ($30), sweat-
ed; take A,B,C,D
without the headache of
shirts ($40), hat
or 2,3 trains to
a mortgage at G
($10 and up), and
squared.” The charms
visual art on canvas
include a brownstone
($300). As one of
Wallace and
building, chicken and
his quotes states,
Princess Jenkins
waffles, and other trin-
“This moment is
manage The
kets in sterling silver
more precious than
Brownston e
($95). She can also
you think.” The
where three
create them in 18kt
Sugar Hill
Galeria De La
floors offer bridal
Sistaphyre Kreations
Vega, 1651
brighten any floor in your home. Items
wear, stylish cloth-
Kaarta Imports & Imports
Brownstone, 2032
Lexington Avenue @ 104th Street, 212-876-
ing for men
Fifth Avenue, 212-996-
include: shredded coconut ($6),
8649; take the 6 train to 104th Street, no
7980, Wednesday-
small metal teapots in blue and
credit cards accepted.■
green ($12), large marbled
women, a café, natu-
Sunday, 11:00AM-7:00PM; G Squared
Clymenza Hawkins is the producer of
stripped plastic teapots
ral hair parlor,
showroom, Thursday-Saturday, 12:00-
Chrysalis Collection greeting cards; she is
accessories, and of
7:00PM, Sunday, 12:00-5:00PM; major
($6), colorful reversible
also a visual artist and writer. Her work will
credit cards excepted; take 2 or 3 trains to
plastic prayer mats ($10-
course, jewelry
be featured in the new edition of Jumping The
(lots of it).
Broom by Harriette Cole, due January 2004.
Main floor:
“There’s a lot more going on / outside
Bakayoko & Son
this box.” The Citizen published this quote
Co., 2278 8th Avenue,
Kreations :
from an outdoor mural in the October issue.
between 122nd &
Inspired by her
That quote by De La Vega is available as a
123rd, Monday-Sunday,
9:00AM-6:00PM; phone:
country, Liberia,
greeting card ($5) at his Galeria. De La Vega
has written his visual art quotes on sidewalks,
212-749-6875; take A,B,C,D
West Africa, Teaty
Powoo designs jew elry
murals, canvases, and paper. Settled in the
to 125th; no credit cards
from semi-precious stones, ster-
heart of Spanish Harlem, the Galeria is a stu-
Shimoda’s Jewelry
ling, and copper. Her sig-
dio and retail outlet. Such inspiring quotes as
Kaarta Imports &
Exports offers African fabrics
nature Liberian stone rings
“You are your won investment” or “Become
The Galeria De La Vega
Murphy Heyliger: The idea of
But a loan would be great.
MJ: What advice would you give to
Harlemade came about through my love of
MJ: What was Lenox Avenue like when
any entrepreneurs?
Harlem. At the time, I was doing graphics for
you started Harlemade?
MH: If you have an idea, go for it. A lot
well-known companies—The Gap, Armani
MH: When we started, there weren’t any
of people will encourage you and there are
Exchange, etc. Then, I thought that it would
other new businesses. When I say ‘new,’ I
those who will discourage you as well. But if
be cool to have a tee-shirt line.
mean those that are currently being classified
you want it bad enough, it can happen.■
MJ: Have you always dreamt of starting
as part of the ‘new Harlem.’
Musa Jackson is an entrepreneur and
your own business?
MJ: What gave you the inspiration to
community activist.
MH: I always knew that I couldn’t do a
start a business on Lenox Avenue?
9 to 5 job. When you’re a creative person, it’s
MH: I’ve always envisioned Lenox
Murphy Heyliger
difficult to be under the creative control of
Avenue as being like Columbus Avenue on
T hree years ago, when Lenox Avenue
someone else’s establishment. In some ways,
the Upper Westside, with the coffee shops, the
lay in commercial real estate decay,
you might be up to the challenge, but in other
chic boutiques, and the sidewalks that make
three pioneering entrepreneurs—
ways, you’re just a machine. Also, I realized
for leisurely strolls.
Kevin McGruder, Pat Alfred, and Murphy
as a black man working as graphic designer, I
MJ: What do you think about the ‘new
Heyliger—pooled their resources and talent to
would never be fully challenged or rewarded.
Harlem’ and being apart of that?
open Harlemade, a lifestyle boutique with
MJ: How did you get investors?
MH: I love it.
unique Harlem-centric items made by Harlem
MH: The money came from all of us
MJ: You’ve just completed your first
residents. This unique shop displays a pot-
partners—Pat, Kevin, and myself. It was very
major ad campaign. Where can we see it?
pourri of items, including artwork by new
difficult to sell people the idea and have them
MH: At the Magic Johnson Theater
artists, quilts, pillows, books, vintage movies,
believe in it the way we did. So instead of
(124th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd.)
jazz cds, and the coolest graphic tees celebrat-
spending energy attempting to find investors,
during the previews, starting mid-November.
ing Harlem’s rich culture.
we put it up ourselves. We realized that we
MJ: Where do you see Harlemade in the
On behalf of The Citizen, I spoke with
could do it.
next three years?
Murphy Heyliger, Harlemade’s founder and
MJ: Have you been able to receive any
MH: I see Harlemade still going strong,
creative visionary, about the company’s
money from Upper Manhattan Empowerment
with perhaps one other store either here or in
beginning and plans for the future.
Zone (UMEZ) or a bank?
Atlanta. Through our products and merchan-
Musa Jackson: How did you conceive
MH: The answer is ‘no.’ All the steps
dise, we will always reflect on Harlem’s rich
of the idea of Harlemade?
and requirements seem like huge obstacles.
history and culture.
Model Kahshanna Evans with iconic afro
tote and wearing revamped afro tee
Courtesy of Chrysler Magazine
Daniel Dease


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By Valerie Jo Bradley

145TH STREET Grandview Montgomery Hats. By Bunn. 2 / 3 train B/C 135TH STREET Schomburg
Hats. By Bunn.
2 / 3
Schomburg Center
charm bracelet from G squared
The Scarf Lady
One Good Thing
G squared Fine Jewelry
Porgy & Bass
The Brownstone
Hats. By Bunn.
Studio Museum Gift Shop
African Paradise
Mobay’s Restaurant
2 / 3
Turning Heads Salon & Day Spa
Settepani Bakery
martini set from Xukuma
Native Restaurant
2 / 3

I remember when it was a pain to have to

shop for almost anything uptown,

including food. I would have to schlep

downtown on crowded subways and buses or

risk getting those God awful tickets if I dared

to drive my car. Thanks to the “second Harlem

renaissance” that has stimulated new home-

ownership development and thereby brought

new commercial development, I can walk

within two to five blocks from my home to

purchase some of the most incredible gifts for

family and friends.

I am so excited about this new reality

that I want to share with you. Come holiday

shopping with me. You won’t regret it, and

those on the receiving end will love you for it!

My first stop is Xukuma, which is locat-

ed upstairs in a brownstone on Lenox Avenue

near 119th Street. Last year, I purchased most

of my Christmas/Kwanzaa gifts there. At

Xukuma, you can purchase wonderful scented

candles, unusual picture frames in all shapes

and materials, funky/hip tee shirts and hats,

cute and uniquely shaped vases, imported aro-

matherapy products for the bath and beyond,

pewter wine stoppers, precious linens for the

table, ceramic and hand-painted clay pots, and

numerous other items—all for under $50.

Celeste Beatty’s Sugar Hill Golden Ale

Robert Hale
Robert Hale

Sugar Hill Golden Ale


Sylvia’s, Bayou, Lenox Lounge, MoBay’s, Native, Apollo Theater, Sugar Hill Bistro, Revival, St. Nick’s Pub, Spoonbread, Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread, Max Soha, Sezz Medi, Faculty House at Columbia University, Kitchenette, Pioneer, and Fairway.

Correction: Celeste Beatty’s last name was

listed incorrectly in our last issue. It was writ-

ten as “Bailey.” Also, Robert Hale wasn’t

noted as the photographer. We apologize for

the mistake and omission.

You can find high end items too. Owner

Georgia Boothe and her assistant, Mieko,

will expertly gift wrap your purchases, so that

all you have to do is put the gifts under the


Harlemade is also on Lenox Avenue

between 119th and 118th Streets. When I

want to reinforce how special Harlem is with

out-of-town family and friends, I shop here.

This store specializes in Harlem-centric items

made by Harlem residents. There is nothing

like co-owner Murphy Heyliger’s Harlem

motif designed tee shirts. They have become

the Harlem rave. In addition, I take my tour

guests here to shop for items that will make

them remember Harlem. You can find archi-

tectural and cultural historian Michael Henry

Adams’s coffee table size books, Harlem Lost

& Found, and African American Style &

Grace here. Also, a popular item is the New

York Landmark Conservancy published book,

Touring Historic Harlem: Four Walks in

Northern Manhattan. You’ll also find post-

cards of historic Harlem landmarks and

celebrities, posters, stuffed dolls, videos of

vintage Harlem movies, and other unique

Harlem memorabilia.

Before I continue my shopping spree, I

have to renew my energy with a drink at

Native Bistro. Located on the west side of

Lenox Avenue at 118th Street, you can get the

best mojitos in town. They are prepared by

bartender Boi Jackson, who will bartend your


holiday party if it’s not scheduled on her work

days. By the way, Native will cater your hol-

iday party with élan, or if your place is too

small, you can host a party at this eclectically


French/Moroccan/Caribbean inspired entrees

and hors d’oeuvres that owner and chef Brian

Washington-Palmer offers up, and I am a

“regular” there for dinner and drinks with

friends and business colleagues.

I make my way up Lenox Avenue at

120th Street to Settepani Bakery. This gather-

ing place—owned by Leah Abraham and

Antonino Settepani—is a favorite for Mount

Morris Park District residents who start their

work day with a take-out cup of latte or cap-

puccino, and who spend their weekends there

reading the newspaper over a delicate pastry

with coffee or tea served European style (table

side infusers for tea and oversized bowl-like

cups for latte). If you are lactate intolerant

like I am, Settepani will serve your coffee on

request with soy milk. On this visit, I pick up

a pound or two of assorted chocolate truf-

fles—dusted with confectionery sugar,

unsweetened powdered chocolate, or rolled in

crushed almonds. They are placed in a fancy

octagonal box with gold elastic string tied in a

delicate bow (just the right gift for someone

with a sweet tooth). If I’m too busy to bake a

cake for Christmas, then I’ll come back to buy

a couple of mousse cakes or a lemon tart as

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XUKUMA: 183 Lenox Ave., 212-


NATIVE: 161 Lenox Ave., 212-665-


HARLEMADE: 174 Lenox Ave.,


SETTEPANI BAKERY: 196 Lenox Ave., 917-492-4806 TURNING HEADS DAY SPA: 218 Lenox Ave., 212-828-4600 AFRICAN PARADISE: 27 West 125th Street, 212-410-5294 MOBAY: 17 W. 125th Street, 212- 876-9300, Take Out & Delivery 212-


THE BROWNSTONE: 2032 Fifth Ave., 212-996-7980 G SQUARED @ The Brownstone:

2032 Fifth Ave., 212-996-7980 PORGY & BASS: 321 Lenox Ave.,


ONE GOOD THING: 367 Lenox Ave., 646-342-7389 THE SCARF LADY: 408 Lenox Ave., 212-862-7369 SCHOMBURG CENTER: 515 Lenox Ave. 2nd Floor, 212-491-2206 The STUDIO MUSEUM GIFT SHOP: 144 West 125th Street, 212-


MONTGOMERY: 2312 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., 212-690-2166 GRANDVIEW: 2531 Frederick Douglass Blvd., 212-694-7324 HATS. BY BUNN.: 2283 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., 212-694-3590


my contribution to dinner with friends. They make good gifts too! Continuing up Lenox, my next stop is Turning Heads Salon & Day Spa at the cor-

ner of 121st Street. I purchase a gift certifi- cate for a reflexology session. (By the way, this is a great gift for the man who’s often reluctant to pamper himself in this manner. Or, for the man who want to relax his woman,

a certificate for the hot stone therapy session

and an herbal facial is a winner.) I buy a “day

of beauty” gift certificate—reflexology, facial, and spa manicure and pedicure—for

my mother as a personal treat. Turning Heads features a substantial array of Carol’s Daughter products, so you no longer have to travel to Brooklyn to get them; they also make great girlfriend gifts. Also, for that friend who wears locks, owner Shannon Ayers just purchased

a special selection of

lock ornaments for the holidays. Now, I am on 125th Street, Harlem’s commercial center. My first stop is African Paradise to purchase a Kwanzaa kinara (candle holder similar to a menorah for Hanukah). This shop, which has an array of everything African, has an interesting collection of kinaras in hand-carved wood. In fact, you will find a number of surprises here, like fringed indigo tie-dyed shawls from Burkino Faso, strands of rare West African trade beads that can be used for uniquely designed Afro- centric jewelry for those who like to make their own gifts, and original art and wood and stone sculptures by contemporary African artists. (I have found some serious art bargains here, but you’ve got to know what you are looking at in order to realize a bargain). The next stop is Mobay’s take out for a Red Velvet cake. The cake is slammin’, and so are the hand rubbed St. Louis ribs prepared to the specifications of co-owner Joe Barnes

legendary family recipe. Just so you know, Mobay has its liquor license now, and that enhances the experience at this new and styl- ish Harlem eatery. I could never forget The Brownstone, Harlem’s premier shopping emporium located on Fifth Avenue between 125th and 126th Streets. Before I check the apparel and acces- sories on the parlor floor, I walk to the second floor and visit G squared Fine Jewelry and Other Fine Things to purchase a pair of ster- ling silver Harlem signature cuff links for my father. Gemologist Gina Ramcharan, who worked for 15 years at Tiffany’s, has created this newest Harlem-themed offering for the holiday. In 2002, Gina gave me a silver Harlem charm bracelet, and I think I will treat myself to some new charms that she recently developed. There are other interesting gift items in G squared, and purchases are boxed and gift wrapped. Back downstairs in the

Brownstone, I discover a nice collection of hand-made, one-of-a-kind earrings in bronze, semi-precious stones like lapis lazuli, citrine, and carnelian that are priced just right for my gift budget. Co-owners Princess Jenkins (buyer & stylist) and Greta Wallace (Simply Greta designer) have outdone themselves offering all manner of outrageously beautiful sweaters, dresses, suits, slacks, and black tie attire to make your look uniquely special for the holidays. Before walking to the 135th Street area,

have to refuel. I do that at Porgy & Bass, the newest restaurant on Lenox Avenue, on the northwest corner of 126th Street. Karene and Chip, the owners, carry the best gumbo you want to put in your mouth, and that is what I order with a big glass of hand- squeezed lemonade. Even though they have some of the tastiest fried fish this side of heaven, they also feature steamed fish accompanied with various lip-smacking sauces. I cap off my meal with an order of Louisiana-style bread pudding with whiskey sauce! On my way to the 135th Street area, I discover that One Good Thing (featuring art and soul collectibles), located between 128th and 129th Streets, is open! What a treat, because owner Sydney Kai Inis usually opens by appointment only or when she is hosting an exhibit opening. She collects incredible things including furniture, clothing, artwork, books, and jewelry. I bet you can find one good thing in her tiny (but big in what it offers) shop. Through December 27, One Good Thing is featuring an exhibit of John Rozelle’s artwork, Mixed Media: The Blues Project. Nearby on Lenox Avenue, at 130th Street, is The Scarf Lady. This boutique car- ries Imani Jewelry in addition to some of the most precious handmade scarves in fine fab- rics that owner Paulette Gay travels all over the world to find. She designs many of her products. Let’s also talk about all the pretty dresses you can find here. The sizes go from no figure up to full figure. I turn west at 135th Street right at the corner of the Schomburg Center. I would love to go in and browse in the gift shop, but


. I would love to go in and browse in the gift shop, but I I

I will come back another day. Before all the

redevelopment of Harlem, I purchased many of my holiday gifts at the Schomburg and The Studio Museum gift shops. In both of these gift shops, you can find African-American books, catalogues of past exhibits document- ing African-American and African art and cul- ture, ethnic jewelry, posters, calendars, and nice gift items especially from the African Diaspora. The Schomburg has a nice collec- tion of South African N’debele gift items such as beaded earrings, bracelets, pillows, and bead-trimmed tee shirts. Montgomery, located on the west side of 136th Street on Adam Clayton Powell

Blvd., is a one-of-a kind boutique that carries the fashions of haute couture designer Jolinda Montgomery (who happens to design for the rich and famous). Not only are the clothes phenomenal and stylishly chic, but the acces- sories are equally as nice. While the rack items seem to be geared for small women, some items can be made to measure for more amply endowed sisters. The décor of the shop is equally inviting. Next, I make my way to Veronica Jones’ Grandview, located on Eighth Avenue between 136th and 135th Streets. For that special New Year’s Eve black tie event, you’re certain to find a drop dead outfit here. My last stop is Hats. By Bunn. located on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. between 135th and 134th Streets. Sisters always have to have hats, and this is the place to get them custom-made to accommodate bigger or smaller heads and for cascading locks. Designer Bunn uses an assortment of domes- tic and imported natural fabrics to create hats suitable for church or for casual wear. You have a treasure when you own a Bunn hat. (I own several!) Gift certificates are also avail- able.

I could take you to many more places for hard-to-find videos, hand-made and custom made shoes, and unique Harlem galleries, but I’ll save that for another column. Until then, enjoy my selections!

for another column. Until then, enjoy my selections! ■ Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., outside offices of

Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., outside offices of The Amsterdam News