Tuesday, June 28, 2016

VOTE: THE 13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 2016



Rep. Charles Rangel made history in the1970 Congressional election by defeating Adam Clayton Powell Jr but now the time has come for the next generation of politicians to step up.  Rangel is retiring after a historic run in Congress and local residents will be voting today to see who will be representing upper Manhattan.  Keith Wright has been endorsed by Rangel and appears to be one of the prime candidates for the open seat but recent shifts in demographics could bring a different sort of change to Harlem.

The 13th Congressional District now includes East Harlem, West Harlem, Central Harlem, Washington Heights along with parts of the Bronx.  With that in mind, hispanic voters now make the majority of the population at 52 percent and State Senator Adrian Espaillat nearly defeated Rangel in the past.  An article in Reuters point out that gentrification is one of issues at hand but also that the newcomers might be the potential swing vote for Harlem's future: LINK

DWELL: 2289 7TH AVENUE BROWNSTONE

Number 2289 Adam Clayton Powell has been one of the least expensive, moderately renovated homes on the market for quite some time and has just sold for below asking price.  Originally purchased back in  in 1997 for $13K,  the narrow building located by 135th Street would eventually be up for sale for $1.3 million but just sold for $637K last month.  This number is shockingly low for a house in Manhattan but a few factors should be considered.

ARCHITECTURE: 173 MORINGSIDE AVENUE RISES

A row of tenement buildings on Morningside Avenue by 127th Street has been missing one structure for quite some time now but a new construction is finally rising on the vacant lot.  Based on records found online, the address was demolished a decade ago but nothing has happened on the site until now.

SEE: STING LIKE A BEE AT MCNY

Sting Like a Bee – Remembering Muhammad Ali at MCNY,  1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street.  The Museum of the City of New York is opening up its Collection to celebrate the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali, considered by many to be the greatest athlete of all time. One of the best-known figures of the 20th Century, Ali was an Olympic boxing gold medalist and three-time World Heavy Weight Champion. As The New York Times obituary recently stated, “Ali was the most thrilling if not the best heavyweight ever, carrying into the ring a physically lyrical, unorthodox boxing style that fused speed, agility, and power more seamlessly than that of any fighter before him.”

Born Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky, he changed his name after converting to Islam. He became a figure of popular contention when he refused to be drafted into the military to fight in the American conflict in Vietnam. He is perhaps best remembered for his self-confidence and nimble mind, and his lyrical sparring with his opponents and the media alike. This print refers to one of Ali’s greatest self-referential quotes when promoting his title fight against Sonny Liston in 1964.   More details on the MCNY site: LINK

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