Parsons School of Design alumnus with a BFA in fashion, who has worked in the menswear industry for several years. Past lives have been in the East Village and Lower East Side of Manhattan; more recently transplanted to Harlem. Currently living in a 1907 "French flat," an Edwardian era middle-class apartment.
The Times has an article up on Masjid Aqusa on FDB and 116th Street which has been trying to fight off eviction. As most in the neighborhood know, 116th Street has a large West African population of which the majority worship at this local mosque. When the building was leased 16 years ago, the neighborhood had vacant lots instead of condos and the street were overrun by drug dealers. Now the new landlord of the building has increased the price of the rent from $10,000 to $18,000 a month and the mosque now faces eviction. A lawyer has since been hired by the house of worship for further negotiation but rising rents appear to be a continual problem for long term leasers in the area: LINK