Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson holds vigil for victims of Bronx fire

Photos Credit: Isseu Diouf Campbell On January 11, 2022, Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson held a vigil for victims of the fire that broke out last Sunday in the 19-story building located in the Bronx at 333 Twins Parks North … Read More

We were just trying to breathe

By: Kujegi Camara Trapped in stairwells Black bodies overwhelmed by Black smoke because this country can underwhelm We were just trying to keep warm We were just trying to stay alive But somehow in this country, to want to stay … Read More

City launches relief fund to support New Yorkers impacted by Bronx fire

Photo credit: Michael Appleton Mayor Eric Adams and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City today announced the launch of the Bronx Fire Relief Fund to support those affected by the recent apartment building fire in the Bronx. “Yesterday’s … Read More

Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine Opens COVID Testing Site at 125th St. Northern Manhattan Office

Photo credit: Manhattan BP Levine’s office Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine opened this week a COVID testing site in partnership with SOMOS Community Care at the Borough President’s Northern Manhattan Office (431 W. 125th St. between Morningside–Amsterdam Ave.). The site … Read More

NYC Test & Trace Corps opens 100 new COVID-19 testing sites in response to omicron surge

Photo credit: NYC Health & Hospitals In response to the unprecedented surge of omicron cases and citywide testing demand, the NYC Test & Trace Corps announced on January 5, 2022, it has doubled the number of City-run test sites available, … Read More

Mayor Eric Adams signs “Small Business Forward” to help small businesses deal with violations

Photo credit: Ed Reed Mayor Eric Adams signed this week the “Small Business Forward” Executive Order to reform existing business regulations, ensuring local businesses face fewer needless fines and penalties. The Executive Order builds upon Local Law 80 and calls … Read More

Adrienne Adams becomes New York City Council’s first Black Speaker

Photo credit: Dave Sanders NYC Council overwhelmingly elected on January 5, 2022, by a vote of 49 in the affirmative and two in the negative, its first Black Speaker, Adrienne Adams, for a term ending December 31, 2023. Council Members … Read More

Eric Adams sworn in as New York City’s 110th Mayor at Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration

Photos credit: Isseu Diouf Campbell A few minutes into 2022, Eric Adams holding a framed picture of his deceased mother Dorothy, with family members and friends, took center stage at the Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration to be sworn … Read More

NYC Small Business Services launches $10,000 grant program for small businesses

Photo credit: Jono Erasmus NYC Small Business Services launched on December 8, 2021 the Small Business Resilience Grant to help NYC’s small businesses offset operational expenses to mitigate economic hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant program administered by … Read More

New Family Home Visits program for first-time parents targets underserved New Yorkers regardless of immigration status

Photo credit: Digital Skillet 1 The Health Department announced on December 7, 2021, that the New Family Home Visits program is open to first-time families in public housing engaged with child welfare or living in neighborhoods with the greatest social … Read More

Attorney General James Releases Charities Report Finding on the eve of Giving Tuesday

In time for Giving Tuesday and the holiday season, New York Attorney General Letitia James released on November 29, 2021, her annual “Pennies for Charity: Fundraising by Professional Fundraisers” report, which found that charities that retained professional fundraisers received about … Read More

Jacob Restaurant feeds the Harlem community on Thanksgiving for the 12th year in a row

Photos credits: Isseu Diouf Campbell  Since they opened Jacob Restaurant in 2019 in Harlem, owners Rachid and Kim Niang have fed community members every year on Thanksgiving, and this year was no different. Despite COVID-19, the doors of Jacob Restaurant … Read More

New UN Women data confirms violence against women has worsened due to the COVID-19 pandemic

 Photo credit: Diego Cervo On November 24, 2021, the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a new report released by UN Women highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women’s safety at home … Read More

The Gentlemen’s Factory, Strivers’ Row, and BE NYC host networking reception for Black entrepreneurs

Photos credit: Isseu Diouf Campbell On November 20, 2021, the Gentlemen’s Factory, Strivers’ Row, and Black Entrepreneurs NYC (BE NYC) hosted a reception at Brooklyn Commons to allow Black entrepreneurs to reconnect with peers. Several elected officials, including Deputy Mayor … Read More

Haitian leaders and community members reveal newly named 2/5 subway station Newkirk Ave – Little Haiti

Photos credit: Isseu Diouf Campbell On November 18, 2021, Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichote Hermelyn, Senator Kevin Parker, and Haitian community members gathered in Little Haiti, in Brooklyn, on the anniversary of the Battle of Vertières, for the reveal of the newly … Read More

Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to host citizenship application assistance event on November 20, 2021

On November 20, 2021, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs is partnering with CUNY Citizenship Now for an in-person NYC Fall Citizenship Drive from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Middle School 2 located at 655 Parkside Ave in Brooklyn. … Read More

Life of Hope and City agencies Partner to Provide Temporary Protected Status Application Assistance to Haitian New Yorkers

Photo credit: Yurii Kibalnik Life of Hope (LOH), in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), the Office of the Public Advocate, CUNY Law’s Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN), and CUNY Haitian Studies Institute (CUNY-HSI) have collaborated to … Read More

Nick Cannon leads Harlem Holiday Nights Parade

Photos credit: Isseu Diouf Campbell After skipping 2020 due to COVID 19, the Harlem Holiday Nights Parade came back in 2021 with Nick Cannon as Grand Marshall. The entertainer led the parade from 125th street and old Broadway to 8th … Read More

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer honors community organizations at Winterfest VIP reception in Harlem

Photos credit: Isseu Diouf Campbell Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer hosted a Winterfest VIP reception to kick-off Harlem holiday lights and honor community organizations at her uptown office in Harlem on November 16, 2021. The outgoing Borough President honored World … Read More

Black immigrant organizations launch two days of action for the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF) program

Photo credit: AS Photo Project The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), UndocuBlack Network (UBN), African Communities Together (ACT), and Black Immigrant Collective (BIC) have launched two days of actions focused on the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF) program, approximately one month from the application deadline of December … Read More

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