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‪Purpose‬ By Kathleen M. Pike Those who have a “why” to live, can bear with almost any “how,” wrote Viktor Frankl in his...
03/12/2020
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‪Purpose‬

By Kathleen M. Pike

Those who have a “why” to live, can bear with almost any “how,” wrote Viktor Frankl in his book, Man’s Search for Meaning.

Equally, the absence of ‘why’ can make unbearable almost any ‘how’. We live in a world where it is easy to be busy. The challenge before us is not doing; the challenge before us is being sure that we have a sense of purpose that guides our doing. What’s the connection to mental health?

Los que tienen un "por qué" vivir, pueden soportar casi cualquier "cómo", escribió Viktor Frankl en su libro El hombre en busca de sentido. Igualmente...

Reinforcing RTC Sonya Mitchell’s landlord was looking to evict her. The Bronx resident had been withholding rent due to ...
03/12/2020
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Reinforcing RTC

Sonya Mitchell’s landlord was looking to evict her.

The Bronx resident had been withholding rent due to a lack of needed repairs in her apartment.
After seeking help from community-based organizations, Mitchell took the matter – and her landlord – to court.

“I said to my landlord, ‘I owe you $7,000 but you owe me heat, hot water and no mold,” she remarked. “I paid the money, but the landlord was forced to repair my apartment.”

Mitchell is not alone.

She and fellow tenants in need have been afforded legal representation in housing court since the city passed its landmark Right to Counsel (RTC) law in 2017.

During that time, the number of tenants using attorneys in housing court has risen from 2 percent to 62 percent in zip codes eligible for RTC, city lawmakers said at a City Hall rally on February 24, while apartment evictions have dropped by 29 percent during that same period.

“When you equip a family with a lawyer in housing court, you can save that family from eviction,” said City Councilmember Vanessa Gibson.

The RTC law provides renters with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty line – or $50,200 annually for a family of four – with free legal representation when facing an eviction.

El arrendador de Sonya Mitchell buscaba desalojarla. La residente del Bronx había estado reteniendo el alquiler en respuesta a la falta...

Reading the Rule This rule is cruel. Immigrant advocates and city officials are decrying the Trump administration’s new ...
03/12/2020
Reading the RuleSin miedo - Manhattan Times News

Reading the Rule

This rule is cruel.

Immigrant advocates and city officials are decrying the Trump administration’s new “public charge” rule now in effect – while seeking to educate residents.

Confusion abounds about who exactly is affected by the rule and what the potential impacts are for immigrants who worry that seeking public benefits could risk their status.

At a media roundtable in Manhattan on Mon., Feb. 24 – the day the rule was enacted – officials stressed that the rule does not change a person’s eligibility to apply for public assistance such as food stamps or Medicaid.

“No New Yorker should stop using public benefits they are entitled to,” said Steven Banks, Commissioner of the city’s Department of Social Services (DSS). “Someone who was eligible for benefits last week is still eligible this week. That hasn’t changed.”

While the public charge rule may prevent some immigrants from achieving lawful permanent resident status or a visa if they use certain public benefits or are deemed likely to use them in the future, officials and advocates said that many immigrants will not be impacted by the rule at all.

This rule is cruel. Immigrant advocates and city officials are decrying the Trump administration’s new “public charge” rule now in effect– while seeking to educate residents.

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03/12/2020

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Losing on Lead “This year, we identified a property owner…willing [to take steps in] realizing a greener Bronx…We will s...
03/12/2020
Losing on LeadPerder contra el plomo - Manhattan Times News

Losing on Lead

“This year, we identified a property owner…willing [to take steps in] realizing a greener Bronx…We will set an example for the preservation of environmentally friendly affordable housing across the city.”

During his 2016 State of the Borough, President Rubén Díaz Jr. had high praise for property owner Chestnut Holdings. His office had partnered with the management company, which oversees over 6,000 apartments across the borough, as they conducted an energy audit of their buildings and made necessary upgrades to make them greener.

The quote is also featured prominently on the property group’s website, one of many laudatory quotes from tenants, bank vice-presidents, church leaders and others thanking Chestnut Holdings for its responsiveness to issues.

One tenant at 2050 Valentine Avenue, who made note of hallways recently repainted, wrote: “I thank Chestnut Holdings for keeping our building safe and well-kept. The maintenance team shows that they care about residents by paying attention to the building and making sure the common areas are comfortable and safe.”

But a different tune was being sung this week – by Díaz and by State Attorney General Letitia James, who charge that Chestnut Holdings was anything but responsive in addressing a critical, and dangerous, threat to its tenants: lead paint.

"Este año, identificamos a un propietario... dispuesto [a tomar medidas para] lograr un Bronx más verde... Vamos a dar un ejemplo para la preservación de viviendas asequibles y ecológicas en toda la ciudad".

‪Washing up on Wadsworth‬Six months after becoming principal at P.S. 132, Wendy Poveda noticed something unusual.Members...
03/11/2020
Washing up on WadsworthLavando en Wadsworth - Manhattan Times News

‪Washing up on Wadsworth‬

Six months after becoming principal at P.S. 132, Wendy Poveda noticed something unusual.

Members of the staff at the elementary school were bringing home and washing the clothes of students.

Approximately 25 percent of P.S. 132 Juan Pablo Duarte’s students suffer from housing insecurity, either residing in shelters or apartments that are overcrowded.

Some students would fail to come to school because they did not have clean clothes to wear, Poveda said.

“It impacts attendance, it impacts self-esteem,” she remarked.

A solution came in the form of suds.

The school, located at 185 Wadsworth Avenue, has installed an on-site washer and dryer to ensure that students have clean clothes.

The laundry room is the debut project of a new program – dubbed JPD Cares – designed to offer services and programming to aid families in need.

Seis meses después de convertirse en directora de la P.S. 132, Wendy Poveda notó algo inusual. Miembros del personal de la escuela primaria llevaban a casa y lavaban la ropa de los estudiantes.

A Natural Stage Owl wants a bold statement about art. But the other animals have different things to say about love, lif...
03/11/2020
A Natural StageUn escenario natural - Manhattan Times News

A Natural Stage

Owl wants a bold statement about art.

But the other animals have different things to say about love, life and loss.

A Barn Play by Lizzie Donahue is UP Theater Company’s latest offering. All of the characters are animals, mounting a theatrical production (costumes by Hunter Dowell). But everything changes when the lamb and the calf will be taken away in what the company describes as a “darkly comic fable” performed by a cast of farm animals.

Director Melissa Moschitto said working with seven actors authentically portraying animals on stage is both exciting and challenging.

“The actors are invested in making their animal characters fully three-dimensional,” she said. “No one has approached it like, ‘Oh, I’m just the cat.’”

The actors (who play a dog, sheep, cow, pig and a chicken) pay close attention to movement and vocal patterns. “It speaks to the notion of seeing the animals for who they really are, and you realize that they are very individual creatures.”

Owl wants a bold statement about art. But the other animals have different things to say about love, life and loss. A Barn Play by Lizzie Donahue is UP Theater Company’s...

‪World Wildlife Day at UN‬ Students from Comp Science High in the Bronx were among those who attended World Wildlife Day...
03/11/2020
World Wildlife Day at UNDía Mundial de la Vida Silvestre en la ONU - Manhattan Times News

‪World Wildlife Day at UN‬

Students from Comp Science High in the Bronx were among those who attended World Wildlife Day celebrations at the United Nations on March 3.

The students are part of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Education Department at the Bronx Zoo. The group is intended to provide young people with a voice on environmental and conservation issues.

Los estudiantes de Comp Science High en el Bronx estuvieron entre los asistentes a las celebraciones del Día Mundial de la Vida Silvestre en las Naciones Unidas el 3 de marzo. Los estudiantes...

‪Celebrating Semidey‬ It was a ‎milestone moment. Esther Semidey, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and au...
03/10/2020
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‪Celebrating Semidey‬

It was a ‎milestone moment.

Esther Semidey, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and aunt, recently celebrated her 100th birthday among family and friends at a party complete with DJ and cake.

The celebration on February 7 was held at the Carter Burden/Leonard Covello Senior Center (Covello) in East Harlem.

Semidey, born in Puerto Rico, has been a resident of Harlem for 75 years and has been a Covello member for more than 20 years.

It was a ‎milestone moment. Esther Semidey, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and aunt, recently celebrated her 100th birthday...

‪NYIC “A body blow”‬ New battles are looming. Despite New York City’s efforts to provide enhanced services, immigrant co...
03/10/2020
NYIC “A body blow‎""Un golpe al cuerpo" - Manhattan Times News

‪NYIC “A body blow”‬

New battles are looming.

Despite New York City’s efforts to provide enhanced services, immigrant communities are facing challenges when it comes to accessing health care, advocates and elected officials said.

Speaking at the annual legislative breakfast for the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), City Councilmember Mark Levine said the state’s plan to shift more responsibility for Medicaid costs to local governments in an attempt to close a $6 billion budget gap could have a devastating effect for immigrants and at-risk communities.

Levine called the strategy to make New York City pay as much as $2 billion for Medicaid costs “a body blow to our public hospitals and other immigrant-centric institutions,” which could lead to the shuttering of community clinics and to the layoffs of health care workers.

Se avecinan nuevas batallas. A pesar de los esfuerzos de la ciudad de Nueva York para proporcionar mejores servicios, las comunidades de inmigrantes enfrentan...

Calls for more diverse curriculum at DOE Quit redlining ‎the written word. That is the demand from groups calling on the...
03/10/2020
Look at the LitRevisen la literatura - Manhattan Times News

Calls for more diverse curriculum at DOE

Quit redlining ‎the written word.

That is the demand from groups calling on the city’s Department of Education (DOE) to include greater diversity in the curriculum used in public schools.
Redlining, the discriminatory and systematic practice of refusing services and assistance to historically disenfranchised groups, was banned over a half century ago.

But at a recent press conference, Congressman Adriano Espaillat, civil rights attorney Norman Siegel and other advocates‎ said the practice of exclusion persists with diverse literature choices at the DOE.

They drew from a recent study released by advocacy group New York City Coalition for Educational Justice (CEJNYC) that pointed to a distinct lack of inclusive materials for a public school system overwhelmingly comprised of black and Hispanic students.

As compiled by CEJNYC, the report Diverse City, White Curriculum surveyed more than 1,200 books in the city’s public school system and found that 83 percent were written by white authors.

In a system made up of nearly 70 percent black and Hispanic students, only seven percent of the books surveyed were written by black authors.

Quit redlining ‎the written word. That is the demand from groups calling on the city's Department of Education (DOE) to include greater diversity in the curriculum used in public schools.

Film at Five‬ The Inwood Film Festival (IFF) will mark its fifth year next month. Showcasing the work of Northern Manhat...
03/10/2020
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Film at Five‬

The Inwood Film Festival (IFF) will mark its fifth year next month.

Showcasing the work of Northern Manhattan filmmakers, the festival will be held from March 13-15 at the Campbell Sports Center at Columbia University’s Baker Athletics Complex.

This year’s festival is the largest to date, with 25 films on tap, including feature-length movies, shorts and student films that were either made in Inwood or by local artists.

“It’s going to be an incredible festival,” said founder Aaron Simms.

On Mon., Feb. 17, Simms hosted a selection announcement party at Indian Road Café at 7:00 pm, where the films to be shown at this year’s festival were revealed.

El Festival de Cine de Inwood (IFF, por sus siglas en inglés) marcará su quinto año el próximo mes. Exhibiendo el trabajo de los cineastas...

A Campaign Message from Your Greatest President I’m Donald Trump and I’ve been running for re-election since the day I g...
03/10/2020
Make America Awful Again and AgainHacer a Estados Unidos horrible una y otra vez - Manhattan Times News

A Campaign Message from Your Greatest President

I’m Donald Trump and I’ve been running for re-election since the day I got elected.

Who cares about running the country when you can spend your time lying to rabid crowds and baiting the liberals like you’re an announcer for the World Wrestling Federation?

Besides, I have all the best people to run the country for me, doing great things like destroying the environment as quickly as possible, killing the Constitution, hurting poor people’s ability to eat and find shelter and giving my rich friends huge tax breaks.

Running for President of the United States is a task of the utmost seriousness. Candidates should not chase after wild-eyed and unrealistic ideas as if they are lottery tickets, which is what the crazed and traitorous Democrats are doing.

My re-election campaign will be based on solid, scientific ideas in order to move the country forward into complete awfulness.

I’m Donald Trump and I’ve been running for re-election since the day I got elected. Who cares about running the country when you can spend...

Secret Society A semi-secret society thrives in a historic Harlem hotel. In 1940, the Hotel Theresa, which had an all-wh...
03/09/2020
Secret SocietySociedad secreta - Manhattan Times News

Secret Society

A semi-secret society thrives in a historic Harlem hotel.

In 1940, the Hotel Theresa, which had an all-white clientele and staff for its first twenty-eight years, opted to integrate, accepting all guests of all races and hiring black staff and management.

The 13-story facility, replete with elite service amenities and shops, would soon come to be known as the “Waldorf of Harlem” and the hotel of choice for, among other guests, Joe Louis; Fidel Castro; Nikita Khrushchev; Malcom X; John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy; Eleanor Roosevelt; and Muhammad Ali.

Converted to an office building in 1971, the building was declared a city landmark in 1993.

Within its walls now is a name far less bold-faced but with as great a light to shine.

Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) works with over 600 students per year – readying them for college life and beyond.

The youth development organization starts working with underserved young people in middle school and continuing into college through a rigorous, year-round academic enrichment program.

A semi-secret society thrives in a historic Harlem hotel. In 1940, the Hotel Theresa, which had an all-white clientele and staff for its first twenty-eight years...

Haven in Harlem It’s a time-out from the tumult. The city has unveiled a new facility in East Harlem that is designed to...
03/09/2020
Haven in HarlemRefugio en Harlem - Manhattan Times News

Haven in Harlem

It’s a time-out from the tumult.

The city has unveiled a new facility in East Harlem that is designed to offer stabilizing assistance for people who come in contact with police while in a mental health or drug-related crisis.

Known as the East Harlem Support and Connection Center, it will operate 24 hours a day.

By giving police officers an alternative to arrest or sending people to a hospital, the center is expected to reduce criminal justice interventions and unnecessary emergency room visits, city officials said.

“In the past, too often people ended up in the emergency room or justice-involved, when what they really needed was support meeting them where they were on their path to recovery,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot. “This is a quiet space, a safe space, to link them to care.”

Barbot said the center is the first of its kind in New York and was modeled after similar facilities in Los Angeles, San Antonio and Phoenix, which proved to be successful in reducing the time that people spent in police custody and hospitals.

It's a time-out from the tumult. The city has unveiled a new facility in East Harlem that is designed to offer stabilizing assistance for people who come in contact with police while in a mental health or drug-related...

A Natural Stage Owl wants a bold statement about art. But the other animals have different things to say about love, lif...
03/09/2020
A Natural StageUn escenario natural - Manhattan Times News

A Natural Stage

Owl wants a bold statement about art.

But the other animals have different things to say about love, life and loss.

A Barn Play by Lizzie Donahue is UP Theater Company’s latest offering. All of the characters are animals, mounting a theatrical production (costumes by Hunter Dowell). But everything changes when the lamb and the calf will be taken away in what the company describes as a “darkly comic fable” performed by a cast of farm animals.

Director Melissa Moschitto said working with seven actors authentically portraying animals on stage is both exciting and challenging.

“The actors are invested in making their animal characters fully three-dimensional,” she said. “No one has approached it like, ‘Oh, I’m just the cat.’”

The actors (who play a dog, sheep, cow, pig and a chicken) pay close attention to movement and vocal patterns. “It speaks to the notion of seeing the animals for who they really are, and you realize that they are very individual creatures.”

Owl wants a bold statement about art. But the other animals have different things to say about love, life and loss. A Barn Play by Lizzie Donahue is UP Theater Company’s...

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