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Please Join Us for the Unveiling of the “Remembering Julia” Mosaic


On Friday, October 27, 2006, Hope Community, Inc. will host a press conference and unveiling of an historic mosaic by artist Manny Vega honoring the late Puerto Rican poet, Julia de Burgos. The 11:00 AM ceremony will take place in the heart of East Harlem’s “Cultural Corridor” – in front of a Hope building located on the northeast corner of Lexington Avenue and East 106th Street. The momentous unveiling will be followed by a community reception hosted by El Taller Boricua in the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center at 1680 Lexington Avenue. For more information, call (212) 860-8821, Ext 111.


Honoring Diversity in the Arts Community

On August 19, 2006, Manhattan Community Board Eleven, East Harlem’s primary public and civic institution, is bringing together an ecletic group of artists from all nationalities for its third annual Arts and Cultural Networking Celebration. This event will take place at East 106th Street between Lexington to Second Avenues, from 12:00 – 6:30PM. This free event brings together established artists and cultural institutions from all parts of the neighborhood. These organizations are but not limited to the Museum of the City of New York, Taller Boricua, El Museo Del Barrio, PR Dreams, the National Black Theater and other cultural insitutions from this diverse City.

The event will be centrally located in the hub of culture and art in East Harlem. Various artists from art and the entertainment world have lived in our neighborhood. Artists like James De La Vega, whose works can be seen on the streets of East Harlem. Jazz singer Gloria DeNard, who still teaches here in East Harlem through Manna House. The former residence of actress Cicely Tyson is a few blocks away from the festival site. Finally, visitors can walk along the Tito Puente way and marvel at the surroundings where this legend lived or visit the wonderful art at Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center.

“We believe that East Harlem is the perfect venue for a multicultural arts celebration. This event serves as a tool to expose city residents to the different cultures of the world,” states Lino Rios, Chair of Community Board Eleven.

The festivities are being organized by Manhattan Community Board Eleven’s Cultural Committee. “Art intertwines every aspect of life and sustains social solidarity; thus, on this day East Harlem honors and celebrates the diversity of the art community and the pioneers of civilzation,” states Taina Traverso, Chair of the Arts and Cultural Affairs Committee. “East Harlem/El Barrio has always been a cradle for artists to expand their talents, be it what ever form they are working with, from music to dance to visual,” states a long-time Spanish Harlem artist Fernando Salicrup.

Manhattan Community Board Eleven is a New York City government agency that plans and advocates for the needs of East Harlem/Spanish Harlem. For more information, log onto

Poetas con Cafe Jesus Papoleto Melendez and Mariposa – Saturday, Aug. 19

Please join us on Saturday, August 19, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at Modesto Flores Garden on Lexington Avenue near 104th Street. Featured poets include Jesus Papoleto Melendez and Mariposa – plus open mike. Poetas con Café is sponsored by Hope Community, Inc. as a forum for poets and musicians to share their work with the East Harlem community. Readings are held once a month – from June through September. Hope commissions local artists whose work is connected to the East Harlem area. Refreshments and snacks provided by Hope Community; plus specialty coffee courtesy of East Harlem Café. This free program is also made possible with matching grants from Poets & Writers, Inc. and the NYS Council on the Arts. For more information, call (212) 860-8821, Ext. 162.

Jesus Papoleto Melendez

Benefit for the “Remembering Julia” Mosaic Project

Julia de Burgos

Please join the “Remembering Julia” Mosaic Project Committee on Monday, July 31, 6:30 pm at Media Noche, 161 East 106th Street at a benefit for an historic Hope Community mosaic honoring the late Julia de Burgos to be designed and installed by artist Manny Vega on the northeast corner of Lexington Avenue and 106th Street. Suggested donation: $25.00. Please call (212) 860-8821, Ext. 111 to RSVP or to make a donation.

5th Annual Mujeres del Barrio Women’s History Month Tribute


Join the Women of East Harlem as they celebrate Women’s History Month During the 5th Annual Event at Carlos Rios Community Center, 335 East 105th Street. $15 will get you in the door, plus a warm meal and lots of friendly company and entertainment. For details, call Carol Martinez at (212) 360-7625, Ext. 13.

Thursday, March 29th, 2007
Carlos Rios Community Center
335 East 105th Street.
6:00 – 9:00 pm

Celebrate East Harlem Women’s History Month With Julia de Burgos Day – Friday, March 16th!


Street Dedication Ceremony
11:00 am – 12:00 Noon
Julia de Burgos Boulevard
(Lexington Avenue/106th St.)

Reception @ Taller Boricua
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
1680 Lexington Avenue

Evening Program
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Teatro Heckscher
del Museo del Barrio
1220 Fifth Avenue

Sponsored by the Office of Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito, El Museo del Barrio, Hope Community, Inc. and East Harlem Preservation.

EAST HARLEM FOCUS: Film & Panel Discussion on Gentrification

Thursday • May 10 • 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Carlos Rios Senior Residence
335 East 105th Street

Join Hope Community for the premiere of a 30-minute documentary, “East Harlem Focus.” The public screening will be followed by an in-depth discussion on gentrification in East Harlem featuring representatives from Lakeview Tenants Association, Community Voices Heard, Esperanza del Barrio, and other local partners. For details call (212) 860-8821, Ext. 111 or visit

East Harlem Focus Flyer

Poetas Con Café (Free)


Roger Caban of Hope Community Hosts Poetas Con Café. The 10th Anniversary Celebration continues on Saturday, July 14th – 2:00-5:00 PM in the Modesto Flores Garden, Lexington Avenue, near 104th Street with:

Eugene Rodriguez & the Puerto Rican Intercultural Drama Ensemble Present: “The San Juan Shakespeare Company” featuring an all-star cast: Rhina Valentin, Angelo Lozada, Mariposa, Andre Rodriguez, MelleSOL, Indio Melendez, Tania Ochoteco, and Anais!

Plus! Playwright & Poet Frank Pérez.

This event is free and open to the general public. Complimentary snacks and refreshments will be provided.

A Walk in the Park: Community March/Rally To & At Randall’s Island

Sunday, February 24th – 1:00 PM
Meet at Triborough Bridge Entrance
Southeast Corner of 2nd Avenue @ 125th Street

Voice Your Concerns and Demand That the City & Parks Department:

• Stop the Construction! Go thru Land Review (ULURP) Process & Prepare Environmental Impact Statement
• Abolish the Private School Franchise Contract & Develop a More Open and Fair Permitting Process
• Develop a Community-Based Plan for Increased Access to Ball Fields for Local Schools and Organizations
• Provide Adequate Park Maintenance Funding & Open the 103rd Street Footbridge Year-Round
• Improve Safety and Public Transportation & Stop the Implementation of Artificial Turf
• End Private Parties That Prohibit Access to Public Park Land

PARTICIPANTS: Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito • East Harlem Preservation• Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer • Class Size Matters • Citywide Council on High Schools • NYC Park Advocates • Friends of Brook Park • New York Environmental Law & Justice Project • East Harlem Little League • Puebla en Marcha • Urban Divers • No Spray Coalition • Save Our Parks, Inc. • Community Association of East Harlem Triangle Inc. Call (212) 828-9800 to Register Your School, Church or Community Organization.  For more information and links to recent news reports, visit: