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Aloft Harlem Hotel Opens Doors for Students’ Families

Aloft Hotel

The hotel opening is an indicator of Harlem’s evolution into a cultural destination and suggests a reinvigorated sense of community.
By Kavitha Surana
Columbia Spectator

Harlem was long overdue for a new hotel—there had not been a major hotel opening in the area since Hotel Theresa closed its doors in 1967. Aloft Hotel (2296 Frederick Douglas Blvd., between 123rd and 124th streets), which opened early this February, is poised to fill this void with style.

From the moment guests enter and approach the circular check-in desk, it is clear that Aloft is not an average hotel. “We have a completely different lingo at Aloft,” Director of Sales and Marketing Aleksandra Truglio said. The lobby is known as the “re:mix,” housekeeping is called “re:fresh,” and the 24-hour fitness center is titled “re:charge.” The lobby opens up into the wxyz lounge, a funky neon bar where guests can “re:fuel” on cocktails and snacks.

Read more from the Columbia Spectator article.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Brings Harlem Basketball History Home with New Historical Documentary

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar came home to Harlem last week with a slam dunk lesson in black history for thousands of New York City school kids.

The NBA legend, who grew up in Harlem and Inwood, appeared at the Schomburg Center on 135th St. to screen his new documentary film, “On the Shoulders of Giants,” which tells the inspiring story of the Harlem Rens – “the greatest basketball team you’ve never heard of.”

“I wanted to give kids an idea of what had to happen for them to have this game,” Jabbar told the Daily News. “They don’t really understand everything that went into the emergence of professional basketball. And if you ask most NBA players right now, very few know that the game was segregated.”

The film depicts a team that from 1922-1948 won the hearts of Harlem fans while battling rampant racism as they barnstormed around the country, routinely winning exhibition games against white teams.

Read more in the NY Daily News.

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Willie Mays, at Home in Harlem, Connects With Its Children

Mays visiting the students at P.S. 46 in Harlem - Photo courtesy of the New York Times

Baseball great Willie Mays returned home to Harlem and visted students from P.S. 46 to talk about his life as a Giants’ centerfielder and his life in Harlem. He even brought gifts for the school’s best students — 12 baseballs, 3 replica 1951 Giants jerseys and even a $100 bill.

Read more from the New York Times article

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Kumon Donates Library For Harlem Children’s Zone

Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy received a great gift from Kumon, a new Library. Kumon hopes the excitement over the new library and books will encourage reading by the students. At a dedication ceremony each student can pick on book from the new library to keep for themselves. Kumon representatives said they hope their donation will encourage business and organizations to invest in children’s literacy. Kumon’s donation is part of their annual book drive, which this year raised more than 12,000 books. You can read more here.

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Harlem’s Children’s Zone Receives Gift

The Harlem Children’s zone that worked to raise over $50 million last year, just received a gift from Goldman Sachs Gives for $20 million. The Children’s Zone plans to build a 134,600-square-foot new school that would educated and provide 1,200 k-6 students will all the necessary resources for a positive foundation. You can read the full story here.

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East Harlem’s First Charter High School

This September a group of 135 ninth graders will become the inaugural class at Renaissance Charter High School for Innovation, which is East Harlem’s first charter high school. Principal Nicholas Tishuk said the school received far more applications than there were spots available for the incoming students. Tishuk said he he thinks that is because parents in the area are willing to invest in their children’s future and take a risk on a new school that will prove to be that smart investment. Every parent or guardian has had at least one personal visit from either Tishuk himself or a member of his staff, something far from common in today’s educational system. You can read the full story and find out more about the school’s summer program’s here.

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