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Mayor’s Cup Chess Championship Coming to Harlem

A boy moves a giant chess piece on a board in London's Trafalgar Square. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)Students in grades K-12 will bid for the title of “Best in the City” during the competition this weekend in Harlem.

By Tom Liddy
DNAinfo.com

Who’s going to be king?

Some 600 kids will vy for the title of the best chess player in the city on Saturday.

The students will descend on Frederick Douglass Academy, on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and 149th Street, in Harlem for the four-round tournament, beginning at 10 a.m.

The Mayor’s Cup, will be divided into elementary and junior high/high school students with three levels of play each – open, novice and unrated.

The competition will be open to all students, grades K-12, from public Catholic and independent schools.

A winner will be awarded in each category.

Read more from DNAinfo.com.

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Harlem Gets Old School, Double-Dutch and Skully Style

A father and son bond over a game of skully, played in the streets of New York for generations, during the weekend Street Games in Harlem. (Photo courtesy of Tara MacIsaac/The Epoch Times)


By Tara MacIsaac
Epoch Times Staff

NEW YORK—The fourth annual Street Games at Thomas Jefferson Park in Harlem brought parents and children together to enjoy the games that have been a part of childhood in the city for generations.

The Department of Parks and Recreation and the Walt Disney Company set up areas to play handball, skip double-dutch style, or hop on a pogo stick, among other favorite street games Saturday afternoon.

A live band played James Brown’s “I Feel Good,” as a parks’ employee got funky with some smooth moves. The Motown vibe pervaded the park, evoking nostalgia while creating new memories.

Read more from the Epoch Times.

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Harlem Fine Arts Show Returns for Second Year

A national showcase of African-American artists is returning to Harlem in February, a weeklong affair that will coincide with Black History Month.

The second annual Harlem Fine Arts Show will be held at Riverside Church from Feb. 25 to 27 with a mission to develop “the long-neglected area of African-American culture, history and economic development,” organizers say. This year’s show will emphasize both known and emerging artists from around the country.

Read more at dnainfo.com

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Lights in Harlem

If it wasn’t for the donations of Harlem residents, churches, groups and business 125th Street would not have the sparkling lights they have today. It seems like such a short time ago that heard about the drive to fund the lights and just last week the community saw that hard work come to life as 125th Street in Harlem was lit and continues to sparkle at night. You can read the full story here.

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Frederick Douglas Blvd in Harlem

Harlem is seeing a lot of growth and excitement these days. The Daily News released this story about how much activity is happening on Frederick Douglas Blvd. and how the community is seeing the benefits all around. From the first hotel in 40 years (Aloft Harlem), a flurry of restaurants, a beer garden to the beautiful Apex Condods at 2300 Frederick Douglas Boulevard and 124th Street, Harlem is booming these days. It is exciting to be a part of the growth and we can’t wait to what pops up next.

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New Harlem Bridge Begins Instillation Today

Photo credit: NBC New York

The prefabricated bridge that you may have seen floating up and down the East River is officially being installed today. The new Wills Avenue Bridge will replace the 109-year-old span across the Harlem River. In a story from NBC New York, city Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan commented that while the new bridge might not be the iconic Brooklyn Bridge this new Wills Avenue bridge is a work horse and will carry more than 70,000 vehicles a day from Harlem to the South Bronx. It is not every day that we see a new bridge floated into place and ready for use in such a short amount of time. You can read the full story here.

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Weekend Plans In Harlem

Thanks to Harlemdiscover.com and Harlem Week 2010 we have come up with some great plans for the weekend. Saturday, as part of Harlem Week 2010 there will be a “Relieve The Stress” Morning Exercise from 9:00 AM- 11:30 AM at West 135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. Then lets head to the “Healthy Eating & Healthy Living”
Outdoor Farmers’ Markets open from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
on W. 145th Street (Between Bradhurst & Edgecombe Avenues) or on W. 110th Street (Between Manhattan & Columbus Avenues).

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Get Connected with WeHarlem

Photo credit: DNAinfo/Carla Zanoni

With the growing population, retail and residences in Harlem we are excited that we stumbled upon this little local gem called WeHarlem.com. The twitter-like site connects locals with small business, restaurants and most importantly, other locals. Are you new to the area or are you a long-time resident but looking for a new fun place for dinner? WeHarlem seems to have a pretty good reach of locals who are all willing to help answer those types of questions. DNAinfo.com even did a story about using WeHarlem as a resource for finding WiFi in the area.

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Target Hit The Bull’s-Eye

Harlem is going to be the home of the very first Target retail location on Manhattan Island! No need to travel to Brooklyn or Jersey anymore for the impossible-to-beat deals and inexpensive fashion finds, we will have it all right here in our own backyard. Target (517 E. 117th Street) is set to open on July 25th and like many of the Target branches in the US the Harlem location will return 5% of their fashion sales to a local charity of the designers choice. You can read the full story here.

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