New this Morning

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a last-minute bid just before midnight Monday to salvage a possible deal with teachers unions and lawmakers to limit the public disclosure of teacher evaluations, the Wall Street Journal writes:

* Facing resistance from the Republican-controlled Senate, a proposal by Gov. Cuomo to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana appeared near defeat on Monday, the New York Times says:

* Nicholas Spano, who spent nearly three decades representing Westchester County as a state senator and assemblyman, was sentenced on Monday to a year and a day in jail for tax evasion, the Times writes:

* A proposal for a power line under parts of the Hudson River and Lake Champlain to deliver electricity to New York City has created an odd alliance between the Sierra Club and energy companies, the Journal writes:

* Lawmakers could vote as soon as Wednesday on the creation of the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, a new watchdog agency, the Times-Union reports:

* The state Legislature is expected to pass a bill to encourage organ donation by expanding the donor options on drivers license applications, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle writes:

* Eight protesters with Occupy Wall Street have been convicted of misdemeanor trespassing a month after the Zuccotti Park encampment was dismantled, the Times-Union says:

* The Cuomo administration and the union representing state prison guards have reached a tentative contract agreement, the Times-Union writes:

* In NY-19, Democratic primary foes Julian Schreibman and Joel Tyner, who are vying for the chance to challenge Rep. Chris Gibson, faced off in their only debate, the Times-Union reports:




Harlem – News

Harlem – News June 18, 2012

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New York of 2012 predicted by Mayor Robert F Wagner 50 years ago
New York of 2012 predicted by Mayor Robert F Wagner 50 years ago (Daily Mail)
It was an age of American optimism and New York was the inspiring centrepiece of a nation thought to have a boundless potential for future creativity and economic growth.
Thousands March Down Fifth Avenue in Silence in Protest of Police Brutality on Father’s Day (The Village Voice)
A mother stands with her 16-year-old son and a year old photo of his beatings from the Atlantic City PD As thousands of protestors marched, in silence, down Fifth Avenue yesterday, it was a strange thing indeed to hear so many New Yorkers not speaking, yelling or blaring music, but to just simply hear birds chirping on a beautiful, late Spring … (more)

March in New York against police ‘stop and frisk’ tactics (Yahoo!)
Thousands of people marched in silence in New York to protest against street checks by police that rights activists say disproportionately target blacks and Hispanics.

Marchers protest NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactics (The Republic)
The quiet was interrupted only by the tapping of feet on the pavement and birds chirping as protesters strode along Central Park from Harlem to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s town house on the Upper East Side.



Uptown Festival of New Plays (Thursday, through June 24) This four-day playwright festival, hosted by Morris-Jumel Mansion in partnership with the Peoples Theater Project, will showcase works in progress inspired by the Washington Heights neighborhood. The opening reception on Thursday begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a performance of An Alien in Inwood, written by Kimberly Barrante. Performances are followed by a discussion with the playwright, director and actors. Admission is pay what you can. Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, at Sylvan Terrace, Washington Heights, (212) 923-8008,

Wave Hill: Fathers Day T-Shirts, Tour and Exhibit (Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday) Inspired by Fathers Day, Ts for Dad and Me, is a family activity in which participants can sketch summer scenery onto T-shirts with fabric markers as they walk through the nature center, on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. To 1 p.m. On Saturday, starting at 11 a.m., Deirdre La Porte, a guide at Wave Hill, will lead a history walk through the gardens. Gallery tours of the exhibition, Tending Toward the Untamed: Artists Respond to the Wild Garden, featuring painting, photography, animation and sculpture, take place on Saturdays and Tuesdays at 2 p.m. (Tours through Aug. 18.) West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Riverdale, the Bronx, (718) 549-3200,; events are free with admission to the grounds: $8, $4 for students and 65+, $2 for children 6 to 18, and free for children under 6 and members. Free on Saturday and Tuesday until noon.

Cathedral Music: Drums of Illumination: Sacred Drumming in a Sacred Space (Saturday) This music program features drumming, trance dances and chants from three cultural traditions: Southern Italian, American Indian and Afro Brazilian. The musicians include the vocalist Alessandra Belloni, who also directs this collaborative work; the drummer Sergio Bellotti, the percussionist Davi Vieira; and the Silvercloud Singers and Dancers. At 8 p.m., Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, at 112th Street, Morningside Heights, (212) 316-7490,; $25, but reservations are required.

New Haarlem Arts Theater: Ma Raineys Black Bottom (Friday through July 8) This play, written by August Wilson and directed by Eugene Nesmith, explores the blues and race relations in America. Friday, Saturday and Thursday at 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday a 2 p.m., Aaron Davis Hall, Theater B, 135th Street and Convent Avenue, Harlem, (212) 868-4444,; $30, $25 for 60+, $15 for students, $10 with CUNY ID.

Spanish Harlem Salsa Tourtout-app-button.png (daily) This tour focuses on the neighborhoods cultural roots and includes stops at botanicas and the homes of noted musicians. Led by Jose Obando, an ethnomusicologist, the tour meets at 10 a.m. And 6 p.m. On the southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and 110th Street; $25; reservations,lubonacorp.




* Three Republican candidates are vying to run against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in November, but few New Yorkers seem to be paying attention to the June 26 primary, the New York Times says:

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state teachers-union leaders have struck a deal that would only allow parents to see evaluations of their own childrens current teachers at meetings with school principals. The governor has signaled that he will veto any bill that diverges from that plan, the Post says:

* New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has been notably silent about the controversial Chelsea Market project in her district, which pits the business interests supporting her mayoral run against the activists who propelled Quinn to prominence, the Times reports:

* After funding cutbacks ended a New York City rental-assistance program called Advantage earlier this year, hundreds of recipientsmost of them childrenhave returned to the homeless shelter system, the Wall Street Journal reports:

* A federal judge in Manhattan raised questions about aspects of the governments corruption case against New York City Councilman Larry Seabrook, saying the governments theory of how Seabrook received kickbacks from a non-profit was unclear, the Times writes:

* Rep. Eliot Engel took out a six-figure mortgage from a major campaign contributor rather than a bank, a move that would require clearance from the House Ethics committee:

* Civil Service Employees Association President Danny Donohue is eligible to receive three different pensions worth more than $130,000, the Post writes:



Wine and Dine Overlooking the Hudson River in Support of Fort Tryon Park!

**July 26th, 2012: Save the Date for a Toast to Fort Tryon and a Taste
of Washington Heights and Inwood

Sample over 20 Wines and Cuisine from Restaurants throughout
Washington Heights and Inwood, all in support of Fort Tryon Park!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Fort Tryon Park on the Linden Terrace

Enjoy an evening of conviviality, fine wine and live music with your
friends and neighbors at the annual wine tasting benefit for the Fort
Tryon Park Trust. Cosponsor Cabrini Wines will supply an elegant
assortment of wines for the tasting and special discounts for orders
placed through the event. You can sample over 20 wines from Cabrini
Wines paired with delectable food from restaurants in Washington
Heights and Inwood thanks to the Washington Heights Business
Improvement District.

All proceeds support Fort Tryon Park restoration, horticultural
supplies, maintenance staff, free programs, special events, volunteer
initiatives and improvements in the park.


Ticket sales in advance – $50 per person(

Ticket sales at the door (if space permits) – $60 per person

You may pay in advance by check or credit card.


Online by credit card – Coming Soon!/

Tickets will soon be available for purchase online. They will be
available online through Tuesday, July 24, for $50. After noon on
Tuesday, July 24, tickets will only be available at the door.

/At the door(/

If space permits, tickets may purchased at the door for $60 each and
must be paid by cash or check only. No credit cards please.

/This is a tented event and will take place rain or shine. No refunds
will be available.

Access to the historic Linden Terrace is by staircase only so it is
not wheelchair accessible./



Jun 19, 2012: Kid’s Singing Audition – US Open Casting Call at Apollo Theater


The USTA will host its 6th Annual Casting Call to select children aged 12 and under to perform at the 2012 US Open which is held from Aug 27 – Sept 9
Winners will perform America the Beautiful live at Arthur Ashe Stadium during night sessions of this year’s US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
The auditions are free of charge. All will perform a cappella in front of a panel of judges from the music and entertainment industries.
The young singers performing at the US Open always captivate the crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium, said Gordon Smith, USTA Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer.
The USTA will announce the final singer selections in mid-July. The winners will receive a US Open Gift Bag and Tickets to their performance session – in addition to exposure in front of as many as 24,000 fans in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
For more information on the open casting call, including the official rules, log on to or

Jun 19, 2012: Kid’s Singing Audition – US Open Casting Call at Apollo Theater
Mon, 11 Jun 2012 04:33:37 GMT

Amsterdam News: Where’s Adriano Espaillat?…Updated

Amsterdam News: Where’s Adriano Espaillat?…Updated

The Amsterdam News wants to know: Where’s Adriano Espaillat? Our Alison Gendar reports: In a Congressional endorsement, the newspaper slammed the state senator as a no-show in  the newly redrawn 13th CD he wants to represent. “Espaillat did not even bother to respond to the Amsterdam …

Amsterdam News: Where’s Adriano Espaillat?…Updated
Fri, 08 Jun 2012 13:12:16 GMT