New York City little known points of interest

Change has come

Lenox Lounge

Lenox Lounge (Photo credit: joseph a)

Lots of changes in African-American neighborhoods in New York. Restaurants, stores, points of interest are disappearing. So sad. Restaurants/clubs that I grew up with in Harlem have closed. M&G’s Diner on the corner of West 125th Street and Morningside Ave is gone. Lenox Lounge is gone. More mainstream stores like H&M from downtown have moved in. For years, no one was interested in Harlem. It was left to its own resources. No more affordable housing. Condos in Harlem where I grew up are priced in the 7 figures. Stores are being priced out by rents that doubled and tripled when leases were up. And the landlords don’t care that they are shutting the doors on neighborhood icons. All about the Benjamins. Is this progress or genocide?


September 2, 2013 Posted by | Harlem, Harlem restaurants, Lenox Avenue | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Celebrate Black Music Month

Macy's Department Store in New York City.

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There is always something exciting happening in New York.

Today, June 4 at noon at Macy’s Herald Square, Kid’s Department on 7, Macy’s welcomes Javaka Steptoe, illustrator of the New York Times bestseller, Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow, a Story of Young Jimi Hendrix. Javaka will share his vivid illustrations of Jimi’s story-a boy who always stood out from his surroundings but went on to become one of the most influential figures in music history. Special guest, guitarist Keith “The Captain” Gamble, will play some of Jimi’s greatest hits.

After the reading, kids can create their very own musical instrument. And with any $25.00 purchase from the Kids’ Department, they will receive a FREE signed copy of the book. (Limit one book per customer, while supplies last.)

Grab the kids and go listen to a little music and get some history on a great African American musician. If you grew up listening to Jimi Hendrix, you will definitely enjoy this.

June is BLACK MUSIC MONTH, a time to commemorate the contributions of African American musicians, past, present and future.


Have fun.

June 4, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , , | Leave a comment

TRIBECA Performing Arts Center

TRIBECA Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers Street, NYC is hosting:

New York Chinese Cultural Center presents
2011 Annual Student Recital

Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 2:00pm
$15 – General Admission

New York Chinese Cultural Center presents its 36th annual student recital, the highest quality of student performances, showcasing diverse traditional and folk dances, martial arts, acrobatic movement, ballroom dance, language, and arts and craft. The two-hour fully costumed program will transport our audiences to a world of colorful myths, historical drama, and timeless beauty. For more information about our classes, call 212.334.3764 or visit

May 9, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

9-11-01, A Tribute

The World Trade Center in New York.

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I have wanted to say this since this tragedy happened.

It is hard to express our feelings about the events that occurred on 9-11-01 in New York, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania. All of us at Nuggets in the Hood remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when we heard that a plane had stuck one of the Twin Towers. (My first thought was that it was a small plane and I wondered how a pilot could not see those 110 story buildings.)  As the events began to unfold, there were feelings of fear, sadness and anger. In the days and weeks that followed that terrible day, we have all wanted to do our part to remember the victims of that day. Indeed, we are all victims. We are also Native New Yorkers. We mourn the loss of life and the destruction of those magnificent buildings what had been a part of our lives for 25 years. This is our tribute to the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.



2 tall symbols of one man’s vision piercing the night sky.

Extraordinary view from the top and the bottom.

Directional landmark by land, sea or air.

Standing side by side, like the number 11. On 9/11 they all died.

Hundreds of voices silenced in the thunderous roar of pulverized concrete and twisted steel.

Someone’s husband, wife, son, daughter, friend, co-worker.

They live always in our hearts, in our resolve to rebuild.

If not the structures, at least we will rebuild our lives.

For we all were touched by this great lost-directly or indirectly.

Ah, but we will not bow to the deeds of mad men.

We stiffen our backs – straight and strong as the Towers themselves.

We stand tall and united. More than ever before.



Written August 19, 2002.


December 7, 2010 Posted by | General | , , , , | Leave a comment

New York, New York

Empire State Building as seen from Top of the Rock

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New York is one exciting town. You’ve heard some of the cliches, “so nice, they had to name it twice”, “the city that never sleeps”, etc. So much to see, so little time. Where do you start?

Well that’s where Nuggets in the Hood comes in. Many New Yorkers think of South Jamaica in Queens, Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn, Harlem in Manhattan, or the South Bronx when someone mentions the Hood but your Hood is wherever you live. Could be the Village, the Soundview section of the Bronx, Staten Island, the lower East Side or even Long Island just to name a few places in New York.

Whether you are here on a business trip, a long awaited but well deserved vacation or have been living in New York all your life, any visit to The Big Apple is unique. Of course, you want to see some of the main attractions like the Empire State Building, Statute of Liberty, Ground Zero, Macy’s or a Broadway play but if I know you and I think I do, you also want to find the spots the tourists don’t know about. Like Rachael Ray, you want to go where the locals hang out.

December 1, 2010 Posted by | General | , , , , | Leave a comment