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Eugene Giscombe, Known as the ‘Mayor of 125th Street,” Dead At 76

Eugene Giscombe, who made his mark on Harlem real estate as the founder of Giscombe Realty Group and became known by many as the “Mayor of 125th Street,” has died at the age of 76. Giscombe was born and raised in Harlem but lived in Rockland County. His family is planning a memorial service in September and asks that donations in his name be sent to the Harlem Academy or the Harlem branch of the YMCA. Read more…

New York Times unveils lost snapshots of black history

The New York Times has begun to unpack never-before-seen photographs that help fill in a portrait of African-American history. Why did these images of historic moments and well-known figures go unpublished for so long? After The Times posted a photo from 1949 of Jackie Robinson giving a speech to the Sociology Society of City College in New York, reader feedback uncovered that he was talking about his work with the YMCA in Harlem. Read more…

Pretty Big Movement, a Harlem dance troupe for plus-size women, leaps into Black Lives Matter activi

They began as a dance troupe to celebrate large and in-charge women — and now they’re taking to the streets for the greater good. Pretty Big Movement practices their mix of African dance and hip hop at the Harlem YMCA. Sonia Allen is the director of youth and family programming at the Harlem YMCA and a member of the dance troupe. She said that dancing is her passion. Read more…