When a Harlem couple couldn’t find a decent bagel in the neighborhood, they started making their own.
Alvin Lee Smalls has been baking exquisite rugelach in Harlem for more than 50 years.
His website used to read, “Jewish Landlords… are at the forefront of ethnic cleansing/pushing Black/Hispanic tenants out of their apartments.”
Wanna live in the Bard’s brownstone? Better start saving now.
There was once an area in Manhattan where few Jews—and almost no whites—settled, that area beneath Morningside Heights, past Central Park, above Ninety-Sixth Street on the East Side: Harlem. But in the past two decades, with gentrification and “rent is too damn high” costs to boot, the boundaries have broken down, and Jews have started to flock to the predominantly black neighborhood. Jeffrey Gurock shows that such a move has rich, if forgotten precedents in “The Jews of Harlem: The Rise, Decline, and Revival of a Jewish Community.”
JTA — With a JCC down the block and a Chabad on the next street corner over, it’s not surprising that this New York City bakery sells rugelach.
There were once set-in-stone dividing lines between the Jewish Upper West Side and predominantly black Harlem. But no more, with this week’s announcement that a Jewish community center will open this January, the product of a wave of gentrification.
Israeli-born chef Kfir Ben-Arimade is the coffee-lover behind a new java spot in Harlem.
In 1900 Harlem was the world’s largest Jewish community, after Krakow and the Lower East Side.
Henry Roth’s ‘Mercy of a Rude Stream’ was hailed as the literary comeback of the century. Now, it’s time for a new generation to discover the master.