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People of all colors discussing evergreen ideas.

New York Cares at Bissel Gardens

New York Cares Day

New York Cares Day at Bissel Gardens on Flickr – Click Photo

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A Bissel Gardens Community Service Day


My favorite Community Garden!

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01-DSC_0081 Bissel Gardens Service Day on Flickr – Click photo

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Artist & Craftsman Supply Opens in the Bronx


Bronx artists no longer have to go to Manhattan to get their art supplies.Artist & Craftsman Supply, a worker owned supply shop with thousands of items has opened its first Bronx store. The 8,000+ square foot store offers everything you’d expect from downtown stores from canvases, yarn, spray paint, and markers, to chalk, watercolors, brushes, sketch books and more. The company was founded in Maine 30 years ago and now boasts over 20 stores across the country.All stores hire locally and reinvest in their employees by giving them stock thus making them part owners.

Artist & Craftsman Supply
3961 White Plains Rd.
Bronx, NY 10466
Toll Free: 844-250-8044
Phone: 718-231-0501

The store is open 7 days a week as follows:

Regular Hours
Monday 9:00am – 7:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am – 7:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am – 7:00pm
Thursday 9:00am – 7:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday 11:00am – 6:00pm

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Harlem Events Calendar


Experience Harlem

Sundae Sermon
June 28 & August 9, 1:00-7:00pm
St. Nicholas Park
More info

The Classical Theatre of Harlem Presents The Temptest
July 3 – July 26, 8:00pm
Marcus Garvey Park
More info

Imagenation Film Festival
Season kicks off July 6
More info

Uptown Fridays
July 17, July 31, August 21
Studio Museum in Harlem
More info

Harlem Book Fair: New Voices, New Visions
July 19, 11:00am – 6:00pm
More info

Summer Sizzles on Lenox
July 21, 6:00-10:00pm
More info:

Harlem Week
July 26 – August 22
More info

Dance Theatre of Harlem Street Festival
August 8

Mobile Mondays! Live with Roy Ayers
August 12, 7:00-9:00pm
Marcus Garvey Park
More info:

The Wiz
August 13, 7:00-9:00pm
Marcus Garvey Park
More info

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
August 21, 6:00-9:00pm
Marcus Garvey Park
More info

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Brooklyn Bridge: Community Uncaptured


Community Uncaptured on Flickr

New York is a fascinating place. But you already know that. And you know you can capture parts of it forever by taking photographs. The salsa though is what you see and what you uncapture. Your not capturing spirits. Your releasing energy like words jumping off a page. Welcome to Community Green’s Community Uncaptured.

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Morgan Powell’s Bronx River Sankofa Memorial

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“History does not refer merely or even principally to the past. On the contrary, the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, that we are unconsciously controlled by it, and that history is literally present in everything we do.” – James Baldwin, Dedicated Citizen and Novelist/Playwright/Cultural Critic

April 2013 marked the culmination of 10 years of research, writing, publishing and programming on the Bronx River’s African American heritage. Here is a list of blogs, videos and more from that journey and related work. Enjoy!

Bronx River Sankofa power point tour with 100 annotated pictures:

NYC as free open air museum 24/7 Interview (2/15/13):–featured-interviews/morgan-powell-of-bronx-river-sankofa

Extra! Extra! Read all about it:

Interview video (books):

Interview video (architecture & public art):–featured-interviews/bronx-river-sankofa-on-open

Video from the inaugural walk on March 12, 2011:

Captioned still pictures from the inaugural tour taken by Chuck Vasser are at:

Complete virtual tour of March 2011 North Bronx route courtesy of Trent Love:

Complete video tour of April 2012 Central Bronx route courtesy of Bronxnet TV:–bronx-tour-2012

3 blog posts on the Bronx River’s social history:
a) The first park to be built on the Bronx River south of the Bronx Zoo after earth day!

b) Bronx River Hike logs with travel and snacking tips to the origins of the river.

c) Almost 400 years of NYC African American history in a Bronx River park!

On ethnicity and open space:

The word Sankofa comes from the Akan language of Ghana that translates in English to “go back and get it.” Many groups of African descent use this word and symbol to describe the journey of drawing strength and wisdom from the past in order to move forward.

This list is a Memorial to Morgan Powell. It is a Work In Progress. It will change and, with your help, get better. If you have a photo, link, info or anecdote you would like to add about our dear friend Morgan, please send it along. Thank you.

Filed under: African-American, Blacks, Bronx River Sankofa, Community Green, Environment, Morgan Powell, , , , , ,

21 Things Black Men Don’t Hear Often Enough


June 23, 2015 3 minute read by Jonathan Jackson
In Health, Life Style

Because CNN, Fox News, and most other other media outlets want us to be everything we’re not, here’s a list of things we need to hear more of.

1. I love you bro. We don’t tell each other as men how much we mean to each other. There is no weakness in that. Only strength, solidarity, and power.

2. You don’t have to be perfect. You just have to commit to getting better.

3. Someone is depending on you, to be exactly who you are.

4. Read more. You have time to read 12 books a year (which is more than the average American). We also aren’t average.

5. Showing and sharing your emotions isn’t a sign of weakness. Paying attention to how we feel helps us become more in tune with what’s actually going on.

6. Your mental health matters. You can’t “work yourself” out of your mind. Emotional trauma is very real and worthy of our time. We’ve been through a lot recently.

7. Living is an act of resistance. You are going to live, get out all these dreams, and thrive – despite the odds.

8. You are a descendant of kings. Seriously, don’t bow your head to life. You were built for this.

9. Their opinion won’t pay your bills, or build your dreams. They won’t always see your vision. Not everyone is supposed to.

10. Failure isn’t a tattoo.  Learn how to take the Ls and move on. Adapt and overcome. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: African-American, Arts & Culture, Black Men, Blacks, , , ,

311/ Picture and Video Submission Program

The City of New York has launched a program that allows the public to submit still images and/or audio/video files of select conditions that occur in the City, by calling 311 or by visiting See list of picture/video submission types below: Picture/Video Program – to report a problem online, click on the appropriate form below, fill out the form, upload your pictures or video files and submit.

311 Picture/Video Program – to report a problem by phone, dial 311 to open a service request (SR), and provide your email address to receive the upload link. You can add pictures to the following types of 311 service requests:

  • Street and Sidewalk conditions such as potholes, parking meter problems, and damaged bus stop shelters.
  • Public park conditions, such as animals, maintenance or facility issues, and rules violation.
  • Consumer complaints, such as damaged/defective goods, false advertising, and prices/rates not posted.
  • Cable and public pay telephone complaints.
  • Health department conditions including food establishment complaints.
  • Public school maintenance issues.
  • Taxi complaints.

Frequently asked questions about using the 311 picture and video submission service and the picture and video submission service.

Share your thoughts about other helpful uses of this service.

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2015 MSU Global Day of Service at Bissel Gardens, NYC

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Homemade Chicken Soup

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This home-made chicken soup takes a little over five hours to cook but it’s easy, and it doesn’t require many ingredients. It will probably last you through a couple of meals. Cooking is something you can sometimes multitask. When making breakfast or lunch, you can easily get this started and enjoy it later in the day. It’s great a filling the house with a delicious aroma you’ll appreciate all day.


1 whole chicken
4-5 stalks celery, chopped
Baby carrots, about half a bag, chopped
1 large white or yellow onion, chopped
Bay leaves


  1. Rinse the chicken and remove the giblets if necessary. Place the chicken in a large pot, and fill with water to cover.
    Bring water to a boil. (You’ll notice the water gets foamy at the top; that’s normal!)
  2. Once water is boiling, pour out the water and refill again to cover the chicken. Note: It’s OK if you can’t get all of the water out since the chicken is still in the pot, which makes the water tough to pour.
  3. Add seasonings: Several shakes of basil and oregano, about 1 teaspoon of thyme and sage, 2-3 bay leaves, and about 3 teaspoons of salt and pepper.
  4. Set heat at about medium. Simmer uncovered for 2 hours.
  5. In the meantime, chop celery, carrots, and onion into small pieces.
  6. After simmering for two hours, remove the chicken and set it aside to cool. To speed up the cooling process, remove the skin and cut into the chicken. Then put the vegetables into the broth to start cooking them.
  7. Once the chicken is cool enough to touch, break apart the meat into bite-size piece and put into the pot.
  8. Simmer gently for at least 2 more hours (or until the veggies are soft). Stir frequently throughout.

Home-made Chicken Soup pdf

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Community Green

Certainly it takes more than a parent(s) to raise a child and prepare him/her to live in the here and now and to do well in the future. The world is more than the sun, moon and stars of our village but it's also the village on the other side of the river. It's not that there are different objects in the sky, but viewed from a different orientation.
Welcome to Community Green

Community Green Cooks!

CG Cooks!
I have gone to bed fed but not nourished physically or spiritually. These days some folks call that being food insecure. Let's change that on a lot of levels. Lets start with healthy food that makes us happy.

Community Green Photo

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Morgan Powell Memorial

Bronx River Sankofa

Blacks In Green

There are more of us out there than you realize and we are coming together to express our perspective, concerns and ideas. This could be called a seat at the table, a plot in the garden or a home in this hood!

CG's BIG of the Month:

Ajamu Kitwana

Ajamu Kitwana

Bissel Gardens

Bisselsign Bissel Gardens is a community garden that serves many purposes — It brings people together, beautifies the neighborhood, creates safe outdoor space, offers community gardening, grows food for donation and provides environmental and educational programs.

Find Your Community Garden

Anyone can join a garden. With more than 600 gardens across the five boroughs, potential members and volunteers should choose carefully. To aid in your search, GreenThumb has provided a Garden Finder from GardenMaps.

The 6th Annual Soundview Park Summer Arts and Music Festival

June 30th, 2015
7 hours to go.

2015 Yonkers Triyakathon

Bike, Run and Kayak - Cool!July 11th, 2015
12 days to go.

2015 Tour De Yonkers

September 27th, 2015
2 months to go.

The Bronx River Alliance

An Upstream SoireeSeptember 29th, 2015
3 months to go.

Upcoming Events

  • Hands Across Gun Hill July 4, 2015 at 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Evander Childs High School Football Field, Bronx, New York The Association for the Study of African American Life and Hist ory invites all to commemorate the 188th Anniversary of the Abolition of sl avery in New York State.FREE.
  • Bronx Green-Up Tours of FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life July 8, 2015 at 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm New York Botanical Garden • Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
  • 2015 Yonkers Triyakathon July 11, 2015 Center For the Urban River (CURB) at Beczak
  • The 6th Annual Soundview Park Summer Arts and Music Festival July 12, 2015 at 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Soundview Park, Lafayette Ave, Bronx, NY 10473, United States RESCHEDULED - Summer Arts and Music Festival
  • Big Hero 6 - Movie Night In Soundview Park July 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Bronx, NY Movie starts at SUNSET. Check the time!

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Did You Know. . .

Capacity Fund Grants fund projects to strengthen groups’ outreach, membership, and program-planning capacity. Grants range from $250 to $5,000. Three grant cycles a year, with deadlines on February 1, August 1, and November 1. Projects must take place on NYC Parks property. - See more:

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Tomato Booster
When your tomatoes, eggplants and peppers begin to bloom, mix up a batch of this potion to encourage prolific, healthy fruiting.

2 tablespoons Epsom salts

1 gallon water

The magnesium and sulfur in the Epsom salts are micro-nutrients that foster fruiting.

Vegetables and Fruits

Plant warm-season veggies such as tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, squash, and peppers.
Mulch sprawling veggies, such as melons and squash, to keep them clean and away from soggy soil.
Thin vegetable seedlings.
Keep your vegetable garden evenly and regularly watered.
Address insect and disease problems as soon as you spot them.
Keep weeds pulled – they compete for nutrients.
Remove fallen fruits or veggies to prevent insects and diseases from spreading.
Install fences or netting to protect your garden from rabbits, birds, and other hungry creatures.
Install trellises, stakes, or cages for vining veggies.
Plant summer herbs such as basil and cilantro. Pinch off flower buds to encourage more tasty leaves.
Harvest cool-season vegetables, such as broccoli, onions, cabbage, and asparagus.
Begin harvesting warm-season veggies as they mature.

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