Author Archives: Alva French

Live from the Triple Nickel – Marjorie Eliot

Live from the Triple Nickel – Marjorie Eliot On any given Sunday, Marjorie Eliot, 66, transforms from a soft-spoken New Yorker into meditative jazz pianist performing to a loyal audience. The jazz lovers are made up of old-timers reminiscing about … Continue reading

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Hillbilly Heroin Use On the Rise in Central Harlem

When Harlem AIDS doctor, Diana Williamson was charged last August as “queenpin” of a $1 million Oxycontin/Medicaid fraud ring, it was clear “hillbilly heroin” or Oxycontin was making inroads into urban areas. According to data released by the New York … Continue reading

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Goodbye Ruby’s Bar and Grill, Coney Island – “Still I’m Gonna Miss You”

Citywide, gentrification is becoming a dirty word. From Harlem to Coney Island, long-time residents feel they are being rubbed out by higher rents and new business developments. For the past couple of weeks, folks have been savoring the last of … Continue reading

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“If You Feed ‘Em, We Breed ‘Em” – Rid the Subways of Rats

With bed bugs stealing all the headlines lately, rats have been getting an easy ride in the ongoing debate on the most-hated NYC Pest. Now, however, New York officials have been cracking down on the best way to eliminate the … Continue reading

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NYCHA Neighbors at Odds with Planned Harlem Children’s Zone’s School

A neighborly feud has been brewing over the planned Harlem Children’s Zone charter school at New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)’s St. Nicholas Houses in Central Harlem. Under the auspices of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), … Continue reading

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Rebels With a Cause: Fight the MTA

These days, you can’t seem to talk about nuisances and pests of New York without mentioning the MTA. If you are like me, you are probably dreading the proposed fare hike on unlimited metrocards starting in January 2011. Don’t get … Continue reading

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Poll: Facebook Friends Let Bad Habits Slide

In my last post I wrote about pest-like Facebook habits that seem to pervade everyone’s online experience. I surveyed my audience to figure out what was the most annoying trait they’ve seen in action and how they dealt with it. … Continue reading

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Rugelach by a Brother

Alvin “Lee Lee” Smalls is baker in Harlem who specializes in making rugelach, a Jewish traditional pastry. At his shop, where he has been for nine years, Mr. Lee Lee takes orders for rugelach and other pastries from customers around … Continue reading

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Pest-like Facebook Habits

Everyone has encountered common household pests at some point in their lives. But, what about those nuisances that are harder to confront than with a quick call to Orkin or Terminix? The ones that affect your personal relationships online that … Continue reading

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Bedbugs 1, NYC 0

While listening to WNYC one morning recently, I recall one commentator asked whether or not the City was doing enough to combat bedbugs. Some might suggest, that had the City properly addressed the bedbugs issue when they resurfaced a few … Continue reading

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