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Keepers, Pillars, Poets and Baking Soda: Alleged Fraud and Unholy Restoration at a Harlem Landmark

Keepers, Pillars, Poets and Baking Soda: Alleged Fraud and Unholy Restoration at a Harlem Landmark

Harlem’s oldest Black Hebrew congregation is out and two acclaimed writers and poets are in—but not without a fight.

Harlem Friary Provides Introduction to Monastic Life

Harlem Friary Provides Introduction to Monastic Life

At Harlem’s St. Joseph Friary, a class of four young men are serving as postulants, the first step in a five-year process of becoming friars.

Conversations With the Dead: ‘Lay Historian’ Leads Graveyard Tours

Conversations With the Dead: ‘Lay Historian’ Leads Graveyard Tours

“A lot of people have squeamish feelings about the cemetery,” says Eric Washington. “I’m not afraid of mean spirits, they already know me by now.”

At Inwood Soup Kitchen, Hot Food and Redemption

At Inwood Soup Kitchen, Hot Food and Redemption

At the Love Kitchen, an Inwood soup kitchen and food pantry, dinner comes with a side of second chances.

“All-Inclusive” Church Searches, Again, for New Home

“All-Inclusive” Church Searches, Again, for New Home

A Harlem church serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community finds itself without a home for the fourth time in six years.

With New Leadership, Mormon Church Settles Into Harlem Home

With New Leadership, Mormon Church Settles Into Harlem Home

The Harlem First Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints initially faced opposition to its location, but has gradually found a place in the community.

Hip-Hop Church Keeps the Faith Despite Dwindling Numbers

Hip-Hop Church Keeps the Faith Despite Dwindling Numbers

Since Kurtis Blow stopped leading services in 2008, attendance at the Hip-hop Church at Greater Hood Memorial AME Zion has slumped.

Scientology Encounters Growing Pains in Harlem

Scientology Encounters Growing Pains in Harlem

Scientologists hope to capitalize on neighborhood curiosity and downplay their more controversial practices and beliefs.

East Harlem Church Struggles to Pay for Repairs

East Harlem Church Struggles to Pay for Repairs

St. Cecilia’s Church in East Harlem, founded in 1873, is attempting to raise $1.2 million to fund extensive repairs.

Small Harlem Churches Struggle to Maintain Congregation Numbers

Small Harlem Churches Struggle to Maintain Congregation Numbers

With parishioners’ numbers decreasing, Harlem churches hope to attract younger members and newcomers to the neighborhood.

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