Tuesday, April 23, 2013

World Book Night Comes to the Dyckman Houses

Spreading the love of reading to residents of the Dyckman Houses, a public housing development located in Inwood, my neighborhood in upper Manhattan.

World Book Night takes place all over the country, with books given out to people who might not ordinarily pick up a book. Inwood and Washington Heights has two libraries but no formal bookstore, with the exception of a tiny Barnes & Noble outpost near 168th Street.

This year, Sandra Cisnero's book, The House on Mango Street, was given out, in Spanish. Kindred, a novel by Octavia Butler, was given out last year and was widely appreciated by the residents of the Dyckman Houses. Many of the residents having lunch at the Senior Center speak Spanish and they were delighted to have a book. My Spanish was translated into Spanish and we look forward to seeing each other again next year.

You, too, can participate! Like World Book USA's Facebook page for updates and sign up on the website at http://www.us.worldbooknight.org

Here are a few photos from our neighbors who enjoyed the books and began reading right away!

Photos taken with an iPhone 4s; permission given to use photos.




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Sunday, April 07, 2013

It's about time - Walter Spier

The latest installment of It's about time: Conversations with New Yorkers about time commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) with an interview with survivor Walter Spier of Washington Heights. 

A moving conversation about the passage of time and his experiences in concentration camps and on a death march, where only a few hundred out of several thousand men survived. Mr. Spier also recounts the story of how an S.S. officer saved his life and how he, in turn, saved his.





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