The Race for District 13

On June 28, Harlem voters will head to the polls for the congressional primary. At stake is the seat that has been held by Representative Charles B. Rangel since 1971. Here's a look at the players, issues and changing demographics of the district.

Having endorsed Keith L.T. Wright for the 13th Congressional District seat, former Mayor David Dinkins recalled the civil rights era and spoke on the continued fight for racial equality.

Dominican voters illustrate the complexity of the Latino vote in the wake of the redrawing of district lines in 2012. It’s a challenge for these voters to look beyond the common bond of being Dominican in New York City.

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Changing Demographics
Arts & Culture

The Uptown Dance Academy is struggling to stay in Harlem, its home for 20 years. To raise money, it has planned a tribute to Prince, a one-time benefactor.

Amid a changing Harlem, these five statues and sculptures celebrate powerful figures in African-American history.

Reda Abdelrahman, an artist now living in New York, left Egypt in 2013 to escape persecution. He uses his art to express his political views.

Esperanza Spalding headlined a pop-up concert in Harlem to celebrate the reboot of “Roots.” But she’s ambivalent about Hollywood slave stories.


Rivers of Living Water, a predominantly black church for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Christians, is fund-raising to purchase the building of a Harlem church that might be up for public foreclosure auction.

Members of the East Harlem homeless population say that they depend on the area for safety and shelter and that the New York Police Department continually asking them to move threatens that. The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint on May 26 against the department, saying that it has been illegally targeting homeless people in the area with a “move along” initiative.

Anti-gun-violence advocates, residents and local elected officials rallied outside the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building on Wednesday for a vigil to kick off Gun Violence Awareness Month across New York City.

Student organizations and administrators at the Ivy League school have been working to help students struggling to make ends meet after an anonymous Facebook page brought the issues to light.

Barbers and hair stylists in Harlem seem to accept the changes in the neighborhood, and say they are thinking positively about what is happening in their area.

Gallery M, a Harlem art gallery that encourages homeless and mentally ill residents to live independently, gets a boost in state funding.

People crowd the dance floor of XL Nightclub at 2 a.m. They spin, dip and drop, keeping alive a queer subculture called “ballroom” that has transformed from a competition into a community for its participants.

Science & Medicine

As opioid-related deaths have risen, the Washington Heights Corner Project has worked to “improve the health and quality of life of people who use drugs.”


The owners of Grandchamps, Sabrina and Shawn Brockman, say they established the restaurant to share Sabrina’s Haitian heritage with the Bedford-Stuyvesant community.

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Michelle Obama used her final commencement address as first lady to extend veiled jabs at Donald J. Trump, cautioning graduates of the City College of New York that they should beware of those who “build up walls to keep people out.”

Through her experience covering Harlem as a reporter with the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, Alexandra Fernandez came to a better understanding of its past and its changing present.

Despite the New York Police Department’s effort to crack down on off-road motorcycle riding, the appeal of riding a dirt bike through city streets hasn’t diminished for some residents.

Santiago Rosa, a boxing trainer, has been involved with a Puerto Rican style of fighting for about 50 years. He explains how, at 27, his conditioning from boxing helped him survive stabbing injuries he sustained during a fight.

It is a year of firsts for The New York Times Student Journalism Institute — the first year in New York City and the first year combining programs for students sponsored by the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.