Sugar Hill Children's Museum Across from the Historic Harlem Alpha House

JPSTRIP-blog480 The $80.2 million stacked cube design of the Sugar Hill Children's Museum is quickly rising now on 155th Street just east of St. Nicholas Avenue right across the street from the Alpha House. This new construction has now been dubbed the Sugar Cube because of its striking geometric layout and the 13-story building will also have 124 units of affordable housing. Everything appears to be moving quickly now and the entire complex should be ready by early 2014. More in the New York Time | Art: LINK

Harlem Alphas Rollout on the River

On a warm summer night in August, the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Alpha Gamma Lambda chapter successfully hosted their inaugural roll bounce event. The Riverbank State Park in Harlem was covered in Black and OLD gold as the brothers and their guests rolled around the rink in one of the hottest events of the summer. Two DJS rocked out for hours to some of the old school roll bounce songs and the latest hits.

Of course we couldn’t leave without an electric slide, cupid shuffle or wobble…on skates, and in the middle of the rink, that is.  All we needed was some afro wigs, bell bottoms and multicolor shirts and you wouldn’t be able to tell us that we weren’t the resurgence of the Roll Bounce days of the 1970s and 80s. Some people were naturals, you know the type that twirl around the rink and backwards skate with minimal effort, others not so much – unless holding on for dear life as they scooted around the rink counts, and some fell (a lot) but we won’t count that.

Members of the National Pan Hellenic Council and a couple of Harlem based community organizations had a blast CHILLIN with the Harlem Alphas and we are looking forward to keeping the party going with some highly anticipated events this fall and next spring. All in All, Riverbank State Park was effectively frozen despite it being one of the hottest nights of the summer.

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