In Search of “The Lost Arcade”

A new documentary titled “The Lost Arcade” serves as a scorned love letter to the Chinatown Fair and all it once represented. (The New Yorker)

Telling Michael Brown’s Story

Lezley McSpadden goes on a tour to discuss her memoir about losing her son, who was shot and killed by police, “to represent,” she says, their side of the story. (The New Yorker)

Neighbors Mourn A Squatter, Known Widely but Not Well

For as long as anyone can remember, Baruba lived on the lot on Park Avenue near 126th Street in Harlem — a makeshift home that included a worn house trailer, an electricity hookup and milk crates. To developers who for years had tried to dislodge him, he was simply known as the Squatter. To others he was the Man With the Dogs. (The New York Times)

Deciding Whether It’s Lights Out

This is the way a neighborhood ends. With a rush of freezing, grimy water, and a slew of decisions about whether it is better to stay and rebuild after a deadly hurricane, or to leave and start a new life elsewhere. (The New York Times)

Words of Praise, and Loss, for Malcolm X’s Grandson

At the memorial service, family and friends remembered Mr. Shabazz as a reflection of his grandfather. They also sought to celebrate the man he was becoming, looking beyond the troubles of his youth, and his own violent end. (The New York Times)

As Tourists Come and Go, Harlem Churches Lose a 10% Lifeblood

Despite the draw of tourists, churches in Harlem are struggling. At the heart of the struggle is a contradiction: As the iconic neighborhood’s fortunes rise, tithing — the traditional source of the churches’ money — is fading away. (The New York Times)

All-Season Play for a Chess Crew in Harlem

Inside the storefront one cold evening, hands slammed on time clocks in a vigorous percussion, taunts lobbed between opponents – sounds reminiscent of combat. The games had been honed by years of chess matches at St. Nicholas Park, where regulars, hustlers and visitors played for hours on end, drawing crowds and creating street chess legends. (The New York Times)