Meet the 21st Century Neighborhood Stoop: Your Local 826 Writing Center Meet the 21st Century Neighborhood Stoop: Your Local 826 Writing Center
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Meet the 21st Century Neighborhood Stoop: Your Local 826 Writing Center

by Gerald Richards

April 5, 2013

Some of my fondest memories from childhood revolve around the stoop of our apartment building on 140th Street in Harlem. Ours was one of the few tenements at the end of our side of the street (the buildings on the other side of the street had been burned out or abandoned years before). Some of the families that lived there had lived on the block the longest—since the 1950's and 60's. Because of that, our stoop became the de facto center of the neighborhood—at times a meeting place, sometimes the kitchen for a summer party, and when it was just us boys, the bridge of a battle ship.

Photo courtesy of 826 National.

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Meet the 21st Century Neighborhood Stoop: Your Local 826 Writing Center