The Cosmopolitan Review

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 8/1/2013, 11:22 a.m. | Updated on 8/1/2013, 11:22 a.m.

Harlem Week, which is actually Harlem Month, officially kicked off with a master blaster at Grant’s Tomb with a tribute to Stevie Wonder. In attendance were people from around the globe and members of the Harlem community who remain staunch believers in what the Harlem community stands for and what it’s all about.

Sponsored by the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce and its president and CEO, Lloyd Williams, Harlem Week will include a variety of activities and have something for everyone throughout the month of August. Be sure to check the New York Amsterdam News or visit the Chamber of Commerce’s website at www.greaterharlemchamber.com for a complete listing of events. The offerings this year are really exciting as, like a fine wine, “it just gets better with time.”

Dance Theatre of Harlem co-founder and Artistic Director Emeritus Arthur Mitchell became the second recipient of the Gene Kelly Legacy Award at the Celebration of Dance gala, hosted by the Dizzy Feet Foundation (DFF). The award was presented in conjunction with the Music Center at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. The honor was presented to Mitchell by Gene Kelly’s widow, Patricia Ward Kelly. It was DFF’s third annual Celebration of Dance gala and has begun to draw some of the biggest names in the industry. The DFF Inspiration Award was presented to Chita Rivera.

Founded by former “American Idol” Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe and choreographer Adam Shankman, DFF is a nonprofit organization that supports dance education across the country. A number of the dancers from competitive reality shows such as “So You think You Can Dance” and “Dancing With the Stars” were also in attendance.

Valerie Kennedy Miller, a member of the Metro-Manhattan Chapter of the Links, threw open the doors to her airy Manhattan abode for brunch as fellow Links members honored Links Alma Rangel and Nissa Walton Booker. Rangel, you see, has assumed alumna status, while Walton Booker is taking an extended leave.

The ladies, who were all festively dressed, shared fond memories and couldn’t say enough in recognition of Rangel and Walton Booker, who both generously shared so much throughout their years of dedicated service. Among those giving three cheers were Alicia Rangel-Haughton, Dr. Marcella Maxwell, New York City NAACP President Hazel Dukes, Elaine Griffin, Toni Fay, Shame Jackson, Dr. Ruth Kennedy and Barbara Martin. Also in attendance was photographer to the stars Margot Jordan. [[ED NOTE: Is that name correct? “Shame”?]]

Here is a first. The Stack, the latest cutting-edge modular apartment building, is literally being built with compartments being stacked one on top of the other. Located at 4857 Broadway in the Inwood section of Manhattan, the 38,000-square-foot concrete and steel residential and retail building will be the first of its kind ever built anywhere—well, at least in New York City. Rather than conventionally being built from the ground up, the Stack will consist of 56 separate modules, each manufactured entirely off-site by DeLuxe Building Systems in Berwick, Pa. I guess this will put Berwick on the map, because I’ve never heard of the place.