port of harlem snippets

June 6 - June 19, 2003 


Theo Hodge, Jr. M.D.

Ivan Brown Realty Hosts Open House at New Office - Saturday, June 7

Ivan Brown Realty, which Ivan Brown formed and several Ivan Brown Realty Building other former Dear Realty agents joined him after the closing of Dear Realty, will host an open house at their newly renovated headquarters. The new office is across the street from Dear's former Penn-Branch Shopping Center location and tucked besides the Exxon station at Pennsylvania and Branch Avenues.

The previous owners abandoned Brown's new building years ago, creating an eyesore needing expensive repairs. "We are glad to be a part of the revitalization of Pennsylvania Avenue east of the Sousa Bridge," says Brown.

At the open house, Brown and associates will provide:

  • ours of the building
  • free credit reports
  • a loan officer who can pre-qualify you for a home
Brown will serve light refreshments and hold a drawing for the exquisite coffee table book, Harlem Style: Designing for the New Urban Aesthetic. The open house is Saturday, June 7 from noon to 5 p.m. at 3211 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

New Stadium Opens in Gary

Memorial Day 2003: There were no clouds in the sky, the temperature was in the mid 70s and 7,089 fans filled the 6,139 seat U.S. Steel Yards in downtown Gary. The city, just south of Chicago, has the largest percentage of Black residents among American cities with 100,000 or more people.

Even after the Gary South Shore Railcats lost 8-4 in the 11th ending to the Schaumburg Flyers, the standing room only crowd didn't mind. It was simply a great day for a city still bouncing back from the loss of industrial jobs and White and now Black middle-class flight to surrounding communities and to other regions of the world.

One of the Nation's largest Black-owned construction companies, Powers and Sons, built the stadium. Garry Templton, former National League All-Star Player, who is also African-American, is the team manager. Local investors in the team include two African-Americans including Gary native and Pittsburgh Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon.

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