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How A Few Crafty Harlemites Are Fighting Back Against Gentrification

After Harlem resident Pipi Birdwater had her lawsuit against the borough of Manhattan thrown out, many New Yorkers began to wonder how many shared her ire towards lifelong Harlem residents for “intentional cruelty,” as her suit stated.

Birdwater claims that New York residents purposely gave her wrong directions, led her towards areas of Harlem that didn’t exist, and feigned ignorance when she referenced areas of Harlem by their hip new colloquialisms. Borough president Gale Arnot Brewer called her claims that they cost her her $100,000 job (due to frequent tardiness) “farcical.” But after walking through Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park and talking to Harlemites, they have merit.

38-year-old Dominique Sampson recalls, “this cracker asked me the other day where RuPa is. I knew he was talking about Rucker Park, but we don’t call it no damn RuPa. Who ‘bout to be sayin, 'remember when Kobe and AI came in RuPa?’,” he says as family and friends double over in laughter in their beach chairs.

“So I said 'probably down in the village getting life.’ He comes back to me that night all red ready to fight sayin’ he wasted his day, I said 'I thought you meant Rupaul!”

Sampson says his neighbor was not amused. In his anger, he joins a growing group of new Harlem residents who feel they’re being deceived out of resentment.

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Yazawa Kobe Beef Ramen, Kobe

Whenever Mutsumi tells someone she’s from Kobe, nine times out of ten, their response is always, “Oh, where the beef’s from!”

It’s expected, as beef is definitely what put Kobe on the map globally. 

And when it comes to Kobe beef, there are usually four preparations that immediately spring to people’s minds… yakiniku, sukiyaki, steak and shabu shabu. These are definitely the four most popular ways that cuts of these sacred cows are prepared. But here at Yazawa, they’re using top-dollar tenderloin fatty flank to assemble a more affordable meal… as ramen!

Located on the outside of Sun Center Plaza, halfway between the JR Sannomiya and Motomachi stations, it’s easy to find Yazawa by looking for the big black cow that stands in front of the restaurant or, from a distance, the white lantern that read “Kobe Beef”…

Yazawa Kobe Beef Ramen was opened and run by the folks at the award-winning Yazawa butchers, whose family have been proud purveyors of Kobe beef for generations…

It’s a small shop, with only six seats and two tables, and lines form quickly, so best to get here early…

I asked to see what was behind the curtains in the kitchen but was told it was top secret…

Once you’re seated inside, there are only a few options on the menu, Kobe beef ramen being the main event, of course…

While they do have lighter “shio” and “shoyu” soup options, you’d be crazy not the get their beef bone broth, made from boiling the bones overnight, the marrow making the soup super thick and creamy…

Only the best cuts of Kobe beef are used as toppings, and even after being roasted, you can still clearly see that magical marbling in the meat which the local wagyu is known for…

One of your ordering options is for “extra meat”, so do yourself a favor and splurge…

The noodles Yazawa uses are custom made, a little ticker and wider to better stand up to the richness of beef broth and pick up the bone marrow bits…

Their kitchen also cranks out handmade beef gyoza…

Plump and juicy, mixed with scallion and onion, the beef gives these potstickers a unique flavor unlike their pork counterparts…

Finish your bowl and you get a red star…

The fact that Yazawa gets all their Kobe beef from their own butcher shop, which they buy in bulk, helps them keep costs down, and a standard bowl of Kobe beef ramen here will only cost you about US $10.00!! A side order of extra Kobe beef, served tataki-style, runs an extra US $15.00 but should not be passed up. I mean after all, beef is what you came to Kobe for, right?

Open for lunch and dinner. Reservations not accepted.

YAZAWA KOBE BEEF RAMEN

Sun Center Plaza

2-11-1 Sannomiya

Kobe, Hyogo

650-0021

Japan

+81-78-334-0830

god, he’s missed him

prompted by bebetaiga

[The GOM members keep on taking up Kagami’s free time and Aomine is pretty frustrated and jealous because EVERYTIME he asks Kagami out on a one on one HE ALWAYS HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH GOM & or Himuro.]

a/n: OTL idk what i wrote, but hopefully it’s alright!!

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