nytimes.com – Continue reading the main story Share This Page Email Share Tweet Save more Continue reading the main story Outside the cluttered lot, the flicker of candles said something mournful had happened. Neighbors and others who regularly walked past realized that Baruba had died. For as long as anyone can remember, Baruba, whose full name was Baruba I. Dahomey and who was 68, lived on the lot on Park Avenue near 126th Street in Harlem — a makeshift home that included a worn house trailer, an electricity hookup, milk crates, scraps of wood and metal and a trove of mementos.

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