March 14 – March 19
We began the week with an opinion piece by yours truly regarding a particularly nasty and bigoted profile of Inwood that appeared on a blog that purports to be about “the new politics of common sense. Neither Republican, Democratic, nor Libertarian.” What was more remarkable than the hatred and close-mindedness was the candid discussion that followed the post. One person’s cantankerous and divisive diatribe started a long overdue conversation online.
In-house Photographer Briana E. Heard captured Trinity Church Cemetery for the popular Portfolio series. Speaking of Briana, she was also the person that orchestrated Vibe Magazine’s St. Patrick’s Day photo-shoot at neighborhood institution, Piper’s Kilt. Kudos go out to Briana, not only for showing the Uptown Collective so much love for so long (she is our first contributor) but for always looking to highlight Uptown whenever possible.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, BBC News aired a video profile of local bar the Irish Brigade and how the demographics of the area have changed since the bar first opened. Barbara Cronin has owned the Irish Brigade bar for 28 years, which is now one of the last Irish pubs in the neighborhood.
Don’t forget to check out the Negro League Baseball in the 40s art exhibit at the Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion, 1150 St. Nicholas Avenue (at 168th Street). The exhibit featuring the eye-popping artwork of Lou Grant will be on display from March 21 until April 28. The opening reception is on Thursday, March 24, 2011 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.
We ended the week with a post by Carolina Pichardo exhorting everyone within earshot to support the local rendition of Seussical the Musical that took place at Holy Trinity Church (20 Cumming Street). Accenting all the positive developments in this wonderful community is the Uptown Collective’s raison d'être. Keep checking us out at www.uptowncollective.com.
The Uptown Collective
The UC’s mission is to become “the” definitive, transformative and community-based force impacting the arts, culture, business and New York City’s overall perception of Upper Manhattan. Its objective is to reset, reboot and positively redefine Uptown’s artistic, political, cultural and business spheres via the online space as well the collective’s initiatives and functions.