Friends and family of Miguel Guillermo Amaro, one of the original founders of the Dominican Day parade, held for the first time on Audubon Avenue in Washington Heights, gathered recently for a street re-naming ceremony that honored his legacy.
Story by Debralee Santos and Adrian Cabreja
Come every August, the red, white, and blue washes over Sixth Avenue. Flags, large and small, are unfurled onto a parade route that is packed with millions of proud attendees and marchers who flock to midtown Manhattan to show off their amor de patria [love of country].
Members of NYC Community Cleanup paint over graffiti that has long besotted the base of a building near the onramp to the George Washington Bridge. PHOTO: Gloria Pazmiño
A long standing eyesore that lined the walls along the West Side Highway near the ramp for the George Washington Bridge and I-95 is gone.
Claudio Cabrera and Carolina Picardo, hosts of local Internet radio show “The Washington Heights and Inwood Radio Show,” debuted their new season of uniquely local community coverage at a new location this past week: The Manhattan Times offices. PHOTO: Karen Galán
Northern Manhattan’s very own radio show, “The Washington Heights and Inwood Radio Show,” started its new season off in high style, by inaugurating its bi-weekly broadcasts from the offices of The Manhattan Times located at 5030 Broadway in Inwood.
On Fri. Aug 12th Council member Robert Jackson gathered with local business owners and members of the community on the corner of West 207th Street and Broadway to announce the allocation of $25,000 in expense funding that will go towards the graffiti-cleaning program.
Northern Manhattan business fronts will soon be getting a facelift.
Businesses’ roll-down gates, walls, doors, storefronts, and street furniture, will be washed and cleaned of any graffiti by a district wide graffiti-cleaning program.
Manny Ramirez, owner and pharmacist at Dichter Pharmacy on West 207th Street knows most of his customers by name. Pictured here, Father Arlen from Good Shepherd makes a quick purchase.
Story and photos by Gloria Pazmiño
While working as a shelf boy, Manny Ramirez, then just 14 years old, dusted medicine bottles and arranged products at Dichter Pharmacy on West 207th Street. He never imagined that, decades later, his life would bring him full circle, and that he would own the very same pharmacy where today he serves the community that watched him grow.
While walking along St. Nicholas Avenue in the heart of Washington Heights, Jonathan Ullman, who then had recently moved from Los Angeles, began tinkering with an idea.
Bobby Fish has been selling his trademark ceviche, the seafood dish in which raw, fresh seafood is marinated in citric juice, from his van on West 207th Street and Tenth Avenue for over 39 years. “I feel love from people,” Bobby says about the loyal customers who have continued to return to his roadside raw bar for so many decades.
Story and photos by Sherry Mazzochi
Being this close to the water in northern Manhattan might make any lover of seafood cast a longing glance at the shoreline.
But forget throwing a fishing line at the inlet at Inwood Hill Park, or at Dyckman Marina.
There aren’t many corrugated metal, yellow and red painted façade bodegas left across the City. That classic look of the storefront bodega is often emblazoned with one single word: “Grocery.” They are often decorated by a simple row of light bulbs, and sometimes a banner on the awning. In El Alto, some of these bodegas remain, rusted metal exteriors and all, a little shabby on the outside, but still as varied and vibrant on the inside. In some cases, the metal awnings have evolved into equally bright plastic awnings that still demand the same attention. But the bodegas still stand as neighborhood lighthouses.
By Nancy Bruning
Next summer, when you visit the pool at the Highbridge Recreation Center, you’re bound to be pleasantly surprised. The new aptly named “Splash House,” a snazzy outdoor pavilion, will be complete. When I visited a few weeks ago to get some relief from this summer’s humidity, I saw that just the framework exists, but what a framework!
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer speaks during the Fourth Annual Iftar Dinner to mark the end of Ramadan on August 9th at the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center. PHOTO: Courtesy of the office of the Manhattan borough president
Story by Cassandra Gallese
The lobby of The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center was packed this past Tues., August 9th, as the Muslim community of northern Manhattan joined together in collective prayer to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. Just moments before prayer, attendees had gathered upstairs where trays piled high with dates were passed around so that they might break their fast with the traditional food.
August 8 – August 13
With the NBA lockout looming, the stars of the league are making a pilgrimage to Dyckman Park to play in the hottest streetball tournament in the city. A who’s who of NBA talent has been showing up regularly to play in our very own backyard; folks like Ron Artest, Kevin Durant, Kemba Walker, Brandon Jennings and Michael Beasley among others. Make sure you stop by Dyckman Park to see the NBA’s stars getting busy before the summer is over.