Barista Rosemary Peralta demonstrates how each cup of coffee served at Sweet Praise is drip poured on the spot. PHOTO: Mike Fitelson
Growing up in the Dominican Republic, some of Dulce Martinez’ favorite memories are of picking beans from her grandfather’s coffee fields in Santiago and drying them on the floor. When coffee needed to be made, her grandmother would grind the beans by hand with a mortar and pestle then place the grounds in what was essentially a sock tied in a knot and dropped in hot water.
Martinez falls into blissful reverie when remembering the fragrant aroma that would fill the room when the coffee was ready.
Now Martinez and her business partner Carmen Cabrera have brought that “Ahhhhh” coffee experience to Inwood, having last month opened the American bistro Sweet Praise on Broadway near W. 212th Street in a former bodega.
Last week, on Fri., June 24th, I celebrated the marriage of two friends. As we came together in celebration, I kept my eyes glued to my phone screen.
The following is a summary of the items that came up at the monthly Community Board 12 General Meeting at the Russ Berrie Pavilion on Tue., June 28th.
CB12 approves uptown bike lane study.
Members of the Traffic and Transportation committee passed a resolution supported by CB12 general board members calling on the City to do a study that looks into creating and improving bike lanes in Northern Manhattan.
Police say they have arrested the suspect pictured above who sexually assaulted a woman in Washington Heights on Sat., June 11.
Police say they arrested a man on Mon., July 4 in connection with an alleged sexual attack in Washington Heights last month.
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital announced that Dr. Steven J. Corwin (right) will serve as CEO and Dr. Robert E. Kelly will be president, replacing Dr. Herbert Pardes, who held both positions for 11 years.
The Board of Trustees of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital announced its new chief executive officer and president on Tue., June 28 who will replace Dr. Herbert Pardes, who currently holds both titles.
Plans to redevelop the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal, first unveiled in 2008, appear to be going forward. PHOTO: Mike Fitelson
The long incubation period for the revitalization of the George Washington Bridge Bus Station in Washington Heights may finally be coming to an end. Port Authority officials announced Thu., June 30 an additional $3.2 million infusion to the project that will modernize the 47-year-old transportation hub, increase retail space, and possibly lead to construction beginning in the fall.
Fred Arcoleo performs during the open mic at the closing reception for the Uptown Arts Stroll on Mon., June 27. PHOTO: Ruben Henriquez
by Erica Varlese
They came to perform at the open mic armed with silky smooth voices and staccato chants, the wit of street-level rap and folksy poetic musings, six-string guitars and even a trombone.
They also came to tie a big festive bow around this year’s edition of the Uptown Arts Stroll, Northern Manhattan’s ninth annual arts festival.
Just after the Fourth of July holiday, and only a week after the city’s budget has been completed, City Council Member Robert Jackson will hold two town hall meetings in cooperation with several other Northern Manhattan elected officials.
Cheerleaders from Girls in Action were on hand to help promote the kickoff of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s new anti-obesity program called Healthy Children in the Heights on Fri., June 17.
by John A. Gutiérrez
It isn’t often that you see some of the nation’s leading experts on pediatric health and wellness hopping like bunnies. But if you had been in the Wintergarden of the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian on Fri., June 17 that is exactly what you would have seen. The doctors, public health professionals and fitness experts assembled where hopping like ninja bunnies, to be more precise, as part of the hospital’s kick-off of its Healthy Children In the Heights program, a new initiative that seeks to address the obesity crisis in Northern Manhattan by promoting health eating and health living among the area’s children.
Mike Fitelson, seen here with his daughter emceeing the 2010 Uptown Arts Stroll kickoff, is reducing his role at the Manhattan Times after nearly nine years. PHOTO Sirin Samman
by Luis Miranda
Mike Fitelson, our beloved Associate Publisher, has often come to me to tell me that it’s time to spread his wings. I’ve always been able to convince him that anything that he wants to do is compatible with his work at the Manhattan Times. I would remind him of the many projects we have done together – from starting the Uptown Arts Stroll in 2003 to creating NoMAA in 2007 to publishing our annual Northern Manhattan Dining Guide – and in the end we would agree that he needed to stay at the Manhattan Times.
June 27 – July 2
Did you know that the man behind the informative and insightful myinwood.net, Cole Thompson, has a new book out? That’s right. Co-written with Lisa Pulitzer (what a great last name for a writer), “Portrait of a Monster” is a hard-hitting look at the murders of Natalee Holloway and Stephany Flores Ramirez by the young and brash Dutchman Joran van der Sloot.