We began the week with an Uptown Artist column featuring the stunning street photography and portraits of Inwood native, Steven R. Hazlett. Steven’s sublime black and white photos capture the grittiness and fierce pride of his subjects. His love of this neighborhood is evident in his many shots of bodegas and children frolicking in the park.
This is the first issue of the Manhattan Times since June 2008 that doesn’t carry a byline for Daniel P. Bader. He served as editor for the last two years until last week when he relocated upstate to cover the education beat for the Utica Observer-Dispatch.
We began the week with a recap of the inauguration of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute’s Art Gallery, the only exhibit space in New York City devoted to works of art by and about people of Dominican descent, on Fri., Oct. 15 in the Dominican Studies Institute Archives and Library on the campus of The City College of New York.
I am writing to respond to the cold and disrespectful way I feel the death of Emmanuel Paulino was covered in the latest issue of the Manhattan Times (“Police warn, Taser and then shoot knife-wielding Vermilyea Avenue man,” October 6, 2010).
We began the week with an incredible photo essay by the truly talented Briana E. Heard on the Medieval Festival, which took place at Fort Tryon Park on October 3. Briana’s amazing pictures are a feast for the eyes and manage to capture the verve and the pageantry of the festival.
We began the week with two visually astounding posts courtesy of one of the latest additions to the Uptown Collective (UC) team, Paul Lomax. The first is a series of stunning pictures taken by Paul of the Little Red Lighthouse Festival, which took place on Sat., Sep. 25. On the other post, Paul teamed up with long time UC reporter Carolina Pichardo to produce a riveting written and photographic account of the 10th annual Brides’ March that occurred on Sun., Sep. 26.
Although I am very pleased that three upper Manhattan parks are getting much-needed overhauls, I am shocked that Jacob K. Javits playground on upper Fort Washington Avenue is not. This playground, last updated 15 years ago, is not only outdated and worn, but it is dangerous.
We began the week with the debut of a new section entitled Uptown Artist, which features neighborhood artists of various stripes and their work. Our first subject is none other than photographer Paul Lomax. Paul’s images are arresting, forcing the eyes to linger and the mind to conjure up the potential scenarios behind the pictures. The Q&A as well as Paul’s work are not to be missed.
Last week I spent five days living off of a food stamp budget as part of a “Food Stamp Challenge,” organized to give people a brief taste of what 1.76 million New Yorkers, who rely on food stamps, experience daily.
The 40 Oz Bounce Gone Loko event, which took place Sat., Sep. 11 underneath the looming presence of the GWB, was in one word, epic. Every 40 Oz Bounce function seems to be bigger than the last and this one had a decidedly Warriors kind of feel to it, with 40 Oz Van and his cohorts playing the role of Cyrus, rounding up folks from all over the city and beyond for a little shindig. In total, there was easily a thousand plus people who answered the call to be a part of something historic. Check out the site for pictures and video of the festivities.
Two weeks ago my son Lin-Manuel got married. The wedding was a spectacular event where music served as thread connecting the diverse musical tastes of friends, family and coursing through an entire weekend of events. For Lin-Manuel music has always been something like the lacework on a medieval court-maiden’s dress. There was never a family event of any importance that wasn’t embroidered with a musical number that Lin-Manuel created to entertain our guests.
We began the week confronting a sobering statistic that came about as the result of largest study of childhood obesity ever conducted in the city: About 47% of kids in four zip codes in Washington Heights/Inwood - 10031, 10040, 10033, 10032 - are overweight or obese. Our wellness contributor, Eileen Z. Fuentes, put together a list of five simple and common sense things that parents and children can do to combat the obesity epidemic.
The spirit of the law SB1070, promulgated recently in the state of Arizona, has sunk into the mind of the most conservative, or reactionary persons, at the political and social level. If we relate the effects of this xenophobic law in the City of New York, we will understand, though we do not justify, the atrocities perpetrated in the last days against Mexican immigrants, particularly in Staten Island.