UC Recap

UC Recap – September 26th – October 1st

Spread Love It’s The Uptown Way is more than a motto, but it is our modus operandi. For the last six years that has been the...

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UC Recap – September 12th – September 17th

This past week we made history again. The results of last Tuesday’s elections proved that Latinos are a force to be reckoned with...

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UC Recap – September 5th – September 10th

I know our motto is “Spread Love It’s The Uptown Way,” but I absolutely abhor Donald Trump. The fact that a xenophobic...

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UC Recap – August 29th – September 3rd

On Monday, August 29th we convened a powerhouse panel to have an honest discussion about race, class and gentrification...

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UC Recap – August 22nd – August 27th

Is it too early to talk about Halloween? Well, we have caught wind that a Haunted House is coming Uptown soon. I can’t say much more...

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UC Recap – August 15th – August 20th

There is no denying that things are rapidly changing in our neighborhood. Some may argue that it is...

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UC Recap – August 8th – August 13th

The winds of change are blowing briskly through Uptown. With the swirl of global capital descending upon Uptown...

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UC Recap – August 1st – August 6th

Meet the Brujas of the Bronx. No, I am not talking about witchcraft or Santeria. The Brujas are an all-girl skate...

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UC Recap – July 18th – July 23rd

If you are not frightened after the 4-day infomercial of intolerance, xenophobia and racism then you are, like far too...

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UC Recap – July 11th – July 16th

Elvis Nolasco is a man of the people. In spite of the awards, the accolades and the acclaim Elvis remains someone who cares...

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UC Recap – July 4th – July 9th

Harlem has always exuded cutting edge cool. While whiskey has a long history in Harlem it took entrepreneur Ron Williams...

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UC Recap – June 27th – July 2nd

It’s official folks; Adriano Espaillat has won the Democratic primary after Keith Wright conceded recently...

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UC Recap – June 20th – June 25th

We came, we saw, we stormed the palace. Hundreds of people came from far and wide to celebrate...

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UC Recap – June 13th – June 18th

Lin-Manuel Miranda continues to amaze, astound and inspire. Hamilton won a whopping 11 Tony Awards including best new musical and...

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UC Recap – June 6th – June 11th

Only a few days left people. The People’s Theatre Project’s (PTP) annual benefit is going down on June 21st at the venerable United Palace.

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UC Recap – May 23rd – May 28th

Harlem is the eternal capital of cool. So it only fitting that Harlem now has its own Whiskey Festival. Now in its second year, the Harlem Whiskey Festival is...

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UC Recap – May 16th – May 21st

We didn’t even know we were in the running but we are ecstatic to be considered one of the 25 best NYC neighborhood blogs of 2016.

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UC Recap – April 18 – April 23

Lin-Manuel Miranda continues to amaze, astound and inspire. He started off last week by winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a few days later...

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UC Recap – March 28 – April 2

Teachers all over this country are using the game-changing musical Hamilton as a way of getting kids to engage with and become...

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UC Recap- March 21 – March 26

It is Onward & UPward time again. The annual Up Theater Company fundraiser is going down April 18th at...

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UC Recap – March 14 – March 19

Before Hamilton became the hottest ticket in town, the play was just an idea inside the head of Uptown icon, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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UC Recap – March 7 – March 12

What up, folks? I am hoping that old man winter has made his departure from us for the time being. Even though it was...

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UC Recap – February 29 – March 5

Do you know what the 96th Street Divide is? It is, especially on the East Side, a barrier between two worlds. One of those worlds...

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UC Recap – February 22 – February 27

Ya’ll remember Pastor James David Manning right? Of course you do. He is the infamous Harlem Hate Pastor, who literally hates everybody from Barack Obama to Starbucks. He does, however, love him some Trump. The good reverend has officially endorsed Donald Trump.

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UC – Recap February 8 – February 13

Have you been to Hoodwinked Escape yet? “What is Hoodwinked Escape,” you might ask. Well, it is Uptown’s very own Escape Room Adventure spot.

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UC Recap – February 1 – February 6

The horrible news broke recently that former NY Daily News reporter Michael Feeney had passed from complications...

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UC Recap

It was approximately 10:45 am on December 31st, 2015. One of Uptown’ s most talented rap artists, Glory, had just dropped off his daughter at...

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UC Recap – December 28 – January 2

We have an update on the new artist that is using the truly majestic Inwood Hill Park as their canvas. On New Year’s Day I received an email from a reader....

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UC Recap – December 21 – December 26

It looks like Inwood Hill Park has a new artist in residence. For the record, Inwood Hill Park in the last real sliver of nature left in Manhattan. Like I have said before...

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UC Recap- November 30 – December 5

For the latest installment of En Tu Esquina Con Ford we had to hit up Mamajuana because of their role as a pioneer in the new Uptown dining scene. Truth be told, Mamajuana changed the Uptown restaurant landscape forever. Before there was such a thing as the Dyckman Strip, there was Mamajuana.

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UC Recap- November 2 – November 7

The 2nd Annual Quisqueya Heights Symposium is going down at the venerable United Palace on Saturday, November 14th from 3 pm to 6pm. Aptly titled Like A Boss: Talking Shop With Young Latino Entrepreneurs, the event will hone in on young Uptown entrepreneurs...

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UC Recap- October 19 – October 24

Halloween is here, people… Uptown parents looking for a safe and fun event for their children, look no further than The Inwood Center (5030 Broadway @ 213th Street), which will once again host their annual Halloween event on Friday, October 30th from 3:30 to 5:30 pm...

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UC Recap- October 12 – October 17

Mayor Bill de Blasio chose Washington Heights to hold the first town hall meeting of his mayoralty. The event was held at Gregorio Luperón High School for Science and Mathematics on October 14th.

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UC Recap- October 5 – October 10

Car enthusiasts have been making note of the reemergence of an ascendant Lincoln. Lincolns are once again redefining luxury, class and refinement. Enter the brand new 2016 Lincoln MKX...

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UC Recap- September 14 – September 19

Renee Mancino believed in Uptown when very few people did. For almost four decades Renee brought a little sweetness to so many of our lives with all the seriously delicious goodies concocted at the two Carrot Top locations...

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UC Recap- September 7 – September 12

María Montéz passed away on September 7th, 1951, but not before making history. María Montez went from humble origins in Barahona, Dominican Republic to the heights of Hollywood in the 1940’s...

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UC Recap- August 17 – August 22

I have a confession to make. I am starting to fall real hard for Miami. Once again, the Ford Millennials converged on Miami for 3 days of learning, career advancement, culture and cuisine...

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UC Recap- August 10 – August 15

The Dominican Diaspora converged in New York City for the annual Dominican Day Parade on Sunday, August 9th. Since 1982, the Parade has been bringing Dominicans together to revel and celebrate their Dominican identity...

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UC Recap- August 3 – August 8

I had the distinct pleasure of attending Mayor de Blasio’s Dominican Heritage Ceremony on Thursday, August 6th at the New York County Supreme Courthouse...

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UC Recap- July 20 – July 25

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, the latest film by director Stanley Nelson, masterfully tells the story of the rise and subsequent fall of the Black Panther Party...

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UC Recap- July 6 – July 11

Kismat Restaurant (603 Fort Washington Ave) has been serving some seriously delicious Indian cuisine in Washington Heights for over 3 decades. Well, guess what? They now have an outpost in Harlem. Clove Harlem is located at 1592 Amsterdam Avenue at 139th Street, directly in front of the City College campus...

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UC Recap – June 29 – July 4

The Classical Theatre of Harlem latest’s production, The Tempest, has an uncanny knack for timing. The play remixes the classic Shakespearean opus and references the island of Hispaniola as Prospero’s magical island.

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UC Recap – June 22 – June 27

I want to start this newsletter by thanking all the folks who have read this column in the last 5 years. It is an honor to have such a long running column in a neighborhood institution like the Manhattan Times. The love and support is deeply appreciated...

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UC Recap – June 15 – June 20

I have to thank Mayor Bill de Blasio for coming Uptown to the Shabazz Center on Father’s Day to once again forcefully denounce the planned mass deportations of undocumented Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic...

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UC Recap – June 8 – June 13

The Uptown Renaissance continues apace. This past Tuesday, the High Bridge opened after 45 years and a $60 million renovation. The High Bridge is not any old bridge. In fact, it is New York City’s oldest bridge, built in 1848...

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UC Recap – June 1 – June 6

The United Palace (4140 Broadway) is the place to be in June. First of all, there will be a free screening of the poignant Selma on Friday, June 12th at 7:30 pm. Then on Sunday, June 14th at noon there will be a can’t miss Q&A with Amelia Boynton Robinson...

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UC Recap – May 25 – May 30

As a kid growing up in Washington Heights, before the Internet, my library card was my passport to a world beyond my neighborhood. The local library on 179th street was my gateway to destinations all over the globe as well as a convenient time machine...

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UC Recap – May 11 – May 16

The first annual Harlem Eat Up! Festival took place this past weekend and it was really something incredible. Former President Bill Clinton stopped by and praised Harlem’s vibrant cuisine, culture and spirit. Such well-recognized chefs as Aaron Sanchez, Bobby Flay and George Duran

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UC Recap – April 27 – May 2

The Up Theater Company has another incredible play on their hands. Epic Poetry, which runs at the Hebrew Tabernacle (551 Fort Washington Ave @ 185th Street) until May 16th, is a multi-sensory experience. You don’t watch the play; you kind of slowly, almost quicksand like, get drawn into it.

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UC Recap – April 20 – April 25

The proverbial Uptown Love that we are always talking about was in full effect at the Onward And Upward Benefit shindig that was held at District 12 on April 20th. We as a community came together to support the wonderful work of the Up Theater Company and had a damn good time.

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