UC Recap

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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UC Recap – April 13 – April 18

My good friend, A.J. Sidransky, is a prolific writer. In the last few years, he has had two of his novels published with another one on the way later this year. He has also written a series of well-received short stories. The latest, Mother Knows Best, graced our site this past week.

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UC Recap – March 2 – March 7

Did you know that the United Palace was featured in NYC Media’s Wonder Theatres special recently? Built during the movie palace boom in the 1920s, the United Palace opened its doors in 1930 as an opulent movie house that transported moviegoers to a lavish, almost otherworldly, setting. Today, the venerable United Palace has become a haven and a hub for...

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UC Recap – January 26 – January 31

And the winner is… Get this; the BBC recently polled several prominent US critics to determine what are the greatest novels written so far this century. Out of 156 novels named by esteemed experts, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz came out on top.

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UC Recap – January 19 – January 24

Thousands of journalists, auto industry personnel, influencers and car lovers from all over the world converged on Detroit for the 2015 North American International Auto Show earlier this month. This show is an immense production, the NYC auto show, which I attend every year seems to pale in comparison. The North American...

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UC Recap – January 5 – January 10

This is a big deal folks. 2015 is the 250th Anniversary of the venerable Morris-Jumel Mansion. So to mark that significant milestone they have joined forces with The Public Theater for a special benefit performance of Hamilton on February 5th, 2015. Understand this: tickets to the newest musical from hometown hero, Lin-Manuel...

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UC Recap – December 29 – January 3

Happy New Year, Folks… As always, 2015 will be all about spreading that Uptown Love. That is our primary objective over here at the Uptown Collective. This coming February 1st marks 5 years of celebrating, commemorating and documenting the past, present and future of Uptown on a daily basis.

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UC Recap – December 15 – December 20

Art, at its best, is a catalyst for deep contemplation, conversation and introspection. Such was the case at the recent unveiling of the innovative and interactive installation Plata or Plomo (Money or Lead) by emerging artist Eduardo Palma at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (515 Malcolm X Boulevard). Palma’s mural was...

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UC Recap – December 8 – December 13

Last month, several Dominican families from the Heights were invited to La Casa del Mofongo to ostensibly participate in a documentary about Dominican culture. My wife, our 3 daughters and I, were chosen to take part in the endeavor. We were treated to a simply incredible...

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UC Recap – December 1 – December 6

I am writing this newsletter still in awe of what I just witnessed, right here in Washington Heights, at the venerable United Palace. The Hip-Hop Nutcracker was quite simply fantastic. The New York City debut of the show exceeded all of my expectations. Just image Tchaikovsky's classic score augmented by some of the most imaginative and innovative hip-hop choreography you will ever see.

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UC Recap – November 17 – 22

The holidays are here folks. Tis the season for spreading love! With that in mind, we have teamed up with the good people at Columbia Wine Co. (4038 Broadway) to make the holidays even better. From now until the end of the year, tell them the Uptown Collective sent you and get...

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UC Recap – November 10 – 15

The neighborhood is still reeling from the sad news that Renee Mancino had taken her own life in her pioneering establishment, Carrot Top Pastries, on the morning of November 11th. Renee and her husband Robert believed and invested in this community when very few people did. In the...

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UC Recap: November 3 – November 8

For those that don’t know, bodegas are so much more than simply places that sell anything from produce, to meat, to beer, to cigars and condoms. Bodegas are neighborhood institutions...

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UC Recap: October 27 – November 1

On Thursday, October 30th Justice Robert M. Stolz of the State Supreme Court dismissed the murder charge against Justo Santos on a technicality. According to Justice Stolz, the Manhattan district attorney’s office had waited too long to bring charges against Mr. Santos.

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UC Recap:October 20 – October 25

The Holidays now have a new Holiday Spectacular. Hip-Hop legend Kurtis Blow will be making his way Uptown to take part in The Hip-Hop Nutcracker at the United Palace on Sunday, December 7th at 6pm...

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UC Recap: October 13 – October 18

Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez has $1 Million in discretionary funds to spend on capital improvement projects within the district and he is going directly to the people to find out how to spend it. The participatory budgeting process kicked off on October 14th at the Inwood Library...

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UC Recap: September 29 – October 4

On the last weekend in September, I had the honor of taking part in the Ford Millennials Summit in Miami as a member of the Ford Millennials team. Ford Millennials is an important initiative from Ford en Español that selects young and emerging Latino influencers from across the country and helps...

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UC Recap: September 22 – September 27

Joselyn Martinez was only 9-years-old when her beloved father was murdered in front of the restaurant he owned on Dyckman and Nagle Ave. The year was 1986 and the family was planning to move back to the Dominican Republic to escape the violence and mayhem that was quickly engulfing the neighborhood. They never made it.

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UC Recap: September 15 – September 20

Listen, you can thank me later but you are going to want to purchase these tickets. Tony-Award-winning playwright and performer, Sarah Jones, is previewing her latest opus, Sell/Buy/Date for a super limited run at the Nuyorican Poets Café. More than a mere preview...

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UC Recap: September 8 – September 13

Get ready to be transported to the Middle Ages! The 30th Annual Medieval Festival returns to Fort Tryon Park on Sunday, September 28th from 11:30 am to 6 pm. The already majestic Fort Tryon Park is magically transformed to a medieval market town replete with ornate banners, authentic medieval music, dance, minstrels and jesters.

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UC Recap: September 1 – September 6

This past Thursday, HBO and Team Epiphany put together a romping and fitting farewell soiree for the final season of Boardwalk Empire at the swank Cecil in Harlem. It was quite simply one of the best shindigs I have been to in many moons. Copious amounts of seriously...

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UC Recap: August 25 – August 30

Calling all photographers. The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) is looking for submissions for their upcoming exhibition titled Selfless Selfies. The exhibit seeks to present black-and-white images by uptown photographers that narrate stories from our uptown communities...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 7-28 to 8-2

On a picture perfect Sunday, August 10th to be exact, the annual Dominican Day Parade drew thousands to sixth avenue for a rousing celebration of Dominican culture, identity and heritage. As usual, the Uptown Collective was there to capture the magic...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap August 4 – 9

Our Time Travel Tuesdays post took us back to a really sad episode in this neighborhood’s history. The article was written by Alan Feuer and published in the NY Times on May 28th, 2004. The piece dealt with the brutal, ritualistic murder of Sarah Fox in Inwood Hill Park, while she was out for a run in the park. To be completely honest...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 7-28 to 8-2

Our popular Time Travel Tuesdays post took us back to October 9th, 1981, to an illuminating article written by the late Molly Ivins in the New York Times. The piece is entitled A Renaissance In A Forgotten Neighborhood – The Talk of Heights-Inwood and sheds light into a phenomenon that was just beginning to take shape. The...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 7-21 to 7-26

Shout out to the good folks at AT&T for giving me the opportunity to test drive the brand new Amazon Fire Phone recently at their Mobility Tech Innovation Event. The Amazon Fire is the very first smartphone designed by Amazon and is now available for purchase. Even though I am an ardent devotee of everything Apple, I was seriously...

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UC Recap: July 14 – July 19

CNN En Español recently did a great profile of our good friend Juan Camilo and the Dyckman Beer Company. It is truly amazing what Juan and company have been able to accomplish in such a short period of time...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 7-7 to 7-12

The next installment of the Led Black Book Club goes down on Thursday, July 24th at Word Up Books (2113 Amsterdam Ave @ 165th Street) from 7 to 9pm. Our featured author is AJ Sidransky, who recently released his 2nd novel, Stealing A Summer’s Afternoon.

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 6-23 to 6-28

We started the week with the super awesome news that our short film, The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co., got some love from the indispensable NY Times. Thanks to reporters Andy Newman, Annie Correal and Kenneth Rosen for including us in the New York...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 6-16 to 6-21

The wait is finally over. Our film, The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co., is now available online. Filmed entirely on the 4th of July 2013, the short film is an inside look at the Independence Day celebrations Uptown. We enlisted a great group of local cinematographers such...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 6-9 to 6-14

Okay folks, the 3rd Annual Dominican Film Festival in New York (DFFNY) kicks off on Wednesday June 18th. This year the festival will be bigger, better and broader than ever before. Get this – 40 films in 5 days as well as a whole host of artist tributes, panel discussions and...

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