UC Recap

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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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 6-2 to 6-7

Last Independence Day; the Nutcracker Films crew was on hand in the Dyckman area to capture and document the magic and moxie of the 4th of July celebrations Uptown. The result is The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co., which is a beautifully photographed film...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 5-26 to 5-31

The 2014 Uptown Arts Stroll has begun folks. You have an entire month to take it all in. The Uptown Arts Stroll features open studios, art exhibitions, concerts, literary events, and performances throughout Northern Manhattan from West 155th Street to West 220th...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 5-19 to 5-24

I am writing this newsletter from the enchanting city of New Orleans. This place practically pulsates with art in all its wondrous incarnations. Art is ubiquitous here.

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 5-5 to 5-10

This past Friday night, I had one of the most outstanding and innovative meals that I have ever had at a restaurant at Rusty Mackerel (209 Pinehurst). From the delectable cauliflower chop starter, to the seriously delicious burger, to the simply sublime tiramisu, I had...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 4-21 to 4-26

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of accompanying Edible Manhattan writer Marissa Finn on a Dominican Food Tour of Washington Heights and Inwood. The day began at Malecon for a traditional different breakfast and ended at Bizcocho de Colores, which is...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 4-21 to 4-26

Renowned Italian street artist, Alicé Pasquini, was recently in town for a three-wall project in New York and New Jersey that tells a short story over the course of three murals. The first wall, painted on an abandoned pizza place in Rockaway Beach Queens, shows a girl sending a...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 4-14 to 4-19

First of all, congrats to our very own Emmanuel “Dj Boy” Abreu for surpassing his Indiegogo pledge goal of $5,500. He ended up raising $6,300 to prepare and gear up for his participation in the prestigious 360 XOCHI QUETZAL artist residency in Mexico. That is a terrific accomplishment...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 4-7 to 4-12

It’s crunch time folks! You only have until April 18th to donate to the Indiegogo campaign of Uptown’s very own Emmanuel “Dj Boy” Abreu. So if you haven’t hit the Contribute Now button yet, please do so right now. So here is the deal. Dj Boy was chosen to take part in the...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 3-31 to 4-5

Did you know that seminal German electronic music group Kraftwerk performed at our beloved United Palace last week? That’s right and to add icing on the proverbial cake, noted music critic Jon Pareles came Uptown to cover their performance for the NY Times. The United Palace is a...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 3-24 to 3-29

The 4th installment of Sunday Movies at the Palace with Lin-Manuel Miranda features the original King Kong from 1933 and goes down on April 27th. The movie will be shown with Spanish subtitles. Master of Ceremonies Lin-Manuel will introduce the film with a stage show as well as...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 3-17 to 3-22

Did you know that Washington Heights boasts a palace? Yes, an actual palace. Indeed, the United Palace, on 175th and Broadway, is the people’s palace. Built in 1929 by noted theatre architect Thomas Lamb, the United Palace is the only true Movie Palace that still...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 3-3 to 3-8

Craft beer enthusiasts rejoice! The Gun Hill Brewing Co. (3227 Laconia Ave. Bronx, N.Y.) is now open for business. The Uptown Collective’s resident beer expert and kick-ass photographer, Emil Baez, was on hand for the soft launch. Stop by and show them some Uptown Love and...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 2-24 to 3-1

Spread the good news folks, Uptown Collective stalwart, Art By Dj Boy, is going to Mexico. That’s right, Uptown’s hardest working photographer has been chosen to take part in the prestigious 360 Xochi Quetzal artist residency in Chapala, Mexico. For the entire month of May, Art By...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 2-17 to 2-22

The second installment of Sunday Movies at the Palace with Lin-Manuel Miranda featuring the classic film West Side Story took place on February 23rd and it was simply incredible. Not only were the almost 1000 people in attendance treated to a great piece of cinema in...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 2-10 to 2-15

Okay folks, you have until Friday, February 21st at 5 pm to turn in your submission for the 2014 Uptown Arts Stroll poster contest. Just in case you didn’t know, the Uptown Arts Stroll is a month-long celebration of Uptown arts and culture. The winner will receive $500 greenbacks...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 1-27 to 2-1

From the Heights to the State of the Union speech, Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School student, Estiven Rodriguez, had the honor of attending the event and even got a shout out from POTUS. Estiven arrived in the country at 9 years old and thanks to hard work...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 1-20 to 1-25

In light of our President, Barack Obama, delivering his all important State of the Union speech this week, I thought it was only right that he receives a proper shout out for spreading so much Uptown Love as of late. It began a few weeks ago, when Harlem ninth-grader Kiara Molina, of...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 1-13 to 1-18

The news broke this week that the venerable Mother Cabrini High School would be closing its doors after 115 years in the neighborhood. Hold on – not so fast - the Cabrini Movement has begun. Started within days of the news of the impending closure, current students, teachers, alumni...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 12-30 to 1-4

January 1st was an important day for me personally but I sincerely believe that it was also a significant day in the history of this city, this country and ultimately, the world. Not only was it the first day of the New Year but it was also the inauguration of our new Mayor, Bill de Blasio. I am SO done...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 12-23 to 12-28

This is our last missive of 2013 folks and I cannot overstate what an honor it has been writing this column for the last 4 years. The Manhattan Times is an Uptown institution and having this weekly forum in addition to the website has helped us tremendously in expanding the Uptown...

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