April 23 – April 28

April 23 – April 28


The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival is now over but one of my favorites of the many movies that were highlighted was Babygirl. Babygirl is a coming of age urban drama set in the Bronx that features newcomer Yainis Ynoa as well as Rosa Arrendono, Joshua Rivera and our good friend Flaco Navaja among others.


Speaking of the Tribeca Film Festival, I had the distinct pleasure of attending their celebration for Latino Filmmakers in the meatpacking district recently. Heineken joined the Tribeca Film Institute in honoring the first-ever Heineken VOCES grant winners. Heineken VOCES is a grant designed to encourage U.S. Latino filmmakers to define, explore and create stories that reflect the dynamism and diversity of Latino culture. Check out the site for my recap of the star-studded event.


A couple of weekends ago, at the urging of my nutrition Nazi wife, I did a 3-Day juice cleanse. It was probably one of the toughest things I have put myself through but I came away from it with a different perspective on food, wellness and myself. Guess what folks? Peter Walsh of neighborhood institution, Coogan’s (4015 Broadway @ 169th Street), has been nominated for the 2012 Irish Small Biz 50 by Irish Echo magazine. Congrats to Peter and Coogan’s on that incredible distinction.


Being that it is National Poetry Month, our good friends at Being Latino put together an awesome video entitled Poetry in Motion featuring the talented wordsmith, Advocate of Wordz. This week we also posted an informative and funny post by our very own Sarita Martinez on her recent volunteer work for New York Cares at Fort Tryon Park. For this week’s Throw Back Thursdays post, we featured our site’s most popular post to date, The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker story tells the tale of the enigmatic and elusive elixir known as the Nutcracker. What I like to call the Washington Heights version of “modern day moonshine”.


Don’t forget folks, sculptor Peter Bulow has an exhibit of his work in Fort Tryon Park called Passing Glances that will be on view until June 30th. The Space Shuttle Enterprise was recently spotted over the GWB on its way downtown and our good friend, Wallace Flores, caught a great picture of it.


Keep checking us out at www.uptowncollective.com



Led Black


The Uptown Collective


The UC’s mission is to become “the” definitive, transformative and community-based force impacting the arts, culture, business and New York City’s overall perception of Upper Manhattan. Its objective is to reset, reboot and positively redefine Uptown’s artistic, political, cultural and business spheres via the online space as well the collective’s initiatives and functions.

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