UC Recap

  • 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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