UC Recap

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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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 12-9 to 12-14

The holidays are here folks and if you haven’t completed all your shopping yet, please make sure you shop local and keep those dollars Uptown. In keeping with that sentiment, Bread and Yoga’s annual holiday market returns and will take place on Saturday, December 21st...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 12-2 to 12-7

Spread Love It’s The Uptown Way is much more than a slogan for us. It has been our modus operandi and mission statement since we began preaching the Uptown Gospel and highlighting the best Uptown has to offer in February of 2010. From the very beginning, The Little Red Lighthouse has been...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 11-25 to 11-30

Our Time Travel Tuesdays post takes us back to a story that was first published in The NY Times on May 15th, 2009. Imagine you move into an apartment that unbeknownst to you happens to be the former stash house of a now deported drug dealer with ties to a crooked cop. It gets worse.

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 11-18 to 11-23

I still can’t believe that our little documentary that could about the nutcracker and our beloved Uptown has been profiled in an excellent article in The NY Times by Alex Vadakul. This project is so much more than just the definitive documentary on the infamous underground libation; it is...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 11-11 to 11-16

From the moment you enter Rusty Mackerel (209 Pinehurst Avenue) you know that this isn’t your average eatery. No, ladies and gentlemen, this is a sanctum of the sublime, a place where culinary alchemy happens daily. No mere restaurant, it is a shrine of gastronomy. A place...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 11-4 to 11-9

This past summer, the usual Uptown Collective crew of Art By Dj Boy, Ray Rodriguez, Emil Baez, Jon Ullman and myself embarked on a pilgrimage to the brewery where The Dyckman Beer Company works its magic. It was our good fortune to be joined by the acclaimed and masterful...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 10-28 to 11-2

You have probably noticed the ivied and dilapidated house on the hill on 187th Street between Wadsworth and Broadway. The fact that it is directly across the street from the stately St. Elizabeth’s Church only adds to its spooky aura. Well, it turns out that on the morning of February 13th...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 10-21 to 10-26

Halloween is upon us and vampires have invaded the neighborhood. Well, sort of. Vampire in the Heights is a short film currently in pre-production written by and starring Frank Medina. We posted a selection of pictures from the project by Hansel Sanchez and featuring Wanda Perez and Leslie Ramirez as...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 10-14 to 10-19

Man, I am still riding high from having taken part in the first ever Uptown Lit Festival, which took place on Saturday, October 19th at the United Palace of Cultural Arts and Word Up Community Bookshop. The event was an unequivocal success. Not only did we have...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 10-7 to 10-12

DigiBunch, one of the nation’s most influential Hispanic communities online, recently announced it’s list of 20 Latino cultural leaders for its 2nd annual Latino Trailblazers video series and I had the honor of being chosen to the select list. This is to date, the biggest honor of my career and I feel extremely...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 9-30 to 10-5

The Best of the 2nd Annual Dominican Film Festival in New York (DFFNY) goes down at the United Palace of Cultural Arts (4140 Broadway) on Saturday, October 12, 2013. From 1-10 pm, the four most popular films shown during the festival in June will be screened:...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 9-23 to 9-28

Ok folks, the first ever Uptown Lit Festival is going down on October 19th at the United Palace of Cultural Arts and Word Up Community Bookshop. What is Uptown Lit you might ask? Well, Uptown Lit...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 9-16 to 9-21

Did you know that September 16th was National Guacamole Day? Well it was and to celebrate the occasion our very own Wellness contributor and my better half, Eileen Z. Fuentes, penned an ode to one of the newest additions to the Uptown culinary landscape, Chipotle (4009 Broadway).

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

It never fails, once September rolls around I get a bad case of the end-of-summer blues. Then like clockwork, I get a reminder that while summer may be over, that good old Uptown magic remains. Case in point: The Heineken Ritmo Sonico Festival that was held on September 8th at La Marina.

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 9-2 to 9-7

By the time you read this, primary elections will have already taken place but I cannot overstate the importance of voting. So much rides on who is elected to public service, both locally and beyond. Apathy will never be the answer. People have died in this country, and are dying right now...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 8-26 to 8-31

On a simply glorious Saturday night, August 24th to be exact, folks from the neighborhood and beyond gathered at a hard to find spot in Riverside Park for an old-fashioned and slightly clandestine celebration. I’m talking about a generator powered by park lights and people having a damn good time...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 8-19 to 8-24

We started the week with a re-post of an excellent article by Cole Thompson of My.Inwood.net on the history of Inwood Station, which is the northernmost Post Office in Manhattan and was established in 1923. Cole Thompson’s meticulously researched article, replete with pictures...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 8-12 to 8-17

On a picture perfect Sunday, August 11th to be exact, the 32nd Annual Dominican Day Parade took place on Sixth Avenue with a half a million...
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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 5-20 to 5-25

Ladies and Gentlemen: Drumroll, please… The 10th Anniversary Uptown Arts Stroll kicks off at the venerable

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 5-13 to 5-18

It’s on people. The Northern Manhattan Restaurant Week has begun and that means a bunch of great deals at some of your favorite restaurants.

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 4-29 to 5-4

April 29 – May 4 Mark your calendars folks, the Eleventh Annual Drums Along The Hudson: A Native American Festival will take place on Sunday, May 19th, 2013 in the urban oasis that is Inwood Hill Park from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm, rain or shine. The festival is a celebration of Native American...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 4-15 to 4-20

Did you know that travel expert, Valarie D’Elia, of the popular travel blog Travel with Val recently took a jaunt up to Inwood to find hidden gems for a video segment for NY1? Well, neither did I but one of our awesome readers...

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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 4-1 to 4-6

Spring is here, La Marina has re-opened and life is good. I had the pleasure of attending the kick-off event for the Business Improvement District’s Explora marketing campaign at La Marina on Monday, April 1st...

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