Tag Archives: Opinion

The Uptown Collective – The Recap 10-22 to 10-27

By the time this newspaper hits the streets we will know if we are on the fast track to full-blown fascism or if we were able to begin the process of putting the brakes on the Trump regime. As I write this I cannot help but feel a profound pessimism for the direction this mighty country has taken.

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Five Fast Facts
Cinco hechos rápidos

President Donald Trump has revealed his plan to issue an executive order, attempting to end birthright citizenship of children born to undocumented parents in the United States....
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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 10-22 to 10-27

I had the honor of taking part in a next generation public forum at the venerable Riverside Church on October 22. The global digital magazine Ozy produced the televised debate, which is part of a new series called Take On America. This installation of the series was dubbed 100 Latinos in New York City

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I crossed the street
Crucé la calle

I was walking home the other evening. Replaying the highs and lows of the day, and deep in thought. The activity on the street was barely a murmur in the background.
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UC Recap – October 8 – October 13

Ruby Dee was a Black icon and a Harlem legend. Her memorable performances in such classic films as A Raisin in the Sun, The Jackie Robinson...

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¡Basta Ya!

The citywide housing crisis has produced some of the highest levels of homelessness since the Great Depression, and only a limited number...
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“At the very top of the island”
“En lo más alto de la isla”

Inwood resident Inger Tilsen- Bretón wrote to Senator Charles Schumer recently. On her mind was the Inwood rezoning, “an issue close to...
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UC Recap – October 1 – October 6

Red Rooster in Harlem continues to amaze and astound. I had the distinct honor of attending the first ever Chef Ed’s Mixtape dinner at Ginny’s...

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UC Recap – September 24 – September 29

Have you had a Dyckman Beer lately? Not only are you repping your neighborhood with every sip, you are also supporting a company that has...

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Ayotzinapa

September 26th marks four years since 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Teachers’ College in Guerrero, Mexico were forcibly disappeared...
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An Easy Fast
Un ayuno fácil

Yom Kippur, el más sagrado de los días santos para el pueblo judío, fue observado recientemente. Es muy grande. Incluso quienes...
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UC Recap – September 17 – September 22

Fall is here, folks and the season Uptown is something special. One of the great joys of living Uptown is all of the truly exceptional parks...
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UC Recap – September 10 – September 15

The people have spoken. Before we even get into who won what, let us bask for a moment in the turnout for the election this past Thursday...

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“Some continue to give all”
“Algunos continúan dando todo”

17 years ago, when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center firefighters and first responders across New York City did as they always do – raced...
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UC Recap – September 3 – September 8

Woolrich has tapped the iconic Lauryn Hill to be the face of its Fall/Winter 2018 campaign, Woolrich: American Soul since 1830. Shot by...

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UC Recap – August 27 – September 1

Hundreds of folks came from near and far for the 30th Anniversary of the Riverside Jam. Electrical mishaps and a slight change...

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UC Recap – August 20 – August 25

If you are like me, then you are suffering from a severe case of Trump fatigue. The man is a straight up sociopath and he is making the rest of...

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Remembering a Reformer
Recordando a una reformadora

Dorothea Dix tendría 216 años si estuviera viva hoy. Una reformadora de la salud mental en los Estados Unidos a mediados de 1800, a Dix...
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A Blueprint for Gentrification at its Finest
Un plan para la gentrificación en su máxima expresión

Estoy profundamente preocupado por la decisión de la semana pasada del Concejo de la ciudad de Nueva York de aprobar el plan de...
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“Our Work Is Never Done”
“Seguimos en la lucha”

In the 1980's, I led the negotiations to stop CUNY tuition increases that would hurt low-income students and hinder our success.  Above all things...
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UC Recap – August 6 – August 11

As many of you are already aware, the City Council voted 43-1 (with one abstention) to approve the Inwood Rezoning plan. The fight, however...

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“Respected Councilmember”
“Respetado concejal”

As opponents have organized rallies and protests to voice their resistance to the rezoning plan, others have also sought to reach out directly...
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UC Recap – July 30 – August 4

Our Congressman Adriano Espaillat as well as other elected officials and concerned community members held a vigil at the Billing’s Lawn...

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Inwood – In their own words
Inwood – En sus propias palabras

Es tiempo de decisión. El Concejo Municipal realizará su votación oficial sobre el plan de rezonificación de Inwood esta semana. A medida...
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Making Guaranteed Healthcare a Reality
Haciendo la atención médica garantizada una realidad

Support for guaranteed, universal healthcare is at a rolling boil throughout New York State, fueled by the relentless attacks of the Trump administration...
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UC Recap – July 16 – July 21

Have we hit rock bottom yet? Is the Helsinki Affair the straw that broke the camel’s back? Doesn’t this prove, beyond a shadow...

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Nixon’s Fake News
Noticias falsas de Nixon

Todos tienen el derecho de postularse para cargos electos. Si usted cree que tiene la mejor combinación de ideas y experiencia...
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A Careful Advocacy: An Open Letter
Una postura cuidadosa: Una carta abierta

Dear Assemblymember Rodríguez, I hope you're having a good summer and I look forward to meeting again soon. I am writing in reference...
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UC Recap – July 9 – July 14

Lovers of Dominican cinema are about to get their fix on. The 7th Annual Dominican Festival In New York is back people. This year’s festival is...

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UC Recap – July 2 – July 7

Is Stop and Frisk really a thing of the past? Could it be that we have put that nasty relic of racist policing behind us? Nope. Not really...

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“Tired of your tired”
“Cansados de su cansado”

As submitted by artist Rosa Naparstek, the text above the pedestal is a re-write of Emma Lazarus’s poem “The New Colossus” which appears...
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Opening Haven Avenue to the Community
Abrir la avenida Haven a la comunidad

Nuestra comunidad puede liderar la tarea de reconsiderar cómo nosotros, en la ciudad de Nueva York, usamos sus calles y alcanzamos...
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UC Recap – June 25 – June 30

It feels good to get a victory every now and then. And this is no small victory. This victory reverberated beyond the Bronx and throughout...

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“Our door is open to every person”
“Nuestra puerta está abierta a todas las personas”

En los últimos días, desde que se estableció la política de inmigración de tolerancia cero de la actual administración presidencial...
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UC Recap – June 18 – June 23

“Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” Voltaire. Welcome to Trump’s America, where the...

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“Both she and her father cried”
“Tanto ella como su padre lloraron”

Como todos los padres que conozco, mis hijos y mi nieto son mi mayor alegría. Este pasado Día del Padre fue un día de acción, durante...
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UC Recap – June 11 – June 16

Grito Mexican Grill (1555 St Nicholas Avenue) in Washington Heights is one of my favorite Mexican restaurants Uptown. Not...

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‎”We need action”
“Necesitamos acción”

Where did the prayers go? Two years after one of the deadliest mass shootings in the country’s history, where 49 lives and their families were...
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UC Recap – June 4 – June 9

I am writing this recap still in recovery mode after the truly epic bash thrown by the good folks at Presidente Beer and Boiler Room TV to celebrate...

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Four Essential Principles
Cuatro principios esenciales

Es esa época del año en los Estados Unidos de nuevo. Los birretes y las borlas que se lanzan en la celebración, bailan en el cielo. Bryan Stevenson...
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This is about Junot Diaz, but it’s more about us
Esto es sobre Junot Díaz, pero se trata más de nosotros

I applaud all the women who have addressed Junot Díaz's inappropriate, sexist, manipulative and power-hungry behavior while calling out the...
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On the heat beat
Control de calefacción

Quieren llevar calefacción. Defensores se unieron al presidente del condado de Brooklyn, Eric L. Adams, y los concejales Mark Levine, Ritchie Torres y...
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UC Recap May 14 – May 19

There are more dark days ahead for the American Experiment. The future looks bleaker by the hour. The Tyrant is now referring to immigrants...

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“We all believe in you”
“Creemos en ustedes”

Esta semana, las escuelas secundarias en los cinco condados están celebrando el Día de Decisión Universitaria (College Decision Day). Esta...
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Barbs Away
Podios de la furia

Someone call Heidi. The howls of criticism following comedian Michelle Wolf's remarks at the White House Correspondents’...
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The Language of Love
El lenguaje del amor

Cuando dos personas se casan, es una decisión exquisitamente personal y una realidad fabulosamente compartida con familiares...
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“There are no more excuses”
“No hay más excusas”

Mi familia y yo migramos a los Estados Unidos en 2007. A los 8 años de edad, ingresé a la escuela primaria sin saber una palabra de inglés. Hoy...
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UC Recap –  April 2 – April 7

Don’t get me wrong I LOVE the NY Times but I am just not rocking with the Hudson Heights moniker for the more affluent parts of Washington Heights...

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“We must listen”
“Debemos escuchar”

I am a firm believer in the power of young people. They teach me and inspire me every single day; it is clear to me that their compassion, creativity...
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Is Mom Depressed?
¿Mamá está deprimida?

California is set to vote on a bill that would mandate screening for maternal depression during pregnancy and after birth. It has unleashed...
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