The Uptown Collective – The Recap 12-16 to 12-21

By Led Black

December 16 – December 21

It’s official people; Washington Heights and Dominicans are #1. Well…. sort of. It turns out that according to the newly released report, The Newest New Yorkers, published by the Department of City Planning; Washington Heights has the largest number of foreign-born people of any city neighborhood (80,174) and Dominicans are the city’s largest immigrant group at 380,200 residents or 12 percent of the total foreign-born population. The exhaustive 5-year study underscores how diverse and dynamic New York City really is and how important immigrants are to, not just the city, but also the entire nation.

Mark your calendars and program your DVRs: SOSÚA: MAKE A BETTER WORLD will have its broadcast premiere on WNET/Channel 13 in New York on December 28th at 2pm. SOSÚA tells the story of Dominican and Jewish teenagers in Washington Heights, who together with the legendary theater director, Liz Swados, put on a musical about the Dominican Republic’s rescue of 800 Jews from Hitler.

Our Monday Mood Music selection was the latest video from the homie Eckz, Don’t Act Like This. A big shout out goes to Fred Focus who directed the video and has been quite prolific recently. We ended the week with another banger from Ace IOD of the mighty IOD camp entitled M.K.C / BLVCKOUT.

The NY Times took a day trip back into time to the nation’s founding by visiting the Hamilton Grange, the Morris-Jumel Mansion and the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum. The good folks at the Museum of the City of New York have designated Inwood their Neighborhood of the Week. Check out their site for a treasure trove of images of the Inwood of yesteryear.

Our Bronx contributor and online dating expert, Jenni Ruiza, has proclaimed the death of online dating in her latest column in the Single Girl From The Bronx series. Due to popular demand, the Spread Love It’s The Uptown Way Tees are now available at Word Up Books (2113 Amsterdam Ave @ 165th Street). You have until the end of the year to donate to the indiegogo campaign of the People’s Theatre Project. They have been doing meaningful and important work in the neighborhood for some time now and by giving to their campaign you are also giving a gift to the community. That is definitely a WHIN WHIN situation!

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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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