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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 12-23 to 12-28

December 23 – December 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 Collective’s reach and penetration. Please check out the site for our exhaustive, year-end retrospective as well as our Top 10 Posts of 2013. Also, don’t forget that our Spread Love It’s The Uptown Way Tee is available at Word Up Books (2113 Amsterdam Ave @ 165th Street) and online. In 2014, our online store will be expanding, so please continue to support us as we stretch our wings and fly.


Our Monday Mood Music selection comes to us from the very talented Boston, entitled I Ain’t Having That. Our Uptown Video pick of the week was the first episode of hip-hop’s first EMO/Rap group H.U.G. Shout out to Anthony Palmini and Juan Bago for the hilarious video series.


Did you know that one of the greatest NBA players of all time grew up in the Dyckman Projects? That’s right, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, then known as Lew Alcindor, grew up in the neighborhood. In our Time Travel Tuesdays post, we take you back to a NY Times article published in May 29th, 2009 that looks at the many successful New Yorkers that came out of housing projects. In the poignant piece, Mr. Abdul-Jabbar talks about the discrimination he felt growing up in the Inwood of the 1950s. By the way, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was a product of the Bronxdale Houses.


Telecommuters, artisans and freelancers rejoice! You will now have an alternate space to work on your evil plot for world domination. Starting on January 13th, Bread and Yoga (5000 Broadway) will launch a much-needed co-working space. Check out their site for more info.


The cool kids of the Mira CoNYo crew put together an awesome skateboard video. While we are on the topic, check out our video on Mira CoNYo and the trials and tribulations of being a skater Uptown. Our Best of the Boogie Down column by Jenni Ruiza highlights the work of multi-talented artist, John Carl Martin. Happy New Year folks!


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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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