The Uptown Collective- The recap 3-25 to 3-30

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By Led Black

March 25- March30 

The WHIN By Any Means celebration of the sacred feminine, known as Her-Story, went down on March 28th at Negro Claro (3805 10th Ave) and was a rousing success. Once again, the venue was packed to capacity and the attendees were treated to a plethora of amazing acts. We posted Q&A’s with two of the acts that graced the stage that night, Tess and Camille Safiya. Stay tuned for more info on the next WHIN By Any Means event; we have some exciting news to come.

Our indiegogo Spotlight was a documentary entitled Changing Face of Harlem, which is about the massive changes taking place in that neighborhood. While we are on that topic, the inaugural column And If You Don’t Know… by Ayisha Oglivie entitled Unsympathetic Landlords Pushing Local Businesses Out dealt with Abinader Grocery (4051 Broadway between 170th and 171st Street) and how it is in jeopardy of closing it’s doors after more than 50 years of serving the community.

That’s right folks – Uptown’s own Inwood Local (4957 Broadway) made it to the distinguished list of Best Beer Gardens and Beer Halls in New York City as compiled by the indispensable Time Out New York. With that said, next time you’re on 207th Street make sure you stop by and enjoy the taste of awesomeness.

There is a petition to bring back MTV’s ‘Washington Heights’ for another season on the site Change.org that we hope you will support. This week also saw a great interview with the head of the United Palace and the son of the late-great Reverend Ike, Xavier Eikerenkoetter. Our Fashion Forward column featured local menswear line, Nicholas Velez that was started by two young designers Albert Abreu and Felix Cepeda.

The foodie blog, Serious Eats, took a trip Uptown for a market tour of Moscow on the Hudson, which is a Russian outpost on 181st Street. Our weekly trip to the Bronx, courtesy of Jenni Ruiz, took us to hotspot The Garage Bar & Lounge. Author and activist, Junot Diaz stopped by the Colbert Report recently to talk about citizenship, education & Immigration. Thanks to regular reader of this column, Regina, for suggesting I bold some of the content for better readability.

Keep checking us out at www.uptowncollective.com.

Led Black
Editor-in-Chief
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.