By Led Black
April 1 – April 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. The whole point of the campaign is to get people to visit Upper Manhattan and explore it.
We began the week with our exclusive coverage of the WHIN By Any Means presents Her-Story event that went down at Negro Claro (3805 10th Ave) on Thursday, March 28th. We posted some amazing picture sets courtesy of Emil Baez, Mike The Law and a video recap by Art By Dj Boy. This week also saw the posting of a powerful poem by Brenda Nuñez entitled Your Biggest Regret. By the way, the next WHIN By Any Means is an App Release Party at Negro Claro On April 25th.
In addition, this week saw the release of a bunch of new music from the emerging Hip-Hop music scene Uptown. We posted a new song by Zack St. Nick entitled Day Care that was produced by Mr. Bravo. We also posted a new song by Eckz featuring Dubwork named Like No. Artist/producer, Eckz, has a much-anticipated new mixtape dropping in the near future. Stay tuned for more information on that.
How do you celebrate 50 years of American automotive excellence? Well, if you are the Ford Motor Company then you put together a shindig/shrine at the Milk Gallery dedicated to the incomparable Mustang and it’s illustrious pedigree. The event was a kick-off to a year-long anniversary celebration of all things Mustang. The Uptown Collective was there to document the festivities. Please check out the amazing photographs of the event courtesy of Paul Lomax.
The venerable Fort Washington Collegiate Church is getting a dramatic $10 million facelift that will transform the edifice to a chic space that has some Apple store elements to it. Get ready for the backlash; I’m sure some folks will not be happy with the changes. The Best of the Boogie Down column by contributor, Jenni Ruiza, featured a Q&A with producer and content creator Hezues R’, who went from violent circumstances to a life of purpose.
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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.