The Uptown Collective – The Recap 6-30 to 7-5

By Led Black

June 30 – July 5

As this goes to print, we have received almost 20 K hits on our short film, The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co.. If you have not seen it yet, please take a little time to check it out and share it. The film has received press coverage from The NY Times, Gothamist, Gizmodo, NY Daily News, Vanity Fair, Stupid Dope, Chic Rebellion, Being Latino as well as this publication.

The downpour of biblical proportions could not stop the masses from coming out to the soft opening of Burger Heights (177 Wadsworth Ave @ 182nd St) on Wednesday, July 2nd. For good reason, Burger Heights is belting out some seriously great burgers at a price that won’t break the bank. This is not hyperbole, all of the beef for the burgers at Burger Heights comes from the good folks at Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors and are 100% Angus Beef that is hormone and anti-biotic free. There is also a lamb option as well as a vegetarian one. So instead of going to nearby Burger King or McDonald’s, stop by Burger Heights and taste the difference that quality ingredients make. You can thank me later!

The New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein recently plunged into the 10-day citywide OutdoorFest, which resulted in some really cool images. One of the pictures comes from our neck of the woods and celebrates Fitness Day at Fort Tryon Park.

The standard for men’s fashion, GQ Magazine, also came uptown to show love to a few outstanding individuals from different fields that exude that Harlem cool. Such folks as Jazz musician Jon Batiste, rappers Cam’ron and ASAP Mob as well as visual artists, models and entrepreneurs. Speaking of Cam’ron, the Harlem Hip-Hop heavyweight has a new EP out, 1st of the Month.

Tupac Shakur has become Hip-Hop’s patron saint. Now his vast songbook has become the basis for the powerful and poignant musical, Holler If Ya Hear Me. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, Tupac and by extension, Hip-Hop, have invaded Broadway. Directed by Kenny Leon and written by Todd Kreidler, Holler If Ya Hear Me is more than a musical, it is something akin to an old school religious revival that pulsates with the power and passion of Hip-Hop and Tupac’s searing lyricism.

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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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