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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 8-19 to 8-24

The Uptown Collective – The Recap 8-19 to 8-24

By Led Black

August 19 – August 24

We started the week with a re-post of an excellent article by Cole Thompson of on the history of Inwood Station, which is the northernmost Post Office in Manhattan and was established in 1923. Cole Thompson’s meticulously researched article, replete with pictures of that era, takes you on a journey to the Inwood of yesteryear.

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) has announced its next exhibition, Immigrant Too, a follow-up to NoMAA’s previous show of 2010, titled Immigrant. This second exhibition delves into the artist’s notion of being an “immigrant,” how he or she responds to the present immigration debate as it is carried out in personal, public, and political spaces, and what approaches the artist takes, from the subtle and conceptual, to the blatantly political. All Uptown artists are encouraged to apply to be a part of the exhibit. The deadline for submissions is Monday, 9th September 2013 at 5pm.

We also stopped by Majas Tapas & Bar (229 Dyckman), which is the latest addition to the popular Dyckman Strip. Low key and cozy, Majas Tapas is cranking out some inventive cuisine that adds something special to the already buzzing thoroughfare. We took another look at the 2013 Dominican Day Parade courtesy of DJ Lucha of Besos Not Bombs.

This was a big week for Uptown hip-hop so lets get to it. First of all, we featured a great Q&A with the brilliant producer Frankie P. Soulful songstress, Camille Safiya, dropped the first visuals for her collaboration project with Frankie P, Island Blues. Reeseeboi released If I Die featuring Audubon. M.Class also put out his latest mixtape, Feeling Lucky?!. Not to mention that we went behind the scenes for the latest song from Pitbull’s protégé Sensato, entitled Ponte Sensato, featuring Uptown artists Los Gambinos and filmed at El Morocco on 145th Street. Don’t forget WHIN V goes down at Negro Claro (3805 10th Avenue) on Thursday, August 29th.

The Best of the Boogie Down column by Jenni Ruiza highlighted the work of comedian and actor, Roman Suarez. We ended the week with a video Q&A by Arlene Shulman entitled A Conversation with Lin-Manuel Miranda featuring a diverse cast from Inwood that showcases Lin-Manuel’s love of his upper Manhattan neighborhood.

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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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