By Led Black
September 2 – September 7
By the time you read this, primary elections will have already taken place but I cannot overstate the importance of voting. So much rides on who is elected to public service, both locally and beyond. Apathy will never be the answer. People have died in this country, and are dying right now, somewhere around the globe, for the right to vote. That right is sacred and was obtained, and will only be obtained, by hard-fought struggle. The least we can do as citizens is to exercise that right. Please check out the Politicking With The People series, which highlights the politicians, activists and people that make up the political landscape Uptown and beyond.
Have you tried the incredible Pilsner made by the Dyckman Beer Company yet? Well, you should. The beer is now available at a whole host of awesome Uptown spots such as Indian Road Café, Buddha Beer Bar, Ganesha Outdoor Room, Corcho and Dyckman Bar among many others. Check out the site for a video Q&A with the founder of the company, Juan Camilo, directed by the one and only Nelson Salcedo of MTV’s Washington Heights.
Heineken’s Ritmo Sonico Music Festival at La Marina went down On Sunday, September 9th and was absolutely incredible. The event put a bow on another magical Uptown summer. Our Uptown Video column featured the latest video from Arlene Schulman entitled How Do You Like Your Eggs in the Morning? The piece focuses on a morning at Gus’s Luncheonette in Inwood.
Our Pics From The People post comes to us from our good friend Wallace Flores. The popular The Best of the Boogie Down column, by Jenni Ruiza, featured an excellent interview with Bronx animator and puppeteer, Alba Garcia-Rivas.
Don’t forget that Word Up Books has a Summer Clearance Sale going on until September 13th. Speaking of Word Up Books, the first installment of the Led Black Book Club for 2013 goes down at Word Up Books on Thursday, September 26th from 7 to 9 pm. The featured book is the engrossing Forgiving Maximo Rothman by local author, A.J. Sidransky. Get your copy at Word Up Books and be there for the event, which will feature a reading by the author as well as a Q&A and book signing.
Keep checking us out at www.uptowncollective.com.
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.