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The Uptown Collective – The Recap August 4 – 9

By Led Black

August 4 – August 9

Our Time Travel Tuesdays post took us back to a really sad episode in this neighborhood’s history. The article was written by Alan Feuer and published in the NY Times on May 28th, 2004. The piece dealt with the brutal, ritualistic murder of Sarah Fox in Inwood Hill Park, while she was out for a run in the park. To be completely honest, I think the murder, and the article for that matter, unfairly tainted such a majestic one-of-a-kind park. Inwood Hill Park is the last remaining forest in Manhattan and is one of the most unique parks in New York City – a true urban oasis. Sadly, 10 years later, the case remains unsolved.

This week we posted an awesome time-lapse video by Cristobal Vivar of the artist Young Jee in action working on his favorite canvas, Inwood Hill Park. For those that don’t know, Young Jee created beautiful natural art installations in Inwood Hill Park. Young Jee passed away in August 26th, 2012 but the artist remains alive in the minds of those who encountered his sublime work in the wilds of that magnificent park.

Save The Date: Friday, August 29th, Word Up Books is inviting the community to a night of animation and a live comic book reading by artist Sandy Jimenez, known for his work in World War 3 Illustrated, The Graphic Canon (II, YA,) as well as the action-adventure series Marley Davidson: Bronx Exorcist. Food and refreshments will be served along with lively conversation about the history of comic books and conjecture about their future as well as some sneak peeks of work in development.

Our Monday Mood Music post comes to us from the one and only Charlie Cruz, Wasn’t All Good. We also featured an exclusive freestyle by the very talented GDA. Look out for more exclusive #GThursdays freestyles from GDA.

Uptown playwright Reza Salazar currently has an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign to raise the funds to produce his first play, Incognito. The play is about childhood trauma and the power of human resilience and will be shown at the Cabrini Repertory Theater as part of the Thespis Theater Festival. Check out the video for the campaign on our site and remember the motto, Spread Love It’s The Uptown Way!

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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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