April 1 – April 6
By the time you read this Sarina Prasabi’s book, The Coffeehouse Resistance: Brewing Hope in Desperate Times will be available for purchase so make sure you grab a copy for yourself and another for someone else. Sarina and her husband are the good folks behind the burgeoning Buunni Coffee empire.
I will be teaching a social media workshop alongside Jeanine McAdam on June 5 as part of the 2019 Uptown Arts Stroll. The 2-hour workshop will start with a brief overview of Facebook,Twitter & Instagram. The Q&A time will address general issues concerning these three major platforms, followed by one-on-one sessions with myself & Jeanine. This is a free event, but space is extremely limited. Please only RSVP if you are certain you will attend. See you there. Shout out to the indispensable Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) for making this happen. RSVP here: http://bit.ly/UC-Social-RSVP.
The Uptown Tweet of the Week goes out to our Congressman Adriano Espaillat for calling out the fools at Fox & Friends for a headline graphic that read, “Trump Cuts U.S. Aid to 3 Mexican Countries.” Oy vey!
El Malecón (4141 Broadway at 175th St) is a machine. I mean that in a good way, as in El Malecón is an efficient and delicious Dominican cuisine machine. Great food, great service with a healthy measure of good old Dominican hospitality to match. What more could you ask for? In my estimation, El Malecón is, pound for pound, one of the best traditional Dominican restaurants in the neighborhood. They are right up there with El Lina and the now defunct Margot’s.
Inwood Hill Park is an Uptown oasis. Please read Lauren Dockett’s über lyrical ode to Inwood Hill Park. I love this post because it pairs the beauty of her words with the sublime photography of Briana E. Heard. Whenever I think about Inwood Hill Park, I am reminded about the now deceased artist Young Jee. Mr. Jee was known for making elaborate natural art installations in the woods of Inwood Hill Park.
You may not know this, but Dominicans love loud music. Sean Frank’s short film Más Fuerte delves into the Dominican sound system vans and the exchange of music, culture and traditions between Santo Domingo and NYC and the wider Dominican Diaspora.
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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.