UC Recap – August 27 – September 1

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August 27 – September 1

Being that the Republican Convention was taking place this past week, the Uptown Collective kicked off their political coverage of this very important election with 2 Op-Ed posts penned by yours truly. The first was about Mitt Romney’s recent birther “joke” that millions of Americans did not find the least bit funny. The other Op-Ed dealt with what Republican Todd Akin’s vile comments reveal about the GOP.

Hometown girl and professional Tennis player, Irina Falconi, first learned to play the game on the courts of Inwood Hill Park. She competed in this year’s US Open and also blogged about her time there for the NY Times. This week also saw a Letters to the Editor post regarding one of our reader’s outright contempt of hookahs, the Middle Eastern water pipes, which have become quite popular in the neighborhood these days. While we may or may not agree, it was definitely an interesting viewpoint.

YUM (Young Urban Moms) is holding a conference for young moms on Saturday, September 8th at the Shabazz Center (3940 Broadway). My wife and our wellness contributor, Eileen Z. Fuentes, will be one of the featured speakers alongside Gloria Feldt, the former President of Planned Parenthood and Geneva Farrow of A Young Mother’s D.R.E.A.M. Eileen is also one of the subjects in the photographic exhibit Faces of Hope that will have its opening reception Le Chéile (839 West 181st Street) right after the conference.

The sexy and swank Negro Claro (3805 10th Ave) unveiled their sumptuous Ganesha Outdoor Room recently. By the way, Julio Rodriguez and Hex Hector present the Washington Heights Reunion Part 2 on Saturday, September 15th at Dancehall (2005 Amsterdam Ave @ 160th Street).

Also, we reported the sad news the Young Jee, the man known for making elaborate natural art installations in the woods of Inwood Hill Park, passed away recently from natural causes. Young Jee will be missed as his awesome artwork added a surreal quality to the park. Musician, artist and philanthropist Wyclef Jean will be at the 92 Y for a performance and a wide-ranging conversation on Sunday, September 30th. It gets better folks; Uptown Collective readers get a 50% discount on select tickets by using the UPTOWN promo code.

Keep checking us out at www.uptowncollective.com.

Led Black

Editor-in-Chief

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.