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UC Recap – August 29th – September 3rd

August 29th – September 3rd

On Monday, August 29th we convened a powerhouse panel to have an honest discussion about race, class and gentrification in this neighborhood. While it was at times contentious, I believe that it is a step in the right direction. The forum drew in hundreds of folks that are concerned about the future of this community. Much love goes out to everyone that came out as well as our panelists State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Robert W. Snyder and Raquel Cepeda. Please hit up the site for a recap of the event by Robert W. Snyder.

Rose Hackman of The Guardian penned an excellent article on the creeping gentrification of Washington Heights and Inwood. The NY Times Editorial Board also weighed in on the recent Sherman Plaza affair.

Kaya Laterman of the NY Times reported on some of the newest big money projects in Harlem. Allyn Rosenberger of Food Tank gave us an informative Q&A with Tony Hillery, the founder of Harlem Grown. Yara Simón of Remezcla penned an awesome piece on the socially conscious nail art of Uptown’s own Ami V. The funny folks at 8JTV are back at it. Check out their latest viral antics on our site.

The Disrupt Harlem Code Squad is back. The deadline to apply is September 9th at 5 p.m. The program teaches Harlem youth how to code, make websites and start their own business all in 11 weeks. The program is looking for Harlem residents, 18-24 yrs old, who are able to attend all sessions and who are not currently enrolled in college (High School Diploma or GED not required). This program is FREE, plus they will give out weekly stipends and monthly performance-based prizes!

Oh snap, Room 28 is taking their comedic talent to the venerable El Museo del Barrio on Wednesday, September 21st at 8 p.m. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Room 28 will be performing “A Collection of Fan Favorites,” highlighting some of their most popular live sketches, and a compilation of their videos. You also never know who will be making an appearance. The word on the street is that some very big names might just show up. Did I mention copious amounts of sponsor swag? Trust us; for this one you want to buy your tickets ASAP!!!

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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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