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UC Recap- August 3 – August 8

By Led Black

August 3 – August 8

I had the distinct pleasure of attending Mayor de Blasio’s Dominican Heritage Ceremony on Thursday, August 6th at the New York County Supreme Courthouse. I cannot overstate how proud I am of being a Dominican-American and it was immensely gratifying to see the dynamism of our community highlighted by our Mayor. Mayor de Blasio dedicated a significant portion of his speech to showcasing the business acumen of our good friend Juan Camilo, the founder of Dyckman Beer. Check out our site for a video of the Mayor’s remarks and pick up a six-pack of Dyckman Beer in honor of this forward-thinking and industrious local entrepreneur.

Warriors come out to play… Our latest apparel offering, the Washington Heights Warriors tee is inspired by the World Champion Golden State Warriors’ logo and replaces the Golden Gate Bridge with our own GWB. It is a testament to the can-do, never quit ethos of Washington Heights in particular and Uptown in general. So click on the UC Shop tab on our site and get yours pronto. While you are there check out some of our others products and spread that Uptown Love…

Our Indiegogo Spotlight shed light on the crowd-funding campaign of Revolutionary Fitness. Revolutionary Fitness is looking to create a brand new, low-cost community-based fitness studio in East Harlem. Revolutionary Fitness was founded in 2010 to address the health and fitness crisis within underdeveloped communities throughout New York City. You have only few days to support this worthwhile endeavor. By the way, they have some pretty cool perks to sweeten the deal.

The Eco-Fashion Show went down on the High Bridge on Sunday, August 2nd and of course we were there to cover it. Check out our pictures of the next-generation fashion event courtesy of Marcus Johnson. Room 28 tackles the thorny issue of rising commercial rents with a funny take on the competition that ensues between an old school bodega owner and the proprietor of a new grocery store that opens up on the same block.

Peter Walsh, the gregarious co-owner of neighborhood institution Coogan’s, has a love for this community that is palpable. Mr. Walsh was recently attacked by a mentally ill homeless man but was thankfully able to defend himself and was not harmed. The man was subsequently arrested.

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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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