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UC Recap – August 8th – August 13th

August 8th – August 13th

The winds of change are blowing briskly through Uptown. With the swirl of global capital descending upon Uptown, what does it even mean to “Save Uptown”? Jerry Christal, a third generation Inwood business owner, penned a poignant and passionate piece on what saving Inwood means to him. Please read it and share it with abandon. These are questions we all need to be asking ourselves before it is too late.

First of all, we have to thank all the folks who submitted such outstanding images for our Rep Ya Block Contest. It was not easy to pick a winner out of the hundreds of submissions we received. After it was all said and done, Gabe Domínguez emerged the winner with a picture that beautifully captures the grit and hustle of Uptown. Stay tuned as we will once again team up with the good folks at Bien Conectao for another contest in the coming days.

Here we go again. Racist interloper comes to the hood and finds out that people are different from them. That realization makes them extremely unhappy, which forces them to put their ugly racism online for the world to see. Recently a tourist who chose to stay in an Airbnb rental in Washington Heights took to Reddit to voice his disgust with Washington Heights. And boy did he go in…

We first put you on to The Get Down last year when we helped the Grant Wilfley Casting company get the word out about their casting call for background actors for the show. Well now the first six of its 12-episode series is waiting for you on Netflix. The Get Down is a fictionalized take on the birth of Hip-Hop in the Bronx in the 1970s.

Christopher Reynolds of the Los Angeles Times came Uptown to take a lively jaunt through Harlem. Patrick McGovern of am New York penned a thorough guide to South Harlem. Celebrated author Yaa Gyasi is coming Uptown, to Revolution Books to be exact, to chop it up with Andy Zee about her debut novel Homegoing that has caused quite a stir. Not only did the novel make the front cover of The New York Times Book Review, Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson wrote the actual review.


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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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