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UC Recap – July 4th – July 9th

July 4th – July 9th

Harlem has always exuded cutting edge cool. While whiskey has a long history in Harlem it took entrepreneur Ron Williams to create the Harlem Whiskey Festival. On its 2nd year, the Harlem Whiskey Festival is a 2-day, next-level whiskey experience. The festival kicks off on July 13th at Sofrito with an intimate and exquisite dinner and culminates with a Grand Tasting at Mist Harlem on July 14th. Ron Williams took some time out to talk to us about the origins of the festival as well as sharing some insights into the world of whiskey.

Tanay Warerkar of Curbed NY reported on the new look for Karim Rashid’s modular building that will be built on 187th Street between Wadsworth Ave and Broadway. Did you know that a grisly murder occurred in one of the houses that once existed on the property? Hit up to read the story of 16-year-old Lillian Mojica who was murdered in that house in 1958. Shout out to Emil Báez for the idea for the initial research as well as the great images of the house before it was torn down.

Winnie Hu of the NY Times penned a great piece on how libraries are changing to meet the needs of their patrons. Much love goes out to our very own Inwood Library, which was featured in the article. As a kid growing up in Washington Heights my library card was my passport to a world beyond the hood. Daniel Rivera of Fox News Latino wrote a great piece on Uptown’s own Messiah. This young man has a bright future ahead of him.

The Classical Theatre of Harlem is back at it with Macbeth for their annual Uptown Shakespeare in the Park production. The free, family-friendly production of William Shakespeare’s classic will run from July 10th through 31st at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park.

Shout out to novelist and frequent UC contributor, A.J. Sidransky, for being selected as a finalist for the David Award for his latest novel, Forgiving Mariela Camacho. Check out our review of the novel on the following link and then buy the book! You know the motto, Spread Love It’s The Uptown Way!


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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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