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UC Recap – June 13th – June 18th

June 13th – June 18th


Lin-Manuel Miranda continues to amaze, astound and inspire. Hamilton won a whopping 11 Tony Awards including best new musical and best original score. Please hit up the site to see the video of Lin’s poignant acceptance speech that brought the house down. Lin could not contain himself as he made mention of the wanton horror of the Orlando attack. While he will soon be leaving Hamilton he is on the fast track to becoming a bona fide movie star. Thank you Lin for always making Uptown proud.

Vinson Cunningham of the New Yorker penned an excellent piece on the Harlem of Ralph Ellison and Gordon Parks. An exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago, which runs through August, examines a series of thought provoking collaborations between the 2 African-American giants. I am seriously thinking of visiting the Windy City just to catch the stellar exhibit.

Dominican film lovers rejoice. The Dominican Film Festival in New York will be taking place from June 22nd to the 26th. This year is better than ever so make sure you get your tickets post haste. In essence, this could be your only chance to catch many of the films featured in the festival, as they usually do not have American distribution.

The 2nd Annual Harlem Whiskey Festival is taking place on July 12th & 13th. You need to be in attendance. This is going to be a next-generation, 2-day whiskey experience. The annual El Barrio Street Festival was lit as usual. We posted some incredible images of the festivities courtesy of @lisageenyc.

On Saturday, June 18th Word Up Books celebrated 5 awesome years of being an indispensable community resource. In light of that significant milestone, Word Up threw a day-long shindig. Happy B-Day Word Up! Here is to many many more. Make sure you patronize them and spread that Uptown Love. Have you ventured into the Sugar Hill Childrens Museum of Art & Storytelling yet? The museum is really an impressive institution, housing some priceless pieces of art as well as being a literal godsend for parents and their children in this community. The building itself is quite remarkable. Designed by internationally acclaimed architect, David Adjaye, the building is as striking and singular as it gets.


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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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