UC Recap – May 20 – May 25

 May 20 – May 25


By the time you read this, the 2019 Uptown Arts Stroll will have already begun. So please hit up to make sure you don’t miss a moment of all the art awesomeness that the stroll has to offer. Remember to use the hashtag #UptownArtStroll on all your Uptown Arts Stroll pics and videos for a chance to win a free night’s stay at the Edge Hotel.


Restaurateur extraordinaire Fernando Mateo has done it again. Just in time for Memorial Day, Zona De Cuba (558 Grand Concourse) is now open for business and it is a game changer. This is your new go to spot, trust us on this one folks.


As usual, Harlem EatUp!, did not disappoint. The stellar Harlem food and culture extravaganza manages to somehow get bigger and better every year. Folks came from all over the city to partake in the gastronomical magic. Harlem icon Dapper Dan made an appearance and was instantly mobbed by his adoring supporters. All in all, Harlem EatUp was lit and if you missed it, you missed a lot. Make sure you don’t let that happen next year.


I took a really troubling picture recently on the little stretch of Cabrini Blvd that runs between 190th Street and Fort Tryon Park while I was walking the pooch. The image had the word Trump over the Star of David. I hesitated posting it because as a rule I do not like to highlight negativity of any kind and this was definitely hateful and bigoted. But to be honest, I really wasn’t sure what the enigmatic and odious image meant but if the Trump name is on it you know it can’t be good. Anyway, I decided against posting it and promptly forgot about it. 2 days later, I was pleasantly surprised to find that someone had taken the time to put a big, beautiful heart over the detestable chicken scratch. In the end, at least here in Uptown Manhattan, love does trump hate.


Listen up people, the good folks at the Washington Heights BID have put together a sweet event for all of the Uptown foodies. Make sure you hit up La Casa Del Mofongo (546 West 207th Street) on June 8 for an Uptown food extravaganza featuring FREE food from a plethora of Uptown’s best restaurants.


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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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