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UC Recap – May 23rd – May 28th

May 23rd – May 28th

Harlem is the eternal capital of cool. So it only fitting that Harlem now has its own Whiskey Festival. Now in its second year, the Harlem Whiskey Festival is a two-day experience that is all about celebrating the cutting-edge cool, sophistication and uniqueness that has always drawn people to Harlem. Started by visionary entrepreneur Ron Williams, this year’s event will kick off with an exclusive and exquisite Craftsmanship Dinner and After Party at Sofrito on July 12th and will culminate with a Grand Tasting at Mist Harlem on the 13th. Early-bird specials until June 24th will get in you in the building for both nights for a mere $100. The Uptown Collective is a proud sponsor of this year’s festivities.

David Norman was only 15 when he first experimented with heroin. His high school education lasted for all of one day. He has sold drugs, has been arrested countless times and has done 2 prison stints. Last week he graduated from Columbia University with a degree in philosophy. Rich Schapiro of the NY Daily News tells us the tale of how Mr. Norman found redemption.

Mi gente, it is an absolute must that you come out on June 21st to the United Palace to celebrate with the People’s Theatre Project at their annual shindig. This year they are honoring Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Díaz and Director of Community Pediatrics at the Columbia University Medical Center Dr. Dodi Meyer.  Our Indiegogo Spotlight highlights a campaign to create an opportunity for “at-risk” youth to experience success through woodworking at the Inwood Academy for Leadership.

Rebecca Baird-Remba of NY Yimby gave us a first look at the planned townhouses that will be built on Cabrini Boulevard. The cheapest of the units will go for a cool $4,000,000. This can’t be good for the working folks of the neighborhood. Jeff Gordinier of the NY Times takes us to the Cecil for their Hands Only dish. Forward-thinking executive chef Joseph Johnson has been really pushing the envelope at the Cecil and its sister restaurant Mintons.

The funny people at Room 28 will be doing their thing Uptown at the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center (530 West 166th) on June 9th. The one and only Tommy 5K will be the host. The event is free but RSVP is a definite must.


Keep checking us out at www.uptowncollective.com.


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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