By Led Black
May 25 – May 30
As a kid growing up in Washington Heights, before the Internet, my library card was my passport to a world beyond my neighborhood. The local library on 179th street was my gateway to destinations all over the globe as well as a convenient time machine that allowed me to travel back to a time and place of my choosing. I time hopped from the desolate and dangerous southwest of the Apache Indians to the samurais, ninjas and warlords of feudal Japan and many locales and eras in between. My mom, Washington Heights and books made me who I am. This coming Thursday, June 4th the latest installation of the Led Black Book Club goes down at Word Up Books (2113 Amsterdam Ave). It will feature professor and historian Robert W. Snyder, who is the author of the masterful Crossing Broadway: Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City. The book club is my tribute to reading, readers and authors. Please come out and support. You know the motto! Spread Love, it’s the Uptown Way.
Carl Campanile of the New York Post penned a must-read article on a recent comprehensive report by Columbia University that looked at the long-term effects of exposure to air pollution and poverty on children. Researchers tracked the development of 276 kids from Harlem, Washington Heights and the South Bronx from birth to the time the subjects were seven.
Our Throwback Thursdays post takes us back to the Inwood of 1881. As always, Cole Thompson of My Inwood paints a vivid picture of what Inwood was like at the end of the nineteenth century. At the time, Inwood was mostly swamp with very little in the way of infrastructure but it was somehow in the running to host the World Exposition of 1883.
Our Kickstarter Spotlight column features the latest from the girl from Washington Heights, Chloe’ Fischbach, The Bodega Painting Project. Not only is Chloe’ a talented actress and comedian but she is also quite the visual artist. The project is a tribute to the old-school bodegas of Miami.
We posted the latest from 8JTV, The Struggle Is Still Real. We also introduced you to La Diva Dominicana, a creation of my homegirl Jenny Saldaña. In addition, we posted the latest song from the talented April O’Neill, titled Blindside.
Keep checking us out at www.uptowncollective.com.
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.