Uc Recap – May 9nd – May 14th

May 9nd – May 14th

Please do the following: Go to and purchase your tickets for The Peoples Theatre Projects annual benefit event that is taking place on June 21st at the venerable United Palace. This year they are honoring Junot Díaz and Dr. Dodi Meyer. This is an event you don’t want to miss so please do the needful and get your tickets pronto. You can thank me in person at the event.

Shout out once again to Lin-Manuel Miranda who is gracing the current cover of Complex Magazine together with Chance The Rapper. By the way, Chances latest album is out now. Trust me, you need that in your life. Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson penned an excellent piece on CNBC about how Harlem’s fried chicken and mac n’ cheese changed his life. The 2nd Annual Harlem Eat Up kicks off on Saturday, May 21st. Last year, former President Bill Clinton dropped in on the festivities.

On June 4th CLIMB (City Life Is Moving Bodies) and its community partners will be celebrating the 12th Anniversary of Hike the Heights and they need your help to make this their biggest and best party to date. Hike the Heights is an annual volunteer-planned and community run event that links 2,000+ local residents with their beautiful parks in Northern Manhattan.

Kerry Burke and Ginger Adams Otis of the NY Daily News reported on a Harlem teen that recently joined her Community Board to make her neighborhood a better place. Her name is Victoria Pannell and she is only 16. Remember her name because this young lady is going places. Angy Altamirano of Metro reported on the first-ever syringe drop-off box inside an NYC park. The Washington Heights CORNER Project (WHCP) — a harm reduction agency that aims to improve the quality of life and health of drug users, is behind the initiative.

You have until May 22nd to catch the latest production from the Up Theater Company, An American Drum Circle. Up Theater is cranking some outstanding theater right here in Uptown Manhattan, get your tickets ASAP. Do you need a little motivation in your life? The funny folks at 8JTV illustrate a sure-fire way to get in shape but please don’t try their shenanigans in real life.


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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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