UC Recap: Nov 12 – Nov 17

November 12 – November 17

We started the week with a thought-provoking opinion piece by John Paul Infante on the need to go beyond Marriage Equality legislation and to bring people together so we can better understand each other.

Uptown resident, Octavio Blanco, and a few other hardy souls from Uptown and beyond, decided to take part in the grassroots efforts to help out those affected by Hurricane Sandy in Far Rockaway recently.

The Far Rockaway Blues: Dispatches From the Frontlines is a candid, poignant and, at times, funny take on the experience.

Some local foodies would argue that Piper’s Kilt on 207th Street makes the best burger in town.

Others might say that Locksmith or La Marina has that distinction. In my opinion, you should try all 3 and come to your own conclusion. Before you do, check out our hilarious post on Piper’s Kilt by Sara Martinez and Paul Lomax.

The UPTNY Sweater Release Bash at Dyckman Bar, which took place on November 8th, was a tremendous success.

Team Dark sold all the sweaters in their inventory in a matter of minutes. Mark your calendars; the WHIN By Any Means Hip-Hop Showcase will go down on Friday, December 7th at Empire Fashion Boutique (4795 Broadway).

If you missed the first function, you are going to want to be in attendance for this one.

As of print time, our beloved Word Up Books has raised nearly 10 K and was also featured on the indiegogo homepage. If you have not donated yet, please do so as soon as possible.

Let’s get Word Up Books back in the neighborhood.

The latest video off of NBC’s My New York series features Lin-Manuel Miranda. Lin stops by the venerable Morris-Jumel Mansion and the indispensable NoMAA Gallery.

Speaking of NoMAA, its Director, Sandra Betancourt, will be one of the honorees of the Latin Roots of Washington Heights and Inwood opening reception that will take place on Tuesday, November 28th at the Shabazz Center (3940 Broadway).

This week also saw my Op-Led on the recent protests that have been taking place against the endemic corruption in the Dominican Republic. Our Uptown Tweet of the Week featured a picture from the absolutely amazing Dancers Among Us photography book by Jordan Mattter.

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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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