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UC Recap – September 17 – September 22

 September 17 – September 22

Fall is here, folks, and the season Uptown is something special. One of the great joys of living Uptown is all of the truly exceptional parks that Uptown has to offer. From the immense Highbridge Park, to the stately Fort Tryon Park, to the majestic Inwood Hill Park, our parks are one-of-a-kind and now is the perfect time to explore them. To help in that endeavor, we have put together our Park Portfolio photography series, which captures the breadth and beauty of our parks with simply sublime images by the incomparable Briana E. Heard. So hit up the site to check it out and then make your way to the nearest park.

Speaking of Uptown Parks, let’s talk a little bit more about Fort Tryon Park. Fort Tryon Park is an outdoor piece of art that was a gift to the city of New York presented by John D. Rockefeller. Rockefeller enlisted the Olmstead Brothers firm helmed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., son of the architect of Central Park, to bring to life his vision of a magnificent park for the public. The park has been inspiring awe since 1935. Now, this coming Sunday, September 30 at 11:30 a.m., join thousands of folks from all over the city and beyond at Fort Tryon Park for the 34th Annual Medieval Festival. This is the only proper way to bring in Fall Uptown.

Okay, let’s continue with our Fall Uptown primer. El Museo del Barrio is back ya’ll. After undergoing renovations, El Museo del Barrio has re-opened with a few stellar exhibits. The first is Picking Up The Pieces: An intimate view of life Post-Maria. You can also check out Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography as well as Liliana Porter: Other Situations.

Lastly, I leave you with another invaluable Fall Uptown tip, The Combo. My life, I assume like yours, is quite hectic, especially in the fall with my kids going back to school. That is only amplified by the fact that my wife has also decided to go back to school to pursue her Master’s degree at Columbia University. It is often that we hit up one of the many outstanding Dominican restaurants Uptown and order a combo for dinner. Get this: For under $30 you get a huge portion of rice, beans, plantains and your choice of meat to feed the entire family. So remember, ask for The Combo.


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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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