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UC Recap- September 28 – October 3

By Led Black

September 28 – October 3

Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius! Before you call me Captain Obvious, I know that he has shook up Broadway not once but twice. First with In The Heights and now with Hamilton but the prestigious MacArthur Foundation has chosen Lin-Manuel as one of 24 illustrious people selected to the 2015 class of fellows of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The fellowships, which are known as “genius grants,” come with a no strings attached stipend of $625,000 over five years. Congratulations yet again to our hometown hero!

Have you stopped by Word Up Books (2113 Amsterdam Ave @ 165th St.) and purchased your copy of A.J. Sidransky’s latest novel, Forgiving Mariela Camacho, yet? What are you waiting for? The book is an engrossing read that is partially set in Washington Heights. Seriously, you will not put this down until it is consumed whole. This coming Thursday, October 8th at 7 pm, I will sit down with A.J. Sidransky at Word Up Books for a deep dive to delve into the must-read book. Please come out and show your support.

I am a bona fide member of the Apple cult. I have an iphone, I pay for the Apple Music service and I am typing this on my macbook pro. I happily live in an Apple universe. I am a believer. Apple’s latest release of the iphone 6s seems to only confirm that the Apple juggernaut keeps on conquering, innovating and furthering embedding itself into the personal technology landscape. Our newest contributor, Jose Salcedo, gives us the lowdown on Apple’s record-breaking iPhone 6 sales.

Trust me you need The Love Move Cubetazos Vol 1 in your life. Lexiglass (Will Glass & Alexis Marcelo) takes on A Tribe Called Quests The Love Movement for a smooth, next generation instrumental joy ride. The Love Move is simply a great listen. Do yourself a favor and check this out on our site now!

Brian Rashid of Forbes wrote an outstanding profile of Albania Rosario, who is the founder and creator of Uptown Fashion Week. Under her guidance, Uptown Fashion Week has grown exponentially. Ligaya Mishan of the NY Times gave us the scoop on the one-man ice-cream start up KingLeche Cremes.

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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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