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Spread Love: Artists Unite Presents Poster Exhibit and Group Show

The Artists Unite Poster Project, developed in cooperation with the MTA, will present three events showcasing uptown artists whose work has appeared in local subway elevators since 2009. The events are free and open to the public and will include an exhibit of their work, an artists’ talk, and a video of the history of the project. All will take place at Hudson View Gardens Lounge, 128 Pinehurst Ave. at West 183rd Street, (Enter from private driveway off West 183rd St; closest subway is 181 St. stop on the “A” train.)

“Because it is a highly desirable venue, a wide variety of uptown artists compete in contests to have their work chosen and displayed as posters in our subway elevators,” says Rosa Naparstek, Artists Unite Director and Poster Program curator.

The Artists Unite-MTA Poster Project emerged from an eight-year collective effort to bring art into our subway elevators. The original display of personal neighborhood pictures and posters in the elevators at the 181st (184th Street exit) and 190th Street A-Train stations played a vital role in bringing our community together. When they were removed in 2001, it was a profound loss. Residents of Washington Heights immediately collected more than 3,000 signatures to bring the pictures back.

Today, 15 years after the original display was removed, “this unique project has become an uptown treasure” says Naparstek, who is herself a well-regarded artist. The elevator ride from the subway level to the street is long, and the posters allow the space to function like a mini-gallery. “The work is a wonderful array of photographs, paintings, illustrations, and drawings by artists, several of whom are
of world renown,” said Naparstek. The eclectic presentation shows off a variety of esthetics, cultures, and color mirroring the diversity of the neighborhood: artists trace their origins to Russia, the Dominican Republic, Romania, Israel, and China as well as many parts of the US. “This display is appreciated by the community and seen by thousands of tourists who come uptown to visit the Met Cloisters and Fort Tryon Park. This is a way to recognize our artists and bring their art into our daily lives.”

Opening Reception:
Saturday, June 3, 5-9:30 PM: Video (7:30pm), Silent Auction, Raffle, Art Sale
Sunday, June 4, 12-5:00 PM, Artists’ Talk, Video, Slide Show
Closing Party: Friday, June 9, 6-9 PM

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Gentrifiers Want To Rename Harlem Area ‘SoHa’ And Residents Are Pissed | Huffington Post

By Taryn Finley

Developers and real estate agents thought that they could come into the lower area of Harlem and dub it “SoHa,” short for South Harlem.

As far as residents are concerned, they thought wrong. NY1 reports that developers want to refer to the area between 110th and 125th Streets to make it more trendy, similar to SoHo.

During a press conference on Wednesday, local leaders rejected the name, saying that it was insulting the culturally rich neighborhood and whitewashes the historically black community. They said the name change would only welcome more high-end developers and wealthy white people, leading to the displacement of long-time residents.

“How dare someone try to rob our culture, and try to act as if we were not here, and create a new name, a new reality as if the clock started when other people showed up?” state Senator-elect Brian Benjamin said.

Read more: Gentrifiers Want To Rename Harlem Area ‘SoHa’ And Residents Are Pissed | Huffington Post

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Residents: Don’t call southern Harlem ‘SoHa’ | Fox

Naming rights: Who decides what a neighborhood is called and where it starts and ends? | Crain’s New York Business

South Harlem, just above Central Park, is home to great food and rich history | am New York

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Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – Planet Nibiru

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On the latest episode of the Latinos Out Loud podcast, the crew talks tech, mice and fake news. The gang is joined by Tommy5K, IvanManito and Carlito’s Way of the Section 8 is Ballin’ Crew.

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The Parade Polemic | Manhattan Times

Story and photos by Gregg McQueen

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, here marching in 2015, has long supported Oscar López Rivera.

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, here marching in 2015, has long supported Oscar López Rivera.

Some are opting out; others are doubling down.

As sponsors and participants continue to pull out of this year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade, dozens of supporters staged a rally in Manhattan to support the parade’s controversial decision to honor Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar López Rivera.

“Agree or disagree with his politics, Oscar López Rivera is a symbol of the fight for justice,” stated City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito at the May 22 rally, held at the Manhattan headquarters of union 32BJ SEIU.

López Rivera was released from federal prison on May 17 after serving 36 years for treason. In January, former President Barack Obama commuted the sentence of López Rivera, who was sentenced to 70 years for conspiracy due to his involvement with Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional (FALN), a paramilitary organization that claimed responsibility for more than 100 bombings in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

In early May, parade organizers had announced that López Rivera would be given special recognition as a “National Freedom Hero” at the June 11 event, a move that caused some participants to part ways with the parade.

New York has the largest Puerto Rican community outside the island.

Goya Foods, the New York Yankees, AT&T, Coca-Cola and JetBlue Airways are among the sponsors that have pulled out of the parade. Police Commissioner James O’Neill and mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis have announced they will not march, while members of the Hispanic Societies of the FDNY, NYPD and Lieutenants Benevolent Association have said they will also skip the event.

Read more: The Parade Polemic | Manhattan Times

Related: Comic book spotlights Puerto Rican superheroine | Manhattan Times

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