Harlem-Havana cultural exchange to bring music, arts, food to New York, Cuba | NY Daily News

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Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson is working on culinary aspects of the Harlem/Havana Music & Cultural Festival, which starts next month. (Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily News)

A passionate, generations-long affair between New York and Cuba is rekindling through the Harlem/Havana Music & Cultural Festival, a culture-packed exchange initiative of music, visual arts, dance, film, food and more, starting in Manhattan during Harlem Week in August.

After a half-century long hiatus due to the U.S. embargo against Cuba, the festival will bring Cuban musicians, artists, and culinary experts to Harlem Week-sponsored festivities Aug. 12 through 21, to start the annual event.

The festival continues in the winter, when Harlem cultural representatives reciprocate — traveling to Cuba to perform and share their talents with Havana audiences in February 2017.

Read more: Harlem-Havana cultural exchange to bring music, arts, food to New York, Cuba | NY Daily News

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Get Your Vote On: 13th Congressional District

NY 13th Congressional District

Listen up people it’s time to get out there and vote. The fact that Rangel is retiring after 4 decades adds a certain urgency, volatility and intrigue to the race for the 13th Congressional District. Nine Democrats are competing for the nomination in today’s primary. NYC’s 13th Congressional District is made up of Harlem, East Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood, as well as a sliver of the Bronx. This is an important election so it is imperative that you ensure your voice is heard. See below for a list of who is running. With so many candidates vying for the office your vote is even more important. Remember you are either at the table or on the menu.

Polls are open until 9PM today.

You can use whosontheballot.org to find out everything thing you need to know about NYC elections.

Don’t forget to follow: @NYCVotes.

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VIDEO: New York’s craziest new building is nearing completion | The Real Deal

By Alistair Gardiner

Columbia University Medical College’s Graduate and Education Building in Washington Heights

Columbia University Medical College’s new Graduate and Education Building in Washington Heights (photo credit: Field Condition)

Construction is nearly finished on New York’s zaniest new building. Columbia University Medical College’s new Graduate and Education Building in Washington Heights has been the subject of much discussion since renderings by architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro surfaced four years ago.

Read more: VIDEO: New York’s craziest new building is nearing completion | The Real Deal

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Put You On: Escape NYC

Ford Escape NYC - Escape the Room

Okay folks you have until tomorrow to take part in the first-ever driveable Escape the Room experience. The always forward-thinking Ford Motor Company teamed up with I Love New York for a next-generation adventure that will test your wits, skills and your teamwork.

Get this: teams have to work together to solve puzzles and successfully escape from an elaborate series of five rooms in one of the Empire State’s most iconic buildings. Along the way, they’ll discover a whole new side of New York, and themselves. It gets better. The event is free. Did I mention that you get to drive the brand new, technology packed 2017 Ford Escape? So what are you waiting for? Get down to Skylight at Moynihan Station (360 W 33rd St., between 8th & 9th Avenues) to see if you got what it takes to Escape the Room. You can thank us later.

Escape NYC: An Escape the Room Driving Experience is open to the public. Walk-in spots are available each day, but space is limited and admission is not guaranteed.

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The 2016 Dominican Film Festival Kick-Off In Pictures

Photography by Marcus Johnson

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Time to get your fix of Dominican films. Click below for our handy guide to the 2016 Dominican Film Festival in New York.

Check out: Spread Love: The 5th Annual Dominican Film Festival in New York

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The Journey Within: A Q&A With Chazmere

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

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At a time when most of the Hip-Hop coming out of New York City sounds like it is coming straight out of the south, Chazmere’s music is a breath of fresh air. The multi-talented Chazmere raps, sings and is quite the musician. There is also a depth and clarity of vision in the music that is in such stark contrast to most of what you hear over the radio. The recently released, self-titled album is cohesive, forward-thinking and downright dope. You need this in your life pronto! Chazmere sat down with us to chop it up. Check it out below.

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