Uptown Video: Word Up Books

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Check out this cool video courtesy of Patrick Schulman of the Columbia Spectator on our beloved Word Up Books.

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Uptown Love: Get 10% Off Your 1st Purchase @ Columbia Wine Co.

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The holidays are here folks. Tis the season for spreading love! With that in mind, we have teamed up with the good people at Columbia Wine Co. (4038 Broadway) to make the holidays even better. From now until the end of the year, tell them the Uptown Collective sent you and get 10% off of your first purchase of wine and spirits. Not only does Columbia Wine Co. have an excellent selection of wine and spirits and an experienced and knowledgeable staff but they also deliver. So you don’t even have to get dressed and go outside to imbibe in high style. Not to mention, the regular tastings and events that make this a truly superior establishment. So there you have it folks, stop by Columbia Wine Co. for all your holiday wine and spirits.

Spread love it’s the Uptown way!

Black Friday Sale: $49.99 for custom barrel 9 year aged whiskey. This is an exclusive find only at Columbia Wine Co. as well as 20% off 3 bottles of the staff wine selection.

Check out: http://bit.ly/UC-ColumbiaWine

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Spread Love: A Special One-Night Only Performance of Hamilton @ The Morris Jumel Mansion

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2015 is the Morris-Jumel Mansion’s 250th Anniversary! And to celebrate, they are teaming up with The Public Theater to present a special benefit performance of Hamilton, the raucous, much-anticipated new musical written and played by Tony-award-winner (In The Heights), and good friend of the Mansion, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Fusing contemporary hip-hop and classic Broadway style, Hamilton charts the origins, rise and dramatic death of one of America’s greatest minds; and on Thursday, February 5th, 2015, Morris-Jumel is giving history and theater lovers the chance to not only see the show, but also mingle with fellow friends of Morris-Jumel at a pre-performance cocktail reception and meet and talk with Lin-Manuel and the director, Tony-award nominee Thomas Kail, at an intimate post-show Q&A.

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind kickoff to their 250th Anniversary season! To learn more, and to purchase tickets, please call Morris-Jumel at 212-923-8008. Or, visit the Mansion in person. Hurry: SPACE IS LIMITED! Proceeds will go to the underwriting of Morris-Jumel’s extensive array of educational and cultural programming.

See below for Led Black’s review of a prototype version of the show, then entitled “The Hamilton Mixtape”, that opened up the prestigious Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series in 2012.

Check out: The Alexander Hamilton Mixtape

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Washington Heights mom needs new kidney, seeks angel | NY Daily News

BY | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Washington Heights Mom needs Kidney

Doctors treating Elaine De Leon say she needs a kidney transplant within the next 3 months. (Photo: Kendall Rodriguez)

This Washington Heights mom is fighting for her life — and she needs your help.

Elaine De Leon, a petite 35-year-old mother of three children, took to social media this month with an emotional plea.

“I need YOU to save my life,” she wrote on a community Facebook page. “Would you be willing to save me??? Would you please take a blood test and see if you would be compatible to me. You see I need a kidney donor ASAP. I want to live and I need your help.”

De Leon was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2010, and her condition worsened this year following the birth of her son, 2-month-old Elijah.

Her kidney function, which was only 28% of what it should have been, dropped to 12% after she gave birth.

Her doctor, Anthony Valeri, of New York Presbyterian/ Columbia University Medical Center, said De Leon needs a transplant within the next three months. After that, she’ll be forced to begin dialysis treatment or other forms of medical therapy which, because of her advanced illness, would only extend her life roughly 10 to 20 years.

Read more: Washington Heights mom needs new kidney, seeks angel – NY Daily News.

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Time Travel Tuesdays: Angered by Police Killing, a Neighborhood Erupts | NY Times

By JAMES DAO
Published: July 7, 1992

The Washington Heights Riots of 1992

(Photo: Ric Flores)

A neighborhood’s simmering anger over the fatal shooting of a Washington Heights man by a police officer boiled over last night as scores of people rampaged through a 40-square-block area.

One man died in the violence and at least 15 people were reported injured, as people overturned cars, set fires to at least a half-dozen cars and an abandoned building and threw bottles from windows.

Bands of 50 to 100 people ran through the streets overturning garbage cans, lighting fires and shouting “Killer Cop” and “Justice” in Spanish. By 1:30 this morning, the police said, 11 people had been arrested on charges ranging from arson to disorderly conduct. Although the number of people on the street was decreasing, there were still reports of violence as far south as 135th Street. A police helicopter was struck by gunfire and had to return to its base.

The man who died fell five stories after being pursued across a rooftop at 172d Street and Audubon Avenue by officers who had seen him throwing bottles, the police said. At least four police officers had been injured, none seriously. The man’s friend and his sister gave a sharply different account.

Read more: Angered by Police Killing, a Neighborhood Erupts – New York Times.

Check out Led Black’s first hand account of the 1992 Washington Heights Riots below.

The Washington Heights Riots of 1992 Remembered – Part 1

The Washington Heights Riots of 1992 Remembered – Part 2

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New Book Charts Washington Heights’ Transformation Since Great Depression | DNAinfo

By Lindsay Armstrong

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WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — A new book delves into the complex history of Washington Heights and its uncertain future as a stronghold for working and middle-class New Yorkers.

“Crossing Broadway: Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City,” by author Robert Snyder, looks into the neighborhood’s transition from being nicknamed “Frankfurt on the Hudson” because of its large German Jewish population to its current designation as home to the country’s largest Dominican community.

For the book, Snyder pulled together research, oral histories and current reporting to tell the story of the neighborhood from the Great Depression through the current day. In it, he tackles World War II, the fiscal crisis of the 1970s, the crack epidemic of the 1980s and the neighborhood’s later rebirth.

Read more: New Book Charts Washington Heights’ Transformation Since Great Depression – Washington Heights – DNAinfo.com New York.

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