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Spread Love: The 6th Annual Dominican Film Festival In New York – July 25 – 30

Lovers of Dominican cinema are about to get their fix on. This year’s festival is bigger than ever featuring over 70 films in various venues throughout Manhattan but mostly Uptown. The festival kicks off on July 25 at the venerable United Palace with the critically acclaimed film Carpinteros/Woodpeckers.

In addition to the plethora of awesome Dominican films on tap the festival will also include panels, workshops and Q&As. The Dominican film industry has been growing by leaps and bounds and has been releasing outstanding films at a rapid clip. The Dominican Film Festival In New York has become the official pipeline for that prodigious output. Simply stated, if you enjoy Dominican films then it doesn’t get better than the Dominican Film Festival In New York. The festival also doesn’t shy away from controversy highlighting several films that deal with the crisis facing Dominicans of Haitian descent. Please see below for a sampling of some of the films we are looking forward to checking out.  Get your tickets ASAP before they are all gone.

Check out: http://dominicanfilmfestival.com/

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The Fix: French Montana Ft. The Weeknd & Max B – A Lie

While The Fix column is usually devoted to local artists we had to show love to French Montana for highlighting Uptown in the video for his latest song A Lie. The song features The Weeknd as well as a cameo appearance by the still imprisoned Max B. A Lie is the first single off the Jungle Rules album, which is out now.

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A Toast To Fort Tryon 2017 – The Recap

Photography by Emmanuel Abreu (@EAbreuVisuals)

Toast to Fort Tryon 2017- Emmanuel Abreu (25)

A little drizzle could not put a damper on the festivities. The annual Toast To Fort Tryon benefit bash did not, as usual, disappoint. Event goers were treated to fine wines, delectable food and craft beers courtesy of the Dyckman Beer Company. By the way, you have to try their latest offering; the Suave IPA. The Live Latin Jazz set by Ran Kan Kan was the perfect soundtrack for a truly special gathering dedicated to sustaining the majestic Fort Tryon Park. This year’s honorees were Marcela Xavier, Liz Ritter, P. Ricardo Brown, and Lourdes Rodríguez. Neighborhood stalwart and American treasure, Dr. Ruth, also joined in on the celebration. Funds raised will help maintain this Uptown treasure, underwriting horticulture staff, free environmental, cultural and fitness programs, and targeted capital improvements in the park. Great food, great libations and a great cause, it really doesn’t get better than that.

Toast to Fort Tryon 2017- Emmanuel Abreu (46)

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Next From the Novelist Junot Díaz? A Picture Book | NY Times

By ALEXANDRA ALTER

An illustration by Leo Espinosa from Junot Díaz’s “Islandborn,” a picture book to be published next spring. (illustration: Leo Espinosa)

An illustration by Leo Espinosa from Junot Díaz’s “Islandborn,” a picture book to be published next spring. (illustration: Leo Espinosa)

By his own admission, the novelist Junot Díaz is an agonizingly slow writer and a chronic procrastinator. Over the past two-plus decades, he has published just three books: two short-story collections and his 2007 novel, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” which won the Pulitzer Prize. He once spent about five years working on a 15-page story.But even by Mr. Díaz’s glacial standards, his latest book, “Islandborn,” is long overdue — about 20 years past deadline. And it’s a mere 48 pages long.

“Islandborn” is a picture book — Mr. Díaz’s first work of fiction for young readers. It grew out of a promise that he made to his goddaughters two decades ago, when they asked him to write a book that featured characters like them, Dominican girls living in the Bronx.

Read more: Next From the Novelist Junot Díaz? A Picture Book | NY Times

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City Presents Comprehensive Rezoning Framework for Inwood | City Limits

By Jarrett Murphy

Ninth Avenue (Photo: Adi Talwar)

Ninth Avenue (Photo: Adi Talwar)

It will be at least another year before the discussion about whether and how to rezone Inwood reaches a conclusion. A meeting on Thursday evening, where residents roundly denounced the latest de Blasio administration proposal, suggested it will be a very long year.

Representatives of the city’s Economic Development Corporation presented the administration’s latest thinking on the northern Manhattan neighborhood at a meeting of Community Board 12’s Land Use Committee (Note: A copy of the presentation is embedded at this article’s end). EDC’s reps stressed how much they had listened and how much the plan had changed over two years of public engagement. But residents said their input had largely been ignored, and argued the most troublesome parts of the mayor’s plan remained unchanged.

“The perception of the community, like it or not, is all they’ve got is our input and they’re going to cherry-pick our input,” said resident Paul Epstein.

Read more: City Presents Comprehensive Rezoning Framework for Inwood | City Limits

Related:

Details Emerge—and Doubts Remain—About Potential Inwood Rezoning | City Limits

With Inwood Rezoning Slowed, Attention Turns to Inwood Library Project | City Limits

Photo Essay: Inwood Hard at Work, Set to Change | City Limits

Aging Infrastructure an Issue in Bid to Reshape Inwood | City Limits

Dueling Protests at Meeting on East Harlem Rezoning | City Limits

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