Uptown Video: The Food Warriors – 145th St

The Food Warriors are back people. The duo is kicking off their second season on Sugar Hill. The Food Warriors take a nuanced and quite funny look at the New Harlem/Old Harlem dichotomy.

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Where Audubon Found Repose, Sprayed-On Specimens Alight | NY Times

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A mural of a Tundra Swan, painted by the artist Boy Kong, at 3631 Broadway between 149th and 150th streets. (Photo: Andrew Renneisen | NY Times)

Among the beloved prints in John James Audubon’s “The Birds of North America” is plate No. 411, a Tundra Swan, Cygnus columbianus.

The regal white bird paddles along on its huge, black, webbed feet, each tiny feather rippling with the water. Yellow lilies float before it, the swan’s graceful neck looped like a needle, with what looks like a smile crossing its beak. Copies of the print hang in classrooms and living rooms across the world, a symbol of taste and an environmental conscience.

Another smiling swan has appeared in a very different setting, alighting not on paper but on a roll-down gate about six blocks from Mr. Audubon’s final resting place in the Trinity Cemetery in Upper Manhattan. What a strange bird it is, all spray-painted poise and fluorescent pink skies. From its long beak juts a fearsome tooth.

The mural has about as much in common with an Audubon watercolor as Angry Birds does with duck hunting.

Even so, these works, separated by 176 years, share an important bond. The uptown swan is part of a new collaboration between the National Audubon Society, a local gallerist and his landlord to bring 314 murals of North American avifauna to the neighborhood where the nomadic naturalist lived out his final years.

Read more: Where Audubon Found Repose, Sprayed-On Specimens Alight – NYTimes.com.

Check out: http://climate.audubon.org/article/audubon-mural-project

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Call for Art: Subway Elevator Poster Project

Artists Unite - Subway Poster Project

Artists Unite – Subway Poster Project

Artists Unite is looking for six (6) original artworks by artists residing in CB 12* to be produced as posters and placed in the subway elevators at the A-Line 184th. St. (181st. Subway Stop) and the 190th. St. Subway Stations. One poster in each of the 6 elevators, 3 elevators per station. Work will be seen by thousands of residents and tourists en route to the Cloisters Museum.

(* CB 12 covers Manhattan north of 155th street, river to river.)

Deadline for submissions: Thursday, December 4, 2014, 12:00 Midnight. Previous Winners Not Eligible.

MTA –Artists Unite Subway Elevator Poster Project

Deadline: Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 12:00 Midnight

Administrative Fee: $15

For more info: Artists Unite Issue » Call for Art: Northern Manhattan Artists.

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Ask Bago: Make Your Own Frat

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College student Matt desperately wants to join a frat but doesn’t have the “look.” So what does he do? He starts his own and recruits Juan Bago to help make his fraternity the coolest place on campus.

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Flower Man of Harlem Recaptures His Corner | NY Times

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Sonny Gibbs sells floral arrangements and teaches chess at East 135th Street and Fifth Avenue. (Photo: Michael Appleton | NY Times)

Sonny Gibbs is back on his corner.

Nearly five months after New York officials forced Mr. Gibbs from his spot on the edge of a Harlem playground because he did not have a vending permit, the city has welcomed him back this month, allowing him to sell flowers on the sidewalk where he had operated for 23 years.

Mr. Gibbs, 71, still lacks a permit, but he now has an official agreement with the Department of Parks and Recreation that allows him to set up again at East 135th Street and Fifth Avenue to sell his floral arrangements and give his free chess lessons.

Residents who learned to play chess from Mr. Gibbs contacted the parks department after an article appeared in The New York Times in September describing his plight and detailing the more than 700 signatures he had gathered on a petition.

Read more: Flower Man of Harlem Recaptures His Corner – NYTimes.com.

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Time Travel Tuesdays: Downtown Flair, Dominican Flavor | NY Times

By SETH KUGEL
Published: April 11, 2003

Dominican York - Dyckman Street

By 1 a.m., the only creatures in the place with enough room to move about freely were the tropical fish in the three illuminated, distorted tanks. The young humans at the Arka Lounge in Washington Heights crowded into low-slung, cushioned seats; flirted at the slick, arced bar; or found a little space to dance as the D.J. maneuvered from Spanish rock to 1980’s pop to merengue to hip-hop. Aside from myself and a friend, the crowd was largely Dominican and professional, raised, or at least college-educated, in the United States. And three years ago, few of them imagined a place like Arka would ever exist.

When this small nightspot opened in June 2000 in a Broadway storefront in my area, many people thought the idea of a swanky downtown lounge in northern Manhattan, land of gaudy merengue clubs, was bizarre. A lounge was risky enough on 92nd Street, but 192nd? These days, crowds pack not just Arka but two other spots, DR-K and Umbrella, which both opened last year a few blocks north in Inwood.

The consistent crowds have created a flourishing, distinctive lounge scene that is not just for the neighborhood: it now attracts Dominicans and a smattering of other Latinos from across the George Washington Bridge in New Jersey and even from Queens and Brooklyn.

Read more: Downtown Flair, Dominican Flavor – New York Times.

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