Beyond Brooklyn: 3 Uptown Girls Share Their Favorite New York City Gems | Vogue

by Martine Thompson

While ruminating on New York City’s best spots to fill up leisure time, many would be hard-pressed to name a lounge-worthy park for lazy summer afternoons or a haute boîte fit for ringing in a special occasion north of 155th Street. Which is a shame, because a bustling nightlife and exciting culinary scene exists in the uptown Manhattan neighborhoods of Inwood and Washington Heights, too. The area’s rich culture, Dominican roots, and distinct character are quintessential New York City.

Here, a few of uptown’s most in-the-know natives share their go-to places for dining, unwinding, and a fun night out.

Read more: Beyond Brooklyn: 3 Uptown Girls Share Their Favorite New York City Gems | Vogue

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Jeff Baena and Aubrey Plaza’s Medieval Adventure | The New Yorker

The director and star of the forthcoming film “The Little Hours” pay a visit to the Cloisters.

By Anna Russell

Photograph taken looking north toward The Cloisters, April 13, 1938, a month before it opened

Photograph taken looking north toward The Cloisters, April 13, 1938, a month before it opened.

Jeff Baena, the writer and director, was wandering around the Cloisters the other weekend with his girlfriend, Aubrey Plaza, the actor. “Excuse me, sir? Where are the Unicorn Tapestries?” he asked a guard. The guard indicated an ornate doorway, which led to another room. Baena was wearing a cream-colored sweater over a plaid shirt, and had a pair of reflective sunglasses pushed into his silvery hair. “I haven’t been here in almost twenty years,” he said.

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A Plant-Based Dominican Food Co-Op Opens In Washington Heights | Vibe Viva

By Marjua Estevez

For Ysanet Batista, being in the business of clean eating is more a political act than anything else, turning traditionally meat-laded Dominican cuisine into plant-based delicacies. With a mere $200 in equity, the Dominican chef last summer launched the city’s first vegetarian food business, Woke Foods, providing catering, cooking classes and meal planning to her surrounding community in Washington Heights, New York.

Read more: A Plant-Based Dominican Food Co-Op Opens In Washington Heights | Vibe Viva

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06/26/17: Film Works Alfresco – Los Sures

This is one installment of the Film Works Alfresco series that you don’t want to miss. Los Sures beautifully documents the neighborhood of Los Sures (Williamsburg) in Brooklyn in the early 80’s. Make your way to Gaelic Field in Inwood Hill Park on Monday, June 26 to catch this must-see film. The pre-show begins at 7:30 and features a performance from Los Pleneros de la 21.

In the late 70’s and early 80’s, Los Sures was one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City. In fact, it had been called the worst ghetto in America. Diego Echeverria’s film skillfully represents the challenges of its time: drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequate local resources. The complex portrait also celebrates the vitality of this largely Puerto Rican and Dominican community, showing the strength of their culture, their creativity, and their determination to overcome a desperate situation. Beautifully restored, this documentary is a priceless piece of New York City.

For more info: 06/26/17: Film Works Alfresco – Los Sures

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Indiegogo Spotlight: The Revolution Books Summer 2017 Fund Drive

A Word From Revolution Books

Support Revolution Books: the bookstore about the world and for a radically different world. The bookstore that changes lives. The bookstore that matters more than ever in this dangerous political moment. Donate now!

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