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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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Uptown Video: The Romper Comes Uptown…

You have to give it to YouTuber Q for having the balls to come Uptown rocking a denim romper. The sidesplitting video records the reaction of the disbelieving folks as they come face to face with the romper. Q even went into the hyper masculine sanctum of a Washington Heights barbershop. Click below and get ready to laugh your ass off.

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07/13/17: A Toast to Fort Tryon 2017

A Toast to Fort Tryon Park

It’s that time of year again folks. A Toast to Fort Tryon will take place on Thursday, July 13 at 6 pm and you absolutely need to be there. This awesome event is an annual rite Uptown and raises money to sustain the majestic Fort Tryon Park. For a mere $50 you not only do your part in supporting this Uptown gem but you also get to partake in fine wines, craft beers courtesy of the Dyckman Beer Company and delectable fare from the New Leaf Restaurant. Benefit proceeds will help maintain this historic park, underwriting horticulture staff, free environmental, cultural and fitness programs, and targeted capital improvements in the park. This year’s honorees are Ricardo Brown, Marcela Xavier, Elizabeth Ritter and Lourdes Rodriguez. Did I mention the Live Latin Jazz set by Ran Kan Kan? Get your tickets ASAP! If you wait to the day of the event the tickets will be $65 if there are any available by then. You know what you need to do. Click below and get your tickets.

Get Yours: 07/13/17: A Toast to Fort Tryon 2017

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