The power of Dominican-American entrepreneurs | Fox NY

By BRYAN LLENAS

Inwood Hill Park - Dominican & American Flags

(Photo: Briana E. Heard)

Washington Heights: 181st Street and Broadway is the heart of Dominican business in New York City. And it’s not just in Washington Heights. The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in New York City has nearly doubled since the late 1990s. More than 140,000 — or about 1 in 7 businesses in the Big Apple — are now owned by Latinos.

It is a national phenomenon. More than 3 million Latino-owned businesses exist in America today. That is up more than 40 percent since 2007. The fact is Hispanics are starting businesses at three times the national rate, fueling the economy, empowering Hispanic families, and all while changing Main Street USA.

“It’s a sign of pride,” said Cid Wilson. “You know the sign of pride that we are coming here, that we are succeeding in America, and here in Washington Heights this is an example of what we are seeing around the country as Latinos are opening businesses they are creating businesses they’re growing businesses and they are thriving.”

Dominican-American Wilson has seen firsthand how the power of small business can impact generations of immigrants, including himself. Wilson’s parents emigrated from the Dominican Republic to Washington Heights in the mid-1960s and together they became one of the first to open a Hispanic medical practice in the neighborhood, right across the street from home.

Read more: The power of Dominican-American entrepreneurs – New York News.

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Time to #WHIN & DINE | Manhattan Times

Story by Gregg McQueen

Open For Business: District 12

Uptown foodies have reason to raise a glass — the official Washington Heights and Inwood Restaurant Week, dubbed #WHIN & DINE, will soon be back.

At participating restaurants on Mondays through Fridays between April 6 and April 24, diners can sample the best eats northern Manhattan has to offer at discounted prices.

Focusing on eateries between 155th Street and 220th Street, the event offers three-course prix fixe dinners for $26.95, excluding beverages, gratuities and taxes.

“This program is the perfect way to showcase the culinary treasures that exist uptown,” said Ariel Ferreira, Chief Executive Officer and founder of local marketing firm UpStep, which organizes #WHIN & DINE.

Read more: Time to #WHIN & DINE | Manhattan Times

Check out: http://whindine.com/

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Mural Honors Inwood Man Shot and Killed by Police | DNAinfo

By Lindsay Armstrong

John Collado - Artist For Justice NYC - Inwood - Washington Heights

The mural features John Collado and the Scales of Justice. (Photo: Keegan Stephan)

INWOOD — Friends and family gathered last week at the site of a new street memorial created to honor an Inwood man shot and killed by police in 2011.

John Collado would have celebrated his 47th birthday on March 25. But instead of a party, Collado’s family and friends held a vigil outside his former home on Post Avenue, steps from where he was shot three-and-a-half years ago by an undercover police officer during a drug bust.

While Collado’s loved ones watched, two people from Artists for Justice NYC painted a mural on the sidewalk featuring Collado’s face next to an unbalanced Scales of Justice symbol.

Collado was shot by an undercover detective on September 6, 2011, after police said he interfered with a drug bust near his home on Post Avenue. He died early the next morning.

Read more: Mural Honors Inwood Man Shot and Killed by Police | DNAinfo

Related: Op-Led: John Collado Remembered

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Restoring the Spirit With the Sound of Big Bells High Over Manhattan | NY Times

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Dionisio A Lind - Riverside Church

Dionisio A. Lind playing the carillon at Riverside Church in Manhattan in January. (Photo: Michael Appleton | NY Times)

It is Sunday morning, and Dionisio A. Lind cannot find the balm in Gilead.

He is not looking for salvation, just the sheet music for the spiritual “There Is a Balm in Gilead.” The person who tidied up Mr. Lind’s office during the week has organized things in a way he cannot make sense of. “God, I could kill him,” Mr. Lind says.

This from a man who is high up in the church — literally. If God inhabits the firmament, Mr. Lind’s workplace puts him closer to God than the ministers, the choir and the congregation at the Riverside Church, where he is the carillonneur. His job is to play the huge bells in the church’s tower, a tall Gothic landmark in Morningside Heights in Manhattan.

From a wooden console nearly 400 feet above the sanctuary, Mr. Lind summons worshipers on Sunday mornings and sends them home after the 10:45 service. On this particular Sunday, he wants to send them home to “There Is a Balm in Gilead” — and he does not want to have to play from memory, even though, at 84, with more than 60 years of experience, he surely could.

Read more: Restoring the Spirit With the Sound of Big Bells High Over Manhattan | NY Times

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Uptown Poetry: Tales of a Dyckman Princess – 2 Minute Plead

Pay Phone - Washington Heights

(Photo: Briana E. Heard)

I am a walking contradiction;

I want flowers just because,

but I don’t want you calling me

every 2 minutes

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Uptown Art: Women in the Heights – The Human Essence @ NoMAA Gallery

Women In The Heights @ NoMAA

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance inaugurates its new gallery space with the exhibition Women in the Heights – The Human Essence, featuring works by women artists of Northern Manhattan, tackling issues affecting humanity. Curated by Andrea Arroyo.

Location: NoMAA Gallery at WorkSpace, 5030 Broadway, New York, NY 10034

Dates: 31 March – 7 May 2015

Gallery hours: Mon–Fri, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., or by appointment (call +1 212 567-4394)

Opening reception: Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

RSVP: info@nomaanyc.org

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