High-Rise Anxiety in New York | NY Times

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

NY Times - Adam Maida

Mayor Bill de Blasio is racing to save New York as a reasonably affordable city to live in. It’s a hard enough job as it is, made harder by two significant obstacles — two unpredictable, hard-to-manage phenomena.

Call one of them anxiety, and the other Andrew.

“Anxiety” may be too mild a word for the feeling across the city — better call it dread — that gentrification and displacement are unstoppable forces. The mayor’s big idea is to rezone neighborhoods and require developers to include permanently affordable apartments as part of the deal. That plan, combined with strong rent regulations and tenant protections, should be enough, Mr. de Blasio argues, but many people fear that he’s wrong.

The City Council passed the mayor’s mandatory inclusionary housing plan, strongly endorsing that principle. But projects in Council members’ backyards are apparently another story: A Council committee has unanimously rejected the first development proposed under the plan, for Inwood, in Upper Manhattan. Half of its 355 apartments would have been affordable for moderate-income families. But the local councilman, Ydanis Rodriguez, opposed it, siding with constituents who feared that its rents were too high for the neighborhood and that it would hasten gentrification. The Council deferred to Mr. Rodriguez.

Which was too bad, because now the developer will be able to put up a building on the same lot with no affordable apartments. Left to itself, gentrification finds a way.

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Sip & Shop @ Harlem Haberdashery In Pictures…

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Harlem Haberdashery

Harlem Haberdashery is one of the flyest places Uptown, hands down. It is a citadel of cool and sartorial excellence. This past Wednesday they held their monthly Sip & Shop series with Chef Max Hardy. The food was absolutely delectable. The same goes for the libations provided by Hennessy. Shout out to Young Palate for the live art work. Next time you need to spruce up the wardrobe make sure you hit up Harlem Haberdashery.

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Call for artists – Portraits of Community: People, Places

2012 Uptown Arts Stroll Closing Reception @ Arka

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), in collaboration with NewYork–Presbyterian – The Allen Hospital, welcomes submissions for NoMAA’s next exhibition titled “Portraits of Community: People, Places.” The exhibit seeks to present two-dimensional artwork by Uptown artists that portrays an open, diverse, and multifaceted sense of community. We are interpreting the concept of “portrait” broadly to encompass people and places that make up the Uptown community. Guest-curated by Gabriel de Guzman (Curator of Visual Arts at Wave Hill).

Location: NewYork–Presbyterian – The Allen Hospital, Main Administrative Corridor, 501 W 218th St, New York, NY 10034

Dates: 19 September – 19 December 2016

Deadline for submissions: Friday 9 September 2016, 11:59pm EDT

Eligibility: Open to all artists who reside in and whose images reflect the Uptown communities in El Barrio, Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood and Marble Hill.

Guidelines

Please read and follow the guidelines carefully.

In order to be considered, artists must submit via email all relevant attachments to jecastro@nomaanyc.org by Friday 9 September 2016 before 11:59pm EDT. Submission is FREE: no submission fees required. Questions? Call +1 212 567-4394.

For more info : Call for artists – Portraits of Community: People, Places | Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance

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The Fix: Kehlani X Hollywood – CRZY

CRZY - Kehlani - Hollywood

Choreographer extraordinaire & Uptown’s own Hollywood put together this really cool concept video for Kehlani’s CRZY. The video was shot in the world famous Dyckman Park. Check it out below.

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Uptown Gentrification Panel to Feature Adriano Espaillat and Others | DNAinfo

By Carolina Pichardo

Broadway Blues - Flyer - Latest

INWOOD — An upcoming panel discussion on race, class and gentrification is aiming to help prevent Northern Manhattan from becoming yet “another shiny but soulless community.”

The “Broadway Blues” panel, which is taking place on Monday in the Washington Heights Academy at 202 Sherman Ave., will feature award-winning author, Raquel Cepeda, State Sen. Adriano Espaillat and director of American Studies at Rutgers-Newark University, Robert Snyder.

“I think we have a crucial, small window of opportunity to maybe change the trajectory of what’s coming northward,” said Led Black, editor-in-chief of the Uptown Collective, who organized the panel, adding that because there’s a lot of “big money and play” happening uptown it’s up to those who live in the community to get involved.

The meeting comes on the heels of a City Council committee’s unanimous vote against the Sherman Plaza rezoning bid — which followed vocal opposition to the project from the community. The project, which was the first private project to apply for affordable housing under the mayor’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) project, would have allowed developers to build an up to 17-story tall building in exchange for including additional affordable housing.

Read more: Uptown Gentrification Panel to Feature Adriano Espaillat and Others | DNAinfo

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