Uptown Poetry: Tales of a Dyckman Princess – Survival

(Art: Panmela Castro |panmelacastro.com)

(Art: Panmela Castro |panmelacastro.com)

I ran out the door screaming

Eyes closed and voice at the top of my lungs

I could no longer breathe

as I saw my life flash before me

gush to my chest and vision blurred

I could tell this would be the end

I had to get out!

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Uptown Video: Jaquáe – THAT’S HARR

Jaquae - That's Harr - Harlem

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Harlem’s Frederick Douglass Blvd. is home to a restaurant renaissance | NY Daily News

BY | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Homemade Meatloaf - Harlem Food Bar - Harlem

Homemade meatloaf at Harlem Food Bar, courtesy chef Ernest Gonzalez. (Photo: Pearl Gabel | NY Daily News)

Harlem has emerged as one of the city’s hottest dining scenes in recent years. Now, a new crop of restaurants is upping the game again.

The center of activity is Frederick Douglass Blvd. — Eighth Ave. north of 110th St. — known as Harlem’s Restaurant Row.

Pioneers like 5 and Diamond, Zoma, and Chocolat lead the charge there. But a new wave of hot spots are building on the boom they started — from the wine-focused The Park 112 to Italian restaurant Vinateria to the hip Harlem Food Bar.

The boulevard’s transformation started a decade ago, when New York City rezoned 44 blocks in south-central Harlem. At the time, 40% of the boulevard’s 226 storefronts were vacant.

Read more: Harlem’s Frederick Douglass Blvd. is home to a restaurant renaissance | NY Daily News

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Healthy Washington Heights Eatery Pick and Eat Expanding to Inwood | DNAinfo

By Lindsay Armstrong

Pick And Eat owner Alex Peralta.

Pick And Eat owner Alex Peralta.

INWOOD — One of the first Washington Heights restaurants to focus on healthy food is expanding to Inwood in hopes of combating locals’ “sad” eating habits, the owner said.

Pick and Eat, located at 177th Street and Broadway, will open a second location at 207th Street and Broadway by the beginning of April, owner Alex Peralta told DNAinfo.

The restaurant, which offers made-to-order salads, fresh juices, gourmet burgers and whole-wheat and gluten-free pasta dishes, opened its Washington Heights location in 2011.

“With Inwood, everybody that comes here from up there was craving this kind of spot in their neighborhood,” said Peralta of his decision to expand farther uptown.

Read more: Healthy Washington Heights Eatery Pick and Eat Expanding to Inwood | DNAinfo

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Spread Love: Camille Safiya – 24K

Camille Safiya 24K

The wait is finally over. The super-talented songstress has just dropped her latest opus, 24K. Click play below and get familiar with this genre-bending artist.

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Say Word: Word Up Books’ Indiegogo Campaign Extended Until January 30th

Word Up Books - Outside

Have you heard the good news? Indiegogo has extended Word Up Books’ crowd-funding campaign until January 30th! It’s gets better. An anonymous donor issued a challenge, pledging to match every dollar that comes in beyond $23,000! That’s right —every donation contributed from now through January 30th will be doubled! So if you have been procrastinating there is no better time than now to support our very own community, volunteer ran, bookstore. Spread Love it’s the Uptown Way!

Check out:  Word Up Community Bookshop Para Siempre

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