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Uptown Video: Zoe Saldana – My Hero

ZOE SALDANA

As a child growing up in the Dominican Republic, Zoe Saldana and her family faced a devastating tragedy. Her hero taught her how to stand strong in the face of adversity.

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No Murder Trial for Man Charged in a 1986 Killing | NY Times

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Joselyn Martinez - NY Times

Joselyn Martinez helped track down the man charged with killing her father in 1986 and testified at a hearing in the case. (Photo: Michael Appleton | NY Times)

A Miami man who admitted killing a restaurant owner in Upper Manhattan 28 years ago walked out of court a free man on Thursday, after a judge dismissed a murder charge against him because his right to a speedy trial had been violated.

The judge, Justice Robert M. Stolz of State Supreme Court, ruled that the Manhattan district attorney’s office had waited too long to bring charges against the man, Justo Santos. Mr. Santos, 44, had fled to the Dominican Republic after shooting the owner, Jose Martinez, during a fight outside his restaurant in Washington Heights in November 1986. He was 16 at the time and claims he acted in self-defense.

The ruling was a blow to the victim’s daughter, Joselyn Martinez, who spent years searching for her father’s killer long after police in New York closed the case. Finally, in late 2012, she found Mr. Santos in Miami through an Internet search and alerted the New York authorities.

“I don’t know who failed,” Ms. Martinez said as she left court with members of her family. “What I do know is he’s a murderer and he worked the system to get away with murder.”

She said she would ask prosecutors to appeal the decision. “This isn’t over,” she said.

Read more: No Murder Trial for Man Charged in a 1986 Killing – NYTimes.com.

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Hordes of Zombies Head To Harlem For Halloween

Thriller

The undead are making their way Uptown in droves for Halloween. They are not coming for the cheap rents, spacious apartments, awesome green spaces or the culture. No, they are headed to Harlem Shake (100 W. 124th St & Lenox Ave) for a flash mob dedicated to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and his worldwide smash hit Thriller. The flash mob will begin at 8 pm but the rest of the festivities kick off at 6 pm.

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11/06/14: The Women of Latin Jazz @ Corcho Wine Room

The Women of Latin Jazz @ Corcho

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El Porron @ Corcho Wine Room

Happy Anniversary: Corcho Wine Room

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Uptown Bar Known for Arts and LGBT Events Shutters | DNAinfo

By Lindsay Armstrong

The Red Room Lounge

The Red Room Lounge Closes it’s doors. (Photo: Evan Abramson | NY Times)

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — A local bar known for its arts programming and for providing a home for Uptown LGBT community events — including one inspired by extravagant drag balls held in Harlem 80 years ago — has closed its doors due to financial struggles, its owner said.

The Red Room Lounge, located at 1 Bennett Ave., shuttered this past Wednesday, owner Manuel Rosario said.

“It’s just the economy,” he said of the venue, which he opened in 2008. “I don’t like to feel like I’m surrendering, but this time I have to throw in the towel.”

Read more: Uptown Bar Known for Arts and LGBT Events Shutters – Washington Heights – DNAinfo.com New York.

See below for an article from 2009 that highlighted the awesomeness of the Red Room Lounge.

Time Travel Tuesdays: Washington Heights Journal – Where Boundaries Are Melting, a Place to Celebrate Differences | NY Times

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