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Crowds Grow at Dominican Consulate, Amid Confusion Over Immigration Policies | WNYC

Crowds Grow at Dominican Consulate, Amid Confusion Over Immigration Policies | WNYC

by Annmarie Fertoli Lines at the Dominican consulate in Times Square have been long. Staff there say in average years, there’s usually about 200 people a day. But in the past month, that’s more than doubled. By mid-morning this week, hundreds of people crowded into the consulate in lines snaking through the hallways. Patricia Sanchez […]


Spread Love: One Book, One New York

Spread Love: One Book, One New York

Okay folks, you have until February 28th to vote for the book that will kick off the One Book, One New York citywide book club in March. The NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment has chosen 5 outstanding titles for the inaugural installment of the book club. We are partial to Junot Diaz’s The […]


The Lincoln Continental Comes Uptown: A Love Story…

The Lincoln Continental Comes Uptown:  A Love Story…

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Photography by Emmanuel Abreu (@EAbreuVisuals) It was love at first sight. I saw her on 175th and Broadway, right across the street from the United Palace, looking all gorgeous. She just stood out. A glance was all it took. In fact, she made it impossible to look away. It wasn’t only […]


03/11/17: Ballet Hispánico en Familia @ The United Palace

03/11/17: Ballet Hispánico en Familia @ The United Palace

Ballet Hispánico en Familia March 11, 2017 $15 – $25; FREE for children 12 and under United Palace, 4140 Broadway, NYC United Palace of Cultural Arts will present Ballet Hispánico en Familia, the renowned dance company’s beloved show specially curated for children and families, on March 11, 2017 at 2pm. The United Palace of Cultural Arts is located […]


Express Purpose | Manhattan Times

Express Purpose | Manhattan Times

“Artists are very useful for these times” Story by Sherry Mazzocchi The evening before Trump took office, artists unveiled a complex response to his election. Conceived and curated by Washington Heights artist Andrea Arroyo, “Unnatural Election: Artists Respond to the 2016 Presidential Election,” is a broad reaction to what many considered unthinkable—Donald Trump winning the […]


The Future is Female… The Woman’s March NYC

The Future is Female… The Woman’s March NYC

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Photography by Imani C. Fuentes (@Imani_celeste) The Trump revolution was consummated on January 20th. In an ominous speech that was partially written by self-avowed White Nationalist Steve Bannon, Trump continued the lies, faux populism and fear mongering that was a hallmark of his campaign. It was a dark day for this […]


Op-Led: I Love You Bruh… An Open Letter To America’s Last President

Op-Led: I Love You Bruh… An Open Letter To America’s Last President

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Photography by Pete Souza “I. Am. Not. Ready…. I am not ready for a new one…. “ I am starting to feel just like that adorable little black girl who completely and utterly loses it once she realizes that Barack Obama will no longer be president. It was way back in […]


#InstagramUptown: The Best of 2016 Edition

#InstagramUptown: The Best of 2016 Edition

A photo posted by Steve Booke (@stevebooke) on Jan 4, 2016 at 8:36am PST


First Annual Uptown Flavor Festival Now Calling For Mixologists And Bartenders

First Annual Uptown Flavor Festival Now Calling For Mixologists And Bartenders

VIBE Viva and The Uptown Collective, in partnership with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, have set out to navigate the buzzing streets of New York City for bartending wizardry. The Uptown Flavor Festival 2017 aims to bring a fresh culinary experience to the city’s culturally-significant area above 96th Street, highlighting up-and-coming mixologists and expert bartenders, along with emerging chefs doing something new and different with Latin […]


Op-Led: Tyranny is at hand

Op-Led: Tyranny is at hand

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Brace yourself America, we are headed for turbulent times. We have entered the abyss. We are in unchartered territory. Turmoil awaits us. The future looks downright bleak. The son of a former Klansmen is the President of this country and the leader of the free world. We now have a misogynist, […]


The UC Revue – April Oneill

The UC Revue – April Oneill

From the moment you hear April Oneill sing you get it. Her heart, her soul and her pain permeates every note. The young talented songstress commands a stage with a presence and a power that will surprise you. Come check her out this Monday, October 24th at the United Palace as she does her thing […]


#InstagramUptown: Freedom

#InstagramUptown: Freedom

A photo posted by @bridgeblanco on Oct 12, 2016 at 11:04am PDT We invite you to subscribe to the weekly Uptown Love newsletter, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter & Instagram or e-mail us at UptownCollective@gmail.com.


CCCADI Opens Doors to its New Historic Location

CCCADI Opens Doors to its New Historic Location

Photography: Rex Desrosiers Yesterday evening, elected officials and around 250 VIP guests came together to kick off this weekend’s grand-opening celebration of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute’s (CCCADI) new historic location, the Firehouse on 120 E. 125th St. The highly anticipated opening comes after CCCADI’s 40 years of notable social justice work in […]


10/24/16: The UC Revue @ United Palace

10/24/16: The UC Revue @ United Palace

The UC Revue @ United Palace Ft. Audubon – Tess – April Oneill United Palace (4140 BWAY @ 175th) Monday, October 24th – Doors Open 6 pm In our never ending quest to spread Uptown Love, we are proud to present the very first installment of The UC Revue at the magnificent United Palace on […]


High-Rise Anxiety in New York | NY Times

High-Rise Anxiety in New York | NY Times

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD 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 […]


Uptown Gentrification Panel to Feature Adriano Espaillat and Others | DNAinfo

Uptown Gentrification Panel to Feature Adriano Espaillat and Others | DNAinfo

By Carolina Pichardo 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 […]


Spread Love: Uptown Bounce 2016

Spread Love: Uptown Bounce 2016

Join the Museum of the City of New York and El Museo del Barrio for the third annual Uptown Bounce series of summer block parties! On four consecutive Wednesday evenings, dance to the music of New York DJs, enjoy gallery talks, tours, and art workshops, and savor summer drinks and local food. See below for more […]


08/06/16: The Sweet Spot Festival Presents Jamaican Indepen-Dance

08/06/16: The Sweet Spot Festival Presents Jamaican Indepen-Dance

Sweet Spot Festival & Large UP present JAMAICAN INDEPEN-DANCE A celebration of all things Caribbean with a Reggae & Dancehall Bashment! AUG 6, 2016 from 2PM-9PM West Harlem Pier/ 125th St + West Side Highway Music by: NYC Champion Sound RICE + PEAS Deejay Gravy, Max Glazer Orijahnal Vibez, Micro Don + more surprise guests to be […]


Deeply Rooted – A Q&A With Elvis Nolasco

Deeply Rooted - A Q&A With Elvis Nolasco

Words: Led Black (@Led_Black) Video & Photography: Emmanuel Abreu (@EAbreuVisuals) Elvis Nolasco is a man of the people. Despite the awards, the accolades and the acclaim Elvis remains someone who cares deeply about his craft, his culture and his community. Elvis first entered the public consciousness in 1994 when he was cast in I Like […]


Tonight We Storm The Palace…

Tonight We Storm The Palace...

Tonight we will storm the palace. We will storm the palace as a community united as one in the belief that the arts is our very lifeblood. That the arts in all of their wonderful incarnations must be valued, nourished and sustained. Especially in places like Washington Heights, Inwood and Harlem. It is  undeserved communities […]


How Daveed Diggs of ‘Hamilton’ Spends His Sundays | NY Times

How Daveed Diggs of ‘Hamilton’ Spends His Sundays | NY Times

Sunday Routine By HILARY HOWARD Daveed Diggs is still getting to know the city. When the 34-year-old rapper and actor, who grew up in Oakland, Calif., moved here about two and a half years ago for a little show called “Hamilton,” he probably figured there would be plenty of time for exploring. He was wrong. […]


06/09/16: The Best of Room 28 @ The Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center

06/09/16: The Best of Room 28 @ The Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center

Guess what folks? The funny people at Room 28 will be doing their thing Uptown at the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center (530 West 166th) on June 9th. The one and only Tommy 5K will be the host. But hold up it gets better. The event is free but RSVP is a definite must. Get there […]


The Uptown Collective Selected to Brick Underground’s 25 Best NYC Neighborhood Blogs of 2016 List

The Uptown Collective Selected to Brick Underground’s 25 Best NYC Neighborhood Blogs of 2016 List

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) This literally came out of nowhere. We didn’t even know we were in the running but we are ecstatic to be considered one of the best NYC neighborhood blogs of 2016. This is an incredible honor and a testament to the sweat equity we put in on a daily basis spreading […]


The Future Is Ours – A Q&A With Junot Díaz

The Future Is Ours - A Q&A With Junot Díaz

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Junot Díaz is a Dominican superhero. A mild-mannered M.I.T. professor by day, he is a criollo caped crusader with the escudo emblazoned on his chest by night. For the last couple of decades, Junot has lovingly rendered the truths, trials and tribulations of the Dominican Diaspora. With mighty strokes from his […]

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