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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 […]


Harlem’s 2nd Renaissance: Restaurants that Match its Jazz Legend | USA Today

Harlem's 2nd Renaissance: Restaurants that Match its Jazz Legend | USA Today

By Maria Lisella Once described as the community that gave “cool” an address, Harlem is home to cultural and now culinary legends. Passions run high in Harlem as do stylish surroundings, warm welcomes, earthy and innovative menus – attributes that could apply to all the members of this list. Its locals have deep roots and pride […]


UPinion: Get Off The Fence – The Top 5 Reasons To Vote For Bernie Sanders

UPinion: Get Off The Fence - The Top 5 Reasons To Vote For Bernie Sanders

BY Robin Kilmer (@RobinKilmer) I Became a Decided Voter and You Can Too! A fence is not a comfortable thing to sit on. It is hard on your rear-end and it can also be hard on your soul. Sometimes fence-sitting is sometimes a result of thinking really, really hard about something, and then thinking again […]


This human rights activist wants to be the Dominican Republic’s first openly gay member of Congress | PRI

This human rights activist wants to be the Dominican Republic's first openly gay member of Congress | PRI

By Amy Bracken When I meet Deivis Ventura at a bar in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan, I’m struck by the way he introduces himself. “My name is Deivis Ventura,” he says, in strongly accented English. “I am teacher. I am activist for LGBT community in Dominican Republic. I am gay man. Black man, too.” […]


Aiming Higher | Manhattan Times

Aiming Higher | Manhattan Times

by Gregg McQueen They’re gaining ground. An uptown group is giving a host of local artists a chance to connect and form social and professional alliances. Known as the Higher Ground Festival, the group brings together Washington Heights and Inwood artists of all talents — dancers, musicians, writers, filmmakers, performance artists, even magicians — to […]


Uptown Video: The Daily Show Takes On The Harlem Hate Pastor

Uptown Video: The Daily Show Takes On The Harlem Hate Pastor

You guys remember Pastor James David Manning right? Of course you do. Especially since the hatred spewing, belligerently anti-gay preacher has been in the news recently because his “church” is facing foreclosure. It gets better, the Ali Forney Center, which is an LGBTQ homeless youth agency, is looking to buy the property. The always astute […]


Establishing the Edge | Manhattan Times

Establishing the Edge | Manhattan Times

Story by Marimer Navarrete There is more room to roam. Just a few months after Hotel Cliff opened its doors on 181st Street, a ribbon-cutting was held for The Edge Hotel, the area’s second hotel. Located a stone’s throw from the subway, and from the facilities at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center, the […]


#InstagramUptown: Good Vibes

#InstagramUptown: Good Vibes

What good vibes looks like. #WashingtonHeights A photo posted by MD (@mdsaneart) on Nov 22, 2015 at 4:25pm PST We invite you to subscribe to the weekly Uptown Love newsletter, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter, or e-mail us at UptownCollective@gmail.com


Regalii, A Startup In NYC’s Washington Heights, Uncovers Where Immigrants’ Remittances Really Go | TechCrunch

Regalii, A Startup In NYC’s Washington Heights, Uncovers Where Immigrants’ Remittances Really Go | TechCrunch

by Kim-Mai Cutler (@kimmaicutler) It’s not a converted industrial warehouse in Brooklyn. Or a stately, century-old building in the Flatiron. But YC-backed Regalii’s atypical office location up in the Dominican-heavy Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan has given it plenty of insights into its working-class immigrant customer base. The startup, co-founded by several Latino founders who personally knew the hassles […]


Op-Led: To Hell With Donald Trump, SNL & NBC – Why Latinos Are Outraged By The Donald Trump Phenomenon

Op-Led: To Hell With Donald Trump, SNL & NBC – Why Latinos Are Outraged By The Donald Trump Phenomenon

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) If, and I shudder at the thought, Donald Trump becomes President in 2016, it will be partly the fault of SNL and NBC. If such a calamitous turn of events shall befall us, let’s play the blame game in advance. Thanks Obama will be replaced with an emphatic Gracias SNL. Giving […]


#InstagramUptown: #inspiration #point #center

#InstagramUptown: #inspiration #point #center

_"#inspiration #point #center .. #for #a #while #there #i was #looking for this #place… #inwood #washingtonheights #uptown #ny #forttryonpark #nyc #bnw #black #white #portfolio #iphoneonly #blackandwhite #street #photo #vscocam .." @israelperezroman // @israelperezroman2 A photo posted by © Israel P Roman (@israelperezroman2) on Oct 27, 2015 at 1:57pm PDT


Harry Ettling, New York musician who held funeral for his car, to be remembered with Fort Tryon Park bench | NY Daily News

Harry Ettling, New York musician who held funeral for his car, to be remembered with Fort Tryon Park bench | NY Daily News

BY Josh Max | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS The New Yorker who held a funeral for his car is, after his own death, also being remembered in a special way. Harry Ettling, a musician and Vietnam veteran who suffered a brain aneurism and died last August, will have his name inscribed on a Fort Tryon […]


#TheFeelingStays – The 2016 Lincoln MKX

#TheFeelingStays - The 2016 Lincoln MKX

Words: Led Black (@Led_Black) Photography by Emmanuel Abreu (@EAbreuVisuals) The magic begins before you even set foot inside the newly redesigned 2016 Lincoln MKX Black Label Thoroughbred edition. When you are within 9 feet of the vehicle, the 2016 Lincoln MKX initiates the Lincoln Embrace with a visual orchestra of sequential lighting replete with a […]


De Blasio to hold first town hall meeting of his mayoralty | Newsday

De Blasio to hold first town hall meeting of his mayoralty | Newsday

By EMILY NGO Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday evening will hold the first traditional town hall meeting of his 20-month tenure, addressing an audience City Hall anticipates will be about 250 people in Washington Heights for a discussion on tenant rights. The 7 p.m. event is open to the public and tickets are not […]


Uptown Talk: The Translators Podcast – Kareem Savinon

Uptown Talk: The Translators Podcast – Kareem Savinon

In this episode, the Translators (Mike Diaz, Jaime Fernandez) talk to actor Kareem Savinon about his start, working on the show Girls and work ethics and drive you need to make it in this career.


The Ford Millennials Take Miami II – The Recap

The Ford Millennials Take Miami II – The Recap

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) I am starting to fall real hard for Miami. Once again, the Ford Millennials converged on Miami for 3 days of learning, career advancement, culture and cuisine. I cannot overstate how proud I am to have been chosen to be a part of the Ford Millennials. Ford Millennials is an important […]


Casting Call – Get Down With The Get Down

Casting Call – Get Down With The Get Down

Understand this: In 2016, everybody will be buzzing about The Get Down by visionary director Baz Luhrmann. The Get Down delves into the cultural and social milieu of the Bronx in the early 70’s when hip-hop was in it’s infancy. You have a chance to be a part of history. Grant Wilfley Casting is seeking […]


New medical school to open in Harlem | Crain’s New York Business

New medical school to open in Harlem | Crain's New York Business

By Jonathan LaMantia New York City is getting a new medical school in Harlem with the goal of training more doctors to practice in underserved communities across the state. The CUNY School of Medicine will be located on the City College campus near 138th Street and will partner with the Bronx-based St. Barnabas Health System. […]


Uptown Video: Latin Task Force

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