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The Parade Polemic | Manhattan Times

The Parade Polemic | Manhattan Times

Story and photos by Gregg McQueen Some are opting out; others are doubling down. As sponsors and participants continue to pull out of this year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade, dozens of supporters staged a rally in Manhattan to support the parade’s controversial decision to honor Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar López Rivera. “Agree or disagree with his […]


Running From, and Back To, Ralph Ellison’s Harlem | Village Voice

Running From, and Back To, Ralph Ellison’s Harlem | Village Voice

by Selin Thomas There are places so dense that they seem to contract into themselves to save room. Harlem is one of them, like a black hole of great and flexible darkness hiding mass unseen. Come winter, the effect is magnified so that even the most flamboyant parts are directed to intimate interiors: The yelling […]


05/20/17: The Sweet Spot Festival Presents Everyday People Harlem!

05/20/17: The Sweet Spot Festival Presents Everyday People Harlem!

The Sweet Spot Festival is returning to Harlem for its 6th year in a row and it is going to be a doozy. Join them as they usher in the summer season on​ Saturday, May 20, 2017 @ the West Harlem Pier from 3-9PM powered by their partners Summer on The Hudson. Sweet Spot Festival presents Everyday People HARLEM! Music by mOma, Rich […]


Redevelopment receives support – and dissent | Manhattan Times

Redevelopment receives support – and dissent | Manhattan Times

They’re all in at the Inwood Branch – well, at least the elected officials are. City Councilmember Ydanis Rodríguez, Congressman Adriano Espaillat, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senator Marisol Alcántara and State Assemblymember Carmen De La Rosa have officially voiced their support for the city’s controversial proposal to redevelop the Inwood library with affordable […]


EXCLUSIVE: First look inside the newly renovated George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal | Manhattan Times

EXCLUSIVE: First look inside the newly renovated George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal | Manhattan Times

Step in, stop by. After years of delays, the first phase of the renovated George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal project is finally set to open. According to the developers, the renovated waiting area will be open to passengers on Tues., May 16. The enclosed, climate-controlled section features ticket windows, a large video screen listing bus departures and […]


The Top 10 Secrets of Highbridge Park in Washington Heights, NYC | Untapped Cities

The Top 10 Secrets of Highbridge Park in Washington Heights, NYC | Untapped Cities

BY susan xu New York City’s oldest standing span, High Bridge, may be one of the most iconic fixtures in Washington Heights, but the park that holds its Manhattan end is similarly as picturesque. Operated by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, Highbridge Park occupies 119-acres and sits on banks of the Harlem […]


A Branch for Belafonte | Manhattan Times

A Branch for Belafonte | Manhattan Times

Story and photos by Gregg McQueen It was a visit to a public library branch that changed Harry Belafonte’s life forever. The legendary entertainer and social activist said he was introduced to theater by attending a show at the Schomburg Center of the New York Public Library (NYPL). “Life for me, that moment, was an […]


The Uptown Tweet of the Week: No Love For Paul Ryan In Harlem

The Uptown Tweet of the Week: No Love For Paul Ryan In Harlem

Oh hey #excusememrspeaker this yours 🍆? (Objects in tweet are larger than they appear) #Harlem pic.twitter.com/oWmGV7Ofbz — (((Randi L Klein))) (@doodlehedz) May 9, 2017 Related: Protesting Paul | Manhattan Times 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 […]


05/16/17: Homage To Billie Holiday @ The Apollo

05/16/17: Homage To Billie Holiday @ The Apollo

Opening kick off concert for the Harlem EatUp Festival, a four-day festival offering a sample of Harlem’s sights, flavors and sounds. Founded by award-winning chef, Marcus Samuelsson and food festival legend, Herb Karlitz, the festival now in third year joined with music producer Michael Dorf to create this classic opening night event. Billie Holiday got […]


Details Emerge—and Doubts Remain—About Potential Inwood Rezoning | City Limits

Details Emerge—and Doubts Remain—About Potential Inwood Rezoning | City Limits

By Abigail Savitch-Lew The Economic Development Corporation’s rezoning plans for Inwood remain controversial, but last week EDC announced it would answer a demand shared by a variety of stakeholders—a contextual rezoning for several residential parts of the neighborhood. The Inwood NYC Planning Initiative is one of about a dozen rezonings currently under consideration as part […]


Protesting Paul | Manhattan Times

Protesting Paul | Manhattan Times

Story and photos by Gregg McQueen They whaled on the rep from Wisconsin. Hundreds of protesters showed up to rail against House Speaker Paul Ryan as he visited a Success Academy Charter School in Harlem on Tues., May 9th. The agitated crowd outside Harlem 1, which serves students in grades kindergarten through fourth, fumed over […]


UPinion: This tax cut for the rich disguised as a health care bill threatens patients’ lives and entire communities | NY Daily News

UPinion: This tax cut for the rich disguised as a health care bill threatens patients’ lives and entire communities | NY Daily News

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@EileenZFuentes) While President Trump celebrated with GOP lawmakers at the White House after the House passed the Republican-backed health care bill, I could not help but feel a profound sense of disgust, anxiety and anger. Here were a bunch of mostly men who have access to the best health care in the […]


From Acoustic Mirrors to Kitchen Huts, Sculptures Take Root in Harlem Parks | Hyperallergic

From Acoustic Mirrors to Kitchen Huts, Sculptures Take Root in Harlem Parks | Hyperallergic

A public sculpture series curated by the Studio Museum in Harlem showcases work by artists who have strong connections to the area. BY Alexis Clements The seasons are changing here in New York, and city parks are filling with people looking for Vitamin D, migrating birds, and blooms and buds. It seemed like a good […]


Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – Insta-Famous

Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – Insta-Famous

In Episode 17 Rachel La Loca talks about her dog’s modeling career, Jaime covers the Met Gala, Fyre Festival and Playboy news in Bochinche Bites. Bago shares his plans for Cinco de Mayo amd Frank takes us out of this world (again) with Noticiero Nibbs. Their special guest, Comedienne, Sasha Merci shares the inspiration she […]


New York’s First Police Body Cameras Take to Streets in Upper Manhattan | NY Times

New York’s First Police Body Cameras Take to Streets in Upper Manhattan | NY Times

By ASHLEY SOUTHALL More than three years after a federal judge ruled that the Police Department’s stop-and-frisk tactics were unconstitutional and ordered New York City to test body cameras as a remedy, the first group of officers equipped with the devices went on patrol in Manhattan on Thursday. Years of litigation, and lengthy deliberations over […]


#InstagramUptown: Only In Washington Heights

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“We’re beautiful” | Manhattan Times

Actor brings it home Story by Anthony López | Livin’ Americana Nabil Viñas is a born and bred New Yorker, straight out of Washington Heights. The Viñas family emigrated from the city of Moca in the Dominican Republic in the 70’s. His parents knew each other in Moca but got together in New York. His […]


The Uptown Tweet of the Week: #UptownLove

The Uptown Tweet of the Week: #UptownLove

Both of these grew on Dyckman StreetBut I think one of them got more sunlight and water#UptownLove pic.twitter.com/uvBjKlK8TD — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) April 28, 2017 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.


05/03/17: Led Black’s Social Media 101

05/03/17: Led Black's Social Media 101

LED BLACK’S SOCIAL MEDIA 101 Wed, May 3, 2017 – 6 pm to 8 pm CLOTH TECHNOLOGY CENTER (2113 B Amsterdam Ave @165 St) Social media has changed, literally, everything. It has toppled governments, upended regimes and cast much-needed light on atrocities across the globe. Events that take place halfway around the world are beamed […]


04/29/17: Harlem and the Future – Preserving Culture and Sustaining Historic Character

04/29/17: Harlem and the Future – Preserving Culture and Sustaining Historic Character

The 1st Uptown Preservation Conference – HARLEM AND THE FUTURE: PRESERVING CULTURE & SUSTAINING HISTORIC CHARACTER IN A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM City College of New York – Aronow Theatre Cost: $10 includes lunch and a walking tour. Free for students and seniors. Tickets can be reserved […]


05/06/17: SOULEVATE: Music to Reawaken Your Body & Soul

05/06/17: SOULEVATE: Music to Reawaken Your Body & Soul

Saturday, May 6, 2017  Doors at 6:30pm featuring an art gallery by Fareed Muhammad, vendors, food and drinks Showtime 7:30 FREE, but RSVP Performers: Oshun Soul Science Lab Annette Aguilar and String Beans Harambee Dance Company MCs: Terry Lovette and Xavier Eikerenkoetter


Rising in the Heights | Manhattan Times

Rising in the Heights | Manhattan Times

Photos by Emmanuel Abreu | Abreu Visuals “¡Trump escucha; estamos en la lucha!” Calling on President Donald Trump to “listen up,” thousands of immigrants and supporters took to the streets of Northern Manhattan on Sun., April 23, to voice opposition to the administration’s immigration policies. People of diverse ages and nationalities filled St. Nicholas Avenue […]


The Sounds of ‘Mannahatta’ in Your Ear | NY Times

The Sounds of ‘Mannahatta’ in Your Ear | NY Times

By JIM DWYER Another visitor to New York grumbling about the racket. “They frequently make such a noise that it is difficult for a person to make himself heard,” wrote Peter Kalm, a Swedish-Finnish naturalist. That was Manhattan in 1748. He was writing about the chorus of frogs croaking at nightfall. So vibrant was natural […]


Figures in the Find | Manhattan Times

Figures in the Find | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi They’re not exactly heroes. Instead, the actions of the main characters in Up Theater Company’s latest play go from questionable to reprehensible. But playwright Kirby Fields doesn’t want you to like them. “I hope, at the end, the audience would understand why they did what they did, even if they don’t […]

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