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‘Rhythm & Power’: A Little Bling, a Little Politics, a Lot of Salsa | NY Times

‘Rhythm & Power’: A Little Bling, a Little Politics, a Lot of Salsa | NY Times

By JON PARELES Music and dance are inseparable — as they should be — at “Rhythm & Power: Salsa in New York,” the exhibition that opened this week at the Museum of the City of New York. It is the museum’s first fully bilingual exhibition. “Rhythm & Power” celebrates the Latin music that was forged […]


The Shadow Banks of the Barrio | CityLab

The Shadow Banks of the Barrio | CityLab

For many Latino immigrants in New York City, an informal network of unregulated loan operators serve as the lenders of last resort. But borrowers soon find themselves buried in seemingly endless debt and haunted by intimidation tactics. BY Mónica Cordero, Constanza Gallardo, and Alma Sacasa Maria Ramos holds a large, faded ledger propped open on […]


Film Works Alfresco debuts in Inwood | Manhattan Times

Film Works Alfresco debuts in Inwood | Manhattan Times

A free outdoor summer film series has launched in Inwood Hill Park. Film Works Alfresco is a curated film series that will present both independent and popular films that have local relevance and cultural significance to the Northern Manhattan community. Free screenings – a dozen in total – are scheduled for every Monday evening at […]


Uptown Video: The Audubon Mural Project

Uptown Video: The Audubon Mural Project

According to the National Audubon Society, climate change poses a serious threat to a large number of North America’s birds. But a street art project in New York City aims to call attention to their plight by creating large-scale murals of the birds. NewsHour Weekend Correspondent Megan Thompson reports.


CUNY launches Dominican Studies master’s program | Manhattan Times

CUNY launches Dominican Studies master’s program | Manhattan Times

Story by Gregg McQueen They’re setting a new course. The City College of the City University of New York (CCNY) has announced a new Dominican Studies track within the college’s Master in the Study of the Americas Program in the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies. The master’s program, considered the first of its kind in the […]


Indiegogo Spotlight: Statement Arts College Prep Program 2017

Indiegogo Spotlight: Statement Arts College Prep Program 2017

A Word From Statement Arts Help Us Get 15 More NYC Young People Into College! If you can help us level the playing field for some amazing young people who deserve a chance, we’d be extremely grateful. This July, Statement Arts will sponsor its free Expanding Horizons College Preparatory Program for 15 under-served New York […]


06/17/17: Celebrate 6 Years of Word Up

06/17/17: Celebrate 6 Years of Word Up

Our favorite community bookstore is having a birthday party on Saturday, June 17. This is a bash for the entire family. Storytime at 11 am, a Block Party (with music performances!) at 1 pm, and a dance party at 7 pm ($10 cover, all proceeds go to Word Up). It is going to be lit. […]


Hip-Hop Hall of Fame Museum Comes Home With Harlem Location | Newsweek

Hip-Hop Hall of Fame Museum Comes Home With Harlem Location | Newsweek

By Stav Ziv New York City could very soon be home to the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame Museum. The nonprofit heading the project announced Tuesday evening that it had won a bid for a building and development site in Harlem and sets the start of the first phase of the plan for February 2018. It also […]


20 Must Visit Places in Inwood, NYC: An Untapped Cities Guide

20 Must Visit Places in Inwood, NYC: An Untapped Cities Guide

BY jeff reuben For the resident or the visitor, Inwood is a neighborhood for all seasons. Whether it’s canoeing in the summer, hiking in a primeval forest as colors change in the fall, celebrating Christmas in an 18th century farmhouse, or enjoying lively restaurants and bars all year round, there’s always something to check out. Located north of Washington Heights, Inwood is the northernmost neighborhood on […]


Spread Love: Baysketch – June 9th & 10th

Spread Love: Baysketch - June 9th & 10th

The hardest working sketch comedy troupe is back people. The whole gang will be doing their thing on June 9 and 10 at the Triad Theatre (158 West 72nd Street). It gets better folks, use the discount code UptownBaby to get $5 off of your purchase. So there you have it, a night to remember […]


As Gas Stations Vanish, Harlem Sees Gentrification Creeping In | NY Times

As Gas Stations Vanish, Harlem Sees Gentrification Creeping In | NY Times

By JEFFERY C. MAYS Bajram Bajraman stepped out of King’s Pizza on 145th Street near Lenox Avenue in Harlem with his white apron folded at the waist and a cigarette dangling from his mouth. He walked across the street to the former Getty gas station where he used to fill up and park his car […]


Spread Love: Film Works Alfresco

Spread Love: Film Works Alfresco

FREE FILMS EVERY MONDAY EVENING Playing June 5 through August 21 at Dusk Gaelic Field in Inwood Hill Park That’s right people, this coming Monday, June 5 is the kickoff for the FREE outdoor summer cinema series, Film Works Alfresco! This curated film series will focus foremost on presenting independent and popular films with local […]


06/04/17: Drums Along The Hudson @ Inwood Hill Park

06/04/17: Drums Along The Hudson @ Inwood Hill Park

A Native American and Multicultural Festival Sunday, June 4th, 2017 11:00 am – 6:00 pm (Rain or Shine) Inwood Hill Park – 218th Street and Indian Road (4 blocks west of Broadway) FREE ADMISSION The 15th Annual DRUMS ALONG THE HUDSON: A Native American Festival and Multicultural Celebration will take place on Sunday, June 4th, […]


All are welcome | Manhattan Times

All are welcome | Manhattan Times

By Oscar López Rivera I am very proud to be Puerto Rican, and the National Puerto Rican Day Parade leadership and friends inspire in me even more pride in my community, as it gets ready to provide a space for Puerto Ricans to come together and celebrate our culture, heritage and contributions to society. This […]


¡Presente! | Manhattan Times

¡Presente! | Manhattan Times

By Roberto Ramírez I am marching in the Puerto Rican Day Parade because I am proud to be Puerto Rican. I am marching because my life, and that of my family in New York State, has been made possible by the many Puerto Ricans who came before me. Because Puerto Ricans arrived in this city, […]


Inside Sonny Rollins’s Jazz Archive, Headed Home to Harlem | NY Times

Inside Sonny Rollins’s Jazz Archive, Headed Home to Harlem | NY Times

By GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO The saxophonist Sonny Rollins, perhaps jazz’s most respected living improviser, is also one of its most relentless seekers. But that’s well known; what’s not as widely recognized is the diversity — and the depth — of his inquiry. Yes, there’s his herculean practice regimen (upward of eight hours a day, even into […]


The Uptown Tweet of the Week: Kalief Browder Way

The Uptown Tweet of the Week: Kalief Browder Way

Today we are renaming E.181St. & Prospect Ave. after Kalief Browder who changed course of history. pic.twitter.com/6eFyqMChZE — Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) May 25, 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.


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 […]

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