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Why the Cecil — One of New York’s Most Celebrated Restaurants — Will Close | Grub Street

Why the Cecil — One of New York’s Most Celebrated Restaurants — Will Close | Grub Street

By Sierra Tishgart In 1974, a fire burned down the Hotel Cecil in Harlem — home to legendary jazz club Minton’s Playhouse. Thirty-nine years later, in 2013, businessman Richard Parsons and restaurateur Alexander Smalls opened two businesses in its place: Minton’s, a bar with live music and snacks, and the Cecil, a full-blown, 200-plus-seat restaurant. […]


New York Charters Enroll Fewer Homeless Pupils Than City Schools | NY Times

New York Charters Enroll Fewer Homeless Pupils Than City Schools | NY Times

By KATE TAYLOR On East 111th Street, the upper grades of Success Academy Harlem 3, a charter school, share a building with Mosaic Preparatory Academy, a traditional neighborhood elementary school. In many ways, the children who attend the two schools in Harlem are similar. They are mostly black and Hispanic, and a majority come from […]


At Home in Harlem | Hyperallergic

At Home in Harlem | Hyperallergic

The inaugural exhibition at the new Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute is concerned with demonstrating how one comes to belong to a place. BY Seph Rodney Home, Memory, and Future, the inaugural exhibition at the new, permanent location of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) in East Harlem, is faithful to its name. This […]


12/12/16: The Big Quiet @ The United Palace

12/12/16: The Big Quiet @ The United Palace

On the evening of Monday, Dec. 12th, The Big Quiet is coming to the United Palace. Celebrating unity in a divided time, 3000 people will join together in a mass meditation and sound experience facilitated by a 10 person team, followed by string musicians, acoustic acts, the cosmic drum, a powerful choir and live DJs. […]


Exclusive: Port Authority mum as George Washington Bridge bus terminal renovation blows December deadline | Metro US

Exclusive: Port Authority mum as George Washington Bridge bus terminal renovation blows December deadline | Metro US

BY Amanda Mikelberg Riders and retailers feel misled as construction extended at least four more months. The $183 million renovation of the George Washington Bridge bus terminal in Upper Manhattan, which began eight years ago, will not be completed by its December 2016 target, according to developers. Lawmakers and locals are stunned by the problematic […]


As She Fights Cancer, a Woman Strives for Normalcy | NY Times

As She Fights Cancer, a Woman Strives for Normalcy | NY Times

The Neediest Cases By JOHN OTIS For decades, Patricia Lewis toiled as a security guard for NYC Health & Hospitals, a duty she performed along with a second, and sometimes a third, job. “I showered in the hospitals, I slept on gurneys and hardly came home,” Ms. Lewis, 68, recalled. All that work was to […]


On their marks | Manhattan Times

On their marks | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi Instruments can be hard to come by at WHIN. String and brass instruments tend to be expensive. So most children in The Washington Heights and Inwood Music Project play ones that are donated. Even old, nonfunctioning ones are useful, said co-founder Andrea Profili. One viola needed a new bridge and pegs. […]


12/08/16: 13th Film Screening @ Shabazz Center

12/08/16: 13th Film Screening @ Shabazz Center

You NEED to see this film. In fact, now that we are on the precipice of the Trump Era, this movie is more important than ever. Directed by celebrated filmmaker Ava Duvernay, 13th takes an unflinching look at mass incarceration in the United States and posits that slavery never ended in America it merely mutated. […]


The Classic Comeback | Manhattan Times

The Classic Comeback | Manhattan Times

It’s time to get cracking – again. A groundbreaking holiday show which became an instant New York City classic will make its return next month. The Hip Hop Nutcracker combines the beloved Russian ballet’s classic story elements and Tchaikovsky’s famous score with hip hop dancing, while setting the story in modern day Northern Manhattan. The show returns for the […]


How this nail artist is slaying the game with socially conscious designs | Fusion

How this nail artist is slaying the game with socially conscious designs | Fusion

With the nail as her small canvas, New York-based freelance nail artist Ami Vega is turning heads with a different take on the manicure—by helping her clients spread messages of social activism and empowerment through custom, hand painted designs. Her success has led to her own traveling nail salon, appearances at New York Fashion Week, […]


Uptown Tonight: Help the City Spend $30 Million on Highbridge Park

Uptown Tonight: Help the City Spend $30 Million on Highbridge Park

Our very own Highbridge Park was chosen as one of five parks across NYC to receive $30 million in city funding for improvements thanks to the Anchor Parks program. It’s get better, you, yes you, can help to decide how the money is spent. It all goes down tonight from 6:30 – 8:30pm at the […]


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 […]


The Elixir: Give Instead of Get This Black Friday – Christina’s Cancer Cure Fund

The Elixir: Give Instead of Get This Black Friday – Christina’s Cancer Cure Fund

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@EileenZFuentes) Black Friday is defined as the day after Thanksgiving and is noted as the first day of traditional Christmas shopping, during which crowds of consumers are drawn to special offers by retailers. This year my hope is that instead of getting, why not try giving? Before you stop reading, please know it is […]


Uptown Today: Community Forum on Stop & Frisk

Uptown Today: Community Forum on Stop & Frisk

Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights (NMCIR) along with LatinoJustice PRLDEF will be conducting a community forum today, November 22nd, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.  This community forum, which is part of the joint remedial process ordered by the Federal Court in Floyd v. City of New York, will assess the application of stop and  frisk, […]


Trump’s Attorney General Pick Thinks Dominicans Have No “Provable Skill” to Contribute to US | Remezcla

Trump’s Attorney General Pick Thinks Dominicans Have No “Provable Skill” to Contribute to US | Remezcla

Written by Yara Simón Nearly 30 years ago, Dan-el Padilla arrived to the United States from the Dominican Republic. Around the same time, Jeff Sessions stood to become a federal judge after a nomination from President Ronald Reagan. In the end, the Republican-controlled Senate rejected him because former colleagues painted him as a racist. In […]


Radical Hope | The New Yorker

Radical Hope | The New Yorker

By Junot Díaz Querida Q.: I hope that you are feeling, if not precisely better, then at least not so demoralized. On Wednesday, after he won, you reached out to me, seeking advice, solidarity. You wrote, My two little sisters called me weeping this morning. I had nothing to give them. I felt bereft. What […]


Dueling Protests at Meeting on East Harlem Rezoning | City Limits

Dueling Protests at Meeting on East Harlem Rezoning | City Limits

By Abigail Savitch-Lew At a packed meeting on the mayor’s rezoning plan for East Harlem last night, members of Community Voices Heard marched out to the street and held a rally, while members of El Barrio Unite refused to allow the city’s presentation to continue, with both groups expressing concern that the mayor’s housing plan […]


UPinion: Forever Forward | Girl Mob

UPinion: Forever Forward | Girl Mob

BY Frankie Reese (@_wonderfrankie) This particular article was headed in a very different direction, and prior to the election last Tuesday, I thought our country was too. I am absolutely devastated by the reality that Donald J. Trump is our future president. If an asteroid were hurdling towards the earth at this very moment I, […]


11/28/16: Immigrant Rights Teach-In and Know Your Rights Presentation

11/28/16: Immigrant Rights Teach-In and Know Your Rights Presentation

Like we have said many times in the past, apathy is not an option. Especially not now, things have already begun to change for the worst. We must mobilize, organize and agitate for what we believe America stands for. No one in this country is in more danger than immigrants. To that end, the Immigrant […]


“Jane the Virgin” narrator explains his unique, unseen role: “He’s kind of Jane’s spirit animal” | Salon

“Jane the Virgin” narrator explains his unique, unseen role: “He’s kind of Jane’s spirit animal” | Salon

BY Mary Elizabeth Williams The first thing you notice when you talk to Anthony Mendez, the narrator from “Jane the Virgin,” is that he doesn’t have a Spanish accent in real life. OMG! But even with his off-duty voice, he’s still a smooth talker. The Bronx-born star took an unlikely path to his unseen stardom, […]


Cardi B Doesn’t Give A F**k, And Neither Should You | Vibe Viva

Cardi B Doesn’t Give A F**k, And Neither Should You | Vibe Viva

Written By Marjua Estevez “This is my happy place,” which is why Cardi B invites me to her grandmother’s home in Washington Heights and not her condo in Edgewater, New Jersey. Inside the prewar apartment there’s a musical number of clanking pans and plastic cups scrubbing under the rush of faucet water. There’s arroz blanco […]


UPinion: Another gray 9/11*

UPinion: Another gray 9/11*

By Elga Castro Ramos For Elena, with all my hopes and wishes that you grow up in a better country Sixteen years ago I moved to New York, not as an economic migrant nor as a political exile, but as a student. The years went by and I stayed. I am from the 9/11 generation, […]


THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER with Special Guest Kurtis Blow to Hit NY Metro This December | Broadway World

THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER with Special Guest Kurtis Blow to Hit NY Metro This December | Broadway World

The Hip Hop Nutcracker with Special Guest MC Kurtis Blow will play three NY Metro area shows as part of a 23-city North American tour on Saturday, December 3 at United Palace, NY (Shows at 2pm and 7pm) and Saturday, December 17 at NJPAC, NJ (Show at 3pm). The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary dance […]


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