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Five Questions with Tony Hillery, Founder of Harlem Grown | Food Tank

Five Questions with Tony Hillery, Founder of Harlem Grown | Food Tank

by Allyn Rosenberger Food Tank recently had the opportunity to speak with Tony Hillery, the founder of Harlem Grown, about his organization’s commitment to inspiring youth to live healthy, ambitious lives. In addition to providing mentorship and role models to impoverished youth, Harlem Grown provides hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition. When we […]


Cross Broadway and Think Big

Cross Broadway and Think Big

BY Robert W. Snyder (@robertwsnyder) Photography: Emmanuel Abreu (@EAbreuVisuals) “Broadway Blues” was indeed a “A Frank Discussion of Race, Class and Gentrification in Washington Heights and Inwood,” but as an honored panelist I came away from our deliberations dismayed by the rancor that has erupted uptown and convinced that current proposals to curb rising rents […]


New York City Wages War on the Zika Virus | NY Times

New York City Wages War on the Zika Virus | NY Times

By MARC SANTORA It was well after midnight on a hot and sticky weeknight in Washington Heights in Upper Manhattan when the hunt got underway. A police car rolled slowly through the empty neighborhood in the predawn hours, its lights casting shadows on the buildings as a voice over a loudspeaker blared a warning to […]


The battle to save Langston Hughes’ home from gentrification | CNN Money

The battle to save Langston Hughes' home from gentrification | CNN Money

by Heather Long Ivy still grows on the front of Langston Hughes’ home in Harlem. There aren’t many houses like it left in New York City. Real estate agents estimate it’s worth over $3 million. And that’s before anyone talks about the fact that one of America’s great writers — a hero of the Harlem […]


09/18/16: The Medieval Festival

09/18/16: The Medieval Festival

Get ready to be transported to the Middle Ages! The 32nd Annual Medieval Festival returns to Fort Tryon Park on Sunday, September 18th from 11:30 am to 6 pm. The already majestic Fort Tryon Park is magically transformed to a medieval market town replete with ornate banners, authentic medieval music, dance, minstrels and jesters. Oh […]


Ecuador’s Homegrown Sport Thrives Under the Lights in Harlem | WSJ

Ecuador’s Homegrown Sport Thrives Under the Lights in Harlem | WSJ

Every weekend, a community of New Yorkers gathers for a night of ecuavoley, a variation of volleyball that sprouted more than a century ago in their home country By Paolo Uggetti By 9 p.m. on a recent night in the city, St. Nicholas Park in South Harlem was nearly pitch dark. The basketball courts were […]


Inwood Residents Killed a ‘Trojan Horse for Gentrification’ — Now What? | Village Voice

Inwood Residents Killed a 'Trojan Horse for Gentrification' — Now What? | Village Voice

By Steven Wishnia Some three hundred people packed the corner of Broadway and Sherman Avenue on Monday night, a steaming evening on the blocks where Broadway curves around the primeval stone wall of Fort Tryon Park and Washington Heights turns into Inwood. It was the eve of the City Council’s vote on a proposal to rezone the site at […]


After Community Opposition, Councilman to Vote Against Inwood Rezoning | WNYC

After Community Opposition, Councilman to Vote Against Inwood Rezoning | WNYC

by Sarah Gonzalez A Northern Manhattan lawmaker says he’s heard the community opposition, and has changed his position on a rezoning plan for Inwood. Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez says he now plans to vote no on a proposed 17-story, 350 unit development along Fort Tryon Park — the latest test in Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing agenda. […]


In bloom at Bruce’s | Manhattan Times

In bloom at Bruce’s | Manhattan Times

Story by Gregg McQueen This is one graphic garden. A beloved community haven is making efforts to increase cultural programming while spotlighting local artists. From May through October, Bruce’s Garden in Inwood hosts “Gallery in the Gazebo,” a program that rotates temporary installations from Inwood-based artists at the garden’s wooden gazebo. “The gazebo is now serving […]


Kickstarter Spotlight: Guap: A Comedy. About Gentrification.

Kickstarter Spotlight: Guap: A Comedy. About Gentrification.

About This Project: WHAT IS GUAP? At the heart of GUAP is a simple question: “Who has the right to live in a neighborhood?” When Pedro, an unsuccessful drug dealer, is forced to use his hidden culinary talents to unite his family against the gentrification threatening their humble Washington Heights neighborhood, he has to make […]


08/19/16: Yaa Gyasi @ Revolution Books

08/19/16: Yaa Gyasi @ Revolution Books

Friday, August 19, 7pm A reading and discussion at REVOLUTION BOOKS in HARLEM HOMEGOING – a novel a reading by author Yaa Gyasi and in conversation with Andy Zee REVOLUTION BOOKS 437 Malcolm X Boulevard at 132nd Street #2/3 to 135th Suggested donation $10 to support Revolution Books (no one turned away) That’s right folks […]


Uptown Arts Program Preps Kids for College and Beyond | DNAinfo

Uptown Arts Program Preps Kids for College and Beyond | DNAinfo

By Carolina Pichardo WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — A longtime local youth organization is kicking off a fundraising campaign to add more of the stuff local teens need, including yoga, arts and college-readiness programs — as part of its plan to revamp its mission. The Growth Development Services, Inc. (GDS), founded in 1986, with a focus on […]


UPinion: What “Saving” Inwood Means To Me…

UPinion: What "Saving” Inwood Means To Me...

BY Jerry Christal Much has been written, discussed, and argued recently regarding the proposed rezoning of the Packard Building on Sherman Ave & Broadway. For those who don’t know, this proposal, the first rezoning in Inwood since 1961, is to allow a new, tall, expensive building to replace the existing, neglected structure. This will certainly […]


Racist Airbnb Guest Takes To Reddit To Insult Washington Heights

Racist Airbnb Guest Takes To Reddit To Insult Washington Heights

Here we go again. Racist interloper comes to the hood and finds out that people are different from them. That realization makes them extremely unhappy, which forces them to put their ugly racism online for the world to see. This past Friday a tourist who chose to stay in an Airbnb rental in Washington Heights […]


Vote on hold: Council vote on Inwood rezoning postponed | Manhattan Times

Vote on hold: Council vote on Inwood rezoning postponed | Manhattan Times

A photo posted by Raquel Cepeda (@raquelcepeda) on Aug 6, 2016 at 12:59pm PDT They hit “pause.” A scheduled City Council vote on a controversial rezoning plan in Inwood has been rescheduled. Originally scheduled for the morning of August 9, the meeting of the Zoning Subcommittee was expected to include the committee’s vote on whether […]


Mood Music: Cruz – Supa Dupa Lova

Mood Music: Cruz – Supa Dupa Lova


A newcomer takes on Harlem, where a second renaissance meets gentrification nervousness | Los Angeles Times

A newcomer takes on Harlem, where a second renaissance meets gentrification nervousness | Los Angeles Times

BY Christopher Reynolds Take a walk on 125th Street. Check out the Apollo Theater marquee, the latest exhibit at the Studio Museum, the patio dinner crowd on Lenox Avenue, the high-priced brownstones, the locals of all hues striding past Afrocentric sidewalk stalls while a drum circle grooves across the street. Harlem, several years into a burst […]


An Artist of the People – Ronald Draper

An Artist of the People - Ronald Draper

Do you know artist Ronald Draper? Well, you should. This native son of Harlem is a mixed-media artistic wunderkind that is creating kinetic works of art that pulsate with passion and positivity. Check out this great introduction to the artist courtesy of Rae Ruckus. We invite you to subscribe to the weekly Uptown Love newsletter, […]


The Loiza Festival – The Recap

The Loiza Festival – The Recap

Photography by Mario Carrion “That’s real commitment. These guys are staying put,” affirmed Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, founder and Director of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), one of the Festival’s presenters. She referred to the sea of umbrellas moving to the sound of drums at this year’s “Fiestas Tradicionales en Honor a […]


Pokemon Go Taught Me the History of My Adopted Home | Inverse

Pokemon Go Taught Me the History of My Adopted Home | Inverse

By Nickolaus Hines Between the streets of Broadway and Saint Nicholas at 170th Street in uptown Manhattan, there’s a small, triangular park named after Juan Pablo Duarte, one of the founders of the Dominican Republic. I live right next to Duarte’s Square, but I probably would have spent my life ignorant of his place in […]


Beauty brand, duty bound | Manhattan Times

Beauty brand, duty bound | Manhattan Times

By James Clark It’s been a year since Julissa Pérez found out she was cancer-free. “There are good days, and there are bad days,” said the 31-year-old Inwood resident, who battled thyroid cancer and underwent radiation treatment. It has been a long journey. “The after-effects of cancer are a process too,” she noted. Her battle […]


Sisterhood of the Skateboard | NY Times

Sisterhood of the Skateboard | NY Times

By NOAH REMNICK Early one evening in June, River Avenue Skate Park in the Bronx was reverberating with its usual medley of screeching from the elevated No. 4 train and scattered applause from Yankee Stadium, when a young boy shouted, “Brujas coming, yo!” And with that, in rolled some of the park’s most steadfast devotees, […]


08/06/16: Up Theater Company Presents Our Town @ The Dyckman Farmhouse

08/06/16: Up Theater Company Presents Our Town @ The Dyckman Farmhouse

UP Theater Company, in cooperation with The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Alliance, presents a staged reading of “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder. Adapted by James Bosley and directed by Jacki Goldhammer. Saturday, August 6 @ 3:00pm Dyckman Farmhouse Garden 4881 Broadway (@ 204), NY, NY 10034 UP being UP, unos pocos twists have been added–don’t worry, […]


My First Sofar Sounds Experience…

My First Sofar Sounds Experience...

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Thank you to @ARMSongs @kerensound and @gracieandrachel for a memorable show #Sofarsounds #sofarnyc pic.twitter.com/mCiscUKXk1 — Sofar Sounds NYC (@SofarNYC) July 24, 2016 My first Sofar Sounds experience was everything I expected and more. First of all is the whole secrecy thing. You don’t know the venue until a day before the […]

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