Uptown Kids

A Boy Grows Up In Harlem In ‘The Stars Beneath Our Feet’ | NPR

A Boy Grows Up In Harlem In 'The Stars Beneath Our Feet' | NPR

Lolly Rachpaul is 12 years old and a Lego master. He lives in Harlem, where his older brother was shot to death in a gang crime. When David Barclay Moore’s new novel for young readers “The Stars Beneath Our Feet” opens, Lolly is angry and sad and doesn’t feel much like celebrating Christmas. But his […]


Center Opens First LGBTQ Haven in Washington Heights | The Uptowner

Center Opens First LGBTQ Haven in Washington Heights | The Uptowner

by Deanna Hirsch Ka’Trina Marshall moved to New York City six months ago after being kicked out of her mother’s house in Atlanta. A homeless, HIV positive, transgender woman, she relied on new friends and temporary shelters for survival. Then she met a worker on the street from the Dominican Women‘s Development Center who offered […]


A Golf Center Grows in Harlem | NY Times

A Golf Center Grows in Harlem | NY Times

A leader of the Bridge Golf Foundation hopes it will be a “model for progressive gentrification” through its work with underprivileged and mostly black adolescent boys. By PAUL ROGERS Two years ago, Juan Cortorreal had never held a golf club. And now here he was, a freshman from the Eagle Academy for Young Men of […]


08/12/17: The Sweet Spot Festival Presents Pop + Shop

08/12/17: The Sweet Spot Festival Presents Pop + Shop

Join the Sweet Spot Festival and Grow NYC, in partnership with the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling and Broadway Housing Communities for #SecondSaturdays at Sugar Hill Greenmarket! Participate in a full-day of outdoor fun, music, interactive art making workshops, local vintage vendors, fresh produce, storytelling and more. For more info: http://sweetspotfestival.com/ We […]


Spread Love: 50th Annual Loíza Festival

Spread Love: 50th Annual Loíza Festival

July 28th | July 29th | July 30th — 11:00AM to 8PM (All Days) E 109th St (Between 2nd & 3rd Avenues), NY NY. FREE | Please RSVP your attendance here. The Annual Festival Santiago Apóstol de Loíza in El Barrio celebrates a half century of African influence of the Puerto Rican and Latino immigrant […]


07/30/17: The Heights Feel Good Fest

07/30/17: The Heights Feel Good Fest

MindBodySoul Yoga & The United Palace are excited to present the first-ever Heights Feel Good Fest! Free but RSVP Sunday, July 30th Plaza de las Americas & the Palace foyer 9AM – 5PM RSVP: 07/30/17: The Heights Feel Good Fest


Next From the Novelist Junot Díaz? A Picture Book | NY Times

Next From the Novelist Junot Díaz? A Picture Book | NY Times

By ALEXANDRA ALTER By his own admission, the novelist Junot Díaz is an agonizingly slow writer and a chronic procrastinator. Over the past two-plus decades, he has published just three books: two short-story collections and his 2007 novel, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” which won the Pulitzer Prize. He once spent about five […]


Spread Love: The People’s Theatre Project Presents Theatre Fun In The Sun

Spread Love: The People's Theatre Project Presents Theatre Fun In The Sun

This summer, People’s Theatre Project is offering free theatre activities in Payson Playground for kids ages 4 – 10 and their adult family members. You and your child (or grandchild!) will play fun games and work together with a professional teaching artist to make theatre inspired by our parks. Join us for one or more […]


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. […]


This Uptown Urban Farm Is Growing Career Opportunities for Kids Throughout the City | Edible Manhattan

This Uptown Urban Farm Is Growing Career Opportunities for Kids Throughout the City | Edible Manhattan

By Sarah McColl Photos by Corinne Singer Up the street from the Apollo Theater, a lot on West 134th Street was once home to prowling neighborhood cats, abandoned engine parts and men playing dominos. With the vision of founder Tony Hillery, the kids of Harlem Grown’s youth farm, a truckload of soil from Home Depot […]


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 […]


Spread Love: The People Storm The Palace – A Social Justice Theatre Festival | May 18-23

Spread Love: The People Storm The Palace - A Social Justice Theatre Festival | May 18-23

That’s right folks. The people will once again storm the palace. In light of the Trump tyranny, this event is more crucial than ever. The People Storm the Palace is an annual social justice theatre festival brought to you by the People’s Theatre Project (PTP). PTP empowers the entire community, both young and old, to […]


Restoring Parent Trust in Harlem’s Beleaguered Public Schools | Center For New York City Affairs

Restoring Parent Trust in Harlem’s Beleaguered Public Schools | Center For New York City Affairs

By Clara Hemphill and Ana Carla Sant’anna Costa Stand on the corner of 116th Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem early on a school day morning, and you’ll see a steady stream of children leaving the neighborhood by bus and subway. Some parents call this daily exodus the “Harlem diaspora.” They may live in the […]


Lead Levels in Inwood School’s Water Are Up To 450 Times Federal Limit | DNAinfo

Lead Levels in Inwood School's Water Are Up To 450 Times Federal Limit  | DNAinfo

By Carolina Pichardo INWOOD — A test of lead levels in the water at an Inwood elementary school found samples with up to 450 times the federal limit, including water from faucets in a boys’ bathroom, according to the Department of Education. P.S./I.S. 176, located on 4862 Broadway and shared between Muscota New School and […]


From Rio to Millrose | Manhattan Times

From Rio to Millrose | Manhattan Times

NYRR Games to feature 11 gold medalists It’ll be a new runners’ high. Northern Manhattan will soon get a close-up look at a slew of recent track and field stars, as 11 gold medalists from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics have been confirmed for this year’s New York Road Runners (NYRR) Millrose Games in Washington […]


Harlem Schools Are Left to Fail as Those Not Far Away Thrive | NY Times

Harlem Schools Are Left to Fail as Those Not Far Away Thrive | NY Times

By KATE TAYLOR Some of the best public elementary schools in New York City are in Community School District 3, on Manhattan’s West Side. At those schools, the vast majority of children pass the annual state tests, gifted and talented programs buzz with activity, and special programs attract promising young musicians or families who want […]


Apply Now for a 2017 CHALK Mini-grant!

Apply Now for a 2017 CHALK Mini-grant!

The good folks at CHALK are offering mini-grants to local groups that have initiatives that promote healthy lifestyles for the children and the families of Uptown. There will be two Info Sessions on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. Applications are due on March 3, 2017 at 5 pm. For more info: http://nyp.org/chalk


FREE THEATRE PROGRAMS for Kids, Teens, and Adults!

FREE THEATRE PROGRAMS for Kids, Teens, and Adults!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE WINTER/SPRING PROGRAM SESSION THROUGH JAN 31st. Sign up today for a FREE collaborative theatre-making program in Washington Heights. Register at www.PTP.nyc


Figure Skating In Harlem Gives Opportunities To Underserved Communities And Those Of Color | Forbes

Figure Skating In Harlem Gives Opportunities To Underserved Communities And Those Of Color | Forbes

BY Jim Clash For two decades, New York’s Figure Skating In Harlem has helped the underserved and communities of color get involved in the elite sport of figure skating. Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen has helped mentor many of the students along the way. Now FSIH is expanding to include Detroit. Here, we catch up […]


Citizens Committee Neighborhood Grants: Have An Idea To Improve Your Neighborhood?

Citizens Committee Neighborhood Grants: Have An Idea To Improve Your Neighborhood?

Through their Neighborhood Grants, Citizens Committee awards micro-grants of up to $3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school projects throughout the city. They prioritize groups based in low income neighborhoods and Title I public schools. Recent awards have enabled neighbors to come together to make healthy food available in their communities, transform […]


Spread Love: Uptown Stories 2017 Semester Open For Registration

Spread Love: Uptown Stories 2017 Semester Open For Registration

Uptown Stories believes that writing is an essential tool for self-expression, critical thinking, and academic success. Based in upper Manhattan, their not-for-profit program offers small-group writing workshops for children ages eight to fifteen, led by master teachers and professional authors. Uptown Stories tries to ensure their programs are accessible to all children by making tuition […]


The Hug at the White House | Manhattan Times

The Hug at the White House | Manhattan Times

Story by Gregg McQueen This sleuth went from subway surfing to star-gazing at the White House. While riding the subway recently, nine-year-old Harlem resident Ian Aquino provided train directions to a lost tourist, helping the man reach his destination. Though the man had asked Aquino’s mother, Susan Montes, for assistance, it was the youngster who responded. “At […]


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 […]

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