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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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


The DREAM Project’s Sueños Benefit – The Recap

The DREAM Project's Sueños Benefit - The Recap

Photography by Jenna Filia The DREAM Project (Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring Project) hosted its 5th Annual NYC Benefit: Sueños 2016 on Thursday, November 10. Beginning with red carpet arrivals including honoree of the evening and Emmy winning actress, Dascha Polanco, star of the series Empire and Head Start Literacy Ambassador Taye Diggs, multi-talented artist […]


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 […]


Save The Date: We The People – A Social Justice Theatre Festival – December 9-11

Save The Date: We The People - A Social Justice Theatre Festival - December 9-11

Mark your calendars folks, The People’s Theatre Project (PTP) presents We The People – A Social Justice Theatre Festival on December 9th thru the 11th. This is going to be big folks. We’re talking theatre, panels, workshops, films. People power in action. So make sure you gather your people for We The People. See you […]


Spread Love: CCCADI’s Grand Opening Weekend Celebration – October 15th & 16th

Spread Love: CCCADI's Grand Opening Weekend Celebration - October 15th & 16th

The indispensable Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) is celebrating their new digs with a grand opening experience taking place over the course of 2 days, October 15th & 16th. Please join them in making history as they establish the center in the heart of El Barrio. There will be an inaugural 3-part exhibition […]


Art For The People – A Q&A With Sandra Garcia-Betancourt

Art For The People – A Q&A With Sandra Garcia-Betancourt

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Since it first opened its doors on October of 2015, the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling has been a welcoming oasis for the arts for people of all ages. More than a just a museum for children, the Sugar Hill Museum has become an artistic, social and cultural […]


09/24/16: The Little Red Lighthouse Festival

09/24/16: The Little Red Lighthouse Festival

Little Red Lighthouse Festival Saturday, September 24, 2016 – 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Little Red Lighthouse in Fort Washington Park Celebrate Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse with a trip into the Little Red Lighthouse, Urban Park Ranger educational presentations, readings of The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge children’s book, fishing clinics, live music, food […]


City’s first orchestra music charter school to open in 2017 | NY Post

City’s first orchestra music charter school to open in 2017 | NY Post

By Carl Campanile In a development that is sure to be music to the ears of city parents, a new, orchestral-themed charter school is scheduled to open in upper Manhattan next fall — the first of its kind in the Big Apple. The Washington Heights and Inwood Music Community Charter School will offer two hours […]


Uptown Video: Mothers & Daughters – Raquel Cepeda & Djali Brown-Cepeda

Uptown Video: Mothers & Daughters - Raquel Cepeda & Djali Brown-Cepeda

In this awesome video from Allure and StyleLikeU, mother-daughter duo Raquel Cepeda and Djali Brown-Cepeda talk about combating identity stereotypes, embracing their natural hair, and advocating the importance of being comfortable in one’s own skin.


Disrupt Harlem Code Squad Wants You…

Disrupt Harlem Code Squad Wants You...

The Disrupt Harlem Code Squad is Back – Apply Today for the Fall 2016 Cohort. The deadline is September 9th at 5pm. The program teaches Harlem youth how to code, make websites and start their own business all in 11 weeks. The program is looking for Harlem residents, 18-24 yrs old, who are able to […]


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 […]

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