Historic Movie Theater The Coliseum May Be Replaced by a Shopping Center | DNAinfo

By Lindsay Armstrong

Coliseum-Washington Heights

The Coliseum Theater during the 1940s was once a movie house.

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — An historic former movie theater — where acts including the Marx Brothers and W.C. Fields once performed — may soon be replaced by a shopping center.

The Coliseum at 701 W. 181st Street was Manhattan’s oldest operating movie theater until it closed its doors at the end of 2011. Now the owner of the building, which also houses a supermarket, a nail salon and a clothing store, may be looking to redevelop the site into a 70,000-square-foot shopping hub.

A listing with Zelnick & Company Real Estate for the site, which is also known as 4261 Broadway, shows a rendering of a modern four-story building with space for several retailers and a parking garage.

Read more: Historic Movie Theater The Coliseum May Be Replaced by a Shopping Center | DNAinfo

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From an ‘Undocumented’ Boyhood to a Doctorate | NY Times

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Dan-el Padilla Peralta

Dan-el Padilla Peralta, 30, is currently a fellow at Columbia University, teaching previously incarcerated adults. (Photo: Damon Winter | NYTimes)

As Dan-el Padilla Peralta toggled fluidly between worlds for much of his life — ancient and modern, poor and privileged, Dominican and American — there were times when he managed to forget he was a child without a country.

He found refuge in New York’s libraries, the Greek and Latin texts speaking to him even before he could speak their language. He would copy entire orations, memorizing for inspiration.

But always, the fear would return: He could be deported. His mother brought him to the United States from Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, when he was 4, and they overstayed their tourist visas. He has wrestled with the consequences ever since.

“The drumming of papeles was the background music to my life,” Dr. Padilla said, intoning the Spanish term for legal documents.

Now he hopes that by telling his life story, he will be able to further the discussion on immigration policy, which has become a contentious issue on the presidential campaign trail. In “Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey From a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League” (Penguin 2015), he recounts the extraordinary arc from poverty to the all-boys Collegiate School in Manhattan, to Princeton, then Oxford, where he earned a masters in philosophy, and Stanford, where he earned a doctorate in classics.

Read more: From an ‘Undocumented’ Boyhood to a Doctorate – The New York Times

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Embattled By High Rents, Small Businesses Press For Action | Voices of NY

By Ana B. Nieto – El Diario/La Prensa | Translated by Carlos Rodríguez Martorell from Spanish Original story

Stores Closed in Washington Heights

A couple of weeks ago, the businesses of an entire block in Washington Heights, mostly Latino owned, had to close because of the high rent. (Photo: Mariela Lombard | El Diario)

Silvia Smith’s business, which offers multiple services, including immigration, tax and travel services, has been in Washington Heights for 36 years, but she has had to move her offices further north four times.

“The last time I moved I realized that if I need to do it one more time I’ll be out of the neighborhood and in the Bronx, and I do not want that,” she said. “I’m a lifelong member of the Washington Heights community.”

But this entrepreneur says that the progressive rent hikes are all but displacing her. She is one of many small business owners who claim that things need to change.

Smith’s was one of many Latino voices heard Wednesday night at the Malcolm X Ballroom [Editor’s note: The Audubon Ballroom where Malcolm X was killed, now the Shabazz Center], during a packed meeting of local entrepreneurs and several organizations seeking to convince the city to approve the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA). This legislation would give tenants renewing commercial leases the right to demand a 10-year lease. If the landlord wants to raise the rent, non-binding mediation would occur, followed by binding arbitration if an agreement with the tenant is not reached.

Read more: Embattled By High Rents, Small Businesses Press For Action – Voices of NY

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Last Minority-Owned Business on Wiped-Out Washington Heights Block Ordered to Close | Village Voice

A Lightning Strike of Guerrilla Art as Rents Become ‘Artisanal’ | NY Times

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‘Feisty’ alligator caught at Manhattan intersection, police say | NY Daily News

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Alligator Inwood

According to NYPD this alligator was crossing 9th Ave in Inwood at 205 Street. Cops took him to Animal Control. (Photo: Animal Care and Control)

Cops cracked down Thursday on an unusual jaywalker — a 2-foot-long alligator.

Officers saw the reptile getting ready to cross Ninth Ave. at W. 205th Street in Inwood with no apparent fear of traffic, or concern about Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative.

In fact, the gator was downright New York tough.

“He was pretty feisty,” said Deputy Inspector Chris Morello.

Cops at the scene theorized the reptile might have been looking for water near the Harlem Bay.

Read more: ‘Feisty’ alligator caught at Manhattan intersection, police say | NY Daily News

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Amy – The Review

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Amy

Amy Winehouse died four years ago today, July 23rd. The immensely talented but troubled songstress perished at the age of 27. By the time of her death in 2011, she had become the punching bag of comedians and late night hosts on both sides of the Atlantic for her disheveled appearance and deepening drug addiction. In the UK, the paparazzi relentlessly hunted her every move with a relish that was downright predatory. While many folks, especially in the United States, never looked past the media’s drug addict caricature of her, Amy left behind a devoted global fanbase whose love for her and admiration for her ethos, style and sound has only grown since she passed way.

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La Pinata Reopens in Washington Heights a Year After Closure | DNAinfo

By Lindsay Armstrong

la Pinata Grill - Washington Heights

La Piñata reopened in a new location on 181st Street. (Photo: Lindsay Armstrong | DNAinfo)

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Nearly a year after closing its doors, an Uptown Mexican restaurant has found a new home a few subway stops south of its old location.

La Piñata Mexican Grill, which is under new ownership, reopened at 711 W. 181st St. last week after closing its West 207th Street location in July 2014.

The menu for the new restaurant is similar to the original and features Tex-Mex classics such as fajitas and queso dip, as well as traditional Mexican dishes including chicken mole and homemade tamales.

New items, including more vegetarian options, have also been added to the menu, said owner Tatiana Washington, 27.

Although the restaurant is now located in Washington Heights, Inwood fans can still get their fix, with the eatery delivering to homes between 168th and 218th streets, Washington noted.

Read more: La Pinata Reopens in Washington Heights a Year After Closure | DNAinfo

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