NYPL’s Schomburg Center in Harlem reveals its complete two-year renovation | Curbed NY

Check out the new gift shop, research spaces, and more
by Tanay Warerkar

Photo: Jonathan Blanc/NYPL

After a nearly two-year renovation, the New York Public Library debuted a host of renovated spaces inside the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, in Harlem.

The Center, located on Malcolm X Boulevard, between West 136th and 135th Streets is comprised of three interconnected buildings: The Langston Hughes Building, the Schomburg Building, and the Landmark Building. All three spaces saw renovations as part of the $22.3 million revamp.

In 2015, NYPL brought on Marble Fairbanks Architects to design the renovation, and some of the work they carried out is as follows: a complete renovation of the 112-year-old Landmark Building, which was named a national historic landmark, in January this year. Changes here include a new gallery space, new research space, and new rooms for staff as well.

Read more: NYPL’s Schomburg Center in Harlem reveals its complete two-year renovation | Curbed NY

Related: The New Yorker Salutes The Schomburg Center & The Harlem Renaissance

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The Dominican Dance Party That Refuses to Die | NY Times

Old-school merengue is still going strong at El Deportivo, one of the last of the great Washington Heights social clubs.

By ANNIE CORREAL

“We don’t walk,” one club member said the Dominican passion for music. “We dance.” (Photo: Victor J. Blue | NY Times)

“We don’t walk,” one club member said the Dominican passion for music. “We dance.” (Photo: Victor J. Blue | NY Times)

Around midnight on a recent Saturday, behind a windowless facade on Amsterdam Avenue in Washington Heights, Radhamés López led his partner, Carmen Faña, onto the dance floor.

Dozens of couples danced beside a large painting of a flowering flamboyant tree, and as a five-man band — with a guitar, bass, drum, accordion, and a grooved wooden instrument called a güiro — struck up a merengue, he took her hands. Like the night, they were no longer young; he was 62 and wore orthopedic shoes. But they could dance.

“It’s in our blood,” said Mr. López.

El Deportivo is a social club, one of the neighborhood’s last. Its official name is Centro Cultural Deportivo Dominicano de Nueva York. It was created by domino players in 1966 and still serves mainly as a gathering spot for domino players — as well as fans of table tennis, pool, bingo, softball and bowling. “Deporte” means “sport.”

Read more: The Dominican Dance Party That Refuses to Die | NY Times

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Spread Love: Lin-Manuel Miranda – Almost Like Praying

Uptown superhero, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has done it again. In record time, he gathered some of the biggest names in Latin music to put together the infectious Almost Like Praying. Artists such as J Lo, Marc Anthony, Ruben Blades, Juan Luis Guerra, Gloria Estefan and many more did their thing on this impressive feat of solidarity. The tune was written and recorded to benefit hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico with proceeds benefiting The Hispanic Federation’s Unidos Disaster Relief Fund.

For more information, please visit http://www.hispanicfederation.org and http://www.almostlikepraying.com.

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#InstagramUptown: #UptownUNIDOS

We did it Uptown. We came together as a community for the #uptownUNIDOS fundraising extravaganza for our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico and Mexico. Elected officials, community stakeholders, students and people from all walks of life stopped in to help others in need. Hometown hero Lin-Manuel Miranda dropped by in a huge show of support for the cause. In true Uptown fashion, we were loud, boisterous and we could not be contained. No matter the official response from Washington, we will not let those suffering in the Caribbean and Mexico down. We must do our part. In these dark days of the Trump tyranny, solidarity is the only way forward. Spreading love for one another will be the only way to manage the onslaught. Like Debralee Santos of the Manhattan Times stated on Saturday, “We are own strength.” We are all we got and all we need.

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#UptownUNIDOS galvanizes relief efforts | Manhattan Times

Story by Gregg McQueen

Photos by Cristóbal Vivar

Uptown answered the call.

With Puerto Rico suffering in the wake of Hurricane Maria and Mexico recovering from devastating earthquakes, 5030 Broadway became the epicenter for a day of action and service on October 7.

UptownUNIDOS, an event designed to provide relief for the stricken countries, drew a substantial response from local residents, organizations, elected officials and businesses from both Northern Manhattan and the Bronx.

Organized by The Manhattan Times and The Bronx Free Press along with the Hispanic Federation, Manhattan Mini Storage, Workspace Offices, Uptown Collective, Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC), People’s Theatre Project (PTP), BronxNet, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), Alianza Dominicana, and other partners, UptownUNIDOS collected critically needed supplies such as water, canned food, first aid items and hygiene products to be shipped to Puerto Rico and raised funds for those affected by Hurricane Maria and the earthquakes in Mexico.

“The intent was to coalesce the efforts and energy of our uptown communities and create a focal point of aid. Our papers serve both Northern Manhattan and the Bronx, and both have been hard hit by the natural disasters,” explained Editor Debralee Santos. “We needed to do something, and do it together.”

Dubbed a “Day of Action and Service,” the event offered different opportunities to lend assistance to those in need.

Read more: #UptownUNIDOS galvanizes relief efforts | Manhattan Times

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Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – Twinkie Defense

UC - Latinos Out Loud

In the latest episode of the Latinos Out Loud podcast, the crew chop it up about the Room 28 Comedy vs. Section 8 Is Ballin’ softball tournament, dreaming while awake and old school screen names. The special guest this week is Ramon Pesante.

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