Uptown Video: The Crossing Broadway Panel @ The New School

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

I had the distinct honor of taking part in the Crossing Broadway panel at the New School earlier this week. The panel was ably moderated by New York Times reporter Michael Powell and included the author of Crossing Broadway, Robert Snyder, as well as Dave Crenshaw, Victoria Neznansky and Calvin Thomas. The in-depth and informative conversation shed some light on how Washington Heights was able to pull itself out of the death spiral that was the crack years and emerge phoenix-like, from the ashes.

Please do yourself a favor and go to Word Up Books (2113 Amsterdam Avenue) and get Crossing Broadway: Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City ASAP. This is the official history book of Washington Heights.

Click here for more info.

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Another Groupon Uptown Steal – Indian Road Café

Indian Road Cafe

You only have a few hours left to get this awesome deal. Indian Road Café is a truly exceptional establishment that is a culinary extension of the majestic Inwood Hill Park. If you have already been there, then you know what’s up, if not, it’s time to get familiar. See below for deets.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $25 for $40 worth of lunch or dinner, valid Monday–Thursday
  • $28 for $40 worth of lunch or dinner, valid any day

Click “menu” on the home page to see the lunch and dinner menus.

For more: Cafe Lunch and Dinner – Indian Road Café | Groupon.

Click here for our write up on this awesome eatery.

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How the NYPD is using social media to put Harlem teens behind bars | The Verge

By Ben Popper

Harlem NYPD Social Media Arrests

The Henry brothers, Asheem and Jelani, were born exactly one year apart to the day, in the warm Junes of 1991 and ‘92. “I always felt there was something special about that,” says their mother Alethia. “A little bit of magic.” The two grew up together in their mother’s small apartment on the corner of 129th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard in New York’s Harlem neighborhood.

As young children, the brothers were good friends with kids from all over Harlem. But as they matured into adolescent young men, a set of once-invisible rivalries began to surface. The True Money Gang from the Johnson Houses was at war with the Air It Out crew from the Taft Houses. Crews from Grant and Manhattanville projects exchanged gunfire in the streets. As he grew up, Jelani looked forward to leaving the neighborhood for school, “So I didn’t have to look behind my back every two seconds to see if someone about to bash me in the head,” he says.

When Asheem was 13 and Jelani was 12, the Henry boys began running with a crew based on 129th Street between Fifth Avenue and Lenox. The Goodfellas was a clique that offered the boys camaraderie, cache, and protection from other crews. “If you in another crew’s area, without your boys, those niggas will jump you,” explains Asheem.

In November of 2011, the crew life caught up with them. Asheem was arrested on conspiracy charges as part of gang raid that targeted the Goodfellas. Five months later, Jelani was arrested and charged with a double attempted murder charge following a shooting in the neighborhood. Social media evidence was at the center of the older brother’s case, and the the family says online activity figured into the arrest of the younger brother as well.

The story of the Henry brothers highlights a new reality for teenagers growing up at the intersection of social media, street gangs, and mounting law enforcement surveillance. For those coming of age in gang-saturated areas, the mountains of digital media posted online are a tangled web of connections that can be used to lock up violent perpetrators—but can also ensnare the innocent along with them.

Read more: How the NYPD is using social media to put Harlem teens behind bars | The Verge.

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12/13/14: Circle Up! Family Wellness Day

People-Theatre-Project-Circle-Up-2014-Family-Wellness-Day-Washington-Heights The People’s Theatre Project has united a dozen Upper Manhattan organizations to present the first “Circle Up Family Wellness Day”, an afternoon featuring performances, wellness role models, healthy activities and opportunities to get involved in the community. Event organizer People’s Theatre Project will kick off the proceedings with the premiere of “Powerful People Everywhere”,
a new play about health created and performed by local children. The event will take place on Saturday, December 13th at 12:00pm at the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center (530 West 166th Street). Admission is Free.

For more information and to RSVP call 646.398.9062 or visit www.PTP.nyc

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From Dyckman Street to Treasure Island | My Inwood

By Cole Thompson

Film-Studio-Dyckman-Street-Universal-1909

Universal’s first outdoor studio, established in 1909 at Dyckman Street. (UPI stock photo)

Near the beginning of the last century, Mrs. Addison J. Rothermel faced both an agonizing loss and a difficult decision. Tuberculosis had taken her husband and doctors warned that her two teenage boys, Addison Jr. and Royale Valray, might also succumb to the “white plague” if they continued to live in the cramped and unventilated apartments of the day.

But where to find fresh air in an overpopulated metropolis?

In 1908, the widow Rothermel, and her two boys, took their doctor’s prescription for an outdoor existence quite literally and began living aboard the houseboat “Valray;” which they docked off Dyckman Street on the Harlem River—just a short walk from the newly constructed and elevated subway station.

It was there, among the squatters, construction workers and other house-boaters that the Rothermels found a home. Interestingly, the move likely had the most profound impact on young Addison Jr., who perhaps stumbled upon a film set somewhere not far from his floating abode.

A film set?

While hard to imagine, some of the earliest known commercial films were shot in the then mostly undeveloped countryside of the Dyckman Valley. Not only were there movie lots on Broadway, where some of the first silent films were shot, but Inwood Hill also served as a backdrop for many a western scene.

Read more: From Dyckman Street to Treasure Island: Life on a houseboat in 1909.

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Boutique Fitness Studios Give Lift to Uptown’s Gym Offerings | DNAinfo

By Lindsay Armstrong

Studio in the Heights

Photo: Studio in the Heights

UPPER MANHATTAN — For fitness buffs looking to sprint their way up a “climb” in spin class, perform a record number of Burpees or work on their Crow pose, nowadays don’t have to go far to break a sweat.

Exercise studios such as Soul Cycle, AKT InMotion and Exceed Physical Culture have popularized the boutique fitness trend Downtown, offering clients a more personalized approach in a small group setting. But during the past few years, the movement has expanded Uptown.

Northern Manhattan is now home to a number of specialized fitness programs with their own unique names and styles, such as The Practice NYC and Journey Space.

Read more: Boutique Fitness Studios Give Lift to Uptown’s Gym Offerings – Washington Heights – DNAinfo.com New York.

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