Upscale Restaurant Serving Puerto Rican Cuisine to Replace Uptown Social | DNAinfo

By Lindsay Armstrong

Uptown Social Dyckman Street - Washington Heights

INWOOD — An upscale restaurant serving Puerto Rican food will replace an Uptown sports bar with a troubled history, the owners said.

Don Coqui, which has locations in City Island, New Rochelle and White Plains, will open a fourth restaurant and lounge at 186 Dyckman St.

The site was once home to Uptown Social, which was shut down at least three times in 2014 for selling alcohol to minors and failing to pay worker’s compensation insurance.

Don Coqui, the latest project for New York restaurateur, Jimmy Rodriguez Jr., serves traditional Puerto Rican fare, including pernil, braised oxtail and arroz con pollo. It also offers live entertainment such as DJs, salsa bands and dancing.

Read more: Upscale Restaurant Serving Puerto Rican Cuisine to Replace Uptown Social – Inwood – DNAinfo.com New York.

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Spread Love: The Day After MLK @ The Shabazz Center

The Day After MLK

The 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X will be commemorated at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial & Education Center with the live performance art exhibit The Day After MLK. The Day After MLK is a fictional story based on true events, beginning with the assassination of Malcolm X and continuing through the Civil Rights movement until the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The story centers around three newly converted orthodox Muslims who work closely with Malcolm X and his recently formed Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU).

Along with the theatrical production, the interactive art exhibition will live in the lobby of the Betty Shabazz Center and serve as a visual contribution to the stage play. The exhibition will force spectators to walk the path of their chosen leader (Malcolm or Martin) and experience their life decisions in a stimulating capacity, leading them to a common meeting point and raising the question “What if Malcolm and Martin’s movement merged into one?”

For more info: http://uartistry.org/

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Sugar Hill, Rich in Culture, and Affordable | NY Times

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(Photo: Alan Chin | NY Times )

(Photo: Alan Chin | NY Times )

The section of Upper Manhattan known as Sugar Hill, poised on a bluff overlooking the Harlem Plain and distinguished by graceful rowhouses and elegant apartment buildings, achieved renown in the 1930s and 1940s, when it was home to prominent African-American professionals, political leaders, artists, musicians and writers. The song “Take the ‘A’ Train,” written by Billy Strayhorn and popularized by Duke Ellington, commemorated the neighborhood, where both lived. Nowadays, though, some newcomers say they had not heard the name Sugar Hill before they arrived.

“I just thought of the area as Harlem,” said Heva Loriston, a Haitian-American resident who does administrative work at Columbia University and who recently moved to the neighborhood with her family. “We were looking for something reasonably priced, and we found it in the area — but now we plan on staying there.”

Ms. Loriston and her husband bought the three-bedroom apartment where they live with their three daughters last June for $130,000. The apartment is a Housing Development Fund Corporation co-op, which carries income restrictions, and also needed work, she said.

Read more: Sugar Hill, Rich in Culture, and Affordable – NYTimes.com.

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Take Part in the 2015 Uptown Arts Stroll

Juan Pablo Duarte

How to participate

Artists and venues (organizations, businesses, etc.) are invited to participate in the 2015 Uptown Arts Stroll.

Artists

Visual artists, singers, musicians, dancers, poets, theater groups, etc., in Washington Heights, Inwood and West Harlem are invited to participate in the 2015 Uptown Arts Stroll. To do so, please follow these simple steps:

  1. Identify potential venues or find new venues on your own.
  2. Contact the identified venue(s) and make arrangements to host your event during the Uptown Arts Stroll or longer.
  3. When you have booked a venue, let NoMAA know about the arrangements — send them the information using the submission form.

They will add your information to the Exhibitions page or the Events Schedule. Note: Let them know by the print deadline, Sunday 26 April 2015, and your information will appear in the Uptown Arts Stroll Guide, 20,000 copies, distributed by The Manhattan Times and NoMAA citywide.

Read more: How to participate — Uptown Arts Stroll.

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Second Prefab Apartment Building Set to Rise Uptown | DNAinfo

By Lindsay Armstrong

HAP Four - Pre-fab building 187th Street - Washington Heights

(Courtesy of HAP Investment Developers)

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — A building made out of prefabricated modular units built offsite — the second to be built uptown in recent years — is headed to the area.

The Lilak, at 655 W. 187th St., will be a 47-unit residential rental building made of modules with what appear to be a pale purple façade, according to plans presented to Community Board 12’s Housing Committee by HAP Investment Developers.

The eight-story building will be shipped to New York in 97 modules built at a Pennsylvania factory that will be assembled on site, project manager Monzer Khafagy told the board.

Read more: Second Prefab Apartment Building Set to Rise Uptown – Washington Heights – DNAinfo.com New York.

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Spread Love: Marjorie Eliot’s Theatre Matinee Series @ Word Up Books

Marjorie Eliot's Parlor Jazz Washington Heights

Marjorie Eliot is well known in Upper Manhattan for the remarkable Sunday afternoon concerts she has hosted in her Edgecombe Ave living room for 20+ years: Parlor Jazz. Her piano-playing, band-leading and hostessing are internationally renowned. Recently, she has occasionally extended these concerts, to include performances of her original one-act plays. Word Up is hosting some of these works every Saturday afternoon in April, presenting a lesser known side of one of Uptown’s most formidable community arts activists.

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