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

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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)

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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

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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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UPinion: So Far from God So Close to the US

By Joanna Castro (@castroegan)

(illustration: John Darkow)

(illustration: John Darkow)

After Donald Trump´s stupid remarks, I was reminded yet again that racism is very much alive. I was glad that several important American companies have stepped up and cut relations with him, and that one of his main concerns, his pocket, will be -even if mildly- affected. I was also glad that Latino celebrities spoke up too. Sadly though, no apologies have come forth by the Donald. As my grandmother Nanny Nanna used to say: he will get his. I like to call it karma.

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8/1/2015: The Sweet Spot Festival Celebrates Jamaican Independence Day

Sweet Spot Festival

The Sweet Spot Festival, LargeUp and the Rice & Peas Massive bring you
The 3rd Annual Jamaican Indepen-DANCE Reggae Fete!

AUGUST 1st, from 2-9PM
West Harlem Pier

MAX GLAZER + DJ GRAVY
ORIJAHNAL VIBES + MICRO DON
AUTOGRAPH + HERBERT HOLLER

Selecting, Dancing & Art for the little ones, Dance Hall workshops
Food, Vintage & Artisan Vendors
and more!

For more info: http://sweetspotfestival.com/

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Manhattan’s Last Forest and the Nature of Cities Everywhere | Huffington Post

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In the 1950s my grandparents moved my father and uncle out of the Bronx, New York, and into the New Jersey countryside on the other bank of the Hudson River. Growing up hearing stories from my dad about how felicitous it was to be plunked down into the open spaces and woodlands of the mid-century Jersey suburbs, I thought of New York City as a place devoid of natural areas. “The Big Apple” was to me a concrete kingdom adorned not with trees, but with towers of brick, glass, and metal.

A short time ago, this perception was firmly put to rest when Marielle Anzelone, initiator of NYC Wildflower Week and the Times Square PopUP Forest project, invited me for a walk in Inwood Hill Park. Perched along the Harlem River on the northern tip of Manhattan, Inwood Hill is the realization of the daydream in which one thinks, Imagine what it would be like if one patch of New York City had just been left alone.

The history of Inwood Hill ran deep well before Henry Hudson sailed past it in 1609, with a number of different American Indian groups using the place over millennia. Some have even claimed that it was later the site of the infamous “sale of Manhattan” to Dutch merchants in 1626. (It likely wasn’t.) What can be said with confidence is that not much has happened to Inwood Hill since then, with current estimates that the forest has not been disturbed since the days of the American Revolution seeming quite likely.

As New York has grown into perhaps the globe’s most famous metropolis, Inwood Hill has remained largely the same as it ever was: a verdant oasis on the edge of the city’s most densely populated borough.

Read more: Manhattan’s Last Forest and the Nature of Cities Everywhere | Huffington Post

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