Get ready to be transported to the Middle Ages!
The 32nd Annual Medieval Festival returns to Fort Tryon Park on Sunday, September 18th from 11:30 am to 6 pm. The already majestic Fort Tryon Park is magically transformed to a medieval market town replete with ornate banners, authentic medieval music, dance, minstrels and jesters. Oh by the way, there is also a thrilling joust between knights on horseback.
The event is free, there are no charges for admission or entertainment but bring a few schillings to partake in the wide variety of medieval crafts, food and drink that will be available. This is one of biggest events that happens Uptown. Get this: For the past few years, the Medieval Festival has had an average attendance of 60,000 people. See you there!
For more info: http://whidc.org/festival/
Press play below to check out a cool collab between Uptown’s own I.B. Manhattan and Hip-Hop icon Buckshot of Black Moon.
Every weekend, a community of New Yorkers gathers for a night of ecuavoley, a variation of volleyball that sprouted more than a century ago in their home country
By Paolo Uggetti
By 9 p.m. on a recent night in the city, St. Nicholas Park in South Harlem was nearly pitch dark. The basketball courts were desolate, and the few street lamps that worked emitted a faint orange glow that lit only a small radius beneath them.
The sole signs of life came from one half of the converted volleyball court in the middle of the park, where two floodlights shone down on a rollicking group of about 30 Ecuadorean-Americans. Every weekend, from Friday to Monday, they transform this tree-lined spot on the western outskirts of the park into their personal playground.
But it isn’t volleyball they’re playing.
“It’s basically the same group of people who come here every week,” said Jorge Juelle, a regular attendee, who spoke in Spanish. “Some have been coming for 20 years to play.”
You won’t hear the classic sounds of a basketball on a Harlem court on these weekend nights, or even of a volleyball being batted back and forth. Mostly, you’ll hear the jeers and cheers of middle-aged men playing a game called ecuavoley, a sport that is known almost exclusively to Ecuadoreans.
“Tuya, tuya, tuya!”
“Your ball, yours, yours!” The common shout blared across the court as the players frantically scurried below the lights in search of the ball as it hurtled through the night air.
Ecuador didn’t send a volleyball team to the Summer Olympics in Rio this year. Nor did it send a beach volleyball team. As a country, Ecuador ranks 117th and 137th, respectively, in the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball rankings of the sport. It isn’t really a volleyball playing nation.
But this is ecuavoley, a popular variant of the sport played on cement courts rather than sand or wood-floor gyms. It’s played not with a team of five, but with three on either side of a very high net. Not with knee pads or uniforms, but in casual clothing and sometimes without shirts. And not with a conventional volleyball, but always with a soccer ball.
The Uptown Collective
Broadway Blues – A Frank Discussion About Race, Class & Gentrification In Washington Heights & Inwood
Monday, August 29th @ 6:30 PM
Washington Heights Academy – 202 Sherman Ave
Ft. State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Historian Robert W. Snyder & Writer Raquel Cepeda
Moderated by Led Black
The event is free but please RSVP here.
There is no denying that things are rapidly changing in our neighborhood. Some may argue that it is already too late. That the forces of predatory capital moving ever northward have their sights set on our beloved Washington Heights and Inwood and that there is nothing we can do. That some of this is actually a natural and welcomed part of life in New York City.
We disagree. We believe that we must make a stand now before our hood becomes just another shiny but soulless community that has closed its doors to the working people that gave those places life, vibrancy and diversity in the first place. To that end we have convened a panel of some really smart and dedicated people to discuss how we can together shape the trajectory of Manhattan’s last real neighborhood. Please join us to ensure your voices are heard.
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