Sofar Sounds: Win A Pair Of Tickets To A Secret Show In A Secret Venue

Sofar Sounds

That’s rights folks, the good people at Sofar Sounds are putting together a secret show Uptown this Saturday and you could win a pair of tickets to be in attendance. For those that may not know, Sofar Sounds is a global community that is dedicated to connecting really awesome artists with music lovers in unique and intimate settings. Sofar Sounds will be in our neck of the woods this Saturday and one lucky winner from our audience will be there to check it out. There will be 3 unannounced acts performing stripped-down sets. Acts to have played Sofar Sounds include Leon Bridges, Karen O, Bastille, Hozier, Lianne La Havas, and many more. They have also hosted sessions at SXSW and CMJ.

All you have to do win the tickets is sign up for our Uptown Love weekly newsletter and follow us on either our Twitter or on our Instagram (Hopefully Both) and then shoot us an email at with the reason that you should be the winner. Good luck folks!

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Revealed: 1516 Park Avenue, East Harlem | NY YIMBY

By: Rebecca Baird-Remba

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1516 Park Avenue, rendering by Karl Fischer Architect

East Harlem may be experiencing a renaissance, but the stretch of Park Avenue covered by the elevated Metro-North Railroad tracks remains inhospitable and littered with vacant lots. Now, development may be coming to a barren stretch at 1516 Park Avenue, between 110th and 111th streets.

The site is on the market, and it comes with plans and a design from Karl Fischer. New building applications filed back in December of 2014 call for a 12-story building with 44 apartments, a substantial retail space, and a small community facility. It would break down into 37,931 square feet of residential space, 4,742 square feet of commercial space, and a 739-square-foot community facility. The current plans would include seven studios, 19 one-bedrooms, and 18 two-bedrooms. There would also be large, shared outdoor terraces on the second and 12th floors.

Related: Revealed: 1516 Park Avenue, East Harlem | NY YIMBY


Panning the Plaza plan | Manhattan Times

Residents voice worries over first MIH project

Story by Gregg McQueen and Debralee Santos.

A rendering of the development. Photo: KPA Architects

Sherman Plaza – A rendering of the development. (Photo: KPA Architects)

It may be the first, but it’s more heckle than hurrah so far.

Concerned Northern Manhattan residents continue to express opposition to the controversial Sherman Plaza project, a plan for a mixed-use apartment building at 4650 Broadway, directly across from Fort Tryon Park.

The project, which now calls for a building potentially 17 stories high at the current site of the Packard Building on the corner of Sherman Avenue and Broadway, has rankled community stakeholders since it was first proposed in March.

Comprised of both upscale and affordable housing, it would be the first project to be built under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) rezoning plan.

The developers, Washington Square Partners and Acadia Realty Trust, are seeking approval from the city for “spot rezoning” at the site in order to include more affordable housing in the project.

At a City Council hearing on the rezoning plan held on July 12, concerned uptown dwellers packed City Hall, with 19 members of the public speaking out in opposition.

While developers have argued that the project is necessary to improve uptown’s affordable housing stock, critics charge that the Sherman Plaza project, by introducing luxury housing units to the neighborhood, would drive up rents and fuel gentrification, driving out longtime residents with modest incomes.

“You take a look at a neighborhood like Williamsburg, and there are lessons to be learned there,” said Graham Ciraulo, an organizer for a community group called Northern Manhattan is Not for Sale. Ciraulo said that that the small number of affordable apartments that Sherman Plaza would provide to Inwood is not worth the tradeoff of seeing future upscale projects that could result from the rezoning being approved.

Read more: Panning the Plaza plan | Manhattan Times


First Look: 4650 Broadway, 23-Story Apartment Building in Washington Heights | NY YIMBY

First project under city’s new housing policy prompts unease in community | Politico

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08/06/16: The Sweet Spot Festival Presents Jamaican Indepen-Dance

Sweet Spot Festival - Independance

Sweet Spot Festival & Large UP present


A celebration of all things Caribbean with a Reggae & Dancehall Bashment!

AUG 6, 2016 from 2PM-9PM
West Harlem Pier/ 125th St + West Side Highway

Music by:
NYC Champion Sound RICE + PEAS
Deejay Gravy, Max Glazer
Orijahnal Vibez, Micro Don

+ more surprise guests to be announced

Dance hall instruction by international choreographer

See you on the Yaad!

This celebration of life is made possible by Summer on the Hudson
in partnership with NYC Parks and Riverside Park Conservancy
#SOH #SweetSpotFestival #WHPP


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Inwood Is Actually Two Neighborhoods Divided by Race, Class and Broadway | DNAinfo

By  Nigel Chiwaya and Carolina Pichardo

DNAinfo - Inwood Demographic Map

INWOOD — When it comes to debates over life in Inwood, where you stand on the issue often comes down to what side of Broadway you live on.

For decades, arguments have played out on everything from controversial bars and nightclubs and the noise they spawn — as seen by the explosive back-and-forth over a recent op-ed on noise issues along the Dyckman Street club corridor that was widely panned as racist.

While debates over noisy bars and restaurants are in no way unique to Inwood, the latest battle over Dyckman Street has once again drawn back the curtain on the racially tinged rhetoric sometimes used to describe the situation.

The street — which tends to draw a largely black and Latino crowd into the statistically more white, more affluent side of Broadway — has been the subject of numerous crackdowns by the NYPD and is a constant source of 311 noise complaints and diatribes to Community Board 12 about the crowds, who are described as disrespectful to the community and dangerous to neighbors and fellow patrons.

But defenders of the Dyckman stretch west of Broadway say the bars and restaurants bring jobs and have cleaned up a desolate part of the area, adding that some of its detractors are white gentrifiers who are trying to change the character of the neighborhood.

These arguments have played out again and again, but they’re symptoms of a much larger issue in the area: Inwood is actually two distinct neighborhoods with very different racial, economic and housing make-ups, setting the stage for constant friction, locals say.

Read more: Inwood Is Actually Two Neighborhoods Divided by Race, Class and Broadway | DNAinfo


Op-Led: Borderline Racist Opinion Piece In The NY Daily News Upsets Many Uptown

Op-Led: The Crusade Against La Marina & the Dyckman Resurgence Continues

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