Posts Tagged ‘Amaris Castillo’

The Grand Hustle of Iran Ortiz

The Grand Hustle of Iran Ortiz

Photos & Story by: Amaris Castillo (@AmarisCastillo) Iran Ortiz’s eyes scan a rack of blush pink tops, her face in deep concentration under a trapper hat. Techno music and chatter surround her on this recent January afternoon, but she never loses focus amid the chaos of the fashion trade show in Manhattan’s Javits Center. She’s […]


Holding Onto Mother Cabrini

Holding Onto Mother Cabrini

Photos & Story by: Amaris Castillo (@AmarisCastillo) A bundled up Nisha Corniel emerged from the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Shrine this past Sunday. It had been several years since she last attended Mass at the Washington Heights chapel, but tragic news has a way of pulling you back to your roots. The 30-year-old wanted to […]


Uptown’s Own Eileen Z. Fuentes Is Featured In Latina Magazine

Uptown's Own Eileen Z. Fuentes Is Featured In Latina Magazine

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) 5 years ago, September 19th 2008 to be exact, my wife, Eileen Z. Fuentes, the mother of our 3 daughters, was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. We went from a normal, if hectic, life, to one that was a living nightmare. My wife had the first surgery to remove the […]


An Uptown Portrait

An Uptown Portrait

An Uptown Portrait: Natividad (“Dora the Explorer”) An Uptown Portrait is a bi-monthly photo series by journalist Amaris Castillo (@AmarisCastillo). The portraits capture those who reside in upper Manhattan and their candid quips on their side of town. By the corner of 184th St. and St. Nicholas Ave, Natividad Heredia looks comfortable on a black […]


A Night With Julia Alvarez

A Night With Julia Alvarez

BY Amaris Castillo (@AmarisCastillo) Photography by Art By Dj Boy (@ArtByDjBoy) Inside the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center Monday night, dozens of people sat and waited patiently. 7 p.m. arrived and left. Many of those waiting had books on their laps – or tucked neatly inside their purses to pull […]


An Uptown Portrait

An Uptown Portrait

An Uptown Portrait: Robert An Uptown Portrait is a bi-monthly photo series by journalist Amaris Castillo (@AmarisCastillo). The portraits capture those who reside in upper Manhattan and their candid quips on their side of town. Outside Fred Samuel Playground in Harlem, Robert C. Eddie sits. The sun stings today, so a fisherman hat is fitting. […]


An Uptown Portrait

An Uptown Portrait: Linwood An Uptown Portrait is a bi-monthly photo series by journalist Amaris Castillo (@AmarisCastillo). The portraits capture those who reside in upper Manhattan and their candid quips on their side of town. Linwood Lee Holley III stands in front of a gate by the front of Lenox Stop 1 Supermarket, on the […]


An Uptown Portrait

An Uptown Portrait: Maureen An Uptown Portrait is a bi-monthly photo series by journalist Amaris Castillo (@AmarisCastillo). The portraits capture those who reside in upper Manhattan and their candid quips on their side of town. Maureen Rocks used to move around a lot. Born in the city, she married, moved to the Bronx, and then […]


An Uptown Portrait

An Uptown Portrait: Geanella An Uptown Portrait is a bi-monthly photo series by journalist Amaris Castillo (@AmarisCastillo). The portraits capture those who reside in upper Manhattan and their candid quips on their side of town. Geanella is 13. She starts high school this fall. The petite girl moved to the Fort Washington area four years […]


An Uptown Portrait

An Uptown Portrait: Alicia An Uptown Portrait is a bi-monthly photo series by journalist Amaris Castillo (@AmarisCastillo). The portraits capture those who reside in upper Manhattan and their candid quips on their side of town. Alicia Andrade sits on a bench by the corner of 204th St. and Broadway in Inwood. The 76-year-old Ecuadorian native […]


An Uptown Portrait

An Uptown Portrait: Patrick An Uptown Portrait is a bi-monthly photo series by journalist Amaris Castillo (@AmarisCastillo). The portraits capture those who reside in upper Manhattan and their candid quips on their side of town. As a baby, Patrick Tolbert moved to Harlem from the Chelsea Projects. A few decades have passed since then – […]


An Uptown Portrait

An Uptown Portrait: Hugo An Uptown Portrait is a bi-monthly photo series by journalist Amaris Castillo (@AmarisCastillo). The portraits capture those who reside in upper Manhattan and their candid quips on their side of town. A native of the Dominican Republic, Hugo Salcedo first moved to Washington Heights with his uncles in 1965. “We liked […]


Her Gems: An East Harlem Dollmaker’s Tale

BY: Amaris Castillo (@AmarisCastillo) There is an abundance of dolls in Mercedes Molina’s apartment. Dolls stored individually in clear plastic bags – some crowded together in baskets. Those that belong to her, which she calls her spiritual guides, sit in her living room in intricate dresses, adorned in jewelry. “I used to sew all of […]

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