Posts Tagged ‘Change’

Bright Minds, Big City: The GPS Podcast Featuring Led Black

Bright Minds, Big City: The GPS Podcast Featuring Led Black

Our very own Editor-in-Chief, Led Black, was recently featured as the first guest on the Gotham Philosophical Society’s podcast. Recorded just prior to the election, Led Black talks to the folks at the Gotham Philosophical Society about Uptown, community, the nature of identity, the role of race, and gentrification. We invite you to subscribe to […]


Put You On: Rent Control

Put You On: Rent Control

What happened? New York happened. Rent Control, the new play by Evan Zes is a downright uproarious one-man show that tackles the underbelly of NYC’s blisteringly hot housing market. Rent Control is the true story of how a naive aspiring actor lucks out and lands and eventually loses a rent-controlled apartment on the Upper East […]


No Free Walls: Art and Gentrification Collide In Bushwick

No Free Walls: Art and Gentrification Collide In Bushwick

Uptown you NEED to see No Free Walls. The film is an in-depth look at Brooklyn’s changing landscape, through the eyes of Joseph Ficalora, the founder and inadvertent art curator of The Bushwick Collective. Joe, son of Italian immigrants, grew up in Bushwick, a neighborhood in Brooklyn once ravaged by drugs, neglect and violence. Sound […]


Kickstarter Spotlight: Guap: A Comedy. About Gentrification.

Kickstarter Spotlight: Guap: A Comedy. About Gentrification.

About This Project: WHAT IS GUAP? At the heart of GUAP is a simple question: “Who has the right to live in a neighborhood?” When Pedro, an unsuccessful drug dealer, is forced to use his hidden culinary talents to unite his family against the gentrification threatening their humble Washington Heights neighborhood, he has to make […]


Uptown Video: Last Tenant Standing in East Harlem

Uptown Video: Last Tenant Standing in East Harlem

Raymond Tirado, the last tenant in an East Harlem walk up, fights to remain in his childhood home, while the landlord attempts to demolish and replace it with a luxury development. We invite you to subscribe to the weekly Uptown Love newsletter, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter & Instagram or e-mail […]


Sam Roberts on Books About the New York Public Library, Washington Heights and the City’s First Black Police Officer | NY Times

Sam Roberts on Books About the New York Public Library, Washington Heights and the City’s First Black Police Officer | NY Times

By SAM ROBERTS Robert Snyder took Washington Heights’s problems personally and professionally. He was born there in 1955, grew up on stories of the old neighborhood and returned in 1989 on a fellowship to study crime reporting. In “Crossing Broadway: Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City” (Cornell University Press), he eloquently traces […]


Crossing Broadway: 7 Questions For Robert W. Snyder

Crossing Broadway: 7 Questions For Robert W. Snyder

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Far too many people still view Washington Heights through the prism of the recent past. Crime, drugs, and rampant lawlessness―all of which scarred the neighborhood in the late ’80s and early ’90s―are the first things that come to mind. In fact, Washington Heights has emerged phoenix-like from the ashes of the […]


Washington Heights Through the Decades | Rutgers Today

Washington Heights Through the Decades | Rutgers Today

By Lawrence Lerner Robert Snyder has a deep connection to Washington Heights, the neighborhood near the northern tip of Manhattan between 155th and 190th. The Rutgers University–Newark historian was born in 1955 and lived there for a year. And though his parents moved the family to the New Jersey suburbs in 1956, Snyder grew up […]


Spider-Man, in Sketch Form, Visits an 8-Year-Old Fan in Harlem | NY Times

Spider-Man, in Sketch Form, Visits an 8-Year-Old Fan in Harlem | NY Times

By MICHAEL WILSON The intercom was broken outside the front door at the Washington Houses project in East Harlem on Thursday. No way to buzz a visitor up. Finally, someone leaving held the door open. Jamel Hunter, 8, lives on the second floor of his building. He had been cooped up for days, like so […]


Walking the Heights | The New Yorker

Walking the Heights | The New Yorker

By Jon Michaud Washington Heights, the tapering neck of northern Manhattan, takes its name from our first President, who, during his soldiering days, suffered the fate of so many who have resided on that strip of land between the Harlem and Hudson rivers: he was pushed out. In Washington’s case, the spur wasn’t crime or […]


Uptown Video: The Changing Heights

Uptown Video: The Changing Heights

The Changing Heights is a website/senior thesis created by journalist Bushra Mollick of Stonybrook University. The site and accompanying video as well as pictures document the changing face of Washington Heights. Take a long, hard look at the Washington Heights of today because it may not be around tomorrow. Check out: https://changingheights.wordpress.com/


Rent is too Damn High in the Heights | Amsterdam News

Rent is too Damn High in the Heights | Amsterdam News

By Dominique Dajer First rents in Harlem skyrocketed to historic highs, and now Washington Heights is seeing similar trends as gentrification pushes further uptown. Increasing commercial rents have hit businesses particularly hard. “Ten years ago rents on Frederick Douglass Boulevard were around $30 per square foot,” says Faith Hope Consolo of the real estate firm […]


Uptown Video: The Crossing Broadway Panel @ The New School

Uptown Video: The Crossing Broadway Panel @ The New School

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) I had the distinct honor of taking part in the Crossing Broadway panel at the New School earlier this week. The panel was ably moderated by New York Times reporter Michael Powell and included the author of Crossing Broadway, Robert Snyder, as well as Dave Crenshaw, Victoria Neznansky and Calvin Thomas. […]


12/9/14: Crossing Broadway: How community activists rescued their neighborhood from crime

12/9/14: Crossing Broadway: How community activists rescued their neighborhood from crime

Center for New York City Affairs at the New School presents: Crossing Broadway: How community activists rescued their neighborhood from crime Tuesday, December 09, 2014, 8:30 to 10:30 am Theresa Lang Community & Student Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, (between Fifth and Sixth avenues, 2nd Floor) How did New York City emerge from […]


New Book Charts Washington Heights’ Transformation Since Great Depression | DNAinfo

New Book Charts Washington Heights' Transformation Since Great Depression | DNAinfo

By Lindsay Armstrong WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — A new book delves into the complex history of Washington Heights and its uncertain future as a stronghold for working and middle-class New Yorkers. “Crossing Broadway: Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City,” by author Robert Snyder, looks into the neighborhood’s transition from being nicknamed “Frankfurt on […]


11/23/14: Crossing Broadway Book Bash @ Coogan’s

11/23/14: Crossing Broadway Book Bash @ Coogan’s

This is a big deal folks. Please make your way to neighborhood institution, Coogan’s, on Sunday, November 23rd to mark the publication of Crossing Broadway: Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City, the engrossing new book by author and historian Robert Snyder. CROSSING BROADWAY tells the story of Washington Heights from the Great […]


indiegogo Spotlight: El Barrio Tours: Gentrification USA

indiegogo Spotlight: El Barrio Tours: Gentrification USA

Short Summary My name is Andrew J. Padilla and I am the creator/director of the award-winning documentary El Barrio Tours: Gentrification in East Harlem. Despite it’s problems, East Harlem has always had a true sense of community. You always knew the butcher, the baker, and the coquito maker. They looked out for you. But a […]


With a Virtual Tour, Preserving the History of East Harlem | NY Times

With a Virtual Tour, Preserving the History of East Harlem | NY Times

By MICHAELLE BOND Celia Cruz and Tito Puente, two legendary Latin musicians, may not have had superpowers, but an artist from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, plans to tap the popularity of comic book heroes to celebrate the significance of these and other figures in the cultural history of East Harlem. Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, an artist specializing in comic-book-style […]


Time Travel Tuesdays: Washington Heights Journal – Where Boundaries Are Melting, a Place to Celebrate Differences | NY Times

Time Travel Tuesdays: Washington Heights Journal - Where Boundaries Are Melting, a Place to Celebrate Differences | NY Times

By EVAN ABRAMSON Published: March 20, 2009 As he does two Tuesdays a month at 7:30 p.m., Gregory Nuñez lugged a small soundboard and a mic stand down the stairs of his fourth-floor apartment on Post Avenue in Inwood, east of Broadway. Outside, his gray-flecked mohawk was barely noticeable under the street lamps, as young […]


Time Travel Tuesdays: New Winds at an Island Outpost | New York Times

Time Travel Tuesdays: New Winds at an Island Outpost | New York Times

By MANNY FERNANDEZ Published: March 4, 2007 STANDING behind the cramped counter of Los Guarinos, his bodega in Washington Heights, Joel Olivo deals not in big money but in small change. Jolly Ranchers candies, at a nickel apiece, are among his biggest sellers. Los Guarinos also sells cold beer and cigarettes, but on most days […]


indiegogo Spotlight: Changing Face of Harlem

indiegogo Spotlight: Changing Face of Harlem

About The Film: Changing Face of Harlem is a film told from the voices of longtime residents, business owners, politicians, developers, and clergy about the dreams and struggles of a neighborhood. The film explains Harlem’s intricate history so you can comprehend the complexity and height of emotions that Harlem citizens express today. If you weren’t […]


MTV’s ‘Washington Heights’ – A Historian’s Perspective

MTV's 'Washington Heights' - A Historian's Perspective

BY Robert W. Snyder The first two episodes of MTV’s “Washington Heights” are full of the dreams, schemes and romantic intrigues that are a staple of reality television. But for all the charms of the cast, the most important character in the series is the neighborhood—which is depicted not as a den of drug dealers […]


Q&A With Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso: Comic Books, Change & the First Lady

Q&A With Marvel's Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso: Comic Books, Change & the First Lady

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Photography by Paul Lomax (@PaulLomaxPhoto) Did you know that your friendly neighborhood superhero Peter Parker was killed last year? And no I am not trying to make a cheap joke about the Broadway play. No, the web-slinger that has been around since 1962 is no longer with us. Well, sort of. […]

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