Posts Tagged ‘Gregg McQueen’

“It’s not safe here” | Manhattan Times

“It’s not safe here” | Manhattan Times

Tenants fight back against dangerous living conditions Story and photos by Gregg McQueen Noel Romero feels uneasy in his own home. The Inwood resident, who lives at 3852 Tenth Avenue, is one of numerous tenants at the building who were sickened by gas fumes from a faulty boiler on January 7. Romero, his wife Alicia, […]


The Hug at the White House | Manhattan Times

The Hug at the White House | Manhattan Times

Story by Gregg McQueen This sleuth went from subway surfing to star-gazing at the White House. While riding the subway recently, nine-year-old Harlem resident Ian Aquino provided train directions to a lost tourist, helping the man reach his destination. Though the man had asked Aquino’s mother, Susan Montes, for assistance, it was the youngster who responded. “At […]


Ticked off on Thayer | Manhattan Times

Ticked off on Thayer | Manhattan Times

Story and photos by Gregg McQueen He’s a “bad apple.” The landlord of 78-86 Thayer Street in Inwood is driving his rent regulated tenants out of the property and has kept over 30 apartments vacant, according to residents and elected officials. City Councilmember Ydanis Rodríguez and State Senator Adriano Espaillat joined Democratic nominee for State […]


A new tilt for the Kilt | Manhattan Times

A new tilt for the Kilt | Manhattan Times

Story by Gregg McQueen On Labor Day, many uptown residents lamented the closure of popular neighborhood watering hole Piper’s Kilt, which shut down after nearly three decades in business. Well-known in Northern Manhattan for its signature burgers, Piper’s Kilt closed its doors on September 5, after operating at 4946 Broadway for 28 years. Prior to […]


Inwood Residents Killed a ‘Trojan Horse for Gentrification’ — Now What? | Village Voice

Inwood Residents Killed a 'Trojan Horse for Gentrification' — Now What? | Village Voice

By Steven Wishnia Some three hundred people packed the corner of Broadway and Sherman Avenue on Monday night, a steaming evening on the blocks where Broadway curves around the primeval stone wall of Fort Tryon Park and Washington Heights turns into Inwood. It was the eve of the City Council’s vote on a proposal to rezone the site at […]


After Community Opposition, Councilman to Vote Against Inwood Rezoning | WNYC

After Community Opposition, Councilman to Vote Against Inwood Rezoning | WNYC

by Sarah Gonzalez A Northern Manhattan lawmaker says he’s heard the community opposition, and has changed his position on a rezoning plan for Inwood. Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez says he now plans to vote no on a proposed 17-story, 350 unit development along Fort Tryon Park — the latest test in Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing agenda. […]


UPinion: What “Saving” Inwood Means To Me…

UPinion: What "Saving” Inwood Means To Me...

BY Jerry Christal Much has been written, discussed, and argued recently regarding the proposed rezoning of the Packard Building on Sherman Ave & Broadway. For those who don’t know, this proposal, the first rezoning in Inwood since 1961, is to allow a new, tall, expensive building to replace the existing, neglected structure. This will certainly […]


Vote on hold: Council vote on Inwood rezoning postponed | Manhattan Times

Vote on hold: Council vote on Inwood rezoning postponed | Manhattan Times

A photo posted by Raquel Cepeda (@raquelcepeda) on Aug 6, 2016 at 12:59pm PDT They hit “pause.” A scheduled City Council vote on a controversial rezoning plan in Inwood has been rescheduled. Originally scheduled for the morning of August 9, the meeting of the Zoning Subcommittee was expected to include the committee’s vote on whether […]


08/06/16: Save Our Neighborhood Rally & March

08/06/16: Save Our Neighborhood Rally & March

Is the proposed Sherman Plaza a good thing for Uptown? If you don’t believe it is then you need to be in attendance for a rally and march to ensure your voice is heard. See below for the details.


Drawing of Destiny | Manhattan Times

Drawing of Destiny | Manhattan Times

State to cover citizenship application fee for 2,000 immigrants Story by Gregg McQueen This is a lottery like no other. New York State has unveiled a program that will cover the application fee for U.S. citizenship for an estimated 2,000 low-income immigrants, with winners to be selected by a lottery. The initiative, dubbed NaturalizeNY, is […]


Panning the Plaza plan | Manhattan Times

Panning the Plaza plan | Manhattan Times

Residents voice worries over first MIH project Story by Gregg McQueen and Debralee Santos. 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 […]


Passion Project | Manhattan Times

Passion Project | Manhattan Times

Story by Gregg McQueen They’ll be packing. On Fri., May 13th, public school students from District 6 and the Urban Arts Partnership will descend upon United Palace for the Annual Urban Arts Festival. For the 12th consecutive year, the Urban Arts Festival will serve as a showcase event to celebrate the positive impact of the […]


A Mom on the Move | Manhattan Times

A Mom on the Move | Manhattan Times

Story and photos by Gregg McQueen Stephanie Batista’s plight was a familiar one. Like many mothers working outside the home, she was in need of a good day care provider for her daughter. She had been paying high fees to have a babysitter come to her apartment, and the costs were growing prohibitive. Recently, relief […]


Stepping up | Manhattan Times

Stepping up | Manhattan Times

They’re two of a kind. Twin 15-year-old students have been offered an opportunity to study at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (JKO) School of the American Ballet Theatre (ABT). And now the two tenth graders at the Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School students need help covering their tuition costs at one of the top dance […]


Slaying the silence | Manhattan Times

Slaying the silence | Manhattan Times

Story and photos by Gregg McQueen It was a music room with no music. The large music instruction room at George Washington High School for Media and Communications in Washington Heights had remained dormant for many years, used only for storage rather than for students playing instruments. Like many schools, cuts to the music curriculum […]


A convention of confection | Manhattan Times

A convention of confection | Manhattan Times

By Gregg McQueen Step aside, Willy Wonka. Pastry chef Jemal Edwards and business partner Brad Doles have recently opened CHOCnyc, a bakery offering an array of freshly made cupcakes, pastries, cookies, chocolates, muffins and cakes, as well as coffee and espresso. The store, located at 4996 Broadway, will also specialize in handmade truffles in flavors […]


Aiming Higher | Manhattan Times

Aiming Higher | Manhattan Times

by Gregg McQueen They’re gaining ground. An uptown group is giving a host of local artists a chance to connect and form social and professional alliances. Known as the Higher Ground Festival, the group brings together Washington Heights and Inwood artists of all talents — dancers, musicians, writers, filmmakers, performance artists, even magicians — to […]


Officials denounce incident labeled hate crime | Manhattan Times

Officials denounce incident labeled hate crime | Manhattan Times

Story and photos by Gregg McQueen Not on our watch. That was the message sent by uptown community leaders and elected officials who gathered to denounce an incident being investigated as a hate crime against two Yeshiva University students. The students were verbally accosted inside a Dunkin’ Donuts store in Washington Heights last Mon., Feb. […]


Toast of this town | Manhattan Times

Toast of this town | Manhattan Times

Story and photos by Gregg McQueen Insane. Peter Walsh clearly remembers the reaction when he told others he planned to open a restaurant and pub in Washington Heights three decades ago. “People told us, ‘You’re crazy for opening a business there,’” Walsh recalled. “Nobody wanted to come up to this neighborhood [then] — it was […]


Words from Walsh | Manhattan Times

Words from Walsh | Manhattan Times

Story by Gregg McQueen Anyone who has visited Coogan’s Restaurant in Washington Heights will surely know Peter Walsh. The eatery’s gregarious co-owner can usually be seen bouncing from table to table, greeting customers and engaging in lively chats with Coogan’s diverse assortment of customers, which includes doctors, track athletes, local elected officials, among others. Quick […]


Sisters of the still | Manhattan Times

Sisters of the still | Manhattan Times

Story by Gregg McQueen Photo courtesy of the artist They found their calling- and each other- with film. Maritza Meléndez and Josefa Jaime are both Washington Heights photographers looking to capture the beauty of their home city. Each of them uses their respective lenses to capture uptown’s scenic allure from a different vantage point. Jaime […]


Spreading the love | Manhattan Times

Spreading the love | Manhattan Times

Story by Gregg McQueen The Lovebomber is on the loose. But no need to panic — this sly photobomber only has good intentions. The Lovebomber is the nickname of uptowner Laura Pou, a Washington Heights resident who revels in taping the word “love” over street signs, advertisements, placards, subway notices and more, then photographing the […]


From corner to canvas | Manhattan Times

From corner to canvas | Manhattan Times

Story by Gregg McQueen Nelson Host Santiago spent years as a street graffiti artist, spreading his moniker “Host One” on murals and tags throughout the city. He now creates canvas paintings that incorporate the same elements of graffiti. “I use spray paints and paint markers for my canvasses,” said Santiago. “And my characters have a […]


Time to #WHIN & DINE | Manhattan Times

Time to #WHIN & DINE | Manhattan Times

Story by Gregg McQueen Uptown foodies have reason to raise a glass — the official Washington Heights and Inwood Restaurant Week, dubbed #WHIN & DINE, will soon be back. At participating restaurants on Mondays through Fridays between April 6 and April 24, diners can sample the best eats northern Manhattan has to offer at discounted […]

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