Posts Tagged ‘New York City’

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 […]


Mood Music: Glory – Renatus

Mood Music: Glory - Renatus


Uptown Tonight: NYPD Community Briefing on Vermilyea Avenue Takedown

Uptown Tonight: NYPD Community Briefing on Vermilyea Avenue Takedown

Last week, the NYPD conducted a mass raid on Vermilyea Avenue. The operation nabbed 32 young men allegedly involved in drug dealing in the area. Tonight, the NYPD will conduct a Community briefing on the Vermilyea Avenue takedown at the Good Shepherd Auditorium (620 Isham Street) at 6 pm. We invite you to subscribe to […]


Citizens Committee Neighborhood Grants: Have An Idea To Improve Your Neighborhood?

Citizens Committee Neighborhood Grants: Have An Idea To Improve Your Neighborhood?

Through their Neighborhood Grants, Citizens Committee awards micro-grants of up to $3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school projects throughout the city. They prioritize groups based in low income neighborhoods and Title I public schools. Recent awards have enabled neighbors to come together to make healthy food available in their communities, transform […]


The DREAM Project’s Sueños Benefit – The Recap

The DREAM Project's Sueños Benefit - The Recap

Photography by Jenna Filia The DREAM Project (Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring Project) hosted its 5th Annual NYC Benefit: Sueños 2016 on Thursday, November 10. Beginning with red carpet arrivals including honoree of the evening and Emmy winning actress, Dascha Polanco, star of the series Empire and Head Start Literacy Ambassador Taye Diggs, multi-talented artist […]


11/28/16: Immigrant Rights Teach-In and Know Your Rights Presentation

11/28/16: Immigrant Rights Teach-In and Know Your Rights Presentation

Like we have said many times in the past, apathy is not an option. Especially not now, things have already begun to change for the worst. We must mobilize, organize and agitate for what we believe America stands for. No one in this country is in more danger than immigrants. To that end, the Immigrant […]


Spread Love: The 5th Annual Sueños Benefit Honoring Dascha Polanco

Spread Love: The 5th Annual Sueños Benefit Honoring Dascha Polanco

It’s that time of year again. The DREAM Project (Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring Project) is holding their 5th Annual NYC Benefit: Sueños 2016 on Thursday, November 10th at the swank 40/40 Club from 7 to 10 pm. The Dream Project serves as a vital bridge between NYC and more than 7,000 underserved Dominican youth. […]


In Harlem, murals are calling attention to the discrimination against the Baha’i faith in Iran | Quartz

In Harlem, murals are calling attention to the discrimination against the Baha’i faith in Iran | Quartz

By Neha Thirani Bagri As a reporter working in Iran, Maziar Bahari was bothered not to hear more people speak about the discrimination faced by the Baha’i, a persecuted religious minority. But he knew that if he wrote about their lives, it would mean the end of his ability to work in the country. “I […]


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 […]


After Years Underground, a Subway Singer Gets the Spotlight | NY Times

After Years Underground, a Subway Singer Gets the Spotlight | NY Times

By SUSAN HARTMAN Alice Tan Ridley sat before the mirror in her Harlem apartment. She brushed on gold eye shadow, took an auburn wig off a mannequin’s head and put it on. “I really, really don’t know what I’m doing,” she said, laughing. “I never used to wear makeup at all. And I never wore […]


Filmmaker Takes a Stand Against Anti-Gay Harlem Church | NBC News

Filmmaker Takes a Stand Against Anti-Gay Harlem Church | NBC News

by Alamin Yohannes In his new film, “My Harlem,” filmmaker Jeff L. Lieberman takes a stand against Harlem’s anti-gay ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church. The Vancouver native, who has documentary “The Amazing Nina Simone” under his belt, uses his new film to examine important themes including homophobia, gentrification and violence against the LGBTQ community. In “My […]


Avoiding Foreclosure for Now, Harlem Church Celebrates With Anti-Gay Vitriol | NY Times

Avoiding Foreclosure for Now, Harlem Church Celebrates With Anti-Gay Vitriol | NY Times

By ELI ROSENBERG The Atlah Worldwide Church in Harlem has grown infamous for the incendiary and often anti-gay views expressed by its pastor, which are trumpeted in bold letters on a large sign outside the church. After a judge ruled late last month to block the building’s looming foreclosure, the church responded in typical fashion, […]


The story behind the iconic “A Great Day in Harlem” photo | NY Daily News

The story behind the iconic "A Great Day in Harlem" photo | NY Daily News

BY SARAH GOODYEAR A recurring series on iconic scenes from the city’s storied culture. The year was 1999, and Noella Cotto was just looking for a place in Harlem to call her own. When she finally found the perfect place — a brownstone, in decent shape, at 17 E. 126th Street — she had no […]


From Iran to Harlem: Fighting Discrimination With Street Art | Village Voice

From Iran to Harlem: Fighting Discrimination With Street Art | Village Voice

By Anita Abedian On a recent summer day in East Harlem, Alexander Keto stood on a ladder above a group of sixth graders playing basketball, aerosol can in hand. Keto is spray-painting turquoise blue paint on P.S. 7’s brick exterior. The wall turns into an image of a West African woman up to her waist […]


Mood Music: Sweet Spot Festival Summer 16 Mix

Mood Music: Sweet Spot Festival Summer 16 Mix

This is the Official Sweet Spot Festival Summer 16 Mix: Sweet Sounds curated by DJ CEO. The mix goes from classics to new faves and back without missing a beat. From 90’s Hip-Hop, to Soul music, to Salsa, to Dancehall, to sounds from the motherland. I’m talking Total, Sean Paul, Joe Arroyo, Blackstreet, Drake, Rihanna, […]


Helping homeless youth in Harlem get free prescription glasses | Mashable

Helping homeless youth in Harlem get free prescription glasses | Mashable

by Katie Dupere When Clay Ferguson was jumped in a New York City coffee shop, his attackers stole his phone, his ID and his money. Then, they broke his glasses. Two weeks later, Clay is still jittery, blinking frantically as he looks anywhere but at me. As he recounts the night, he visibly winces at […]


NYPD takes fresh look at ’90s transgender murders in Harlem | NY Daily News

NYPD takes fresh look at ’90s transgender murders in Harlem | NY Daily News

BY Rocco Parascandola | DAILY NEWS POLICE BUREAU CHIEF Their murders were barely noticed, two transgendered women and a man who dressed as both sexes, slain within 13 months of each other in Harlem in the 1990s. Now, with the murder rate down 20% and heading for another record low — and with an activist […]


The Friday Fix: Glory Lives – Zion

The Friday Fix: Glory Lives - Zion

Glory Lives releases this heart felt track dedicated to his soul purpose on this planet…his daughter Zion. Influenced by his beautiful daughter and the roller coaster we call life, Glory Lives takes us on one beautiful emotional ride. Listen to this dope track from the upcoming Glory Lives EP.


Landlords Can’t Stop Evicting Latino-Owned Businesses in Washington Heights | Village Voice

Landlords Can't Stop Evicting Latino-Owned Businesses in Washington Heights | Village Voice

By Anita Abedian On the awning outside Liberato Foods in Washington Heights is a simple message stating the mission of the market’s longtime owner: “SU NOMBRE JOSÉ LIBERATO, SU DESTINO VENDER BARATO.” Translated, it reads, “His name, José Liberato; his destiny, to sell cheap.” For some forty years, that’s what Liberato has tried to do […]


Ali Forney Center Wants To Buy ‘Harlem Hate Church’ To House Homeless LGBT Youth | Instinct

Ali Forney Center Wants To Buy 'Harlem Hate Church' To House Homeless LGBT Youth  | Instinct

Remember when we told you about the homophobic Harlem pastor, and how his church was going up for auction over unpaid debt? Well we have great news, because the amazing Ali Forney Center, the largest LGBT community center helping LGBT homeless youth in the United States, not only wants to buy the church, they want to […]


The All-American Immigrant

The All-American Immigrant

By Joanna Castro (@castroegan) Yes, Alexander Hamilton. His name and face have popped up a lot recently. In large part thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda and his smash hit musical Hamilton. I think I have officially become one of his groupies seeing him first in “In the Heights” both the Broadway musical and the Five Year […]


The Friday Fix: Ninety – IKONSTATEOFMIND

The Friday Fix: Ninety - IKONSTATEOFMIND


Harlem’s Legendary Lenox Lounge Appears To Be Really, Truly Dead | Gothamist

Harlem's Legendary Lenox Lounge Appears To Be Really, Truly Dead | Gothamist

by Nell Casey There was hope for a while that Harlem’s legendary Lenox Lounge—which closed in 2012 following a rich 73 years history—would one day reopen, preserving a slice of history in an area that’s undergoing significant changes. Unfortunately, it looks as though the storied jazz bar and former speakeasy won’t be undergoing a revitalization, […]


Spread Love: Glory – Real One

Spread Love: Glory - Real One

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) It was approximately 10:45 am on December 31st, 2015. One of Uptown’ s most talented emcees, Glory, had just dropped off his daughter at the salon. His hands were full of bags as he readied himself for the New Year’s celebration to come. He was on his beloved block on Ellwood, […]

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