Posts Tagged ‘Opinion’

Dual-Language Programs Are on the Rise, Even for Native English Speakers | NY Times

Dual-Language Programs Are on the Rise, Even for Native English Speakers | NY Times

By ELIZABETH A. HARRIS On one of the first days of class at Dos Puentes Elementary School in Upper Manhattan last month, a new student named Michelle peered up through pale blue glasses and took a deep breath. “Can I drink water?” Michelle, 6, said. “Diga en Español,” her first-grade teacher, Rebeca Madrigal, answered. Michelle […]


Postmarked for success | Manhattan Times News

Postmarked for success | Manhattan Times News

Story and photos by Robin Elisabeth Kilmer The WHEELS were turning – and they would not be deterred. This past Fri., Dec. 13th, the students of the Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS) marched out on the street, yelling and screaming. But there was no protest to be heard. Instead, the noise was an expression […]


UPinion: Let’s Keep Making NYC Greener | The Manhattan Times

Written by Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and NYRP Executive Director Amy Freitag. If you want to know what real change looks like, just walk the streets of Northern Manhattan, where hundreds of new trees line the sidewalks as living symbols of the renewed vibrancy that’s taking hold in our proud, historic neighborhoods. Over the past several […]


New Washington Heights Coffee Shop Attracts Swarms of Java-Starved Locals | DNAinfo

New Washington Heights Coffee Shop Attracts Swarms of Java-Starved Locals | DNAinfo

By Nigel Chiwaya  @seenigel WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Taszo Espresso Bar is open for business, and java junkies in lower Washington Heights are lining up to get a cup of joe. Customers have been streaming into the trendy new cafe, located at 5 Edward M Morgan Pl. between West 157th and West 158th Streets, which held […]


Honors set for Juan Rodriguez, who became the first non-native immigrant to New York City when he arrived from what is now the Dominican Republic in 1613 | NY Daily News

Honors set for Juan Rodriguez, who became the first non-native immigrant to New York City when he arrived from what is now the Dominican Republic in 1613 | NY Daily News

Upper Manhattan sets series of events to turn May 15 into ‘a carnival, a festival, and a celebration of a man who came here many, many years ago, and gave the Dominicans a claim on this great city at the very beginning of its history’. By Douglas Feiden / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Juan Rodriguez […]


The man with the 30-year plan | Manhattan Times

The man with the 30-year plan | Manhattan Times

But first, re-election for Councilmember Ydanis Rodríguez Story and videos by Sherry Mazzocchi This coming Sun., Apr. 21st, Councilmember Ydanis Rodríguez will give a State of Northern Manhattan address at 2:30 pm at Yeshiva University. The Manhattan Times spoke to Rodríguez ahead of the event. Councilmember Rodríguez said education, economic development and housing are the […]


Taxi and Limousine Commission should not implement e-hail program without City Council approval | NY Daily News

Taxi and Limousine Commission should not implement e-hail program without City Council approval | NY Daily News

By Ydanis Rodriguez / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS For a year and a half, I drove Livery cab #112 for Bailey Car Service in my home neighborhood of Washington Heights. I did so at a time when I was new to this country, its culture and its people. But through this work, I managed to […]


Duarte Lives…

Duarte Lives...

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Photography by Art By Dj Boy (@ArtByDjBoy) “Vivir sin Patria, es lo mismo que vivir sin Honor.” Juan Pablo Duarte This past Saturday, January 26th was the 200th anniversary of the birth of the founding father of the Dominican Republic, Juan Pablo Duarte. Duarte was a poet, a philosopher, a writer […]


Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School now has room for students to excel | NY Daily News

Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School now has room for students to excel | NY Daily News

By Michael J. Feeney / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS College planning has always been the main focus at this Washington Heights high school, but for years the students had no place to do it. In the past, students at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School were forced to meet their college counselors in the corridors. Other […]


Ydanis Speaks: Parents Are the Cornerstones of a Child’s Education

Ydanis Speaks: Parents Are the Cornerstones of a Child's Education

If you are a parent with a child in a district 6 elementary or middle school, you are likely already aware of the recent conversation around eliminating zones for schools so that children are no longer guaranteed slots in their local school. Needless to say, this proposal created an uproar from parents, some for and […]


Ydanis Speaks: To help our city after Hurricane Sandy, support small and local businesses

Ydanis Speaks: To help our city after Hurricane Sandy, support small and local businesses

Hello everyone, I apologize for the long time it has been since I last posted; we at city government have had a great deal on our plates with the Hurricane Sandy and all that has followed in the way of recovery. I know that this devastating storm only brought minimal damage to northern Manhattan but […]


UPinion: I ♥ Café Bustelo

UPinion: I ♥ Café Bustelo

BY Travis Broome The first step of my morning ritual begins with an unnecessarily high decant of the carefully measured, surprisingly tasteless, i.e. delicious, New York City tap water into the coffee pot’s ample reservoir. Being decidedly outside of the sphere of Mormon influence and operating in a city for which this and other blackened […]


Ydanis Speaks: Why Your Vote Matters

Ydanis Speaks: Why Your Vote Matters

Many of you may have seen a similar post on my Facebook page last Friday, this is an updated and revised post with several additions, please enjoy and engage in conversation… Recently, I had the honor of speaking at the College of Staten Island to students and faculty that take part in the Black Male […]


CUNY in the Heights Has A State of the Art New Home

CUNY in the Heights Has A State of the Art New Home

This past Saturday, NYC Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, NYS Senator Adriano Espaillat, NYS Assembly Woman Elect Gabriela Rosa and CUNY celebrated the opening of the brand new, state of the art building, set to house the CUNY in the Heights program. This program is a resource for students looking to continue their education, acquire professional […]


Ydanis Speaks: The Importance of Diversity in Higher Education Leadership

Ydanis Speaks: The Importance of Diversity in Higher Education Leadership

Hola mi gente! I hope you all enjoyed the first post of my new blog, Ydanis Speaks, and got to know a little bit about me. If you would like to get in contact with me feel free to friend me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter or contact my office. I am always open […]


Introducing Ydanis Speaks: The Inaugural Column From Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez

Introducing Ydanis Speaks: The Inaugural Column From Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez

Hello Uptown Collective, My name is Ydanis Rodriguez and I am the New York City Council Member representing Washington Heights, Inwood and Marble Hill. This is the first entry of my new blog on Uptown Collective and I’d like to thank Led Black for giving me the opportunity to use this space to discuss issues […]


Keep it Local: Support Seussical the Musical

BY Carolina Pichardo (@c_pichardo) As a mother, I try to teach my daughter to reach for the stars, follow her dreams, dare herself to new experiences, and to cross to the other side of Broadway to attend the Pied Piper Children‘s Theater’s (PPCT) most recent performance, Suessical. Based on the famous + favorite books of […]

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