By CRYSTAL MARTIN Maisha Stephens-Teacher opened her hair salon, Bibi, on Frederick Douglass Boulevard five years ago. “I’ve done this for 27 years,” she said. “My salon uses high-end products. Our stylists are very talented, but I couldn’t command prices commensurate with that. People would say, ‘Well, I can pay that downtown.’” But in the […]
By Jordan G. Teicher Who is Dominican? What do Dominicans look like? Those questions have impacted hundreds of thousands of lives since the Dominican government started threatening to deport undocumented migrant workers—the majority of them Haitian—and their Dominican-born children who fail to provide proof of citizenship. Dark-skinned people have been the subject of special scrutiny as immigration […]
By Carolina Pichardo WASHINGTON HEIGHTS – The Hip Hop Nutcracker is returning to Washington Heights on Nov. 20, and this time it’s taking the world by storm with an international tour. What started out as a simple, Washington Heights holiday event in 2013, has grown to an international event, with the United Palace spearheading the show. […]
By Maurice Berger Fresh from assignments at Vogue and Glamour in 1948, Gordon Parks appeared one morning at Life’s New York headquarters, determined to show his portfolio to Wilson Hicks, the magazine’s esteemed picture editor. Mr. Hicks was initially reluctant, but he warmed to Mr. Parks’s work and the story he pitched about the gang […]
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 […]
On October 31st, Halloween day, Morris-Jumel Mansion will host the fourth-annual Culture and Arts Festival. One of New York City’s most beloved community events, the Festival (called CAFé for short) gathers uptown Manhattan’s finest artists, musicians, artisans and restaurateurs or an afternoon of performance, craft and tastings. This year, CAFé coincides with Morris-Jumel’s 250th Anniversary. […]
American Idol alum and Uptown’s own Karen Rodriguez takes on Drake’s Hotling Bling and adds a little Spanglish flair. Stay tuned for much more from the talented songstress.
Andy Mineo Talks Getting ‘Uncomfortable,’ Hip-Hop Today & The Role Faith Plays in His Life | Billboard
By Paley Martin Andy Mineo is often called a Christian hip-hop artist, but the NYC-based MC likes to think of his music as more than just religion. Although faith informs Mineo in everything from style to song, it is less a defining factor than where his words come from. In his sophomore album Uncomfortable, released […]
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By Jordan G. Teicher Getting a tattoo can be a pretty grisly experience, but there’s also beauty in the delicate, often meditative encounter between a tattoo artist and customer. Anne Burlock Lawver highlights both the agony and the serenity of tattooing in her series “Indelible,” which comprises more than a year’s worth of photographs from […]
Last year “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” was an experiment – how would audiences respond to hip hop dance being performed to Tchaikovsky’s famous score? But after 5,000 audience members attended two shows at the United Palace in Washington Heights and two sold out shows at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, it was clear that the […]
By Michael Kamber The South Bronx, one of America’s poorest urban areas, is two subway stops from the wealthiest, Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Change, development, gentrification — the terms are sometimes used interchangeably though not the same thing — are headed its way. For three decades, I have watched artists move into marginal neighborhoods as […]
“Lady Day” will be returning to Harlem’s Apollo Theater later this year — in hologram form. The theater announced that it will implement permanent hologram technology featuring famed chanteuse Billie Holiday to be used during its daytime programming, which includes theater tours and educational offerings for school groups and other visitors. An exclusive deal with […]
By LISA W. FODERARO The northern stretch of Riverside Park has long been an attraction for residents of Hamilton Heights. But getting to it is not easy. The Manhattan neighborhood, perched on a bluff 50 feet above the Hudson River, is separated from upper Riverside’s ball fields, bike path and barbecue area by train tracks […]