The Grant Wilfley Casting company is looking for background actors for film and television. One of their current projects is a new Netflix series called “The Get Down,” directed by Academy Award Nominee Baz Luhrmann. It’s about the birth of hip hop in the 1970’s, set in the Bronx. They are mainly in need of […]
By Lindsay Armstrong WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — The largest celebration of Dominican cinema outside the nation itself is happening Uptown this week with the Dominican Film Festival in New York. Now in its fourth year, the festival will showcase more than 50 films by both leaders in the Dominican film industry and emerging talents. The festival runs June […]
BY Steven Kopstein I was anxiously anticipating the re-opening of the High Bridge. As a resident of Upper Manhattan with strong Bronx ties I was very excited to be able to finally have a way to cross into the borough on my bike without having to either ride on a crowded narrow sidewalk or on […]
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 […]
By Lindsay Armstrong Uptown residents will be able to put down a blanket in Fort Tryon Park and listen to the strains of a string quartet, or take in a piece by Mozart while shopping at the Inwood Greenmarket this summer. Listen Closely, an Inwood chamber music initiative, announced it would host its second-annual concert series beginning […]
BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Photography by Emmanuel Abreu (@EAbreuVisuals) The Uptown Renaissance continues apace. This past Tuesday, the High Bridge opened after 45 years and a $60 million renovation. The High Bridge is not any old bridge. In fact, it is New York City’s oldest bridge, built in 1848 as a vital link in the […]
By Lindsay Armstrong WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Their Kazza es su casa. The owners of Kazza Wine Bar, a new spot that opened last month at 708 W. 177th St., want to make sure that all of their customers feel right at home. In fact, the bar’s name is a play on the word “casa,” which means house in Spanish. […]
BY Paul Owen The oldest bridge in New York City will re-open to pedestrians on Tuesday after a gap of more than 40 years. The High Bridge was completed in 1848 – 35 years before the Brooklyn Bridge – to carry water from the Croton River upstate to two reservoirs in the growing city of […]
“The Collective” Benefit Concert To Raise $50,000 Towards At-Risk Youth Programs in Northern Manhattan Be an eye witness to history. Come see the first opera in the 85 year history of the United Palace Theater performed on Sunday June 14th by the American Lyric Opera Company and the United Nations Orchestra. Click here to purchase tickets.
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 […]
By WILLY STALEY On a recent Saturday afternoon, Eugene Kang sat in the middle of Terminal Skateshop, telling a story about a problem customer, a neighborhood barber who came in looking to buy a board. Mr. Kang helped him pick one out, along with trucks, wheels, bearings — the works — and, making small talk, […]
By Lindsay Armstrong WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Broadway and West 174th Street was Peggy Cain’s post and she took her job there seriously. She worked as a crossing guard at that corner for 45 years, ushering generations of school children across the street before she retired in 2014. “She felt like if she wasn’t there, the […]
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BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Salsa lives… It has been reincarnated as Salsa Urbana. Salsa Urbana is a grittier and street based form of the music. In fact, Salsa Urbana is a lot like the original Salsa that was made in the 1970’s that spoke of loss, suffering and street life. One of the reasons for […]
By Lindsay Armstrong WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — A handful of Uptown buildings with illegal gas hookups run by a single management company were “time bomb[s],” according to a city councilman. City Councilman Mark Levine gathered with tenants in front of 600 W. 161st St., one of the affected buildings, on Friday morning to demand action from […]
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 […]