Posts Tagged ‘Sherry Mazzocchi’

Raw for Reel | Manhattan Times

Raw for Reel | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi Where there’s a will, there’s an art gallery. A lot of people have dreams that never quite make it past the desire stage. But others plan and forge ideas into reality by hard work and the force of sheer will. Aaron Simms walked Inwood’s major corridors, looking for space. First Dyckman […]


Spread Love: Summer Meet & Greet Series

Spread Love: Summer Meet & Greet Series

Democracy is not a spectator sport. If the election and elevation of you know who to the Oval Office teaches us anything it is that elections matter. You are either at the table or on the menu. Apathy is not option. It never was, especially not now. With that said, The Barack Obama Democratic Club, […]


The canvas of contention | Manhattan Times

The canvas of contention | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi Politics is sure-fire fodder for art. That’s true in two new exhibits by Washington Heights artist Andrea Arroyo. Known for colorful paintings of free-floating goddesses, Arroyo’s work is often topical – and political. They are messages about the environment, women’s issues, and The Missing—people found dead at border crossings or in […]


Figures in the Find | Manhattan Times

Figures in the Find | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi They’re not exactly heroes. Instead, the actions of the main characters in Up Theater Company’s latest play go from questionable to reprehensible. But playwright Kirby Fields doesn’t want you to like them. “I hope, at the end, the audience would understand why they did what they did, even if they don’t […]


Woman of the Century | Manhattan Times

Woman of the Century | Manhattan Times

A (long) love story Story by Sherry Mazzocchi Patience, faith, and chewing food slowly. Those are what Eulalia García Figueroa says are the secrets to a long life. She should know. She celebrated her 100th birthday with nearly 40 family members and close friends at Coogan’s this past Sat., Feb. 11th. Figueroa was born in […]


The Pressure Pair | Manhattan Times

The Pressure Pair | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi When people aren’t well, sometimes they don’t want to discuss why. Especially in a room filled with strangers. Joelle Ludwig and Katy Hogan understand that. They are acupuncturists who are teaming up to provide free sessions. On January 28th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., they will offer free acupuncture and Reiki in group settings […]


Llegó Espaillat | Manhattan Times

Llegó Espaillat | Manhattan Times

Dominican-American takes oath in D.C. Story by Sherry Mazzocchi Photos by Emmanuel Abreu It is a fight for the soul of our nation. That is what Adriano Espaillat, who was sworn in as U.S. Representative for the 13th Congressional District, told a cheering crowd of Northern Manhattan residents in Washington, D.C. on Tues., Jan. 3rd. […]


Cause for Concern | Manhattan Times

Cause for Concern | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi No one had anything nice to say about the newly elected president or his policies at an information session on immigration rights this past week. Incoming State Senator-elect Marisol Alcántara said, “We have a White House who is being run by a bunch of white supremacists, who are anti-immigrant, anti-women and anti-poor […]


Feelings by the filling | Manhattan Times

Feelings by the filling | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi It’s best to eat hearty winter pies such as pecan or apple slightly warm, topped with vanilla ice cream. Piling on scoops of chocolate just won’t work. “The favors would be busy in your mouth,” says June Coleman. She should know. Her brand, Fancy Pies, are for sale at a pop […]


On their marks | Manhattan Times

On their marks | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi Instruments can be hard to come by at WHIN. String and brass instruments tend to be expensive. So most children in The Washington Heights and Inwood Music Project play ones that are donated. Even old, nonfunctioning ones are useful, said co-founder Andrea Profili. One viola needed a new bridge and pegs. […]


Choice and Chance | Manhattan Times

Choice and Chance | Manhattan Times

Artist explores themes of resilience and fortune Story by Sherry Mazzocchi Franck de las Mercedes was wandering through Bryant Park with a camera when a homeless man said he could take his picture for five dollars. The Washington Heights artist hesitated.  He never felt comfortable taking photos of homeless people. When the man insisted, de […]


Missing Moreno | Manhattan Times

Missing Moreno | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi Judith López has received the kind of news that no mother ever wants to hear. On November 14, her son, Anthony A. Ureña, 23, left his Upper West Side home for a club in Inwood. He never returned. That wasn’t like him. He was a Lehman College student with aspirations of […]


When cool closes shop | Manhattan Times

When cool closes shop | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi Last week, Northern Manhattan residents uttered a collective groan. APT.78 was closing its doors. Forever. After contentious battles with the NYPD and Community Board 12, owner José Morales has decided to close up shop. On Instagram, he thanked his loyal following and announced that the lively cafe’s last day would be […]


Casa…to be continued | Manhattan Times

Casa…to be continued | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi If a bookstore could be a character in a novel, La Casa Azul would likely be a force of magical realism as wrought by Gabriel García Márquez.‎ Named for the blue house where Mexican artist Frida Kahlo lived, this El Barrio bookshop has been a cultural – and colorful – destination […]


Marjorie’s Melody | Manhattan Times

Marjorie’s Melody | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi About 50 people settled into folding chairs in a Washington Heights apartment at 555 Edgecombe Avenue to listen to music this past Sunday. Before the show started, Paul, 8, was at the piano, warming up the crowd. “There’s something sounding nice there,” said Marjorie Eliot, who was busy in the kitchen […]


In Full Flower | Manhattan Times

In Full Flower | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi Flor de Toloache is New York City’s only all-women mariachi band. It might be its best. The seven-member group is known for spectacular harmonies and sparkling instrumentation. Their sound is grounded in traditional mariachi music, with hints of cumbia, hip-hop and blues. They can be heard throughout the city, including at […]


Arisen in the Heights | Manhattan Times

Arisen in the Heights | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi They heard the alarms. Franck De Las Mercedes and his wife Nicola figured it was probably a neighbor burning breakfast. He kissed her goodbye and she left for work. A moment later he heard her scream. The building was on fire. His wife ran back inside to get her husband and […]


Shaping self, in the shot | Manhattan Times

Shaping self, in the shot | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi No shots of Kim Kardashian’s prosperous posterior appear in the latest photography exhibit of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA). Instead, “Selfless Selfies” seeks to capture a far rarer beauty, that of Northern Manhattan’s rich land and streetscapes and its unexpected diversity – all from an insider’s perspective. Curator Michael Palma […]


The Return of the Native | Manhattan Times

The Return of the Native | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi Ask Emmanuel “DJ Boy” Abreu why he spends much of his free time volunteering at the Word Up Community Book Shop, he will likely offer a deprecating answer. “It’s a great place to meet women” was one recent response. But the truth is more complex. One recent afternoon, the store was […]


Lighting it up | Manhattan Times

Lighting it up | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi A new independent documentary about fireworks is sparking controversy. Filmmakers Jonathan Ullman and Led Black chronicled Northern Manhattan’s most explosive night—July 4th. Last summer, when they were working on their feature length documentary, Nutcracker, people told them to come back with their cameras and capture something really memorable. The next night […]


Keen craft and care | Manhattan Times

Keen craft and care | Manhattan Times

Story, photos and video by Sherry Mazzocchi Stained glass made of paper. Match sticks with personality. A man clutching his careworn face. The work on display at the Northern Manhattan Art Alliance’s (NoMAA) current show is vast in both scope and originality. “Women in the Heights—Reflections on Creating” is the fifth annual show devoted solely […]


The Definition of Dominican Part 4 | Manhattan Times

The Definition of Dominican Part 4 | Manhattan Times

Story, photos and video by Sherry Mazzocchi Claudia De la Cruz is an educator, community organizer and the general coordinator of the youth leadership development project at Da Urban Butterflies in Washington Heights. Her parents moved from the Dominican Republic to the Bronx, where she grew up. Being Dominican is a cultural identity. De la […]


The Definition of Dominican Part 3 | Manhattan Times

The Definition of Dominican Part 3 | Manhattan Times

Story, photos and video by Sherry Mazzocchi Led Black is an artist, writer, entrepreneur and publisher of The Uptown Collective. “I like to think of Dominicans as the first Americans,” he said. The first school, church and university were all established on the island of Hispaniola. “Before Plymouth Rock, before Jamestown, there was already a […]


The Definition of Dominican Part 2 | Manhattan Times

The Definition of Dominican Part 2 | Manhattan Times

Story, photos and video by Sherry Mazzocchi Rosita Romero is the Executive Director of the Dominican Women’s Development Center, located in Washington Heights. For more than 30 years, she has actively defended the rights of people in the community. “I’m blessed to have this job,” she says. “It’s a labor of love.” We are very […]

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