Posts Tagged ‘The Uptowner’

Center Opens First LGBTQ Haven in Washington Heights | The Uptowner

Center Opens First LGBTQ Haven in Washington Heights | The Uptowner

by Deanna Hirsch Ka’Trina Marshall moved to New York City six months ago after being kicked out of her mother’s house in Atlanta. A homeless, HIV positive, transgender woman, she relied on new friends and temporary shelters for survival. Then she met a worker on the street from the Dominican Women‘s Development Center who offered […]


Harlem’s Changing Business Climate: Is It Still Harlem? | The Uptowner

Harlem’s Changing Business Climate: Is It Still Harlem? | The Uptowner

By Patrick Smith Lenox Lounge with its neon art deco sign, a place where Miles Davis and Billie Holiday once performed. Smalls’ Paradise, where dancing waiters served literati such as Langston Hughes. Wells Supper Club, where chicken and waffles became breakfast for late-night frolickers. All are now gone. Some of the new businesses that replaced […]


United Palace Begins New Role as Uptown Arts Center | The Uptowner

United Palace Begins New Role as Uptown Arts Center | The Uptowner

By Sandra E. Garcia The 175th Street Theatre, one of a chain of deluxe Loews theaters designed for vaudeville shows, opened in Washington Heights on February 22, 1930, with “Their Own Desire”, a talkie starring MGM’s first lady of the screen, Norma Shearer. “Times Square entertainment closer to home,” was its slogan. Eighty-two years later […]


“Making Boats Go Fast”: Uptown Teens Learn to Row | The Uptowner

“Making Boats Go Fast”: Uptown Teens Learn to Row | The Uptowner

By Elizabeth Stuart The current on the Harlem River is strong. Despite the best efforts of a crew of eight 14- and 15-year-olds, it’s rapidly sweeping the long, skinny boat toward shore. Twelve-foot oars flail. One rower, her hand smashed between a paddle and the lurching shell, starts to bleed. “It’s burning,” she shrieks, eyes […]


After Hurricane Sandy, Inwood Locals Lend a Hand on the Other End of the A Train | The Uptowner

After Hurricane Sandy, Inwood Locals Lend a Hand on the Other End of the A Train | The Uptowner

By Marielle Mondon The A train covers nearly 30 miles — from Inwood at 207th Street to the Rockaways in Queens. It’s around a two-hour journey. But for many uptown residents, aiding Rockaway victims of Hurricane Sandy is like helping out a next-door neighbor. “There’s a big Inwood-Rockaway connection. It’s the last stop to the […]


Juan Rodriguez Way: Uptown Dominicans Take Pride in Early Immigrant | The Uptowner

Juan Rodriguez Way: Uptown Dominicans Take Pride in Early Immigrant | The Uptowner

By Marielle Mondon About three miles of northern Manhattan will soon honor a man who, until recently, was unknown to most of the people who live there. Juan Rodriguez Way will be the name of Broadway from 159th to 218th Streets, after an early settler from Santo Domingo who reportedly arrived in New York in […]


Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Hamilton Heights Tree Vendors Work the Overnight Shift | The Uptowner

Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Hamilton Heights Tree Vendors Work the Overnight Shift | The Uptowner

By Andres David Lopez Rich wakes up at 10 p.m., steps out of his white van and takes charge of the Christmas tree stand so that his partner, Bekha, can take her turn sleeping in the Ford for six hours. The duo began camping out at West 145th Street and Broadway in Hamilton Heights on […]


Harmony in the Heights: United Palace Hosts Youth Music Program | The Uptowner

Harmony in the Heights: United Palace Hosts Youth Music Program | The Uptowner

By Marielle Mondon and Trishula Patel Behind the ornate doors and antique marquee of the 82-year-old United Palace on 175th Street, students trickle in each weekday afternoon, exchanging their book bags for violas, cellos and violins. The Harmony Program began 10 years ago to provide music lessons to children in public housing across New York’s […]


Washington Heights Locals Mob Struggling Businesses | The Uptowner

Washington Heights Locals Mob Struggling Businesses | The Uptowner

By Hollie Slade A little after lunchtime on a Sunday at Beans and Vines, a small Washington Heights bistro and wine bar, it’s standing room only. Armed with hard cash, a band of about 35 locals eager to support neighborhood businesses are occupying all eight tables, working their way through the menu, devouring crab cakes […]


Illegal Status Keeps Immigrant Tenants In Poor Housing | The Uptowner

Illegal Status Keeps Immigrant Tenants In Poor Housing | The Uptowner

By Sune Engel Rasmussen “It’s very dirty here, all the apartments have rats,” says Catalina Espinosa, 34, who opens her door on the fifth floor carrying an infant son with one arm while a daughter peeks out from behind her. Three stories below, Tino Torres, 40, has lived with rodents for all his five years […]


Uptown Volunteers Join Hurricane Relief Effort | The Uptowner

Uptown Volunteers Join Hurricane Relief Effort | The Uptowner

By Crystal Kang At a makeshift Inwood shelter at George Washington High School on Audubon Avenue, toiletries, blankets and clothing piled up Sunday afternoon. Volunteers hung a sign on the door, thanking would-be helpers for their generous donations, but emphasizing that what they needed were money and Metro cards. Frederick Collock, 49, who is staying […]


Uptowners Rally Downtown Against Stop-and-Frisk | The Uptowner

Uptowners Rally Downtown Against Stop-and-Frisk | The Uptowner

By Kaitlyn Wells Protesters, many from Harlem and Washington Heights, gathered in Union Square yesterday afternoon to demonstrate against police brutality and stop-and-frisk tactics. The October 22 Coalition, which organized the rally, planned events in cities across the country for a national day of protest against “the criminalization of a generation.” Similar protests were scheduled […]


One of the Last Uptown Bookstores Searches For a Home | The Uptowner

One of the Last Uptown Bookstores Searches For a Home | The Uptowner

By Marielle Mondon On a humid day last August, a crew of volunteer booksellers came to a familiar space in Washington Heights and packed up the products that had been Word Up Bookshop, a spot first conceived as a week-long pop-up that turned into a yearlong community haven. The task, like most goodbyes, was bittersweet. […]


The Artist Who Pulls The Strings: Violin Maker Crafts Beauty | The Uptowner

By Alvaro Guzmán Bastida Audioslideshow: Behind the notes from Alvaro Guzman Bastida on Vimeo. Gabriela Guadalajara was a teenager in early 1980s, a time when most kids were listening to Queen, Michael Jackson and The Rolling Stones. But she fell in love with Bach, Handel and Purcell. “It’s the music that I love the most […]


Washington Heights Watches With Pride as First Dominican Takes Helm of 33rd Precinct | The Uptowner

Washington Heights Watches With Pride as First Dominican Takes Helm of 33rd Precinct | The Uptowner

By Alvaro Guzmán Bastida “I have many great people working with me, but at the end of this meeting, I want everyone to talk to me,” Captain Fausto Pichardo told several dozen Washington Heights residents at his first Community Council meeting. Two hours later, at 9 p.m., Pichardo hadn’t left the precinct, and was still […]


Home Schooling: A Washington Heights Family Chooses a Different Approach | The Uptowner

Home Schooling: A Washington Heights Family Chooses a Different Approach | The Uptowner

By Lina Zeldovich Karina Orton, 14, sits on the living room couch leafing through her biology textbook while her sister, Sarah Jane, 10, munches on a sandwich at the table and Alison, 12, plays the piano in the next room. Their brother Eli, 6, is building planes with his favorite Legos and their mother, Emily, […]


Producer Frankie P Captures the Uptown Sound | The Uptowner

Producer Frankie P Captures the Uptown Sound | The Uptowner

By Myeisha Essex When the rest of uptown is sleeping, Frank Parra can be found in a home studio at his Washington Heights apartment, experimenting with drum patterns. He paces from keyboard to laptop in search of the perfect sound; his music has a throwback vibe, mixed with the energy and grit of city life. […]


Inwood Residents Push for Preservation | The Uptowner

Inwood Residents Push for Preservation | The Uptowner

By Lindsey Wagner Inwood, nestled at the tip of Manhattan, is a neighborhood filled with an iconic history that many of its residents are unaware of. Every year, the Historic Districts Council accepts submissions from neighborhood groups that feel their neighborhoods are worthy of preservation. Inwood was chosen by the Historic Districts Council as one […]


Uptown Haunts: Ghosts Stories of Inwood and Washington Heights | The Uptowner

Uptown Haunts: Ghosts Stories of Inwood and Washington Heights | The Uptowner

By Lindsey Wagner and Sandra Ifraimova Every town has its ghost stories. Legends about grim and ghostly events from long ago that haunt the minds of believers and skeptics alike. Paranormal investigators, like Dan Sturges and his team, investigate eerie experiences that people can’t explain. “Sometimes, more often than not, there’s a rational explanation,” he […]


Tourists Step Through Time in Trinity Cemetery

By Andrew Seaman and Tahiat Mahboob [vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/16281392 w=501&h=282] Tourists come to the Trinity Church cemetery and mausoleum in Washington Heights to learn about upper Manhattan’ s past. The 168-year-old burial ground provides the final resting place for many celebrated New Yorkers: John James Audubon, Clement Clarke Moore, Ralph Waldo Ellison, and Jerry Orbach, to […]


The Uptowner Profiles Inwood Native & Incoming Head of Public Library System

By Medina Roshan On a recent visit to the Inwood branch library, Anthony Marx was blown away by the 2001 renovations. It wasn’t just the increased space or modern finishes that impressed him, but what he called “the aliveness of the place” and “the most amazing mix of New Yorkers” he found there. “It was […]

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