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Neighborhood Stories: The Market Forces of Washington Heights | Village Voice

Neighborhood Stories: The Market Forces of Washington Heights | Village Voice

By Alexandria Neason When a management company announced last winter that the drugstore chain Walgreens would take over the lease of one of Washington Heights’ major grocery stores, Associated Supermarket on Fort Washington Avenue, neighbors and elected officials rallied and fought back. Their activism was mirrored in nearby Inwood, where residents fought the mayor’s plan […]


Your Guide to Washington Heights: Living the High Life in Manhattan | Village Voice

Your Guide to Washington Heights: Living the High Life in Manhattan | Village Voice

By Alexandria Neason Once a stretch of rural countryside home to the native Munsee, modern Washington Heights, a hilly neighborhood covering much of Manhattan’s northern tip, was named for the fortification where General George Washington’s army camped to keep an eye on the advancing Redcoats. The neighborhood has over the years been home to a […]


Poción Lounge Delights With Tincture-Tinged Coctails and Vegan Tapas | Village Voice

Poción Lounge Delights With Tincture-Tinged Coctails and Vegan Tapas | Village Voice

BY ALICIA KENNEDY “I wanted to make you something from my heritage,” says bartender Jairo Taveras of Poción Lounge in Washington Heights, handing me a dark-rum-based cocktail garnished with a flaming stick of palo santo bark. “It’s Dominican mixology.” The richly sweet beverage is a theatrical take on Mama Juana, in which rum, red wine, […]


Why the Cecil — One of New York’s Most Celebrated Restaurants — Will Close | Grub Street

Why the Cecil — One of New York’s Most Celebrated Restaurants — Will Close | Grub Street

By Sierra Tishgart In 1974, a fire burned down the Hotel Cecil in Harlem — home to legendary jazz club Minton’s Playhouse. Thirty-nine years later, in 2013, businessman Richard Parsons and restaurateur Alexander Smalls opened two businesses in its place: Minton’s, a bar with live music and snacks, and the Cecil, a full-blown, 200-plus-seat restaurant. […]


Here Stays the Neighborhood: In Washington Heights, Bodega Pizza Spins Thin-Crust Pies | Village Voice

Here Stays the Neighborhood: In Washington Heights, Bodega Pizza Spins Thin-Crust Pies | Village Voice

By Zachary Feldman Among the tags, sketches, and declarations of love permanently scrawled in Sharpie on Bodega Pizza’s bathroom walls, one customer’s optimistic sentiment reads, “This proves that gentrification comes & goes but culture remains forever.” It’s a contemplative assessment of the lively pie parlor, a longtime dream of Washington Heights resident Jose Morales. Until […]


Inwood Residents Killed a ‘Trojan Horse for Gentrification’ — Now What? | Village Voice

Inwood Residents Killed a 'Trojan Horse for Gentrification' — Now What? | Village Voice

By Steven Wishnia Some three hundred people packed the corner of Broadway and Sherman Avenue on Monday night, a steaming evening on the blocks where Broadway curves around the primeval stone wall of Fort Tryon Park and Washington Heights turns into Inwood. It was the eve of the City Council’s vote on a proposal to rezone the site at […]


From Iran to Harlem: Fighting Discrimination With Street Art | Village Voice

From Iran to Harlem: Fighting Discrimination With Street Art | Village Voice

By Anita Abedian On a recent summer day in East Harlem, Alexander Keto stood on a ladder above a group of sixth graders playing basketball, aerosol can in hand. Keto is spray-painting turquoise blue paint on P.S. 7’s brick exterior. The wall turns into an image of a West African woman up to her waist […]


Favorite Bites in Washington Heights with Tampopo Ramen Owner Josh Frank | Village Voice

Favorite Bites in Washington Heights with Tampopo Ramen Owner Josh Frank | Village Voice

By Jacqueline Raposo Four months ago, New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood got its first ramen shop — Tampopo Ramen (1 Bennett Avenue; 212-923-0575). The owners aren’t quite whom you might expect to bring onigiri rice balls or donburi bowls to the historically Dominican neighborhood that flanks the George Washington Bridge, but sometimes inspiration comes from […]


Landlords Can’t Stop Evicting Latino-Owned Businesses in Washington Heights | Village Voice

Landlords Can't Stop Evicting Latino-Owned Businesses in Washington Heights | Village Voice

By Anita Abedian On the awning outside Liberato Foods in Washington Heights is a simple message stating the mission of the market’s longtime owner: “SU NOMBRE JOSÉ LIBERATO, SU DESTINO VENDER BARATO.” Translated, it reads, “His name, José Liberato; his destiny, to sell cheap.” For some forty years, that’s what Liberato has tried to do […]


Marcus Samuelsson Celebrates Black Female Chefs With a Month-Long Menu | Village Voice

Marcus Samuelsson Celebrates Black Female Chefs With a Month-Long Menu | Village Voice

By Jacqueline Raposo For several years, Marcus Samuelsson has created a special menu in honor of Black History Month at his Harlem restaurant, Red Rooster (310 Lenox Avenue, 212-792-9001). But this time around, he had a particularly strong dose of female inspiration standing in front of him: his chef de cuisine Adrienne Cheatham. “Adrienne is pushing; […]


In Harlem, Brenda Beener Creates a Home with Seasoned Vegan | Village Voice

In Harlem, Brenda Beener Creates a Home with Seasoned Vegan | Village Voice

By Jacqueline Raposo Ms. Brenda Beener is one happy chef, and she’s not shy to express it. “I really love what I do,” she tells the Voice. “I love what I do. I’ve never been happier. I’m so happy — every day! The source of her joy is her Harlem restaurant, Seasoned Vegan (55 St. Nicholas […]


Up in Harlem, Making Artisan Toffee Is a Family Affair | The Village Voice

Up in Harlem, Making Artisan Toffee Is a Family Affair | The Village Voice

By Jacqueline Raposo Working with family doesn’t always spark the most aspirational images: think the insanity of the Osbournes, Kardashians, Trumps (gasp), and Lohans. But when it comes to making chocolate-covered toffee for Laurie Freeman Pauker, keeping business in the family is sweet. Laurie & Sons started in 2013 when the New York Department of Economic […]


Harlem is Hot, and Chef JJ Johnson Fans Delicious Flames | Village Voice

Harlem is Hot, and Chef JJ Johnson Fans Delicious Flames | Village Voice

By Jacqueline Raposo Once a week, chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson and his team at Harlem’s The Cecil (210 West 118 Street; 212-866-1262) feed their upstairs neighbors. It was a deal owner Richard Parsons and chef Alexander Smalls made when they recognized that the tenants got most of their meals from City Harvest and other local organizations. […]


Last Minority-Owned Business on Wiped-Out Washington Heights Block Ordered to Close | Village Voice

Last Minority-Owned Business on Wiped-Out Washington Heights Block Ordered to Close | Village Voice

By Solange Uwimana Punta Cana, the beloved Washington Heights restaurant that has stood at the corner of Broadway and West 162nd Street for at least 40 years, was ordered to vacate by August 15. The restaurant owners reached a settlement with the property owners that will let them stay until then without incurring any more […]


6/6/14: Message Delayed Opening Reception @ The United Palace

6/6/14: Message Delayed Opening Reception @ The United Palace

We live and are immersed in an instant gratification society. A picture is taken and it is instantly beamed around the world via social media. The ongoing Message Delayed exhibit takes that idea and subverts it. The brainchild of Uptown’s own Mike Fitelson, the photos for the exhibit are taken every year during the annual […]


Take a Journey Through Washington Heights History Via Dinner at the Rusty Mackerel | Village Voice

Take a Journey Through Washington Heights History Via Dinner at the Rusty Mackerel | Village Voice

By Laura Shunk There are many communities in uptown Manhattan that are still food insecure, and that became the impetus for the Insurgo Project, an organization that brings together restaurants, farms, chefs, and neighborhood restaurants to nurture the farm-to-table movement in low income communities and to try to find sustainable ways to change eating habits […]


Mike Fitelson’s Message Delayed II @ The Carnaval Del Boulevard

Mike Fitelson's Message Delayed II @ The Carnaval Del Boulevard

That’s right people, the next installment of the photography exhibit, Message Delayed, returns to the Carnaval del Boulevard on June 1st from noon to 4pm. The exhibit will feature 87 portraits taken last year and the photo booth will be up and running to create a new set of images. It will be one of […]


The Anti-Facebook: Photos Unveiled One Year Later in Washington Heights Art Project | Village Voice

The Anti-Facebook: Photos Unveiled One Year Later in Washington Heights Art Project | Village Voice

By Sam Levin Washington Heights photographer Mike Fitelson is taking Facebook status updates and instant photo sharing and turning them upside down. That is, he is taking the process of sharing thoughts and photos online and slowing it down and simplifying it dramatically — and bringing the whole thing off line. It’s part of a […]


Washington Heights Restaurant Hits The Heights | The Village Voice: La Daily Musto

Washington Heights Restaurant Hits The Heights | The Village Voice: La Daily Musto

By Michael Musto My trip to the high reaches of Washington Heights began with a really tip-top dinner at Le Chéile NYC, a relatively new Irish eatery at 839 West 181st Street. Co-owner Dave Hollander invited me and a friend for scrumptious salads, steak, caramelized brussels sprouts, “mushy peas” (exactly what they sound like), and […]


Take The A Train To No Parking Bar! | The Village Voice: La Daily Musto

Take The A Train To No Parking Bar! | The Village Voice: La Daily Musto

By Michael Musto For Broadway babies who’ve always dreamed of going “way up to Washington Heights,” you should do so and make sure to stop by No Parking, the ambient gay bar at 4168 Broadway (on 177th Street). Come on, park your butt somewhere other than the usual twinks-in-retail vodka palace. Last night, the place’s […]

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