The artist’s portraits of neighbors, icons, and strangers show a keen and democratic attention to detail. BY LOLA ADESIOYE When, in 1938, Alice Neel decided to relocate from Greenwich Village to Spanish Harlem with José Negrón, a musician and her then-boyfriend, she was making a bold yet potentially career-destroying move. During the early ’30s, Neel […]
By JASON FARAGO “I love you Harlem,” the American painter Alice Neel wrote in her diary around the end of World War II, and really, she loved everything in it. Neel celebrated Harlem — specifically its ethnically mixed section known as Spanish Harlem or El Barrio — for “your poverty and your loves.” And what […]
By Maurice Berger It is the often oblique details in Ming Smith’s photographs that provide their most profound meaning. Consider the eerie photograph of a person walking on a Harlem street, a blur moving across the image’s surface. The street is urban and depressed; graffiti mars steel gates and a portentous crucifix-like shadow rakes across […]
By Maurice Berger The pictures accompanying Adger Cowans’ essay in a new monograph on his work are not his professional photos, but snapshots from his personal life: his childhood home, a group portrait of his mother’s relatives in their Sunday best, and Mr. Cowans cradling his godchild. These pictures affirm the importance of photography not […]
By Carl Campanile In a development that is sure to be music to the ears of city parents, a new, orchestral-themed charter school is scheduled to open in upper Manhattan next fall — the first of its kind in the Big Apple. The Washington Heights and Inwood Music Community Charter School will offer two hours […]
How does a Live Jazz and Live Art experience sound? Awesome right. Well it get’s better. The event will be a one-a-kind pairing of master artist Andrea Arroyo with Uptown icon and musician, actress and playwright, Ms. Marjorie Eliot. The event is taking place at the venerable Morris Jumel Mansion on Sunday, June 19th at […]
By Vinson Cunningham In the summer of 1947, editors from the short-lived magazine ’47, known since its shuttering in 1948 as The Magazine of the Year, contacted Ralph Ellison—then in the thick of his seven-year labor to complete “Invisible Man”—with an idea for a photo essay on the Lafargue Psychiatric Clinic in Harlem. Established a […]
Billy Perry and the crew came Uptown for a hellified bike trip through Harlem recently. Click below to check out their antics. Related: Mira CoNYo: A Skate Scene Blossoms Uptown We invite you to subscribe to the weekly Uptown Love newsletter, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter, or e-mail us at UptownCollective@gmail.com.
Click below and check out the latest from the good folks at Mira CoNYo. After that click here for our video from Emmanuel Abreu and photo essay by Emil Baez on the phenomenon known as Mira CoNYo. Enjoy!
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 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 […]
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 […]
Founded in memoriam of beloved jazz musician Charlie Parker, this festival annually attracts thousands of fans to two historic parks in Manhattan. The festival will kick off the first of its three days on August 21st in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, blocks from the famous jazz clubs where Parker graced the stage, and move […]
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, […]
Skate All Cities strolled through Uptown and headed over to the Washington Heights Skatepark for a late night rendezvous featuring Danny Castaneda, Mark Dunning, Nelson Shin & RICKS.
Marjorie Eliot is well known in Upper Manhattan for the remarkable Sunday afternoon concerts she has hosted in her Edgecombe Ave living room for 20+ years: Parlor Jazz. Her piano-playing, band-leading and hostessing are internationally renowned. Recently, she has occasionally extended these concerts, to include performances of her original one-act plays. Word Up is hosting […]
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 […]
Being that today is the 113th B-Day of Langston Hughes, it is only right that we send some posthumous love to that giant that played such a part in the Harlem Renaissance. Happy B-Day Langston, you will live forever. What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? […]
This performance presents works by Alexis Bosch, Dafinis Prieto, Earl McIntyre and Arturo O’Farrill, including four compositions, Guajira Simple, Triumphant Journey, Second Line Soca/Bruddah Singh and Vaca Frita recorded in December at Havana’s Abdala studios for the Orchestra’s fifth album, Cuba: The Conversation Continued. The album, recorded during the historic period following the United States’ […]
Our Monday Mood Music selection comes to us from Chris Turner. The Oakland, CA born crooner filmed most of this video in Fort Tryon Park. Chris will perform at Harlem Stage on Friday, November 21st.
BY Emmanuel Abreu (@EAbreuVisuals) The 2014 World Maker’s Faire was exactly as it was described on its website, “a festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness.” I heard about it online and through a friend Jennifer Leech, who was selling her own really cool crafts there that weekend. Jennifer is a Washington Heights resident, and a fellow volunteer at Word […]
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 […]
After their SOLD-OUT premiere at New York City’s Documentary Fortnight Festival at MoMA earlier this year, “Through A Lens Darkly” will be screening August 27th through September 9th at the Film Forum (209 West Houston St.). Get your tickets NOW! For more: Through A Lens Darkly Blog | Black Photographers and the Emergence of a […]