That’s right ya’ll, the In The Heights movie is looking for actors for the film that will once again shine a light on our beloved Washington Heights. Uptown superhero, Lin-Manuel Miranda, made the announcement himself on Twitter. Right now they are looking for a handful of actors for the much-anticipated film that is being put out by Warner Bros and is scheduled to be in theaters in the summer of 2020. It gets better folks, all you need is your smartphone, so get to it. Click below for more info. You have until to November 7th to submit.
Join the global digital magazine Ozy for a televised debate on Monday, October 22 from 6 pm to 9 pm at the venerable Riverside Church. The new show Take On America will be making a stop in our neck of the woods for a town hall-style discussion that looks to shine a spotlight on the perspectives and views of groups and voices that are often overlooked. Politicians, celebrities and thought leaders, including actor John Leguizamo and Congressman Adriano Espaillat will be a part of this crucial discussion that will touch on immigration, family and generational differences. The event is free but RSVP is required.
Commercial driver Fausto Luna is honored at vigil.
Fausto Luna, 58, was a man of many pursuits.
Born in the Dominican Republic, he was a 20-year Washington Heights resident. He was a family man who worked long hours to provide for his loved ones.
On September 26, as he jumped in front of an oncoming A train, he became the seventh commercial driver to commit suicide this year. He was the third Dominican driver and the first Uber driver to do so.
Luna had worked for Uber since 2013. He had high ratings, worked a lot of overtime and owned his own car. He reportedly killed himself because of money problems.
In response, Uber Communications Manager Alix Anfang said, “We are devastated by this news and our deepest sympathies go to Mr. Luna’s family and loved ones during this difficult time.”
A spokesperson for New York Taxi Workers Alliance said, “Our hearts are with the loved ones of brother Fausto Luna.” The organization held a vigil this past weekend for Luna in front of the 175th Street A train stop where he died. Approximately two dozen people attended. Many spoke of the hardships drivers endure.
The latest podcast series from Gimlet is set in our beloved Washington Heights. After sixteen years in prison, the indomitable Dolores Roach (Daphne Rubin-Vega) returns to a Washington Heights that has changed drastically in her absence. Her boyfriend missing, her family long gone, Dolores is recognized only by an old stoner friend, Luis (Bobby Cannavale), who gives Dolores room and board and lets her give massages for cash in the basement apartment under his dilapidated empanada shop.
When the promise of her newfound stability is quickly threatened, “Magic Hands Dolores” is driven to extremes to survive – leaving in her wake a string of strangled massage clients. In the face of unexpected professional success, Dolores and Luis become dangerously symbiotic, and Luis must unleash his own particular predilections. Now in hiding deep under Manhattan in an abandoned subway tunnel, Dolores recounts her grotesque tale of Eat or Be Eaten, her macabre urban legend of love, betrayal, weed, gentrification, cannibalism, and survival of the fittest.
All of the episodes of the much buzzed about podcast are available here.
On the latest episode of the Latinos Out Loud podcast the crew chop it up about WiFi in the Dominican Republic, drunken birds and Banksy’s self-shredding artwork. The special guests this week are Favy Fav and Babelito of the Latinos Who Lunch podcast.
Some of you may know Jon Ullman from his feature film Trouble In The Heights, or the UC co-production The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co. But for over half a decade, he’s also been quietly working with Uptown stalwarts such as the United Palace Theatre and the Morris-Jumel Mansion among others to create dynamic visual storytelling. He’s expanding his video services to Washington Heights, Inwood and Harlem businesses. If you’re considering video work for your social media and/or website presence, hit him up at UptownVideoNYC@gmail.com for a consultation. Don’t forget to tell him the Uptown Collective sent you.
Woolrich has tapped the iconic Lauryn Hill to be the face of their fall/winter 2018 campaign, “Woolrich: American Soul since 1830.” Shot by photographer Jack Davidson, the pictures show Ms. Hill in the streets of Washington Heights as well as the venerable United Palace. In honor of the 20th anniversary of the classic The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Ms. Hill gives her fans an awesome rendition of one of her timeless tunes and her definition of the meaning of “American Soul.”