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Uptown, a Marble Ruin Sits Alongside an Auto-Body Shop | The New Yorker

In Inwood, a scaled-down marble replica of the Arc de Triomphe is the only surviving element of Seaman’s Folly.

By David Owen

The Seaman Drake Arch

Valentine Seaman was born in Queens County in 1770 and studied medicine in Philadelphia under Benjamin Rush. He defied early-nineteenth-century anti-vaxxers by introducing Edward Jenner’s “kine-pock” inoculation to New York City, initially by administering it to one of his own children. In 1851, his son John Ferris Seaman bought twenty-six acres near the northern tip of Manhattan, in what’s now called Inwood but was then known as Tubby Hook. He built an ornate, multi-cupolaed, statue-embellished mansion on the crest of a hill, using marble that had been quarried approximately where Columbia University’s football stadium stands today. “If you were coming south into the city on the railroad in the late eighteen-hundreds, the mansion was the first thing you saw,” Cole Thompson, a real-estate salesperson and amateur local historian, said one morning, in his office, on West 207th Street. “The Seamans called it Mt. Olympus on the Hudson; others called it Seaman’s Folly.”

Read more: Uptown, a Marble Ruin Sits Alongside an Auto-Body Shop | The New Yorker

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Call For Artists: Serving Healthful Art

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), in collaboration with NY-Presbyterian – The Allen Hospital and Art in Flux, is seeking submissions for NoMAA’s next exhibition entitled Serving Healthful Art – Guest curated by Henone Girma (Art in Flux).

Artists can use their art as a catalyst to present new ideas. Serving Healthful Art is an open call to artists to submit works that confront the existing ways society is feeding itself and that convey what it means to nourish our bodies healthfully and with the earth’s ecosystem in mind.

Society is faced with endless food-related issues and the politics of food affects everyone who eats. Accordingly, artists hold a stake in discourses that take place around food and nutrition. In fact, they hold the ability to tap into the emotional core of such complicated concepts that entice both personal and political debates and are among those who are challenging the status quo. From food industry lobbying, marketing practices, agricultural innovations (both positive and negative), to FDA regulations and government policies there is a wide array of forces that affect what we eat and where it comes from. Food politics have a significant effect on all of our minds, bodies and souls.

Artist Stipend: $400 / Free bilingual form

Apply here: https://lnkd.in/e6awJKx

Timeline

Submission Deadline: February 16
Notification: week of Feb 19
Drop off and Installation: week of March 12
Opening: March 20, 6:30pm

Open to Artists working or residing in El Barrio, Inwood, Washington Heights or Harlem. Above 110th Street on the West Side (west of 5th Ave.) and above 96th Street on the East Side (east of 5th Ave)

Four artists will be selected from the submissions. Sales of artworks are not conducted by NoMAA. However, a price list will be available, and artists will be contacted directly by interested buyers. We kindly ask for a donation of 15% of each sale to NoMAA to help sustain our exhibits program.

Submit 4-6 images of two-dimensional artwork only, maximum of five feet in length or height. Work should be ready to hang (under glass preferred) and appropriate for a family friendly audience.

If you have any questions, call (212) 567 4394 or email henone@artinfluxharlem.com.

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Dry cleaner getting forced out by city’s land grab | Manhattan Times

By Gregg McQueen

“They’re playing games,” said Fancy Cleaners owner Damon Bae of the city.

The owner of an East Harlem dry cleaning facility says he’s being cleaned out by the city in an eminent domain dispute.

Damon Bae, who runs Fancy Cleaners at 2319 Third Avenue, said he is in danger of having to close his family business after the city took the property title in April through eminent domain.

The city is redeveloping a two-block area where Fancy Cleaners sits, in order to create 800 affordable housing units and a $300 million cancer treatment center.

Bae said the city is offering him about 30 cents on the dollar for the 6,000-square-foot property, which serves as a central processing plant for other Fancy Cleaners locations throughout the city as well as other dry cleaning clients, washing and pressing thousands of clothing items per week.

“It’s terribly frustrating, terribly disheartening,” said Bae, who said his business currently has nowhere to go and will likely be forced to close, as the amount being offered by the city is not enough to acquire a comparable site in East Harlem.

“It’s a great amount of stress, because you’re fighting a behemoth that you can’t win,” he said.

An eminent domain claim filed by the city in 2008 was finally enforced last March after a decade of legal challenges from Bae.

Read more: Dry cleaner getting forced out by city’s land grab | Manhattan Times

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Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – Chimpin’ Ain’t Easy

The hilarity continues in the latest episode of the Latinos Out Loud podcast. Juan Bago recaps being iPhoneless and lost for 3 days, Rachel La Loca shares details about smoking hookah in a Russian sex dungeon, Jaime celebrates MLK day with “ManMosas” at brunch and Frank discusses his personal record with Uber driving for 40 hours over the weekend. Special guest and actor, Manny Perez talks about his new film, “Colao” in theatres this Friday, January 19th and shares advice for aspiring artists with roots in the Dominican Republic.

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Sign The Petition: Let’s Save Galicia Restaurant, too!

“I cannot afford to pay what they’re asking,” said Galicia owner Ramón Calo.

We did it before Uptown, we can do it again. Another Uptown institution, Galicia Restaurant, may soon close if the landlord cannot be convinced to reconsider the lease terms they are offering to an establishment that has been around for more than 30 years. Please sign the petition below and share widely.

A rally to support Galicia Restaurant will be held on Sun., Jan. 21 at 12 p.m. It will be held in front of the restaurant, located at 4083 Broadway, at 173nd Street.

Sign the Petition: http://bit.ly/SaveGalicia

Read more: Galicia Gone? | Manhattan Times

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