Homeless Camp Growing in Washington Heights Park, Locals Say | DNAinfo

By Lindsay Armstrong

Duarte Square - Washington Heights

The Washington Heights Gardening Crew has helped to maintain Juan Pablo Duarte Square for 13 years. (Photo: Lindsay Armstrong | DNAinfo)

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — A public square in Washington Heights has become a camp for homeless men who use drugs and leave behind trash and human waste, officials and neighbors say.

Since early this year, after a community gardening group transformed Juan Pablo Duarte Square into a thriving green space, a growing number of men have moved in, the gardeners said.

The square, which separates Broadway from St. Nicholas Avenue near 170th Street, was once a concrete traffic island with granite benches that was popular with local skateboarders. In 2001, the Washington Heights Gardening Crew applied to have the area designated a Greenstreet and has helped to maintain the space ever since.

Read more: Homeless Camp Growing in Washington Heights Park, Locals Say – Washington Heights – DNAinfo.com New York.

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Time Travel Tuesdays: A Film Maker Evokes The World of Frankfort-On-The-Hudson | NY Times

By MERVYN ROTHSTEIN
Published: August 24, 1986

We Were So Beloved - The German Jews of Washington Heights - Frankfort On The Hudson

In 1936, when Manny Kirchheimer was 5 years old, he and his family fled Hitler’s Germany and settled in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. They were not alone – by 1950 there were 20,000 Jews in Washington Heights, most of whom had come to this country from Germany between 1933 and 1941.

Now Mr. Kirchheimer, a teacher at the School of Visual Arts and an independent film maker, has made a movie about some of those German Jews – his parents, their friends, the children with whom he went to school, hung out on the streets and played stickball – and the neigborhood in which they lived, a neighborhood some called ”Frankfurt-on-the-Hudson.” Entitled ”We Were So Beloved,” it opens Wednesday at Film Forum 1 for a two-week run.

The film consists primarily of interviews with Mr. Kirchheimer’s father, an aunt, neighbors, family friends and some of his classmates – now of course grown up – with some stills, film footage and facts about Nazi Germany for historical context. The people talk not so much about the old neighborhood as about their memories of what it was like to live in Germany both before and after Hitler came to power, how they managed to escape and their concern over the relatives and friends who didn’t make it out. And in the last part of the film, Mr. Kirchheimer, who does all of the interviewing – he was producer, director, writer and editor -asks them questions that sometimes elicit surprising and disturbing answers, questions on their views of the Germans who looked the other way while their relatives were sent to the death camps, of today’s immigrants, and of how they think they might have acted in Germany had they not been Jewish.

”It was an extraordinary neighborhood,” Mr. Kirchheimer says, sitting in the living room of his combination apartment and office on the Upper West Side, just a few feet from the montage of film making and editing equipment with which he created the movie. ”It was a neighborhood whose residents came here in less than ideal circumstances, and a couple of years later they had built a community that was so tight and so friendly that it would sometimes take me an hour in the summer to walk the one block between Fort Washington Avenue and Riverside Drive. I would pass all the people in their summer chairs, sitting out and chatting after supper. ‘Hello, Mrs. Rosenthal.’ ‘Hello. Mrs. Stern.’ And so on. Sometimes when I was in a hurry I would walk five or six blocks out of my way just to avoid having to do that.”

Read more: FILM VIEW – A FILM MAKER EVOKES THE WORLD OF FRANKFORT-ON-THE-HUDSON – NYTimes.com.

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‘Brides’ March Against Domestic Violence | WSJ

By Joe Jackson

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Marchers making their way down Broadway during the Brides’ March. (Photo: Peter J. Smith | WSJ)

Hundreds of advocates protesting domestic violence, including many women wearing white wedding gowns, took part in an annual Brides’ March through upper Manhattan and the south Bronx Friday.

The event–in its fourteenth year–honors Gladys Ricart, whose ex-boyfriend was convicted of killing her in 1999 on her wedding day and other victims of abuse. Marches also take place in Florida, Milwaukee, Newburgh, N.Y., and the Dominican Republic, organizers said.

The New York City walk, which stepped off from Fort Washington Heights Presbyterian Church at 10:30 a.m., followed an invocation ceremony featuring speeches from organizers, abuse survivors and elected leaders.

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10/2/14: Auditions For The Young People’s Chorus of New York City at Washington Heights

Young People's Chorus

This Thursday, October 2, will be a very special day for any boy or girl from 7 to 13 who loves to sing.

That day they can audition for the Young People’s Chorus of New York City at Washington Heights (YPCWH), an after-school community program founded in 2012 by the world-famous Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC).

The YPCWH chorus has become so popular, that YPC Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez is now expanding it into two divisions, both conducted by Maria Peña, a conducting fellow of YPC.

This is a great opportunity for young people to learn vocal technique and read music, while making new friends and having the chance to sing onstage.

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