Mark your calendars familia; Uptown Restaurant Week takes place October 7 to the 17. On Mondays thru Thursdays from 4 to 9 pm during that time you can enjoy a spectacular three-course dinner at any of the many fine restaurants that are participating this year. So don’t sleep, make your list of establishments that you want to hit up now so when the time comes you are ready.
You already know the motto, Spread Love It’s The Uptown Way!
Participating Restaurants: 10th Avenue, Beans and Vines, Biscocho De Colores, Bocaditos Bistro, Bodega’s Pizza, Brasier Restaurant, Brown Sugar, Burgos Restaurant, Cafe Buunni, Cañave, Chinito Latino, Cocina Taller, Dos Mares, Dyckman Bar, El Conuco, El Jefe, Floridita, Fort Tryon Pub House, Grandpa’s Pizza, Grito Mexican Grill, Il Sole Restaurant, Indian Road Cafe, Inwood Bar and Grill, La Casa del Mofongo & Piano Bar (207th ST), La Nueva España, Locksmith Bar, Lucky Seven, Made in Mexico, Mamajuana, Mamasushi, Marisco Centro, Ñapa Steak and Seafood, Papasito, Pat’e Palo, Pop and Pour, Punto de Sabor, Republica, Seawalk, Taco Inn, Tannant, Tipico Dominicano, Wahizza
By Gregg McQueen
There are royals about.
A small green space situated near a busy Inwood street corner is playing a key role in helping monarch butterflies complete their annual migration to Mexico.
Located near Good Shepherd School on the corner of Isham Street and Seaman Avenue, the butterfly sanctuary has raised and released about 100 butterflies this past summer.
It was started in June by community members concerned about the endangered status of monarchs, whose numbers are dwindling due to overdevelopment, pesticides, and other hazards.
At the Good Shepherd Butterfly Sanctuary, monarch butterflies are raised from eggs into caterpillars. Eventually, the caterpillar hangs upside down from a twig or leaf and soon becomes a shiny pupa known as a chrysalis. A few weeks later, a butterfly emerges. Once released, the butterfly instinctually flies about 3,000 miles back to Mexico, and will eventually return in the spring.
“It’s really a way-station for the butterflies so they can start out on the journey,” said Keith DeCesare, a local resident who started the garden earlier this year. “Their numbers are shrinking, so they need all the help they can get to survive.”
According to a 2017 study published in the scientific journal Biological Conservation, scientists believe the species could become extinct in the next 30 years.
Listen up folks, if you have not visited Zona De Cuba in the Bronx yet you are missing out on something truly special. It is the spot to go to in the greater Uptown area and one of the flyest restaurants in the city bar none. For our Spanish speakers, check out this wonderful segment from Telemundo on the buzz worthy establishment.
Related: Open For Business: Zona De Cuba
On this week’s episode, Frank returns to the podcast after shooting a short film at the Jersey Shore, Bago and Jaime reunite with Jose Reyes at the Mets game, and Carmen Mendoza (filling in for Rachel) breaks down the most recent Democratic debate.
On “Bochinche Bites”, Jaime dishes on Bang Bros trying to rename a sports arena, a woman getting a little “too excited” at a Broadway show, Popeyes telling their customers to bring their own buns, and Tinder making their own TV series.
On this week’s “Frank-spiracy News”, Frank educates us on food additives and what they are made of.
The crew interviews director Alain Alfaro and independent producer/festival programmer Juan Caceres about working with Jaime and Bago on the web series Henry, this year’s Urban World film festival and Juan’s favorite movies being shown at the festival, Alain’s latest short film “Message Erased” (which is also screening at Urban World), and the state of Latino films in general.
This week’s Que Lo Que Quickie is with actor Santiago Rosas who chats with us about his lead role as Benny in the Web series The North Pole, what to expect for season 2 of the show, and working with producer Rosario Dawson on the series.
With the new changes in the law, it’s more important than ever to stay up-to-date on New York City Housing Rights.
Please join the WaHI Chamber on Wednesday, September 25th from 6 – 8pm at 530 West 166th St., second floor for this valuable symposium on Housing Rights. Representatives from the New York State Division of Human Rights will be on hand to answer all your questions and to take complaints.
Please RSVP to RSVP@DHR.NY.GOV or call 718-741-8301.
The Juan Pablo Duarte Foundation is having their Fall Fundraiser on October 23. Please help support this important organization that is dedicated to the ideals of Juan Pablo Duarte and to the Dominican Diaspora. Our Editor-In-Chief, Led Black, is a proud member of the advisory board. Remember the motto, Spread Love It’s The Uptown Way!
Uptown superhero Lin-Manuel Miranda teamed up with American Express for a massive display of Uptown Love. Lin and American Express are giving people a chance to experience three of Lin’s favorite small businesses in New York City. While supplies last, when you mention American Express and Lin-Manuel Miranda, you can pick up:
- A free book from community-run bookstore, Word Up Books (2113 Amsterdam Ave), in Lin’s home neighborhood of Washington Heights, which aims to bring forward stories of people who don’t typically get the spotlight.
- Sample one of Lin’s favorite restaurants with a free appetizer from 809 Restaurant & Bar (112 Dyckman St). This is where he celebrates Thanksgivings.
- Head to San Marko Formals (718 Central Park Ave) in Yonkers to receive a free dress shirt from one of Lin’s favorite brands. This is the same place he got his prom suit and where he goes for all his awards show fittings.
It’s a great way to jump start this fall and Shop Small (in the lead up to the annual Small Business Saturday).
Lin said it best, “I know how important small businesses are to helping local communities thrive — including my own in Washington Heights. That’s why I’ve teamed up with American Express to back small businesses and encourage people to Shop Small all year long. And this Saturday, we’re doing giveaways at three of my favorite uptown shops so you can grab a book, a bite and a button-down, while supporting the local community.”
Thanks @AmericanExpress for sending me a care package while I’m filming in 🏴! This Saturday, we’re teaming up to do giveaways at three of my favorite uptown shops. Learn more about how you can #ShopSmall here: https://t.co/yyLEpsKyAR #AmexAmbassador pic.twitter.com/DiofBGg5f1
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) September 10, 2019
When this film screened at the New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF) last month everyone in attendance was moved to tears. We are absolutely sure you will be equally moved so make sure you catch this riveting documentary on PBS.
From award-winning director Ben DeJesus (Great Performances: John Leguizamo’s Road to Broadway, John Leguizamo: Tales from a Ghetto Klown), Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage is a warm and revealing portrait of the charismatic, groundbreaking actor’s journey from his native Puerto Rico to the creative hotbed of 1960s New York City, to prominence on Broadway and in Hollywood. Filled with passion, determination and joy, Juliá’s brilliant and daring career was tragically cut short by his untimely death 25 years ago, at age 54.
By Gregg McQueen
From bottle service to BBQ.
A new restaurant has opened up on the former site of waterfront hotspot La Marina – and there’ll be no happy hour or hookah for the time being.
Dubbed The Hudson, the new Dyckman Street venue is operated by Jimmy Goldman, owner of the Brother Jimmy’s BBQ restaurant chain.
On August 5, a bankruptcy judge approved the transfer of the site’s ownership to Goldman. Manhattan River Group, the previous owners, ended up in bankruptcy court while owing debtors — many of whom had given deposits for future weddings and private events — in excess of $600,000, according to court documents.
The owners of La Marina ran into trouble soon after it opened in 2012.
The party hub generated buzz by drawing A-list visitors such as Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Leonardo DiCaprio, but also ran afoul of many local residents by hosting loud outdoor concerts and using public parking spaces with its valet parking service.
La Marina was temporarily closed in July 2018 after a series of Health Department and State Liquor Authority violations, and the venue was shuttered for good last December after an employee was arrested for narcotics trafficking and violation of state liquor laws.
As a city-owned concession, Manhattan River Group paid NYC Parks for the rights to operate on the land. Now, those rights have been transferred to Goldman and his colleagues.