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Girl & her dog - Washington Heights

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New Music: Rich Perez – Uptown

Growing up in Uptown NYC, a trip to the grocery store isn’t just a trip to the grocery store. It’s a time to getaway and say whats up to friends, go on adventure, see things and share your world with friends. I hope we never lose that sense of faith and adventure as we grow older.

Lyrics: Rich Perez
Production: Andy Mineo
Video Work: Scouts Honor Media

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Bitten to the Quick | NY Times

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Pigeons - NY Times - Illustration by Melinda Josie

Illustration by Melinda Josie

In the spring of 2013, a family of pigeons nested in scaffolding outside my apartment building two blocks off St. Nicholas Avenue in Manhattan’s Washington Heights. From the window of my first-floor apartment, I heard the cheeping of baby birds and affectionately observed their downy forms and tiny black-tipped beaks: my very own slice of nature.

But in May, when the squabs matured into fledglings and flew off, it seems that a horde of barely visible parasites that had been feeding off them — bird mites — needed a new blood supply. They launched an Old Testament-worthy invasion of the first-floor apartments. Relentless and nocturnal, the bugs robbed us all of sleep, raising painful red bites on my skin that were ringed with bruises. They appeared to prefer warm and damp locales: hair, nasal passages, ear canals, folds in skin and, most alarmingly, groins.

By Memorial Day, I looked as if I’d wandered out of a medieval pestilence. With more than 30 welts on my body, I began sleeping at hotels or couch-surfing a few nights a week to get a break.

Read more: Bitten to the Quick – NYTimes.com.

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UC Exclusive: GDA – Early

UC Exclusive - GDA - Early

Produced by RedArmy, the latest banger from GDA is a prelude to the forthcoming MatteBlackII. Stay tuned for more… Business before pleasure indeed!

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9/20/14: Columbia University’s Northern Manhattan Neighbors Appreciation Day

Columbia University Uptown Appreciation Day

That’s right people. Columbia University is spreading that Uptown Love. This coming Saturday, September 20th, is Northern Manhattan Neighbor Appreciation Day. Anyone with uptown proof of ID gets in for free.

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Uptown Video: What’s Eating Harlem Episode 4

What’s Eating Harlem airs every Thursday at 10PM on the NYC Life Channel.

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