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Legendary Harlem Congressman Charles Rangel nearing end of his political career | NY Daily News

Legendary Harlem Congressman Charles Rangel nearing end of his political career | NY Daily News

BY Juan Gonzalez Legendary Harlem Congressman Charles Rangel is nearing the end of his political career. Bronx Democratic Party leaders said Monday they are deserting Rangel, the 83-year-old dean of New York’s delegation in Washington, for Adriano Espaillat in the June 24 Democratic congressional primary. And city Controller Scott Stringer is also expected to soon [...]


Rangel and Challengers Meet in First Debate of Primary Campaign | NY Times

Rangel and Challengers Meet in First Debate of Primary Campaign | NY Times

By KATE TAYLOR The grizzled incumbent trumpeted his experience, pounding on the table for emphasis while insisting, to laughter, that he wouldn’t cling to his seat “till I drop dead.” The two-time challenger spoke about his immigrant roots and promised to be a “unifying voice” for an increasingly diverse district. The political novice, for his [...]


Pioneering Washington Heights gay bar ‘No Parking’ closes | NY Daily News

Pioneering Washington Heights gay bar 'No Parking' closes | NY Daily News

BY Michael J. Feeney There was a whole lot of sadness in Washington Heights last weekend. No Parking, one of Upper Manhattan’s only gay bars, and the first in Washington Heights, closed Sunday to make way for a gym. The tiny bar built a reputation as a pioneering addition when it opened eight years ago, [...]


Parents at PS 48 in Washington Heights are demanding that rat-infested trailers used for kindergarten classrooms be removed | NY Daily News

Parents at PS 48 in Washington Heights are demanding that rat-infested trailers used for kindergarten classrooms be removed | NY Daily News

BY Michael J. Feeney NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Parents of students squeezed into three rat-infested “temporary” trailers for more than 10 years called for the Department of Education to remove the eyesores Tuesday. As many as 50 kindergartners at a time have been crammed into the Temporary Classroom Units since 2003 while officials at Public [...]


Money = Power: Are You An Impulse Buyer? Part I

Money = Power: Are You An Impulse Buyer? Part I

BY Fabian Baez (@FabianBaez) The Uptown Collective’s Money = Power column intends to inform our dedicated readers on matters of financial literacy and empowerment to better understand money. Certainly, we can agree there’s a significant difference between need and want. Maybe we don’t always willingly distinguish between them, though. I love classic movies, in particular, [...]


From all this tragedy, I get beauty | Manhattan Times

From all this tragedy, I get beauty | Manhattan Times

Story by Robin Elisabeth Kilmer After the blast The tragic explosion in East Harlem claimed the lives of 8 residents, leveled two residential buildings and injured nearly 70. Scores of families have been displaced, and many small uptown businesses and organizations affected have been unable to reopen or resume operations. After the Blast will offer [...]


Op-Led: The Crusade Against La Marina & the Dyckman Resurgence Continues

Op-Led: The Crusade Against La Marina & the Dyckman Resurgence Continues

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Here we go again! Now that the bad weather is finally starting to break and the light can be seen at the end of the proverbial tunnel, the forces of obstruction have once again decided that their voices are the only ones that matter as it relates to the future of [...]


Rejuvenated Harlem Building Becomes a Business Incubator for Biotechnology | NY Times

Rejuvenated Harlem Building Becomes a Business Incubator for Biotechnology | NY Times

By SANDRA E. GARCIA It is no secret that Harlem is changing. There is a new Red Lobster, a Joe’s Crab Shack, a DSW shoe store, and soon there will be a Whole Foods on 125th Street. But some of the most interesting changes are not so obvious. Inside the Sweets Building, a renovated structure [...]


Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez & City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito earn top scores on human rights | NY Daily News

Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez & City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito earn top scores on human rights | NY Daily News

BY Michael J. Feeney / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS They’re at the top of their class. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez earned high marks among Upper Manhattan elected officials thanks to their records on human rights. The Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center, which released the report Tuesday, said [...]


Heroin Selfies

Heroin Selfies

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) What a small world. All this time, I thought I was the only one that took selfies of their heroin induced downward spiral. Just kidding, of course, if you know me, you know that I don’t do… selfies. I kid – I kid. I find heroin almost as abhorrent as selfies. [...]


3/15/14: The 27th Annual Women of Power Conference

3/15/14: The 27th Annual Women of Power Conference

Join the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute in honoring and examining the experiences of a wide range of established women in the cultural arts, politics, and public service work this Saturday, March 15th, from 10AM to 7 PM at the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center in East Harlem, located at 1680 Lexington Avenue, [...]


Once a Funeral Home, Inwood Pharmacy Now a Gathering Place | WSJ

Once a Funeral Home, Inwood Pharmacy Now a Gathering Place | WSJ

BY Richard Morgan A former funeral home in Inwood is now a place where Girl Scouts hold their meetings, preschoolers play and artists display their works. Manny Ramirez reopened his Dichter Pharmacy in the old mortuary almost a year ago after a 2012 fire destroyed the business, which has operated in the neighborhood in some form [...]


Over the Bridge

Over the Bridge

BY Christina Bebeau I’m convinced that living in New York City can teach you to love the rugged outdoors the way that wearing a catholic school uniform encourages a sense of style. You can’t rebel against something, consciously or not, if there are no constraints. To some, spring is the perfect time to sit inside [...]


Buildings Collapse After Explosion, Fire In East Harlem | CBS New York

Buildings Collapse After Explosion, Fire In East Harlem | CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Two buildings have collapsed after an explosion Wednesday morning in East Harlem. It happened around 9 a.m. on Park Avenue on 116th Street, the FDNY said. One of the buildings that collapsed had a piano repair shop with apartments above. The second building housed a church. PHOTOS: Harlem Explosion It’s unclear [...]


Dominican voting bloc creates battleground pockets across traditionally black Harlem | NY Daily News

Dominican voting bloc creates battleground pockets across traditionally black Harlem | NY Daily News

By Simone Weichselbaum / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS It’s the uptown version of the purple state. Dominicans are gnawing away at the once-stable black power base as new voting trends show Latinos throughout upper Manhattan — and especially in Harlem’s emerging battleground pockets — are flocking to the polls in increasing numbers. A rising number [...]


Is Harlem ‘Good’ Now? | NY Times

Is Harlem ‘Good’ Now? | NY Times

By MARCUS SAMUELSSON WHEN I was walking to work one day last summer, I noticed that Crab Man Mike was gone from his usual post at 125th Street and Fifth Avenue. Mike has been cooking shellfish in his special pot on the streets of Harlem for 23 years. Concerned, I began asking the other street [...]


Hillary Clinton talks early education, parental reading in East Harlem jaunt | NY Daily News

Hillary Clinton talks early education, parental reading in East Harlem jaunt | NY Daily News

By Annie Karni / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Hillary Clinton trumpeted the importance of early-childhood education in a visit to East Harlem on Tuesday and urged parents to sing and read to their kids. Mayor de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, also attended the event and touted their commitment to universal prekindergarten in New [...]


Holding Onto Mother Cabrini

Holding Onto Mother Cabrini

Photos & Story by: Amaris Castillo (@AmarisCastillo) A bundled up Nisha Corniel emerged from the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Shrine this past Sunday. It had been several years since she last attended Mass at the Washington Heights chapel, but tragic news has a way of pulling you back to your roots. The 30-year-old wanted to [...]


Century-old Washington Heights Catholic school says its broke and will soon close | NY Daily News

Century-old Washington Heights Catholic school says its broke and will soon close | NY Daily News

By Simone Weichselbaum / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS The only remaining Catholic high school in Washington Heights announced that it’s too cash-strapped to keep its doors open and will close later this year. In a brief message posted on its website, officials at Mother Cabrini High School, a 115-year-old institution on Fort Washington Ave., informed [...]


Message to a Murderer: He is still ABLAZE!!!

Message to a Murderer: He is still ABLAZE!!!

By Carl L. Clemons (@CarlLClemons) This is without question the most difficult letter I ever had to write in my entire life. The reason for this being an intense desire to use my hands with another tool other than a keyboard to address you! The issue I have with you beyond the fact that you [...]


Indian Road Cafe Owner Fights to Keep Mother’s Killers In Prison | DNAinfo

Indian Road Cafe Owner Fights to Keep Mother's Killers In Prison | DNAinfo

By Nigel Chiwaya INWOOD — Jason Minter was just 6 years old when three men held his mother down in the next room, raped her and murdered her 37 years ago. Now, he’s fighting to keep his mother’s killers behind bars. Minter, the owner of Inwood’s Indian Road Cafe, has launched an online petition asking New [...]


Homage To A Hustler: Lil Man – The Great

Homage To A Hustler: Lil Man - The Great

By Carl L. Clemons (@CarlLClemons) “Honest people will respect us for our merit; the public, for our luck.” (Francois Duc DE LA Rochefoucauld 1613-1680, French Writer and Moralist). Washington Heights is known for many things, depending on whom you are asking. Oft times during casual conversation, when the topic is Washington Heights, the negative depictions [...]


Best of the Boogie Down: A New Year, A New You, A New Way

Best of the Boogie Down: A New Year, A New You, A New Way

BY Jenni Ruiza (@RuizaJenni) It’s a new year and what does that mean? Well, 2013 was an amazing one. After all, I had the opportunity to show all of you just a small part of how beautiful, fresh, and innovative the Boogie Down Bronx can be! We have some dope coffee shops to visit when [...]


The Definition of Dominican | Manhattan Times

The Definition of Dominican | Manhattan Times

Story and video by Sherry Mazzocchi A Dominican court ruling recently revoked the citizenship of all people born of foreign-born parents since June of 1929. The ruling applies to anyone born between 1929 and 2010, and impacts somewhere between 200,000 to 225,000 people, mostly of Haitian descent.  That begs a question: What does it mean [...]

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