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Spread Love: The People’s Theatre Project Presents We The People

Spread Love: The People’s Theatre Project Presents We The People

The indispensable People’s Theatre Project invites you to take part in WE THE PEOPLE: Youth Voices Centerstage, an artistic dialogue on social injustice impacting the community. It all goes down on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 at the Clyde and Helen Wu Auditorium (104 Haven Avenue). Admission is free but RSVP is required. […]


Library redevelopment plans unveiled | Manhattan Times

Library redevelopment plans unveiled | Manhattan Times

Spoiler alerts ahead. After months of speculation, the city has revealed long-awaited details for the redevelopment of the Inwood Library. On Tues., Mar. 6th, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), Housing Development Corporation (HDC) and New York Public Library (NYPL) announced plans to redevelop the current library into a 14-story building featuring 175 […]


04/13/18: Junot Díaz Presents Islandborn @ The United Palace

04/13/18:  Junot Díaz Presents Islandborn @ The United Palace

Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria, with United Palace of Cultural Arts, is proud to present Pulitzer Prize winner and MacArthur fellow Junot Díaz, reading from his debut children’s picture book, Islandborn. In Islandborn, Lola’s teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, and all the kids are excited—except Lola. […]


Spread Love: SouSou! Saturdays Kicks Off February 10

Spread Love: SouSou! Saturdays Kicks Off February 10

A new season of SouSou! Saturdays kicks off this upcoming February 10th, 2018 presented by the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) in East Harlem, NYC. SouSou! Saturdays are a monthly family-oriented art-making, dance, and music workshops held every second Saturday of the month at CCCADI at 120 East 125th Street, NY, NY. The […]


TLC’s ‘Say Yes to the Prom’ Stops at Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School | NY Metro Parents

TLC's 'Say Yes to the Prom' Stops at Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School | NY Metro Parents

By Caitlin Sawicki Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School was selected as the winner of TLC and Seventeen magazine’s Win a Dream Prom for Your School contest. As part of the prize, the team, including Monte Durham, of TLC’s Say Yes to the Prom brought a personalized shopping experience to the seniors at the Washington […]


12/10/17: The People’s Theatre Project Presents We The People

12/10/17: The People's Theatre Project Presents We The People

PEOPLE’S THEATRE PROJECT presents We The People Youth Voices Center Stage Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 5pm Clyde and Helen Wu Auditorium Columbia University Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center 104 Haven Avenue People’s Theatre Project’s community actors take the stage to address social injustice in their world. The event features three interdisciplinary original theatrical […]


Save The Date: 01/27/18 – Rise Up Inwood

Save The Date: 01/27/18 – Rise Up Inwood

Please come out to the venerable United Palace on January 27 for a special evening of hip hop music featuring Andy Mineo in celebration of the work of the Inwood Academy. The Inwood Academy serves students in grades five to twelve (nearly 900 young scholars) and their first class of seniors will graduate this year. […]


A Boy Grows Up In Harlem In ‘The Stars Beneath Our Feet’ | NPR

A Boy Grows Up In Harlem In 'The Stars Beneath Our Feet' | NPR

Lolly Rachpaul is 12 years old and a Lego master. He lives in Harlem, where his older brother was shot to death in a gang crime. When David Barclay Moore’s new novel for young readers “The Stars Beneath Our Feet” opens, Lolly is angry and sad and doesn’t feel much like celebrating Christmas. But his […]


Center Opens First LGBTQ Haven in Washington Heights | The Uptowner

Center Opens First LGBTQ Haven in Washington Heights | The Uptowner

by Deanna Hirsch Ka’Trina Marshall moved to New York City six months ago after being kicked out of her mother’s house in Atlanta. A homeless, HIV positive, transgender woman, she relied on new friends and temporary shelters for survival. Then she met a worker on the street from the Dominican Women‘s Development Center who offered […]


A Golf Center Grows in Harlem | NY Times

A Golf Center Grows in Harlem | NY Times

A leader of the Bridge Golf Foundation hopes it will be a “model for progressive gentrification” through its work with underprivileged and mostly black adolescent boys. By PAUL ROGERS Two years ago, Juan Cortorreal had never held a golf club. And now here he was, a freshman from the Eagle Academy for Young Men of […]


08/12/17: The Sweet Spot Festival Presents Pop + Shop

08/12/17: The Sweet Spot Festival Presents Pop + Shop

Join the Sweet Spot Festival and Grow NYC, in partnership with the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling and Broadway Housing Communities for #SecondSaturdays at Sugar Hill Greenmarket! Participate in a full-day of outdoor fun, music, interactive art making workshops, local vintage vendors, fresh produce, storytelling and more. For more info: http://sweetspotfestival.com/ We […]


Spread Love: 50th Annual Loíza Festival

Spread Love: 50th Annual Loíza Festival

July 28th | July 29th | July 30th — 11:00AM to 8PM (All Days) E 109th St (Between 2nd & 3rd Avenues), NY NY. FREE | Please RSVP your attendance here. The Annual Festival Santiago Apóstol de Loíza in El Barrio celebrates a half century of African influence of the Puerto Rican and Latino immigrant […]


07/30/17: The Heights Feel Good Fest

07/30/17: The Heights Feel Good Fest

MindBodySoul Yoga & The United Palace are excited to present the first-ever Heights Feel Good Fest! Free but RSVP Sunday, July 30th Plaza de las Americas & the Palace foyer 9AM – 5PM RSVP: 07/30/17: The Heights Feel Good Fest


Next From the Novelist Junot Díaz? A Picture Book | NY Times

Next From the Novelist Junot Díaz? A Picture Book | NY Times

By ALEXANDRA ALTER By his own admission, the novelist Junot Díaz is an agonizingly slow writer and a chronic procrastinator. Over the past two-plus decades, he has published just three books: two short-story collections and his 2007 novel, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” which won the Pulitzer Prize. He once spent about five […]


Spread Love: The People’s Theatre Project Presents Theatre Fun In The Sun

Spread Love: The People's Theatre Project Presents Theatre Fun In The Sun

This summer, People’s Theatre Project is offering free theatre activities in Payson Playground for kids ages 4 – 10 and their adult family members. You and your child (or grandchild!) will play fun games and work together with a professional teaching artist to make theatre inspired by our parks. Join us for one or more […]


Indiegogo Spotlight: Statement Arts College Prep Program 2017

Indiegogo Spotlight: Statement Arts College Prep Program 2017

A Word From Statement Arts Help Us Get 15 More NYC Young People Into College! If you can help us level the playing field for some amazing young people who deserve a chance, we’d be extremely grateful. This July, Statement Arts will sponsor its free Expanding Horizons College Preparatory Program for 15 under-served New York […]


06/17/17: Celebrate 6 Years of Word Up

06/17/17: Celebrate 6 Years of Word Up

Our favorite community bookstore is having a birthday party on Saturday, June 17. This is a bash for the entire family. Storytime at 11 am, a Block Party (with music performances!) at 1 pm, and a dance party at 7 pm ($10 cover, all proceeds go to Word Up). It is going to be lit. […]


This Uptown Urban Farm Is Growing Career Opportunities for Kids Throughout the City | Edible Manhattan

This Uptown Urban Farm Is Growing Career Opportunities for Kids Throughout the City | Edible Manhattan

By Sarah McColl Photos by Corinne Singer Up the street from the Apollo Theater, a lot on West 134th Street was once home to prowling neighborhood cats, abandoned engine parts and men playing dominos. With the vision of founder Tony Hillery, the kids of Harlem Grown’s youth farm, a truckload of soil from Home Depot […]


A Branch for Belafonte | Manhattan Times

A Branch for Belafonte | Manhattan Times

Story and photos by Gregg McQueen It was a visit to a public library branch that changed Harry Belafonte’s life forever. The legendary entertainer and social activist said he was introduced to theater by attending a show at the Schomburg Center of the New York Public Library (NYPL). “Life for me, that moment, was an […]


Spread Love: The People Storm The Palace – A Social Justice Theatre Festival | May 18-23

Spread Love: The People Storm The Palace - A Social Justice Theatre Festival | May 18-23

That’s right folks. The people will once again storm the palace. In light of the Trump tyranny, this event is more crucial than ever. The People Storm the Palace is an annual social justice theatre festival brought to you by the People’s Theatre Project (PTP). PTP empowers the entire community, both young and old, to […]


Restoring Parent Trust in Harlem’s Beleaguered Public Schools | Center For New York City Affairs

Restoring Parent Trust in Harlem’s Beleaguered Public Schools | Center For New York City Affairs

By Clara Hemphill and Ana Carla Sant’anna Costa Stand on the corner of 116th Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem early on a school day morning, and you’ll see a steady stream of children leaving the neighborhood by bus and subway. Some parents call this daily exodus the “Harlem diaspora.” They may live in the […]


Lead Levels in Inwood School’s Water Are Up To 450 Times Federal Limit | DNAinfo

Lead Levels in Inwood School's Water Are Up To 450 Times Federal Limit  | DNAinfo

By Carolina Pichardo INWOOD — A test of lead levels in the water at an Inwood elementary school found samples with up to 450 times the federal limit, including water from faucets in a boys’ bathroom, according to the Department of Education. P.S./I.S. 176, located on 4862 Broadway and shared between Muscota New School and […]


From Rio to Millrose | Manhattan Times

From Rio to Millrose | Manhattan Times

NYRR Games to feature 11 gold medalists It’ll be a new runners’ high. Northern Manhattan will soon get a close-up look at a slew of recent track and field stars, as 11 gold medalists from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics have been confirmed for this year’s New York Road Runners (NYRR) Millrose Games in Washington […]


Harlem Schools Are Left to Fail as Those Not Far Away Thrive | NY Times

Harlem Schools Are Left to Fail as Those Not Far Away Thrive | NY Times

By KATE TAYLOR Some of the best public elementary schools in New York City are in Community School District 3, on Manhattan’s West Side. At those schools, the vast majority of children pass the annual state tests, gifted and talented programs buzz with activity, and special programs attract promising young musicians or families who want […]

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