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The Surgeon Who Experimented on Slaves | The Atlantic

The Surgeon Who Experimented on Slaves | The Atlantic

Dr. James Marion Sims is considered the father of modern gynecology. Until this week, his statue stood solemnly on Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street. The thing is that he obtained his knowledge by experimenting on enslaved Black women. Without anesthesia, may I add, because he believed that Black people did not feel pain. The painting […]


Vibrant Opposition at BP’s Inwood Rezoning Hearing | City Limits

Vibrant Opposition at BP’s Inwood Rezoning Hearing | City Limits

By Abigail Savitch-Lew On Tuesday night, residents packed the auditorium of IS. 218 for Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s hearing on the de Blasio administration’s proposed Inwood rezoning, with most testifiers speaking passionately against the proposal. The Inwood rezoning is the fifth rezoning sponsored by the de Blasio administration to move through the multi-stage public […]


UPinion: “We must listen” | Manhattan Times

UPinion: “We must listen” | Manhattan Times

By Mino Lora Photo: E. Abreu Visuals I am a firm believer in the power of young people. They teach me and inspire me every single day; it is clear to me that their compassion, creativity and commitment is unmatchable. The March for Our Lives was the largest nationwide protest in this country demanding gun […]


03/18/18: Rep. Adriano Espaillat Holds Affordable Housing Now! Tour

03/18/18: Rep. Adriano Espaillat Holds Affordable Housing Now! Tour

True to the promise that he made this past Monday at the Inwood Rezoning Forum, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is holding his 100% Affordable Housing Now! Tour to demand 5,000 affordable units at part of the Inwood Rezoning on Sunday, March 18 from noon to 1 pm. The starting point is 204th Street and 10th Avenue. […]


600 People Pack Board’s Inwood Rezoning Hearing | City Limits

600 People Pack Board’s Inwood Rezoning Hearing | City Limits

By Abigail Savitch-Lew Inwood residents and stakeholders flooded a Manhattan Community Board 12 public hearing on the city’s proposed Inwood rezoning Thursday night, packing a school auditorium built to accommodate roughly 600 people. About 150 people signed up to speak and not everyone had a chance to testify before the hearing ended after almost four […]


Food pantry debuts at Holyrood Church | Manhattan Times

Food pantry debuts at Holyrood Church | Manhattan Times

Story by Gregg McQueen A new food truck has arrived uptown – and on its menu is a novel mission. In order to help reduce hunger in Northern Manhattan, a coalition of organizations has gone mobile. West Side Campaign Against Hunger, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Holyrood Episcopal Church, CHALK and the Dominican Women’s Development Center (DWDC) […]


Commit to 5000 Units | Manhattan Times

Commit to 5000 Units | Manhattan Times

By Rep. Adriano Espaillat In 2016, the city of New York built or preserved 21,963 affordable apartments, making it the best year for advancing affordable housing the city has seen in decades. While our city’s progress on this important issue is significant, it’s only a beginning to solving a problem that went neglected for far […]


Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Next Lion of New York | NY Times

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Next Lion of New York | NY Times

John Leland of the NY Times penned a must-read article on Uptown super-hero Lin-Manuel Miranda. The piece delves into Lin’s formative NYC experiences as well as the importance of his family in his creative process. Click below for more. Read more: Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Next Lion of New York Related: Spread Love: Lin-Manuel Miranda to […]


Save The Date: 03/05/18 – The Up Theater Company Honors Elizabeth Ritter

Save The Date: 03/05/18 – The Up Theater Company Honors Elizabeth Ritter

It’s that time again folks. The Onward & Upward annual shindig is going down on Monday, March 5 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the Fort Washington Collegiate Church (729 West 181st). Seriously folks, there is no better way to bring in the Spring than with this annual celebration of the arts Uptown. This year’s […]


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 […]


The United Palace of Cultural Arts features Led Black in their Community Spotlight series

The United Palace of Cultural Arts features Led Black in their Community Spotlight series

Head over to the blog of the United Palace of Cultural Arts for a cool Q&A with our Editor-In-Chief Led Black. While you are there check out the side bar for all the cool happenings at the Palace. You can even sign up for a free historical tour of the theater on Sunday, February 11. […]


A Gentrification Story with a Happy Ending | The New Yorker

A Gentrification Story with a Happy Ending | The New Yorker

By Jon Michaud My mother-in-law, Grecia Solano, immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic, in the late nineteen-sixties. For the past forty years, she has lived in an apartment in Washington Heights, where she enjoys a view of the Hudson River and the western tower of the George Washington Bridge from her living-room […]


Grandpa’s Pizza Reopens | Manhattan Times

Grandpa’s Pizza Reopens | Manhattan Times

By Gregg McQueen Shuttered for six weeks after a fire damaged the store, Grandpa’s Brick Oven Pizza is back in business. The popular Inwood eatery reopened on January 24, after a thorough vetting by the Health Department. For now, the store is selling and delivering only pizza and a few other items, such as calzones, […]


Dry cleaner getting forced out by city’s land grab | Manhattan Times

Dry cleaner getting forced out by city’s land grab | Manhattan Times

By Gregg McQueen The owner of an East Harlem dry cleaning facility says he’s being cleaned out by the city in an eminent domain dispute. Damon Bae, who runs Fancy Cleaners at 2319 Third Avenue, said he is in danger of having to close his family business after the city took the property title in […]


Sign The Petition: Let’s Save Galicia Restaurant, too!

Sign The Petition: Let's Save Galicia Restaurant, too!

We did it before Uptown, we can do it again. Another Uptown institution, Galicia Restaurant, may soon close if the landlord cannot be convinced to reconsider the lease terms they are offering to an establishment that has been around for more than 30 years. Please sign the petition below and share widely. A rally to […]


“Handshake” deal reached to keep Coogan’s open | Manhattan Times

“Handshake” deal reached to keep Coogan’s open | Manhattan Times

It won’t be last call after all. ‎ A handshake agreement has been reached between Coogan’s Restaurant and its landlord, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, to keep the iconic Washington Heights pub open. The deal was reported on social media by Congressman Adriano Espaillat, who had organized a rally for January 14 to help save the restaurant. […]


The Uptown Tweet of the Week: #SaveCoogans

The Uptown Tweet of the Week: #SaveCoogans

Congratulations to @CoogansNYC @nyphospital on reaching an agreement tonight to #SaveCoogans #HandShake in #WashingtonHeights. #Coogans embodies the spirit of #NYC #NY13 @galeabrewer @Vegalteno @Lin_Manuel @jimdwyernyt pic.twitter.com/KpGQQM8zog — Adriano Espaillat (@RepEspaillat) January 13, 2018 We invite you to subscribe to the weekly Uptown Love newsletter, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter & Instagram […]


Amazing Things Have Happened Here: The Shared Mission of a Bar and a Hospital

Amazing Things Have Happened Here: The Shared Mission of a Bar and a Hospital

By Robert Snyder Photos: Cristóbal Vivar | Manhattan Times New York-Presbyterian may be world-renowned as a hospital, research center and medical school, but its neighbors in upper Manhattan know it mostly as a bad landlord. When the hospital hit Coogan’s with a devastating rent hike, it trampled the good work done by its own doctors, […]


Community members, landlord respond to Coogan’s shutdown

Community members, landlord respond to Coogan’s shutdown

By Gregg McQueen After news broke that Coogan’s, an iconic Washington Heights restaurant and pub for more than 30 years, would shut down in May due to a massive rent hike, concerned community members and elected officials have reacted to help save the beloved establishment. Coogan’s owners said on January 9 that they needed to […]


Celebrating with Los Magos and Miranda | Manhattan Times

Celebrating with Los Magos and Miranda | Manhattan Times

Story by Desiree Johnson Photos by Cristóbal Vivar There’d be time enough for policy and politics. First, storytime. Families braved the blistering cold and filed into the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center in East Harlem this past Sat., Jan. 6 to mark Three Kings’ Day holiday, a touchstone holiday for many Latinos who observe the […]


Looking Ahead | The Manhattan Times

Looking Ahead | The Manhattan Times

From Showtime Saturdays at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum, to the 6th Annual Black Comic Book Festival at the Schomburg Center, to a little nature photography with Michael Palma Mir, the Manhattan Times keeps you in the loop with the all the cool Uptown happenings. Click below for more. Check out: Looking Ahead | The […]


Inwood pizzeria rebuilding after fire | Manhattan Times

Inwood pizzeria rebuilding after fire | Manhattan Times

By Gregg McQueen When an early-morning fire tore through Grandpa’s Brick Oven Pizza on December 9, owner Ángel Salazar thought his dreams, as well as his business, had gone up in smoke. He has worked at the popular Inwood eatery since the day it opened in 2004, starting as a counter helper and working his […]


Spread Love: Toys 4 Puerto Rico

Spread Love: Toys 4 Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico may be down but it is certainly not out. Uptown superhero Lin-Manuel Miranda has teamed up with Toys “R” Us to bring a little joy and magic to the children of Puerto Rico for Three Kings Day on January 6, 2018. They have already blown through the initial goal of providing 10,000 toys […]


Looking Ahead | The Manhattan Times

Looking Ahead | The Manhattan Times

From learning about Bitcoin, to getting to know the urban bike park at Highbridge Park, to First Fridays at the Schomburg, to honoring MLK, to a garden winter tour, the Manhattan Times has got you covered with a whole host of cool things to do Uptown. For more: Looking Ahead | The Manhattan Times We […]

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