06/08/19: 2019 Riverside Jam

Yes Yes Ya’ll… And You Don’t Stop. The almighty Riverside Jam goes down tomorrow, Saturday, June 8 at an undisclosed but an off-the-beaten path location. Shout out to the More Fire DJ’s and I Love My Hood for keeping this hood tradition alive. Slide into our IG DMs for more info. Also check our IG for Live Video & much more from the festivities.

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Dyckman Uncharted

By J. Gonzalez Jr.

Photography by @inwood_cole

Once spring swings a rise in temperature to signal New York City of the summer to come it seems no big apple district matters as much as the block that raised this writer. A bit of sunshine and a few degrees above Sixty Fahrenheit make certain what to expect from each neighboring street in the stretch of upper Manhattan that’s informally, lovingly labeled as Dyckman.

Elders play dominoes by lampposts for their loose dollars, counting a thousand ways to play a hand of seven dominoes as they sip brown paper bag wrapped Presidentes. On an opposite corner you’ll find 90’s babies and millennials sitting on milk crates to catch up on the current state of the hood as they spark the scent of teen spirit. Community policing stops kids from even the mere thought of crossing the street but commend their imaginations, they create a world of fun between their corner-to-corner limitations. And bless the nurturing mothers who find space between all the liveliness to grill enough grub to nourish every last belly on the block with BBQ loving. In short, sunny skies turn the curbside into a second home.

As the warm winds of the season sweep through the hood—actually, it’s more of a small town chiseled into the tip of the world’s capital—it helps the words that whirl within the head of this local to sway a pen on. The singular traits of this neighborhood have gone unsung for far too long and so it’s necessary to focus a scope on the vibrant residents and brick built expanse that so many know as home.

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The Uptown Tweet of the Week: In The Heights Movie Mania Grips Uptown

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Uptown Video: Humans Of The Hood – Sunny Cheeba

The latest episode in I Love My Hood’s Humans of the Hood series features dj extraordinaire Sunny Cheba. Sunny Cheba is part of the mighty Uptown Vinyl Supreme movement, which has led to a resurgence of digging in the crates. Check it out ASAP.

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Open For Business: Merienda Snack Bar

The lower Heights has a new spot that you just have to check out, Merienda Snack Bar (2192 Amsterdam Ave). The place is super cozy, cool and the staff really goes out of their way to make sure you enjoy your time there. The food is mostly Dominican fare with flare but they also bang out awesome burgers, pastas and get this, fried rice. How’s that for eclectic? The mofonguitos are an absolute must try. So there you have it folks, make sure you support and patronize your local businesses. And by the way, tell them the Uptown Collective sent you.

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“Every lyric I’ve written has been written on these streets” | Manhattan Times

The Manhattan Times spoke to Lin-Manuel Miranda and Luis Miranda, who serves as NoMAA Chairman of the Board of Directors, about the Uptown Arts Stroll, filming In the Heights uptown, and how the SATs and Usnavi intersect for the composer.

Interview conducted by Led Black, The Uptown Collective.

The Stroll this year will coincide with the filming of In the Heights uptown. What does that feel like?

Lin: I can just say that it’s an honor. I can’t believe that we are going to be filming In the Heights next week. To be honored here at Art Stroll hopefully for all of the energy we are going to bring to Washington Heights. We all posted over the weekend that we are looking for extras from Washington Heights to be in the movie. To be able to represent the neighbor with people from within in the neighborhood is such a dream come true for me.

Luis: In 2006, the Art Stroll was 6 years old. In the Heights was at the Richard Rodgers Theatre and we asked permission from the producers to give the Uptown Art Stroll guides for two weeks to the people waiting to go in to the theater. Because it was a way of letting them know that there was a real neighborhood that is called Washington Heights.

Lin, there are going to be a lot of Usnavis uptown. Any advice?

Lin: There are two really exciting takes coming up. There is Anthony Ramos who played my son Phillip in Hamilton and who is now playing Usnavi in the movie and then there is the student in George Washington High School. That is really exciting for me because that’s the hometown school and where I took my SATs. I’m really excited to see that production and see what those young students have been practicing.

What do you think has changed the most uptown since you wrote the musical?

Lin: I think everything that was written inside that musical is more relevant now then it’s ever been before. The issue of gentrification, of immigration, of what do we carry on as our legacy when our parents moved here from somewhere else. I think all those issues are issues that this neighborhood can relate to. And I think those issues have grown more prevalent. I remember the reviews of the musical would say “Well, are these issues very pressing?” You can’t look at a newspaper without seeing immigration and gentrification at the forefront. In a lot of ways I think the times have caught up to the show. I just think it’s more relevant now than it was in 2008.

Read more: “Every lyric I’ve written has been written on these streets” | Manhattan Times

Related: About Last Night…

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About Last Night…

2019 Uptown Arts Stroll Opening Reception

2019 Uptown Arts Stroll Opening Reception. Photo: Cristóbal Vivar

 

We did it again Uptown. The 2019 Uptown Arts Stroll opening reception was a rousing success. The event not only honored such Uptown stalwarts as Mino Lora, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Hike The Heights and Obrien Luna, but Uptown super-hero, Lin-Manuel Miranda, made a special appearance as promised. The energy in the opulent United Palace last night was something special; community, joy and Uptown Love in abundance. The homie Kelvin Grullon did a bang up job of hosting the festivities. Much praises also go out to Jazz Power Initiative for putting on a stellar show. Shout out to Hennessy for providing the sublime libations, one of which was called In The Heights.

With that said, the 2019 Uptown Arts Stroll has now begun, hit up www.artstroll.com to make sure you don’t miss any of the art awesomeness taking place throughout Uptown. Remember folks, use the hashtag #UptownArtStroll on all of your 2019 stroll pics and videos for your chance to win a free night’s stay at the Edge Hotel. By the way, the closing reception is on Thursday, June 27 at the Harlem School of the Arts with performances by DJ LiKWUiD, HSA students and 2019 Honoree Obrien Luna. Between the OPENING and CLOSING receptions you will find about 300 EVENTS, EXHIBITIONS and OPEN STUDIOS at www.artstroll.com.

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Open For Business: Zona De Cuba

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Restaurateur extraordinaire Fernando Mateo has done it again.

Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, Zona De Cuba (558 Grand Concourse) is now open for business and it is a game changer. This is your new go to spot, trust us on this one folks. The Bronx will never be the same again.

Located on the rooftop of the former Bronx General Post Office building, Zona De Cuba is quite simply magnificent. From the moment you exit the elevator, you know that this place is something special. It is elegant, expansive and downright swank. Imagine La Marina but on a rooftop.

The outstanding Cuban fare is elevated but still retains its authenticity. The décor is lush and sophisticated. The nods to Latinidad are understated but powerful. In short, this is the best spot in the greater Uptown area and it just opened up. Check it out ASAP and tell them the Uptown Collective sent you.

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Harlem EatUp! 5 In Pictures

Photography by @eyeshootnyc | IG

Harlem Eat 5

As usual, Harlem EatUp!, did not disappoint. The stellar Harlem food and culture extravaganza manages to somehow get bigger and better every year. Folks came from all over the city to partake in the gastronomical magic. Harlem icon Dapper Dan made an appearance and was instantly mobbed by his adoring supporters. All in all, Harlem EatUp! was lit and if you missed it, you missed a lot. Make sure you don’t let that happen next year.

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