The latest podcast series from Gimlet is set in our beloved Washington Heights. After sixteen years in prison, the indomitable Dolores Roach (Daphne Rubin-Vega) returns to a Washington Heights that has changed drastically in her absence. Her boyfriend missing, her family long gone, Dolores is recognized only by an old stoner friend, Luis (Bobby Cannavale), who gives Dolores room and board and lets her give massages for cash in the basement apartment under his dilapidated empanada shop.
When the promise of her newfound stability is quickly threatened, “Magic Hands Dolores” is driven to extremes to survive – leaving in her wake a string of strangled massage clients. In the face of unexpected professional success, Dolores and Luis become dangerously symbiotic, and Luis must unleash his own particular predilections. Now in hiding deep under Manhattan in an abandoned subway tunnel, Dolores recounts her grotesque tale of Eat or Be Eaten, her macabre urban legend of love, betrayal, weed, gentrification, cannibalism, and survival of the fittest.
All of the episodes of the much buzzed about podcast are available here.
On the latest episode of the Latinos Out Loud podcast the crew chop it up about WiFi in the Dominican Republic, drunken birds and Banksy’s self-shredding artwork. The special guests this week are Favy Fav and Babelito of the Latinos Who Lunch podcast.
Some of you may know Jon Ullman from his feature film Trouble In The Heights, or the UC co-production The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co. But for over half a decade, he’s also been quietly working with Uptown stalwarts such as the United Palace Theatre and the Morris-Jumel Mansion among others to create dynamic visual storytelling. He’s expanding his video services to Washington Heights, Inwood and Harlem businesses. If you’re considering video work for your social media and/or website presence, hit him up at UptownVideoNYC@gmail.com for a consultation. Don’t forget to tell him the Uptown Collective sent you.
Woolrich has tapped the iconic Lauryn Hill to be the face of their fall/winter 2018 campaign, “Woolrich: American Soul since 1830.” Shot by photographer Jack Davidson, the pictures show Ms. Hill in the streets of Washington Heights as well as the venerable United Palace. In honor of the 20th anniversary of the classic The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Ms. Hill gives her fans an awesome rendition of one of her timeless tunes and her definition of the meaning of “American Soul.”
Francis Mateo’s El Alto is having a release party at Word Up Bookstore on August 11th at 3PM.
Or should I begin…
Francis Mateo’s El Alto had a release party at Word Up Bookstore last Saturday.
Or what if you’re reading this on Saturday around 3PM?
Francis Mateo’s El Alto is currently being celebrated at Word Up right now.
I’m not sure.
I’m writing this before the event at Word UP, so I’ll write about it as if it hasn’t happened.
Francis Mateo will be joined by poet, Annabelle Gonzalez, and music journalist Max “Drlacxos” Cueto. The event, organized by the Dominican Writer’s Association, like the book itself is about a neighborhood that was and a neighborhood that is still becoming. That’s the shit that hurts. Contrary to what many of us living in El Alto felt or thought, El Alto has never stopped and will never stop changing. Considering the City Council’s recent passing a rezoning plan in Inwood, Mateo’s El Alto, based on the Youtube series of the same name, is in many ways now a historical document.
Tensions over the planned Inwood rezoning came to a boil on Monday evening, as community members staged a rally and march against the latest iteration of the plan, and called on the City Council to vote no.
Protestors assembled under the 1 train stop at Dyckman Street, then marched throughout the neighborhood, wielding chants and signs that implored local Councilmember Ydanis Rodríguez to further modify the plan to benefit the community.
As the contingent reached the intersection of Broadway and Dyckman, several protestors locked arms and sat down in the street, blocking traffic. Police arrested nine people – eight Inwood residents, and one from East Harlem. Most of the protestors were released later in the evening.
“I love Inwood, and can’t stand by while it’s sold off to the highest bidder,” said Clay Smith, one of the arrestees. “We have to hold our elected officials accountable, and stand up for what’s important.”
The march eventually ended up at the Riverside-Inwood Neighborhood Garden (RING), where several protestors set up an encampment they dubbed “Ydanisville.”
Several activists spent the night there in protest of the rezoning plan.