In Washington Heights, a 23-Year-Old Rivalry Rages On | Voices of NY

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2013 Dominican Day Parade

The 1991 City Council elections may sound long gone, but they not only radically changed the Upper Manhattan political environment; the race gave way to a rivalry that is still strong 23 years later.

Back then, a teacher named Guillermo Linares made history by becoming the first Dominican to occupy a public seat in the U.S.

Among the four candidates Linares defeated was Adriano Espaillat, who was president of the 34th Precinct Community Council. Five years later, he too broke new ground by becoming the first Dominican assemblyman in the history of New York State.

The rise of both Dominican politicians expanded the power of the Hispanic front that Puerto Ricans had established decades before. However, it also froze political representation for the Dominican community. In the decades after these breakthroughs, Dominicans have not seen major changes in their political sphere.

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Online Campaign Raises $12K in 2 Days for WaHi Mother’s Funeral | DNAinfo

By Lindsay Armstrong

Washington Heights Woman Sickle Cell

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Marcell Miranda loved to cook.

Her specialties included lasagna and flan, and if you were a family member or friend — or even a friend-of-a-friend — you never went hungry.

“She had an open door policy,” said her brother Radhy Miranda, 25. “If someone heard she was cooking and wanted to come over, she would say, ‘OK, I’ll just make more.’”

Now, Miranda’s community has had the chance to give something back to her.

Miranda, 27, died on Sunday due to complications from sickle cell anemia, after battling the genetic disorder her entire life.

To help pay for the funeral, family, friends and even strangers have donated more than $13,000 through an online fundraising campaign in the three days since it went up.

Read more: Online Campaign Raises $12K in 2 Days for WaHi Mother’s Funeral – Washington Heights – DNAinfo.com New York.

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Op-Led: Pain Is Compliance – NYPD’s Guiding Principle In The Hood

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

I'm Gonna Kick Your Ass

It is just me or does it seem that the whole “Broken Windows” thing is just a fancy way of saying “Stop And Frisk”?

The recent gang-like takedown by police, of an alleged drug dealer in Inwood that was caught on smartphone video, underscores the rank amateurism and selective enforcement of some of NYPD’s finest. The cops on the video behaved as in a brawl, plain and simple; punching and punishing the suspect when he was on the ground, face down.

Stating the obvious, does not impugn the reputation of all the hard-working cops that do their jobs properly. Cops behaving badly do that. All Cops must behave in our neighborhood in the same manner that they would behave in other, more affluent, neighborhoods. If they don’t, they should be held accountable. I don’t believe that this is too much to ask. I strongly feel that cops should be treated with respect but that respect must also be reciprocated.

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Pricespotter: How Much for a Two-Bed With Clawfoot Tub in the Heights? | Curbed NY

by Hana R. Alberts

PriceSpotter is Curbed’s asking price guessing game. They provide you with some details and pictures from an apartment listing, and you take a crack at the price in the comments.

Curbed - Pricespotter - Washington Heights

Located just north of the George Washington Bridge, this two-bedroom co-op comes with a host of quaint prewar details, from exposed brick and and French doors to that amazing tub with silver clawfoot legs. The kitchen is relatively up-to-date, with good-looking appliances, and the building has storage lockers, bike storage, a laundry room and a live-in super.

Read more: How Much for a Two-Bed With Clawfoot Tub in the Heights? – Pricespotter – Curbed NY.

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