Affordable Manhattan in Hudson Heights | NY Times

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Hudson Heights - NY Times

Views of the Hudson River & the GWB from Chittenden Avenue. (Photo: Edwin J. Torres | NY Times)

For years, those who moved to the Hudson Heights section of Washington Heights savored the fact that apartments could be bought at discounts as steep as the neighborhood’s hills, compared with much of the rest of Manhattan. And to find that affordable home, one didn’t have to give up good subway service — or, some joked, a 212 area code — in the process.

Harder to swallow for some, though, was that the neighborhood lacked amenities so many other parts of the borough took for granted: good restaurants, well-stocked groceries and even a place for a latte.

“Nothing was here,” said Mary Alice O’Connor, a 34-year resident transplanted from SoHo, referring to West 181st Street, a main commercial strip. “There was one old bar, and one old florist, and the rest was bodegas or closed.”

Ms. O’Connor, who teaches English and job skills to immigrants and paid $70,000 for a two-bedroom with a formal dining room, often had to stock up by driving to a Fairway Market in Harlem.

Read more: Affordable Manhattan in Hudson Heights – NYTimes.com.

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10/18/14: Quisqueya Heights – A Dialogue About Dominican Identity In The 21st Century @ Word Up

Inwood Hill Park - Dominican & American Flags

(Photo: Briana E. Heard)

This event will highlight some of the many contributions young Dominicans are making to the Washington Heights community and Uptown. The objectives of this event is to provide a safe haven for young people to network, inspire, and discuss their stories in regards to what it means to be Dominican in the Heights and in their field of work.

Invited Speakers:  
Juan Camilo, Founder of Dykman Beer
Jose Batista-Ayala Writer, Director and Producer of FRiENDAMiGO, the play
Rosanny Cuello Ventura, an Educator from Washington Heights
Kaity Modesto Coordinator of the event and author of published literature,Our Heights’ Story: Exploring the Dominican Community in Washington Heights from 1992-2013
Led Black, Chief and Editor of the Uptown Collective blog (Moderator)

This event free and open to the public.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/QuisqueyaHeights

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New Washington Heights photo show captures everyday life uptown | NY Daily News

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Pepe and Margot in their home. After Margot died, Pepe jumped from the seventh-floor window of his apartment. (Photo: Arlene Schulman)

Pepe and Margot are long gone — and the East Harlem they once called home seems to be on its way out.

Chain stores have replaced bodegas in El Barrio, and high rises are becoming as ubiquitous as housing projects.

“Spanish Harlem becomes smaller and smaller every year as the Puerto Rican population is replaced by the all-too-familiar gentrifiers,” wrote documentarian Arlene Schulman, who captured Pepe and Margot when they were together, in a tranquil black-and-white photo of the couple in their home.

After Margot died, Pepe jumped from the seventh-floor window of his apartment and landed on the grave he’d dug for their dog.

Read more: New Washington Heights photo show captures everyday life uptown – NY Daily News.

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Help Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez Spend A Million Dollars

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Ydanis Speaks - UC

That’s right, Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez has $1 Million in discretionary funds to spend on capital improvement projects within the district and he is going directly to the people to find out how to spend it.

The participatory budgeting process kicks off tonight at the Inwood Library (4790 Broadway) at 6 pm and continues on October 21st at the Fort Washington Library (535 West 179th Street) at 6 pm and on October 30th at the Washington Heights Library (1000 St. Nicholas) at 6 pm. Residents of the district can help with coming up with potential projects as well choosing delegates who will then develop those ideas into proposals. The proposals will then be voted on early next year.

So there you have it folks  – Democracy in action.

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Uptown Video: Luminata

A site-specific dance piece presented by the West Harlem Arts Fund as part of Harlem’s Festival of Lights for the third installment of the Under the Viaduct Tour series.

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