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10/18/14: Whiskey Fest @ Columbia Wine Co

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New Music: Dark Ft. Chase N Cashe – The Motive

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Meet Harlem’s ‘Official’ Street Photographer | LightBox

By Adam Glanzman

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Khalik Allah, a 29-year-old filmmaker and photographer who documents the streets of Harlem at night, has been photographing the corner of 125th and Lexington since 2012; armed with little more than a manual camera and a few rolls of film.

Street photography can often be a daunting or awkward experience – especially when you’re trying to photograph people who might be skeptical of what you are doing and why. However, for this street artist, photography is an immersive experience where he has built hundreds of relationships with members of the community.

One of the methods Allah uses to gain access to the lives of so many people is to show them a book of his past photographs, a technique learned from one of his influencers, photographer Bruce Davidson.

Read more: Meet Harlem’s ‘Official’ Street Photographer – LightBox.

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Affordable Manhattan in Hudson Heights | NY Times

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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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