Posts Tagged ‘Dominicans’

Mas Fuerte – The Recap

Mas Fuerte - The Recap

By Led Black (@Led_Black) The good folks at Presidente Beer and Boiler Room TV threw a truly epic bash to celebrate the launch of Más Fuerte, a short film by Sean Frank that looks at the Dominican sound system vans and the exchange of music, culture and traditions between Santo Domingo and NYC. The event […]


05/24/18: May Made Me Author Mitch Abidor In Conversation With Chris Hedges @ Word Up Books

05/24/18: May Made Me Author Mitch Abidor In Conversation With Chris Hedges @ Word Up Books

Chris Hedges does not pull his punches. The work of the esteemed Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist is must-read material if you want to better understand the time we are living through right now. With that said, the indispensable Word Up Books (2113 Amsterdam Avenue) will be hosting him in conversation with author Mitch Abidor on Thursday, […]


Manhattan BP votes no to Inwood rezoning | Manhattan Times

Manhattan BP votes no to Inwood rezoning | Manhattan Times

By Gregg McQueen The BP is not OK with the plan. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has issued her recommendation to the City Planning Commission (CPC) on the proposed Inwood rezoning, voting no with conditions. In her April 26 document to CPC, provided as part of the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), Brewer […]


Hola a Lola | Manhattan Times

Hola a Lola | Manhattan Times

Photos by Cristóbal Vivar “I am pastelito con salchipapa.” The MacArthur Fellow and Pultizer Prize-winning writer almost got usurped by the beginners. Before Junot Díaz took to the stage at the United Palace this past Fri., Apr. 13th, a few young poets took to the mic and shared original verses. Those on and off the […]


Spread Love: Veneno In Theaters

Spread Love: Veneno In Theaters

Jack Veneno was the man. By far, the most well known Dominican wrestler of all time, Jack Veneno is held in an almost mythic regard by so many Dominicans of a certain era. Now his stirring story is on the big screen. Washington Heights’ own Manny Perez, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the famed […]


Vibrant Opposition at BP’s Inwood Rezoning Hearing | City Limits

Vibrant Opposition at BP’s Inwood Rezoning Hearing | City Limits

By Abigail Savitch-Lew On Tuesday night, residents packed the auditorium of IS. 218 for Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s hearing on the de Blasio administration’s proposed Inwood rezoning, with most testifiers speaking passionately against the proposal. The Inwood rezoning is the fifth rezoning sponsored by the de Blasio administration to move through the multi-stage public […]


Junot Díaz Opens Up About Being Sexually Molested As A Child

Junot Díaz Opens Up About Being Sexually Molested As A Child

Even superheroes have human frailties. Pulitzer Award winning author Junot Díaz penned a powerful piece in The New Yorker about being sexually molested as a child. The repeated rape by a relative left the young Junot adrift, depressed and suicidal. The missive provides a window into the life of a brilliant but troubled author whose […]


Uptown Tonight: Inwood Rezoning Public Hearing

Uptown Tonight: Inwood Rezoning Public Hearing

The Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer, is holding a public hearing on the contentious Inwood Rezoning on Tuesday, April 10 at 6 pm at I.S. 218 (4600 Broadway). This is your neighborhood, if you want it to stay that way then make sure your voice is heard and accounted for. For more info: Uptown Tonight: […]


Rites of Resistance | Manhattan Times

Rites of Resistance | Manhattan Times

By Sherry Mazzocchi Wilhelmina Grant’s grandmother was the strong center of the family. A tall woman, she wore pants and sensible shoes and always had her handbag by her side, constantly holding the family’s purse strings. But what Grant remembers most was her warmth and ability to heal. “Back in those days, we didn’t go […]


“This is personal for me” | Manhattan Times

“This is personal for me” | Manhattan Times

Story and photos by Sherry Mazzocchi Video by Sherry Mazzocchi and Michael Scully It was not just any Sunday stroll. U.S. Congressman Adriano Espaillat took elected officials and community members on a walking tour this Sun., Mar. 18th of vacant lots where he said that the city could build 100 percent affordable housing. The Congressman’s […]


03/18/18: Rep. Adriano Espaillat Holds Affordable Housing Now! Tour

03/18/18: Rep. Adriano Espaillat Holds Affordable Housing Now! Tour

True to the promise that he made this past Monday at the Inwood Rezoning Forum, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is holding his 100% Affordable Housing Now! Tour to demand 5,000 affordable units at part of the Inwood Rezoning on Sunday, March 18 from noon to 1 pm. The starting point is 204th Street and 10th Avenue. […]


Save The Date: 04/29/18 – The State of Development in Northern Manhattan

Save The Date: 04/29/18 – The State of Development in Northern Manhattan

NYC Council Member, Ydanis Rodriguez will be hosting a community meeting regarding the Inwood Rezoning and the overall state of development in Northern Manhattan on April 29 at 2:30 pm at the Manhattan Bible Church (3816 9th Ave – btwn @ 204th & 205th). Make sure your voices are heard by attending and help to […]


Revisiting the Inwood rezoning | Manhattan Times

Revisiting the Inwood rezoning | Manhattan Times

BY Sherry Mazzocchi In a sweeping presentation to a packed auditorium, Congressman Adriano Espaillat reiterated support for “truly affordable housing” in Inwood. Espaillat convened the town hall on Mon., Mar. 12th at the Washington Heights Academy. The Congressman, who is from Washington Heights, said, “If the city really wanted to provide affordable housing, they could […]


Uptown Tonight: Rep. Adriano Espaillat Hosts Community Forum On Inwood Rezoning & 100% Affordable Housing

Uptown Tonight: Rep. Adriano Espaillat Hosts Community Forum On Inwood Rezoning & 100% Affordable Housing

Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) will host a community forum to discuss the Inwood rezoning effort and his call for 100% affordable housing on Monday, March 12th at 6:30pm – 8:30pm EST at the Washington Heights Academy located at 202 Sherman Ave (by 204th Street), New York. Rep. Espaillat will be joined by Manhattan Borough President, […]


The Fix: Cristion D’or – Energy

The Fix: Cristion D’or – Energy


Library redevelopment plans unveiled | Manhattan Times

Library redevelopment plans unveiled | Manhattan Times

Spoiler alerts ahead. After months of speculation, the city has revealed long-awaited details for the redevelopment of the Inwood Library. On Tues., Mar. 6th, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), Housing Development Corporation (HDC) and New York Public Library (NYPL) announced plans to redevelop the current library into a 14-story building featuring 175 […]


04/13/18: Junot Díaz Presents Islandborn @ The United Palace

04/13/18:  Junot Díaz Presents Islandborn @ The United Palace

Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria, with United Palace of Cultural Arts, is proud to present Pulitzer Prize winner and MacArthur fellow Junot Díaz, reading from his debut children’s picture book, Islandborn. In Islandborn, Lola’s teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, and all the kids are excited—except Lola. […]


Opposition to rezoning resounds | Manhattan Times

Opposition to rezoning resounds | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi No. That was the message Community Board 12 (CB12) heard over and over at Thursday evening’s public hearing on the city’s proposal to rezone Inwood. A standing room only crowd filled the auditorium at I.S. 52 on Academy Street on February 22. Police were on hand, and eventually limited access because […]


600 People Pack Board’s Inwood Rezoning Hearing | City Limits

600 People Pack Board’s Inwood Rezoning Hearing | City Limits

By Abigail Savitch-Lew Inwood residents and stakeholders flooded a Manhattan Community Board 12 public hearing on the city’s proposed Inwood rezoning Thursday night, packing a school auditorium built to accommodate roughly 600 people. About 150 people signed up to speak and not everyone had a chance to testify before the hearing ended after almost four […]


Junot Díaz talks shop uptown | Manhattan Times

Junot Díaz talks shop uptown | Manhattan Times

by Desiree Johnson and Gregg McQueen When Junot Díaz first shared with some closest to him that he wanted to be a writer, they were not exactly encouraging. “They laughed,” he recalled. “I definitely didn’t [become a writer] for my family’s approval.” The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Drown, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, […]


A Gentrification Story with a Happy Ending | The New Yorker

A Gentrification Story with a Happy Ending | The New Yorker

By Jon Michaud My mother-in-law, Grecia Solano, immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic, in the late nineteen-sixties. For the past forty years, she has lived in an apartment in Washington Heights, where she enjoys a view of the Hudson River and the western tower of the George Washington Bridge from her living-room […]


City Council approves East Harlem rezoning | The Real Deal

City Council approves East Harlem rezoning | The Real Deal

By Kathryn Brenzel The City Council on Thursday approved the rezoning of East Harlem, the third neighborhood to be rezoned under the mandatory inclusionary housing program. The 96-block rezoning is expected to create 1,288 affordable housing units on private sites. Under MIH, the city estimates that at least 20 to 25 percent of all new […]


36 Hours in Latino New York City | NY Times

36 Hours in Latino New York City | NY Times

Mireya Navarro of the NY Times put together an outstanding piece on her 36 hour romp through Latino NYC. Get this: Latinos in NYC “account for 29 percent of the overall population and for more than half in the Bronx.” She starts off her journey of cultural and culinary exploration in El Barrio and from […]


Say Word: Floridita On 176th & BWAY Is Closed!!!

Say Word: Floridita On 176th & BWAY Is Closed!!!

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) The other day I was fiending for a Cuban Sandwich, not just any Cuban Sandwich but Uptown’s best Cuban Sandwich. So I was stunned when I stopped by Floridita (4162 Broadway) and saw that it was closed. No, say it ain’t so. I almost cried. Okay, maybe I did. Just a […]

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