Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

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 […]


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, […]


Canvas of Compassion | The Manhattan Times

Canvas of Compassion | The Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi Beauty is revolutionary. Visual artist Andrea Arroyo, probably best known for colorful and lyrical images of goddesses, recently won first prize in the 2017 United Nations/Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Award. The Washington Heights artist’s winning image is stark and powerful. Three female fists, raised to the sky, surrounded by unfurling leaves, […]


Happy Birthday Marcus Garvey…

Happy Birthday Marcus Garvey...

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” Marcus Garvey Before Malcolm, before MLK, before the Black Panthers, there was Marcus Garvey. On this day, August 17, 1887, Black giant Marcus Mosiah Garvey was born in Saint Ann’s Bay, Jamaica. While Marcus Garvey was born […]


“If not now, when?” | Manhattan News

“If not now, when?” | Manhattan News

Vigil held to denounce racism Photos by Cristóbal Vivar They aren’t going away. A large contingent of community members gathered at Bennett Park in Washington Heights on Monday evening, August 14, for a rally against racism and xenophopia – and they pledged to gather as often as was necessary. The site has served in the […]


Uptown Tonight: Uptown Rally For Unity & Against Racism & Xenophobia

Uptown Tonight: Uptown Rally For Unity & Against Racism & Xenophobia

We have crossed the Rubicon. While we were horrified by the acts of domestic terrorism that took place this past weekend, we were not surprised. The coldly calculated violence is the logical conclusion of a Trump presidency. Trump has opened up a Pandora’s Box of xenophobia, hatred and intolerance and we are all paying the […]


Spread Love: Summer Meet & Greet Series

Spread Love: Summer Meet & Greet Series

Democracy is not a spectator sport. If the election and elevation of you know who to the Oval Office teaches us anything it is that elections matter. You are either at the table or on the menu. Apathy is not option. It never was, especially not now. With that said, The Barack Obama Democratic Club, […]


The canvas of contention | Manhattan Times

The canvas of contention | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi Politics is sure-fire fodder for art. That’s true in two new exhibits by Washington Heights artist Andrea Arroyo. Known for colorful paintings of free-floating goddesses, Arroyo’s work is often topical – and political. They are messages about the environment, women’s issues, and The Missing—people found dead at border crossings or in […]


Go Fund Me Spotlight: Unnatural Election Art Project

Go Fund Me Spotlight: Unnatural Election Art Project

ABOUT THE PROJECT: “Unnatural Election” is an art project that gathers creative responses from around the world. The project was launched on November 9th, 2016, amidst the shock and heartache of the election results. A Word From Andrea Arroyo I have been doing this because I truly believe that art can change the world. I […]


Progressives Look to Shield Undocumented Tenants From Landlords’ Deportation Threats | Observer

Progressives Look to Shield Undocumented Tenants From Landlords’ Deportation Threats | Observer

By Madina Toure State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and a host of other left-leaning pols debuted a new handbook outlining protections for undocumented renters facing landlord harassment—a legal manual they called crucial given the “very hostile, very toxic” current climate for foreign nationals under President Donald Trump. The prosecutor’s office released new “Know Your Rights” guidance—available online—for […]


Express Purpose | Manhattan Times

Express Purpose | Manhattan Times

“Artists are very useful for these times” Story by Sherry Mazzocchi The evening before Trump took office, artists unveiled a complex response to his election. Conceived and curated by Washington Heights artist Andrea Arroyo, “Unnatural Election: Artists Respond to the 2016 Presidential Election,” is a broad reaction to what many considered unthinkable—Donald Trump winning the […]


Op-Led: I Love You Bruh… An Open Letter To America’s Last President

Op-Led: I Love You Bruh… An Open Letter To America’s Last President

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Photography by Pete Souza “I. Am. Not. Ready…. I am not ready for a new one…. “ I am starting to feel just like that adorable little black girl who completely and utterly loses it once she realizes that Barack Obama will no longer be president. It was way back in […]


The Uptown Tweet of the Week

The Uptown Tweet of the Week

I will NOT be attending the inauguration for @realDonaldTrump! — Adriano Espaillat (@RepEspaillat) January 15, 2017 A few days ago, Rep. Adriano Espaillat made many of his constituents extremely happy by refusing to attend the inauguration/coronation of you know who. With this simple gesture the Congressman has set the proper tone for the long fight […]


Long-Distance Running Mates: Harlem Women Are In With Planned Parenthood | Newsweek

Long-Distance Running Mates: Harlem Women Are In With Planned Parenthood | Newsweek

BY MICHELE GORMAN The title character in the movie Forrest Gump gains national attention when he embarks on a coast-to-coast running journey that lasts three years, two months, 14 days and 16 hours. “That day, for no particular reason,” Gump says in the 1994 film, “I decided to go for a little run.” Unlike the fictional character, four […]


Llegó Espaillat | Manhattan Times

Llegó Espaillat | Manhattan Times

Dominican-American takes oath in D.C. Story by Sherry Mazzocchi Photos by Emmanuel Abreu It is a fight for the soul of our nation. That is what Adriano Espaillat, who was sworn in as U.S. Representative for the 13th Congressional District, told a cheering crowd of Northern Manhattan residents in Washington, D.C. on Tues., Jan. 3rd. […]


Harlem attorney plans to attend Women’s March on Washington, show her sons how to voice displeasure | NY Daily News

Harlem attorney plans to attend Women's March on Washington, show her sons how to voice displeasure | NY Daily News

BY LEONARD GREENE Not since college has Robyn Watts participated in a political march. But with Donald Trump poised to be the next President of the United States, Watts couldn’t stay silent. “I’m marching for so many reasons,” said Watts, 50, an attorney from Harlem. “But the overarching one is that Donald Trump is dangerous […]


Op-Led: Democracy Meets Dominicans

Op-Led: Democracy Meets Dominicans

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Democracy will never be the same again. Democracy now comes with drums. Guiras y tamboras to be exact. Yesterday, in the wee hours of the morning, 12 busloads of folks, as well an untold numbers of personal vehicles, left New York City to be a part of something truly special. Approximately […]


The Top 10 Posts of 2016

The Top 10 Posts of 2016

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) While the countdown to the coronation of you know who draws ever closer, it’s that time of year to take a look back at the Top Posts of 2016. By the way, we are super proud to have been chosen to Brick Underground’s 25 Best NYC Neighborhood Blogs of 2016 List. […]


An immigrant lawmaker’s role in Trump time | The Riverdale Press

An immigrant lawmaker’s role in Trump time | The Riverdale Press

By Anthony Capote Adriano Espaillat has had a big year. In June, the outgoing state senator won a nine-person primary race to replace 46-year incumbent Rep. Charles Rangel in the House, narrowly defeating Assemblyman Keith Wright by 849 votes. Then in July, he appeared on the national stage to speak at the Democratic national convention […]

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