Posts Tagged ‘Rainey Skates’

Rainey’s DR Adventure: Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Well my amigos, looks like it’s officially a wrap! My two weeks out on the Quisqueyan motherland are up and I’ve touched back down in the Big Apple. I want to thank Palo Mamajuana for inspiring the trip, the Uptown Collective for letting me stream all of my content, the skate rats on the island […]

Rainey’s DR Adventure: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Palo Mamajuana Operation

For one of the last legs of this amazing trip I was taken on a countryside adventure into the forests of Moca, up north! Palo Mamajuana Tea had us meet up with one of its suppliers, a well-known brewmaster. He and his worker walked us through the process of collecting ingredients and preparing them for […]

Rainey’s DR Adventure: Expanding Horizons

Aside from the fear of flying, culture shock probably has to be one of the most common feelings to strike the average international traveler. Some of us, however, the braver ones, embrace the surprise, exchanging most of that currency of shock for opportunity–the opportunity to see and experience new things. I like to wishfully think […]

Rainey's DR Adventure: The Departure

Departures are exciting! Some people get nervous, others get giddy, but there’s no denying that something about airports and air travel always stirs up the juices. I was no exception. Here’s a look into the first leg of what’ll be a two-week adventure in the Dominican Republic. Make sure you have your passports and boarding […]

Bon Voyage Rainey Skates

Peace my Uptown peeps! So I’ve decided to do things a little bit different and prepare something special for the UC this time around. I’ll be going on a bit of a business trip soon, you see. Mr. Skates will be hopping off of the board and onto a jet bound for the Dominican Republic. […]

Q&A With Daniel Sieberg

BY Rainey Skates (@raineyskates) Photo Credit: Rafael Jimenez | R2 Studios Local neighborhood “pusher” and UC contributor, Rainey “Skates” Cruz, had the chance to sit down with renowned technology expert and brand-new Washington Heights resident, Daniel Sieberg. Rainey caught up with the busy ABC News Now “Tech This Out!” host to talk about his latest […]

Behind the Hit: Enharmonic Productions

BY Rainey Skates (@raineyskates) Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or maybe the 190th St A train station – a huge rock – chances are that you’ve probably come across “Pan Con Queso.” No, not the Dominican breakfast special available in 9-out-of-10 Uptown bakeries, grocery stores and coffee shops! We’re actually referring to the […]

Welcome to the Jungle – Wash Heights Style

Welcome to the Jungle - Wash Heights Style

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) This excerpt from Stephen Davis’s Watch You Bleed: The Saga of Guns N’ Roses was brought to our attention by one of our long-time readers in the comments section of another post. The excerpt appeared in New York Magazine and depicts Washington Heights as the muse behind Guns N’ Roses’ most […]

Uptown Club Poster Tour

BY Rainey Skates (@raineyskates) Posters are iconic by nature. Some revolutionize the spread of information. Some influence the rise and fall of entire political regimes. And others? Well, others we’re not so sure of yet. And so, I’d like to take the time out to invite UC readers on a tour – a magical journey […]

Uptown 2.0

BY Rainey Skates (@raineyskates) With 2011 arriving via more tweets than phone calls or mass texts, I think it’s pretty safe to hail 2010 as the “Year of Social Media”. It’s everywhere now. But perhaps more importantly, it’s certainly Uptown. Washington Heights (#WaHi) and Inwood (#Inwood) are socially buzzing. Thanks to platforms like Twitter, Facebook, […]

Street Action – Uptown Illuminated

BY Rainey Skates (@raineyskates) Photography collage using photography by M. Tony Peralta and ArtForStrangers Something incredible occurred this past week, Uptown locals started a fire. No – not the traditional kind, and no, not anything like during the ’92 riots. This “fire” was different. It was in reaction to a new resident. Nestled on Broadway, […]


BY Rainey Skates Meet Isaac Jaquez (23-years-old). Isaac skates Uptown. And not only does he fly over local curbs and traffic cones, he also happens to be damn good at it! But you won’t hear that from him. Isaac’s super humble, you see. He’s usually got his headphones on over his iconic Afro. Or sometimes […]


BY Rainey Skates Historically, Rainey Skates is known for spreading love. All kinds of it! Love for skateboarding, for culture and the Arts, and certainly for New York City. But every now and then, a disturbance in the “force” causes me to re-evaluate. Two weeks ago Flavorwire released the Rock ‘n Roll Map of Manhattan. […]

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