Posts Tagged ‘Uptown Collective’

Get Yours: The Nutcracker Inc. Collection

Get Yours: The Nutcracker Inc. Collection

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Okay, so here is the deal. Jon Ullman of Trouble In The Heights fame and I are working on the definitive documentary on the infamous street libation known as the Nutcracker. The film is not just the story of what we like to call “modern day moonshine” but it is also [...]


Monday Mood Music: Arinn Aldo ft. Danse Dimes – Deep IV


Homage To A Hustler: Lil Man – The Great

Homage To A Hustler: Lil Man - The Great

By Carl L. Clemons (@CarlLClemons) “Honest people will respect us for our merit; the public, for our luck.” (Francois Duc DE LA Rochefoucauld 1613-1680, French Writer and Moralist). Washington Heights is known for many things, depending on whom you are asking. Oft times during casual conversation, when the topic is Washington Heights, the negative depictions [...]


The Definition of Dominican | Manhattan Times

The Definition of Dominican | Manhattan Times

Story and video by Sherry Mazzocchi A Dominican court ruling recently revoked the citizenship of all people born of foreign-born parents since June of 1929. The ruling applies to anyone born between 1929 and 2010, and impacts somewhere between 200,000 to 225,000 people, mostly of Haitian descent.  That begs a question: What does it mean [...]


New Music: Reyna – Strangers

New Music: Reyna - Strangers

Strangers is the first single off Reyna’s upcoming EP. Video directed by Nelson Salcedo & Audubon. Strangers was written & produced by Audubon. Mixed & mastered by The Reason. We invite you to subscribe to the weekly Uptown Love newsletter, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter, or e-mail us at UptownCollective@gmail.com.


And The Congregation Says…

And The Congregation Says…

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) I can think of no better way to start off the New Year on this site than with the stirring poem delivered by New York City Youth Poet Laureate, Ramya Ramana, at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inauguration ceremony. The poem, simply entitled “New York City”, is a poignant, powerful and lyrical [...]


The Top 10 Posts of 2013

The Top 10 Posts of 2013

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Let’s get right to it people. Here are the Top 10 Posts of 2013.


Op-LED: The King Is No More – An Open Letter To Mike Bloomberg

Op-LED: The King Is No More - An Open Letter To Mike Bloomberg

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Good Riddance Mike Bloomberg! I am SOOOOOO happy that you will no longer be the Mayor of this great city. You have no idea. I REALLY MEAN THAT! (All caps on purpose – so take that.) I am ridiculously elated that starting tomorrow, I will no longer have to hear your [...]


A “Broken Windows” Theory for Environmentalism | Huffington Post

A "Broken Windows" Theory for Environmentalism | Huffington Post

BY Paul Gallay Call it the broken windows theory applied to environmentalism. This spring, Riverkeeper helped mobilize a crew of 80 to clean up trash at Inwood’s North Cove, a reclaimed wetlands area on the Harlem River where wildlife now flourishes amid steel and cement. The biggest cleanup of 72 on our second annual day [...]


‘Tis The Season: The UC Guide to the Holiday Weekend

‘Tis The Season: The UC Guide to the Holiday Weekend

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) It’s the Holidays folks and there is a bunch of stuff happening this holiday weekend. So without further ado, here it goes. Due to popular demand, the Spread Love It’s The Uptown Way Tees are now available at Word Up Books (2113 Amsterdam Ave @ 165th Street). While you are there, [...]


The Uptown Collective Presents The WHIN Social Media Guide

The Uptown Collective Presents The WHIN Social Media Guide

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Social media has changed, literally, everything. It has toppled governments, upended regimes and cast much-needed light on atrocities and bad behavior across the globe. Events that take place halfway around the world are beamed almost immediately to our computer screens and smartphones with a speed that borders on the magical. Social [...]


UPinion: Cocolo – Growing Up Black in Washington Heights

UPinion: Cocolo - Growing Up Black in Washington Heights

By Carl L. Clemons (@CarlLClemons) I love my hood! Many bellow this mantra but, a pertinent question would be; does the hood love back? As of late, the answer is not as clear as I would like it to be. There was a time where one would not be able to pay me to believe [...]


Monday Mood Music: DJ Ric Roc Ft DJ Lu – Uptown’s Towers – The Mixtape Vol 1

Monday Mood Music: DJ Ric Roc Ft DJ Lu - Uptown's Towers - The Mixtape Vol 1

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Picture of the Week

Picture of the Week

Photography by Paul Lomax (@PaulLomaxPhoto)


Uptown Video: The Bronx is Burning

Uptown Video: The Bronx is Burning

Check out: Mira CoNYo: A Skate Scene Blossoms Uptown We invite you to subscribe to the weekly Uptown Love newsletter, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter, or e-mail us at UptownCollective@gmail.com.


Picture of the Week

Picture of the Week

Photography by Paul Lomax (@PaulLomaxPhoto)


The 14th Annual Latin Grammys – The Recap

The 14th Annual Latin Grammys – The Recap

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) First of all, I have to thank the good people at Ford for hooking a brother up with simply killer seats for the 14th Annual Latin Grammys. Secondly and more importantly, I have to say that I was completely and utterly blown away by the sheer awesomeness of the Latin Grammys. [...]


The UC Goes to Vegas to Cover the Latin Grammys

The UC Goes to Vegas to Cover the Latin Grammys

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) That’s right people; I have the distinct honor of covering the 14th annual Latin Grammys. This is the biggest night of the year for Latin Music. Please follow me on Twitter and Instagram for all the behind-the-scenes awesomeness. The star-studded affair goes down on Thursday, November 21st at 8 pm est [...]


An Underground Drink Cast as a Film Star | NY Times

An Underground Drink Cast as a Film Star | NY Times

By ALEX VADUKUL A tall plastic soup container is filled with ice, over-proof rum, cheap liqueurs and fruit juices and stashed in a brown paper bag. Some money changes hands. What happens after that, at least for the buyer, can get blurry. The potent street cocktail is called a nutcracker. It is best known in [...]


Picture of the Week

Picture of the Week

Photography by Paul Lomax (@PaulLomaxPhoto)


The Dyckman Beer Company – Una Vaina Bien

The Dyckman Beer Company – Una Vaina Bien

Words: Led Black – Video: Nelson R. Salcedo – 2nd Camera: Art By Dj Boy – Photography: Emil Baez – Sound: Ray Rodriguez This past summer, the usual Uptown Collective crew of Art By Dj Boy, Ray Rodriguez, Emil Baez, Jon Ullman and myself embarked on a pilgrimage to the brewery where Dyckman Beer works [...]


Uptown Video: GTO – Le Saint

Uptown Video: GTO - Le Saint


The House on the Hill: A Murder In Washington Heights…

The House on the Hill: A Murder In Washington Heights…

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Research & Photography by Emil Baez (@EBmagination) Washington Heights resident, 16-year-old Lillian Mojica, was most probably consumed with thinking about the big Valentine’s Day School Dance that was taking place the very next day. Everyone in school could not get off the topic. She never made it.


Bill de Blasio Comes Uptown For Home Stretch of Campaign

Bill de Blasio Comes Uptown For Home Stretch of Campaign

Bill deBlasio GOTV Rally in Northern Manhattan St. Jude’s Church 431 West 204th St. (Between 9th and 10th Avenues) Friday, November 1st, 2013, 7:00 PM Mark our words: Come Election Day, Uptown will come out strong for the only candidate for Mayor that has our best interests at heart, True Progressive, Bill de Blasio. This [...]

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