Spread Love: Foot Locker Washington Heights Community Power Store

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Uptown sneakerheads rejoice! This is a big deal folks. Washington Heights now has a Foot Locker Power Store. Keep this in mind, there are only 3 Power stores in the entire country. The store opens officially on 8/10 but before you even go make sure you download the Nike app as it will seriously enhance the experience. Trust us on this one.

One of things that makes this Foot Locker special is that Washington Heights was not an after-thought but an integral part of the design and implementation of the store. Foot Locker collaborated with local businesses, artists, and influencers in designing the 9,000-square-foot space to create something that’s authentically tied to the community, providing sneakerheads in Washington Heights of all ages (kids to adults) with an immersive new way to fuel their passion and cop the latest sneakers and gear. Their women, girls and kids selection are top-notch and second to none. The store also boasts exclusive kicks and gear that you will not find anywhere else such as Jordan gear that shows love to the Heights.

Shout out to the homie Danny Peguero for the awesome artwork that graces the store. 181st Street will never be the same again.

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The Uptown Tweet of the Week: #WhiteSupremacistInChief

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UC Must-Reads: ‘It Feels Like Being Hunted’: Latinos Across U.S. in Fear After El Paso Massacre

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

American Dream

I have spent a good part of the last week with red hot tears of anger and sadness pouring out of my eyes. The massacres at El Paso and Dayton were quickly followed by several heartless raids conducted by ICE in Mississippi. This article in the NY Times succinctly captures how many Latinos across the country are feeling right now. The last few days have been a wake up call for many. Trump and the Republican party are waging a war on Latinos. We ALL have a target on our back!

Check out: UC Must-Reads: ‘It Feels Like Being Hunted’: Latinos Across U.S. in Fear After El Paso Massacre

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Perreo in the Park | Bronx Free Press

Photos by Adeet Deshmukhm

Protestors gathered at City Hall Park.

The brought turntables to the tumult.

As Ricardo Rosselló stepped down as Governor of Puerto Rico, activists celebrated with a public perreo event at City Hall Park on August 2nd.

Perreo is an energetic dance similar to twerking and is often associated with reggaeton music.
Arranged by visual artist and photographer Ojos Nebulosos and musician Bembona, the public gathering – complete with music – was designed to salute Rosselló’s ouster, and also to “demonstrate the ability to use this artistic expression to take back power and lead social movements for freedom and decolonization,” according to organizers.

Billed as a “perreo combativo,” it was intended to serve as an act of defiance in dance.

Read more: Perreo in the Park | Bronx Free Press

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MTA announces shuttle bus service for 181st Street Station | Manhattan Times

Get ready to roll.

Two days after a rally where elected officials and community members slammed the MTA for not providing shuttle buses while elevators at the 181st Street A train station are replaced, the agency agreed to run free shuttles to help residents get around the area.

Late Friday afternoon, the MTA confirmed it would provide free shuttle buses between the 181 Street and 190 Street A stations along Broadway and Fort Washington Avenue.

Elevators at 181st Street station will be shut down for a year while the MTA replaces them under a massive modernization program at Northern Manhattan stations.

“The MTA is committed to being good neighbors, and we recognize this community’s unique and particular mobility concerns because of the very steep inclines and large hills in this area,” said MTA Managing Director Veronique Hakim. “We want to get these new elevators in place and working as quickly as possible, so we will be working double shifts and providing free shuttle bus service between Broadway and Fort Washington Avenue, on Day 1 of the project.”

Previously, the agency had said that no shuttle buses would be provided.

Elevator work began Sat., Aug. 3rd and will last until August 2020. Subway service at the station will not be affected.

Community residents had voiced concern that the area’s steep topography would hinder them from getting around, as many locals use the station’s elevators to travel between Fort Washington Avenue and streets located far below such as Broadway, Overlook Terrace and Bennett Avenue. According to the MTA, more than 6,000 people ride the station’s elevators each day.

The shuttle bus service will make stops at:

  • Fort Washington Avenue and Cabrini Blvd/Corbin Circle (southbound)
  • 181 St A station entrance at Fort Washington Avenue and West 185thStreet (both directions)
  • 181 St A station entrance at Overlook Terrace and 184thStreet (both directions)
  • 190 St A station at Fort Washington Avenue and West 190thStreet (northbound)

Buses will run between 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Read more: MTA announces shuttle bus service for 181st Street Station | Manhattan Times

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Spread Love: The New York Latino Film Festival

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Un verano en Nueva York is about to get that much hotter. The 16th Annual New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF) returns August 12th through the 18th. NYLFF is the premier urban Latino film event in the country. This year’s festival is bigger and more ambitious than ever. I am honored to be the Social Media Manager for this important institution for the third year in a row.

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Uptown Video: La Soga 2 Teaser

The homie Manny Perez lit up social media this week when he posted the La Soga 2 teaser on his IG. It seems hard to believe that the first film came out in 2010. Well, we will all have to wait a little longer as La Soga 2 is set to be released next year. Until then, check out the sweet teaser. Enjoy!

Related: LA SOGA – THE REVIEW

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