New vaccine requirement for city workforce | Bronx Free Press

By Gregg McQueen

Defeat Delta.

All city workers will be required to provide one-time proof of vaccination or weekly Covid-19 tests beginning on September 13, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced.

The measures were necessary to help curtail the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19, argued the mayor at a July 26 media briefing.

The mandate applies to all workers at city agencies, including members of the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the Fire Department of New York (FDNY).

In addition, city workers and contractors in residential and congregate care settings will be required to comply with the mandate by August 16.

The latest requirements were issued several days after the mayor announced that all public health workers at NYC Health + Hospital sites will be required to get a Covid-19 vaccine or submit to weekly Covid tests.

Read more: New vaccine requirement for city workforce | Bronx Free Press

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Rest In Power: Johnny Ventura

Art: @artbydario
Words: @led_black

Johnny Ventura was our James Brown, Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye all rolled into one. Dominican funk par excellence. Since the 60s, El Caballo Mayor has been winning over audiences the world over with his charisma, charms and cachet.

For us Dominicans, he was that almost constant presence in our lives for the last several decades. Classic after classic after classic. Filete. Filete… There was not an old school Dominican house party that did not have Johnny in the mix. The next time one of those records comes on in the party it is going to hit different. Real different. I know I am not the only one that feels like they have lost a beloved member of their family.

Johnny had IT. He was just that guy. His effortless cool was matched with a warmth and humility that exuded man of the people and son-of-the-soil realness. Johnny was a giant that redefined merengue, transforming it into an art form that was respected and appreciated around the globe. Johnny was pure joy in the flesh. Singing, dancing, reveling in his Dominican Blackness. Johnny Ventura was a one of one, that means none before him, none to come.

El Caballo Mayor Will Live Forever…

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UC Love: Nutcos

Something wicked this way comes. From the good folks at @perolike and creators @juanbago and @antpalmini, Nutcos tells the story of the ruthless #PalomoEscobar and his rise to the top of the Nutcracker game. #Nutcos drops this Saturday. You have been warned!!!!

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Peril in the Park | Manhattan Times

By Gregg McQueen

Inwood Hill Park - Inwood - Paul Lomax

It’s discrimination.

A series of violent attacks in Inwood Hill Park has prompted calls for additional security – as well as criticism that Northern Manhattan parks have not received adequate park safety resources.

On Wed., July 21, three women were physically assaulted in the span of about an hour while walking in Inwood Hill Park.

Three days later, police arrested a Bronx man in connection with the attacks.

During a press conference on July 22, City Councilmember Ydanis Rodríguez called for additional officers to patrol uptown parks, including 25 additional Parks Enforcement Patrol (PEP) officers to be assigned to Inwood Hill Park, Fort Tryon Park and Highbridge Park.

At nearly 200 acres in size, Inwood Hill Park is the second largest park in Manhattan – after Central Park.

However, Rodríguez remarked that certain communities have suffered “discrimination” when it comes to the allocation of resources.

“There are hundreds of PEP officers in Battery Park and Central Park,” Rodríguez said. “At certain [times], there are only six PEP officers used above 96th Street.”

“We know that the PEP officers are important because they send a message,” he added. “People can see them in their uniform. People know they are patrolling, keeping our parks safe.”

The green-uniformed PEP officers enforce park regulations and watch over public recreation areas, with the authority to write summonses and make arrests.

Read more: Peril in the Park | Manhattan Times

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UC Must-Reads: The Dominican Ritual of Beach Spaghetti

Much love goes to Mike Diago of Eater for a simply wonderful deep dive on the Dominican ritual of beach spaghetti. With some really great pics courtesy of Clay Williams, this article, just like a traditional empaguetada, is something that you want to partake in.

Read more: UC Must-Reads: The Dominican Ritual of Beach Spaghetti

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#TheGramUptown: The Omen

If you were wondering why the sun had a red tinge earlier this week. Well,it turns out that this is due to the raging wildfires on the West Coast and our neighbor to the north Canada. “The smoke has blown all the way across the continent due to air currents in the upper atmosphere, and even caused an air quality advisory for our area. The smoke essentially acts as an Instagram filter for the sky — sunlight naturally interacts with very small particles in the atmosphere and scatters colors in the visible spectrum; with more scattering taking place than usual, red (the color with the longest wavelength) appears more prominently.” Instagram filter for the sky? What is this world coming to?

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UC Love: House of Bachata Pop-Up

Bachateame mama… Listen up familia, get ready for a first-of-its kind pop-up brought to you by HBO Max Palante and Presidente that pays homage to a genre often overlooked in Latin music, our beloved Bachata. The installation will celebrate the new documentary, Romeo Santos: King of Bachata, while spotlighting the history of the genre and its Dominican roots. We don’t want to give anything away but the House of Bachata experience will be mind-blowing. The pop-up will take place from July 30 to August 6 kicking off with a special screening of the film on Friday, July 30. We are also honored to be hosting an open mic at the space on Thursday, August 5. Space is severely limited so RSVP ahora mismo.

RSVP: UC Love: House of Bachata Pop-Up

RSVP: UC Love: House of Bachata Pop-Up

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