11/24/21: Coogan’s Way Coming To WLIW

The documentary about the one and only Coogan’s, Coogan’s Way by Glenn Osten Anderson, will be on NYC TV again on WLIW on Wednesday, November 21 at 9 pm est. Coogan’s Way tells the story of this beloved Uptown institution that meant so much to so many. The film interviews the owners Dave Hunt, Tess O’Connor McDade, and Peter Walsh as well as such folks as Lin-Manuel Miranda and his dad Luis Miranda, former Congressman Charlie Rangel, our current Congressman Adriano Espaillat. Not to mention that our very own Led Black is interviewed in the film.

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The Tweet of the Week: Vigilance

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Drawing light, live | Bronx Free Press

By Sherry Mazzocchi

The Moth. Known for stories that hit listeners right in the heart, often by way of the solar plexus, the tales told live stay with listeners for a long time after.

That was the case this summer, when Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) produced a show in conjunction with The Moth. The show, held at the United Palace, featured local artists and other notables—Bronx comedian and storyteller Edgar Ruiz, Jr., Washington Heights performer and youth advocate Esdras Santana, and a couple of creatives from In The Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda and co-creator Quiara Alegría Hudes. The show closed with Led Black, founder and editor of The Uptown Collective. His story, After the Plague Came the Renaissance, is about love, family and a moment of grace that transforms a life.

That story is featured on The Moth Radio Hour on the Live from the United Place episode, published Nov. 16.

Host C. J. Hunt said The Moth is about the craft of storytelling. The team at The Moth helps performers cull and shape their ideas, the way an artist carves a statue from a block of stone. They listen to their stories, help hone them, and shape it into something that goes ka-pow. “It’s a gift to have people look at your art and go, ‘There you are,” said Hunt. “That is what they do. We come to them with these stories and they go, ‘That’s it. It’s about that moment.”

The process is not unlike therapy.

Originally Black’s story was about his father, but it quickly evolved into something deeper and more transformative. Black talks about his childhood, growing up east of Broadway on Wadsworth and 191st Street and the first time he found out he was poor. His girlfriend, and future wife, Eileen, grew up on Bennett Avenue. For the benefit of people who don’t know the neighborhood, Black said that’s “more like the Upper West Side, way more affluent. No shame, but you can’t claim Washington Heights if you’re from Bennett,” he says.

Read more: Drawing light, live | Bronx Free Press

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Dyckman Farmhouse to receive major renovation | Manhattan Times

A major overhaul is planned for the Dyckman Farmhouse in Inwood.

Built around 1784 by William Dyckman, the structure is the oldest remaining farmhouse in Manhattan and currently houses a museum.

On November 10, the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Alliance, a group created to raise funds to preserve the farmhouse, announced the planned renovation project, which will improve accessibility through ADA access to the property and ADA-compliant restrooms.

In addition, the project will install the addition of a ramp from the street onto the property to provide improved access to the park space, according to a press release.

It marks the first major refurbishment for the house since 2003.

Read more: Dyckman Farmhouse to receive major renovation | Manhattan Times

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11/24/21: Turkey-Oke @ Tryon Public House

The biggest bar night of the year, Thanksgiving Eve, is almost upon us. With that said, hit up Tryon Public House (4740 Broadway) on Wednesday, November 24 for some Pre-Thanksgiving imbibing and a little Turkey-Oke. So grab your people and pick your favorite tune and sing your little heart out. Free shots on the house if you let the DJ pick your song.

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UC Love – Home from School: The Children of Carlisle

“Kill the Indian in him, and save the man.” This was the guiding principle that removed thousands of Native American children and placed them in Indian boarding schools. Among the many who died at Carlisle Indian Industrial School were three Northern Arapaho boys. Now, more than a century later, tribal members journey from Wyoming to Pennsylvania to help them finally come home. Home from School: The Children of Carlisle premieres Tuesday, November 23 at 9 pm et on PBS.

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Uptown Tonight: The Last OG Comes Uptown

That’s right familia, tune into tonight to TBS at 10:30 pm ET as the popular TV Show, The Last OG, is coming Uptown for their latest episode, Helping Is Hard. Shout out to the one and only Tracy Morgan for always showing love to Uptown and much love to friends of the Uptown Collective, Ruperto Vanderpool and Celines Toribio, who make cameo appearances on tonight’s episode.

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The Moth: Live from the United Palace

Earlier this year, our very own Led Black was featured in a Moth Mainstage recorded live at the United Palace to close the Uptown Arts Stroll. Led performed alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegria Hudes, Esdras Santana & Edgar Ruiz Jr. That episode is Live from the United Palace is now playing on public radio stations across the country and will be published on most podcasting platforms on 11/16/2021. You can check it out below.

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