02/22/20: Ms. Lauren Hill @ The United Palace

Don’t miss Ms. Lauryn Hill live in concert on February 22, 2020 to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the historic United Palace, Manhattan’s 4th largest theater and one of five famed “Loew’s Wonder Theatres.”

Get early access to tickets with pre-sale code MLHNYC on Thursday, 10/17 from 10am to 10pm. General sale starts on 10/18.

Get TIX: 02/22/20: Ms. Lauren Hill @ The United Palace

Related: Ms. Lauryn Hill Comes Uptown

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Barrio Bounce | Manhattan Times

By Sherry Mazzocchi

Curl up.

To the delight of fans, the New York branch of Miss Rizos Salon finally opened its doors at 190th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue on Saturday.

Jennifer Alcántara came from Queens to experience the custom care of a curly hair salon. Alcántara said she came, not only for the hair care, but to support the cause.

“I’ve been following Miss Rizos for so, so long and I’m excited that it is finally opening her own salon here in New York and I – and all the curly girls – are able to come her and have our hair done,” Alcántara said.

The Miss Rizos, or Miss Curls, is all about celebrating women’s crown of curls and the name is a bit of a spoof on beauty pageants. It offers an array of curly styles and twists as well as box, stitch and crown braids. Curl assistants Sabrina Rivera and Alexandra Rivera (no relation) have been training for weeks, both in New York and in the Santo Domingo branch in the Dominican Republic to get the Miss Rizos’ touch exactly right.

Training in Santo Domingo was especially intense, said Alexandra. The salon is constantly busy. While she enjoyed the work in a lively salon, she also witnessed something greater happening there. “It’s amazing that every day I get to help other women embrace who they really are and be able to learn how to take care of their hair and be beautiful.”

Read more: Barrio Bounce | Manhattan Times

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Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – A Whole New Curl

On this week’s episode, the crew recaps Rachel’s recent HERlarious variety show, Jaime and Frank each give their personal reviews of the show, and everyone looks ahead to the upcoming L.A. trip.

On this week’s “Ask Bago”, a listener seeks advice on getting dumped after landing in a different country.

On “Bochinche Bites”, Jaime dishes on Sesame Street tackling the opiod crisis and Nike selling “Jesus Shoes” with actual holy water in them.

On this week’s “Frank-spiracy News”, Frank tells us about the Georgia Guide Stones.

The crew interviews Carolina Conteras aka Miss Rizos about how she began empowering women and young girls through her social media platforms, how she learned to embrace her curls, and the recent opening of her new hair salon in Washington Heights.

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New Spot Alert: Barrel 79

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

In the former space of the 2nd Burger Heights, Barrel 79 (79 Audubon Ave) is dishing out some delectable bar food with a nice selection of craft beers. I really liked that they serve their beer in hefty frosty mugs. Nice touch. They also make a mean burger, which comes with a miniature whole pickle on top of the brioche bun. The menu is sparse but all the items on it are super interesting. I will be definitely stopping by for more. Check out Barrel 70 pronto and tell them the Uptown Collective sent you.

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Mapping Resistance: The Young Lords in El Barrio

By Kaity Modesto

As a proud native from Washington Heights, I can be a little cocky. Anytime I have to commute to the east side or go downtown on the weekends, I overthink it.  It’s a mission to get around the city, especially by public transportation. However, a few weeks ago, I was invited to attend the walking tour of Mapping Resistance: The Young Lords in El Barrio.  I was curious to learn more about El Barrio and the Young Lords. So I decided to Uber to avoid the trains and hassle (not to mention the fact that I was running late—typical Dominican-ish). I kept thinking “l hope the walking tour hasn’t started yet” but I should have known that when you start a walking tour with wine, cheese, crackers, and Latinos in the mix—time is always on our side! Fortunately, I made it in time to have a glass of Rosé and eat some cheese before the tour began.

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Amtrak billboard panned | Manhattan Times

By Gregg McQueen

The land on which the billboard is sited is owned by Amtrak.

This is a bad sign.

Rep. Adriano Espaillat is accusing Amtrak of going off the rails when it comes to a new advertising billboard that the federally subsidized agency has put up in West Harlem.

Installed in June along Amtrak’s rail line, the large video display at West 155th Street and Riverside Drive has drawn the ire of local residents, who complained that it was constructed without community notice and has become an eyesore.

At a press conference on Mon., Oct. 7, Espaillat said he has introduced legislation that would require the railroad to follow local construction and zoning laws procedures when installing advertising displays.

Currently, Amtrak is exempt under federal law from following such city and state procedures.

Espaillat’s bill — which he is calling the Allowing More Transparency in Reviewing Advertising Construction Act, or the Amtrak Act — would remove this exemption.

Espaillat said the billboard obstructs the scenic views of the Hudson River, calling it an “assault on the environment.”

“This isn’t necessary for the functioning of the rail network — they want to make money,” remarked Espaillat, who said he has appealed to Amtrak to remove the billboard.

“Amtrak has refused our call,” he stated.

The sign is located along the railroad tracks at the end of West 155th Street between Riverside Drive and the Henry Hudson Parkway. The land on which the billboard sits is owned by Amtrak.

Read more: Amtrak billboard panned | Manhattan Times

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Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – Hoop Dreams

On this week’s episode, Rachel talks about the #TwitterVoices dinner she was selected to attend, Juan Bago tells us how he gets his nourishment at networking events, Jaime and Rachel recount Room 28’s performance at Festival People en Español, and the crew teases Jaime about the lack of footage captured while at New York’s Comic Con.

On this week’s “Ask Bago”, a listener asks Bago how to get rid of a stalker.

On “Bochinche Bites”, Pero Like’s Gadiel Del Orbe joins us as Jaime dishes on Victoria’s Secret signing their first plus size model, Pope Francis considering lifting celibacy requirements for priests, and Instagram removing their “Following” tab.

On this week’s “Frank-spiracy News”, Frank tells us about the climate change hoax.

The crew interviews New York Times journalist Sandra Garcia on when she first became interested in journalism, writing stories that relate to the experience of black Latinx women, and the process of writing and developing a story at the NY Times.

On the Que Lo Que Quickie the crew chats with comedian BlackRose about how she got into comedy, the lessons she has learned doing standup, and her and Rachel announce the final lineup for this Saturday’s HERlarious show.

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10/19/19: The Art of Activism Panel

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance and National Arts Month, join The BLK Table for a panel discussion featuring three award-winning Harlem-bred artists about using art as a means for activism, entrepreneurship, creativity, and how coming from Harlem has influenced their journeys. Mix and mingle over cocktails provided by Maker’s Mark and light bites from Lolo’s Seafood Shack. The event takes place at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise Gallery on October 19 from 3 to 6 pm.

Get Your Tickets Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-blk-table-presents-the-art-of-activism-panel-discussion-tickets-74876765421

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We need your help fellow Uptowners. The Uptown Collective is in the process of developing a new digital tool to better connect our awesome audience to the news, information, events and goods & services in the Uptown community. There’s a lot to choose from and we need the audience’s help to focus and hone our efforts. We want to understand what the most pressing information needs of our audience are. We need as many UC readers to take this super short survey because it will be foundational to our efforts at developing a new product called the Uptown Concierge. We’re still in the early stages but we can’t do it without the input of our beloved audience. Please let us know how to better meet your information needs.

Take The Survey Here: http://bit.ly/uc-survey-2019

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