BY Led Black (@Led_Black)
This has been our first summer as the Uptown Collective (UC) and what a summer it has been. Therefore, on the cusp of fall, it is only fitting that we take a look back at the summer that was. We hit up all the great Uptown restaurants, parks, businesses, happenings and festivals and went to a movie premiere or two. In short, the Uptown Collective was ubiquitous. Don’t get me wrong, we will continue our Uptown omnipresence throughout the year but there is something oh so special about summer in Washington Heights and Inwood. So without further ado, here it is, the UC’s stirring, multi-media ode to the summer that is now but a memory.
What would an Uptown Summer be without an opened fire hydrant?
We took a trip down memory lane and revisited Highbridge Park, which went from being a place that you would have to be insane to enter to a must visit park that is now also a mountain biking Mecca in NYC. I even got lost in those woods during the Hike the Heights.
We were there for the opening reception of the Uptown Arts Stroll at Uptown Gem, The Hispanic Society of America.
Profiled Ozzie Perez and the Tread Bike Shop.
The UC’s Creative Director, M. Tony Peralta, dropped by Beans and Vines for a bite.
SOA’s Art Trek: Uptown featuring Toofly @ Bodre’s Cut and Color Room
Art Trek: Uptown featuring M. Tony Peralta @ Locksmith
Art Trek: Uptown – Art of Seduction @ Brazen
Art Trek: Uptown featuring Don Rimx @ La Sala 78.
Our Wine 101 event @ Corcho Wine Room was a smash.
I am eternally indebted to Benlly Polanco and Vladimir Garcia for introducing me to the game-changing device known as the Porron.
Stopped by the Liquid Skin Studio for a chat with owner Miguel Moronta.
We were also at the SoHo loft of the world’s number one Champagne, Armand de Brignac (Ace of Spades) with SOA and shot caller Datwon Thomas for A Toast of Summer. Crooner Bilal rocked the building with his soulful performance.
Walk with me as I ride through the hood.
Dropped by Altus for The Bago Brunch with our boy Juan Bago.
So long Summer…
Parting is such sweet sorrow…
Until we meet again…
In short, we are Uptown.