Story by Gregg McQueen
Photos by Cristóbal Vivar
Uptown answered the call.
With Puerto Rico suffering in the wake of Hurricane Maria and Mexico recovering from devastating earthquakes, 5030 Broadway became the epicenter for a day of action and service on October 7.
UptownUNIDOS, an event designed to provide relief for the stricken countries, drew a substantial response from local residents, organizations, elected officials and businesses from both Northern Manhattan and the Bronx.
Organized by The Manhattan Times and The Bronx Free Press along with the Hispanic Federation, Manhattan Mini Storage, Workspace Offices, Uptown Collective, Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC), People’s Theatre Project (PTP), BronxNet, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), Alianza Dominicana, and other partners, UptownUNIDOS collected critically needed supplies such as water, canned food, first aid items and hygiene products to be shipped to Puerto Rico and raised funds for those affected by Hurricane Maria and the earthquakes in Mexico.
“The intent was to coalesce the efforts and energy of our uptown communities and create a focal point of aid. Our papers serve both Northern Manhattan and the Bronx, and both have been hard hit by the natural disasters,” explained Editor Debralee Santos. “We needed to do something, and do it together.”
Dubbed a “Day of Action and Service,” the event offered different opportunities to lend assistance to those in need.