07/13/23: The Uptown Night Market Returns…

That’s right familia, the coolest monthly event Uptown returns on Thursday, July 13 @ 4 pm, BIGGER & BETTER than ever with 2 more blocks of culinary and cultural awesomeness.. So bring the family, your dancing shoes and definitely bring your appetite. Expect delectable food, awesome art, merch, music and so much more!!! See you there!

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08/05/23: Bachateria @ The United Palace

A live concert event celebrating the rich history, founding heroes, and future stars of the globally expanding genre of Bachata music.

Originating in the rural poverty of the Dominican Republic in the 1950s, Bachata has since become an international sensation.

Featuring special guest Lenny Santos, a.k.a. Len Melody, a Dominican-American guitarist, composer, producer and entrepreneur who rose to global fame as the co-founder of Aventura where he served as producer, lead guitarist, vocalist, composer and musical director, and is responsible for the group’s distinctive sound. 

Starring rising Bachata stars Judy Santos, Joel Insuperable, JFab & Paola, Valerio, Wilven Bello, and Liza + Willie, and a special appearance by Afro-Dominicano. 

This program is supported by the United Palace of Cultural Arts, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council

Get tickets: 08/05/23: Bachateria @ The United Palace

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Mural Makeover | Manhattan Times

It’s a graphic redux.

The City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the artists whose work will “enliven and beautify the walls” of the 191st Street Tunnel.

From a pool of 57 applicants, DOT has selected five artists, most of whom have ties to Northern Manhattan.

The artists will begin their work in the fall.

The tunnel is a roughly 1,000-foot passageway connecting Broadway to the #1 subway line at 191st Street and St. Nicholas Avenue.

Though it bears the characteristics of an above-ground tunnel, the space is actually categorized as a mapped city street above one of the system’s deepest stations, at 180 feet below street level.

The selected artists are listed below.

Vicky Azcoitia: The Washington Heights-based artist works with photography and design. Dedicating most of her time to freelance photography, photo-editing, and graphic design, she also works on developing her own documentary photography projects. Azcoitia currently teaches digital photography at the Bronx River Art Center and is a member artist at Cornerstone Studios.

Daniel Bonilla: A Washington Heights/Inwood-born and raised artist who is curating the Riverside-Inwood Neighborhood Gardens ‘Art in the Garden’ for the third year in a row. Bonilla has been an artist his entire life, working previously with Colossal Media and independently since 2019, he strives to do public art in The Heights and Inwood area to feel connected to his neighborhood and roots.

Denise Coke: A Queens-born Caribbean-American who is based in Jamaica, Queens, is an award-winning creative director and owner of $NP Designs who is best described as an augmented reality artist, muralist, and digital artist. Coke visited Washington Heights when younger to visit friends and family and she references the many cultural aspects of uptown in her work, such as bodegas and bustling city life. She has earned commissions from The Madison Square Garden Company, New York City’s Department of Education, Nike, and Google, while her work is showcased globally.

Rasheeda Johnson: A multidisciplinary artist with 13 years as a Washington Heights resident, Johnson has had the opportunity to experience the rich cultures represented in the area which she uses as inspiration for her work. Johnson was exposed to art at a very early age with a scholarship to Saturday art classes at the Carnegie Museum in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. Her passion for creating visual art has not wavered over the past 40 years as she looks toward the next 40 creating art in her community.

Carla Torres: A Washington Heights-based artist since 2006, originally from Ecuador, Torres works across several media including drawing, painting, illustration, animation, and murals. Torres has been commissioned by NYC DOT, the Garment District Alliance, NYC Health + Hospitals, the HBO Max Latinx Diaspora Campaign, and Google NYC, and has received a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Creative Engagement grant three times since 2019.

Read more: Mural Makeover | Manhattan Times

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06/29/23: Uptown Arts Stroll & Women in the Heights Closing Reception

Parting is such sweet sorrow. The 2023 Uptown Arts Stroll has been such an awesome whirlwind of arts and culture that many people Uptown may suffer from withdrawal once July comes around. With that said, all good things must come to an end so please make sure you are in attendance at the NoMAA Gallery (4140 BWAY @ 176th) on Thursday, June 29 at 6 pm for not only the Closing Reception of the 2023 Uptown Arts Stroll but also the Closing Reception for the magnificent Women In The Heights exhibit, curated masterfully by Uptown Art Queen, Andrea Arroyo.

By the way, you don’t have to wait until next Thursday to see Women In The Heights, Gallery Hours are Saturdays and Tuesdays from 1 pm to 5 pm. You only have 3 more chances to see this tour de force so don’t sleep!

RSVP: Uptown Arts Stroll & Women in the Heights Closing Reception

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Get Yours: The 2023 Uptown Arts Stroll Tee

The 2023 Uptown Arts Stroll may be coming to an end but you can still have your very own piece of this glorious festival of Uptown arts and culture by getting the 2023 Uptown Arts Stroll Tee. The tee comes in black, white and heather gray. And guess what? They also have a hoodie. You need that in your life. The 2023 Uptown Arts Stroll Tee features the winning poster design by Washington Heights artist Devyn White. It also commemorates the Tony Awards coming to the United Palace, NoMAA’s home! Click below and get yours NOW.

Get Yours: The 2023 Uptown Arts Stroll T-Shirt

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Union fighting to keep some MTA workers on the job

S/O to the always intrepid reporter Greg Mocker of PIX 11 News for shining a much-needed light on this crucial issue. This is the crux of the matter, in a nutshell, the MTA is hellbent on removing the vital presence of transit workers from the deepest train stations in the entire system, the 168th, 181st and 191st 1 Train stations and Union Local 100 is fighting desperately to hold the line.

The Uptown Collective believes that our Uptown train stations should be staffed by transit workers around the clock as they have been for decades now. To remove them and reassign them elsewhere is an affront. The union is asking commuters to call 212-878-7448 to demand the workers stay in the stations but we have tried the number several times without any success.

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Photos: @photosbyloredana
Florist: @xoxomarg@raeofflorals
Words: @led_black

My dad likes to refer to Father’s Day as “El Día de los Perros” (The Day of the Dogs) because fathers, he says, don’t get the same kind of love and respect as mothers do. With that said, TODAY, we are shining a well-deserved light on some amazing fathers. Much Love to all the outstanding fathers out there grinding every day for their children, their families and their communities. Stay tuned for more in the Father-Hood series. Much love to @photosbyloredana & @juanbago for making magic happen…

Happy Father’s Day Familia…

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Arise Teen Summer Program

The Arise Teen Summer Program is a Summer enrichment program for high school students presented by Boys and Girls Club of Harlem and the West Harlem Development Corporation. Includes $1300 stipend (participant must complete program). Priority for CB9 residents. 

This summer, in the six week program from July 5-August 11, students will participate in a variety of activities and workshops in culinary arts, coding, urban farming, real estate, and more. With the guidance from experts in various fields, students will get a well rounded foundation in workforce development.

For more info: https://westharlemdc.org/arise-2023-summer-enrichment-program/

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