Uptown Faves: Santiago’s Beer Garden

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Oh man, do I have a restaurant for you. In our never-ending quest to bring you all the best that Uptown has to offer, I have come across a culinary gem in El Barrio. Santiago’s Beer Garden (2337 First Avenue) is that place, ladies and gentlemen. I went there 3 Sundays ago on a much-needed date night with the wife and returned the very next week with the entire family. The place has this amazing décor and vibe that is super cool and chic but still welcoming. What makes this place so awesome is that it boasts both indoor and outdoor spaces. And the food is quite simply outstanding. Santiago’s Beer Garden is not playing when it comes to authentic Dominican food that is impeccably prepared and presented. On our first outing there, I had the churrasco and the wife had a shrimp mofongo. Both were outstanding and know that the kitchen does not skimp on the portions. And since they are also a beer garden, the craft beer selection is super on point. They also make some stellar cocktails. Make sure you check them out pronto, and tell them the Uptown Collective sent you.

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Spread Love: Velocity – Columbia’s Ride To End Cancer

Velocity Ride 2019

Listen up familia, the third annual Velocity Ride goes down on Sunday, October 6, 2019. The annual bike ride is dedicated to raising vital funds to support cancer research and care at Columbia’s Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center. Velocity is a special way for the community, cancer patients, survivors, and their families to ride side by side with Columbia’s physicians and scientists who are working tirelessly toward a cure.

Whether you are an avid cyclist, a casual rider, or you are just looking for a great volunteer opportunity, Velocity has something for everyone.

Velocity gives riders the opportunity to choose their level of physical challenge: 10, 25, 45, or 62.5 miles (100 kilometers). The ride begins at four different start areas and riders merge together as one unstoppable force to cross the George Washington Bridge and end at 168th at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

Please visit www.velocityride.org to register. (While fundraising minimums still apply, special promotional offers are available for community members. For more information on these promotions, please email: velocityride@cumc.columbia.edu)

You also can sign up as a volunteer.  A variety of opportunities are available at the Finish Line Festival and at various locations along the route.

Please sign up to volunteer at www.velocityride.org

Please support this important event. All funds raised by participants go directly to support cancer care and research at Columbia.  See you at the finish line.

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10/02/19: Deepak Chopra @ The United Palace

The United Palace of Spiritual Arts invites you to the launch of Dr. Deepak Chopra’s latest book, Metahuman.

OCTOBER 2, 2019
6:45pm doors for general admission
8:00pm Intro by Jean Houston + Discussion by Deepak Chopra with book signing to follow

United Palace, 4140 Broadway at 175th Street

Copies of Metahuman will be available for sale on site for $20. He will sign books after the discussion.

New York Times bestselling author Deepak Chopra will discuss his upcoming book, Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential – a revolutionary book with secrets on moving beyond our present limitations to access a field of infinite possibilities. How does one do this? By becoming metahuman.

For more info: https://www.unitedpalace.org/product/deepak-chopra/

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Uptown arts hub initiates $9.5 million renovation | Manhattan Times

By Gregg McQueen

The new building façade. Photo: Imrey Studio LLC

HSA has long been in the business of dreams.

Founded in 1964 by concert soprano Dorothy Maynor, HSA was intended to give local children access to cultural programs at a time when few options existed in Harlem, which was beset with municipal neglect and high poverty.

And over a half-century later, the institution is now fulfilling a long-held vision of its own.

It has launched a massive renovation – The Renaissance Project – that will completely transform the look of the school.

The $9.5 million project, fully funded by the Herb Alpert Foundation, will replace the building’s fortress-like brick exterior with a glass facade that will allow passersby to look into the building, through to a courtyard garden.

After a ceremonial groundbreaking held on September 20, HSA President Eric Pryor said many community members are unaware of what happens inside the building at 645 St. Nicholas Avenue due to its plain exterior.

“What it will bring to the school, essentially, is visibility,” said Pryor, who suggested the glass exterior with floor-to-ceiling windows will allow outsiders to get a glimpse of the school’s operations.

“This school was really a safe haven in the 70’s. It was a very different time in New York City and in Harlem, so it really was about creating an oasis on the inside of this building,” he explained. “Today, we don’t need as much a safe haven, as much as we need to let people know in this community what we offer and how they can take advantage.”

Since 2010, Alpert and his wife Lani Hall have donated $17 million to HSA.

Read more: Uptown arts hub initiates $9.5 million renovation | Manhattan Times

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Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – Snitches Get Stitches

On this week’s episode, everyone is back together for the first time this season. Rachel explains why she was out last week, and she also announces the cast members of “The HERlarious Show” performance on October 12th.

On “Bochinche Bites”, Jaime dishes on Tekashi 6ix9ine snitching in court, somebody buying a drawing of Channing Tatum’s scrotum on Ebay, and people still believing that they can get STDs from toilet seats.

On this week’s “Frank-spiracy News”, Frank suspects some of the passengers on the ill-fated Challenger space shuttle explosion are still alive.

The crew interviews comedian Mark Viera and he walks us through the moment he knew he wanted to pursue comedy full time, his early material, and how he is preparing for his upcoming HBO comedy special.

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Uptown On TV 📺: Godfather of Harlem

Godfather of Harlem reimagines the story of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson, who in the early 1960s returned from a decade in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. The series premieres on EPIX on Sunday, September 29 at 10 pm est. The show boats a talented cast that includes Forest Whitaker, Giancarlo Esposito, Paul Sorvino as well as a host of talented actors. Get your DVR’s ready.

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09/29/19: #UptownPhotoWalk

Our good friends Emanuel Abreu and Carlos Deschamps are leading another photo-walk this Sunday, September 29 at 1 pm that will kick-off from Word Up Books (2113 Amsterdam Ave @ 165th). Photographers of all levels of expertise are welcome. Follow the walk via #UptownPhotoWalk.

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It’s Time to Impeach Donald J. Trump | Manhattan Times

By Adriano Espaillat

Adriano Espaillat is the U.S. Representative for New York’s 13th Congressional District and the first Dominican-American member of Congress.


On November 15, 2017, six of us stood and called for the impeachment of Donald Trump.

Today, our call continues, as we are now joined by more than 150 members calling for an impeachment inquiry into Trump.

We have a right to know, and as an original co-sponsor of the first resolution calling for the impeachment of Donald J. Trump, I reiterate my support for holding him accountable as he has consistently obstructed justice, violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution, and undermined the independence of our nation’s judicial system.

I have long believed that Donald Trump was unfit for the highest office in our land for a number of reasons. But I believe his latest mishandling of military funding, his attack on a whistleblower who recently came forward with information deemed credible by our intelligence community, and his use of the presidency for his own personal gain and political advantage, warrant a reiteration of my stance.

Read more: It’s Time to Impeach Donald J. Trump | Manhattan Times

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State hosts housing forum | Manhattan Times

By Gregg McQueen

Angela Fernandez, Commissioner of the Division of Human Rights.

It’s honing in on housing.

The New York State Division of Human Rights will host a town hall on changes in the state’s human rights laws, specifically focused on housing concerns.

The meeting will be held on Wed., Sept. 25 at the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center building at 530 West 166th Street starting at 6 p.m.‎

Angela Fernández, Commissioner of the Division of Human Rights, said the goal of the town hall is to bring the agency “directly to the people.”

“It will be a very interactive presentation on what the state’s human rights law is when it comes to anti-discrimination protection within the housing context,” she said.

The gathering will serve as a return uptown for Fernández, who had previously served as the Executive Director of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights (NMCIR).

“I want residents who face discriminatory and predatory policies where it hurts most – at home – to know there is help,” said Fernández. “It’s why we’re here at the Division, and why we’re bringing these forums to the neighborhoods where they’ll have the greatest impact.”

This spring, Governor Andrew Cuomo approved several new provisions for the state’s human rights law, the oldest in the country, including a provision banning rental discrimination based on source of income.

“If you have a lawful source of income like Section 8 or child support or social security benefits, a landlord cannot deny you an apartment,” said Fernández. “What we see is that landlords are denying rentals to people [with such income sources], and as of this summer, this is a violation of state human rights law.”

Read more: State hosts housing forum | Manhattan Times

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