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UPinion: Why Wakanda Matters

By AJ Sidransky (@AJSidransky) When I was a young Jewish boy in the 1960’s the world was a very different place. As my dear friend Led Black has said to me, “that was before the Jews became white.” Just…

UPinion: An Open Letter to Other Bernie Supporters

BY AJ Sidransky (@AJSidransky) Friday, September 16, 2016 Washington Heights, New York Today I had the unfortunate opportunity to witness the worst, most disturbing political circus of my lifetime. Donald J. Trump corralled the media at his new hotel…

UPinion: Why “Black Lives Matter” Matters

BY AJ Sidransky (@AJSidransky) I’m white. Okay, I said it. For me it doesn’t matter. But, knowing full well what the advantages of being “white” are (see: white privilege) I try really hard to understand what life is like…

Forgiving Mariela Camacho: The Review

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Have you ever loved someone so deeply that it hurts to be apart from that person? For veteran NYPD detective Pete Gonzalvez that woman has always been Mariela Camacho. Ever since he first fell madly…

11/05/15: Uptown In Print

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Please make your way to the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood (54 Nagle Ave) on Thursday, November 5th at 7 pm for the Uptown In Print panel featuring authors, A.J. Sidransky, Jon…

Uptown Tonight: The Led Black Book Club Ft. A.J. Sidransky

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Tonight is the night folks. Please come out to Word Up Books (2113 Amsterdam Ave @ 165th) at 7 pm for a deep dive with local novelist A.J. Sidransky into his latest book, Forgiving Mariela…

Forgiving Mariela Camacho: 7 Questions With A.J. Sidransky

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Ok folks so this where the rubber meets the road. We have arrived at the place where it is imperative that we put all that Uptown Love we preach about into practice. Forgiving Mariela Camacho,…

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A Kurchenko and Gonzalvez Mystery: A Glint of Metal

BY A J Sidransky (@AJSidransky) Washington Heights, New York May 8, 2015 Pete slept with his cell phone on the night table, the sound off, the flasher on. He was no stranger to middle-of-the-night calls from the precinct. No…

UPinion: How Small is the World – How Fleeting is Time….

BY AJ Sidransky (@AJSidransky) In May and June of 1944 approximately 424,000 Hungarian Jews were deported to Auschwitz. Most of them were murdered upon arrival. Among them were my great uncle, Zoltan Grunfeld, his wife Pepi Rusznak and their…

Bistro 209 – Comfort with a Classy, Classic Touch

BY AJ Sidransky (@AJSidransky) Bistro 209 which opened this past June in the space formerly occupied by the Rusty Mackerel is a welcome addition to the Washington Heights dining scene. The kitchen, though small, covers a lot of ground…