Archive for November, 2009

We recently caught this Chris Martin x Coldplay x Buenavista remix of “Clock” on Pandora while driving back from the holiday weekend and wanted to share the video version with you. Enjoy!

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More on Uptown’s blossoming graf scene. These pieces brightened up a bland  and lifeless area on 10th Ave. between 204th and 207th streets. These works of art now exist where a run-down old gas station stood…and where a new construction site has taken it place. The wooden panels and boards used to protect and hide people from construction site and construction site from people…became canvases and “constructive sites”…for all. More beautification of our neighborhood to come.

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Like his Pops(friend to the UC), Jahmir Duran is Uptown Raised(But Brooklyn Born), can attribute some of his acting skills to that UPTOWN UP-BRINGING….Jahmir is not just making us proud, for his modeling  or his killer kid coolness, but also for his involvement in one 2009 highly acclaimed film…The Messenger.

The Messenger…Will Montgomery(Ben Foster), a U.S. Army officer who has just returned home from a tour in Iraq and is assigned to the Army’s Casualty Notification service. Partnered with fellow officer Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson) to bear the bad news to the loved ones of fallen soldiers, Will faces the challenge of completing his mission while seeking to find comfort and healing back on the home front. When he finds himself drawn to Olivia (Samantha Morton), to whom he has just delivered the news of her husband’s death, Will’s emotional detachment begins to dissolve and the film reveals itself as a surprising, humorous, moving and very human portrait of grief, friendship and survival.

Mr. Duran, plays Olivia’s  son. Caught in the middle of emotional mayhem. This young man is in great company! And  whenever he’s in Washington Heights… so are we! CHECK THE TRAILER.

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Harlem Stage Launches Uptown Nights

Harlem Stage’s new music series Uptown Nights at Harlem Stage, which debuted Sept. 26, reaches back to the time when uptown was the place to seek out the next big thing in music, and to hear top artists of the time play in settings where socializing, and community building, was paramount.

The Uptown Nights series opens with “2012: The Hip Hop Experiment” featuring a line-up of rising young musicians, dancers, and visual and technological artists who are leading the next wave in music and art. Events continue monthly throughout the fall, mixing a vibrant, intimate club vibe featuring DJs and open bars with intriguing experimental music that embraces everything from hip-hop to Latin, jazz to electronic-rock, and live beats.

Uptown Nights events are curated and produced by Harlem Stage and a variety of collaborators including prominent young artists like Marc Cary, Tamar-Kali, and Dana Leong, nightlife impresarios like producer Shon “Chance” Miller, and music collectives like Jazzmobile. Co-presenters include The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University, and the Columbia/Harlem Jazz Project.

“Harlem has a rich history of music, culture, and community-building,” says Patricia Cruz, Executive Director of Harlem Stage. “During the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 1930s, African-American cultural and intellectual life flourished. People came here from all over to watch plays, hear music, and meet friends. Artists like Fats Waller played in small clubs and private salons while people socialized, sang, and leaned in on his piano to listen. Uptown Nights builds on this legacy for a new, younger generation of people.”


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Thats right, Ron Perlman…Actor who plays HellBoy! was in BladeII and was the “Beast” in the Beauty and the Beast TV show….was born in Washington Heights.  While living uptown he attended G.Dubs.

So, the next time you see him, ask him, Why the “HELL” hasn’t he been back to visit.

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When I grew up in “the heights” as a young lad, my eyes always wandered and became fixated where there was color, and design blessing our bland “urbanesque” canvas of brick and cement. But there were only a few spots Uptown that I could rely on to provide the kind of visual stimulation, a young Native New Yorker needs, Graffiti! But I’m not talking about lil bullshit tags, that look corny and as annoying as Mosquitos on a Summer Vacation in DR…I liked throw-ups, but mostly in Black Books(against the white paper), but what I fell in Love with were those intricate, well thought out art PIECES… I used to be like DAMN! When my mom would lets me start to stay out late, I’m going to do that….NEVER HAPPENED!

As time moved on, there were less and less of these master piece murals and more wack tags plaguing the body of our ‘hood like chicken pox…one of the last ones that stick to mind is the old handball courts on G.DUBS (outsider translation – George Washington High School) campus, that were always graced with big, dope pieces, but we lost that too, to a lack of community understanding. But things are turning around, there are signs of a resurrection of a graffiti scene in our Uptown neighborhood. Where they were once, decaying walls, bad tags and nothingness, now bare witness to Uptown’s Eye Candy.

these were captured on 10th Ave. under the 1 train El, 207th street station

Graff1 10thave

Graff2 10thave

Graff3 10thave

Graff4 10thave

Graff5 10thave

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In today’s AM NY Newspapers STUFF section, AM NY did a story called “UPTOWN GOODS.” The story was highlighting the slew of new independent stores popping up on the Inwood strip, Dyckman street. One of new hip businesses is the UC’s own La Sala 78. Sala, was featured as a new Cafe/Gallery in the Dyckman strip where you can get a good hot cup of coffee, savor on a delicious panini sandwich and view the art work that adorns there establishment created by local artist, like M.Tony Peralta. Peralta’s “Double Your Luck” screen print was pointed out in the article, among the other cool things that can be found on Dyckman St. Check out the article below.


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