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BY Led Black

Speaking of moving to a new neighborhood, award-winning author and blogger, Tanya Plank, is contemplating a move to Uptown. She recently posted an item on her blog about her travels around our neighborhood. I found her insights interesting and it was refreshing to read an account of Uptown that reflects what is happening here today not in the past.

Check out the full post: Here

Tonya Plank’s first novel Swallow was published in December 2009 and is an Amazon best-seller in legal fiction. The novel has received several awards, including a gold medal for best regional fiction in the 2010 Independent Publisher Awards (IPPYs), the gold medal for women’s fiction in the 2010 Living Now Book Awards, and was a finalist in the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards and the National Indie Excellence Awards.

Check out her site: tonyaplank.com/

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BY Led Black

If you have ever contemplated a move to a new neighborhood, you know that it can be a grueling process. I’m not even talking about the actual move, which can be arduous at best, but even finding the right neighborhood is a daunting task. The hours of reading reviews online, ransacking Wikipedia articles, and going from forum to forum. Thanks to NabeWise, all that is a thing of the past. Nabewise makes it easy to explore different neighborhoods in one place, by ranking neighborhoods, real-time, across 65 key attributes such as trendiness, noise-level, and safety among other key factors. All rankings are crowd-sourced from locals who are proud voices in their neighborhoods. That means your neighborhood’s standing relative to other neighborhoods depends entirely on you. That’s right folks – that is where our audience comes in. So log-on and vote up Inwood & Washington Heights and let the world know that Uptown is where it’s at.

For more info: nabewise.com/

Hit up the NabeWise Inwood page: Here

Hit up the NabeWise Wash Heights page: Here

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BY Eileen Z. Fuentes

Up to this point, The Elixir: Uptown SOUL (Seasonal, Organic, Unprocessed, Local) Food series has introduced its readers to the highly visible mangos and avocadoes. While these fruits are locally abundant they are not grown nearby. It is for this reason that I sought to highlight an item that will appease both the immigrant community due to its regular appearance in familiar dishes as well as those who are environmentally conscious and so look to foods that are sustainable.

The spicy and sensational cilantro is an amazing herb. It is also versatile as it grows annually despite the changing seasons and can easily be cultivated indoors right on your windowsill. Contrary to my previous belief, I learned that local is actually better than organic because of its overall effect on the planet. As a matter of fact, according to localvores.com, locally grown produce is always fresher and therefore more nutritionally complete. For New Yorkers, it would be almost impossible to do this year-round due to the harsh winter months and the limited produce options. I know the local vs. organic dispute is a hard pill to swallow but I urge you to take a look at this shocking 3-minute video. Like me, you may have to reconsider your previous notions about this controversial topic.

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BY Led Black

Parting is such sweet sorrow. With that said, what better way to say So Long to Summer than with a sale/shindig thrown by the Sound of Art (SOA) and the Uptown Collective at one of our favorite retail spots, Nostylgia. The gathered attendees were treated to excellent libations, fine art and good music. Our very own, M. Tony Peralta, got on the turntables and rocked for a bit. As usual, SOA events are networking events and I got to build with old friends and meet new and interesting people that are doing big things. Thanks go out to Jason and the good folks at Nostlygia for partnering with the SOA and the Uptown Collective to further the constant elevation of Uptown. Spread love, it’s the Uptown way.

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Curious Frog Theatre Company: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Scavengers”

Inwood Hill Park

Sunday, September 5, 2010

4:00 p.m.

Curious Frog’s mission is to present new, modern, and classical works with the goal of showing a new, multicultural perspective through non-traditional casting that does not hinder understanding or believing a work, but rather enhances the work in an innovative manner and fosters fresh perceptions.

For more info: curiousfrog.org/

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BY Led Black

Uptown folks have someone local to root for as the US Open gets underway today. That’s right, 20-year old Irina Falconi learned to play tennis on the public courts in Inwood Hill Park at the tender age of 4. As a matter of fact, we actually lived in the same building on 153 Seaman Ave. I remember seeing her and her father, who was a former pro soccer player in his native Ecuador, training everyday. It seems all that hard work has paid off as Irina was named the Campbell/Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Player of the Year and was the top seed in May’s N.C.A.A. championships. Having just turned pro, Ms. Falconi beat Canada’s Stephanie Dubois on Saturday, “to earn a slot in the main draw of the U.S. Open—only the 10th time in the tournament’s history that a wild card advanced past the qualifiers.” Today she will take on No. 19 seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy. Go Irina!!!

For more info: straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com/

See previous Uptown Girl posts:

Arlenis Sosa

Ami Vega

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Deputy Secretary of State for the state of New York, Joel Barkin, interviews candidate for New York State Senate, Adriano Espaillat, for the Huffington Post. Mr. Barkin refers to the race for the 31st Senate District, as “the most important State Senate Race Progressives should be following.” With that said, whatever candidate you support, get informed and stay involved. The election is on September 14th.

Check out the full interview: Here

Check out our Politicking with the People posts: Linares & Levine

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