Archive for September, 2010

BY Claudio E. Cabrera

Papasito Restaurant

Address: 223 Dyckman St

Cuisine: Mexican

Decor: With the elegant decor of restaurants and bars like Corcho, Mamajuana, and Il Sole on the Dyckman strip, I was expecting more of the same from its newest restaurant, Papasito Mexican Grill + Agave Bar. But surprisingly, the decor at the restaurant is the complete opposite of its neighbors. More than anything, it hits the right notes as it resembles a classic, old western Mexican restaurant with its emphasis on dark woods.

Before it’s opening, Papasito looked like a restaurant of epic proportions. With all the buzz surrounding it, many thought it would be huge; but it’s actually small to the point that it gets a bit uncomfortable when seated.

Upon entering, you are escorted to tables that are too near each other. There is a couch area towards the far left of the restaurant, but that seems to be the only area with real space. On numerous occasions, customers had to squeeze through tight aisle-ways to reach the restrooms or their seating area.


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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Did you know that on the location where Columbia University Medical Center (165th Street and Broadway) now stands there was once a baseball stadium that was the clubhouse for the team that would go on to become the NY Yankees? That’s right, before the Yankees were the Yankees, they were the New York Highlanders and they played ball at Hilltop Park from 1903 to 1912. The stadium eventually burned down and the land was purchased to create the hospital that now occupies the space. The Yankees recently dedicated a plaque to the hospital and the people of Washington Heights that marks the exact spot of home plate. The plaque reads “Dedicated to Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and the community of Washington Heights by the New York Yankees to mark the exact location of home plate in Hilltop Park, home of the New York Highlanders, from 1903 to 1912, later renamed the New York Yankees.”

S/O to the The Bowery Boys Blog & Shorpy.com for some of the pics.

Check out: theboweryboys.blogspot.com/


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BY Chiara Sottile

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Argus Construction is putting the finishing touches on Inwood’s Indian Road Playground. The renovated playground, named for its location at Indian Road and 214th Street, will have all new equipment and a new theme: Native American natural history. But leaders in the Native American community say designers missed the mark. Chiara Sottile of Columbia Radio News reports.

Check out Chiara’s site: theclaritypost.com

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BY Led Black

That’s right folks, Liga Masiva has a brand spanking new website. Like I’ve said before, you need this coffee in your life. This is not Bustelo. This is that pure, unadulterated, organic java straight from the Dominican countryside. Liga Masiva practices what is referred to as “Direct Trade” paying the coffee farmers up to 200% more then they would earn otherwise. Liga Masiva is the real deal, helping struggling Dominican farmers in the DR and providing a superb product for consumers around the world. By purchasing Liga Masiva’s coffee you get to participate in that circle of awesomeness. To sweeten the deal, if you sign up for the monthly delivery service, you will not only get free shipping but you’ll also get the first month free. From the DR to your door, what could be better than that? If you are still not convinced stop by La Sala 78 (111 Dyckman St) and pick up a bag. You won’t be disappointed.

Check out the site: ligamasiva.com/

For the free coffee offer: ligamasiva.com/coffee/

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Photography by Briana E. Heard


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BY Eileen Z. Fuentes

My 85-year-old grandfather, who we call Papá, arrived yesterday from the Dominican Republic. We had a nice traditional meal consisting of fish, rice, beans, and an avocado, tomato and watercress salad. After dinner I thought it would be interesting to introduce him to youtube to see if we could find videos of his favorite childhood musicians. He totally got a kick out the fact that we could go back in time and wondered how in the world this could be done with a simple click of a few buttons.  I then made an attempt to explain how facebook works but much to my surprise, he told me that he had heard of it on the news and he was not interested because it was dangerous.  One conversation led to the other and I figured, who better to ask about healthy living and longevity, than my family’s patriarch. After all he stubbornly told me that all my practices are nonsense and that illness is just a matter of fate and bad luck.

His arrival in the United States dates back to 1960 where he first lived in the Bronx. He then moved to Washington Heights 5 years later to 160th between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues and then to Sherman Avenue. He worked in construction for many years, ultimately going up the ranks to Supervising Manager for the City of New York. There are at least 2 businesses in the neighborhood that my grandfather built. To this day, he still makes repairs and renovations on his home (and mine). We began to talk about his daily life and some of the day-to-day routines that keep him thin, strong, resilient and sharp. For the most part, this man does not forget a birthday and that’s pretty good for a man who has had 5 kids, 17 grandchildren, and 24 great grandchildren. He also has 80…yes 80, Godchildren due to his loyal and active participation in a mason lodge group for over 60 years.


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