Archive for August, 2011

By Jane McManus

Photo Credit: Yves Logghe | AP Photo

NEW YORK — When Irina Falconi was just 3 years old, her parents moved the family from Ecuador to Washington Heights. One of the bright spots of the move to New York was their new place, right across from Inwood Hill Park and its nine tennis courts.

“I came along and decided one day I was going to go out there and act like I knew what I was doing,” Falconi said. “I was 4-years-old and never looked back. I trained on those courts every single day for 10 years. It’s where it all started.”

As for where she is now, Falconi plays on Court 11 against No. 14 Dominika Cibulkova on Wednesday the third match on the court. Falconi, 21, was ranked No. 78 coming into the U.S. Open, and her first-round win on Monday is the highlight of her career so far. With the win, her ranking rises high enough to automatically qualify for for the main draw of the Australian Open.

Read more: U.S. Open 2011: Irina Falconi comes home to New York – ESPN New York.

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Pink: The Chronicles of BC Jenny is a humorous, emotional and very real

window into the life of a woman when diagnosed with breast cancer.

 The playwright, Jenny Saldaña, has toured venues around the country sharing her journey. The show is played out through a series of hysterical dream sequences and moments that reveal the world of a cancer patient.

 Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 7 PM

 Alumni Auditorium, Columbia University

William Black Building

650 W. 168th Street (Between Broadway & Ft. Washington Ave)

 *Complimentary Wine & Cheese Reception to Follow Event*

 Tickets: $20 Individual, $15 Student/Senior/Groups (over 10)

 For tickets please call Eric Dubinsky at 212-305-4486

or email edubinsky@womenatrisknyc.org

This play has adult content and language and is appropriate for those ages 16 and over.

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Photography by Briana E. Heard

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Video by Art By Dj Boy (@DjboyNYC)

Click here to see pics from that evening.

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-Where did you learn Spanish?

Yo learn to speaky the Spanish from watching el streeto del sesame.

-Favorite Spanish word and what it means in English?

Mayorador. It means mayor

-Any other languages you are fluent in?

Yo soy also fluento en english y italiandando

-How do you feel about getting over 5000 followers over night?

Es muy importante to reacho out para los nuevo yorkos hispanicandos. Yo soy mucho thrilled que mucho followadors

-Are you going to run a Spanish only campaign for your next term?

No more mayorador terms para me. Necesito to make more than uno peso per yearo. Tengo bills.

-What is your favorite Spanish food restaurant to eat at?

Cachapas Y Mas on Dyckman!

Read more: Exclusive Bochinche: Interview with El Bloombito ….

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Every 2nd Tuesday
6pm – 12am :: Free

Joann Jimenez presents…

Afro-House & Latin
music by Antonio Ocasio

Please Note: November 15th
Joann’s Birthday Celebration!


This celebration is based on Joann and Antonio’s Afro-Latino roots, creating that “the way it was on the block” vibe they experienced growing up as New York Latinos (Neoyorquinos).

Their soundscape incorporates the wide range of their culture’s musical wealth, blending Afro-Cuban, Latino Tribal, Orisha chants and straight up percussive rhythms mixed in with old salsa classics and other lovely sounds that live inside them… house music.

They pay homage to the music that influenced them as youngsters, and celebrates the newer music that echoes it.

Click below for an sample of what the music sounds and feels like.

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BY Chris Camp (@logrithmic)

Inwood was and is a place for youth sports. Growing up in Inwood I built vivid memories of many hours running around Inwood Hill Park. Summers were filled with Inwood Little League baseball, free Wednesday soccer, free tennis, and basketball, all within running distance of each other. I still keep in contact with some of the friends I made back then.

The City Parks Foundation, United States Tennis Association (USTA), and Columbia University offered free tennis instruction for city youth on Inwood’s tennis courts. A typical day learning tennis here would include calisthenics and drills in the morning with games and matches in the afternoon. Throughout the Summer, Inwood would also participate in tennis tournaments around the city. We would play Harlem, Central Park, and teams from all the boroughs. The tournament structure was that all players were separated by sex and individually ranked within their team. They would then play equally ranked players from other teams. I was the top ranked male in Inwood. This may be a braggart statement but it’s more a point of reference because on Inwood’s courts two sisters consistently led the pack.

Read more: » The Falconi Sisters [Inwood].

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