Archive for August, 2011

Photography by Art By Dj Boy (@DjboyNYC)


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Photo Credit: DyckmanPark.com

Once again, much love to Blow Hip-Hop TV for their unrivaled coverage of the Dyckman tournament.

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The opening of WORD UP marked an exciting day for our community. Since our opening, we have hosted readings by novelists, comic book artists, performance artists, travel writers, zinesters, poets both famous and first-time, English and Spanish, teen and adult; live music free improv, hip-hop, Latin jazz, poetry/performance; informative publishing Q&As; children’s story hours; knitting and crafting circles; women’s self-defense clinics and literary journal showcases.

Because of your support and the help of Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance we have been able to get an extension from Vantage Residential until the end of September. But what about beyond September? Help us keep Word Up in the neighborhood permanently.

We believe WORD UP should be a permanent fixture in the lives of the elderly, the adults, and especially the children of this neighborhood. Our kids need to have a safe place for culture and books that they can grow up calling home.

Support: Help make WORD UP a permanent bookstore Uptown! – The Petition Site.

To volunteer: info@fractiouspress.com

Word Up
a community bookshop in Northern Manhattan
4157 Broadway @ 176 Street
June 17 – July 14, 2011
Word Up on New York Times | Manhattan Times | Uptown Collective | Fbook

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For more info: http://newperspectivesdominicanrepublic.com/

Bahia de las Aguilas 02

From September 13 to October 31, 2011

Opening Reception:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at 6:30 pm

The City College of New York
Amsterdam Plaza
(Amsterdam Avenue, between  West 138th and 137th Streets)
Exhibit is free and open to the public

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BY Rainey Skates (@raineyskates)

Photography by Art By Dj Boy (@DjboyNYC)

While thunder and heavy rainfall might have been enough to slow down traffic on the actual George Washington Bridge, it certainly wasn’t the case for the fans and local supporters that came out to the world premiere of the GWB movie last week. Despite things being wet and gloomy on the infamous 42nd Street strip, it was all smiles and camera flashes on the red carpet of the AMC 25 Cinema, one of the more prominent venues that played host to this year’s New York Latino Film Festival. Right before playing for the packed house, GWB’s director, Jonathan Ullman, had a few choice words to share about what went into making the film – mainly that it was about a place that had a lot of character and community – a place where he, a Washington Heights-import, and others like him, were thriving and “doing their own thing.” The humble words spoke volumes as the anxious crowd of cast members, family members, and friends alike all awaited the premiere of their movie as if it were a newborn. Then it was show time! An hour and some change later and the “baby” had arrived complete with all the tension, laughter, cheering, and emotions that come attached with any delivery. And you could read it on all of their faces, after months of working and waiting, team GWB had finally become a proud parent! Congratulations.


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BY Michael J. Feeney

Photo Credit: Mariela Lombard | NY Daily News

A Washington Heights artist is using his work to encourage discussion about some touchy subjects in the largely Dominican upper Manhattan community – skin color, hair texture and self-esteem.

And it’s become one of the most-talked about and well-attended exhibits in upper Manhattan, organizers said.

M. Tony Peralta’s show – “Complejo” (Spanish for complex) – started as a project about former baseball slugger Sammy Sosa’s controversial use of cream that made his skin lighter.

Read more: Washington Heights artist’s work is ‘Complejo’ – and drawing raves.

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