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Interview by M.Tony Peralta (@peraltaproject)What block are you from?

Arden Street.

Where are you originally from?

I was born here in Manhattan, at the Presbyterian Hospital on 168th street. At that time we lived in Mount Hope in the Bronx, but most of my mother’s folks lived in the heights. After that we moved to Sfco. de Macoris, Dominican Republic, a few years later back up to the Heights where we lived here and there on 160-181st streets. I usually just sum it up by saying I’m originally from the Heights.

What do you do for a living?

I am currently applying to graduate school, so much of my time is dedicated to painting and studying. Besides selling my work (paintings, prints, etc), I am a Teachers Assistant at SUNY Purchase College, where I received my BFA in painting. I’m also busy with internships, most recently with local Washington Heights painter Knox Martin, as well as with Dannielle Tegeder. I work part-time in the Media department at the United Nations International School in Manhattan. And two days a week I work as a nanny for two awesome kids.

Cabeza Bonita Aguanta Halones; masonite, house paint, 14 carat gold paint, 4 x 7', 2010

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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

What block are you from?

172nd Street Bet. Ft. Washington & Broadway

Describe for our readers the Washington Heights of your youth.

The Washington Heights of my youth was a safe and fun place for a kid to grow up. You never heard of violence aside from the minor scraps kids had in the park or schoolyard. Kids could walk home alone from school without consequence. We could stay out late at night playing stickball or skellies in the streets without worrying about cars with loud assed systems mowing you over. That was in the 70’s. The 80’s were a different story. Back in the 70’s there was one pot dealer for the whole hood. The Fat Bros or The Aversa Bros. In the 80’s there were hundreds of Crack, Dope, Coke, Pot or any kind of dealer you can find. Those were the beginnings of the rough days for the Heights. When in an instant the neighborhood went from Multi Cultural (Irish, Jewish, Italian, African American, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican etc) to predominantly Dominican. A huge migration from DR occurred in the 70’s through the eighties and present. It changed the makeup of the hood. I guess it all depends on how you look at it. I’m not making any judgement towards the beautiful Dominican people. Some of which are my best friends. I almost married one. LOL. The point I’m trying to make is the DRUGS messed up the Heights in the 80’s. Drugs messed up a lot of hoods in America. The Heights was no exception

One of the things about growing up in places like Wash Heights is that you learn to do more with less. What are some of the ways that you did that?

This is true. Take for example a game like skellies. All you needed was a soda bottle glass top or a wax filled checker and some chalk to map out the skellie board on the street. Stickball, A form of Ghetto baseball where all you needed was the street and a Splading rubber ball and a broom stick with some tape for a bat. That is what I call doing more for less.

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BY Claudio Cabrera

Where do you live?

Park Terrace East in Inwood.

What do you do?

I’m a community journalist and work for DNAinfo.com, a digital news service covering all of Manhattan’s local news. I also have a neighborhood blog about Inwood and Washington Heights called The Streets Where We Live.

Where are you originally from?

I was born in Buenos, Aires, Argentina, grew up in New Jersey and have lived in Manhattan for 15 years.

When did you move up here?

I moved to Inwood four years ago, unbeknownst to us at the time we were part of the “Great Upper West Side Exodus.”

Any favorite places?

I have so many favorite places up here that it would be hard to name them all. Inwood Hill and Fort Tryon parks are great, of course, but my favorite nature spot uptown is Swindler Cove Park. I go there when I need to find some quiet and reconnect with nature.

Now for the food:

Best chicken, tostones and morro: El Nuevo Ambiente on Broadway, near 211th Street.

Best café con leche: El Viejo Hobo or El Lina on 207th Street.

Best Mexican food: Taco cart on northwest corner of Dyckman Street and Sherman Avenue.

Best pastries: Doña Carmen on Broadway, between 190th and 192nd streets.

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Rainey “Skates” Cruz sits down and chops it up with O.G. NYC Skater/Author Alex Corporan about the early skate scene Uptown, his days at SUPREME and what is was like being a misfit skater in Washington Heights. Check out the video interview below.

PART ONE

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By DeJesus:

I AM UPTOWN! The rallying cry of anyone within the borders of Washington Heights and Inwood. It is what we shout, when standing defiantly against anyone who doesn’t acknowledge our existence as residents of  Manhattan. There are many reasons why, WE ARE UPTOWN. There many different faces that piece together the I AM UPTOWN puzzle. The following video illustrates that and more of this Uptown pride.

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BY DeJesus

Our friendly neighborhood web-crawler has been seen on occasion, swinging uptown. Coincidence? Probably not! See, the GW Bridge was the backdrop to a young Jewish kid that resided on Ft. Washington Ave., Washington Heights in the earlier part of the 20th Century. This kid, born Stanley Marting Leiber mutated into the “Master of the Mighty Marvel Universe”, STAN LEE. Stan became the man of Marvel by becoming the creator of tales  and pop culture icons  such as Spider-man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, X-Men, and much more….

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As promised, the Uptown Collective delivers this ultra-exclusive audio interview with fashion designer extraordinaire and Project Runway finalist Emilio Sosa.  Emilio chops it up with our very own Oscar Monte De Oca, the Uptown Fashionista, on life, style and Uptown.  Check out segments 1 and 2. More to come. stay tuned.

PART ONE

PART TWO

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