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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, the newly christened Dyckman Bar (221 Dyckman Street) is absolutely magnificent. The Irish pub formerly known as Patrick’s has been reconceived and remixed as a modern, classy and sexy neighborhood bar. The metamorphosis from antiquated dive bar to sleek cocktail outpost is nothing less than mind-blowing. Dyckman Bar is a welcome addition to what has been dubbed Inwood Boulevard. If you want to imbibe what the Uptown Renaissance feels and looks like then stop by Dyckman Bar and see the neighborhood resurgence in action.

Dyckman Bar: 221 Dyckman St., between Broadway & Seaman Ave

Follow them on Twitter (@DyckmanBar ) for drink specials and announcements

Click here & here for pics of Dyckman Bar from Briana E. Heard and Dj Boy.

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By Carla Zanoni

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

Photo Credit: Carla Zanoni | DNAinfo

INWOOD — The times they are a-changin’ in Upper Manhattan, and one bar on Dyckman Street is doing its best to not get left behind.

A few weeks ago, owners of Patrick’s Bar at 221 Dyckman St., closed their doors, put up a wooden construction shed and got to work renovating the 90-year-old bar.

“We’re making it more up-to-date,” said Inwood native and resident Joe Irizarry, the bar’s managing partner, adding he hoped the new-look space would attract new customers.

Irizarry said the renovation was spurred after watching Dyckman Street grow and change during the past few years.

What used to be a sleepy, primarily residential block is now a thriving stretch of restaurants and bars in Inwood, which, depending on who you ask, is seen as either a positive or negative development for the neighborhood.

Read more: http://www.dnainfo.com/20110413/washington-heights-inwood/historic-inwood-bar-gets-facelift-attract-new-clientelle

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By ALAN FEUER

Photo Credit: Marcus Yam|The New York Times

IN the universe of academic disciplines, one of the easiest to master is tavern math.

Consider this equation: One ounce of sweet vermouth plus two and a half ounces of bourbon plus a dash of Angostura bitters and a maraschino cherry equals one Manhattan cocktail.

Or this: One husband multiplied by five hours at the bar equals one wife annoyed to the nth degree.

Or this, as related recently by an arithmetic expert at Reynold’s Bar and Cafe, in Washington Heights: “Now, I’ve already had 13 rum and Cokes. So if I have another, that’d be 14. After that, you could give me any kind of test you want, man — I’m not going to pass it.”

Reynold’s, which occupies the northwest corner of Broadway and 180th Street, is, by the numbers, 46 years old and has 12 stools, one jukebox, two taxidermied animal heads, zero charm and, yet, innumerable opportunities for an evening’s entertainment. It is a place apparently obsessed with integers: Patrick Smith, the barman, is known for checking each digit on the sell-by date of every Budweiser to be certain that the beers are fresh. An imported Irish road sign on the wall informs you — in a twist of numerical nostalgia — that the town of Cavan is only 22 kilometers away.

Read more: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/07/reynolds-caf/?scp=1&sq=washington%20heights%20reynolds&st=cse

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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Photography by Paul Lomax (@PaulLomaxPhoto)

Congrats to the much beloved Indian Road Café (218th St & Indian Road) for making Time Out New York’s list of 50 Best Bars for Spring. I had the pleasure of dining there a few weeks back with Paul Lomax and our respective better halves and as always had an incredible meal. My steak was cooked to perfection and my beer of choice, Cain and Ebel, was absolutely amazing. Like I have said in the past, even though the Indian Road Café has only been around for 3 years this summer, it is a bona-fide Uptown institution. If you live Uptown and you haven’t made your way to Indian Road Café yet, you need to visit this fine establishment pronto. Salud!

Check out: http://newyork.timeout.com/restaurants-bars/bars/1053433/restaurants-bars/bars/1053433/50-best-spring-bars?page=0,1

For more info: http://www.indianroadcafe.com/

Check out our post on Indian Road Café: http://uptowncollective.com/2011/02/15/daily-grind-jason-minter-indian-road-cafe/

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The dynamic upper Manhattan neighbourhoods of Inwood and Washington Heights have undergone a dramatic shift in recent years, as the once predominantly Irish population has been replaced by new arrivals from the Dominican Republic and other Spanish-speaking countries.

Barbara Cronin has owned the Irish Brigade bar for 28 years, and it is now one of the last Irish pubs in the neighbourhood.

For Saint Patrick’s Day, she spoke to the BBC about the changes in the area and about her nostalgia for the days when, as she quipped, you could not rent an apartment if you did not have an Irish accent.

Check out the video:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12780921

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