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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

This has been our first summer as the Uptown Collective (UC) and what a summer it has been. Therefore, on the cusp of fall, it is only fitting that we take a look back at the summer that was. We hit up all the great Uptown restaurants, parks, businesses, happenings and festivals and went to a movie premiere or two. In short, the Uptown Collective was ubiquitous. Don’t get me wrong, we will continue our Uptown omnipresence throughout the year but there is something oh so special about summer in Washington Heights and Inwood. So without further ado, here it is, the UC’s stirring, multi-media ode to the summer that is now but a memory.

What would an Uptown Summer be without an opened fire hydrant?

Briana E. Heard

We took a trip down memory lane and revisited Highbridge Park, which went from being a place that you would have to be insane to enter to a must visit park that is now also a mountain biking Mecca in NYC. I even got lost in those woods during the Hike the Heights.

We hung out with Monster99, barber to such heavyweights as Manny Ramirez, Dwight Howard and Paul Pierce among others. Check out some of the outtakes from the R2 Studios photo shoot.

Rafael Jimenez|R2 Studios

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Okay, tonight at 7 PM, Elvis “El Jefe” Martinez will be doing his thing at Highbridge Park as part of the City Parks Foundation’s Summerstage. The concerts will be taking place in the North Ball Fields, which are located just north of the Highbridge Recreation Center on 174th Street and Amsterdam Ave. Next week, Bachata Heightz will take the stage.

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BY Led Black

Speaking of Highbridge Park, there will be a series of free concerts on Tuesdays in August at 7PM in Highbridge Park as part of the City Parks Foundation’s Summerstage. The concerts will be taking place in the North Ball Fields, which are located just north of the Highbridge Recreation Center on 174th Street and Amsterdam Ave. The Bachatero Elvis Martinez kicks off the series next Tuesday, August 3rd. Elvis Martinez used to be known as “El Camaron” (The Shrimp) but now is known as “El Jefe” (The Boss). Can’t blame him for changing his moniker, I would have done the same thing.

For more info: www.cityparksfoundation.org/

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BY Led Black

Did you know that on top of everything that Uptown has to offer, it is also fast becoming a Mountain Biking Mecca in New York City? That’s right folks. This New York Times article lists our neighborhood as only 1 of 3 places for mountain biking in the city. Some of NYC’s most skilled and progressive Mountain Bikers partnered with the city to create a world class Mountain Biking destination in our very own Highbridge Park. The Mountain Bike Project in Highbridge Park was the first of its kind in New York City and boasts cross-country, free ride and dirt jump trails. The video below brilliantly illustrates how the Mountain Bikers worked in tandem with the NYC Parks department to rejuvenate and revitalize this park. They not only picked up tons of trash and car parts but also got rid of over a 1000 syringes, left there by the drug addicts that once called this park home. There is even a race series, Highbridge Summer Sprints , which is taking place every Friday night for the next 4 weeks.

For more info: www.nycmtb.com/

Check out the NY Times Article: Here

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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Things started off perfect. We stopped by mom’s house for a powerful pre-hike meal of mangu, eggs and salchichon. We then headed straight to Fort Tryon Park for the first leg of the hike, which was a hike/fitness walk, led by instructor Nancy Bruning. So far, so good – then we headed to Swindler’s Cove. Swindler’s Cove (Dyckman & Harlem River Drive) is absolutely beautiful, very different then what it looked like when I was growing up. From there, we took the nature trail that would eventually lead to, in theory, to the Sunken Playground on 167th street and Edgecombe Ave. What actually happened was that, in our haste, my small group ended up getting totally lost. Instead of initially trying to go back and retrace our steps, we doubled down on our foolishness and wound up in a construction site that had a post-apocalyptic feel. After further meandering, we had to retrace our steps anyway. In total, I think we added another 2 hours to the hike. We eventually made it to the Sunken Playground, where a serious, community friendly party was going down and we had a blast. The End.

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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s, you would have to be either absolutely nuts or a straight up crack head to venture into the woods of Highbridge Park. In those days, that area was ground zero for all types of drugs, violence, all-around criminality and homelessness. So when I came across a NYC Parks Dept sponsored hike of its hidden trails and the adjoining area recently, I decided to see for myself the progress, if any, that has been made to improve things.

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