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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Photography by Paul Lomax (@PaulLomaxPhoto)

I had the distinct pleasure of taking part in a panel on the significance and future of Hyper-Local sponsored by ONA-NYC at NYU this past Wednesday. The panel included Warren Webster, President of Patch; Jeff Yang, Project Director of OurChinatown.org, Mary Giordano, Metro Editor, New York Times, Kelly Virella, Deputy Editor CityLimits Magazine & Leela de Kretser, Editorial Director and Publisher at DNAinfo.com. The lively and informative discussion was ably moderated by Brooke Kroeger, the director of NYU’s Arthur L Carter Institute of Journalism. I was humbled by the fact that the NYC chapter of the Online News Association (ONA) even considered me to be a part of this stellar group. The panel reaffirmed my belief that one of the reasons the Uptown Collective is successful is that we don’t cover the neighborhood, we are the neighborhood. I also found Jeff Yang of OurChinatown.org to be a kindred spirit as our sites are so similar in our reasons for being, our scope and our focus. If you are interested in the future of journalism, then the monthly meetups of ONANYC are the place to be.

For more info: http://www.meetup.com/ONA-NYC/

I invite you to join me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter, or e-mail me at ledblackNYC@gmail.com

Video courtesy of NYU Journalism: http://journalism.nyu.edu/

Hyperlocal in Your ‘Hood: Panel discussion on hyperlocal media with ONANYC from NYU Journalism on Vimeo.

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This video is provided by Scienceline, a project of New York University’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program.

Looking up to look within

By Joseph Castro | Video by Sarah Fecht and Joseph Castro

When you walk through the forest of Inwood Hill Park at night, it’s easy to forget you’re in New York City. Rather than the scent of exhaust mingled with the aroma of fresh pizza, you smell the trees and the soil. Instead of the sounds of honking horns and talkative pedestrians, you hear a symphony of birds and insects. Most of all, in place of dazzling city lights, you see the twinkling stars above, making the park the premiere location for amateur astronomy in Manhattan.

And every Saturday night, you’re sure to find Jason Kendall there with his telescopes, waiting for curious passersby to join him in a stargazing adventure.

Kendall is the director of the Inwood Astronomy Project, based in the Inwood neighborhood on Manhattan’s northern tip. He founded the project three years ago to bring astronomy to the local community and anyone else interested. Kendall is well known around Inwood, and his Saturday night stargazing events draw anywhere from a few to a few hundred people, some traveling from other areas in the city or even from neighboring states.

“There’s a sense of security in knowing that he’ll always be there,” said Jordan Kushner of New York City’s Amateur Astronomy Association, of which Kendall is a board member. “[It] really makes a difference to people.”

A native of Mankato, Minnesota, Kendall, 42, got hooked on astronomy in fourth grade when he saw the rings of Saturn through a telescope for the first time. “It kind of sticks with you,” he explained. Following his passion, Kendall went on to earn bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and astronomy from Mankato State University and a master’s degree in astronomy from New Mexico State University.

With his Inwood project, Kendall hopes to give people — children especially — the same opportunities to see the universe that he had as a child. And he doesn’t really care whether or not the kids go on to become astronomers. “It’s just simply opening a wedge for them so that life can be bigger than they think it is,” he said.

Read more: http://www.scienceline.org/2011/01/looking-up-to-look-within/

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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Today is the day – hooray, hooray. Matthew Gallaway’s first novel The Metropolis Case is officially in stores today, so make sure you go out and support this local writer, blogger and friend to the UC. Mr. Gallaway is an amazing novelist but don’t take my word for it, this is what the NY Times had to say: “It’s to the credit of Matthew Gallaway’s enchanting, often funny first novel that it doesn’t require a corresponding degree of obsession from readers, but may leave them similarly transported: the book is so well written — there’s hardly a lazy sentence here — and filled with such memorable lead and supporting players that it quickly absorbs you into its worlds.” The NY Post also listed The Metropolis Case as required reading recently. Even with all the hustle and bustle associated with a book release, Matthew still had some time to answer a few of our questions.

Q: Congrats on the rave review in the NY Times. How does it feel to see your work described in such glowing terms?

A: It’s beyond amazing and I’m still totally buzzed from the whole thing because I didn’t know it was happening until it appeared. It’s really a dream come true to work so hard for so long and then to receive some serious critical acclaim in the spotlight.

Q: How long from start to finish did the book take?

A: I started drafts of the book maybe a year or so before 9/11, so it really took me the better part of a decade to finish. (Most of the past three years were spent revising it, first with my agent and my editor.)

Q: Are you already hard at work on the next one?

A: Yes, I’ve spent most of the past year working on a new one and have a draft that’s about as long as THE METROPOLIS CASE. That said, it still needs a ton of work, and I wish I could say that I felt 100-percent confident about it, but I think part of the process is always to have some doubts about the quality of your work. (Or at least, that’s my process, LOL.)

Q: What part does Uptown play in the novel?

A: Several of the characters spend part of their lives in Washington Heights. I think the neighborhood (which as we all know is so often forgotten or ignored in comparison to the rest of Manhattan) serves as a symbol of outsider status, and dovetails nicely with other aspects of the characters that make them outsiders (whether it’s being gay or fat or having the talent to be a world-class opera singer or even dating someone outside their age/ethnicity/etc). I believe that one of the reasons to write fiction is to break down stereotypes, and to me uptown is a perfect place to do that.

Check out the NY Times Review: Here

Check out the NY Post article: Here

Check out our Uptown Artist post on Matthew: Here

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To not start the day on a completely negative note, NYU NEWS, NYU’s student newspaper did a snappy and upbeat profile of our barrio.  NYU NEWS referred to our little slice of Manhattan as a “San Francisco-esque version of New York”.  Not bad huh?

Check it out for yourself: www.nyunews.com/

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