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BY Art By Dj Boy (@ArtByDjBoy)

Drove for the first time in a foreign country.

Kissed a girl and soon after she asked me about helping her with a visa to come to the US.

Tasted the difference between American and Dominican Cherries, Pineapples, and other fruits.

Discovered that my cousin is a master chef and should be shipped to NYC to open a restaurant.

Got pulled over by cops with no i.d. whatsoever and found out that my uncle has more power in DR than I thought.

Drove drunk for the first and last time.

Saw more greenery than the Federal Reserve.

Saw stars, and stars, and stars, and more stars.

Saw my first waterfall.

Was called “the media” by many people because of my camera.

Was stopped in the street many times to ask about my camera.

Dominicans posed for me before even raising my camera.

Figured out that these poor starving and abused dogs commercials have nothing on the dogs from DR.

Pleasantly surprised to find out that homosexuality is way more accepted in DR than here.

Wi-Fi is a HUGE luxury.

The poorest of people still have cellphones.

The poorest of people still have Facebook.

Girls don’t ask for numbers, they ask for Facebooks.

Santiago’s airport needs an overhaul with the staff.

Drivers are insane, truly, truly insane especially in Santiago.

Crime is apparently really bad, and that’s all I heard on the radio, thank God I didn’t experience any of it.

The music is getting worse every time I hear a new song.

Drinks are super cheap.

People are super friendly.

Dominicans in New York throw trash everywhere. Dominicans in DR…. don’t. Where did we go wrong?

DR in one word – Neato!

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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Q. What are some of the things you love about living Uptown?

A: The feeling of being family is what I love about living Uptown. Everyone looks out for one another. Even if they are strangers, they consider themselves family. It is a blessing to be Dominican and living in Washington Heights. It’s home, wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

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Photography by Briana E. Heard

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An Uptown Portrait: Linwood

An Uptown Portrait is a bi-monthly photo series by journalist Amaris Castillo (@AmarisCastillo). The portraits capture those who reside in upper Manhattan and their candid quips on their side of town.


Linwood Lee Holley III stands in front of a gate by the front of Lenox Stop 1 Supermarket, on the corner of 132nd St. and Lenox Ave. His attention is engaged on a deli sandwich, but the 48-year-old puts it down for a photograph. He walks over to the front of the supermarket and squints at the camera, the sunlight reflecting off his glasses. Holley III says he’s a military veteran. The U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. He lists them all. Born and raised in Virginia, he moved to New York City in 1985, then Harlem six years later. For every photograph shot, Holley puts his hands on his chest and looks at the camera almost solemnly. When asked why he lives in Harlem, he mentions the government.

Check out more of Amaris Castillo’s work: http://vimeo.com/AmarisCastillo

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An Uptown Portrait – Hugo

An Uptown Portrait – Patrick

An Uptown Portrait – Alicia

An Uptown Portrait – Geanella

An Uptown Portrait – Maureen

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Photography by Briana E. Heard

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Photography by Jay Franco (@_jayfranco)

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Photography by Briana E. Heard

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