September 19 – September 24
It’s official folks, Word Up Books, Uptown’s sole community owned and operated bookstore, will now remain open until the end of November. While this is a victory indeed, we must remain involved by supporting and patronizing this wonderful community affirming space. Long live Word Up Books!
We began the week with some eye-popping pictures from Uptown’s first ever Plantain festival that took place recently courtesy of the incomparable Briana E. Heard. In keeping with the plantain theme, I penned a piece on that cornerstone of Dominican cuisine, the magnificent mangu. For those that don’t know, mangu is the Dominican breakfast par excellence. Mangu is basically boiled, mashed green plantains with olive oil and a few others ingredients but that description doesn’t properly convey the magic of this staple of Dominican cooking.
Our neighborhood recently received a little national political exposure with presidential candidate, Texas Governor Rick Perry, stopping by to have a meeting with local Hispanic leaders at Papasito’s (223 Dyckman). Not to be undone, Congressman Charlie Rangel stopped by to check in on the function that was taking place in his neck of the woods. Check out the site for Rangel’s remarks made outside the venue.
We also ran another installment of the über popular An Uptown Portrait column. An Uptown Portrait is a bi-monthly photo series by journalist Amaris Castillo. The portraits capture those who reside in upper Manhattan and their candid quips on their side of town.
This week also saw the debut of the Uptown Collective’s love, sex and relationship advice column by the first lady of love, Sujeiry. Sujeiry is a funny, sassy and super smart relationship writer whose work has appeared on the pages of Latina.com, MiGente, SiTV, Mamiverse and Llero.net, just to name a few. She also runs www.LoveSujeiry.com. To Ask Sujeiry a relationship question, please send an email to
As always, keep checking us out at www.uptowncollective.com.
The Uptown Collective
The UC’s mission is to become “the” definitive, transformative and community-based force impacting the arts, culture, business and New York City’s overall perception of Upper Manhattan. Its objective is to reset, reboot and positively redefine Uptown’s artistic, political, cultural and business spheres via the online space as well the collective’s initiatives and functions.