The cast of MTV's new docu-drama 'Washington Heights' (Photo via The Manhattan Times).

Opinion: MTV’s ‘Washington Heights’ Delivers for Uptown

Culture, Dominican, Latino, Manhattan, Media January 11, 2013 at 3:14 pm

What does “Washington Heights” mean for Washington Heights? In the Manhattan Times, John Paul Infante, a writer and educator from the uptown neighborhood, weighs in on the first episode of the new MTV reality show, which premiered on Wednesday.

French Institute Opens Two New Centers, One in Brooklyn

French Institute Opens Two New Centers, One in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Culture, Manhattan, Western European December 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm

The FIAF (French Institute Alliance Française) will open two new centers, in the East Village and in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, France-Amérique reports.

FBI agents walk away a man arrested during it December 18 raids in Chinatown. (Photo via Sing Tao)

Asylum Fraud Arrests Don’t Surprise Many in Chinatown

Asian, Crime, Immigration, Manhattan December 20, 2012 at 6:12 pm

The FBI arrest of 26 people in Chinatown, among them attorneys, translators, law firm and church employees, on immigration fraud charges involving false asylum claims didn’t surprise many, the Sing Dao Daily reported.

Moisés Pérez (l.), ex-CEO of Alianza Dominicana, in a City Hall event with Rep. Charles Rangel (r.) (Photo by Azi Paybarah via Flickr, Creative Commons License).

Alianza Dominicana: The Fall of an Iconic Institution

Immigration, In the News, Latino, Manhattan, Social Services December 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Founded in 1985, Alianza Dominicana was a leading Dominican organization, but now its six-story glass building, one of the fanciest in Washington Heights, is empty. An extensive report by The Uptowner’s Alvaro Guzmán Bastida sheds light into the organization’s demise.

"In The Heights" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. (Photo via Manhattan Times)

‘In the Heights’ Headed to the Heights

Culture, In the News, Latino, Manhattan December 19, 2012 at 3:35 pm

The Tony Award-winning musical “In the Heights,” which had a successful run on Broadway from 2008 to 2011, will reunite on stage for a one-night only concert in the Uptown neighborhood that gave the show its name, Owen Panettieri reports in Manhattan Times.

St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral, New York. (Photo by Emilio Guerra via

Russian Orthodox Cathedral Marks 110th Anniversary

Eastern European, Manhattan, Religion December 6, 2012 at 5:06 pm

The 110th anniversary celebrations of the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral, the main church of the Russian Patriarchal Parishes in the U.S.A., are underway in New York. The cathedral is on East 97th Street.

Greyhound Gets the Go for a Chinatown Bus Stop

Greyhound Gets the Go for a Chinatown Bus Stop

Business, Manhattan, Transportation November 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Two months after their controversial plan to operate a bus stop outside Seward Park was revoked, Greyhound and its co-carrier Peter Pan have gotten approval for a bus stop at another location, reports

Baker Nancy Mendes rolls dough for a batch of toasted walnut rye bread. (Photo by Natasha Verma via Northattan).

Women Bakers, New Bakery, Breathe Life into La Marqueta

Economy, Latino, Manhattan, Mexican, Puerto Rican October 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm

A non-profit bakery is helping revitalize the once-renowned ethnic food market La Marqueta in East Harlem by offering on-site baking training to immigrant women, reported Natasha Verma in Northattan.

Chinese Retail Stores in Broadway (Photo via Korea Times)

Chinese Wholesalers Replacing Koreans on Broadway

Business, East Asian, Economy, Manhattan October 12, 2012 at 11:14 am

The Korean business owners who built and developed the wholesale shopping area on Broadway starting in the 1960s are being displaced by Chinese wholesalers who can offer cheaper prices, the Korea Times reported.

William Espinal, who owns a butcher shop in La Marqueta, is opposed to the proposed district change. (Photo Saundi Wilson via El Diario)

La Marqueta May End Up Outside of El Barrio

El Barrio residents are upset that La Marqueta, long an emblem of Latino life in New York, might end up outside of Spanish Harlem if the new City Council proposed lines are approved, El Diario La Prensa reported.

Stephanie López shows some of her moves. (Photo courtesy of LucyAlia Turull via EDLP)

Belly Dancing Their Way to Health and Self Esteem

Health, Manhattan July 13, 2012 at 5:45 pm

El Diario La Prensa reports on a dance fitness class in Washington Heights that helps voluptuous women stay healthy and discover the real beauty of their own bodies.

Joel Morales committed suicide last week after months of bullying. (Photo by Jeff Mays/DNAinfo)

Harlem Boy’s Suicide Puts Spotlight on Bullying

Crime, Manhattan June 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Joel Morales’ suicide last week has sparked an outpouring of support from the community, and has raised questions about whether school officials and authorities handled his bullying by other children appropriately.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and New York State Senator Daniel Squadron expressed their support for more regulations on intercity buses. (Photo via Downtown Express)

New Bus Regulation Unfairly Targets Chinatown, Candidate Claims

Manhattan, Transportation May 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Following a bus crash that left 15 dead and 18 injured last year, the city and the state agreed on a legislation that will regulate intercity buses. But one congressional candidate, Dan O’Connor, said the plan unfairly targets Chinatown bus companies, Downtown Express reported.

Residents have been battling a food truck on West 68th Street and Broadway for more than a year. (Photo by DNAinfo/Leslie Albrecht)

The Latest Weapon in Battle Over Street Vending: Parking Meters

Food, Manhattan May 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Finding a meter-free parking spot is the holy grail for New York City drivers. Yet on an Upper West Side block, residents are willing to give up a rare stretch of meter-free parking, and are asking the city to install parking meters — all to get rid of one food truck, DNAinfo reported.

Photo by Julie Shapiro

Chinatown Newsstand Owner Wins Temporary Reprieve

In the News, Manhattan, New York March 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm

A woman who runs a 35-year-old newsstand in Chinatown won a small victory with a one-month delay of her eviction, for being 3 inches too close to the building she faces. At a recent community board meeting, local pols and residents came out to support her fight to stay put.