I’ve been curious about Broadway Housing Communities (BHC) ever since the New York City-based non-profit housing developer planted a monolithic tower down the block from my apartment. The complex isn’t quite an eye-sore, but it’s certainly not the most inviting structure on a block neighboring a bunch of historical landmark brownstones and apartment buildings. A low-income housing development designed by an award-winning architectural firm sounds like a great idea, but it took a glimpse from within for me to really appreciate what they’d accomplished with this building. I got that view from inside just before the tenants moved in, late last year, at an exhibit held inside the unfurnished and mostly unfinished apartments and was really impressed—mostly with the art, as one of my favorite artists and graphic designers Tony M. Peralta was featured, but also with how spacious and accommodating the apartments were and the incredible amount of light the building would allow its tenants access to.
I moved uptown from the borough of Queens about three years ago, doing a stint in Brooklyn between then and the Queens neighborhoods of my childhood, but the neighborhoods of northern Manhattan have really come to grow on me (particularly the rent). This is all to say that I was naturally excited when I saw a flyer for the 12th annual Uptown Arts Stroll, a month-long festival celebrating the uptown arts scene of Washington Heights, Inwood, and West Harlem.
The festival’s opening event will be held on Friday May 29, 2015 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at Broadway Housing’s Sugar Hill Development, 898 St. Nicholas Avenue (between West 154 and 155 streets). Hosted by Broadway Housing Communities and its soon-to-open Sugar Hill Children’s Museum, in conjunction with the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), the event will be honoring: Tony Award winner and the star of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda; Broadway actor and Producing Artistic Director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem, Ty Jones; Global Citizen Award Artist, Andrea Arroyo; and the man who coined the Washington Heights & Inwood portmanteau, WaHI, Website Specialist at UN Women, Eduardo Gómez.
For more details visit: Uptown Arts Stroll | Paseo de las Artes