Tag Archives: Word Up Community Bookshop

Mythical Beast: Uptown Stories Reading at Word Up

Join Uptown Stories for a reading from the Mythical Beasts Mini-Camp!  Tales​ of strange and wonderful beasts — like unicorns, dragons, and griffins — exist in every culture. They can be magical or elusive, dangerous or cuddly, and anything in between. They often need protection from a human friend and, in turn, have abilities that can help humans achieve their goals. Writers ​in this workshop (ages 8–12) will imagine a world populated by mythical beasts and the humans that love them.

No Name @ WORD UP! – Weekly Tuesday Night Free Comedy Show Continues at Word Up Bookshop

“No Name” Comedy / Variety picks up where they left off with their Tuesday evening @ Word Up! shows in the bookshop’s beautiful Washington Heights incarnation on 165th Street & Amsterdam Avenue.  

Every week at 7:00pm, some of NYC’s best established and emerging comics, storytellers, writers and performers try out new material followed up by the OPEN STAGE– the place where ANYONE can get up and do ANYTHING! 

Free admission, donations welcomed.

Word Up Community Bookshop/Libreria Comunitaria is located at 2113 Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan. Subway: A, C or #1 train to 168th St. (walk down to 165th St, turn left, walk to Amsterdam). 

For additional information, call (347) 688-4456 or go to: www.wordupbooks.com

For more “No Name” information, contact: nonamenyc@hotmail.com.

Book talk: Jeremiah Moss’s VANISHING NEW YORK at Word Up

Jeremiah Moss has been documenting the small businesses and cultural institutions closing all over the city for over a decade through his blog. With his recent book, VANISHING NEW YORK: HOW A GREAT CITY LOST ITS SOUL, he tracks the root causes of this hyper-gentrification through writing that is clear, researched, and romantic, filled with lamentation for a city that is disappearing. At Word Up Community Bookshop, Jeremiah will present a slideshow lecture of some of the points in his book, then a conversation will follow with Claudia de la Cruz—community organizer, pastor, and one of the forces behind Rebel Diaz Arts Collective, the Popular Education Project, and Da Urban Butterflies.

There will be a Q&A with the audience afterward. Books will be available for sale.

For generations, New York City has been a mecca for artists, writers, and other hopefuls longing to be part of its rich cultural exchange and unique social fabric. But today, modern gentrification is transforming the city from an exceptional, iconoclastic metropolis into a suburbanized luxury zone with a price tag only the one percent can afford.

A Jane Jacobs for the digital age, blogger and cultural commentator Jeremiah Moss has emerged as one of the most outspoken and celebrated critics of this dramatic shift. In Vanishing New York, he reports on the city’s development in the twenty-first century, a period of “hyper-gentrification” that has resulted in the shocking transformation of beloved neighborhoods and the loss of treasured unofficial landmarks. In prose that the Village Voice has called a “mixture of snark, sorrow, poeticism, and lyric wit,” Moss leads us on a colorful guided tour of the most changed parts of town—from the Lower East Side and Chelsea to Harlem and Williamsburg—lovingly eulogizing iconic institutions as they’re replaced with soulless upscale boutiques, luxury condo towers, and suburban chains.