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Fifty Shades of Grey - Uptown

Take two!
Uptown's version of Fifty Shades of Grey takes place on set at Riverstone Life Services Center on 163rd Street and Fort Washington Avenue in Washington Heights. The space was formerly the home of Delafield Hospital, which was converted into affordable housing for seniors through the New York City Housing Authority, and Riverstone Senior Life Services
Because - #SeniorLivesMatter.














Vanishing Uptown: A Boxing Gym Closes

Lost Washington Heights boxing gym a symbol of city's changing landscape Before it shuttered last summer, Artemio (Poppa) Colon's Westside Gym on W. 163rd St. provided a safe haven for youngsters coming up in the murder, cocaine and heroin capital of NYC. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/uptown/lost-westside-boxing-gym-symbol-city-vanishing-lore-article-1.2107103
BY   NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, February 8, 2015, 12:29 AM





When gunshots rang out like the Wild West and Washington Heights was the murder, cocaine and heroin capital of the city, there was one place where fights ended someplace other than the morgue. In an unassuming apartment building on W. 163rd St. between Broadway and St. Nicholas Ave. was the Westside Gym. For 55 years, a narrow, crumpled stairway led to Artemio Colon, known as “Poppa,” who opened the basement gym in 1959 with two boxing rings and a dream. When time took its toll and the old man wasn’t able to navigate the steps, his son Arte…