-Has a lot of Spanish-speaking Dominican abuelas who know how to get their cook on.
-Stunning commercial break bumpers/scene change cutaways. Good stuff.
-The show, in general, is Latino > other, which is long welcomed.
-Shows off Inwood & Washington Heights' geography.
-A good highlighting of Washington Heights & Inwood businesses.
-Shows off how much parkland is uptown. Like 1/2 the scenes in episode 2 are in parks.
-The plots are glacial.
-Slow character development, and stories.
-The kids are "nice" people. But nice isn't good TV. I'm at a conflict, because I'm really happy with how all are portrayed as far as the neighborhood is concerned, yet recognize that this show is doomed if these kids don't start stepping up the drama. And drama doesn't have to mean violence/fights. But we need some type of conflicts that engage the audience.
-Doesn't recognize Inwood directly, other than landmarks, as far as I can tell. But a lot of it seems to take place in Inwood.
-Not really clear to people who aren't from NYC that the downtown scenes at the art store and poetry club aren't uptown.
-Jimmy takes the Henry Hudson Parkway to the Saw Mill, to 87 across the Tappan Zee.... Really what you should do from Washington Heights is take the upper level of the GWB, then immediately get on the Palisades to 87, or if not head across Route 4 until you hit 17, and then start north to 87. But this kid takes the Saw Mill?
-The exterior shots, cutaways, and so on gives our neighborhoods a good look.
-The characters seem to care a lot about each other, and the neighborhood. That is endearing, and resonates well.
-Fun to watch for locals. Spotting familiar sights could make a great drinking game for residents. First to spot it is safe. Everyone else takes a swig.
-Sadly the show, so far, is boring....
It's a slow show as of Ep. 2. Way more drama / plots / etc. needed between the kids. And the potential is there.
I hope it does well, it's great for the area.... Really not clear to me how this lands with the rest of the country.
The ballots in Thursday's state primaries included Chinese as one of the languages for candidate names in the 71st Assembly District.
Here's how each candidate did, names via Google Translate:
州參議員 / State Senator
艾德里安諾 艾斯貝萊特 / Adrian Promise Ice Bailette: 10,623 (61.82%) Winner
蓋樂莫 林奈芮斯 / The cover music Mok Linnairuisi: 6,562
遺囑檢驗法官 / Probate judge
麗塔麥拉 / Rita Mylar: 26,223 (59.74%) Winner
芭芭拉 翟富 / Barbara Zhai rich: 17,671 (40.26%)
Our Chinese speaking readers are encouraged to comment with more accurate translations.
Other (English) Results from the 72nd AD
Unfortunately there were no Chinese translations on the 72nd Assembly District ballots. The above are just from the 71st and the others would have given us 33 additional names to translate.
The key race in the 72nd, other than the above two, was the state assembly race:
Melanie Hidalgo: 1,039 (15.45%)
Gabriela Rosa: 2,946 (43.81%) Winner
Ruben D. Vargas: 435 (6.47%)
Mayra S. Linares: 2,305 (34.28%)
The Uptown Current endorsed Gabirela Rosa in her first attempt against a Linares in 2010, when she faced Mayra's father, Guillermo.
Additionally we donated what we could to her campaign this time around. Her opponent Mayra S. Linares, who gave up a job with the Cuomo administration to run for Assembly, was able to outspend Gabriela big time. Mayra received many donations from landlords, though Gabriela's grassroots campaign prevailed.
These are the winning judicial delegates for the 72nd, highest to lowest in vote count (8 total):
Carmen M. De La Rosa
Fernando A. Batista
And these are the alternates:
Maria L. Morillo
Good of everyone to get out and vote, and all eyes forward to November 6th!