|Venue name:||Word Up Books||Contact:|
2113 Amsterdam Ave
|Cross street:||at 165th St|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C to 168th St–Washington Hts, C to 163rd St–Amsterdam Ave, 1 to 168th St–Washington Hts|
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Average User Rating
5 / 5
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What a neighborhood gem! Word Up is so much more than a bookstore. It's a a community center, an afterschool program, and an arts venue. It's as diverse and warm as Washington Heights itself!
Word Up! is a phenomenal example of a community coming together, across ethnic and language lines, and embracing its own diversity, -- and more importantly helping that diversity to flourish in the arts and through books--folks who contribute to WordUp! are all volunteers, and the events at WordUp! range from open mic events where community members (famous and not-so-famous) speak their pieces, to Storytelling Hours on Saturdays for neighborhood kids, to cereal breakfasts (!), to support for all sorts of literary events in the 'hood and across the city (yes, it is really a book store!!). It's absolutely hands-down the best thing to happen in our neighborhood recently (just celebrating its 5th year, yay!), and powered by amazing peeps!
These folks care about the people in their neighborhood. They offer a safe space for anyone to come and sit down without judgement or a requirement to purchase. From tuturoring to open mic nights to author readings and social justice community discussions, this humble and welcoming Spot keeps a part of the city breathing with the tangible read, the must feel curated epitome of where our life story is written at the same time another's is becoming a shared read. And it is ALL VOLUNTEER RUN AND NON-PROFIT yet its value can hardly be conceived of.
It's a second home to many, and a great place to have open and honest conversations about social, and political matters.