April 11, 2018

Martin Collins, Community Advocate

Martin Collins is Coordinator of the 16th Uptown Arts Stroll, a month-long arts festival showcasing the performing and visual 

arts in Washington Heights-Inwood and West Harlem, produced by the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance from May 30 to June 30, 2018. 

Mr. Collins helped co-found the Uptown Art Stroll in 2003 and has been involved ever since. He is Program Supervisor for Broadway cleanups from West 155th to 178th Street by the Community League of the Heights. For the past 25 years, Martin has served as the Public Address Announcer for Manhattan College men’s and women’s basketball; he’s been behind the mike the past 12 seasons at Columbia University and NYU and for the past three years at Baruch College. He also announces baseball, football, soccer, wrestling and volleyball, and worked as public address announcer at the New York State Association of Independent High Schools Basketball Championships and the annual Coaches versus Cancer Basketball Classic at Horace Mann and Fieldston for the past 20 years.


Mr. Collins was Chair of Community Board 12 from 2004 to 2006, CB12’s Second Vice Chair and Chair of the Economic Development Committee from 2002 to 2004, and served for 10 years on the board. Martin was instrumental in bringing Staples to Washington Heights and P.S. 366, the Washington Heights Academy, to Inwood during his time on Community Board 12. He is the former Veterans Business Assistance Coordinator at the Washington Heights & Inwood Development Corporation and currently serves their Volunteers Coordinator and Chief Ad Man for the 34th annual Medieval Festival at Ft. Tryon Park on Sunday, September 30, 2018. Martin was former Deputy Chief of Staff to Congressman Adriano Espaillat during his term as our New York State Assembly Member and former Assistant Director of Legislative & Budget Affairs/Senior Community Liaison to our District Leader Robert Jackson during his term as our New York City Council Member. The lifetime Inwood resident was President of the Park Terrace Owners Corporation from 1999 to 2006 and served for 18 years on the coop board.