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© 2019 by The Curious Uptowner

November 19, 2019

The Studio Museum's old home on 125th Street may be closed while it builds its new David Adjaye-designed space, but that doesn't mean it's stopped putting out great art shows in the neighborhood.

Quite the opposite. The museum recently debuted two new exhibits featuring up-and-coming artists that will whet your appetite for its eventual return to a much larger home. Here's what's on and where to find each:

Chloe B...

November 18, 2019

In April scaffolding appeared around 695 Lenox Avenue, the boarded-up building on the corner of 145th Street that once housed the Hotel Olga, the premiere hotel for African-Americans during the Harlem Renaissance.

It was the first real sign the notable three-story building would likely will be torn down. Local historian Eric K. Washington called it "one of the last iconic structures of that storied era," where gu...

November 15, 2019

• A new report by Comptroller Scott M. Stringer on the city's always-shifting creative economy reveals that people working in creative industries like film and the performing arts are leaving neighborhoods such as the Upper West Side and moving to more affordable areas including Washington Heights, Inwood and Central Harlem. [Comptroller.nyc.gov]

• Korey Wise, one of the Exonerated Five portra...

November 14, 2019

Make it a fun weekend with these events you'll only find uptown, including an exhibit featuring long-hidden Harlem art, a classic Hitchcock screening in a spectacular venue, and a brand new documentary film festival celebrating black filmmakers and topics.

Harlem Roots

Friday, Nov 15 to January 12, 2020; open Fridays noon-7pm; FREE

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building, 163 W 125th St and Adam Clayton Powell Jr...

November 12, 2019

New York is bursting with Instagrammable places like the Brooklyn Bridge and Times Square. Unfortunately, they're also frequently packed with tourists.

Prefer not to follow the pack? Take your camera to Upper Manhattan, which has just as many photo-worthy spots as more famous parts of the city, only they're much less trafficked.

Sure, some are already popular with shutterbugs, but not so much that you'll ever be...

November 6, 2019

A second movie is filming in Harlem this week, and it's a biggie. (See yesterday's post for the other.)

“Respect,” the Aretha Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson, has been shooting in the Mount Morris Park Historic District since the weekend.

Various media outlets ran photos and video of the American Idol star filming a scene on Sunday with costar Marlon Wayans, who plays Ted White, Franklin's first husband.

Y...

November 4, 2019

The film adaptation of "Passing," a novella by Harlem Renaissance author Nella Larsen, was shooting in Harlem today.

Directed by Rebecca Hall, the movie stars Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson.

Set in 1920s Harlem, the story focuses on two light-skinned childhood friends who meet as adults after one has chosen to "pass" as white.

The movie's cast and crew took over all of W 138th Street on Harlem's historic Strivers' Row, which...

November 4, 2019

It was a near-perfect day for a marathon on Sunday, with sunny skies accompanied by a crisp high of 55.

And Harlem, with its historic brownstones and wide, tree-lined streets, served as the ideal backdrop.

After crossing the Madison Avenue Bridge into Manhattan, the 50,000-plus runners came streaming down Fifth Avenue, where crowds cheered as DJs along the route played Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys ("Concrete jung...

November 1, 2019

Unlike Halloween, Día de los Muertos–Mexico's famous holiday honoring the dead–is celebrated over three days and includes colorful altars and offerings of sweet bread. This year it runs from Thursday, October 31 until Saturday, November 2. To sample the holiday's fun traditions, head on over to East Harlem, home to one of the city's most vibrant Mexican communities, and stop by for some special food and art....

October 31, 2019

• Keith Haring's recently renovated "Crack Is Wack" mural in East Harlem reopened to the public last weekend. [Hyperallergic]

 Chef  JJ Johnson's new fast-casual rice concept Fieldtrip is a New York Times Critic's Pick. [NY Times]

• Many East Harlemites would welcome the Second Avenue Subway despite the fact that the new line would accelerate the neighborhood's development. [NY Times]

• A beautiful landmarked...

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