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January 17, 2020

Harlem's the perfect place to find events that celebrate the civil rights giant in big ways and small:

Celebrating the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Sugar Hill Children's Museum, 898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th St

Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19

A concert by the children's chorus Voices Boston celebrating MLK on Saturday at 3pm is followed by Sunday's free program including MLK-inspired art-making, storytime a...

January 10, 2020

Pet care service provider Rover has released its list of top pet names in New York City in 2019, and if you live uptown, one immediately stands out.

According to the company, Harlem rose 142% in popularity as a dog name. (Thanks to Calvin for illustrating the story so perfectly, even if his name isn't Harlem.)

One can only guess the name has started trending as the neighborhood has been undergoing its own renaissance....

January 9, 2020

In this special edition of Uptown Links, a look at what some of your favorite local celebs have been up to recently:

• Cardi B welcomed Vogue to the hood for this "73 Question with Cardi B" video filmed in her grandmother's apartment in Washington Heights, the "happy place" where the rapper frequently spends her downtime. [YouTube]

• Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka gave a tour of their 1800s Harlem brownstone–it w...

January 8, 2020

If you're looking to recreate the now-famous "Joker" stairs scene–the one in which Joaquin Phoenix's character dances down a set of steep city steps–you'll need to head to W 167th Street between Shakespeare and Anderson Avenues in the Highbridge section of the Bronx.

But if you simply admire their cinematic drama and want to avoid all the selfie-taking tourists, you actually have plenty of other choices around the cit...

January 5, 2020

The annual Three Kings Day Parade, which brings live camels, puppets, music and dancing to the streets of East Harlem on Epiphany, is set for this Monday, January 6.

Hosted by El Museo del Barrio, the procession kicks off at 11am at 106th Street and Lexington Avenue. The parade then heads east, ending at 12:30pm at 115th Street and Park Avenue.

The fun doesn't end there. El Museo is o...

January 2, 2020

The holiday eat-a-thon is finally over. As you start working on your New Year's fitness resolutions, here are some unique uptown gyms to consider. Listed from south to north:

Women's World of Boxing

2147 Second Ave between E 110th and E 111th Sts

Choose from private or group boxing classes at the city's first privately owned and operated women's boxing gym. Tamron Hall is a fan.

Sword Class NYC

1944 Madison Ave...

December 28, 2019

A massive thank you for supporting The Curious Uptowner on its various platforms–here on the blog as well as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter–and being such great followers, tipsters and commenters.

As the year draws to a close, here's a look back at some of your favorite posts, with a few fun comments sprinkled in:

Your personal takes on the most Instagrammable spots in Upper Manhattan are what really bring t...

December 18, 2019

On a budget and looking for some local spots that you–and maybe those guests crashing on your sofa over the holidays–can explore? You're in luck: some of the best places to visit in Harlem also happen to be free.

Here are five neighborhood destinations serving up terrific art, music and history that won't charge you an entrance fee of any kind (okay, one has a $5 suggested donation). From south to north, they are:...

December 14, 2019

The trailer for "In the Heights"–Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical about a young Dominican immigrant who runs a bodega in Washington Heights–is finally here,

The almost two-and-half-minute teaser includes a cameo of Miranda working as a klutzy piragua (shaved ice) vendor, Jimmy Smits singing in a bodega, and the whole cast dancing in the streets, mixed in with sweeping shots of the George Washington Bridge.

M...

December 13, 2019

A song-and-dance-filled "A Christmas Carol in Harlem," the neighborhood's first night market, the annual reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and visit to Clement Clark Moore's grave–and more fun you can only find uptown:

"A Christmas Carol in Harlem"

Through December 21, Wednesday-Sunday; $10-$35

Aaron Davis Hall, City College of New York, Convent Ave and 135th St

Based on the Charles Dickens novel, this so...

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