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© 2020 by The Curious Uptowner

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 5, 2020

What do you get when the weather outside turns a balmy 50 degrees (for New York in January) and the river temperature hovers somewhere in the low 40s?

A foggy spectacle is what.

Yesterday those exact conditions along the Hudson River created a rare effect: a thick fog rolling across the water, shrouding, then revealing, passing boats and the boxy New Jersey skyline beyond.

A smattering of people who happened to be walki...

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 4, 2019

Can't make it to the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting tonight? Not to worry–there are plenty of terrific tree lighting events taking place uptown over the next 10 days. Here are some of the biggest and best, listed in chronological order:

Fourth Annual Harlem Holiday Jazz Tree Lighting

Wednesday, December 4 at 6pm-9pm

Minton's Playhouse/Cecil Steakhouse, 210 W 118th St and St. Nicholas Ave

Harlem's own Dapper Dan will jo...

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 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...

October 30, 2019

Improvements to the infrastructure surrounding Montefiore Square in Hamilton Heights have been underway since the fall of 2016.

But last week the city held an official event announcing the $15.5 million capital project to renovate and expand the park–and also gave a new completion date: Summer 2020.​

The revamp will triple the size of Montefiore Square by expanding the park into what is now Hamilton Pla...

October 25, 2019

Harlem is the place to be this weekend, with some of the neighborhood's biggest cultural institutions and landmarks inviting you to come on by. There is truly something for everyone–shoppers, literature buffs, dancers, history hounds, kids and, yes, even your fur friends:

Harlem Makers Collective holiday shopping event

Gallery 8, 2602 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 139th St

Friday, Oct 23 2pm-9pm; Saturday, Oct 24 11am-9pm; S...

October 20, 2019

Earlier this year Citi Bike announced plans to double its service area, including all of Upper Manhattan.

As part of the expansion, the bike share program is now turning to the section of Harlem between 130th and 155th Streets.

To help with bike station locations, Citi Bike and the New York City Department of Transportation are inviting the community to have its say.

Community outreach workshops will be held the next tw...

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