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© 2019 by The Curious Uptowner

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...

October 18, 2019

From a Day-of-the-Dead-inspired musical procession in East Harlem to a chance to enter some of uptown's typically closed-off landmarks, there's lots of great stuff to check out this weekend. Take your pick from these four standout events:

Congo in Harlem 11 film series

Maysles Documentary Center, 343 Malcolm X Blvd between W 127th and W 128th Sts

Through Sunday, Oct 20

The 11th annual Congo in Harlem film series kic...

October 14, 2019

On this Indigenous Peoples' Day, here's an Upper Manhattan landmark worth visiting: Shorakapok Rock.

This boulder in Inwood Hill Park marks the spot where, according to legend, the Lenape tribe “sold"–or more likely traded the right to pass through or use–the island of Manhattan to the Dutch for tools and beads worth 60 guilders.

Not everything about the transaction is known–the original Dutch letter ref...

October 10, 2019

• A zoning plan seeking to add five 28-story buildings to Lenox Terrace has residents worried about the changes it would bring, including gentrification and the end of a black "oasis." Built in the '50s, the Harlem apartment complex is located between Malcolm X and Fifth Avenues and 132nd and 135th Streets. [Gothamist]

• A housing lottery has opened for 399 affordable units at 1465 Park Avenue in East Harlem, two bloc...

October 8, 2019

Today Harlem is justly famous for its Baptist churches, the scene of countless famous sermons and home to soul-stirring gospel. But during the heyday of Jewish Harlem–from about 1870 to 1930 when it was the third largest Jewish settlement in the world–the neighborhood was brimming with synagogues.

So where are they now?

Most–about a dozen–are actually hidden in plain sight. Harlem's synagogues quickly changed...

October 4, 2019

You can feel it in the air–fall is really here. Be sure to take advantage this weekend at these three outdoor events: Grab a local bite at the pumpkin-and-music-filled Harlem Harvest Festival Festival, celebrate the iconic Little Red Lighthouse, and get your pet blessed (and ready for the afternoon costume parade) at St. John the Divine. See you there!​​

Harlem Harvest Festival

St. Nicholas Ave between W 117th and W 11...

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