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© 2020 by The Curious Uptowner

February 21, 2020

There's a little something for everyone this weekend, from an all-day festival celebrating the food, music and style of Africa to a free jazz concert in one of Harlem's historic parks:

African Pop-Up Festival

Mist Harlem, 46 W 116th St between Fifth Ave and Malcolm X Blvd

Saturday, Feb 22 noon-7pm

Celebrate the tastes, sounds and style of Africa at this all-day event featuring food tastings, a pop-up market, live cultural per...

February 21, 2020

• Two new bike lanes are coming to Upper Manhattan. One on Fifth Avenue will connect the ten blocks between Marcus Garvey Park and Central Park, while the other will run up St. Nicholas Avenue between W 165th and 170th Streets. [Patch]

• Bikers who use the path in Riverside Park should start planning an alternative route this spring: a stretch of bike lane from about 110th to 125th Streets will be closed to make repai...

February 19, 2020

A new craft beer bar is coming to Hamilton Heights.

Oh Craft!, offering 16 varieties of beer on tap, will be opening at 1739 Amsterdam Avenue between 146th and 147th Streets within the next month.

A refrigerated case in the back will also feature beer by the bottle, can and growler (to stay or to go). The food menu will include light bites like charcuterie boards and pizza.

The owner, who has another business nearby but prefers t...

February 14, 2020

You didn't know you needed a Belgian mousse bar in your life until you visit Mojo (177 E 100th St between Lexington and Third Aves), a new spot in East Harlem serving up five different flavors of the fluffy dessert.

The brainchild of Belgian chef Johan Halsberghe, the week-old shop is set up like a luxe ice cream parlor, offering mousse by the scoop–$3 per small-but-rich dollop–served with a signature gold spoon....

February 11, 2020

Fans of chef Pierre Thiam's fast-casual take on "African grandma's cuisine" can finally make a night of it at Teranga, his year-old fast-casual eatery inside the Africa Center at 1280 Fifth Avenue (between E 109th and E 110th Streets).

The restaurant, which used to close in the early evenings, just announced it is open until 9pm every night (Tuesdays through Sundays).

"Yay!!!! 🙌🏾 No more sprinting the streets like Jackie...

February 10, 2020

Valentine's Day is almost here. Bookmark these Harlem destinations for gift ideas you won't find anywhere else:

1. Dulceria

Central Harlem 2220 Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 119th and W 120th Sts

If you haven't been to Harlem's new Chilean pastry shop yet, now's the time to check it out and–while you're at it–grab a box of the heart-shaped alfajores, delicate cookies layered with dulce de leche, specially covered in dark...

February 6, 2020

• A developer's contested plan to rezone Lenox Terrace cleared another hurdle when the city's Planning Commission voted in favor of the changes. The 1950s apartment complex would gain five 28-story buildings with 1,600 units of mixed-income housing and 160,000 square feet of retail. The City Council makes its decision next. [Gothamist]

• Have you been on one of the new all-electric buses...

January 29, 2020

Harlem is getting its very own Krispy Kreme shop—one of a handful coming to New York this year.

The iconic doughnut brand, which announced it was building a 4,500-square-foot Times Square flagship last year, has decided to add five more stores to the city in 2020.

Other locations besides Harlem will include the Bronx/East Fordham, the Upper West Side, midtown and the Financial District.

As of now, only tw...

January 29, 2020

Wouldn't it be nice to celebrate the end of Dry January–the monthlong break from booze coming to a close this weekend–not with a string of mediocre drinks, but with one great cocktail?

Luckily, Harlem has an increasingly wide array of intimate bars where you can sip on a truly well-crafted drink. From south to north, here are five to check out this Saturday–or any day you need an escape from the ordinary....

January 27, 2020

This year Valentine's Day falls on a Friday, a notoriously difficult day to find reservations at a sought-after spot. And if the restaurant is small, the odds of getting a table are even harder.

So with less than three weeks before the romantic holiday, here's a reminder that if you want to score a reservation at these intimate, chef-driven Harlem spots, you need to act now.

Gaudir

East Harlem 251 E 110th St betwee...

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