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© 2019 by The Curious Uptowner

December 6, 2019

Reimagined classical theater, soul-stirring photography, Harlem's first night market–and more fun you can only find uptown:

A Christmas Carol in Harlem

Through December 21, Wednesday-Sunday

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

Based on...

November 30, 2019

Want to ride on the very same subway cars that inspired jazz great Billy Strayhorn to write "Take the A Train" in 1939?

For the next five Sundays–and for the price of a regular swipe–you can. The MTA is bringing back its holiday nostalgia trains on December 1, 8, 1...

November 21, 2019

Spectacular art, dance, music and more to brighten up your weekend–and you can only find it uptown:

Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island)

Wed-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun noon-5pm; through March 22, 2020

El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave between E 104th and E 105th St...

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...

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...

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...

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.

Har...

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...

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 r...

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...

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