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© 2019 by The Curious Uptowner

December 9, 2019

In a surprise announcement this September, Columbia signaled it would be demolishing the old McDonald's on West 125th Street.The university had quietly purchased the fast food restaurant six years ago at the same time it was expanding its Manhattanville campu...

November 22, 2019

It's the last weekend before the holidays–and all the attendant craziness–kick into high gear.

Why not spend it taking a stroll through the neighborhood and exploring the architectural gems throughout?

Here's a tip: start with these seven beautifully preserved stree...

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 8, 2019

A green plywood fence is now up around the old Baptist Temple Church at 18-20 W 116th Street–as is the demolition permit–meaning the building's days are officially numbered.

In 2016 New York YIMBY reported that a new 11-story development with 28 apartments would ta...

October 31, 2019

• Keith Haring's recently renovated "Crack Is Wack" mural in East Harlem reopened to the public last weekend. [Hyperallergic]

 Chef  JJ Johnson's new fast-casual rice concept Fieldtrip is a New York Times Critic's Pick. [NY Times]

• Many East Harlemites w...

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...

October 27, 2019

Now that Halloween is less than a week away, it's the perfect time to take a walk through some of Harlem's prettiest neighborhoods and get into the holiday spirit. Choose one–or all–and don't just admire the gorgeous architecture, but the creatively spooky decor while...

October 24, 2019

• Just in time for ice skating season, the Trump Organization has removed the Trump name from the two ice skating rinks it runs in Central Park, including Lasker Rink in the park's north end. [Washington Post]

• For a cool $1.59 million, you can live abov...

October 18, 2019

• HBO just released the trailer for its documentary about The Apollo, packed with gorgeous archival footage. It comes out November 6th. [Gothamist]


• Bronx-based artist Vinnie Bagwell's proposed 18-foot winged angel was chosen to replace the controversial statue o...

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