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© 2019 by The Curious Uptowner

October 31, 2017

You may live uptown and think, Columbia University's new campus–what's it got to do with me? It's just another extension of a behemoth school gobbling up real estate and even whole neighborhoods. (That's of course if you're not a current student, a staff member–or...

October 30, 2017

New York takes its pizza very seriously, and Uptown is no different. So when Uncle Tony's Pizza, a takeout joint that's an offshoot of the popular and stylish Fumo, opened a few months ago, I wondered how it would compare to an old-school pizzeria w...

October 27, 2017

Whenever I walk to the 1 train at 137th Street on the weekends, I make sure to take the long way around so I can drop by the unofficial flea market that groups in the vicinity of Montefiore Park on Saturdays and Sundays.

For anyone who loves to rummage through othe...

October 26, 2017

• Michelle Obama has chosen artist Amy Sherald–who has two pieces currently in the Studio Museum's "Fictions" show, including the gem above–to paint her official portrait. Sherald usually paints strangers she approaches on the street, so this should be a huge departure...

October 25, 2017

It may feel a bit Pollyannaish, but the MTA recently set up a Community Information Center on 125th Street in East Harlem to give the neighborhood more details about the eventual extension of the Second Avenue Subway. Expected completion date? The folks inside wouldn't...

October 24, 2017

Imagine getting off the subway on a Friday evening after work, hitting the wine shop for a nice bottle, then swinging by the record store for your favorite artist's latest album and heading home for the night to enjoy both.

That's the ideal–and decidedly retro–routine P...

October 23, 2017

Have you heard? Neon is in again. Once linked with the flashy (and even sinful) glow of Broadway and Vegas, and more recently with cheap motels and neighborhood bars, neon is turning another corner–a hip one.

The trend is easy to spot uptown. From Angel of Harlem on Fre...

October 20, 2017

The signs (and decorations) are everywhere: Halloween is fast approaching. And Harlem, particularly its historic parts, is an especially fun place to walk around this time of year. It's a great excuse to check out some of the area's prettiest neighborhoods.

But before y...

October 19, 2017

• Benyam, a new Ethiopian restaurant on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, is a NYT Critic's Pick (photo courtesy of Benyam).

• Poetry in motion: a reviewer at the New Yorker thinks The Edge, an Anglo-Jamaican restaurant in Harlem, "feels like a place the...

October 18, 2017

In New York City, it's always nice to hit up your local park once the leaves start to change. But if you live Uptown, there's a truly special place to enjoy the fall foliage–and get into the Halloween spirit while you're at it: the historic Tri...

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