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November 30, 2017

• Didn't catch the fun Bruno Mars special "24K Magic Live at the Apollo" on TV last night? There's still time to watch the full episode on CBS. And here's a piece where the pop star talks about why playing at the Apollo meant so much to him. (Photo: CBS)...

November 29, 2017

I love holiday pizzazz just as much as the next person, but there's something–well, a lot–to be said for holiday decorations that are unfussy, good for small spaces, and add a natural prettiness to your home.

That's why I went to one of my favorite plant stores in the c...

November 28, 2017

In what may be a first, a Gucci billboard has sprung up on the corner of 125th Street and Lenox Avenue in the dead center of Harlem. The ad features Harlem design legend Dapper Dan on the neighborhood's streets, part of a series shot by Glen Luchford for Gucci's fall/w...

November 27, 2017

For the next few weeks I'll be featuring unique gifts you can find all around uptown. Today's theme? Harlem itself. The following items highlight just some of the storied neighborhood's designers, shops and markets worth a visit this holiday season (and beyond).


November 24, 2017

The holiday lights on 125th Street are shining brightly again, which can mean only one thing: the Christmas shopping season is in full swing.

But don't let the familiar lights distract you. The transformation of 125th Street is moving at warp speed these days.

As the mon...

November 22, 2017

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and, like many of you, I'll be spending a lot of it online. But I am one of the millions of New Yorkers who lives in a building without a doorman. So receiving packages requires some planning, especially since previous experience...

November 21, 2017

As we prepare to gather around the dinner table and give thanks, you might be wondering how we can help our neighbors who aren't as fortunate.

The fact is there are many people who do need help–and many ways to give.

Worried in par...

November 20, 2017

Invited to a Thanksgiving dinner but don't have time to prepare something sweet? Why not bring a treat from one of these small-batch uptown bakers? From traditional fall pies to crowd-pleasing cookies, these desserts are a great way to support small business and share...

November 17, 2017

This Sunday is World Toilet Day, created to raise awareness of the fact that 4.5 billion people on this planet still don't have access to safe toilets (or any sanitation at all). Yikes!

There are many ways you can get involved, starting with a visit to the World Toilet...

November 16, 2017

• Step into 1980s Spanish Harlem through the astonishing lens of photographer Joseph Rodriguez. Go see his just-opened show at the Bronx Documentary Center or buy the accompanying new book. (Photo: from "Spanish Harlem" by Joseph Rodriguez, published by powerHouse Book...

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