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© 2019 by The Curious Uptowner

August 20, 2018

As Ella Fitzgerald famously sang, "Summertime, and the livin' is easy." Which is why I'll be posting on an abbreviated schedule for the next two weeks. In the meantime, you can check out the ideas below or follow me on social media for more musings (links are at the bo...

August 17, 2018

If you've ever dreamed of attending Marjorie Eliot's jazz parlor–the legendary free concert the jazz pianist has held in her Edgecombe Avenue apartment every Sunday afternoon since 1994–but have been too shy, you won't want to miss this weekend....

August 16, 2018

• Known as the "Queen of Swing," 98-year-old Norma Miller grew up in an apartment behind Harlem's legendary Savoy Ballroom and eventually performed on its stage. She now regularly teaches the Lindy Hop at a Swedish dance camp that draws some 5,000 attendees in the summ...

August 15, 2018

The wait is finally over: Harlem's first Chipotle is now open.

Hungry Harlemites are flocking to the new location at 72 West 125th Street, just a few doors down from the year-old Whole Foods–so much so that there have been some unexpected hiccups in the first week....

August 13, 2018

Scroll through Instagram and it sometimes feels like there are a million food bloggers eating their way through the New York food scene.

Rarely, however, do they seem to be spending much time in Harlem.

Enter Dominek Tubbs, a 33-year-old restaurant obsessive who has devo...

August 10, 2018

Celebrating its 10th anniversary–and coinciding with Harlem Week–one of uptown's most joyful music festivals is returning to its original location this weekend.

On Sunday DJ Stormin' Norman will be bringing his Sundae Sermon dance party to St. Nicholas Pa...

August 9, 2018

• Despite protests, yesterday the City Council approved the rezoning of Inwood–centered mostly on an industrial area east of Tenth Avenue. Critics fear that a wave of market-rate apartments would quickly follow the planned affordable units, eventually displacing longti...

August 8, 2018

Ever dreamed of creating a terrarium from scratch? Now you can make your indoor garden fantasies come true with the help of Backstage Botanicals, a Washington Heights-based business that has recently begun offering pop-up workshops in local coffee shops like...

August 6, 2018

Barepas, the latest spot to arrive in booming Hamilton Heights, has opened its doors and already feels like a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

Owned by Yency Perez (who owns a wine store further uptown) and his Venezuelan-born wife, Jen, the two-week-old...

August 2, 2018

• An unpublished chapter of Malcolm X's autobiography resurfaced out of the blue at an auction last week. Luckily for scholars and the public at large, the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture scooped it up. [NY Times]

• A w...

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