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© 2019 by The Curious Uptowner

July 28, 2019

Don't let Harlem's chill summer vibes fool you–there's been a hive of activity behind closed doors at a slew of soon-to-open businesses. Here are six notable establishments set to debut in August or soon after. From south to north they are:


July 22, 2019

The dog days of summer are officially here, and The Curious Uptowner will be posting on an abbreviated schedule for the next few weeks. In the meantime, try out these warm-weather ideas below or simply scroll through the archives—there’s plenty to discover either way.


July 19, 2019

To beat the heat over the next three days–temperatures are expected to climb to 96 degrees on Saturday and Sunday–the city is extending pool hours to 8pm in all Olympic- and intermediate-sized outdoor pools. That's one full hour longer.

Above 96th Street, there are...

July 18, 2019

The New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells pays a visit to the 12-seat, 275-square-foot restaurant Belle Harlem, and enjoys eating at a spot where everything–from the food to the service–is firmly in the hands of the two proprietors. [NY Times]

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July 17, 2019

Upper Manhattan's Citi Bike drought is finally coming to an end, most likely by next year.

Yesterday the de Blasio administration and Lyft, the parent company of Citi Bike, announced the new boundaries of the bike share's planned expansion over the next five years, and...

July 16, 2019

Hidden from view, Harlem's backyard patios are the perfect place to escape the city's hustle and bustle.

Head to these urban oases when you're looking for a serene–and in a few cases green–spot to enjoy a well-crafted sip or bite. From south to north:...

July 12, 2019

It wouldn't be summer uptown without street vendors selling mango flowers on the busiest corners (a.k.a. right outside subway stations).

They're the perfect summer treat: fresh and juicy, the fruit's sweetness brightened with lime juice and a sprinkling of chile po...

July 11, 2019

• The Harlem home of poet Langston Hughes is one of 22 sites to get funding as part of a National Trust initiative helping preserve African-American history. [National Trust for Historic Preservation]

• Happy 114th birthday, Alelia Murphy! The Harlemite is believed...

July 10, 2019

Spending time in nature has always been a good thing. But now a growing number of experts are promoting a type of deep-woods therapy called "forest bathing" that might actually improve your health.

According to the New York Times, "Some small studies...suggest that spen...

July 9, 2019

The year is now more than half over, and it's clear that Hamilton Heights remains one of uptown's fastest-evolving neighborhoods. Three ambitious places to eat and drink have opened in the last six months, and more are coming soon. Here's a quick rundown:...

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