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© 2019 by The Curious Uptowner

May 12, 2019

The Sisyphus Stones–the stacked rock sculptures that self-taught artist Uliks Gryka has been building (and rebuilding when they are knocked down) by the banks of the Hudson since July of 2017–are not the easiest to find. But with a little planning, a sunny afternoon pr...

April 1, 2019

Here's a thrill better than any amusement park ride, and with none of the long lines: a brisk walk across the George Washington Bridge.

Completed in 1931, the world's busiest motor vehicle bridge can also be crossed by foot or on bike. It has two sidewalks, one on...

February 16, 2019

If your idea of fun is climbing to the highest point in any given area–and you still haven't been to the one in Manhattan–here's your next field trip: Bennett Park.

Directly outside the Fort Washington Avenue exit of the 181 Street station (A line), this well-tended par...

October 18, 2018

• Council Member Mark Levine is calling for an NYC Ferry route from West Harlem Piers on 125th Street to New Jersey. “There's a glaring omission in the growing NYC ferry network: w.125th St., where a modern $30m pier sits unused. Just 8 mins across river from NJ. Good...

September 28, 2018

A spectacular fall weekend is coming up, so be sure to take advantage. Grab a banned book at the library, craft a customized bubble tea, then get outside at one of these events. Hope to see you there!​​

Little Red Lighthouse Fesitval

Saturday, September 29...

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...

May 18, 2018

The weather has been a tad soggy lately, but Summer on the Hudson is already in full swing up and down Riverside Park.

This weekend the river-hugging West Harlem Piers at 125th Street will host the Sweet Spot Music + Art Festival. The afternoon has a West Afri...

May 11, 2018

Looking for the perfect Mother's Day date with Mom? Wow her with an afternoon of fashion and flowers–it just so happens that two of the most spectacular displays in the city happen to be in Upper Manhattan right now.

Monday night's annual celeb-packed Met Gala...

January 26, 2018

The Winter Olympics in South Korea are only two weeks away, which means (after a four year hiatus) we'll all soon be debating which country's ice skating darling had the best triple Lutz–or was it a Salchow?

In the meantime, why not get a jump s...

December 26, 2017

With the end of the year just a few days away, I thought I'd use this abbreviated week to count (in no particular order) the many reasons I–a former downtowner–love living uptown. Some are personal, some a bit more general–but all are unique to...

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