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© 2019 by The Curious Uptowner

October 18, 2019

• HBO just released the trailer for its documentary about The Apollo, packed with gorgeous archival footage. It comes out November 6th. [Gothamist]


• Bronx-based artist Vinnie Bagwell's proposed 18-foot winged angel was chosen to replace the controversial statue o...

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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June 27, 2019

Thanks to the return of the NYC Parks Department's Cool Pool initiative, Harlem now has two brightly renovated outdoor pools to dip into this summer.

Last year it was the Sheltering Arms Pool at W 129th Street that got the Cool Pool treatment, this year it's W...

June 24, 2019

Urban Umbrella, the industry-disrupting scaffolding company that began prettifying New York sidewalks in 2017, has finally made its way up to Harlem.

Its signature white scaffolding–resembling a series of Art Nouveau umbrellas–recently went up around the Greater Zion Hi...

June 12, 2019

A stunning pop-up floral installation by Harlem-based florist Cape Lily appeared without much notice yesterday morning in La Plaza de las Americas in Washington Heights.

The so-called Flower Flash–in this case a Caribbean-themed arrangement of tropic...

March 13, 2019

Common, the co-living company with 25 homes in six cities across the country, just opened its first shared space in Manhattan: a renovated brownstone in Harlem. Locally, up until now the start-up has focused on the outer boroughs, where it has...

September 13, 2018

• Chef JJ Johnson's Fieldtrip on Lenox and chef Pierre Thiam's Teranga at The Africa Center are two of the "32 Fall Restaurant Openings You Need to Know About," according to New York Magazine. Coincidentally, both Harlem eateries will have a focus on grains–t...

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...

June 14, 2018

• The new craft beer bar Harlem Hops, which debuted on Saturday, gives a starring role not just to small-batch brews but to Harlem itself. Among other signs that give props to the neighborhood is one that spells Harlem across the ceiling in big light bulb letters....

April 2, 2018

Made of bright neon or hand-painted in bygone lettering, vintage-looking signs have been all the rage for a while now. And maybe the most popular of them all are bulb signs. For the last decade or so any new shop or restaurant looking to imbue its space with some old-f...

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