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© 2020 by The Curious Uptowner

November 2, 2017

• The old Hamilton Theater, a decrepit architectural jewel on Broadway in Hamilton Heights (photo above), has in recent years been used as a pop-up shop for Spirit Halloween and as a location for an Alexander Wang fashion show. The latest news regarding its rebirth:...

October 31, 2017

You may live uptown and think, Columbia University's new campus–what's it got to do with me? It's just another extension of a behemoth school gobbling up real estate and even whole neighborhoods. (That's of course if you're not a current student, a staff member–or...

October 30, 2017

New York takes its pizza very seriously, and Uptown is no different. So when Uncle Tony's Pizza, a takeout joint that's an offshoot of the popular and stylish Fumo, opened a few months ago, I wondered how it would compare to an old-school pizzeria w...

October 27, 2017

Whenever I walk to the 1 train at 137th Street on the weekends, I make sure to take the long way around so I can drop by the unofficial flea market that groups in the vicinity of Montefiore Park on Saturdays and Sundays.

For anyone who loves to rummage through othe...

October 26, 2017

• Michelle Obama has chosen artist Amy Sherald–who has two pieces currently in the Studio Museum's "Fictions" show, including the gem above–to paint her official portrait. Sherald usually paints strangers she approaches on the street, so this should be a huge departure...

October 19, 2017

• Benyam, a new Ethiopian restaurant on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, is a NYT Critic's Pick (photo courtesy of Benyam).

• Poetry in motion: a reviewer at the New Yorker thinks The Edge, an Anglo-Jamaican restaurant in Harlem, "feels like a place the...

October 16, 2017

Walk up the west side of Amsterdam Avenue between 149th and 150th Streets and you might do a double-take. This unassuming block in Hamilton Heights is now home to a sleek-looking new real estate agency that looks like it would fit right into popular parts of Brooklyn....

October 13, 2017

Make plans with your carb-shunning friends another weekend. Now you'll be free to go to Morningside Coffee & Biscuits in Central Harlem for brunch. The menu is small, as is the seven-month-old restaurant, but full of tempting buttermilk biscuit sandwiches of...

October 12, 2017

• Which will come first? The Universal Hip Hop Museum in the South Bronx (rendering above) or The Hip Hop Hall of Fame in Harlem? Place your bets now. (Photo: L+M Development Partners)

• Quarterback and national-anthem-protest symbol Colin Kaepernick was recently i...

October 10, 2017

It's now been almost three months since the much-buzzed-about Whole Foods opened in Harlem–enough time for most of the kinks to have been worked out. So I thought I'd pay a visit to the bi-level location on 125th Street and report back on what I saw and ate....

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