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December 14, 2019

The trailer for "In the Heights"–Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical about a young Dominican immigrant who runs a bodega in Washington Heights–is finally here,

The almost two-and-half-minute teaser includes a cameo of Miranda working as a klutzy piragua (shaved ice)...

December 13, 2019

A song-and-dance-filled "A Christmas Carol in Harlem," the neighborhood's first night market, the annual reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and visit to Clement Clark Moore's grave–and more fun you can only find uptown:

"A Christmas Carol in Har...

November 15, 2019

• A new report by Comptroller Scott M. Stringer on the city's always-shifting creative economy reveals that people working in creative industries like film and the performing arts are leaving neighborhoods such as the Upper West Side and moving to more affordable areas...

November 14, 2019

Make it a fun weekend with these events you'll only find uptown, including an exhibit featuring long-hidden Harlem art, a classic Hitchcock screening in a spectacular venue, and a brand new documentary film festival celebrating black filmmakers and topics.

Har...

November 6, 2019

A second movie is filming in Harlem this week, and it's a biggie. (See yesterday's post for the other.)

“Respect,” the Aretha Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson, has been shooting in the Mount Morris Park Historic District since the weekend.

Various media outlets r...

November 4, 2019

The film adaptation of "Passing," a novella by Harlem Renaissance author Nella Larsen, was shooting in Harlem today.

Directed by Rebecca Hall, the movie stars Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson.

Set in 1920s Harlem, the story focuses on two light-skinned childhood friends who...

October 28, 2019

Fans of the new "Joker" movie starring Joaquin Phoenix have been busy hunting down all of the New York locations that appear in the blockbuster.

They've even turned a set of stairs in the Highbridge section of the Bronx–now known as the Joker Stairs–into a bona fid...

October 18, 2019

From a Day-of-the-Dead-inspired musical procession in East Harlem to a chance to enter some of uptown's typically closed-off landmarks, there's lots of great stuff to check out this weekend. Take your pick from these four standout events:

Congo in Harlem...

October 3, 2019

• Ming, famed tiger of Harlem–he was raised in apartment 5E in the Drew Hamilton Houses (pictured above) before being taken to an animal sanctuary–has died. [NY Times]

• Kanye West shared his new album, "Jesus Is King," and accompanying IMAX film at a closed-door event...

September 27, 2019

There's something for everyone this weekend–and most of it is free–including outdoor movies, music, art and, yes, jousting and jesters. Here's where to find the fun:

Movies Under the Stars: "Claudine"

Marcus Garvey Park

Friday, Sept 27 at 7pm; Free

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