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© 2019 by The Curious Uptowner

November 30, 2019

Want to ride on the very same subway cars that inspired jazz great Billy Strayhorn to write "Take the A Train" in 1939?

For the next five Sundays–and for the price of a regular swipe–you can. The MTA is bringing back its holiday nostalgia trains on December 1, 8, 1...

November 22, 2019

It's the last weekend before the holidays–and all the attendant craziness–kick into high gear.

Why not spend it taking a stroll through the neighborhood and exploring the architectural gems throughout?

Here's a tip: start with these seven beautifully preserved stree...

November 18, 2019

In April scaffolding appeared around 695 Lenox Avenue, the boarded-up building on the corner of 145th Street that once housed the Hotel Olga, the premiere hotel for African-Americans during the Harlem Renaissance.

It was the first real sign the notable three-story...

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...

October 25, 2019

Harlem is the place to be this weekend, with some of the neighborhood's biggest cultural institutions and landmarks inviting you to come on by. There is truly something for everyone–shoppers, literature buffs, dancers, history hounds, kids and, yes, even your fur frien...

October 24, 2019

• Just in time for ice skating season, the Trump Organization has removed the Trump name from the two ice skating rinks it runs in Central Park, including Lasker Rink in the park's north end. [Washington Post]

• For a cool $1.59 million, you can live abov...

October 14, 2019

On this Indigenous Peoples' Day, here's an Upper Manhattan landmark worth visiting: Shorakapok Rock.

This boulder in Inwood Hill Park marks the spot where, according to legend, the Lenape tribe “sold"–or more likely traded the right to pass through or use–the islan...

October 8, 2019

Today Harlem is justly famous for its Baptist churches, the scene of countless famous sermons and home to soul-stirring gospel. But during the heyday of Jewish Harlem–from about 1870 to 1930 when it was the third largest Jewish settlement in the world–the neighborhood...

October 4, 2019

You can feel it in the air–fall is really here. Be sure to take advantage this weekend at these three outdoor events: Grab a local bite at the pumpkin-and-music-filled Harlem Harvest Festival Festival, celebrate the iconic Little Red Lighthouse, and get your pet blesse...

September 30, 2019

The Epix series "Godfather of Harlem," starring Forest Whitaker as infamous 1960s crime boss Bumpy Johnson, is finally out and getting solid reviews for its performances and high production values.

Harlemites got to preview the striking sets last fall and wint...

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