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© 2019 by The Curious Uptowner

September 26, 2019

• The MTA Board unanimously approved its $51.5 billion capital plan for 2020-2024, which includes funding for three new subway stations in East Harlem as part of the Second Avenue subway extension. [CNBC]

• The Africa Center will get $25 million in donations t...

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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May 1, 2019

The 8th annual Frieze New York art fair descends on Randall's Island this week–making it the perfect time to check in with the art scene expanding just across the Harlem River.

It turns out that since last May a number of notable new galleries have p...

April 22, 2019

Last week scaffolding appeared around 695 Lenox Avenue, the boarded-up building that once housed the Hotel Olga, the premiere hotel for African-Americans during the Harlem Renaissance. It was the first real sign that the historic three-story building on the corner of W...

April 11, 2019

El Museo del Barrio is turning 50 this year, and it's kicking off the celebrations with an exhibit that takes a deep dive into its permanent collection.

"Culture and the People: El Museo del Barrio, 1969-2019," from April 11 to September 29, fea...

March 15, 2019

Manhattanville has a new mini art district, and now that a huge coffee shop just opened across the street, you can truly make an afternoon of it.

Drop by the area this Saturday from 1pm to 4pm when Studio Museum 127–the Studio Museum in Harlem's temporary sate...

January 22, 2019

You've got less than a week left to go see "Harry Potter: A History of Magic" at the New-York Historical Society, which closes this Sunday January 27.

If time is not on your side, don't despair: Upper Manhattan is filled with remarkable spots where you ca...

October 25, 2018

• Businessman and philanthropist Robert F. Smith donated a million dollars to the Cultural Performance Center at Riverbank State Park, which will receive new lighting, sound equipment, seating, flooring–and a new name: the Robert Frederick Smith Center for the Performi...

October 11, 2018

• The glittering U.S. premiere of "If Beale Street Could Talk"–director Barry Jenkins' film adaptation of the James Baldwin novel–was held at the Apollo Theater on Tuesday night. "James Baldwin was born and raised in Harlem, this book is set in Harlem, it was filmed in...

October 5, 2018

Fall is truly underway, so warm up with a chai latte at the new Callie's Cafe on Lenox, then go peek at the work of three up-and-coming artists at the Studio Museum's new satellite space, buy a locally-made product at the Harlem Harvest Festival, and more....

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