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© 2020 by The Curious Uptowner

January 12, 2018

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Harlem is the perfect place to find events throughout the weekend that will honor the civil rights giant's words and spirit. Here's a shortlist:


ConSERVE NYC: MLK Day Service at St. Nicholas P...

January 8, 2018

The Studio Museum in Harlem will soon have a dazzling new home dedicated to African-American artists and their work. But that also means an important chapter in the museum's–and the neighborhood's–history is closing. Be a part of it before it's too late!...

January 4, 2018

• File this under "Plans for next weekend": rising-star chef and Cecil alumnus JJ Johnson says his favorite Harlem brunch spot is Melba's. (photo: Matthew Guss)

• Ooh–the plot of the latest must-read psychological thriller, "The Woman in the Window" by A.J. Finn,...

January 2, 2018

Woo wee, there's a lot going on in Harlem (and beyond) this year. Here's just some of what will be debuting in the coming weeks and months:

Museum openings and closings

• The Studio Museum, Harlem's premier art space dedicated to African-American artists, is closing...

December 22, 2017

As the end-of-year holidays approach, dreams of burrowing deep into your couch–maybe with a favorite drink in hand–are probably swirling in your head.

Of course, you could take a more proactive approach to enjoying your time off. And everyone knows that one of the best...

December 13, 2017

I wish this website had smell-o-vision because there are no words to describe the heady scent that greeted me on a recent visit to Carmen Keels' Hamilton Heights apartment: a mix of homemade spelt sandwich bread baking in the oven and fresh Christmas tree. Reader, it w...

December 8, 2017

Two of Upper Manhattan's most beautiful old homes are not just welcoming visitors during the holidays, they're also less than a half-hour walk from each other. And this weekend both have concerts that you can enjoy while taking in their historic vibes. So why not make...

December 4, 2017

Every week until Christmas I'll be featuring unique gifts you can find all around uptown.

This week's focus? Museum gift shops. There are so many great collections to visit uptown, and each has its own store filled with gems that somehow reflect their exhibits or missio...

November 14, 2017

Walking down Broadway or Amsterdam from Hamilton Heights to neighborhoods further south, I often find myself passing the Manhattanville Houses. At first glance, this public housing project seems like any other–a blah group of brick buildings that are an all-too-common...

November 3, 2017

Here are two reasons you must go to El Museo del Barrio in East Harlem now–as in, this weekend: It's not only closing on Monday November 6 for a months-long renovation, but this is also the last weekend to see the work of Belkis Ayón, a Cuban printmaker whose mysteriou...

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