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December 28, 2019

A massive thank you for supporting The Curious Uptowner on its various platforms–here on the blog as well as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter–and being such great followers, tipsters and commenters.

As the year draws to a close, here's a look back at some...

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)...

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...

October 31, 2019

• Keith Haring's recently renovated "Crack Is Wack" mural in East Harlem reopened to the public last weekend. [Hyperallergic]

 Chef  JJ Johnson's new fast-casual rice concept Fieldtrip is a New York Times Critic's Pick. [NY Times]

• Many East Harlemites w...

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 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...

August 30, 2019

• A Harlem house of worship in a prime location–La Hermosa Christian Church on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 110th Street–is seeking approval for a 33-story residential building with about 50 affordable units. [Curbed NY]

• Last weekend President Donald Trump tweeted a...

April 12, 2019

• Bye-bye, Brutalism! The Harlem School of the Arts is about to undergo a major renovation–think updated glass exterior, new main gallery and other improvements–thanks to a $9.5 million gift from the Herb Alpert Foundation. Renovations are set to begin in August. [...

April 5, 2019

• Don't expect to see new buildings rising anytime soon on the south side of East 125th Street between Madison and Third Avenues. Any type of development by the Durst Organization and Extell, which between them own three vacant sites on that part of the strip, may be c...

February 19, 2019

Artist Rico Gatson's mesmerizing new subway mosaics may be located in the Bronx–the 167th Street Station on the B and D lines, to be precise–but they happen to feature a handful of true Harlem icons: writers James Baldwin and Audre Lorde, musician Tito Puente and poet...

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