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© 2019 by The Curious Uptowner

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 18, 2019

• HBO just released the trailer for its documentary about The Apollo, packed with gorgeous archival footage. It comes out November 6th. [Gothamist]


• Bronx-based artist Vinnie Bagwell's proposed 18-foot winged angel was chosen to replace the controversial statue o...

October 10, 2019

• A zoning plan seeking to add five 28-story buildings to Lenox Terrace has residents worried about the changes it would bring, including gentrification and the end of a black "oasis." Built in the '50s, the Harlem apartment complex is located between Malcolm X and Fif...

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...

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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June 27, 2019

• Norman Foster–the architect behind New York's Hearst Tower and London's "Gherkin"–is designing a new two-story boathouse on the Harlem River for Row New York, a non-profit that offers rowing training and academic support to kids of all backgrounds. [...

June 21, 2019

• Analyzing cell phone data and social media geotagging to figure out where to expand in New York, Chipotle recently narrowed its search down to Hamilton Heights and what's being called "Washington Heights South," two areas with growing populations of millennials. The...

June 6, 2019

• Today it's an unused bus depot, but in the 1660s a small plot of land in East Harlem was the only place where people of African descent could be buried. Known as the Harlem African Burial Ground, it is a space the city is hoping to turn into a cultural center and mem...

May 31, 2019

• The Lincoln Correctional Facility, an eight-story prison on Central Park North with views of the park and lower Manhattan, is closing and will be sold off in the next 90 days. Plenty of locals, like Jose Bryson, fear rents will rise. He also told the...

May 24, 2019

• A new spot called The Expat, serving "Southeast Asian pub grub," is coming to 195 Claremont Avenue between Riverside Drive and Tiemann Place in Morningside Heights. The owners are behind such other uptown eateries as The Handpulled Noodle and Tampopo Ramen. [New...

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