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© 2019 by The Curious Uptowner

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...

September 24, 2019

As summer turns to fall, apple picking at one of the many orchards surrounding the city might be at the top of your weekend plans.

But if you're pressed for time, here's another option: Head to Convent Avenue and 144th Street and marvel at the apple tree in the fro...

September 20, 2019

• Here's why the closing of the McDonald's on 125th Street and Broadway–part of Columbia University's expansion into Manhattanville–"hurts." [Gothamist]

• New details have been revealed about the twin towers going up at 233 West 125th Street, aka the Victoria Theater re...

August 16, 2019

• A new food hall is coming to Columbia's Manhattanville campus next summer, with possible vendors offering Spanish tapas, Sicilian-style pizza and Israeli hummus. The food court will be located in the glassy new Jerome L. Greene Science Center at 3227 Broadway and W 1...

August 5, 2019

What was once the entrance to a grand mansion is now a hidden gem in Fort Tryon Park: the Billings Arcade, an arched passage with a remarkable past.

Wandering through the park's lush pathways to find these stunning remains is a great way to spend a summer day–...

July 10, 2019

Spending time in nature has always been a good thing. But now a growing number of experts are promoting a type of deep-woods therapy called "forest bathing" that might actually improve your health.

According to the New York Times, "Some small studies...suggest that spen...

June 10, 2019

Five years after her death at the age of 91, legendary actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee is having a major moment in Harlem–the neighborhood where she grew up and got her start. Here's where to soak up a bit of her light:

The archive of Ruby Dee and O...

June 3, 2019

June is World Pride Month–marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots here in New York– and Harlem is joining in on the celebration in a big way. Here are some of the best Pride events to look for uptown:

Pride: Photographs of Stonewall...

May 28, 2019

Did you know you can hike from Central Park to Fort Tryon Park using a special green trail that connects through seven Northern Manhattan parks? Incredibly, very few city streets are involved.

It's called the Giraffe Path (named after the animal it resemb...

May 12, 2019

The Sisyphus Stones–the stacked rock sculptures that self-taught artist Uliks Gryka has been building (and rebuilding when they are knocked down) by the banks of the Hudson since July of 2017–are not the easiest to find. But with a little planning, a sunny afternoon pr...

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