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Uptown Links: chef JJ Johnson's favorite Harlem brunch, a new psychological thriller set in brow

Melba's chicken and waffles by Matthew Guss

• 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, sounds juicy. It centers around Dr. Anna Fox, a pill-popping shut-in who spies on her new neighbors from her gentrified Harlem townhouse.

• Better late than never! The New York Times finally reviewed the "Fictions" show at The Studio Museum, two weeks before the museum closes in preparation for its new home. (And it's official: New York Yimby reports that permits have been filed for the David Adjaye-designed building.)

• Three locally-run restaurants near the B train's 125th Street stop get a nice shout-out in the NY Daily News' latest "Subway Fare" installment.

• I like this piece on how a stroll through beautiful Harlem can be as moving as a walk through reinvented Wall Street–and both are connected by the mighty A train.

• Don't miss this inspirational obituary for Don Hogan Charles, a Harlem native who was the first black photographer to be hired by The Gray Lady.

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