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Uptown Links: a Harlem Renaissance librarian at the center of it all, and more

Updated: Feb 4, 2022

Atlas Obscura came out with a great piece about Regina Anderson, the impressive Harlem Renaissance librarian who hosted some of the most famous figures of the movement in her apartment on St. Nicholas Avenue. Later in her life–nevertheless, she persisted!–Anderson became the first ever African-American head of a New York Public Library branch. (Photo: Schomburg Center/New York Public Library)

• Hurry–you have until the end of today to register for a free screening of "King in the Wilderness" at The Riverside Church. The new HBO documentary spotlights the last three years of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and marks the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

• And the Dapper Dan stories keep coming. Step into the new Lenox Avenue atelier the Harlem designer opened with Gucci courtesy of a very cool 360-degree tour in The New York Times. Get a peek at the fabric Dapper Dan picked for Salma Hayek's recent Oscars party look as well as the VIP space he uses to host entourages.

• A transit activist in Harlem created a computer program that monitored traffic near St. Nicholas Avenue and 145th Street. He found that bus stops were blocked 57% of the time and bike lanes 40% (sound familiar?). Here's hoping his idea will lead to some real problem-solving.

• Did you know that East Harlem hotspot Rao's has a Las Vegas outpost? Maybe you have a better chance of getting in there.

Dance Magazine offers a sneak preview of Dance Theater of Harlem's upcoming gala performance of legendary choreographer Geoffrey Holder's "Dougla."

6sqft visits a fun, colorfully-decorated apartment located in a Harlem brownstone.

• Looking for some adventurous but affordable restaurant ideas in the area? Eater NY's critic Robert Sietsema includes two uptown spots in his latest "50 Cheap Eats Destinations in NYC": South American eatery Ecuatoriana and Senegalese restaurant La Savane.

• Four walk-ups and an empty lot on Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard between 133rd and 134th Streets were just sold as one massive package.

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