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Uptown Links: source of tragic Harlem fire is revealed, Trader Joe's is getting closer, and more

The building at the center of the Harlem blaze that killed firefighter Michael Davidson has been razed. Ed Norton was shooting Motherless Brooklyn at the time.

• The FDNY has determined the reason for the Harlem fire that killed firefighter Michael Davidson: the heat from a boiler ventilation pipe ignited flammable materials nearby. Ed Norton was filming Motherless Brooklyn in the historic building at the center of the blaze. It was known for once being the home of the beloved St. Nick's Pub, but had to be razed. [NY Post]

• Trader Joe's is inching its way up Manhattan. The newest location on Columbus Avenue between 92nd and 93rd Streets just opened to big crowds. [West Side Rag]

• Here's a British travel piece about Harlem in anticipation of Harlem EatUp! starting next week. Jazz, Red Rooster, gentrification–it's got it all. [The Guardian]

• Harlem Renaissance luminary Zora Neale Hurston wrote Barraccoon in the 1930s–the non-fiction book is based on the writer's conversations with one of the last slaves to be brought to the U.S. (aboard an illegal ship)–but it's only now being published. [NPR]

• A long list of art world heavy hitters–including Kehinde Wiley, Chris Ofili, and Julie Mehretu–have donated their works to a Sotheby's auction. Proceeds will go towards the Studio Museum in Harlem's new space. [ARTnews]

• A look back at Harlem's jazz scene in the '90s via photographer Gerald Cyrus, who recalls a communal vibe: "Musicians made up a large part of the audience. They’d be listeners one minute, on stage the next.” [NY Times]

• Harlem Industrial Kitchen is a brand new casual restaurant on East 110th Street serving a mix of Italian, Mexican and American food. [ABC7NY]

• Chaliwali, the beautiful Indian eatery located in a Lenox brownstone, has been closed for renovations, but should be opening in about four to five weeks. [Eater NY]

• A developer is bringing condos for just under $1 million to 2600 Seventh Avenue between West 150th and 151st Streets next year. [The Real Deal]

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