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Uptown links: Harlem mourns ballet trailblazer Arthur Mitchell, and more

Updated: Feb 9, 2022

Photos from "Arthur Mitchell: Harlem's Ballet Trailblazer" at the Wallach Art Gallery earlier this year

• Arthur Mitchell, the groundbreaking ballet star who co-founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem and "showed the way for black dancers," died yesterday at the age of 84. As the news spread, the Apollo Theater paid tribute on its iconic marquee. Earlier this year the Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University devoted an entire show to the dancer (above), but if you missed it, all is not lost. You can still browse the Arthur Mitchell Online Exhibition, featuring the photos, letters and other material Mitchell donated to the school. [NY Times, @apollotheater via Instagram]

• Watch all the music and dancing from the 49th annual African-American Day Parade from the comfort of your couch. [YouTube]

• "We have made it our mission to go into neighborhoods that have lots of gay people but no gay bar," says Bob Fluet, one of the owners of Boxers, on the opening of the bar's first location in Washington Heights. [Advocate]

The New Yorker's food critic calls the rugelach from Lee Lee's Baked Goods in Harlem "transcendent." After watching baker Alvin Smalls make the small pastries, she describes the result as "rich, buttery, and exceptionally crisp, snapping and crumbling satisfyingly in the mouth. The chocolate variety was especially wonderful, its bittersweet creaminess enhanced by a nice dose of salt." Drool. [The New Yorker]

• Here's a peek at the four-level "90's style house party" A$AP Rocky threw inside the Hamilton Theater to launch his new skate sneaker for Under Armour. [Essence]

• Rents in Upper Manhattan–Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood–have seen a 41-percent increase since 2010. [NY Times]

• A building boom is coming to East Harlem: in just the last year, the city approved projects that will add 732 apartments. [Patch]

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