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5 fun-and-festive things to do in Harlem this week

A homemade version of Harlem Haberdashery's rum punch

Whether you prefer to burrow deep into your couch or be out and about during the holidays, The Curious Uptowner has got you covered for the entire week:

1. Make a festive rum punch: Family-run clothing boutique Harlem Haberdashery introduced its new line of spirits earlier this month, marking the occasion with a holiday punch that's both sophisticated and crowd-pleasing. Here's how to make it at home (find even more cocktail recipes online):

Harlem Haberdashery Bespoke Gin, Vodka and Rum

Ingredients: 1½ oz HH Bespoke Rum, 1 oz grapefruit juice, ½ oz Luxardo cherry liqueur, ½ oz lime juice

Preparation: Shake rum, Luxardo, grapefruit juice and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a glass and garnish with brandied cherry.

2. Order Chinese food on Christmas: If you don't celebrate Christmas, do like so many other New Yorkers and order Chinese food instead. The Handpulled Noodle, arguably uptown's best (north-western) Chinese restaurant, has all the tasty dumplings, noodles and more you need to feed yourself or an entire crowd.

The Hand Pulled Noodle is open on Christmas

3. Go on a Kwanzaa Crawl: Join this boozy walk on the first day of Kwanzaa, Wednesday, December 26, celebrating some of Harlem's best black-owned bars: Cove Lounge, Gin Fizz Harlem, Harlem Hookah, Lenox Saphire Harlem, Ruby's Vintage and Shrine. (There's a second crawl in Brooklyn, too.)

4. Say farewell to Gitler &_: After a five-year run, small-but-mighty Hamilton Heights arts space Gitler &_ is closing its doors at the end of this week. Stop by the closing karaoke event on Thursday, December 27 from 6pm-10pm and say goodbye to this gallery that celebrated up-and-coming artists from around the world.

The colorful rug at Kangol's new shop in Harlem

5. Shop the sales at Harlem's newest stores: Check out all the after-Christmas sales at the many new shops that came to 125th Street and beyond this year, including Kangol, Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works, and P.C. Richard & Son.

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