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Uptown links: Apollo Theater doc will kick off Tribeca Film Festival, and more

Updated: Mar 19, 2020

The Apollo Theater in Harlem

• A documentary about the Apollo Theater–called, you guessed it, "The Apollo"–will kick off this year's Tribeca Film Festival. It'll debut at the iconic theater on April 24. [Variety]

• After images of a Gucci balaclava resembling blackface surfaced online, Harlem designer Dapper Dan (who collaborates with the fashion brand) posted a statement on Instagram, saying he would hold the brand accountable. A meeting with the CEO of Gucci will take place soon–stay tuned. [HuffPost]

• A writer for The Root eloquently explains why she believes Harlem deserves the title of "America's Blackest City": "It represents the very best of us, black excellence epitomized, from Malcolm exhorting love for self from a street corner (Harlem’s most famous street, Lenox Avenue, is named for the man), to serving as Jimmy Baldwin’s stomping grounds and muse." [The Root]

• As part of the de Blasio administration's Inwood rezoning, the city is seeking design proposals for two Inwood parks along the Harlem River–at North Cove and Academy Street. [Curbed NY]

• Did you know Adam Ottavino, the Yankees' newest reliever, has been practicing his pitching in a "Harlem hide-out" two blocks from the Apollo? [NY Times]

• There's a plan afoot to completely redevelop the entire block of Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard between West 123rd and West 124th Streets as well as most of 124th Street between Adam Clayton Powell and Frederick Douglass Boulevards. [Patch]

• Even more apartments (rentals and condos) are coming to East Harlem. [The Real Deal, YIMBY]

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