Uptown links: affordable housing lottery launches in Hamilton Heights historic district, and more

Updated: Mar 19


• A housing lottery is under way for 38 affordable apartments at 847 St. Nicholas Avenue, a new brick building in the lovely Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill Northwest Historic District; the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the previous property owner, will have a studio space on the ground floor. If your income qualifies, you have until April 22 to submit your application. [6sqft]

• Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris had a "soul food summit" at Harlem soul food destination Sylvia's with the Reverend Al Sharpton. [NY Daily News]

• After Gucci's recent blackface scandal, Harlem designer Dapper Dan met with the luxury brand's reps to seek accountability (he collaborates with the company on a fashion line and a Harlem atelier). According to an Instagram post he wrote after the fact, Dan is planning a town hall meeting in Harlem soon. [@dapperdanharlem via Instagram]

• Did you know the New Amsterdam Musical Association–the oldest African-American musical organization in the country–owns an entire brownstone on 107 West 130th Street where jazz legends like Eubie Blake and Jelly Roll Morton used to rehearse? It still hosts weekly jam sessions open to the public. [Gothamist]

• Sisters Uptown Bookstore in Washington Heights is approaching its 20th anniversary. Owner Janifer P. Wilson first opened the literary nook because she "wanted to present, preserve and house books written to, from and by African Americans. I started that quest to bring literature to my community, so that folk could embrace their own culture and heal." [amNewYork]

• An interview with saxophonist Sonny Rollins, one of only two surviving musicians from Art Kane's iconic "A Great Day in Harlem" photo taken in 1958. [NPR]

• Just in time for Black History Month, here's a brief, digestible survey of the Harlem Renaissance, from its art to literature to music. [My Modern Met]

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