Uptown links: James Van Der Zee's studio portraits of a flourishing Harlem, and more

Updated: Mar 18, 2020

• For the next month you can travel back in time to the heyday of the Harlem Renaissance via the glamorous studio portraits of photographer James Van Der Zee, famed for capturing the lives of black New Yorkers from the 1920s to the 1950s. Photo: James Van Der Zee, Young Girl with Dog © Donna Mussenden Van Der Zee, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery. [NY Times]

• Red Rooster chef Marcus Samuelsson just introduced the Green & Fanny dinner series, which will tell the often-overlooked stories of black achievement all year long. [Food & Wine]

RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Shuga Cain shares some of her favorite Harlem spots, including La Tropezienne Bakery for croissants and Melba's for the fried chicken. [Forbes]

• Bangklyn, the one-of-a-kind Thai-restaurant-cum-vintage-clothing-store from Prasong Kanhasura, now also has an espresso nook run by Brooklynite Justin Gordon. [Forbes]

• Inwood's La Marina, the troubled party spot by the Hudson River, is hoping to reopen as a Brother Jimmy's barbecue. [Patch]

• A 175-bed homeless shelter is coming to 286 Audubon Avenue between West 179th and 180th Streets later this year. [Patch]

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