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Uptown links: Harlem's struggling churches, the Godfather of Harlem trailer, and more

Updated: Mar 18, 2020

Metropolitan Community United Methodist Church on East 126th Street

• Harlem churches with dwindling congregations are struggling with the area's development boom–Metropolitan Community United Methodist Church on East 126th Street, set to be demolished and replaced by condos, being the latest. Some churches have found success leasing (instead of selling) the land under their original buildings and creating new sanctuaries nearby. But historian and preservationist Michael Henry Adams would like to see them seek landmark status and sell their air rights instead. [Crain's New York]

• Here's a peep at "Godfather of Harlem," the Epix crime drama starring Forest Whitaker that was shooting throughout the neighborhood this past fall and winter. [amNewYork]

• Tickets for the fifth annual Harlem EatUp! Festival–taking place this year from May 13 to May 19–just went on sale. [amNewYork]

• The Bethune Towers–a Mitchell-Lama complex with housing for middle-income families–is now accepting applications for its waiting list. [Patch]

• Two college seniors who launched the non-profit Harlem Dress Collective, a prom dress drive that loans gowns to girls who can't afford to buy them, recently won the Cultural Fashion Groundbreakers Award at Harlem Fashion Week. []

• Harlem's own Dapper Dan and Marcus Samuelsson are included in this roundup of "black visionaries who are changing the luxury space right now." [Robb Report]

• Explore Columbia's burgeoning Manhattanville campus with Julia Rothman's charming illustrated map. [Columbia Magazine]

• Tsion's shakshuka made this list of the absolute best in New York. [Grub Street]

• A charming row house on Sylvan Terrace is asking $1.5 million. [6sqft]

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