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Uptown links: 12-seat restaurant Belle Harlem gets a nice review in the New York Times, and more

Updated: Jun 2, 2020

12-seat Belle Harlem gets a visit from the New York Times

The New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells pays a visit to the 12-seat, 275-square-foot restaurant Belle Harlem, and enjoys eating at a spot where everything–from the food to the service–is firmly in the hands of the two proprietors. [NY Times]

• Director Steven Spielberg has been shooting the remake of "West Side Story" all over Harlem. [Daily Mail]

• The Studio Museum in Harlem's newest artists-in-residence include two performance artists and a painter; one works partly in cyberspace. The Times calls it the most experimental group in years. [NY Times]

• Chef JJ Johnson explains why he chose Harlem for his new rice-focused restaurant, Fieldtrip: “This community made me who I am. If I’m going to do my first solo business, why wouldn’t I go with the place, the community that built me up to become JJ?” [Grub Street]

• Fashion legend Dapper Dan gives a guided tour of his neighborhood–including the spot where his original boutique stood on East 125th Street in the 1980s. [W Magazine]

• Step inside interior designer Habiba Koroma's colorful, kid-friendly apartment in Central Harlem. [6sqft]

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