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The top posts of 2019

Updated: Mar 16, 2020

A massive thank you for supporting The Curious Uptowner on its various platforms–here on the blog as well as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter–and being such great followers, tipsters and commenters.

As the year draws to a close, here's a look back at some of your favorite posts, with a few fun comments sprinkled in:

Your personal takes on the most Instagrammable spots in Upper Manhattan are what really bring this always-changing roundup to life. Here's @msbobb on the "Crack Is Wack" mural, a recent addition: "As a woman from the Bronx, I've driven [past] this sign at least 1x a week for my whole life. It's a beautiful constant [in] the constantly changing city."

Instagrammer @newyorkblackarts responded to this post on holiday nostalgia rides with the following comment: "Love trains. Love history. Love NYC. Love nostalgia!" It's clear that many of you agree. (P.S. Don't forget that Sunday, December 29 is your last chance to hop on a vintage train this year.)

If there's a Harlem spot with a hidden backyard patio, you definitely wanted to know about it.

You couldn't wait to get a glimpse of "In the Heights" filming around Washington Heights and Inwood. Capturing Jimmy Smits was an unexpected bonus ("Jimmy is so 🔥❤️❤️❤️" wrote @causeandyvette).

Harlem's full of beautiful streets, and you loved this roundup of the top seven. A picture of Astor Row on Instagram really got you going: "This block takes me to another dimension. Future home goals!" said @loch_vnessie_.

One of Harlem's biggest cultural losses in recent years was the closing of the Lenox Lounge. Especially heartbreaking was seeing a branch of Wells Fargo replace the Art Deco gem earlier this year. Instagrammer @allthingscappuccino might have said it best: "In the words of Florida Evans: "DAMN, DAMN, DAMN!!!!"

Lenox Lounge image: Ryan Davis

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