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Uptown links: a campaign for beloved Harlem toy and bookstore Grandma's Place raises $46K, and more

Updated: Aug 18, 2021

a campaign for beloved Harlem store Grandma's Place raises $46K
Grandma's Place at 84 W 120th Street in Harlem.

• A GoFundMe campaign for Grandma's Place, the Harlem toy and bookstore run by former elementary school teacher Dawn Harris-Martine, has now raised more than $46,000 after being featured on the popular Instagram account New York Nico. Harris-Martine was in the red after having to close due to the pandemic. [NY1]

• HRLM is a new Black-owned champagne brand that celebrates Harlem's heritage. And it's not just lip service: Three of its founders were born and still live in the neighborhood. [Food & Wine]

• "Re: Growth," a summer-long art exhibit featuring 13 site-specific installations, is coming to Riverside Park in early June. [Riverside Park Conservancy]

• The recently-renovated Harlem School of the Arts has announced a soft reopening, complete with smaller class sizes; it will pay tribute to its founder, Dorothy Maynor, with a performance by the Harlem Chamber Players at its building on March 18. [PIX11]

• The Peoples Peoples Fridge, a community fridge at 908 St. Nicholas Avenue, is one of the many much-needed mutual aid groups that have cropped up in New York during the pandemic. [New York Times]

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