• For a year-long public art project celebrating its anniversary, New York Magazine is asking 50 city artists to depict what New York looks like to them. This week Kerry James Marshall's vision, a graphic take of 125th Street in Harlem, debuted in Port Authority.
• Did you catch the first episode of Beauty Bar, the new VH1 reality show set in Inwood? Here's the synopsis of episode 1: "Inwood is the Dominican enclave of NYC where everybody goes to get their hair and makeup slayed. When two new stylists swoop in to make their mark on the neighborhood, the Inwood locals of the shop let it be known that they run this town."
• ICYMI: last week Jay-Z dropped more than $9,000 at Inwood restaurant Made in Mexico, then $100,000-plus at nearby club Playroom, which even has a little video of the rapper's visit on its Instagram.
• Two of the 20 fastest-gentrifying zip codes in the U.S. since the year 2000 are in–you guessed it–Harlem.
• There's another thorough piece on the whole Dapper Dan/Gucci saga in Fast Company, with this added tidbit: the Harlem designer "doesn’t want to spill too much about what he has been doing throughout the years–he’s saving these details for an upcoming memoir to be published later this year...."
• Condos will be replacing a garage in Hamilton Heights. When they're finished, the apartments will face the gorgeous Trinity Church Cemetery.
• Local shops, restaurants and small businesses are getting harder to find on 125th Street: the strip continues to attract "national retailers with large balance sheets," according to an article in Bisnow about the big changes transforming the area.
• Crain's has a nice profile of Yuien Chin, who promotes Harlem's history and culture and offers neighborhood tours through her nonprofit Harlem One Stop.
• Here's all the reasons why Atlah World Ministries is still doing its hateful thing.
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