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Uptown links: iconic photo "A Great Day in Harlem" gets the art book treatment, the artist formerly known as Mos Def is behind a new Mott Haven gallery, and more

October 4, 2018

 

• A new book marks the 60th anniversary of Art Kane's famous 1958 group shot of jazz musicians sitting on a Harlem stoop, known familiarly as "A Great Day in Harlem." [NY Times]

 

• The hip hop artist and activist formerly known as Mos Def is a partner in a new gallery called The Compound in the South Bronx. [NY Times]

 

• Take a peek at some of the beautiful images from the fourth printing of "The Sweet Flypaper of Life," a collaborative work set in Harlem by photographer Roy DeCarava and poet Langston Hughes. It was first published in 1955. [Daily Beast]

 

• Harlem is one of the most church-filled neighborhoods in the country, but with Americans as a whole becoming less religious, many congregations are struggling to maintain their historic buildings. [NY Times]

 

• The city has begun repairs–expected to take a month–on the pedestrian bridge connecting Fort Washington Park to the Hudson River Greenway in Washington Heights. [Patch]

 

• Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez, who ran East Harlem's Hot Bread Kitchen for 10 years, is stepping aside. [NY Times]

 

• Dream of opening a new restaurant? Getting unexpectedly featured on a reality cooking show–like Harlem's Cove Lounge did–sure helps grease the wheels. [Essence]

 

• A recent visit to Marjorie Eliot's Parlor Jazz led to this lovely review: "For this is what Eliot and her jazz parlor is. It’s not a curated, meticulous museum exhibit on the Harlem Renaissance and the jazz parlors of the 70s. Instead, it is jazz’s heart living and beating in her soft foot taps to the musician’s notes, and the inhales and exhales of those leaning out of their chairs, attempting to see more of what they could only hear." [The Torch]

 

• Real estate activity in Washington Heights sure is heating up. [The Real Deal, Real Estate Weekly]

 

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