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Uptown links: funding is close for East Harlem's African Burial Ground, and more

June 6, 2019


• Today it's an unused bus depot, but in the 1660s a small plot of land in East Harlem was the only place where people of African descent could be buried. Known as the Harlem African Burial Ground, it is a space the city is hoping to turn into a cultural center and memorial with the help of a nonprofit operator. (Visit the temporary exhibit inside La Marqueta, pictured above, for more information.) [The City]


• A man was caught on video burning two gay pride flags hanging outside of Alibi, Harlem's only gay bar. [CBS New York]


• Artist Tschabalala Self's textile work, opening this Sunday at MoMA PS1, is inspired by people she saw on the streets of Harlem. [T The New York Times Style Magazine]


• Hang out on W 131st between Fifth and Lenox Avenues this July and you might catch Steven Spielberg shooting his remake of "West Side Story," starring Ansel Elgort at Tony. [Page Six]


• More than 20 street banners celebrating key LGBTQ figures from the Harlem Renaissance were unveiled on June 1 to kick off World Pride Month. [The Grio]


• Who knew? Barney Greengrass, the legendary appetizing store on the Upper West Side, first opened in Harlem–on the corner of W 113th St and St. Nicholas Ave–in 1908. [T The New York Times Style Magazine]


• A new interactive map shows that those earning $30K per year can find an affordable apartment in Hamilton Heights while those making $47.5K can find affordable pads in Harlem. [Curbed NY]


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