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SummerStage arrives uptown: Interview with Erika Elliott

This week kicks off the Summer Stage performances in Marcus Garvey Park, starting tonight August 11 with Rakim. I had the opportunity to interview Erika Elliott, City Parks Foundation’s Artistic … Continue reading


Tito Nieves shines at the East River Ampitheater; SummerStage moves uptown

A stellar performance by Tito Nieves last night kicked off a week of performances at the East River Park, as presented by Summer Stage. This summer marks SummerStage’s 30th Anniversary. Earlier … Continue reading


The Tempest storms through Harlem

This summer’s uptown iteration of Shakespeare in the Park brought The Tempest to the island of Hispaniola. I have attended the Classical Theatre of Harlem’s summer Shakespeare productions for the … Continue reading

July 24, 2015

Unselfish: Love thy neighbor as thy selfie

Originally posted on Life in a Post Harlem Renaissance:
In a world filled with doom and gloom it can be hard to keep your head above the constant barrage of…

June 15, 2015

Beyond the Lights Advanced Screening

Hey Uptownflavor family! I know it has been a while since we have posted here but if you follow our Facebook account you know that we have been promising you … Continue reading

November 2, 2014

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival 2014

“You can tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker” – the words of jazz great Miles Davis paying homage to the forefathers of a musical … Continue reading

August 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Free Passes to see When the Game Stands Tall

Hey football fans! Great News! Uptownflavor has partnered with Sony Pictures to offer a special treat just for you! Because you are a loyal reader of our website You can receive … Continue reading

August 9, 2014

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August 6, 2014

What the H!

Harlem nights are lit up, thanks to a two year project that has come to fruition in the form of an illuminated giant “H” suspended from the Riverside Drive Viaduct … Continue reading

July 29, 2014

Who’s Culture is it Anyway?

A Review of the Potomac Theatre Project’s production of David Edgar’s Pentecost, Directed by Cheryl Farina David Edgar’s play, Pentecost is rarely produced because of its large and ethnically diverse casting … Continue reading

July 16, 2014

‘The Women of Sugar Hill’

Experience a unique live music and art event being held at the Sugar Hill Building.  Running for three consecutive weekends, you still have time to catch this incredible collaboration on … Continue reading

July 15, 2014

Shakespeare… the Harlem Way

The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of “Romeo and Juliet,” directed by Justin Emeka, opened last night at Marcus Garvey Park. This is the company’s second season in the park, … Continue reading

July 6, 2014

Romeo N Juliet by The Classical Theater of Harlem

The Classical Theater of Harlem, (CTH), has their own version of Shakespeare in the Park.  This summer everyone’s favorite star crossed lovers take the stage at the Richard Rodger’s Amphitheater, … Continue reading

July 4, 2014

Moda 360: A Revolution of Fashion Fusion

Moda 360 premiers this Monday, June 30th and July 1st, for a two day event at The Carriage House Center for the Arts, located at 149 East 38th street.  Moda … Continue reading

June 29, 2014

Holler if you Hear Me on Broadway

Last weekend two of the things that are near and dear to my heart melded together: Broadway and the music of Tupac Shakur. You see, I entered my adulthood during … Continue reading

June 26, 2014

Bowery Mission’s Newest Location is in Harlem

The Bowery Mission Women’s Center has opened its second location in Manhattan on a quiet street in Harlem.  On Thursday, June 12, a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrated the newest addition … Continue reading

June 24, 2014

Harlem Vintners

“Liberate wine from a glass!” says the company’s co-founder Matt Dollar.  Maenad – Wine in a Can, is a business venture by three men who saw an opportunity to bridge … Continue reading

June 19, 2014

Harlem eats on the streets

By Margaret Johnson for Uptownflavor Some of New York’s best food truck vendors have found a new parking spot.  Harlem Eats presents an uptown street food market on the corner … Continue reading

May 26, 2014

And the winner of the Uptown Battle of the Bars is…

It’s official! Jonathan Franco of La Bodega 47 has earned the title of  Best Uptown Bartender.  He impressed a panel of judges with an eye for flair and a discerning … Continue reading

May 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

Ethnic Festival on May 17 is venue for Local Culture

This upcoming Saturday, Union Settlement, one of East Harlem’s oldest and largest social service agencies, will host its 22nd Annual Ethnic Festival on East 104th Street, between Second and Third … Continue reading

May 14, 2014

Jazzed! The Changing Beat of 125th Street

Harlem and jazz are intertwined with one another, the influence of the music created during the Harlem Renaissance is a lesson in American history.   To walk the wide, tree-shaded … Continue reading

May 14, 2014

Siblings spice up BLVD Bistro

By Sarah Kuras for Uptownflavor What happens when you mix southern-style cooking, two siblings, and an old café? BLVD in Harlem, of course. This renovated and remixed restaurant reintroduced itself … Continue reading

May 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

Bryonn Bain’s Lyrics from Lockdown Incredible True Story of Being Wrongly Incarcerated

Bryonn Bain’s amazingly true story needs to be told. Wrongly accused of a crime he didn’t commit due to a frightening combination of mistaken identity and racism, Lyrics From Lockdown … Continue reading

July 27, 2012

Holistic Gem in East Harlem

Strolling through East Harlemlast week I came across a charming spa tucked away on 103rd Street. Curious, as I had not noticed it before, I went in Soluna Holistic Spa, … Continue reading

June 27, 2012

Harlem Haberdashery comes to Lenox Avenue

Uptownflavor had a chance to sit down with Shay Woods, one of the co-owners of 5001 Flavors and Harlem Haberdashery to discuss the new store, long-time clients of their  custom … Continue reading

April 2, 2012

Chester Gregory Discusses Being Brown on the Great White Way

The Great White Way was given a dose of black magic this past week during the Apollo Music Café’s “Black Magic: A Broadway Cabaret.” The evening featured the stellar talents … Continue reading

March 28, 2012

Review: Children of a Future Age-Young Theater Artists Shine

The spirit of William Blake could very well be called the fourth character in this three-hander production of Knud Adams’ sophisticated Children of a Future Age. Doses of thick symbolic … Continue reading

March 27, 2012

Harlem Haberdashery’s Mural on Lenox

Uptownflavor had a chance to get a sneak peek at the forthcoming Harlem Haberdashery coming to 245 Lenox Avenue between 122nd and 123rd.  Check back for our conversation with Shay … Continue reading

March 26, 2012

TEDxHarlem Creates Waves in Harlem

After a controversial article appeared on website, DNAinfo accusing the TEDxHarlem Conference of being “elitist,” organizers quickly scrambled to move the venue from the Apollo Theater to Riverside Church and … Continue reading

March 26, 2012

Harriet Tubman Didn’t Take None

Harriet Tubman didn’t take no stuff Wasn’t scared of nothing neither Didn’t come in this world to be no slave And didn’t stay one either And didn’t stay one either … Continue reading

March 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

Armory Week at The African Burial Ground

The West Harlem Art Fund teamed up with artist Scherezade Garcia to create a special digital installation in honor of the Omo Valley people of Southwest Ethiopia for Armory Arts … Continue reading

March 26, 2012

Les Ambassades opens a Bar & Restaurant

Around this time last year, Les Ambassades (also known as Patisserie Des Ambassades) opened a second location called Ambassades Buffet above 125th Street on Lenox. Perhaps there was not enough … Continue reading

March 26, 2012 · 1 Comment

Lenox Social open for business

Lenox Social quietly opened up last week with limited hours and great reviews on Yelp! Lenox Social 321 Lenox Ave (between 126th St & 127th St) New York, NY 10027 … Continue reading

March 26, 2012

Editor’s Note: Springing into Action 2012

I originally wrote this post back in 2009 and it still stands today. I’m behind. No ifs, and, or buts about it. I steal time to post what I can, … Continue reading

March 25, 2012

What’s Up with Lenox Wines

Someone recently inquired via Twitter or Facebook what’s up with Lenox Wines. Since we are often in the area, we kept a close eye on the four-year-old store which has … Continue reading

March 25, 2012 · 3 Comments

Armory Week West Harlem Art Fund Wine Tasting at Lot 125

The West Harlem Art Fund hosted an evening of wine tasting at Lot 125 in Harlem for Armory Week. The wines tasted were Seven Sisters from South African and a … Continue reading

March 24, 2012

Outdoors: Harlem Art Park

East Harlem Art Park is located at the corner of East 120th Street and Sylvan Place. The peaceful park area is nestled between the Harlem Courthouse and Casabe Houses. One … Continue reading

March 24, 2012

Peter Woytuk sculpture exhibit along Broadway.

Have you checked out the public exhibition of 18 sculpture compositions by Peter Woytuk on Broadway? The exhibit was organized by the Broadway Mall Association in conjunction with the Parks … Continue reading

March 24, 2012

On the A with Souleo: Did hip hop kill the funk

There are few things more powerful than strong, fierce, and bold women of color that challenge the status quo. This past weekend, independent artist and entrepreneur, Nucomme, paid homage to … Continue reading

March 20, 2012

3 Things you need to know about the inaugural Harlem Arts Festival

Harlem is going through another renaissance. Whether it’s prime real estate, good food or arts & culture that you’re looking for, you no longer have to leave the neighborhood to … Continue reading

March 13, 2012

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