Raphael Benavides is the new GM of Operations at Corner Social

Raphael Benavides is the new GM of Operations at Corner Social

Corner Social has brought Raphael Benavides on board as the new General Manager of Operations as they work to stay competitive in an ever growing market of Harlem hot spots. Mr. Benavides has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry and is an authority on running successful businesses in Harlem. Mr. Benavides opened Ricardo … Continue reading

The Tempest storms through Harlem

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 past three years and I hope to see next summer’s production. I have absolutely loved everything I have seen with the company thus far and … Continue reading

Unselfish: Love thy neighbor as thy selfie

Unselfish: Love thy neighbor as thy selfie

Originally posted on Dee Dot Bell:
In a world filled with doom and gloom it can be hard to keep your head above the constant barrage of negatively. There are times when I have to sign off of my Facebook feed and turn off the TV so I won’t drown in the deluge of bad…

Beyond the Lights Advanced Screening

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 something special. We have FREE tickets to see an advanced screening of Beyond the Lights on November 6th at the Magic Johnson Theater! The film … Continue reading

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival 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 movement now celebrated around the world. Sixty years after his passing, Charlie “Bird” Parker is celebrated for his contribution to modern music through rhythmically and … Continue reading

Free Passes to see When the Game Stands Tall

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 free passes to see When the Game Stand Tall at the Magic Johnson Theater on Thursday, August 14, 2014. Doors open at 7 PM but you … Continue reading

What the H!

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 at the corner of 125th street and 12th avenue.  The ‘H’ in Harlem is the largest public art installation in the History of Harlem, measured at … Continue reading

Who’s Culture is it Anyway?

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 requirements, the political and complicated nature of the subject matter, and because the play poses a question that most people find difficult to answer: what … Continue reading

‘The Women of Sugar Hill’

‘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 Saturday July 19th and July 26th, from 4-6 pm.  The Women of Sugar Hill will feature musical legend Ms. Marjorie Eliot, known in the uptown … Continue reading

Shakespeare… the Harlem Way

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, following an uproarious run of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” last summer. After attending a performance last year, I had been waiting for this summer’s play … Continue reading

Romeo N Juliet by The Classical Theater of Harlem

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, in Marcus Garvey Park.  Romeo N Juliet, directed by Justin Emeka who edited and adapted the timeless tragedy to bring colorful characters of Harlem to … Continue reading

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 360 is a collaboration of Bel Esprit and Fashions Finest, offering media, press, buyers, and fashion professionals the opportunity to discover independent and emerging designers … Continue reading

Holler if you Hear Me on Broadway

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 the time that Tupac took his place in the world of rap. So when I heard that there was a Broadway play based on his … Continue reading

Bowery Mission’s Newest Location is in Harlem

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 to the Women’s Centers, now offering a home to 23 women in crisis who need help rebuilding their lives.  It has taken two years, and … Continue reading

Harlem Vintners

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 the gap between sophisticated wine enjoyment and adult beverage options at outdoor events.  The guys at Harlem Vintners want you to enjoy wine anywhere and … Continue reading

Harlem eats on the streets

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 of Frederick Douglass Blvd. between W. 117th and 118th Streets. Can’t decide where to brunch?  Keep your options open and enjoy an eclectic sampling of … Continue reading

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

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 palate for flavor with his on-the-spot concoction of Hennessy and yuzu fruit.  The second annual Battle of the Bars invited neighborhood restaurants and bars throughout … Continue reading

Ethnic Festival on May 17 is venue for Local Culture

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 Avenues from 11am to 5pm. The street will be filled with vendors, food from around the world, arts and crafts activities, a petting zoo, and … Continue reading

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 streets of Harlem is a unique experience.  Brownstones  stand strong and powerful, with the stories  of music, art, and culture as much a part of … Continue reading

Siblings spice up BLVD Bistro

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 to Harlem on March 15 as a joint project between siblings Joi and Carlos Swepson. By adding a few small touches, the pair turned a … Continue reading

Holistic Gem in East Harlem

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, to inquire about their services and found the space to be inviting and peaceful. The spa’s business card boasts “an urban oasis in the heart … Continue reading

Harlem Haberdashery comes to Lenox Avenue

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 clothing company, and shifts in the entertainment business. We will post the interview in a separate post, but first we wanted to share exclusive first … Continue reading

Chester Gregory Discusses Being Brown on the Great White Way

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 of Tony-award winner Lillias White (“Fela” and “Chicago”) and Chester Gregory (“Dreamgirls” and “Sister Act”) performing songs that were made famous by black entertainers on … Continue reading

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 poetry are ladled into the story and blend seamlessly with the characters millennial speech patters, with poems emerging briefly like a whale peeking through ocean … Continue reading

Harlem Haberdashery’s Mural on Lenox

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 Woods, one of the owners of the new store, and more photos of the construction taking place inside. Harlem Haberdashery is slated to open in … Continue reading

TEDxHarlem Creates Waves in Harlem

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 lowered the admission cost from $100 to $20 for general admission and $100 for VIP which includes a luncheon. Critics have charged the organizers with … Continue reading

Harriet Tubman Didn’t Take None

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 -by Eloise Greenfield The Black Women’s Leadership Caucus commemorated the life and legacy of Harriet Ross Tubman, by laying a wreath at the feet of … Continue reading

Armory Week at The African Burial Ground

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 Week 2012. The site of the projection was in Lower Manhattan at the African Burial Ground, National Monument. The Omo Valley people have lived in … Continue reading

Les Ambassades opens a Bar & Restaurant

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 business to sustain them, or perhaps they wanted to shift with the changing tide.  Perhaps it was the B letter grade they received at their … Continue reading

Editor’s Note: Springing into Action 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, but the reality is that my email box is full of ’starred’ items that I want to post to the site and there are countless … Continue reading

What’s Up with Lenox Wines

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 been closed for quite a few weeks now. While passing the store on Friday, I noticed a sign in the window. Apparently, the owners are … Continue reading

Armory Week West Harlem Art Fund Wine Tasting at Lot 125

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 variety of Argentinian wines. In attendance were local artists, including  Scherezade Garcia, sculptor and installation artist, that displayed her multimedia presentation at the African Burial … Continue reading

Outdoors: Harlem Art Park

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 of the main attractions of the East Harlem Art Park is “Growth,” an engaging 15-foot-high red sculpture located in the center of the park. Artist … Continue reading

Peter Woytuk sculpture exhibit along Broadway.

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 Department and The Morrison Gallery. It starts at Columbus Circle with the monumental “Elephant Pair,” located within the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District, which plants … Continue reading

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

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 one such iconic figure in “Betty’s Story: A Tribute to Betty Davis.” The event, which was held at the Apollo Music Café, attempted to conjure … Continue reading

The Harlem Treasure Chest Flea Market

The Harlem Treasure Chest Flea Market

We missed the grand opening of Harlem’s new flea market last week, but fortunately happened to be in the area around The Harlem Treasure Chest on Sunday. The dirt and gravel lot was full of vendors, but had very few customers in the middle of the afternoon on a spring-like day. Perhaps people still don’t … Continue reading