On a crisp autumnal afternoon, I have finally found the time and resolve to type a long overdue note to the dedicated readers of Uptownflavor. As many of you know, Uptownflavor has been an ongoing labor of love dedicated to the people of Harlem. Over the years, the site has taken many twists and turns. Writers have come and gone, templates and layouts have changed, but one thing has remained the same: Our mission to provide Harlem with positive, uplifting information about the ever-changing community. Harlem continues to grow in ways that I could never would have imagined 10 years ago.
While I don’t get the chance to attend as many openings and events as I would like, I did push myself to attend a couple of nice events in the neighborhood recently. The Thursday before last, Experience Harlem hosted the first ever Harlem Restaurant and Bar Crawl. Restaurants along Frederick Douglass Blvd. and Native on Lenox Avenue, offered half off food and drink discounts to participants who purchased a wrist band in advance. Kudos and high fives to Angie Hancock of Experience Harlem who pulled this event off without a hitch! It was a huge success in the sense that each of the participating locations were packed beyond capacity and that ‘crawlers’ really seemed to be enjoying themselves. There were literally people spilling out onto the streets from each of the locations that took part in the event. Fortunately, it was a deliciously warm October night that was ideal for an evening stroll up and down the avenue.
Last week, Harlem’s own Faith Ringgold celebrated her 80th birthday with a benefit to launch The Sugar Hill Development and Faith Ringgold Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling at Shephard’s Great Hall, City College of New York. Ringgold grew up in Harlem and went on to become an educator before winning the prestigious Caldecott Medal for her children’s book Tar Beach. The night entailed cocktails, remarks, and was closed out by a performance by youngsters from Broadway Housing Communities. The illustrious former mayor of New York, David Dinkins was in attendance to show his support for Ms. Ringgold and to send his congratulations.
Finally, we’d like to thank Ayun Halliday for including UPTOWNflavor as a resource in the newly published “THE ZINESTER’S GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY” and Ksenia Galouchko of The Uptowner for using us as a source in a couple of recent articles.
Have a great week!