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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harriet Tubman wreath laying ceremony

Harriet Tubman wreath laying ceremony

The Black Women’s Leadership Caucus is laying a wreath at the feet of the statue of Harriet Tubman, this Saturday at 10am, in honor of Women’s History Month. The ceremony will last about an hour and will include a reading of an original poem by poet Dfaye Anderson titled, “The One About Harriet.”   The statue is … Continue reading

On the A with Souleo: Ben Vereen disses reality TV

On the A with Souleo: Ben Vereen disses reality TV

Legendary talent, Ben Vereen is not a happy man these days, despite outward appearances. The state of dissatisfaction was apparent during his presentation at Harlem’s City College of New York Aaron Davis Hall. Before an enthusiastic crowd he delivered a lecture on race, politics, and the status of African-Americans in Hollywood. It is this latter … Continue reading

Nectar Wine Bar makes its last call tonight

Nectar Wine Bar makes its last call tonight

The rumors swirling around the social media sites are true. Nectar wine bar is indeed closing its doors for good tomorrow night. We got the official word in our inbox late this afternoon. Many people are sad to see Harlem’s first wine bar close after only four years. If you recall, Nectar had just scored … Continue reading

Torn Asunder: Works from the Migration Series

Torn Asunder: Works from the Migration Series

(New York, NY) – Born in Harlem to immigrant parents, artist Dionis Ortiz never thought of the different aspects of his identity as mutually exclusive. But to Americans, he was Dominican. To Dominicans, he was Americano. And in the midst of that, neither group was comfortable with his attraction to African and African-American culture. In his … Continue reading

GIFT Study-A-Thon at Harlem’s Street Squash

GIFT Study-A-Thon at Harlem’s Street Squash

New York, NY – Twenty-two 16-year-old Harlem students, dressed in their blue and white school uniforms, peer out the window of their classroom to see a squash game in progress.  They’re focused not just on seeing who will become the winner of today’s squash match.  They have a much more serious goal in mind.  These … Continue reading

Panther Baby Book Signing at Columbia

Panther Baby Book Signing at Columbia

Students, guests, members of the Young Lords, and the original Black Panther Party filled the auditorium at Columbia University’s Miller Theater to listen to Professor Jamal Joseph read from his recently released book, Panther Baby, published by Algonquin Books, two Fridays ago. Joseph was interviewed by Dorian Warren, Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs … Continue reading

Harlem Arts Festival

Harlem Arts Festival

We are looking for performing and visual artists to present during a 2-day festival in June 2012 in Marcus Garvey Park. Special preference will be given to artists who are based in Harlem or artists whose word contributes to the artistic dialogue of the community.  Artists can apply by visiting our website where they will … Continue reading

From Harlem With Love Book Signing

From Harlem With Love Book Signing

Joe Holland had the best of everything growing up. He attended the same Ivy League college as his father and had the world at his feet after graduating from college. Joe decided that he would take a detour from his life’s trajectory, and move to Harlem to help change the neighborhood. From Harlem With Love … Continue reading

HAA On The A with Souleo

HAA On The A with Souleo

Uptownflavor and Harlem Arts Alliance have partnered to provide you with a weekly syndicated column called, “HAA on the A with Souleo.” “On the A” provides an update of arts, culture, and entertainment around Harlem. Welcome aboard “The A with Souleo.” For most working people, there has been at least one occasion when they’ve wanted … Continue reading

Harlem Theatre Arts Festival Opens With Magic and Empowerment on Stage: Review of POOF by Lynn Nottage

Harlem Theatre Arts Festival Opens With Magic and Empowerment on Stage: Review of POOF by Lynn Nottage

The first Harlem Theatre Arts Festival honored philanthropist Dhonna Goodale with the “Champion of Change,” Award for her work on domestic violence at the presentation of Lynn Nottage’s play, “Poof.” Pictured above (L-R) Actors Kimberlyn Crawford and C.J. Williams; District Leader Theresa Freeman; Joan H. Allen, Founder of The Harlem Theatre Arts Festival; Honoree Dhonna … Continue reading

A Taste for Seafood or Wanting Some Fish

A Taste for Seafood or Wanting Some Fish

By Lora René Tucker The Therapeutic Poet Ah, the new year! Some make resolutions and others are just resolved.  I have to admit as I offer my first contribution to Uptownflavor, that I am trying to lose weight and I am craving some fish. Recently, I have been recovering from the holidays by getting focused … Continue reading

My Image Studios under construction

My Image Studios under construction

The journey Back in 2007, I met with the developers of the Kalahari. Carlton Brown and Walter Edwards, of Full Spectrum, were extremely excited about the opening of their first green residential development in Harlem.  The development was to include space for a custom-designed, state-of-the-art movie theater, dedicated to showing independent black and Latino films. … Continue reading

A walk through black history in Harlem

A walk through black history in Harlem

Harriet Tubman Location: Saint Nicholas Avenue, West 122nd Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard (Eighth Avenue) The  Harriet Tubman sculpture, designed by Alison Saar shows stylized portraits of “anonymous passengers” of the Underground Railroad in Tubman’s skirt, some of which were inspired by West African “passport masks.” Around the granite base of the monument are bronze … Continue reading

Liberation Bookstore

Liberation Bookstore

Ms. Mulzac’s profession was selling books at Liberation Bookstore, a Harlem landmark that for four decades specialized in materials promoting black identity and black power. On one side of the front door, a sign declared, “If you don’t know, learn.” On the other: “If you know, teach.” New York Times Related articles Una Mulzac, Harlem … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Langston Hughes

Happy Birthday Langston Hughes

Happy birthday to Langston Hughes, who was born February 2, 1902.  New York Public Library posted a photo of Hughes (far left) with Charles S. Johnson, E. Franklin Frazier, Rudolph Fisher and Hubert T. Delaney, on the roof of 580 St. Nicholas Avenue, Harlem, on the occasion of a party in Hughes’ honor, 1924. The Schomburg Center … Continue reading

Eat Harlem Delivery Service

If you have been following Uptownflavor for a while, then you know we have seen many different Harlem-specific delivery services come and go.  There is Harlem to Go, Harlem Delivers, and the most recent to land on the scene is Eat Harlem. Eat Harlem launched on Thanksgiving of this year. Deborah Umunnabuike and Vincent Choi … Continue reading

Lynn Lieberman originals featured at Swing Concept

Perhaps you have seen Lynn Lieberman’s wonderful watercolors featuring local Harlem establishments at the Studio Museum, Harlem Flo, The Winery, or on DNAinfo.com. Most recently, Swing Concept Shop has turned its walls over to local artists, where 2 originals painted by Lieberman sit near the cash register. The artwork will change every quarter beginning in … Continue reading

Welcome to Harlem at the Magic Johnson Theater

Welcome to Harlem at the Magic Johnson Theater

Last month, a new full-length comedy musical film premiered to a full house for one night only at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. The original musical score, screenplay, design and production was created entirely by young artists living in Harlem. The story of these artists is the basis for the movie, which incorporates themes of … Continue reading

Renaissance has a Name: Harlem

Renaissance has a Name: Harlem

Every show has an audience. The question is does the environment make the artist, or vice versa? It is critical that my neighbors in Harlem make an effort to join this conversation, and this play is a firecracker to ignite the process. When I attended Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale last Sunday, … Continue reading

Favorite Things: Grandma’s Place

Favorite Things: Grandma’s Place

As a big kid at heart, nothing warms my heart more than the thought of a boutique toy store in Harlem. That place is Grandma’s Place. Located on West 120th Street, right around the corner from Settepani’s on Lenox Avenue, a small world of childhood wonder exists. Grandma, also known as Dawn Harris-Martine, is a … Continue reading

New Disney Playground and 103rd Street Community Garden Restoration

New Disney Playground and 103rd Street Community Garden Restoration

By: Tahnia Belle On May 19th, as part of the ongoing restoration of the 103rd Street Community Garden, about 200 community volunteers, New York Restoration Project (NYRP) staff, Disney VoluntEARS and KaBOOM! organizers came together to build a playground and children’s garden. One of the notable aspects of this collaboration project is that not only … Continue reading