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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 get it.  To celebrate this revitalization and to capture the energy and essence of what’s going on Uptown, a group of local residents have created […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Look out Starbucks, a new cafe comes to Harlem

A few months ago my coworker and I were walking back from Chill Berry discussing the closing of Le Perle Noire Cafe and the opening of Island Salad on Lenox. As we strolled down 129th Street off of Lenox, we spotted what appeared to be a cafe under construction. Fast forward to the middle of […]

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 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 […]

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, […]

Experience Harlem presents Oktoberfest Bar & Restaurant Crawl

Drink. Eat. Mingle. Tuesday, October 25 6:00-10:00 pm Tickets: Exclusive drink and food discounts $20 at the door 2-for-1 in advance* To purchase tickets: A portion of each purchase will be donated to Food Bank NYC to benefit food kitchens in Harlem. Featuring: Nectar Wine Bar 6-7pm hummingbird happy hour $6 wines & Complimentary […]

Classical Theatre of Harlem and Hip Hop Theatre Festival present SEED, a Love Letter to Harlem

If you see one show this season, go see SEED. If you are a Harlem resident, you have absolutely no excuse not to see it. The show is playing at the National Black Theatre on 126th and 5th Ave right across the street from Applebees. This new play by Radha Blank is produced by the […]

UF invites you to a free screening of Thundersoul

You and a guest are invited to a free screening of THUNDER SOUL on Thursday, September 8th at 7pm in Harlem courtesy of Uptownflavor.  To receive a pass, go to Passes available while supplies last. Presented by Jamie Foxx, Thunder Soul follows the extraordinary alumni from Houston’s storied Kashmere High School Stage Band, who […]

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 […]