East Harlem International Film Festival 2011

The East Harlem International Film Festival is bringing the hottest filmmaking from around the world to East Harlem, a diverse, passionate and culturally rich neighborhood. The East Harlem International Film Festival will feature 30 films over  5-days : June 1st to June 5th 2011 throughout East Harlem in cultural venues including  Poet’s Den Theater, Museo Del Barrio, and the Museum […]

Mount Morris Park Community Association Monthly Meeting

Tonight Mount Morris Park will be having its monthly meeting to discuss the annual Father’s Day Skyscraper Classic Bike Race around Marcus Garvey Park next month and its annual House and Garden Tour also taking place next month. A newly proposed restaurant, The PInk Heifer, plans to open on Lenox Avenue. Attendees will have an opportunity […]

Daniel Beaty’s ‘Tearing Down the Walls’ Sings of Harlem’s Challenges and Hope

As a proud Harlem resident, I considered it a privilege to be witness to the triumph of Daniel Beaty’s latest work, “Tearing Down the Walls,” now playing at the Riverside Theatre through May 29th. To attend this world premiere musical about Harlem is to take part in a community forum, where the audience’s reaction and […]

Gang Education Clinic

Along with the District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Assemblyman Keith Wright will be hosting the First Annual Gang Education Clinic in Harlem on May 19th, 2011 on the 8th Floor of the Harlem State Office Building (163 West 125th Street in New York City) from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Invited panelists include members and leadership […]

La Perle Noire is Now Island Salad II

We just received some exciting (yet sad) news.  First the bad news: My favorite cafe, La Perle Noire, is closed for good. The good news is that it is reopening as Island Salad II. Johnny, the owner of La Perle Noire, confirmed the closing saying that he has been so busy with his work in […]

Le Femme Suite Anniversary Extravaganza

Harlem’s first pole fitness and spa services studio will be celebrating its one-year anniversary on Friday May 13, 2011 from 7:00 pm-12:00 am. It is a ladies only event and will be an evening of food tasting, wine, LFS signature drinks, trivia, prizes, giveaways and performances by LFS instructors. Le Femme Suite offers clients a sensual […]

Harlem School of the Arts Raises the Bar

Last month, from April 9-16, the Harlem School of the Arts Theater Department presented “Flyin’ West” written by Pearl Cleage and directed by HAS faculty member, Willie Teacher. Set in Nicodemus, Kansas in 1898, the play follows the lives of African-American homesteaders in the American West. Immersed in the rapidly changing and cataclysmic landscape of […]

Fresh Flavor: Brunch at Nectar Wine Bar

Have you ever wished that your favorite wine bar in Harlem served brunch? So have we. Our wish has finally come true! Nectar is celebrating its third successful year of educating Harlem’s wine drinkers and providing a sophisticated space to sip and savor a delicious glass of vino close to home. There will be lots […]

Sidewalk cafes on 125th Street

With all of the talk about about new sidewalk cafe licenses being issued on Frederick Douglass Boulevard (Nectar and Bier International) one of our readers sent us information about a fight for sidewalk cafes on 125th Street.  As we all know Harlem’s main corridor is busy enough as it is without the addition of sidewalk […]

Spirit of Community at Dwyer

The spirit of Harlem is Resounding, Magnetic, and Eternal. Spirit of Community features specially commissioned works in photography, mural, sculpture, and video chronicling the sights, sounds, colors, textures, cadences, and people of Harlem. Contemporary artists, living and working in Harlem, lend their imagination and innovation to capture the pulse and rhythm that have kept Harlem […]

Why is the Dunbar in foreclosure, again?

One thing about blogging over several years is being able to gain perspective about situations. I’ve always had a fascination with the Dunbar Apartments. It is a unique and slightly imposing garden apartment complex that skirts the edge of Harlem. The history of the complex’s troubles are documented here. Yet, the past twenty years have […]

Starbucks gives back to West Harlem & Morningside Heights

Starbucks Celebrates Global Month of Service events in West Harlem & Morningside Heights on Saturday April 23, 9AM-3PM. The event will kick-off at PS 180 Hugo Newman College Preparatory School, 370 West 120 Street. This spring, Starbucks is making a bold commitment and inviting New Yorkers to make a difference in their own backyard as part of Starbucks Global […]

UPTOWN Magazine’s Gourmet Issue

UPTOWN Magazine kicks April off with its annual Gourmet Issue. Renowned star chef Marcus Samuelsson of Top Chef Masters fame and wife, model Gate Maya Haile, cover this month’s issue. Lauded as a culinary great, most recently honored with hosting President Barack Obama’s DNC Fundraiser at restaurant Red Rooster Harlem, the celebrated chef talks to UPTOWN about his […]

An Evening of Women and Excellence in Harlem

By: Gigi LaBelle In honor of Women’s History Month, Harlem’s Riverside Church Theatre hosted an Evening of Excellence with Women in the Arts.  The event highlighted the incredible journeys of world-renowned artists and entertainers such as Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (founder of Urban Bush Women), Carol Maillard (co-founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock), Ntozake […]

Gertrude Jeannette can certainly hack it

If you know Ms. J. (as she is affectionately called by her beloved H.A.D.L.E.Y Players) then you know she most certainly can hack it. If you are like most, your first encounter with Ms. J. was very much like the one she describes in  New York Daily News article about her. She is one of […]

Sprayground and Graffiti Artist Cope2 Launch New Line of Backpacks at Atmos NYC

By Gigi LaBelle Ok 80’s babies if you grew up in NYC, do you remember riding graffiti covered subway trains?  I remember being so enamored with the bright colors and distinctive tags.  Did you ever  wonder how the artists managed to tag entire trains in paint, AND get away with it?  Back then graffiti was […]

Bad Horse Pizza saddles up for its opening weekend

The tables, chairs, and bar are all set up and ready to greet the first customers that come through the door on Friday. The kitchen staff, many hired through New York Business Solutions on 125th Street, are prepping the ingredients for this weekend’s ‘soft’ opening of Bad Horse Pizza. As the opening date grows nearer […]

Revisit: The progress of Harlem’s Renny Ballroom

For quite a few years Uptownflavor has been following the progress (or lack thereof) of the old dilapidated Renaissance Ballroom that extends an entire city block along Lenox. Here is a short slideshow of photos that we have taken of the once lively dance hall. Others have also taken note of the slow progression of […]

Recap: Harlem Fine Arts Show 2011

Last weekend I was fortunate to attend the Opening Gala Reception for the Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS) benefiting the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention here in Harlem. The event was a brilliant display of one of the largest collections of African American art in the nation, featuring artists from across the […]

What’s New in Harlem

If we look at the businesses along the lower end of Frederick Douglass Blvd. we might get the impression that Harlem’s economy is booming! This year has ushered in a few new businesses to fill the empty storefronts along Harlem’s main condo thoroughfare. Lido is a new Italian eatery that replaces the short lived Frizzante. Lido […]

The game of musical storefronts continues: B.Oyama Moves

A game of real estate roulette is happening all over Harlem. First we noticed that Sade Skincare moved into Pollen Nation’s old shop and now B. Oyama has moved into Montgomery’s old shop on Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. Montgomery had been at the uptown location since 2003 when it relocated from SoHo. We aren’t […]

Harlem Stage events in March

FILM/DISCUSSION Wednesday, March 9 HARLEM STAGE ON SCREEN PRESENTS: SONIA SANCHEZ: SHAKE LOOSE MEMORIES by Jamal Joseph 7:30 pm at Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue (at West. 135th St.) Tickets: $10 at http://www.HarlemStage.org or 212.281.9240, ext. 19 or 20 A rebel and revolutionist in his own right, Jamal Joseph is a filmmaker that has stirred […]

The Business Formerly known as: Uptown Grand changes its name to Panache

It first appeared on the uptown scene as a high-end seafood restaurant named Pier 2110.  It later found new life when Joe Holland resurrected it as Gospel Uptown. A few months later the name was changed to Uptown Grand. Now in yet another twist of fate, it is Panache Supper Club. What’s going on?  Well, Holland […]

Boutique shoe store closed and owner charged with assault

Rashidah Ali has closed the Harlem branch of her shoe store, Bourgeoisie Shoes, after being charged with felony assault back in January. Originally thought to have “clawed” the face of a bouncer in a SoHo club where she and friends were celebrating in the VIP section, the bouncer is now claiming that Ali used a razor […]

Pathmark Gospel Choir Competition: Harlem Wins

On Sunday, Pathmark invited top gospel choirs to perform on the legendary stage of the World Famous Apollo Theater in celebration of Black History Month. The Pathmark Gospel Choir Competition of Harlem treated local residents and their families to a free, song-filled Sunday, as choirs from across the Northeast went head-to-head with Metro New York’s best for […]

Uptown’s Dirty Little Secrets Exposed

This week we’ve posted about two Harlem restaurants with a history of health code violations that have recently closed. Last week amNY posted an article that zip code 10026 in Morningside Heights/West Harlem has the highest percentage of violations in the city. Ten of the 50 restaurants in that ZIP code inspected by the health […]

Re-Read: Baldwin’s Creative Process

Black and Latino Literary Salon: Re-read: James Baldwin’s “The Creative Process” The Studio Museum in Harlem Thursday, February 17, 2011 7:00 PM Re-Read is a new program series at the Studio Museum designed to re-engage classic and/or previously published texts. In tandem with WNYC‘s signature Literary Salon and New York University’s multi-site conference event James […]

Making Dollar Cabs Legal

Part of living uptown and in the outer boroughs is the reality that yellow cabs aren’t always your first option when it comes to getting around. You may have heard about the Mayor’s proposal to establish a new category of livery cars that can make on-street pickups outside of Manhattan just like yellow cabs do. […]

Is East Harlem blighted

The New York Times featured a story about a strip of Harlem businesses that the city is trying to condemn. Deja Vu?  If this turns out anything like it did with West Harlem vs. Columbia, we already know the outcome. Read all the dirty details: New York Times Photo by Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times […]