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UC Recap- July 6 – July 11

By Led Black

July 6 – July 11

Kismat Restaurant (603 Fort Washington Ave) has been serving some seriously delicious Indian cuisine in Washington Heights for over 3 decades. Well, guess what? They now have an outpost in Harlem. Clove Harlem is located at 1592 Amsterdam Avenue at 139th Street, directly in front of the City College campus. Just like its predecessor, Clove Harlem is belting out delectable Indian food with simply outstanding service and attention. On my first visit there with the wife we shared the vegetable samosas and the mixed grill with an order of garlic naan. Everything we ate was out-of-this-world good. My mouth is watering just writing about it. Do yourself a favor and check them out post-haste. You can thank me later.

Speaking of good eats, have you been to Harlem Shake yet? Located in the heart of Harlem, on the corner of 124th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard, Harlem Shake is the place to go for scrumptious burgers, fries and shakes. They also boast a nice selection of beer and wine. By the way, Harlem Shake is accepting applications for its annual Miss Harlem Shake competition. The winner receives $500 bucks for themselves, a $1000 for their favorite local charity as well as free burgers for a year. You have until July 15th to apply.

Our newest contributor, Sour Indyka, waxed poetic on her love of Washington Heights in the appropriately titled When did you fall in love? The über talented emcee Glory recently released his latest banger, Dear Lord I Pray.

Mark your calendars, folks. El Museo del Barrio and the Museum of the City of New York present the second edition of Uptown Bounce: Summer Nights @ 104 & Fifth starting on July 22nd. Uptown Bounce is a FREE joint series featuring musical performances; gallery talks, art-making workshops, renowned DJs, festive summer drinks, local food vendors, and more. What this means in essence is 4 weeks in a row of art, culture and fun for the entire family for free.

This coming Friday, July 17th, make your way to the Rio III Gallery at the Sugar Hill Building (898 St Nicholas Avenue, 9th Fl. (@ 155th Street) for a special live art and music experience, featuring the musical talents of jazz legend Ms. Marjorie Eliot, and the inspired paintings of award-winning visual artist Andrea Arroyo.

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Led Black
The Uptown Collective

The UC’s mission is to become “the” definitive, transformative and community-based force impacting the arts, culture, business and New York City’s overall perception of Upper Manhattan. Its objective is to reset, reboot and positively redefine Uptown’s artistic, political, cultural and business spheres via the online space as well the collective’s initiatives and functions.

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