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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

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival 2014

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival 2014

“You can tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker” – the words of jazz great Miles Davis paying homage to the forefathers of a musical movement now celebrated around the world. Sixty years after his passing, Charlie “Bird” Parker is celebrated for his contribution to modern music through rhythmically and … Continue reading

Shakespeare… the Harlem Way

Shakespeare… the Harlem Way

The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of “Romeo and Juliet,” directed by Justin Emeka, opened last night at Marcus Garvey Park. This is the company’s second season in the park, following an uproarious run of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” last summer. After attending a performance last year, I had been waiting for this summer’s play … 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

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

Reebok Junior Tennis Academy Tryouts

Reebok Junior Tennis Academy Tryouts

City Parks Foundation’s Reebok Junior Tennis Academy celebrates its 25th Anniversary of providing a free, annual scholarship training program for talented New York City junior tennis players.  The program provides free expert coaching, practice time and tournament scholarship, while the Academy helps defray the cost of tournament tennis training so that more urban youngsters have … Continue reading

Seniors Fitness Programs

Seniors Fitness Programs

City Parks Foundation welcomes all New Yorkers, 60 and over, to participate in CityParks Seniors Fitness. The Spring 2011 season of Seniors Fitness programs will begin the week of May 2, 2011, and will offer free tennis lessons, yoga instruction and fitness walking in 14 parks across the city, including new locations in Brooklyn and … Continue reading

History Hike

History Hike

Enjoy an exciting and informative hike as the parks department discusses the history of New York City’s oldest bridge, reservoir, and water tower as well as the natural history and wildlife of northern Manhattan. Date: March 12, 2011 Start time: 12:00 pm Contact phone: (212) 304-3401 Location: West 174 Street and Amsterdam Avenue (in Highbridge … Continue reading

Restoration of the 103rd Street Community Garden

The 103rd Street Community Garden (located at 105 East 103rd Street between Park and Lexington Avenues) is going through a redesign process this spring. As part of that, New York Restoration Project (NYRP) will be holding a community input meeting on Saturday, February 19th at 11:30 AM at the Mt. Sinai Center for Advanced Medicine … Continue reading

Fall Harvest in Harlem

Fall Harvest in Harlem

On a crisp Saturday morning in November, the fall colors were at their peak. I found myself in search of root vegetables and fixings for warm autumn dishes. That lead me to Marcus Garvey and Morningside Park’s Farmer’s Markets. Several vendors said  that this weekend will be the last of the season for them as … Continue reading

Canceled due to weather: Great Jazz on the Great Hill

Jimmy Heath by Kwame Brathwaite *Editor’s note: This event has been canceled* This Saturday, July 10, the organizers of Jazzmobile  will bring their annual free concert to Central Park. “Great Jazz on the Great Hill”  returns with legendary saxophonist Jimmy Heath, Latin jazz percussionist Ray Mantilla and Dion Parson’s 21st Century Band, joined by 2009 … Continue reading

A guide to barbecuing uptown on the Fourth of July

If sidewalk barbecues aren’t your thing and you prefer picnic benches and grass for your outdoor gatherings then you are in luck. Harlem and Washington Heights happen to have the most parks in Manhattan where grilling is allowed.  We’ve provided a comprehensive list of upper Manhattan parks where you are authorized to cook out this … Continue reading

St. Nicholas Park In Dialogue

Walking through St. Nicholas Park you might have noticed a series of mailboxes sprinkled across the park. They are part of a public art exhibit called “In Dialogue.” The exhibit is a collaborative project involving The West Harlem Art Fund, City College, and the Parks department. The exhibit will run from June 16 through July … Continue reading

Madagascar in Marcus Garvey Park

Young people’s slumber party and movie screening under the stars Located on Madison Ave side of Park btwn. 122nd & 124th St. Madagascar Saturday, June 26th, 8:30 pm Eric Darnell & Tom McGrath, 2005, 86 min. At New York’s Central Park Zoo, a lion, a zebra, a giraffe, and a hippo are best friends and … Continue reading

37th Annual Skyscraper Cycling Classic

Amateurs and Olympians alike will descend upon Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park on Father’s Day, June 20 to compete in the 37th annual Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic presented by Rockstar Games. Olympic Champion Walter Perez of Argentina and four-time World Champion Franco Marvulli will return to the city that inspired the Madison, their track racing specialty. … Continue reading

Be a park greeter

Parks has launched the new GREETER CORPS, a volunteer team of ambassadors to represent Parks in the community. Building on the success of the POP Greeter program and the Central Park Greeter program, volunteers will welcome patrons at entrances to parks, beaches, and playgrounds, inform patrons of available amenities and programs, gauge the public’s opinion and … Continue reading

Inwood Astronomy Programs

Saturday, May 22, 2010 8:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. This event repeats every week on Saturday between 3/20/2010 and 12/25/2010. Every Saturday (weather permitting), Northern Manhattan Parks and the Inwood Astronomy Project will offer free star and planet gazing in Inwood Hill Park. These free, family-friendly events aim to spread the joys of the evening sky, and … Continue reading

3rd Annual Street Games at Jefferson Park

Saturday, April 17, 2010 Thomas Jefferson Park 114th Street & First Avenue, Manhattan 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE EVENT On Saturday, April 17, 2010, the City of New York Parks & Recreation and the Walt Disney Company will host the 3rd annual Street Games at Thomas Jefferson Park in Harlem. Street Games brings back … Continue reading

St. Nick Park celebrates annual tree lighting ft. Tamara Tunie

The Friends of Saint Nicholas Park celebrate their annual Holiday Tree Lighting, Sunday, Dec. 6th starting at 3pm with ornament making for kids and tree lighting at 6pm! The Festival and Tree Lighting will take place at the 135th Street Plaza in St. Nicholas Park where the community will light a new permanent holiday tree donated … Continue reading

Holiday Lighting at Dana Discovery Center

Holiday Lighting Sunday, December 6, 2009 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. This year, Christmas merry-making begins with the 13th annual lighting of Central Park’s picturesque Charles A. Dana Discovery Center. Hosted by the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy and organized by the Central Park Conservancy’s Education and Public Programs Department, this event includes fun holiday … Continue reading

Inwood: The tip of Manhattan

One Foot in the Past Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times Inwood, the northernmost neighborhood in Manhattan, is a place of hills and history. Inwood Hill Park, 196 acres of tree-filled landscape, dominates the scene, and traces of Lenape Indians and Dutch settlers abound. Read more >>>

The 6th Annual Inwood Hill Haunted Forest and House

The 6th Annual Inwood Hill Haunted Forest and House Date: Saturday, October 31st Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm Location: Inwood Hill Park (218th St. & Indian Rd.) Cost: Free Check out NYC’s only natural forest on the scariest evening of all. Halloween. “The Inwood Hill Nature Center is converted into our Haunted House. Visitors will first … Continue reading

An Ice Cream Party for Dogs in Saint Nicholas Park

A free ice cream party for dogs will be sponsored by New York Tails Magazine on Saturday, September 5th from 9-11 AM.  There will also be a raffle to  raise money for the dog run committee and the usual coffee and donuts (for the dog’s two-legged friends, of course.) Please remember to bring donations for … Continue reading

Free Tours of Saint Nicholas Park

St. Nicholas Park’s gardener Jennifer Brull will be leading a tour of the Park’s current capital and planting projects Thursday, August 27th at 12pm. Tour will begin at the 135th Street Plaza. A special free tour of St. Nicholas Park given by a Park Ranger from the NYC Urban Park Rangers will take place on … Continue reading

Cinema Under the Stars

Cinema Under the Stars Wednesday, August 12: St. Nicholas Park, Harlem Film: Sex, Okra and Salted Butter @ African Night Preceded by Live Performance: Ismael Kouyate and Musicians Starting @ 7:30 PM Saturday, August 15: Great Hill, Central Park, Harlem Film: Kirikou and the Sorceress @ African Diaspora Celebration Preceded by Live Performance: Mouminatou Camara … Continue reading

King of Pop, Master of Music Video

Wednesday, July 15th, 7:30pm The Mothership Connection: Summer of Music King of Pop, Master of the Music Video: A Tribute to Michael Jackson (1958-2009) @ Marcus Garvey Park (Lawn B, northwest of the Pelham Fritz Recreation Center, btw. Mt. Morris Park West & 124th St) MASS THRILLER DANCE!! JOIN THE CELEBRATION!! 7:30pm King of the … Continue reading

The Mothership Connection: A Summer of Music

The Maysles Cinema, in partnership with Reel Harlem, is proud to announce we are officially kicking off “The Mothership Connection: A Summer of Music,” our summer long music documentary and concert film series on Wednesday, July 8th with a free outdoor screening of Parliament-Funkadelic: The Mothership Connection (1976) in Morningside Park at 7:30pm. On Thursday, … Continue reading

Free Summer Concerts in Harlem

Marcus Garvey Park 124 St. & Mt. Morris Park Thursday, August 6th: Jon B Thursday, August 13th: Joe Thursday, August 20th: Hezekiah Walker View the full schedule of concerts around the city at City Parks Foundation

Third Annual Family Day in Swindler Cove Park

Enjoy games and giveaways, live animals, arts & crafts, and family portraits New York Restoration Project kicks off the summer with the 3rd Annual Family Day Registered teams can compete in recycle relays, scavenger hunts, fishing and nature-inspired music contests with chances to win exciting prizes including 2 round-trip JetBlue tickets. Kids can boogie for … Continue reading