Update on ‘Victory’ Beyond Sims by Vinnie Bagwell on Museum Mile in East Harlem

      Those who have been watching the empty pedestal on Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, formerly holding the statue of J. Marion Sims, will be pleased to hear that there was an update at a recent CB11 meeting, with artist Vinnie Bagwell and Department of Cultural Affairs, David Mandel, presenting illustrations and answering […]

Dates Set for East Harlem Open Studio Tour ~ April 22-23

      Over the years, we’ve trekked all over the five boroughs viewing works created by artists living and working Uptown. On Saturday, April 22nd and Sunday, April 23rd, local artists will be opening their studio doors for an East Harlem Open Studios Tour from 1:00 to 6:00pm ~ a chance for the public […]

As Part of 50th Anniversary, CENTRO Presents ‘Ida y Vuelta: Experiencias de la migración en el arte puertorriqueño contemporáneo’ at Hunter East Harlem Gallery

       The Center for Puerto Rican Studies (CENTRO) in partnership with Hunter College East Harlem Gallery, has announced the opening of the exhibition, Ida y Vuelta: Experiencias de la migración en el arte puertorriqueño contemporáneo (Arrivals and Departures: Migration Experiences in Contemporary Puerto Rican Art), from March 30th, 2023 through September 30th. The […]

‘Reuben Sinha: Breathing Without Fear’ to be Installed in Marcus Garvey Park in East Harlem

      Heads-up for all who love watching the installation of outdoor art sculptures ~ on the heals of the deinstallation of  ‘Thomas J. Price: Witness,’ last week, Breathing Without Fear by Art Lives Here artist-member Reuben Sinha will be installed on Sunday, October 16th from 1:00 ~ 4:00pm as a celebration of public art […]

Summer Streets 2022 Returns with Extended Car-Free Park Avenue from Brooklyn Bridge to East Harlem!

      NYC DOT Summer Streets 2022 will return for its 14th edition, extending the fun and free activities from Centre Street, Lafayette Street, and Park Avenue from the Brooklyn Bridge to East 109th Street in East Harlem! The nearly two-mile expansion of the Summer Streets program was announced by the Mayors office on July […]

Task Force Update on Historic Site of African Burial Ground in East Harlem at CB11 Meeting in May, 2022

      In the summer of 2017, the Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force unveiled ten presentation boards in the lobby of the State Office Building on West 125th Street. The boards told an incredible story of a burial ground located on East 126th Street, under the current bus depot, with history dating back […]

One East Harlem to be Home to Local Non-Profits including CCCADI

      The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) announced the signing of a 49-year lease at the organization’s newest location, where they will continue to foster space for cultural equity and racial and social justice in New York City’s arts and culture community. Located at One East Harlem, 201 East 125th Street, […]

10-Story Mixed-Use Building to Rise at 1638 Park Ave at 116th Street in East Harlem

      Yimby gave a glimpse into the future of the empty lot located on the corner of Park Avenue and 116th Street, announcing that permits have been filed for a ten-story mixed-use building with affordable housing at 1638 Park Avenue. The lot is one block west of the 116 Street subway station, serviced […]

Naomi Lawrence: Flowers of Turtle Island Arrive in East Harlem

      We knew there had to be a story behind an installation named ‘Flowers of Turtle Island‘, and so it is that artist, Naomi Lawrence, created her large-scale floral installation based on the folkloric tales told by the Lenape and other tribes of indigenous Americans, passed down verbally from generation to generation. Flowers […]

Miguel Luciano: Cemi-Libre Block Party Celebration & Exhibition in East Harlem

      The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Civic Practice Partnership Artist-in-Residence, Miguel Luciano, is having a party and we’re all invited! The block party is a celebration of his new exhibition, on view at Hope Community Inc.’s Galeria del Barrio, and it is also a celebration of the culmination of Luciano’s there-year residency at […]

It’s Back! The Annual Giglio Festival 2021 in East Harlem Scheduled for August 5th ~ 8th

      It’s back! The Giglio Society of East Harlem announced this week that the annual celebration will take place this from August 5-8, with a free Freestyle music concert on Friday night, and a Children’s Giglio lift on Saturday, followed by a Sausage & Peppers Eating Contest sponsored by Premio Sausage ~ and […]

Uptown Grand Central Unveils Blocks of Canvas Fencing ~ Continuing The Uptown Grandscale II Mural Project in East Harlem, 2021

      The Uptown Grandscale Mural Project is back!  Uptown Grand Central unveiled canvas fencing extending all the way to Third Avenue, kicking-off the opening of our City with color and fun. In this second edition of Uptown Grandscale, murals were painted by more than 100 artists in May, June and July, with a […]

#NYPhil Bandwagon 2 Coming to Marcus Garvey Park East Harlem, May 14-16

      Save the Dates! The New York Philharmonic’s NYPhilBandwagon2 will be popping up in Marcus Garvey Park, East Harlem from May 14-16. Three days of concerts in the park along Madison Avenue from 123rd to 124th Streets. This event is part of a series of four weekend-long festivals across New York City in May.

New York Society of Women Artists: Women on the Edge of Time @ Taller Boricua, East Harlem

      Taller Boricua kicked-off 2021 with the online exhibition, Women on the Edge of Time, featuring a collection of art by members from the prestigious and long-standing New York arts organization, New York Society of Women Artists (NYSWA). The exhibit went live, online, during Women’s History Month in March, with 36 member artists […]

Plans for the East 125th Street Apple Bank Building + Adjacent Lot Unfolding ~ East Harlem

      Real Estate Week reported that MADD Equities is moving forward with a new Harlem development, after closing on a $15 million loan for the acquisition of the final site ~ with the entire lot encompassing 124 – 132 East 125th Street, which includes the old Apple Bank building. Demolition expected in 2022, with […]

Omo Sade Skin Care Moves to Madison Ave in East Harlem

Love the new location for one of our favorite East Harlem small businesses ~ Omo Sade Skincare. Moving from Lexington Avenue near 126th Street, we spotted the shops new location at 1974 Madison Avenue, corner of 126th Street, on the ground floor. Yes, they are open with an appointment. We have followed Omo Sade from […]

Concrete Safaris Brings East Harlem Youth Photo Expo 2020 Virtual!

Concrete Safaris has curated its first virtual gallery, “Youth Photo Expo 2020,” opening on December 1, 2020, and running through December 31. Along with the photos captured by Concrete Safaris’ students, the virtual exhibition will feature videos, testimonials by the young photographers, and a store with merchandise featuring the images available for purchase. You can […]

Carmen Herrera Mural Unveiled in East Harlem

      The much anticipated Carmen Herrera designed mural, Uno Dos Tres, was unveiled today (November 5, 2020) in East Harlem’s JHS99, which houses semi-autonomous ‘mini-schools.’  Through the spring and summer of 2020, the artist worked with the nonprofit Publicolor to install the 54-foot wide by 17-foot tall artwork, which was meant to be […]

It’s Halloween at East Harlem Open Streets! October 31st

Uptown Grand Central, Councilmember Diana Ayana & East Harlem Partners are hosting Halloween in two locations this year, putting plenty of social distancing between all the ghouls and goblins! Register for this Free event, with all the details for this fun, Grab-And-Go family friendly Halloween. Saturday, October 31st from 2:00 to 6:00pm at either Pleasant […]

MTA’s Second Avenue Subway in East Harlem Moving Forward & Beyond!

      In anticipation of Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway, an MTA community information center with rotating exhibits is open to the public on East 125th Street, steps from the MTA Metro North Station, and halfway between the #2/3 and #4/5/6. The New York Post reported on October 23, 2023 that the […]

Open Streets ~ East Harlem through October 2020

As we all navigate through the trials and tribulations of COVID-19 and social distancing, a very cool activity has emerged ~ Open Streets. Each weekend, some of our favorite restaurants open from Friday through Sunday, outdoor seating and eating, sidewalk chalking, board games and much more is happening on the car-free streets of East Harlem. […]

East Harlem Clean-Up Day ~ October 3rd

  Join the community clean-up with Uptown Grand Central in partnership with two local businesses, Jam + Rico and Fonda Boricua + Blkk Saturday. Gloves, masks and trash bags will be provided and Blkk Saturday will have free T-shirts for volunteers. Meet up on Saturday, October 3rd at 11am at Fonda, 169 East 106th Street […]

MOJO Mousse Bar in East Harlem Reopened!

Grand RE-Opening Week  7 days a week from 10am – 6pm Tuesday Sept 29th – “National Coffee Day” we are hosting “Chameleon Cold Brew” that will be giving away free samples of their specialty coffees all day. Wednesday Sept 30th – Launch of our new fall flavor: Pumpkin Spice Milk Chocolate Mousse with Dulce de […]

Gourmet Bistro, Amuse Bouche Located in the Historic La Marqueta Market, East Harlem

      Oh, how New Yorkers enjoyed the gourmet bistro, Amuse Bouche, when they opened their doors in the historic East Harlem La Marqueta Market last year. It quickly became a go-to place for a wide selection of tempting treats, fresh baked goods, sumptuous prepared meals, finely brewed coffees and teas ~ and a […]

Open Streets in East Harlem! 101st Street & Lexington Avenue

Finally!  Open Streets opening in East Harlem. Each weekend through Labor Day, some of your favorite restaurants will open on East 101st Street and Lexington Avenue every Friday from 4-8pm; Saturdays & Sundays from Noon to 8pm. Restaurants include Joy Burger Bar, Lexington Pizza Parlor, Burritos y Mas, Au Ju BBQ, Chu Ros Thai, Pro […]

…..and the Winner is ~ Community Board 11 East Harlem

Hot off the press from our Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer ~ Every quarter since July 1, 2019, Manhattan Community Boards are rewarded for their quarter-upon-quarter growth in recycling rates. CBs with the highest rates of growth earn cash awards from Pratt Industries– which runs New York City’s only recycling plant– to be donated to […]

Virtual Cash Mob East Harlem ~ April 19th

Since the pandemic, over 40 businesses in East Harlem have closed and over 100 people furloughed. This past few years, East Harlem businesses and locals have been brought together by Metro Hope’s Cash Mob ~ a chance for neighbors to meet and support their small business owners and meet new neighbors, spending $10-$15 at a targeted […]

A Carmen Herrera Design Mural to be created in East Harlem School

The much anticipated Carmen Herrera designed mural, Uno Dos Tres, was unveiled today (November 5, 2020) in East Harlem’s JHS99, which houses semi-autonomous ‘mini-schools.’  Through the spring and summer of 2020, the artist worked with the nonprofit Publicolor to install the 54-foot wide by 17-foot tall artwork, which was meant to be installed last May […]

Mojo Chocolate Mousse Bar Opens on 100th Street in East Harlem

East 100th Street, well-known by photographers who followed in Bruce Davidson’s footsteps, and lovers of the Hamburger, is now the home to East Harlem’s first chocolate mousse bar ~ Mojo. The shop specializes in artisanal chocolate mousse, crafted in small batches, in Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate and Hazelnut Praline. Curious? Here’s what a Belgian Mousse […]

Food Truck Coming to East Harlem

Brooklyn-based organization Drive Change is partnering with the CUNY School of Public Health and Uptown Grand Central to bring one of its trucks to East Harlem, according to Uptown Grand Central’s newsletter. The business development group did not say exactly where Drive Change will base its location in the neighborhood. Read more on Patch.   […]

East Harlem’s ‘Harlem Fresh’ takes over ‘Wild Olive’

Update August 15, 2020 ~ Renovated & Reopened today. East Harlem residents living along the 125th Street corridor have truly suffered the loss of one of the few markets within walking distance when The Wild Olive changed hands in late 2019. After months of closed-door renovations, we noticed a new awning with a new name […]

East Harlem ~ Black Hebrew Israelite Leaders Sentenced to Prison

Jermaine Grant, leader of the East Harlem-based Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ, and the organization’s treasurer, Lincoln Warrington, were sentenced to prison on tax fraud scheme on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. Grant received an 18-month sentence, and Warrington was sentenced to a year. Read more……                 […]

Make Music Winter Festival in East Harlem ~ December 21st

Join in on the Holiday fun when Make Music NY Winter comes to East Harlem. The festive event will take place on Saturday, December 21st from 4:00-10:00pm. Performing musicians include Antoinette Montague, quintessential journeyman Patience Higgins on sax, Mingus Big Band member Frank Lacy on trombone, and the versatile Eddie Allen on trumpet. The band […]