Matthew Whitaker Celebrates Release of New Album ‘Connection’ at Harlem Stage on September 25th

      Jazz prodigy Matthew Whitaker will be celebrating the release of his new album, Connection, with a live concert at Harlem Stage on Saturday, September 25th at 7:30pm! Whitaker’s new album not only communicates his growth as a player, composer, and bandleader but also the importance of community and the connections it fosters. […]

‘Thomas J. Price: Witness’ an inHarlem Installation in Marcus Garvey Park by Studio Museum in Harlem

    The Studio Museum in Harlem announced its fall programming, kicking-off the season with Thomas J. Price: Witness, the artist’s first solo museum presentation in the United States. As part of the Studio Museum’s ongoing inHarlem initiative, the nine-foot-tall bronze sculpture entitled The Distance Within (2021) will depict a young Black man looking down […]

The Harlem Arts Stroll is Back with Two Dates in September

      Dust off your walking shoes! The Harlem Arts Stroll, produced by Calabar Gallery, is back with two strolls during the month of September. The strolls will take you from 110th Street to 155th Street ~ do part of it; do all of it.

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 […]

Chef Pinky Cole & Her ‘Slutty Vegan’ in Harlem for One-Day ~ August 11th ~ at Shake Shack Harlem During Harlem Week.

      As part of Shake Shack’s collab series Now Serving, Shake Shack’s culinary team has joined forces with restaurateur Pinky Cole and her Slutty Vegan team to create a one-of-a-kind, limited-time menu item for a good cause: the SluttyShack. The vegan burger will be available in limited quantities on Wednesday, August 11 at […]

Concrete Safaris Hits the Streets in East Harlem Beginning this Weekend!

      Concrete Safaris in East Harlem is hitting the streets this month with three dates for kids to save. Friday, August 6th and Friday, August 13th, get ready for Youth Host Jungle Gym 2021; On Friday, August 13th explore the Youth Host Photo Expo and Streetscape Garden Tour.

The Apollo Celebrates ‘Harlem Week’ with Free Panel Discussion about Harlem’s Own Luke Cage

      On Saturday, August 14 at 11am ET, the Apollo Theater will celebrate HARLEM WEEK and Free Comic Book Day, the largest annual comic book event, with an exploration of Harlem-based superhero, Luke Cage. This free virtual panel of comic creators and television producers illuminates Luke Cage’s rise from the comic book page […]

Celebrate Art Kane Harlem 1958 Place ~ a Co-Street Naming on August 12th

      Update ~ This event has been cancelled for August 12th due to safety precautions related to the heat index. As we approach August, and the return of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Summerstage, and Jazzmobile’s Summerfest, ~ Uptown Grand Central and Jazzmobile announced the August 12th commemorative street co-naming of East 126th Street […]

Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2021 Harlem Entrepreneurial Micro-Grant Initiative!

      Today, the Apollo, in collaboration with 125th Street Business Improvement District (BID) and the Harlem Commonwealth Council (HCC), announced the recipients of the Harlem Entrepreneurial Micro-Grant Initiative, a $20,000 program created to provide support to small and independent Harlem businesses affected by COVID-19. Following last year’s successful launch of the program, this […]

Logan Hicks: Tunnel Vision comes to East Harlem

      The largest stenciled mural in the world was completed this week by (who else would you expect to do it?) artist, Logan Hicks, located within the East River Plaza complex on 117th Street in East Harlem. How cool is that! “This started with a vision of going beyond making just a mural. […]

Julio Valdez: I Can’t Breathe unveiled at Harlem’s Collyer Brothers Park

      A dialogue began last year, serious and thoughtful discussion ensued, and artists have continued the conversation. Here, alongside a small pocket-park on 128th Street in Harlem, artist Julio Valdez unveiled his installation this week entitled ‘I Can’t Breathe.‘ The installation is just a few blocked away from last year’s colorful ‘Black Lives […]

The Incredible History Behind The Collyer Brothers Park in Harlem

      Here’s a piece of old New York for you ~ The Collyer brothers – Homer, born in 1881 and his brother Langley, born in 1885. They were the children of an eccentric gynecologist and a former opera singer. The family moved to a four-story brownstone, located at 2078 Fifth Avenue in 1909, […]

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 […]

Capucine Bourcart: Plastic Fantastic! Arrives in Harlem Art Park

      Harlem Art Park unveiled its latest temporary public art installation, Plastic Fantastic! With a kaleidoscope of color, artist Capucine Bourcart encourages the viewer to evaluate their own environmental footprint. The large-scale installation measures over 66-feet wide and 7-feet high, demonstrating the abundance of single use plastics and its impact on our public […]

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 […]

It’s Time for Jazzmobile Summerfest 2021 + Classical Theatre of Harlem!

    We were thrilled to hear that Jazzmobile’s Summerfest 2021 announced their calendar of musical events. Below are a few from the lineup on the website that caught our eye.

Poster House Celebrates Pride Month with Harlem’s Alibi Lounge ~ ‘Everyone Needs An Alibi’

      In honor of Pride month, Poster House is thrilled to partner with Alibi Lounge in Harlem, one of the last Black-owned gay bars in NYC, for an evening of cocktails & design activities that are sure to delight!

Uptown Night Market Harlem ~ September 9th

      Everyone loves a Night Market, and due to the overwhelming success of the Bronx Night Market, MASC Hospitality is sharing the love ~ with Harlem. The Uptown Night Market will be held on the Second Thursday of each month from July through November, from 4:00pm to 10:00pm under the Riverside Drive Viaduct […]

The Ginjan Cafe’ in the Historic Harlem Corn Exchange Building

    In 2019, Mohammed and Ibrahima Diallo ~ also known as the Ginjan Brothers opened the popular Ginjan Cafe’ in the historic Corn Exchange Building in East Harlem. Opening early every day, they were the place to go for your morning coffee/cappuccino, pastries and Crepes. You may also know them from their popular cold-pressed […]

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 […]

National Black Theatre Teams up with ‘Ray’ to Create ‘Ray Harlem’ on National Black Theatre Way

      When the National Black Theatre announced its intention to develop its current site, concerns about the interior (and exterior) artistic treasurers were of great concern. The property, which was purchased by the Theatre’s founder, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer in 1969, houses the largest collection of Nigerian New Sacred Art in the Western […]

#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.

Elan Cadiz brings the SCAFFOLD Project to Kente Royal Gallery, Harlem

      As New Yorkers begin to step out, it’s worth reflecting on the year behind us, and what we latched on to, and kept us sane, while we were ‘at home.’ It was during the pandemic that we first learned of artist Elan Cadiz and the Scaffold Project ~ exploring equality and tolerance in […]

NYC Parks Celebrates $5.6 Million Investment in Two Harlem Parks

      NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, yesterday joined elected officials and community members to officially cut the ribbon on improvements to playgrounds at Morningside Park and Thomas Jefferson Park in Harlem. The projects are two of more than 800 completed under Commissioner Silver’s leadership, advancing the City’s mission to build a […]

NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Designates the New York Public Library Harlem Branch an Individual Landmark

    This week, NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the Harlem Branch of the New York Public Library an Individual Landmark.

NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Designated Harlem’s Dorrance Brooks Square a Historic District

      As we approach the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance, the proposed Dorrance Brooks Square Historic District would recognize this neighborhood’s significant association with notable African Americans in the fields of politics, literature, healthcare, and education during the Harlem Renaissance from the early 1920s to the 1940s. The proposed district consists of […]

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 […]

Anti-Litter Campaign Kicks-Off in Morningside Park, Harlem on April 2, 2021

      NYC Parks will kick-off the Anti-Litter campaign by hosting its first “Love Your Park” pop-up event ~ a new facet of the Anti-Litter campaign in 2021. NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, will join staff to clean the park and educate the public on the importance of doing their part to […]

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 […]

Zaq Landsberg: Reclining Liberty in Morningside Park, Harlem

      Sculpture artist Zaq Landsberg created and presented the illustrations for this piece during the last administration, prior to COVID-19 and our citywide shutdown. It was inspired by Buddhist imagery, and meant to depict our iconic American landmark, weary, reclining, and asking the question ~ “what stage of America are we in.” COVID-19 […]

‘Love Letters for Harlem,’ a Photography Exhibition to Benefit The Harlem Community Relief Fund at Claire Oliver Gallery

    Claire Oliver Gallery is pleased to present Love Letters for Harlem, an exhibition of photographs by John Pinderhughes, Ruben Natal SanMiguel, Jeffrey Henson Scales and Shawn Walker. Love Letters for Harlem showcases the talents of these four Harlem-based photographers and their work that celebrates the lives and culture of Harlem. A portion of the […]

The Timely Exhibition ‘At Home’ Opens at Living with Art Salon in the Mt Morris Historic District of Harlem

      Living with Art Salon opened its doors to three  diverse women in the arts, Elan Cadiz, Giannina Gutierrez and Leah Poller. The exhibition, At Home, explores how we live at home, as a family ~ as neighbors, as friends, as lovers ~ looking back on your dad’s favorite chair growing up, waking […]

Don’t Miss Harlem’s Heaven Hats on NBC TV + the March issue of Vogue!

Update ~ Due to the impeachment trial, the NBC TV airing will be rescheduled for next week. Date/Time to follow. Evetta Petty has been a busy lady! On the heals of Harlem’s Heaven Hats in a pop-up in Bryant Park through February 14th, (you still have time), Ms. Petty is readying herself for a television […]

Greater Harlem Unite: Next Generation Candidates Forum Series ~ Mayoral Part 1, February 9th

We noticed this heads-up on a Forum on candidates for Mayor from the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance. Sign up to receive the Zoom link for Zoom forum to be held on Tuesday, February 9th at 7:00pm.                                

The Cliffs in Harlem to Open in February 2021

The 15,000 square-foot,, state-of-the-art bouldering facility ~ The Cliffs ~ will open its doors to Members on February 12, 2021 and open to the public on February 13, 2021. The Cliffs in Harlem is located at 256 West 125th Street. Read more…..            

Harlem’s Heaven Hat at Bryant Park from Jan 25th ~ Feb 14th

Harlem’s Heaven Hats will be popping up at Bryant Park beginning Monday, January 25, 2021 and will in the Park through Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14, 2021! The Pop-Up will be open everyday from 11am to 8pm, in the Park at West 41st Street near Sixth Avenue, NYC. #WinterVillage #BryantPark Harlem’s Heaven Hats     […]

2021 Silicon Harlem Virtual Meetup ~ January 20, 2021

Silicon Harlem is excited to announce our new partnership with Bolster to provide access to career-enhancing opportunities in the form of Boards of Directors and on-demand leadership roles with the high-growth, VC-backed tech companies in their network. This event, 2021 Optimism and Enthusiasm, a Silicon Harlem Tech Virtual Meetup will take place on Wednesday, January […]

Martin Luther King Day ~ a Day of Service in East Harlem, January 16th

Announced by Uptown Grand Central today, this Saturday, January 16, in recognition of Martin Luther King Day, we’re teaming up with Each One Teach One, Kickskonneissuers, The Roundtable and a whole host of others to serve East 125th Street with warm winter coats and other clothing. Got a coat to drop off before the day-of? Gently […]

Harlem and the Kamoinge Workshop ~ February 3rd

  As part of The Whitney Museum of American Art current exhibition, Working Together: The Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop, the online event, Harlem and the Kamoinge Workshop, The Whitney will hold a number of online events including Harlem and the Kamoinge Workshop on February 3rd. This exhibition at The Whitney is on view to March […]

Permits Filed for Franciscan Handmaids of Mary Motherhouse, 15 West 124th Street in Harlem

      Overlooking Marcus Garvey Park, at 15 West 124th Street, stands an 18,000+ square-foot, brick building that had been the home to the Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary ~ the nation’s oldest order of black nuns.  In 2016, the Order celebrated its 100th Anniversary and year of service 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 […]

Trader Joe’s to Open in Harlem in 2023!

    The 28,000 square-foot Trader Joe’s is scheduled to open on the lower level of the upcoming Urban League Empowerment Center, which will be located at 121 West 125th Street, at Lenox Avenue in Harlem in 2023.                                

NYC Parks Dept Cuts the Ribbon on Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson Playground in Harlem

      NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, joined Assembly member Al Taylor, Manhattan Deputy Borough President Matthew Washington, Community Board 10 Chair Cicely Harris, President & CEO of Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement Malcolm Punter, and community members this week to cut the ribbon on the reconstruction of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson Playground […]

Revolution Books Harlem ~ New December Days/Hours

Revolution Books posts new days and hours during the month of December. Shop in-store, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2:00pm to 7:00pm or shop online. Revolution Books is located at 437 Malcolm X Blvd at 132nd Street in Harlem. AFineLyne Harlem Maps and Harlem Map Tote Bags now for sale in their gift […]

harlem is… Launches New Website!

For twenty years, Community Works/New Heritage Theatre Group has celebrated 100 years of Harlem’s cultural history through the harlem is….public art exhibitions, programming, and school and community partnerships. This month, they announced the launching of the harlem is… website, the new digital home for the harlem is… exhibitions, virtual events, and educational activities devoted to […]

100 Years of Harlem Community History ~ harlem is… a Project of Community Works and New Heritage Theatre Group

      For twenty years, Community Works/New Heritage Theatre Group has celebrated 100 years of Harlem’s cultural history through the harlem is…. public art exhibitions, programming, and school and community partnerships. This month, they announced the launching of the harlem is… website, the new digital home for the harlem is… exhibitions, virtual events, and […]

The 1st Annual People’s Tree Lighting at Harlem Art Park ~ December 6th!

Be sure to wear your Ugliest Sweater ~ and a Face Mask. See you at Harlem Art Park, East 120th Street and Sylvan Place between Lexington and Third Avenues in El Barrio. Follow Friends of Art Park Alliance for Updates.