National Black Theatre, ArtBridge, Ray & LMXD Unveil 500-Foot-Long Public Art Exhibition in Harlem with Artist, Xenobia Bailey

      The National Black Theatre, in partnership with ArtBridge, RAY, and LMXD, is pleased to announce Steal Away, a public art exhibition created by renowned artist Xenobia Bailey. This 500-foot long exhibition is installed on the construction fencing surrounding the future home of the longest-running Black theater in New York City. In addition to NBT’s multi-floor space, […]

The Met to Unveil Groundbreaking Exhibition ‘The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism’ in early 2024

      In February 2024, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will present the groundbreaking exhibition The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism. Through some 160 works, it will explore the comprehensive and far-reaching ways in which Black artists portrayed everyday modern life in the new Black cities that took shape in the 1920s–40s in New […]

NYCEDC + HABG Initiative Announce Next Phase of Archaeological Work at Harlem African Burial Ground

      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 […]

HarlemStage Celebrates 40 Years ~ 1983-2023 With Anniversary Season

      Celebrating four decades, the joy has been in the journey, as HarlemStage continues its mission to perpetuate and celebrate the unique and diverse artistic legacy of Harlem and the indelible impression it has made on American culture. They are proud to have provided opportunity, commissioning, and support for visionary artists of color, […]

‘Elizabeth Knowles & Eric David Laxman: Pond Blossoms’ + ‘Simon Rigg: Watching Over You’ in Morningside Park, Harlem

      Two whimsical and wonderful sculptures appeared in and around the pond in Morningside Park in June. ‘Pond Blossoms‘, (featured above), works by Elizabeth Knowles and Eric David Laxman are in the water; and ‘Watching Over You’ by sculptor artist Simon Rigg sits on a tiny patch of land in the pond.

Get Ready for a Little Trashion Fashion ~ at The Dwyer in Harlem August 8th

      It’s a Movement with a focus on our environment ~ Trashion Fashion ~ a whimsical and fun way to create everything from art, jewelry and fashion by way of upcycling what was historically thrown in the garbage heap. Next Up ~ August 8th

The Harlem Chamber Players Celebrate 15th Anniversary with Concert June 9th at Miller Theatre, Columbia University

      The Harlem Chamber Players (Founding Executive and Artistic Director Liz Player) will mark its 15th Anniversary and Black Music Month with a musical extravaganza Harlem Songfest II, celebrating Black opera singers and the music of Black composers, including women, on Friday, June 9, at 7 p.m. at Miller Theatre at Columbia University (2960 […]

Artists on Artists, Studio Museum in Harlem Celebrates the Historic Smokehouse Associates ~ August 5, 2023

        The Studio Museum in Harlem presents the culminating event in celebration of the Smokehouse Associates publication. Join The Studio Museum in Harlem in Harlem Art Park, the site of one of the Smokehouse Associates’ first painted walls, for a multimedia program featuring sonia louise davis, David L. Johnson, and Shamel Pitts. Through […]

Reuben Sinha + Joanne Dugan in Pop-Up for The Harlem Artists Residency & Community Arts Opening May 7th

      Popping Up at the entrance to Harlem, an exhibition, workshops and music will fill an empty storefront at 301 West 110th Street (enter on Frederick Douglass Boulevard in the old Subway Shop). Opening May 7th and on view throughout the month.

The 2023 Harlem International Film Festival To Take Place May 18-28th

      The 18th edition of the Harlem International Film Festival is coming and we recently received the lineup. Taking place at AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 Theaters from May 18th to the 28th, it will open up with Blow Up My Life and Paris Is In Harlem on May 18th, and the world […]

2023 International Lindy Hop Championships in May at Alhambra Ballroom, Harlem

      During Memorial Day Weekend 2023 (May 25–29), an estimated 1,000 swing dance and jazz music enthusiasts will gather in New York City’s historic Harlem neighborhood to “Celebrate Lindy Hop where it all began!” with the World Finals of the 2023 International Lindy Hop Championships.

MASC Hospitality Group Welcomes Back 2023 Season of Uptown Night Market and Harlem Bazaar

      MASC Hospitality Group announced dates for the seasonal Uptown Night Market, with June reschedule to June 15th due to air quality concerns.

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 […]

Lee Lee’s Baked Goods in Harlem Celebrates National Rugelach Day!

      This year, National Rugelach Day will be celebrated on Saturday, April 29th. We will be celebrating with The King of Rugelach, Alvin Lee Smalls ~ also known and loved as Mr. Lee, owner of Lee Lee’s Baked Goods in Harlem. It also happens to be Mr. Lee’s 81st Birthday!

Getting Ready for Summer 2023, Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem is in the News

      Sitting in on the recent CB 11 meeting, Jana La Sorte, the Administrator of Historic Harlem Parks, gave an update on a plethora of good news happening in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. The Park, which runs from 120th Street to 124th Street, and from Madison Avenue to Mount Morris Park West, […]

The Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification & the Struggle Over Harlem ~ a Virtual Conversation on March 21st

      With its gleaming shopping centers and refurbished row houses, today’s Harlem bears little resemblance to the neighborhood of the midcentury urban crisis. In The Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification and the Struggle over Harlem, first published in 2017 by Harvard University Press, Brian D. Goldstein traces Harlem’s Second Renaissance to a surprising […]

Harlem Fine Arts Show Celebrates 15th Anniversary with Exhibition at The Glasshouse in Chelsea

      The Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS) is the largest traveling African Diasporic art show in the United States. Inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, HFAS provides a platform for African Diasporic artists and American visual artists to exhibit and sell their works. This three-day event serves as an economic platform for the multicultural, […]

Harlem Grown Announces $1.3M Mellon Foundation Grant to Support Programs in Marcus Garvey Park

      If you take Fifth Avenue Uptown, You will have a pleasant pause at 120th Street, where you will be greeted by an entrance to Marcus Garvey Park ~ Harlem to the West and East Harlem to the East. The Park spans from 120th Street to 124th Street, and from Mt. Morris Park West […]

NYCEDC Reimagines Harlem Mart 125 ~ Take the Survey & Share Your Vision

      Mart 125 opened in 1986 as an indoor market providing local street vendors with an opportunity to be part of a brick-and-mortar, working rain or shine. Located at 252 West 125th Street, across the street from the legendary Apollo Theater and Victoria Theatre, it was an incubator for Black Owned Businesses selling […]

Harlem’s 186 Lenox Avenue ~ its Slow Path to Demolition

      Over the years, Harlemites watched the streetscapes on either side of Lenox Avenue between 119th and 120th Streets, with the hope that the owners had a view toward lovingly restoring these treasured buildings. Built in the early 1900s, the buildings on the west side of the street attracted businesses, owners of townhomes […]

Kevin Quiles Bonilla & Zaq Landsberg Unveil ‘For Centuries, and Still… (anticipated completion) in Harlem Art Park for 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Maria

      Save the Date, Sunday, July 30, 2023 from 1-3, for a collective poster-making learnshop with Kevin Quiles Bonilla and Zaq Landsberg in Harlem Art Park. Save the Date, Saturday, May 20, 2023 from 1-2pm, meet the artists. The Event, “Afternoon Tertulia: Harlem Art Park” is part of Centro 50. This is a […]

‘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 […]

Harlem is……Healing Kicks-Off Harlem Week with Outdoor Exhibit Celebrating Heroes of the Pandemic

      A larger-than-life outdoor public art exhibit is opening on August 12 on St. Nicholas Avenue between 120thand 121st Streets as part of the continuing Harlem is . . . Healing campaign by Community Works and New Heritage Theatre Group and in partnership with the NYC Department of Transportation’s Art Program. The installation has been extended to May […]

CCCADI Announces Date for the Annual AFRIBEMBÉ FESTIVAL: Sankofa to be Held in Harlem Art Park ~ August 13th

       The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), in partnership with the Friends of Harlem Art Park Alliance (FAPA), is hosting its 4th annual AFRIBEMBÉ FESTIVAL: Sankofa! on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. The free, daylong celebration of Pan-African artistry, intellectuality, and musicality will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at […]

The East Harlem Giglio Society Prepares to Celebrate The Feast of the Giglio 2022

      The Giglio Society of East Harlem will hold its annual event from Thursday, August 4th through Sunday, August 7th. Established in East Harlem in 1908 by Italian immigrants from the town of Brusciano, Italy, this is a tradition that has been carried out in what use to be known as Italian Harlem.

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 […]

New Homemade Pasta & Pastry Shop opens on Lenox Ave in Harlem ~ Pastitalia!

      The wait is over……the much anticipated Pastitalia Harlem opened to the public on Tuesday, July 5th. Located at 264 Lenox Avenue between 123rd/124th Streets, Pastitalia will serve a variety of coffees, pastry, salad and homemade pastas to go, with limited seating under an umbrella on the front patio.

The Harlem Chamber Players Present ‘The Ordering of Moses’ at Riverside Church during Juneteenth 2022

      Having been on pause since the pandemic, Liz Player (Founding Executive and Artistic Director, Harlem Chamber Players) is pleased to announce the rare NYC performance of Harlem Renaissance composer Nathaniel Dett’s (1882-1943) masterpiece oratorio The Ordering of Moses.  During the weekend of Juneteenth, the concert will be presented June 17th for one […]

NYC Parks’ Monuments Conservation Program Launches 25th Season beginning in Harlem with Richard Hunt’s ‘Harlem Hybrid’

      As the 25th season of NYC Parks’ Citywide Monuments Conservation Program (CMCP) commences, a team of skilled conservators and trainees have started making the rounds to clean, recoat and treat several major monuments throughout the five boroughs. On Friday, this year’s three new seasonal apprentices worked with staff using ladders and a […]

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair 2022 at Historic Harlem Parish, May 19-22

      1-95 Contemporary African Art Fair 2022 returned to New York from Friday, May 20th through Sunday, May 22nd, with a VIP Opening Reception on Thursday, May 19th. The annual Event will be held at the historic Harlem Parish, 258 West 118th Street, NYC.

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 […]

Human Connection Arts to Host ‘Sugar Hill Arts Festival’ in Harlem on May 6th

      Next up for Human Connection Arts ~ Sugar Hill Arts Festival on May 6th, 2023 from 9:00am ~ 5:00pm in Jackie Robinson Park, Harlem, NYC. Enjoy a day of live canvas painting by a dozen talented local and international artists along with chalk art and music throughout the day. July 23rd, is a […]

The Annual East Harlem Street Games Set for Saturday, April 30, 2022

      NYC Parks celebrated its 13th annual Street Games in Thomas Jefferson Park on Saturday, April 30, 2022.! This FREE family-friendly event featured classic games, including double dutch, pogo sticks, hula hoops, a boxcar derby, and more.

MASC Hospitality Group Brings The Harlem Bazaar to The Plaza at State Office Building on 125th Street with a Season Finale on October 21st!

      MASC Hospitality Group, producers of the Uptown Night Market and the Bronx Night Market are proud to announce their most ambitious project yet, Harlem Bazaar. The brand new monthly series aims to bring creativity, originality, and pizazz to the neighborhood; by showcasing NYC’s visionaries, creators, inventors, and artists all in one inclusive space. Patrons can expect […]

The Apollo + New Black Fest present 18 Short Plays to Reflect on Harlem Renaissance, Past & Present, Live & In-Person, April 22-25

      This month marks the launch of New Black Fest at the Apollo, a festival celebrating contemporary Black playwrights from across the nation. On April 22, 23, and 25 at 7pm, audiences will have the opportunity to see original works by 18 playwrights, each commissioned by the Apollo and New Black Fest co-founder […]

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, […]

Christie’s Presents 100 Years of Harlem: Resonating Around the World

      Christie’s is pleased to present its first collaborative exhibition and silent auction to benefit City College Center for the Arts (CCCA) entitled 100 YEARS OF HARLEM: Resonating Around the World. The exhibit celebrates Harlem as teacher and muse for diverse artists across time, with works by visual artists from Harlem and across […]

ArtCrawl Harlem: ‘Fire & Soul’ Presents the Group Exhibition ‘We’re Still Harlem’ at Heath Gallery

      Harlem’s vibrant history and influence stretches far beyond the five boroughs. The music, art, culture, social life, food, fashion, politics and businesses that have originated in Harlem have had a profound impact on the world stage for generations. This is the magic of Harlem –it’s Fire & Soul. Even when the world […]

BET + 125th St BID + The Apollo Theater Accepting Applications for Harlem Entrepreneurs Microgrant Initiative

      BET, a subsidiary of Paramount Global, announced today that the Harlem Entrepreneurial Microgrant Initiative, a $100,000 program created to provide support to small Harlem businesses in partnership with the 125th Street Business Improvement District (BID) and the Apollo Theater, will be accepting applications as of March 1, 2022 until March 31, 2022. Established […]

‘African/American: Making the Nation’s Table’ to Open at The Africa Center in Harlem

      The Africa Center and Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) will kick-off Black History Month  with the opening of African/American: Making the Nation’s Table. This exhibition will highlight the many ways African culture has influenced African American Cuisine, and how those traditions have blended to create the foundation for American food.

Kicking-Off the New Year at NAMA ~ The New Amsterdam Musical Association in Harlem

      Founded in 1904, the New Amsterdam Musical Association (NAMA) is the oldest African-American musical organization in the country. It was founded at a time when the musicians union didn’t admit minority musicians, and the law stated that one had to be in the union in order to perform in New York City!

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 […]

The Harlem Night Market Returns to the Historic La Marqueta!

      From tamales to coquito, sorrel to sweet potato pie: The Harlem Night Market at La Marqueta is back for the 2021 holiday season, to celebrate the diversity of cultures that make up East, Central and West Harlem.  Launched to great success two years ago, the market was suspended last season due to […]

East Harlem’s ‘Harlem Fresh’ to Reopen After Renovation in January, 2022

      After the loss of Serengeti Tea and Rite Aid on 125th Street, we were sorry to see all the empty shelves at Harlem Fresh, suspecting the worst ~ But delighted to hear that the market will close in late November for a complete renovation, to reopen in January, 2022.

Renaissance Women by artist Alice Mizrachi unveiled in Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem

      Marcus Garvey Park has a plethora of art over this past few months, with the installation of Susan Stair: Ascending the Mountain and Thomas J. Price: Witness,  added to the park’s weekly music and dance. Now, we look forward to the unveiling of Alice Mizrachi: Renaissance Women, an abstract, figurative sculpture that honors […]

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 […]

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 […]