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 […]

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church on Lenox Avenue in Harlem in Restoration Mode

      Churches in Harlem and East Harlem have been very much in the news, due to declining membership and deteriorating buildings, and numerous sales of these properties. And so, when a reader told us that the historic bells were recently removed from St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Harlem, we were more than curious […]

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh: Stop Telling Women to Smile……..on Lenox Avenue in Harlem

      New York City Department of Cultural Affairs announced four new public artists-in-residence (PAIR). We spotted the work of one of them on Lenox Avenue at 125th Street in Harlem. Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, a Brooklyn-based street artist and painter whose street art project Stop Telling Women to Smile tackles gender-based street harassment. Her work […]

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 […]

Cleaning up After Vandalized Artworks on Lenox Ave ~ Harlem

It was all hands on deck Sunday, March 1st on Lenox Avenue at 125th Street for a major cleanup effort, restoring the artwork, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh: Stop Telling Women to Smile installed by NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Spearheaded by Connie Lee, President of Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and Director of Public Art Initiative, what seemed […]

Le Petit Parisien ~ on Lenox Ave, Harlem

We heard Le Petit Parisien, a wonderful East Village cafe’, opened a second location in Harlem, and couldn’t wait to check out. The tiny shop is chock-filled with charm  and a delicious menu from soups and quiches to so many sandwiches, salads, and pastries. (They Deliver). We admit, we’re late in finding this new, and […]

Indian Summer Opens on Lenox Ave in Harlem

  Now open three weeks, Indian Summer, traditional Indian cuisine, opened in what was the Blvd Bistro space on Lenox Avenue. They are open for lunch and dinner, with a special lunch buffet on Saturday and Sunday. If you just can’t stay to eat, they have a Takeout Box as a lunch special for $10. […]

St. Martin’s on Lenox Ave entering a Restoration

Churches in Harlem and East Harlem have been very much in the news, due to declining membership and deteriorating buildings, and numerous sales of these properties. And so, when a reader told us that the historic bells were recently removed from St. Martin’s Episcopal Churchin Harlem, we were more than curious ~ and delighted to […]

Stop Telling Women to Smile ~ Lenox Ave at 125th Street

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, a Brooklyn-based street artist and painter whose street art project Stop Telling Women to Smile tackles gender-based street harassment. Her work can be found on walls from New York to Paris, Los Angeles to Mexico City, and right here…….                            

Wells Fargo Bank to Open at Lenox Lounge Site in Harlem

Real Estate Weekly announced that the new building located at 286 Lenox Avenue (the old Lenox Lounge site) is fully occupied, with Wells Fargo Bank on the ground floor and cellar, Child Mind Institute on the second floor, and Visiting Nurses on the third and fourth floors. All tenants have signed 10-year leases. However ~ […]

Chef JJ Opened ‘Field Trip’ on Lenox Ave #Harlem

Famed Harlem Celeb Chef JJ Johnson opened his new restaurant, Field Trip, in Harlem, focusing on a “fast-casual grain concept’ with patrons choosing their own rice or barley bowls. Read more…..                                                

2024 Car-Free Earth Day in NYC ~ April 20th ~ Kicking Off Open Streets & April 21st at Morningside Park in Harlem!

      On April 20th, New Yorkers will kick off the 2024 Open Streets Season with Car-Free Earth Day throughout all five boroughs! Hosted by NYC DOT, the event opens our streets to a plethora of programming from activism and education surrounding climate change and sustainability to public art that includes repurposed furniture transformed […]

Made in Harlem: The Lafargue Clinic Remixed Film Series at Maysles Documentary Center

      The Lafargue Mental Health Clinic, housed in two rooms of the parish house basement at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Harlem, was open from 1946 to 1958. Named for the French Marxist physician, Paul Lafargue, it was conceived by German-American psychiatrist Fredric Wertham, whose focus was on the dire state of mental […]

Permanent Exhibition of harlem is…. Theater, Music, and Dance to Unveil at Harlem Hospital

      Community Works/New Heritage Theatre Group and Harlem Hospital Center are celebrating the historic launch of a permanent exhibition of harlem is . . . Theater, Music, and Dance at Harlem Hospital Center. This dynamic, landmark, multimedia installation is a unique salute to people who have built and are sustaining Harlem’s cultural legacy.

Culture, Creativity & Care Initiative Unveiled in Marcus Garvey Park ~ Sankofa

        Marcus Garvey Park, which is adjacent to both Harlem and East Harlem, was the lucky recipient of a Mellon Foundation Humanities in Place Initiative, with a focus on fostering creativity and care in essential public space. Administered through Harlem Grown, The Culture, Creativity & Care Initiative will be a two-year project, […]

Art Installations, Events & Exhibits in NYC ~ it’s the June 2023 GothamToGo Art Roundup

      Kicking-off the month of June with a plethora of annual events like Pride Month, Juneteenth, the TriBeCa Festival, Schomburg Center’s Literary Festival, Sing for Hope Pianos, Salmagundi Club Spring Auction, NoMAA’s Uptown Arts Stroll, and the Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival. Here are a few suggestions for the month of […]

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, […]

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 […]

‘A Conversation Between Women’ On View at Living With Art Salon

    A Conversation Between Women is an unexpected dialogue that takes place across mediums of twenty contemporary female artists. The artists are multigenerational and culturally diverse ~ what they have in common besides their gender is that they are part of a community of artists that works collaboratively with the curator, and nonprofit organization, […]

Faith Ringgold: American People to Open at New Museum in February, 2022

      From February 17 to June 5, 2022, the New Museum will present the first full retrospective in New York of the art of Faith Ringgold (b. 1930, New York, NY). Bringing together over sixty years of work, “Faith Ringgold: American People”provides the most comprehensive assessment to date of Ringgold’s impactful vision. Her […]

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.                                

Join MMPCIA on Saturday, October 17th

Join Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association (MMPCIA) on Saturday, October 17th for the 11th annual Halloween & Fall Decorating on Lenox Avenue #HalloGreenerLenox. Be sure to wear your face mask and gloves ~ all will be socially distancing. Follow MMPCIA on Facebook for updates.                  

New Art Installation, ‘Encircle’, On View ~ West 132nd Street Garden

Four International artists created work celebrating the themes ‘Encircle and Sanctuary.’ The new sculpture work is currently on view in the West 132nd Street Block Association’s Community Garden, just west of Lenox Avenue. The four participating artists include Shantel Rose Miller; Hak Sul Lee; Bruna D’Allessandro; and Natsuki Takauji. The garden is open on Fridays […]

Face Masks of Iconic New York Images in Watercolor

    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended the use of cloth face masks to supplement the practice of social distancing in order to help fight the spread of COVID-19. Fine Art America is now selling cloth face masks made from 100% polyester. Each mask includes two woven, elastic loops for a […]

Ezra Wube: Project Junction, a New Exhibition at The Africa Center

      The new exhibition at The Africa Center, Ezra Wube: Project Junction, couldn’t have been timed better ~ running during NYC Restaurant Week. This commissioned mixed media installation explores food “as a collective identity in its ever evolving state,” with the exhibition including a visit to some local, well-known African restaurants.

NYC Parks Commemorates Black History Month with the Exhibition, ‘Namesakes’ at Arsenal Gallery

    In anticipation and celebration of Black History Month in February, NYC Parks is pleased to announce the exhibition “Namesakes: Honoring African Americans in NYC Parks” at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park. The show focuses on a selection of parks throughout the city that are named after notable African Americans.

Jermaine Grant, Leader of The Black Hebrew Israelites, Passes Away on April 1, 2020, Prior to Prison Sentence

      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 a tax fraud scheme on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. Grant received an 18-month sentence, and Warrington was sentenced to a year. However, Jermaine Grant passed away on […]