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 […]

The MMPCIA Invites Neighbors to Decorate Lenox Avenue for Halloween

Save the Dates! Decorate Lenox Avenue, Build a Scarecrow, come to the Halloween Extravaganza, and Trick or Treat! All you need to know about Halloween from the Mount Morris  Park Community Improvement Association (MMPCIA).                  

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…….                            

Chef JJ’s ‘Field Trip’ Opens 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…..                

Archer & Goat on Lenox Ave in Soft Opening

Lenox Avenue unveils an addition to its already fabulous Restaurant Row. Archer & Goat, now in a Soft Opening, is located next to Il Caffe Latte and Nilu Gift Shop between 119th and 120th Streets. Read more…..                

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 ~ […]

Update on the old Lenox Lounge lot in Harlem & the Surprising New Occupants

Real Estate Weekly posted that the new building located at 286 Lenox Avenue is fully occupied, with Wells Fargo 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 ~ the entire property is for sale […]

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…..                                                

Spend This Saturday Night with EatUp! New York ~ August 28th at 7:00pm

      Quick….Quick ~ write this down ~ EatUp! New York, a new one-hour special with hosts Chef Marcus Samuelsson and Bevy Smith will take you on a special culinary tour this Saturday night, August 28th at 7:00pm on ABC Channel 7.

Public Invited to pay Final Respects to Cicely Tyson at Abyssinian Baptist Church

There will be a public viewing of the beloved star on Monday, February 15th at Abyssinian Baptist Church. The viewing will take place from 10am to 6pm, with all COVID-19 protocols in place ~ masks and social distancing. Abyssinian Baptist Church is located at 132 West 138th Street, between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. and […]

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 […]

Remembering Maya Angelou’s Harlem Home

      On a brisk day in March, 2016, we noticed a realtor’s Open House in a brownstone belonging to poet and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou, who passed away two years before. Balloons were on the sign and the front door was open on the beautifully maintained home, and so we went on in.

A Summertime Visit to Harlem’s Historic Astor Row

      One of the most enchanting streets in Harlem is a row of 28 houses on the south side of West 130th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues known as Astor Row. Let’s take a stroll back in time.

Update on National Urban League Headquarters + Museum in Harlem

Harlem knew this was coming. Now an illustration for the National Urban League’s new Headquarters and Civil Rights Museum to be built on 125th Street near Lenox Avenue, bringing the League back home, where it was founded in 1910. Ground breaking this year. Read more…….                     […]

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 […]

Keith de Lellis Gallery ‘Paris Photo New York’ Online

    Keith de Lellis Gallery opens its Online Viewing to a selection of photographs that would have been exhibited at Paris Photo New York.

Free Meals for Those in Need at National Action Network + Red Rooster ~ Harlem

Two celebrity chefs will team up to provide free meals at a Harlem restaurant to help people experiencing food insecurity during the outbreak of new coronavirus in New York City. Harlem chef Marcus Samuelsson’s neighborhood restaurant Red Rooster, located on Lenox Avenue and near 126th Street, will be distributing free to-go meals every Monday through […]

Let’s Take a Walk in our Parks, Big & Small ~ and Bring Along Your 6′ Measuring Stick

    New York City Parks have a plethora of outdoor art installations throughout all five boroughs. It may come to pass that our City is put under a ‘shelter-in-place’ order. But in the meantime, a nice long walk and some fresh air and exercise might be good for mind and soul. Here are a […]

Why do We Love our Independent Bookshops in NYC? Let us Count the Ways.

      Did you know that for every $100 you spend at an independently owned business, $68 will stay in the community? And when you spend the same amount at a national chain, only $43 stays in the community. We learned this from Greenlight Bookstore, and have to agree ~ independent bookshops have roots […]

Save the Dates for Harlem Restaurant Week 2020 ~ March 1-15

      Dates have been set for the annual Harlem Restaurant Week 2020! Dozens of new and exciting restaurants and hot spots have been added to the list this year, including retail and special events. Don’t want to eat out? Order in right here.

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 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 April […]

Studio Zewde joins The Harlem Properties Team at Compass with Opening Exhibition ~ December 13

Studio Zewde is a landscape architecture, urban design and public art practice based in Harlem. They will be joining The Harlem Properties Team at Compass in their space along Lenox Avenue. Studio Zewde Harlem Opening Party will take place on Friday, December 13th from 6-9pm at Harlem Properties, 163 Lenox Avenue, between 118th/119th Streets in […]

Riverside Church Open’s Bell Tower Tours to Public!

      The Riverside Church invites the public to step inside the tallest steeple in North America and see New York City like never before with a Steeple Tour!

Art Installations, Events & Exhibits in NYC to Add to Your List in November, 2019

    The changing of the season brings our roundup of exhibitions and installation indoors, with a nod to the approaching holiday season. You know we’re near Thanksgiving when the installation, Canstruction, arrives at Brookfield Place; The New York Botanical Garden sets up its annual Holiday Train Show; The Flatiron Public Plaza announced its design […]

Renowned Harlem Artist, Al Johnson in a Two-Day Exhibition at X Gallery

X Gallery began as a one-year experiment, with the support and sponsorship of John McGuinness, owner of Harlem Properties on Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox Avenue). Now in its third year, the gallery will be closing its doors with a final two-day exhibition, works by the renowned artist, Al Johnson, November 2-3. Read more………     […]

Renowned Artist, Al Johnson to be the Final Exhibition for Two-Days Only at X Gallery in Harlem

      X Gallery began as a one-year experiment, with the support and sponsorship of John McGuinness, owner of Harlem Properties on Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox Avenue). Now in its third year, the gallery will be closing its doors with a final two-day exhibition, works by the renowned artist, Al Johnson.

Art Installations, Events & Exhibits in NYC to Add to Your List in October, 2019

    October is a month filled with celebrations. We celebrate architecture & design with the annual month-long Archtober, and Open House New York weekend. One of our historic sites celebrates 300 years. We pucker-up to celebrate Pickle Day. Art in Odd Places celebrates life after 60. Poster House celebrates the historic Women’s March. MoMA celebrates its […]

Jason Moran (and friends) at The Whitney Museum of Art

      The first solo museum show of Jason Moran (b. 1975, Houston, Texas), the interdisciplinary artist who grounds his work in music composition, has made its debut at the Whitney. The exhibition, Jason Moran, presents the range of art Moran has explored, from his sculptures and drawings to collaborations with visual artists to performance […]

Public Art Fund Unveils ~ Elle Pérez: from sun to sun

      Public Art Fund launched a multi-work installation, extending through 100 sites across New York City. The installation, sun to sun, is the work of photographer Ellie Pérez, and consists of a suite of sixteen new photographic works displayed on bus shelters in over thirteen neighborhoods citywide. We caught some of the images […]

National Urban League Headquarters to be Built in Harlem

Harlem knew this was coming. Now an illustration for the National Urban League’s Headquarters and Civil Rights Museum to be built on 125th Street near Lenox Avenue, bringing the League back home, where it was founded in 1910. Read more…….                    

National Urban League Headquarters + Civil Rights Museum Coming to Harlem

      Harlem knew this was coming. Now an illustration for the National Urban League’s new Headquarters and Civil Rights Museum to be built on 125th Street near Lenox Avenue, bringing the League back home, where it was founded in 1910. Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined community leaders on Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Harlem […]

Meet the Artist, Kibrom Gebremedhin @ Settepani Harlem ~ July 14th

Continuing with its revolving Arts & Culture, Settepani will open its doors on Sunday, July 14th from 4:00-5:00pm for a chance to meet the current artist. Kibrom Gebremedhin is the inaugural artist in the newly renovated Settepani, which reopened in May. Read more…….                         […]

The Historic Corn Exchange Bank Building in East Harlem

      The total transformation/renovation of the historic Corn Exchange Bank Building is one we would hope for all of our historic sites. It was a work of love topped with true dedication to the project by a man who saw the building in its deteriorating state every day as he passed by on […]

The New Settepani Bakery ~ Restaurant ~ Bar is Open

      The much anticipated renovation of Settepani Harlem is complete, with a soft opening that packed the tables. The new concept has all the bells and whistles from their signature breads and gorgeous deserts to salads, pizza and panini’s ~ along with a full bar.

Harlem Nights: MMPCIA Historic District House Tour ~ June 9th

      The Annual Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association (MMPCIA) House Tour is set for Sunday, June 9th. This year, the tour’s theme, Harlem Nights, is in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance.

The Annual Mount Morris Park Scholarship Award by MMPCIA

The Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association (MMPCIA) $4,000 Scholarship Award began in 2009 as a way of honoring college-bound Harlem high school seniors who live in Greater Mount Morris Park/Central Harlem Community from 110th to 135th Streets between Morningside and Third Avenues. The deadline for filing is June 15, 2019. This HARLEM SENIOR who […]