National Urban League Headquarters + Civil Rights Museum Coming to Harlem

 

 

 

The state’s development corporation is planning to break ground on a 17-story mixed-use building to house New York’s first civil rights museum and the National Urban League’s new headquarters near the Adam Clayton Powell office building on 125th St., and will include at least 170 units of affordable housing, as well as office space and an Urban League conference center.

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.

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‘Through the Looking Glass’ at Fremin Gallery

 

 

 

Artist Ardan Özmenoğlu courtesy Fremin Gallery

Emmanuel Fremin Gallery opened its doors to the Turkish artist, Ardan Özmenoğlu in a solo exhibition entitled ‘Through the Looking Glass.

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The Salmagundi Club Presents its 41st Annual Open Exhibition

 

 

Almeida, Anthony J., “Composition in Yellow and Orange”, 21, Aluminum Substrate Photo, 11×14, $325

Each year, the historic Salmagundi Club opens its doors to a non-member exhibition. Two floors of gallery space devoted to this annual event, which includes painting, sculpture and graphics in the main gallery, and photography in the lower gallery.

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The New York City Department of Sanitation unveils ‘Trucks of Art’ Project

 

 

 

The New York City Department of Sanitation has been in the news with a call for artists to paint a DSNY Collection Truck, encouraging New Yorkers to recycle and keep our City healthy, safe and clean.

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The MET Presents ‘Apollo’s Muse’ For The 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

 

 

 

Daydreams by Moonlight. Chesley Bonestell. Study for A Lunar Landscape (detail), 1957. Acrylic over photomontage. Randy and Yulia G. Liebermann Lunar and Planetary Exploration Collection.

Where were you on July 20th, 1969? Like millions of people, you were probably glued to your television, watching the first images of American astronauts on the moon. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20th, The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens its doors to the exhibition, Apollo’s Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography.

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Bobby Hill: Stellar ~ a Four-Day Solo Exhibition

 

 

 

Bobby Hillart. Image courtesy of the artist.

The New York-based artist Bobby Hill, known for his mixed media screen prints on paper, will present a new body of work in a four-day solo exhibition on the Lower East Side.

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The Public Art Fund Presents ‘Carmen Herrera: Estructuras Monumentales’ at City Hall Park

 

 

 

Carmen Herrera: Estructuras Monumentales. This sculpture entitled “Angulo Rojo, 2017”

The Public Art Fund unveiled the installation, Estructuras Monumentales by the well-know, Cuban-born, New York artist, Carmen Herrera in City Hall Park. This significant body of work is Herrera’s first major outdoor sculpture exhibition ~ having spent more than 70 years as an abstract painter. It is also significant that Ms. Herrera is 104 years of age.

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Garment District Alliance Unveils 2019 ‘Urban Garden’ + ‘Nymph Pond’ Mural

 

 

 

Annual Garment District Alliance Urban Garden and Street Mural

The Garment District Alliance unveiled its annual green oasis  ~ Urban Garden ~ along with the 180-foot painted mural, Nymph Pond, created by artist Carla Torres along the Broadway Mall between 37th ~ 38th Streets on July 9th.

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Dates Announced for Summer Streets 2019

 

 

 

Summer Streets 2013

Each year, Park Avenue is closed to traffic on the nearly seven miles from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park for the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT)’s Summer Streets, encouraging New Yorkers to use a more sustainable form of transportation. In 2018, nearly 300,000 people walked, ran, skated, and bikes along the Summer Streets family-friendly, pet-friendly route along Park Avenue.

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Westside Exposure: Whitney Staff Art Show 2019 at Westbeth

 

 

 

The annual Whitney Staff Art Show will be returning to Westbeth Art Gallery for its fourth year, featuring established and emerging artists ~ all are talented Whitney museum staff members.

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Poster House Museum Opens in Chelsea

 

 

 

Milton Glaser: Art is Whatever (1996) Poster House. Image courtesy SVA

The much anticipated Poster House Museum opened in June, 2019, exhibiting posters from their earliest appearance in the late 1800s to present day. Here, visitors will explore New York’s long relationship with advertising and design, including nearly 100 select works from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) Subway Series.

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Look Both Ways: The Illicit Liaison Between Image & Information ~ SVA Chelsea Gallery

 

 

Brian Rea: Everything and Nothing, 2018 ~ Graphite on paper, 23 x 29 inches. Image courtesy SVA Chelsea Gallery

School of Visual Arts (SVA) Chelsea Gallery will open its doors to the exhibition, Look Both Ways: The Illicit Liaison Between Image and Information, curated by Debbie Millman, chair of the MPS Branding program at SVA. This exhibition brings together a wide range of typographic work from 60 individual artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Shepard Fairey, Dave Eggers, Deborah Kass, Jenny Holzer, Miranda July, Kim Gordon, and more ~ from Millman’s personal collection and beyond.

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Jazzmobile Kicking-Off Residency at Minton’s Playhouse ~ July 4th

 

 

 

Photo: Nat Adderley, Jr.

You think it’s hot outside? Check this out ~ Jazzmobile to launch residency at historic Minton’s Playhouse ~ kicking it off with Nat Adderley, Jr. on July 4th. Let’s celebrate!

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Capucine Bourcart: Eat Me! on view in East Harlem

 

 

 

Along 120th Street at Park Avenue ~ with Metro North wizzing by in the background

In a city filled with fast-food options on every corner, bags of chips and cans of soda filling the shelves in local deli’s and bodega’s, and large, glossy ads of sugared drinks on billboards and in shop windows, it’s not easy promoting healthy eating to our kids. Or is it. In the installation EAT ME! the artist, Capucine Bourcart takes a deep-dive into the ease of turning this around in her community, Harlem.

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50 Years After Stonewall at Fort Gansevoort

 

 

 

Image: Paula Gately Tillman, ‘Nelson Sullivan’, 1986, Silver Print. Courtesy, Fales Library, NYU

Fort Gansevoort presents A Look Back: 50 Years After Stonewall, organized by Lucy Beni and Adam Shopkorn. The exhibition commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, a six-day riot said to have been spontaneously set off byMarsha P. Johnson in protest of one of many regular police raids at The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar located in New York City’s Greenwich Village. This event marks the beginning of the Gay Liberation movement and the contemporary fight for LGBTQ+ rights in the United States.

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Russell Jackson’s ‘Reverence Harlem’ coming to Historic Strivers Row District

 

 

 

The site of the new restaurant, Reverence Harlem (Right in this photo)

According to Eater New York, California Chef Russell Jackson has opened a fine dining restaurant, Reverence Harlem, in the historic Strivers Row District, close to where he has been living, on 138th Street ~ and Reservations are now Live!

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

 

 

Artist, Tomo Mori,’ this life given’ as part of West Harlem Art Fund’s exhibition on Governors Island. Image courtesy of the artist.

Summer is heating up with lots of color in all five boroughs. Bringing it outdoors this month, here are Art installations, Events and Exhibits to add to your list in July, with more than 45 exhibits and installations still on view from earlier this year.

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Celebrating Bastille Day 2019

 

 

 

Bastille Day 2018 on 60th Street

Commemorating the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, and the birth of the modern French nation ~  Bastille Day has become a major celebration here in New York. let’s begin our 2019 Bastille Day Celebration at French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)!

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Lever House ~ 2019 Summer Installation

 

 

Lever House Summer 2019 Installation ~ Artist Jorge Pardo

This summer’s Lever House installation features Lever House alumni Jorge Pardo, Enoc Perez and Urs Fischer.

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Condo New York 2019 ~ a Collaborative Exhibition Across 18 New York Spaces

 

 

 

Condo, the large-scale collaborative exhibition of international galleries is an annual event, with Condo New York 2019 taking place in 38 galleries across 18 New York spaces beginning today!

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It’s Time for the 2019 Rubin Museum’s Annual Block Party!

 

 

 

Image courtesy Rubin Museum

The Rubin Museum’s Annual Block Party will take place on Sunday, July 21st from 1-4pm! It’s a true Summer celebration when thousands of New Yorkers fill the car-free 17th Street between 7th/6th Avenues. This year, it’s all about the Power Within.

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34th Anniversary of the First ‘Percent for Art’ Installation in NYC ~ June 26th

 

 

 

Image via New York City Percent for Art courtesy of the artist

Did you know that since 1982, one percent of the budget for eligible City-funded construction projects must be spent on public artwork? It is known as the Percent for Art Law, managed by the City’s Department of Cultural Affairs.

The first artist selected was Jorge Luis Rodriguez who unveiled his installation entitled Growth in the East Harlem Art Park on June 26, 1985. Come along as we celebrate the 34th anniversary of the first Percent for Art Installation

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‘Naomi Lawrence: La Flor De Mi Madre’ to Unveil in East Harlem

 

 

 

The installation completely up by the end of the day, July 1, 2019

The 12 foot x 24 foot Crochet mural, La Flor De Mi Madre by artist Naomi Lawrence, is being installed on the fence at Eugene McCabe Field in East Harlem. It represents the diverse community in which it is placed, in a  colorful representation of national flowers.

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‘Visible Traces (Mountain Water Air)’ curated by Pat Steir Opens at Lévy Gorvy Today

 

 

 

Alighiero Boetti~Map (Mettere il mondo al mondo) [Putting the World Into the World], 1983 Embroidery on canvas-45.37 x 71 x 1.125 inches (115.3 x 180.3 x 2.9 cm) © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome.
Yombe People, Loango Kingdom~Nail Power Figure, 19th century Wood, iron, resin, glass, fiber, textile and pigment-Height: 31 7/8 inches (81 cm). Image © Schweizer Premodern, New York. Private Collection, Courtesy of Schweizer Premodern, New York.
Lévy Gorvy Gallery New York opens its doors to the summer group exhibition, ‘Visible Traces (Mountain Water Air)‘ curated by artist Pat Steir.

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Basquiat’s ‘Defacement’: The Untold Story opens at Guggenheim

 

 

 

Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart), 1983, NYC

Basquiat’s ‘Defacement’: The Untold Story is one of several exhibitions in New York City of late, focusing on the artists work, with this exhibit veering stunningly close to our current political climate, as Basquiat painted a bitterly similar story of race and relations between police and community. The Guggenheim chose to explore Basquiat’s role of cultural activism in the early 1980s, beginning with his painting, ‘The Death of Michael Stewart (1983), informally known as Defacement.

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The National Black Theatre Celebrates 50th Anniversary All Year

 

 

Ariel Blackwood dances in 125th & FREEsom. Photo Credit: Garlia C. Jones. Image courtesy NBT

The National Black Theatre (NBT) has been celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019 with a series of performances throughout the city ~ all year long. Next up ~ June 22nd and June 29th

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Exploring Roots of Trees and Cultural Roots with Artist Susan Stair: Roots on Fire

 

 

 

Illustration of the installation ‘Roots on Fire’ to unveil in Harlem Art Park, courtesy of the artist, Susan Stair

Spending time with artist Susan Stair brings a whole new meaning to the trees that fill our green spaces. As we watched her work to create the clay molds for her next installation, Roots on Fire, Stair took us on a virtual journey underground, exploring how trees constantly send electrical messages through their roots and the mushroom (or mychorrizal network) that compose the Wood Wide Web. Come along on our three-part journey, as we document the creation of the installation Roots on Fire.

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What is Here is Open: Selections from the Treasures in the Trash Collection (of Nelson Molina) at Hunter East Harlem Gallery

 

 

 

For over 30 years, Nelson Molina worked for the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) as a sanitation worker. His regular pick up routes were in Manhattan 11, a district bordered by 96th Street to 106th Street between First and Fifth Avenues. While he worked, he found many objects; some that needed repair and others that were fully intact. As hundreds and hundreds of objects amassed, Molina created the Treasures in the Trash Collection inside DSNY’s garage.  Much has been written about the eclectic treasurers collected by Molina. There have been too many articles on  the Molina treasurers to mention, and there was even a #TreasuresInTheTrash Tour in 2018!

Now, Hunter East Harlem Gallery will open its doors to an exhibition exploring the man and his treasurers.

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BARD x HGG Opening at Howard Greenberg Gallery

 

 

 

Naomi Zahle
Last winter the photographer Stephen Shore Received an unusual request from Howard Greenberg Gallery ~ Would he be interested in curating an exhibition that included his students from the renowned photography program at Bard College? The answer was, “yes,” and the resulting collaboration, Bard x HGG, pairs work by seven of Shore’s recent graduates with photographs by historic 20th century artists from the Gallery’s vast archives.

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Kazumi Yoshida: Rite of Spring opens at Cheryl Hazan Gallery

 

 

 

Audrey, gouache & vintage wallpaper cut out decoupage, 45 x 45 inches

In Kazumi Yoshida’s current exhibition, viewers are treated to a dazzling array of drawings, paintings, collages, assemblages, and sculptures. This lavish offering presents both objective and nonobjective works unified by a deceptively childlike sensibility that belies a sophisticated complexity of process and composition. It is Rite of Spring.

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Andrew Thiele: Moral Compass at Faction Art Projects Harlem

 

 

Artist, Andrew Thiele, ‘Minimalism’

Faction Art Projects opens its doors to Andrew Thiele: Moral Compass, a four-day solo exhibition of new urban, mixed media collage works. The exhibition of the Harlem-based artist will feature over twenty new large-scale artworks. Throughout the show, there will be a calendar of events including a workshop, a jazz performance and a book signing of Thiele’s newest publication.

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It’s a FlowerFlash! ~ June 11-16th in NYC

 

 

 

L.E.A.F.

In anticipation of L.E.A.F. 2020 Festival of Flowers, L.E.A.F. will celebrate #NYFlowerWeek with a celebration across Manhattan from June 11-16th. This is the launch of the first annual city-wide exhibition of florals.

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Landmark Lectures 2019 ~ The Preservation of Cast Iron Construction

 

 

 

The Gilsey House on 29th and Broadway, was a former grand hotel built in 1867,a residential cast-iron building, It is an eight-story co-op building with 40 units. It was designated an official NYC landmark in 1979. Image credit: stereoscopic c.1900, wikipedia.org + NYPL Digital Library

The Landmark Lectures 2019 Series by The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York will host a discussion entitled “The Preservation of Cast Iron Construction” with Christopher P. Pinto, Associate Principal, Thornton Tomasetti. Included in the discussion, the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower in Marcus Garvey Park, a project that is nearing completion.

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Nino Migliori at Keith de Lellis Gallery

 

 

 

Nino Migliori, Le Mani Parlano, 1956

Keith de Lellis Gallery opened its doors to the mid-century work of Italian photographer Nino Migliori (b. 1926) in this summer’s exhibition. Self-taught, Migliori began making photographs in 1948, documenting his familiar and beloved Italy as it emerged from the second world war. The artist traveled throughout his homeland, from the impoverished south to the more affluent and industrial northern regions, capturing the people with the affection and empathy of an equal.

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Historic East Harlem Courthouse

 

 

 

Historic Harlem Courthouse

One of the many historic sites in East Harlem is the Harlem Courthouse. It is located between Lexington and Third Avenues on 121st Street, adjacent to the Harlem Art Park and the tiny street known as Sylvan Place.

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After the End: Timing Socialism in Contemporary African Art at Wallach Art Gallery

 

 

Filipe Branquinho, Jorge Macate, Padeiro (Jorge Macate, Baker), 2011. Courtesy the artist.

After the End: Timing Socialism in Contemporary African Art presents a selection of works engaging with the history of African socialisms. It features artists looking at countries including Angola, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique. The exhibition is the first in North America to explore aesthetic responses to African socialisms and their aftermath.

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Poetry Jukebox Returns to Howl! Happening

 

 

BC Edwards standing next to the Poetry Jukebox in Extra Place in 2017

It’s back! The Poetry Jukebox that made it’s way next to Howl! Happening in Extra Place in 2017 has returned. This particular Poetry Jukebox was created by coffeehouse owners in the Czech Republic as part of an installation interpreted to be like New York City’s Sing for Hope Piano’s ~ 50 of which will be arriving at destinations  throughout the five boroughs this week, and on view through June 23.

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The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange in Brooklyn Heights Now Open Throughout the Summer!

 

 

 

The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange located at 55 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Heights

The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange, which historically closed in early June and reopened again in September, just announced that they will be open all Summer! Come along with us on a visit to a shop where 70% of the items are created by artisans, in a shop completely run by volunteers. This is the month of their Seasonal Sale (25%-40% off on selected items), which will run to June 16th.

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East Harlem’s Demolition Depot & Irreplaceable Artifacts New Home on 126th Street

 

 

 

Demolition Depot

If you have been following GothamToGo East 125th Street, a work in progress, you will already know that East Harlem suffered a major loss when several old-time shops were forced to close, including Demolition Depot, a gorgeous shop that had been at its East 125th Street location since 1996.

We have great news ~ Demolition Depot has opened its doors at a new location, right around the corner on East 126th Street. Come along as we step inside.

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Art Installations, Events & Exhibits in NYC to Add to your List in June, 2019

 

 

June is a Celebration in NYC of #WorldPride and #Stonewall50 ~ The Stonewall Inn is June’s Featured Image

On the heals of Memorial Day, we celebrate the beginning of summer with more than 50 outdoor installations and events from Coney Island and Roosevelt Island to Riverbank State Park. This month’s Roundup of Art Installations, Events & Exhibits explores what’s new, what to look forward to, and what’s still on view. Here are a few suggestions to add to your list during June.

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Continuous Focus ~ The 2019 Spring Cocktail Party + Photography Auction at New York Academy of Medicine

 

 

 

Photo credit: Anthony Edgeworth, Brigitte Bardot, 1965

The Josephine Herrick Project Presents ~ Continuous Focus: 2019 Spring Cocktail Party + Photography Auction to be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at the New York Academy of Medicine.

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One Times Square Kicks-Off the Summer with The Whales Ballet for One Day Only ~ Friday, May 31st

 

 

Image credit: Art by Le3, curated by Lemay + Escobar

One Times Square will be kicking-off Summer with two 200-foot-long humpback whales swimming up and down its new digital signage all day on Friday, May 31st ~ The Whales Ballet.

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Robert Lobe: SuperStorm arrives in Duarte Square Park

 

 

 

Robert Lobe: SuperStorm in Duarte Square Park

As often happens, we received a heads-up today about a monumental installation arriving in the tiny Duarte Square Park. This thoughtful installation, named SuperStorm, was created by the artist, Robert Lobe.

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Leonardo Drew: City in the Grass in Madison Square Park

 

 

 

Leonardo Drew: City in the Grass in Madison Square Park

Marking the Madison Square Park Conservancy’s 38th commissioned exhibition, New York-based artist Leonard Drew is creating a monumental new public art project for the Park entitled City in the Grass. The installation will present a topographical view of an abstract cityscape atop a patterned panorama.

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Art Students League: Model for Monuments, 2019 ~ 2020

 

 

Closeup of ‘Wavenhenge by artists, Damon Hamm & Jeff Sundheim

Art Students League unveiled this season’s Model to Monument Public Art in the Parks installations on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 in Riverbank State Park. This year, three sculpture pieces were installed along the Hudson River at 145th Street.

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Next up on the Bowery Wall ~ @QueenAndreaOne + Limited Edition ‘Believe’ Prints

 

 

 

Right before a major thunder storm, QueenAndreaOne on the Bowery Wall, May 29, 2019

#TatsCru vanished from the Bowery Wall earlier this month, painted white ~ a fresh canvas for the famed Wall’s next artist ~ Andrea von Bujdoss aka @queenandreaone.

GGA on Instagram ~ #queenandreaone ~ photo credit @marthacoopergram

In addition, something special ~ Exclusive “Believe” prints will drop beginning 9am on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Only 50 prints available. Check out the link in bio for GGA.

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New York Road Runners Club Members Volunteer Day in Marcus Garvey Park East Harlem

 

 

 

New York Road Runner Volunteers

On a sunny Saturday ~ during Memorial Day Weekend ~ we spied a small army of weeders, rackers, mulchers, and general cleaner-upers, hard at work along the Madison Avenue side of Marcus Garvey Park in East Harlem. They were New York Road Runner volunteers who regularly give of their time and energy. Follow along as we walk (not run) along the Park to take a closer look at what they’re doing.

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The Historic Corn Exchange Bank Building in East Harlem

 

 

 

The newly renovated Corn Exchange Bank Building, 81 East 125th Street, 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 Metro North that runs alongside Park Avenue on his way to work. But let’s start from the beginning, because this historically Landmarked building has quite a history.

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The New Settepani Bakery ~ Restaurant ~ Bar is Open

 

 

 

Settepani, 196 Lenox Avenue, Harlem

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.

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Sugar Hill Children’s Museum Hosts its 2nd Annual Benefit

 

 

Michael Palma Mir, photographer for SHCMAS Justin Favela. Image courtesy Sugar Hill Children’s Museum

The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling will host its second annual benefit, “Rethink Recess.” This year’s benefit honorees are Abigail DeVille, an artist whose work has been exhibited internationally and singer/songwriter and multiple Grammy Award noiminee Meshell Ndegeocello.

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