The Historic Casa Latina Music Shop in El Barrio ~ Closing & the Building is For Sale

 

 

 

Casa Latina Music Shop, 151 East 116th Street in El Barrio. This building is currently for sale, along with the three adjacent buildings to the west.

Vicente and Christina Barreiro have owned and operated Casa Latina Music Shop on 116th Street in El Barrio for more than half a century. We were sad to hear that this historic shop will be closing its doors.

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Task Force Update on Historic Site of African Burial Ground in East Harlem at CB11 Meeting in May, 2022

 

 

 

Image of Church and Farmlands in 1820. The yellow is the historical boundary of the Harlem African Burial Ground. The blue is the historical boundary of the Cemetery for persons of European decent.

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 to the 1660s ~ and exhumations continuing to this day. This month, The African Burial Ground Task Force updated the community at at CB11 meeting.

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

 

 

 


Street Games in Thomas Jefferson Park, April 30, 2022. Image credit: Malcolm Pinckney/NYC Parks

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.

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Katherine Earle, Carol Paik ~ Miscreant Matter Curated by Connie Lee at JVS Project Space

 

 

 

The Exhibition, M from L-R, Artist Katherine Earle, Curator Connie Lee, Artist Carol Paik. Image courtesy Connie Lee and the gallery

With the exhibition Miscreant Matter, artists Katherine Earle and Carol Paik pose the question, “Can we capture all the discarded, rejected, degenerate, degraded and miscreant matter and repurpose it through these small acts of creation?” It appears so ~ today, Earth Day, is the perfect day for this post.

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‘Center Focus’ to Spotlight Black Women Photographers at El Barrio’s Artspace PS109

 

 

 Hi-ARTS has joined forces with Black Women Photographers (BWP) for Center Focus. BWP’s inaugural group exhibition, which showcases the work of seven of its acclaimed and emerging members, will run from April 11 to April 29 at Hi-ARTS.

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One East Harlem to be Home to Local Non-Profits including CCCADI

 

 

 

One East Harlem ~ 201 East 125th Street, NYC

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, the new cultural center will expand CCCADI’s footprint and provide a space where African descendants with diverse cultural expressions and contributions can gather to exchange, search, and affirm their roots.

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‘The Abyss of the Ocean: Cuban Women Photographers, Migrations, and the Question of Race’ Presented by CCCADI in April, 2022

 

 

 

Marta María Pérez Bravo. No son míos, 2008-2010. © Marta María Pérez Bravo. Courtesy of the artist.

The Abyss of the Ocean: Cuban Women Photographers, Migrations, and the Question of Race focuses on identity and resistance through the creative practices of five artists living and working in the United States, Mexico, and Spain. The exhibition reveals the experiences and strategies of survival of María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Coco Fusco, Marta María Pérez Bravo, Gertrudis Rivalta, and Juana Valdés within the matrix of Latinx Art. Through their work, these artists challenge the concept of Latinidad and its relationship to Blackness in the modern/colonial project. Unsettling the totalizing definitions of Cuban, Latin American, and Latinx Art, The Abyss of the Ocean presents key photographic series produced since the 1990s. These photographs lay bare the nuance of the artists’ multiple Diasporic identities while confronting racist and colonialist stereotypes of women’s bodies.

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Raphael Montañez Ortiz: A Contextual Retrospective to Open at El Museo del Barrio in April, 2022

 

 

 

Raphael Montañez Ortiz with Archaeological Find #22, 1961. Image courtesy El Museo del Barrio

El Museo del Barrio is pleased to present Raphael Montañez Ortiz: A Contextual Retrospective, from April 14 to September 11, 2022, the first large-scale exhibition dedicated to the artist, activist, educator, and founder of El Museo del Barrio, since 1988. Curated by El Museo’s chief curator, Rodrigo Moura, and guest curator  Julieta González, the exhibition spans several decades of his production, from the 1950s to the early-2020s, in different media such as film, painting, photography, video installations, documents, and assemblages. This is the largest exhibition-to-date dedicated to the artist.

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Hi-Arts Announces 2022 Resident Artists. First up ~ Friday Lynton on February 10th

 

 

 

Artist Friday Lynton. Image courtesy Hi-Arts

Hi-ARTS, New York City’s premiere incubator for urban art, recently announced its new cohort of artists-in-residence. The East Harlem nonprofit helps artists — like Radha Blank, Ebony Noelle Golden, Nona Hendryx, Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Dominique Morisseau — develop their works of art into masterpieces, whether they be theater, music dance, visual arts or multi-media. Other artists who have performed or been involved with Hi-ARTS include the late Chadwick Boseman, Yasiin Bey/Mos Def and Sarah Jones.

First up is Friday Lynton, a Brooklyn-based Guyanese-American metal artisan known for her amazing sculptures. Lynton is a resident of SKY LAB, Hi-ARTS’ program that supports socially engaged artists who center community in the development and research of their work, including practitioners who create outside of the traditional studio or theater.

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‘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.

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10-Story Mixed-Use Building to Rise at 1638 Park Ave at 116th Street in East Harlem

 

 

 

Empty lot at 1638 Park Avenue and 116th Street.. Image via Google Maps.

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 by the 6 train. Bernard McNamee, Managing Director of Affect Property Group is listed as the owner behind the applications. Marin Architects is listed as the architect of record.

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El Museo del Barrio’s 45th Annual Three Kings Day (Hybrid) Celebration!

 

 

 

Three Kings Day Poster Illustration by artist Daniel DelValle. Image via El Museo del Barrio.

The 45th Annual Three Kings Day will be celebrated virtually, with some in-person programs in El Barrio this year, with the fitting theme: Samos el Cambio: Protecting the Environment for Future Generations, honoring the work of those who call on us to sustainably steward our environment, and help foster cultural transformation through community empowerment and artistic expression. The Event also takes into consideration the health and safety of the community by celebrating on-line, and presenting a series of activities spread out over several weeks.

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The Harlem Night Market Returns to the Historic La Marqueta!

 

 

 

Harlem Night Market 2019 courtesy Uptown Grand Central

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 the pandemic, but is back in action this December thanks to creators Uptown Grand Central, TBo Harlem, Union Settlement and NYC Public Markets (operated by the NYC Economic Development Corporation). 

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

 

 

 

Harlem Fresh, East Harlem

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.

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Arnaldo Pomodoro: La Sfera Grande on the Cummings Plaza at Guggenheim Pavilion of Mt. Sinai Hospital

 

 

 

Did you know that an Arnaldo Pomodoro sculpture is on the Nathan Cummings Plaza on the Fifth Avenue side of the Guggenheim Pavilion of Mount Sinai Hospital? We were intrigued and found the following information on this commissioned piece in the Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine.

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El Museo del Barrio Announces an Exciting Fall 2021 Exhibition

 

 

Préfète Duffaut (1923-2012) | Vue de Jacmel avec le pont de Noël | 1968 | Oil on canvas | 33 x 49 inches (83.8 x 124.5 cm) | Collection of El Museo del Barrio, New York | Gift from Gale Simmons, Craig Duncan and Lynn Tarbox in memory of Barbara Duncan, 2007 | emdb acc#: 2007.6.41 | Artwork © [Estate of the artist Préfète Duffaut] | Image © El Museo del Barrio, New York | Photography: Jason Mandella
El Museo del Barrio will open its doors to two new exhibitions this fall: Popular Painters and Other Visionaries and En Foco: The New York Puerto Rican Experience, 1973–74. Expanding on last year’s virtual presentation, Popular Painters and Other Visionaries examines the practices of 42 artists working on the margins of modernism and the mainstream art world in different parts of the Americas around the mid-20th century. Concurrently, El Museo will present En Foco: The New York Puerto Rican Experience, 1973–74, which centers on a single portfolio of 79 photographs by the Bronx-based photographic collective, En Foco. Opening simultaneously, both shows are organized by El Museo’s curatorial department and reflect core values of the institution from its formative Nuyorican formative roots to its continued commitment to expand the art historical canon in the Americas. Each will be accompanied by fully illustrated catalogues, forthcoming in Winter 2021.

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Karen Fitzgerald & Jaynie Gillman Crimmins: Matter and Spirit at JVS Project Space

 

 

 

Artists, Karen Fitzgerald & Jaynie Gillman Crimmins. Image courtesy of the artists.

We first came upon the work of Jaynie Gillman Crimmins last year in the group exhibition ‘Form, Paper, Scissors, at Living With Art Salon. In that exhibition, Crimmins displayed creations from two of her major series ~ ‘In Search of Beauty’ and ‘A Field Guide to Getting Lost.’ Beautiful and thoughtful pieces. So when we heard that she had an exhibition opening this month ~ we were all ears.

The name of the current exhibition is Matter and Spirit. These two entities have a long history of being deeply intertwined, and for good reason. As we engage with the world around us, we also sense something more than what our eyes can see. What that other dimension is has been the subject of many explorations in verbal language – poetry, philosophy, metaphysics – as well as in the visual language of art.

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

 

 

Thomas J. Price: Witness in Marcus Garvey Park

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 at his cell phone. The large-scale artwork celebrates a familiar form rarely monumentalized within a public setting and continues the artist’s exploration of blackness and Black masculinity as it relates to presence, movement, and freedom.

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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 of Turtle Island becomes the 4th temporary public art installation that appeared in the neighborhoods of Harlem this Summer. Installed at Eugene McCabe Field, the Fiber Art mural completes the public art gallery curated by Connie Lee that begins in Harlem Art Park with Capucine Bourcart’s Plastic Fantastic!, winds through Marcus Garvey park with Susan Stair’s Ascending the Mountain, and ends at Collyer Brothers Park with Julio Valdez’s I Can’t Breathe. An additional art installation will be added this fall.

Beginning with the first of three panels along 121st Street, the image above (corner of Park Avenue) begins with the Black-Eyed Susan; Aster Blue Violets; Echinacea Coneflowers; and Cow Parsley.

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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.

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

 

 

 

Art Kane: A Great Day in Harlem
  • 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 between Fifth and Madison Avenues. Art Kane Harlem 1958 Place will be named on the 63rd anniversary of the gathering of the 57 jazz luminaries in the iconic East Harlem photograph taken by Art Kane ~ A Great Day in Harlem.

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Logan Hicks: Tunnel Vision comes to East Harlem

 

 

 

Logan Hicks: Tunnel Vision in East Harlem. Images via Taglialatella Galleries

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. I wanted to make an environment where people could forget they were in the middle of the city  – even if only for a minute.”    ~ Logan Hicks

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CB 11 Presents an El Barrio Park Tour of 14 Parks!

 

 

The Manhattan Community Board 11 Environment, Open Space & Parks Committee present an El Barrio Parks Tour, exploring 14 parks in northern East Harlem!

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Miguel Luciano: Cemi-Libre Block Party Celebration & Exhibition in East Harlem

 

 

 

Zemi Cohoba Stand, creative sculptural expression for the Taino peoples. Image via The MET

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 The Met.

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Capucine Bourcart: Plastic Fantastic! Arrives in Harlem Art Park

 

 

 

Capucine Bourcart: Plastic Fantastic! at Harlem Art Park. Image courtesy of the artist

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 spaces and our environment. Plastic Fantastic! interacts with Jorge Luis Rodriguez’s permanent sculpture, Growth, installed in 1985, along with the unique architectural elements that make this park a hidden gem in East Harlem.

Join artist Capucine Bourcart for Opening Reception and Preview, Thursday, July 8, 2021 from 5-7pm at Harlem Art Park ~ CANCELLED due to weather.

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It’s Back! The Annual Giglio Festival 2021 in East Harlem Scheduled for August 5th ~ 8th

 

 

 

Image courtesy of East Harlem Giglio

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 Sunday, August 8th,The Giglio Lift! Donations will be collected for the American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer and for the Alzheimer’s Association.

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The Ginjan Cafe’ in the Historic Harlem Corn Exchange Building

 

 

Lunch at Ginjan Cafe’ in the historic Harlem Corn Exchange Building, East Harlem

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 West African juices (that, by the way, can now be found in all 145 Whole Food Stores in the North East).

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Uptown Grand Central Announces ‘Let’s Paint! Community Mural’ & Call for Artists

 

 

 

CALLING ALL ARTISTS: The Grandscale Mural Project is BACK. And this year, we’re going bigger than ever before — with murals on East 125 stretching all the way from Fifth to Madison, Park, Lexington and Third avenues.

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

 

 

 

Architect Frida Escobedo. Image via raycommunnity.com

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 Hemisphere. Hand carved wood totems and copper, aluminum and brass relief were created for the Theatre by traditional Nigerian artisans from the Sun-Oshogbo Sacred Grove. They carved these works using tools and methods which spanned seven generations. With its founder, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, dedicated to the preservation of this unique spiritual tradition, it is no wonder that the upcoming project, demolishing the current structure, and creating a new, would present questions about the preservation of the artwork.

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NYC Parks Celebrates $5.6 Million Investment in Two Harlem Parks

 

 

 

Ribbon Cutting . Photo credit: NYC Parks/Daniel Avila ~ Thomas Jefferson Park.

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 more equitable 21st century park system.

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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 expressing their thoughts on such issues as social justice and the struggle for equality through their work.

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Plans for the East 125th Street Apple Bank Building + Adjacent Lot Unfolding ~ East Harlem

 

 

 

124-132 East 125th Street, Streetview via google maps ~ The property includes the old Apple Bank building and building east (left) which is adjacent to Lexington Avenue

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 anticipated completion in 2024.

According to Urbanize, the new 100,000 square-foot structure will include office, retail and a community center. Here’s a first look. The complex will be designed by Aufgang Architects, who redeveloped the historic Victoria Theatre, on the other end of 125th Street in Harlem.

Aufgang Architects/Madd Equities via Urbanize

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The Africa Center reveals New Spaces

 

 

 

The Africa Center, along Museum Mile at 1280 Fifth Avenue at 110th Street in East Harlem

Today, YIMBY posted that the Africa Center has commissioned Caples Jefferson Architects to complete new spaces within the property to support a lush calendar of exhibitions, performances, and educational events. Located at 1280 Fifth Avenue at 110th Street in East Harlem, The Africa Center occupies 70,000 square feet of the building and is spread across three floors.

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El Museo del Barrio Presents a Monumental Survey of Latinx Contemporary Art, Estamos Bien ~ La Triennial 20/21, in March, 2021

 

 

 

Dominique Duroseau; b. 1978, Chicago, IL; raised in Haiti; lives and works in Newark, NJ

On March 13, 2021, El Museo del Barrio will open its doors to Estamos Bien ~ La Triennial 20/21, the museum’s first national large-scale survey of Latinx contemporary art. The exhibition will feature more than 40 artists from across the United States and Puerto Rico.

Virtual Opening to take place on March 12th at 6:00pm with RSVP.

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Carmen Herrera Mural Unveiled in East Harlem

 

 

 

Unveiling Image via Publicolor on Twitter!

The much anticipated Carmen Herrera designed mural, Uno Dos Tres, was unveiled today (November 5, 2020) in East Harlem’s JHS99, which houses semi-autonomous ‘mini-schools.’  Through the spring and summer of 2020, the artist worked with the nonprofit Publicolor to install the 54-foot wide by 17-foot tall artwork, which was meant to be installed last May in celebration of Herrera’s 105th birthday.

The artist passed away, a year later on February 13, 2022 at the age of 106. She passed away in her loft in Lower Manhattan that had been her home for sixty years.

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It’s a #FlowerFlash ~ a gift from Lewis Miller Design to the Ralph Lauren Cancer Center in East Harlem

 

 

 

#FlowerFlash from Lewis Miller Design at Ralph Lauren Center in East Harlem

The heavily trafficked East 124th Street, just off Marcus Garvey Park, was treated to a #FlowerFlash today by our favorite Flower Flash design company, Lewis Miller Design.

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MTA’s Second Avenue Subway Community Information Center on East 125th Street

 

 

Second Avenue Subway Community Information Center, 69 East 125th Street.

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.

Update November, 2021: MTA officials are “now bullish on getting early $3 billion from the federal government to cover half of the potential cost of extending the Second Avenue subway, indicating that we are now in the Engineering Stage of Phase 2.

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Open Streets ~ East Harlem through October!

 

 

Photo courtesy Carey King, Uptown Grand Central

As we all navigate through the trials and tribulations of COVID-19 and social distancing, a very cool activity has emerged ~ Open Streets. Each weekend, some of our favorite restaurants open from Friday through Sunday, outdoor seating and eating, sidewalk chalking, board games and much more is happening on the car-free streets of East Harlem.

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Sprinkle Splash Sweet Shoppe Reopens in the Historic La Marqueta Market

 

 

 

Check out the new cupcake/cake vending machine!

Update 2022 ~ CLOSED & moved to Miami

New York City delights in its myriad of neighborhoods, each with its local restaurants and shops of all kinds. As we hold our collective breath on the survival of our favorite local haunts, we breath a grateful sigh of relief when lights go on, and doors open ~ even if only for take-out.

And so it was with great relief when we learned that the historic East Harlem Market, La Marqueta, would be opening its doors again, with one of the best-kept-bakery secrets in town, Sprinkle Splash Bake Shoppe.

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Gourmet Bistro, Amuse Bouche Located in the Historic La Marqueta Market, East Harlem

 

 

 

Amuse Bouche Bistro reopens in La Marqueta

Oh, how New Yorkers enjoyed the gourmet bistro, Amuse Bouche, when they opened their doors in the historic East Harlem La Marqueta Market last year. It quickly became a go-to place for a wide selection of tempting treats, fresh baked goods, sumptuous prepared meals, finely brewed coffees and teas ~ and a great place to meet for Sunday Brunch.

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El Museo del Barrio reopens on September 12th with Taller Boricua: A Political Printshop in New York

 

 

Marcos Dimas | Tiempo pasado | 1975 | Oil on canvas | 54 x 50 inches (137.2 x 127 cm) | Collection of El Museo del Barrio, New York, Museo Purchase Fund and a matching gift from the National Endowment for the Arts | acc# P92.43 | Artwork © Marcos Dimas | Image © El Museo del Barrio, New York

The Museum’s physical reopening will be celebrated with Taller Boricua: A Political Print Shop in New York, the first monograph exhibition in three decades about the East Harlem-based Nuyorican collective workshop and alternative space. Curated by Rodrigo Moura, Chief Curator of El Museo del Barrio, the exhibition had been postponed due to the temporary closure, and is now on view as of September 12, 2020 through January 17, 2021.

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La Marqueta in El Barrio seeks Community Partner

 

 

NYCEDC issued this request for proposals on behalf of the City of New York. They are seeking qualified proposals from community organizations, consultants, agencies or companies with experience in event planning and execution, marketing, branding, public relations, food and beverage sales and marketing, and/or community outreach to serve as a Community Partner for La Marqueta Public Market (“La Marqueta”).

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Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the First ‘Percent for Art’ Installation, ‘Growth’ and artist Jorge Luis Rodriguez in Harlem Art Park ~ July 5, 2020

 

 

 

Image of Mayor Edward Koch who was the originator of the Percent for Art Program, along with Bess Myerson and the artist, Jorge Luis Rodriguez at ribbon cutting for ‘Growth’ in 1985 in the Art Park. Image via New York City Percent for Art courtesy of the Artist

*A 2021 Update ~ Art Park will be celebrating the 36th Anniversary on Saturday, June 26th from Noon to 5:00pm with art, music and more.

On June 26th, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs will celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Percent for Art Program, and its first art installation, Growth, by sculpture artist, Jorge Luis Rodriguez. Here are some wonderful images of the artist and Growth as it was being created, and a few thoughts on this historic occasion by the artist when we visited his studio in May, 2020.

Due to bad weather, the celebration has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 5th from Noon to 2:00pm. Stop by and meet the artist, Jorge Luis Rodriguez at Art Park. Please remember to wear a mask. Social distancing will be in place.

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Zaro’s Family Bakery Opens on East 125th Street

 

 

 

Update September 17, 2020 ~ Lights on….Doors open ~ Reopened!

  • Closed due to COVID-19. Waiting for an update.

This well-established, family-owned bakery, Zaro’s, first opened its doors in 1927, shortly after arriving from Eastern Europe, through Ellis Island. In the 1950s, the next generation expanded the business, and in 1977, opened the first of its four Grand Central Station shops ~ then Penn Station, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal, with a total of 11 ~ until last week when they opened their doors along 125th Street in East Harlem.

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The 43rd Annual Three Kings Day Parade ~ January 6, 2020 in El Barrio

 

 

 

Image courtesy El Museo del Barrio

El Museo Del Barrio Presents The 43rd Annual Three Kings Day Parade which will be held on Monday, January 6, 2020. The Parade, entitled Nuestros Barrios Unidos: Celebrating our Collective Strength, will celebrate immigrant and migrant communities of past and present that continue to keep history alive by celebrating the cultural traditions of El Barrio and beyond. Grand Marshall will be Marco Saavedra, Immigrant Rights Activist and Member of “The Dream 9”.

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

 

 

 

August 17, 2019 in front of Madison Avenue Headquarters, with a view north toward 125th Street and Promise Academy in the background on the left

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 April 1, 2020 at the age of 44, just weeks before beginning his prison sentence. It is suspected that his death was related to the Coronavirus.

Below, a bit of recent history on this group, known as Black Hebrew Israelites.

The  video taken on January 18, 2019, on the day of the Pro-Life March in Washington D.C. between Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann and the Black Hebrew Israelites, brought attention to the little-known group ~ The Black Hebrew Israelites, who were involved in the initial confrontation that day. (As a side note, a year later, in August of 2020, Nicholas Sandmann spoke at the Republican Convention and was hired by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to work as a grassroots director for the McConnell reelection campaign). From the language used in the video, it appeared that the five Black Hebrew Israelites in the video were part of a division called Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge (ISUPK), known to demonstrate at the corner of Seventh and H Streets in Washington D.C. This group, headquartered in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, occasionally makes an appearance in Harlem, staging themselves in front of CVS Pharmacy on the corner of Lenox Avenue and 125th Street, megaphone in hand, spewing their hateful rhetoric, and most recently on the opposite side of Lenox Avenue, between 124th-125th Streets.

On Tuesday, December 10, 2019, the Black Hebrew Israelite movement was once again in the news when David Anderson, a one-time follower of the Black Hebrew Israelites, brought hate and violence to Jersey City in a murderous spree.

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Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island) at El Museo del Barrio ~ November 20, 2019

 

 

 

Zilia Sánchez, Lunar con tatuaje (Moon with Tattoo), c. 1968/96. Acrylic on stretched canvas, 71 x 72 x 12 in., Collection of theartist, Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., New York

Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island) is the first museum retrospective of the prolific, innovative, and yet largely unknown artist Zilia Sánchez (b. 1926, Havana – lives and works in San Juan). The exhibition features over 40 works from the early 1950s to the present, including paintings, works on paper, shaped canvases, sculptural pieces, graphic illustrations, and ephemera.

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Historic Harlem Fire Watchtower Ribbon Cutting ~ October 26, 2019

 

 


The long-awaited ribbon-cutting for the restoration and unveiling of the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower took place on Saturday, October 26, 2019, to the delight of the entire community. Come along with us as we walk up to the Acropolis and celebrate the watchtower’s return.

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Spending the Day with the 2019 Party on Park in East Harlem

 

 

 

It’s Party Time! The Annual Party on Park, organized by Uptown Grand Central, took place on Sunday, September 22nd from Noon to 4:00pm. The Event went from 116th Street to 125th Street, along Park Avenue. If you didn’t make it this year, check out a few photos below.

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Uptown Grand Central Paints East 125th Street with Uptown GrandScale ~ East Harlem

 

 

 

Uptown GrandScale, Saturday, September 7, 2019 ~ ‘Harlem’ mural by Maria Castillo aka TooFly-NYC

Uptown Grand Central has stepped out from under the 125th Street viaduct along Park Avenue to transform fifteen hundred feet of construction fencing into a canvas for fifty artists.

We followed Carey King, Director of Uptown Grand Central and Project Organizer, Ayana Hosten, a veteran from the #100GatesProject in East Harlem, when the project began on August 3, 2019 with the artist Gera Lozano (@geraluz) and fellow-artists, WERC, Crow, Jill Folino and Kristy McCarthy, painting the entire south-west corner at Park Avenue and 125th Street.

@geraluz, August 3, 2019

Beginning Saturday, September 7th, the GrandScale Mural Project will kick-off the first of three weekends, transforming construction fencing on both sides of the 125th Street viaduct, to conclude in time for the annual East Harlem Event ~ Party on Park.

On Saturday, September 7th, painting will begin at 10am and continue to 7pm, with DJ Tedsmooth arriving at 3pm to begin celebrating the end of the day.

The dates include Saturday, September 7; Saturday, September 14th and Sunday, September 22nd during Party on Park.

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