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




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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.

MMPCIA Members and Volunteers will be dressed in period clothing, and we hear that tour-goers will be dancing the night away at the after party along with the Harlem Swing Dance Society.

Photo courtesy of John McGuinness, Lic. Associate RE Broker, Compass

The Tour will start at Pelham Fritz Recreational Center located at 18 Mount Morris Park West, running from 11am to 4pm with the self-guided tour of homes. 1:00-2:00pm join renowned historian Michael Henry Adams for an hour long walking tour, exploring homes and haunts of such Mount Morris Park notables as John Dwight (Arm & Hammer), composers Richard Rogers (The Sound of Music) and Lorenz Hart (My Funny Valentinne), as well as Dr. Maya Angelou and others.

Image courtesy MMPCIA

4pm “Not too slow and not too fast but a real good time while it lasts ~ at” ~ it’s the after party. Soul Food, Entertainment, and Swing Dance lessons to end the perfect day.

Advance ticket Purchase $60/ Day of the Tour, Ticket Purchase $75.

This is a good time to mention the annual Mount Morris Park Scholarship Award by MMPCIA, a way to honor college-bound Harlem high school seniors.

Harlem between 110th Street to 129th Street, and from Madison Avenue to Morningside Park.

Pelham Fritz Community Center is located in the historic Marcus Garvey Park ~ a park that is anxiously awaiting the return of its historic Harlem Fire Watchtower. Take a walk up the Acropolis for a view of the surrounding area.

Would you like a piece of history in your own home, or are you restoring a home? Here’s a great place to visit. The newly relocated Demolition Depot.

While you’re in the Park, check out Studio Museum/inHarlem’s art installation, Maren Hassinger: Monuments, on view in the Park (for one more day!) through June 10th.

As you view Monuments on the Madison Avenue side of the Park, you’ll be passing by the basketball court, recently painted by Creative Courts  and Public Color!

And two art installations sponsored by Public Art Initiative ~ I don’t Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Ah me.…by artist José Carlos Casado, and Peaceful Perch by artists Kim Dacres & Daniel A. Matthews.

Beautiful buildings on Lenox Avenue between 119th/120th Streets in Harlem. Lenox Avenue ~ Restaurant Row ~ a great place to have lunch. It is in between Subway #2/3 at 116th Street and 125th Street subway stops.

Keep up to date on the Park with the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.

Up for more walking? Check out the three blocks designated by Landmark Preservation Commission last year. They are located between 130th and 132nd Streets, between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.

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