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  • Inside the 2018 Apollo Theater Spring Gala

    By Miles Marshall Lewis Harlem’s historic 125th Street once again earns its bona fides as the center of black America Monday night, when the legendary Apollo Theater hosts its 13th annual Spring Gala. Hosted by Tony-nominated In Living Color alumni David Alan Grier, the annual fundraising benefit with the starry red carpet plans to throw back to the 1990s: performers include Tony! Toni! Toné!, Salt-N-Pepa and Bell Biv DeVoe. (Newbies Sarah Ikumu and 4th Ave, straight from Showtime at the Apollo, will also appear.) Per usual, proceeds raised all support the nonprofit Apollo organization’s educational and artistic programming in the Harlem community. “Now more than ever, we recognize the importance of nurturing the next generation of community thought leaders,” says Jonelle Procope, president and CEO of the Apollo Theater. “The Spring Gala gives us an opportunity to celebrate our legacy as an ever-present driving force in music, but it also gives us a chance to highlight the importance of our year-round community and education programs. Throughout its 84-year legacy, the Apollo has always nurtured young talent, musically and professionally, providing a springboard for countless careers. As we have all stood on the shoulders of others, it is very important that we give our young people the same opportunities and let them stand on ours.” Oakland, California’s Tony! Toni! Toné! paved the way for neo-soul on hits like “Feels Good” and “Anniversary,” rarely regrouping since 1996 when singer-songwriter Raphael Saadiq went solo. Rap duo Salt-N-Pepa (“Shoop,” “Push It”) still maintain the all-time-highest selling album by female MCs: 1993’s Very Necessary. Reports recently revealed that New Edition members Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill have split from the group, the remaining members of which will now be known as RBRM (i.e., Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky and Mike). But sans Bobby, that subset has always gone by Bell Biv DeVoe, and the trio will bring their signature energy behind hits like “Poison” and “Do Me!” to the Apollo stage Monday night. Annually, the Apollo Spring Gala throws light on a specific corporation for its community leadership and exceptional philanthropy. 2018’s Corporate Award will be presented to SiriusXM satellite radio. President and chief content officer Scott Greenstein is expected to accept the honor on the company’s behalf. “We are thrilled to receive this recognition and extremely grateful to the Apollo Theater and its community,” Greenstein shared in a statement. “We feel a kinship for and share a credo with the Apollo: we believe in the power of diversity, and making available multi-ayered programming that celebrates unfettered free speech and a chorus of diverse voices. Our commitment to the Apollo and its community is strong and years deep as we have hosted multiple exclusive and landmark shows at the venue throughout the years. SiriusXM is honored to receive this award and looks forward to many continued successful collaborations.” The star-studded evening concludes in a post-performance party, featuring DJ D-Nice on the turntables. TICKETS


    Take in the beauty and rich legacy of your favorite place at your favorite price with Experience Harlem. We’ve done the legwork for you and put together a comprehensive guide for any and everything you would want to get into over the summer; with more than 33 events for the family; O.G.s, new jacks, music buffs, film lovers, sexy people and everyone else. So whether you’re booed up, or getting ready to let that thang loose, it’s #HarlemSummer, baby, and it’s all Gratis. Free99. No cash required. #FreeHarlem. See you out in these streets. Film A Luv Tale: The Series and Film Saturday, June 9, 2018 3:00pm -8:00pm 150 Convent Avenue Set in culturally rich and historic Harlem, A LUV TALE is an edgy romantic comedy—digital series that examines friendship between four beautiful and cultural lesbians of color navigating their complex lives through a world of art, music, consciousness and love. This special Pride program is part film screening, part conversation and part uptown hang. RSVP Required. More Info Fruitvale Station Friday, June 15, 2018 8:00pm Marcus Garvey Park Fruitvale Station is a American biographical drama film written and directed by Ryan Coogler. It is Coogler’s first feature-length film and is based on the events leading to the death of Oscar Grant, a young man who was killed in 2009 by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle at the Fruitvale district station of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system in Oakland. The film stars Michael B. Jodan as Oscar Grant with Kevin Durand and Michael Murray playing the two BART police officers involved in Grant’s death, although their names were changed for the film. Melonie Diaz, Ahna O’Reilly and, Octavia Spencer also stars in the film. Fruitvale Station debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film. It was screened at the Cannes Film Festival where it won the award for Best First Film. More Info Baadasssss: Soul Train Tribute Friday, June 29, 2018 8:00pm Marcus Garvey Park Baadasssss is an American biopic, written/produced/directed by and starring Mario Van Peebles. The film is based on the struggles of Van Peebles’ father Melvin Van Peebles, as he attempts to film and distribute Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, a film that was widely credited with showing Hollywood that a viable African-American audience existed, and thus influencing the creation of the Blaxploitation genre. The film also stars Joy Bryant, Nia Long, Ossie Davis, Paul Rodriguez, Rainn Wilson, and Terry Crews. More Info Fences Friday, July 20, 2018 8:00pm St. Nicholas Park Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes. Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son’s (Jovan Adepo) chance to meet a college football recruiter. The film also stars Viola Davis and Stephan Henderson. More Info Whose Streets Monday, July 23, 2018 8:00pm Marcus Garvey Park Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance. Filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis know this story because they are the story. Whose Streets? is a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live. More Info Black Panther Saturday, August 11, 2018 8:00pm Marcus Garvey Park After the death of his father, T’Challa (returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people. The film stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther, alongside Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. More Info A Wrinkle in Time: Kids Night Out Saturday, August 25, 2018 8:00pm St. Nicholas Park Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, have been without their scientist father, Mr. Murry, for five years, ever since he discovered a new planet and used the concept known as a tesseract to travel there. Joined by Meg’s classmate Calvin O’Keefe and guided by the three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, the children brave a dangerous journey to a planet that possesses all of the evil in the universe. Cast Includes: Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Michael Peña. More Info Love Beats Rhymes: BLACK GIRL MAGIC! Friday, September 7, 2018 8:00pm St. Nicholas Park When struggling rapper Coco (Azealia Banks) enrolls in a poetry class, she thinks her rhymes will impress her teacher, Professor Dixon (Jill Scott). Instead, Dixon challenges Coco to seek real meaning in her lyrics, setting her on a journey of discovery that takes her through rap clubs and poetry slams, leading her to find her true voice – and true love – in this uplifting movie costarring Lucien Laviscount and Common More Info Live Music Jazzmobile  at Marcus Garvey Park Marcus Garvey Park: July 6, 13, 20, 27 7:00pm Ulysses S. Grant Memorial: August 1, 7, 8 7:00pm The Great Hill in Central Park (Central Park West and 106th Street): August 4, 4:00-7:00pm What better way to kick off the weekend than with live music? Every Friday, starting in July, you got plans. And they involve jazz, the outdoors and pretty people. More Info SummerStage: Alice Smith, Akata and DJ Stormin Norman Wednesday, August 15, 2018 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Marcus Garvey Park Alice Smith, an emotive soul singer whose single “Dream” was nominated for a Grammy, is known for her gripping live performances. The D.C. and Georgia-bred Smith, who now calls Brooklyn her home, is joined by British rapper, poet and political activist Akala. Opening the show is DJ Stormin Norman, who has been a staple of Harlem’s vibrant music scenes since the ‘90s. More Info SummerStage: Pape Diouf and La Génération Consciente Saturday, August 18, 2018 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Marcus Garvey Park Pape Diouf, who’s been dubbed “the future of Senegalese music” by the legendary Youssou N’Dour, has been making hit records since the mid-1990s. His dynamic music, which melds traditions of dance and mbalax, will be performed with his band La Génération Consciente in Marcus Garvey Park this August. featuring pre show African Drums Workshop and The Big Good Wolf performance from the CityParks PuppetMobile, 4pm. More Info SummerStage: Rapsody Sunday, August 19, 2018 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Marcus Garvey Park This year, the talented wordsmith Rapsody was the only woman nominated for a Best Rap Album Grammy. But she’s hardly a newcomer; Rapsody’s been shaking up hip-hop for over a decade, and claimed the only guest verse on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, on “Complexion.” Fans can expect cuts from the Grammy-nominated album Laila’s Wisdom, where she tackles gnarled topics not limited to beauty standards and breakups, with the singular finesse that only a true star can do. More Info SummerStage: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Friday, August 24, 2018 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Marcus Garvey Park In 1968, Jazz trumpeter Charles Tolliver recorded his debut album, Paper Man.  Praised for its explorative, avant-garde approach, the record includes six of Tolliver’s original compositions, and features renowned jazz musicians Gary Bartz, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Joe Chambers.  Tolliver will be performing alongside Bartz at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in August 2018, celebrating fifty years since the completion of Paper Man.  Additional guests include jazz-fusion multi instrumentalist Jack DeJohnette, and Buster Williams, the bassist responsible for backing Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, and Bobby McFerrin. Rising vocalist Brianna Thomas will kick off the evening in association with Jazzmobile.  More Info Summer in the City Friday, August 18, 2018 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm 135th Street There are many parts to “Summer in the City,” an all-day affair on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., on W. 135th St. between Malcolm X and Frederick Douglass Blvds. Highlights will include an International Vendors Village of clothing, arts and crafts and jewelry; the Senegalese Village, representing the African portion of Harlem’s immigrant flavor; and the Children’s Festival, featuring the Kalabante Circus, dance, sports clinics and free health screenings. More Info Uptown Saturday Concert Saturday, August 18, 2018 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 135th Street & St. Nicholas Ave. Stage The St. Nicholas Ave. stage is where the “Uptown Saturday Concert” will be showcasing top headlining artists to close stage activity for the day. More Info Art inHarlem Gallery Tour | Firelei Báez: Joy Out of Fire May 1–November 24, 2018 The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Join the Studio Museum in Harlem inside the Latimer/Edison Gallery at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for a tour of Firelei Báez: Joy Out of Fire. In this exhibition, Báez features women whose legacies are preserved and maintained by the archives of the Schomburg Center. During the gallery tour, visitors will explore the artist’s practice of using photographs, letters, and other archival materials to create large-scale, imaginative portraits. This dynamic and immersive inHarlemtour will have something for everyone: adults, families and kids of all ages are welcome! More Info The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents: “Antigone” Performances July 7-29 (Tuesday through Sundays 8:00pm) (Fridays 8:30pm) Marcus Garvey Park Back for its sixth season of free theater performances in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park the company presents a work that showcases the strength and voices of audacious women responding to rigid societal inequities and showcases ancient ideas that have taken center stage in the current climate: order, law, justice and marginalized voices confronting power and patriarchy. Calling on the cultural landscape of African-American traditions and inspired by the Afropunk movement, while also adhering to the Greek tragic form; this fresh reimagining of the classic story will captivate, stun and inspire audiences from all backgrounds. More Info SummerStage: Jeremy McQueen’s Black Iris Project Thursday, August 16, 2018 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Marcus Garvey Park Choreographer Jeremy McQueen’s ballet collective, The Black Iris Project, has been using movement to celebrate black artists since 2016. At SummerStage, the performance will include “MADIBA”, a ballet inspired by the life of the late Nelson Mandela, whose 100th birthday is being commemorated this year. More Info Festivals 9th Annual Harlem Pride Celebration Day Saturday, June 23, 2018 12:00pm-6:00pm 12th Avenue between West 135th and West 138th Street Our Harlem Pride Celebration Day features live entertainment and community tables.  This family-oriented festival serves as our greatest opportunity to bring the community together to celebrate our lives and our community! More Info Shop Harlem Live: Harlem Artisanal Fair Saturday, June 23, 2018 11:00am-4:00pm St. Nicholas Ave between 117th and 118th Shop Harlem Live Harlem is taking the streets in 2018! Explore the products and experiences that 50+ local artisans and small businesses have to offer at the outdoor Artisanal Fair! More Info Harlem Week July 29-August 25 135th Street What began in 1974 as a one-day tribute to Harlem has evolved over four decades into a monthlong celebration of the community’s rich economic, political and cultural history. Things kick off on July 29 with “A Great Day in Harlem” and reach a fever pitch during the bursting-at-the-seams weekend of events held under the banner of “Summer in the City” and “Harlem Day,” including an auto show, children’s festival, small-business expo, fashion show, educational fair, outdoor film screening and a dancing-in-the-street party. And on the final day of this celebration (August 25), there’s the Percy Sutton 5K Run. More Info Go Africa Street Festival Thursday, July 14th, 2018 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Marcus Garvey Park The Street festival among other things is a celebration of the city’s African diversity with excellent displays of the unique goods and services provided by African & Caribbean merchants on 116th street and throughout the NYC metro area. There will be two (2) stages showcasing dance, art, music and dress from various regions throughout Africa and the Caribbean with direct participation from the African community & Cultural groups, consulates and embassies from the city’s five boroughs and NY Region. More Info 116th Street Festival Saturday, June 9, 2018 11:00 am – 5:00 pm 116th Street The globally recognized and biggest Latin Festival in the North East will be returning on June 9th, 2018, for its 32nd Celebration. The 116th Street Festival will host various music, fun, art, and food influenced by the Puerto Rican and Hispanic culture, with an added extra spark of excitement as the festival celebrates its 33rd year celebration. More Info Harlem Book Fair Saturday, July 21, 2018  10:00am – 6:00pm 135th Street between Adam Clayton Powell and Malcolm X Blvds Bibliophiles and those who love them can get their literary life at the annual Harlem Book Festival, the largest African American book fair in the U.S. For one day in Saturday each year, 135th Street is lined with authors, exhibition booths, workshops, panel discussions, food, handmade crafts, and of course, books, and lots of them. Notable participating authors have included Maya Angelou, Cornel West, Sonia Sanchez, Amiri Baraka, Walter Mosley, Terry McMillan, Touré, Farai Chideya, Stanley Crouch, Nelson George, and Mark Anthony Neal. Free. More Info A Great Day in Harlem Sunday, July 29, 2018  1:00pm – 8:30pm U.S. Grant National Memorial Park; West 122nd & Riverside Drive With an expected attendance of 40,000+ “A Great Day in Harlem” is a day-long family-oriented event.  Participants can enjoy an Outdoor Festival, Picnic, Fashion Show and Concerts, saluting Gospel, Dance, Theater, Latin, Rhythm & Blues and Jazz.  There will also be arts & crafts, food from around the world, vendors, exhibitions, corporate exhibits, career recruitment and much more! More Info Sundae Sermon: For the Love of Harlem Sunday, August 12, 2018 1:00pm-6:00pm St. Nicholas Park; 135th Street Harlem’s most beloved dance party returns and promises to be a stone cold groove as legendary DJ Stormin Norman spins classic hip-hop, soul, Afrobeat and house. Revel in the sun with Harlem’s most beautiful, who spill into the park after church, brunch or sleeping in ready to mix, mingle and move. If your hands are not in the air at least once during the day, you may want to get your soul checked. Family-friendly. More Info Mafrika Music Festival Sunday, June 17, 2018 12:00pm-6:00pm Marcus Garvey Park; 120th Street Back again for its 12th Anniversary, the 2018 Mafrika Music Festival presented by Burkinabé Entertainment will be bringing global music and arts to Harlem on Sunday, June 17th at Marcus Garvey Park. More Info Party Time Uptown Fridays! Friday, July 27, 2018 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Studio Museum Courtyard Come celebrate with us as the sounds of Libation’s Manchildblack and Ian Friday transform our courtyard for this special edition of Uptown Fridays! Enjoy signature cocktails and drink specials as we toast the Museum before our groundbreaking. Guests are also invited to browse our Museum Store’s incredible selection of books, jewelry, t-shirts, and gifts. Bring a friend or come solo and make a few during a festive evening of art and culture! More Info First Fridays at the Schomburg Friday, August 3rd, 2018 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture In honor of legendary DJ Larry Levan, guests at our 5th annual House Music Edition of First Fridays will jam all night long to house music! Levan was a house music pioneer in New York City, best known for his decade-long residency at the popular New York City nightclub Paradise Garage. Levan’s cult followers refer to his hours-long sets as “Saturday Mass,” as he experimented with drum machines and synthesizers, popularizing an electronic, post-disco sound that launched the house music movement. More Info Sweet Spot Festival: A Party Called Rosie Perez Saturday, August 4, 2018 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm West Harlem Pier Park The Sweet Spot Festival is a FREE family friendly event series, bringing Harlem’s increasingly diverse community together on the Hudson through a rotating collection of North America’s most-renowned sound architects. More Info Fitness Percy Sutton 5K Saturday, August 25, 2018 8:30 am 135th Street and St. Nicholas Ave This 5K race honors the late Percy Sutton, who as Manhattan borough president in the 1970s championed the New York City Marathon as a five-borough event and remained a supporter of NYRR and running throughout his life; he passed away in 2009. The run celebrates historic Harlem and is part of HARLEM WEEK, one of the northeast area’s largest cultural celebrations. More Info Harlem Run: Monday Night Run Every Monday  7:00 pm Marcus Garvey Park Every Monday Harlem Run meets for a 3-6 mile social run beginning at 7pm in Marcus Garvey Park. Bags can be left at Harlem Shake (124th Street & Lenox Avenue) by 6:55pm More Info Harlem One-Miler June 17th 10:00am-1:00pm Marcus Garvey Park A 1-mile race benefiting Harlem United designed for runners of all ages and abilities. Harlem United’s mission is to provide 100 percent access to quality HIV and AIDS care for all clients regardless of race, socio-economic status or sexual orientation; ensure that clients remain connected to treatment and obtain the best possible health outcomes; provide quality HIV prevention, housing and care services in a safe and nurturing environment; unite Harlem’s diverse communities and address the needs of all people living with and threatened by HIV and AIDS; and empower clients physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. More Info Family Fun 13th Annual NYC Kid Festival Saturday, June 16, 2018 2-7PM Morningside Park at 110th Street NYC KidsFest is a free, one-day family performing arts festival bringing acts of outstanding artistic quality to New York families. Packed with music, theater, dance, storytelling and much more, this festival promises to delight, inspire and arouse the imaginations of children of all ages. More Info Back to School Fashion Show Saturday, August 19, 2018 135th Street There’s nothing new about style, flair or fashion in Harlem, so it’s no surprise that fashion has been an integral part of Harlem Week since the event’s infancy. Harlem Week’s final fashion event is the “Back-to-School” children’s show. The show will feature various styles of sweat suits, tutus, barrettes and bows, vests, evening clothing and daywear. More Info Talks and Readings Letters to Langston: Snapshots of an LGBT Life Thursday, June 14, 2018 6:30pm-8:30pm Apollo Theater Soundstage Apollo Live Wire celebrates Harlem’s LGBT community, its friends and neighbors with a presentation on Langston Hughes by Harlem historian and Columbia University Community Scholar, John Reddick. Letters to Langston: Snapshots of an LGBT Life will reflect on Hughes’ LGBT friends, colleagues, and romantic associations as viewed through the “camera” lens of his friend, long-time letter correspondent and photographer Carl Van Vechten. The presentation will also include readings of Hughes poetry and musical selections. More Info Consecrating the Cosmos: Masquerade, Performance and Spirituality in Carnival Traditions Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture An evening with Nyugen E. Smith and D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem in conversation on masquerade, performance and spirituality in Carnival traditions in the African Diaspora through the lens of Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago. They will also discuss how these traditions have informed Nyugen’s work and the work of other artists in the Diaspora. The program will begin with a collaborative performance activation by Smith and Duyst-Akpem of Rivers, Houston Conwill’s  site-specific lobby art installation honor that honors Langston Hughes and Arturo A. Schomburg with a cosmogram inspired by Hughes’s poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.” More Info

  • York Theatre Company – Lonesome Blues

    The world premiere musical Lonesome Blues is the true story of the legendary bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson: born blind, but ultimately able to express his deepest emotions through music. Discovered on a street corner in the Deep Ellum section of Dallas, Texas in 1925, Jefferson made more than 80 records over the next four years, becoming one the most prolific and influential performers of his generation and propelling the growth of rhythm and blues, soul, doo-wop, rap, and hip-hop. Building on the success of their earlier musical Blind Lemon Blues, presented by the York in 2007 and 2009, Alan Govenar and Akin Babatundé have used new research to probe deeper into the life and psyche of Blind Lemon Jefferson. In Lonesome Blues, Babatundé plays more than ten different roles, channeling the spirits of men and women alike, in a journey that is at once evocative, troubling, and transformative. Songs and monologues bring to life the voice of Blind Lemon Jefferson, his community, and his musical contemporaries, including Blind Willie Johnson, Lillian Glinn, Hattie Hudson, Bobbie Cadillac, and Lead Belly—all coming together in Jefferson’s mind on the day of his death, December 19, 1929, in Chicago. Strictly Limited Engagement | June 12 – July 1, 2018 York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s 619 Lexington Avenue (Entrance on 54th Street) New York, NY 10022 Tickets $30* with code BLUES30 (reg. $67.50-$72.50) *Based on availability. Restrictions apply. Price does not include fees for online and telephone orders. There are three easy ways to purchase tickets: Click here Call 212.935.5820 and mention code Present this offer, or mention code  at The York Theatre Box Office, 619 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022

  • New Year, New Beginnings!

    Harlem Business Alliance Set Bigger Goals! 275 Lenox Avenue (Between 124th and 123rd Street) Aim higher in the new year! Make sure 2019 brings you closer to your goals by creating a Dream Board over drinks in the Harlem Business Alliance’s Wine and Wishes Workshop on January 22nd. Mindful Harlem Meditate on Them! 2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd (Entrance on 119th St) Mindful Harlem is a non-profit meditation center created by and for the people of Harlem. Their safe and supportive environment helps people to learn and deepen their practice of mindfulness in community whether you’re sitting in for a talk or dropping in for a meditation session. Harlem Run Get Active & Get Fit Marcus Garvey Park Harlem Run welcome runners, walkers and joggers of all sizes, ages and abilities as they run the streets of our iconic neighborhood and get fit together. Plus; Membership is FREE! Get started this week during the Monday Night Run or at Harlem Gets Fit on Thursday nights. Bikram Yoga Harlem $50 for 1 Month of Yoga! 518 West 145th Street Start on your 2019 fitness goals now! Bikram Yoga Harlem creates an environment where students can come and practice their yoga in an empowering and encouraging space. Laugh, struggle, sweat and challenge yourself in their hot box with their NEW Student Special of $50 for a month of yoga! The 125 Collection Body & Soul Care NiLu Gift Store Everything down to the scents that you breathe hold a great deal of impact on your life. Create new energy by getting fresh local fragrances for your home at Harlem’s Favorite boutique, NiLu Gift Store. The Boys and Girls Club of Harlem Give Back 521 West 145th Street The Boys & Girls Club of Harlem is always ready for community members to step forward to help Harlem’s kids. Touching the lives of over 1,000 youth and their families, they depend on people from around the neighborhood reaching back and taking time from their day to help advance the next generation of kids growing up with big dreams! Seasoned Vegan Eating Clean 55 St. Nicholas Avenue (Between 112th and 113th) Cut the garbage out of your diet and get started on a plan for cleaner eating at Seasoned Vegan which specializes in creating vegan soul food which captures all the best flavors from the diaspora using only natural and organic produce! I Love Kickboxing Sweat it Out 47 West 116th Street Do more for your body and well-being than you ever thought possible in 2019! Sign up online and you can fight back against the holiday weight gain at just $20 for a free pair of gloves and access to your first three classes! Take Yourself to Church You’ve been putting it off for long enough. Start 2019 off the best way that you know how and that’s with God. Whether you decide to check out Abyssinian’s service which address the varied needs of a multi-generational congregation or First Corinthians that makes sure their doors are open to women and the LGBTQ community, make sure 2019 is about feeding your spirit as well. Bibi Salon Get a New Look 2220 Frederick Douglass Blvd (Between 118th and 119th Streets) Get a new upscale look for 2019 in Upper Manhattan’s hottest, trendy, chic, full-service salon specializing in color and relaxers for all hair types. It’s multicultural and internationally trained staff are equipped to address dry and damaged hair and scalp due to over-processing, chemical breakage and color corrections. Harlem Center for Aesthetic Dentistry A New Smile for Your New Look 470 Malcolm X Blvd Suite 1D Nothing will cement your 2009-2019 glow up more than a nicer smile! Good oral health is an investment and with plenty of options for financing, Dr. Robertson and his team are focused on helping each client feel secure as they start their journey toward a better and brighter smile for the new year!

  • This weekend! Soul Train Award winner NICOLE HENRY returns to GINNY’s – June 22 & 23

    NICOLE HENRY at Ginny’s Supper Club at The Red Rooster – New York, NY Friday & Saturday, June 22 & 23 – 7pm & 9pm Reserve your tickets today! For tickets: Click here Nicole Henry has established herself as one of the jazz world’s most acclaimed vocalists, possessing a potent combination of dynamic vocal abilities, impeccable phrasing, and powerful emotional resonance. Ms. Henry’s passionate, soulful voice and heart-felt charisma has earned her a Soul Train Award for “Best Traditional Jazz Performance,” three Top-10 U.S. Billboard and HMV Japan jazz albums. Heralded by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Japan Times, El Pais, Jazz Times, Essence and more, Ms. Henry tells real stories through repertoire from the American Songbook, classic and contemporary jazz, contemporary standards, blues and originals. “I had the sense of being in the presence of a pop-soul superwoman whose every gesture and inflection conveyed confidence and mastery…. time and again she invested familiar songs with an extra fillip of conviction and made you reconsider the words.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times “…That predicted time of greatness has arrived. Nicole Henry emerges hands down as this generation’s First Lady of Jazz.” – Sean Martinfield, Huffington Post.

  • First Time Homebuyer’s Seminar

    Please join us for a fun and informative First Time Homebuyer’s Seminar! Representatives from Klara Madlin Real Estate and Investor’s Bank will discuss the following to help you plan for this exciting milestone: The Preapproval Process Pre‐home Buying Do’s & Don’ts Step‐by‐step Guide to Buying an Apartment Advantages of Owning vs. Renting Differences Between a Co‐Op and a Condo Selecting an Experienced Broker Come enjoy some summer rosé and fresh sushi, and learn all of this and more! Plus—take a tour of the furnished model residences at The Highbridge, Washington Heights’ newest luxury condominium. Registration is required and space is limited. Please RSVP today to reserve your spot! DATE AND TIME Thu, June 21, 2018 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM LOCATION The Highbridge Condominium 448 West 167th Street Unit #4E New York, NY 10032 [REGISTER NOW]

  • The House That Will Not Stand

    New York Theatre Workshop presents THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND by MARCUS GARDLEY directed by LILEANA BLAIN-CRUZ featuring: JONIECE ABBOTT-PRATT • JULIANA CANFIELD • HARRIETT D. FOY LYNDA GRAVÁTT • NEDRA McCLYDE • MARIE THOMAS and MICHELLE WILSON Limited Engagement July 11 – August 12, 2018 New York Theatre Workshop 79 East 4th Street (between Bowery and Second Avenue) New York, NY 10003 Tickets: July 11-12 – $25 July 13-29 – $45 Aug 1-12 – $65 To purchase tickets: Call 212.460.5475. Visit NYTW Box Office, 79 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003 (Between Bowery and Second Avenue). In the heat of summer, Louisiana passed from France to the United States. On the eve of the transfer, in a house in mourning, freedom hangs in the balance for a steely widow and her three eligible daughters, all free women of color. Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba, Marcus Gardley’s lyrical, nuanced play, THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND, is directed by Obie Award winner Lileana Blain-Cruz.

  • Uptown Favorites Winners

    We asked who’s who in Harlem and you answered! Uptown is home to some of the city’s most sought-after bars, nightlife, and dining and with your help, we were able to put together a go-to Harlem list with all your favorites chosen by the people who live here!  Click on each image for more details. Harlem’s best restaurant goes to Red Rooster, located in the heart of Uptown serving comfort food celebrating the roots of American cuisine and the diverse culinary traditions of the neighborhood. The best spot to take bae out for an evening dinner is Vinateria with its chic, contemporary vibe to complement the wine, cocktails and an upscale Italian & Spanish-influenced menu. Is there a scene anywhere in NYC that can hold its own against Harlem? The best place to people watch, strut your new fit or just to get out of the house is Red Rooster named after the legendary speakeasy that attracted some of the most noteworthy figures of the 20th century No one does Brunch like Harlem but if you’ve been to Blvd Bistro, you know exactly what’s goin on! Harlem’s best brunch spot is both a family business and a personal calling with a husband and wife team behind what chef Carlos calls “Crafted American Soul” food. Okay, so the way our account is set up, we only have Sexy Taco has got your back! Best spot for when you’re ballin’ on a budget is right on the corner of 118th and Malcolm X Blvd! You know what? While you’re at Sexy Taco, make sure you take advantage of Harlem’s best HappyHour with drink specials going on from 3-8PM during the week! Yeah, we know! That’s mad long!!! We’re headed there right now too! 67 Orange Street has been Harlem’s best cocktail destination for a few years now. Named after a 19th-century speakeasy that thrived in the heart of the prohibition era, the space is unbelievably cool with a small room downstairs for larger gatherings with your people. You haven’t had fried chicken in Harlem until you’ve been to Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken! After 30yrs, Charles continues to set the standard for locals seeking authentic Southern cuisine at affordable prices. Melba’s has the mac and cheese that will make stay there all day! Being born, bred and buttered in Harlem, Melba knew she wanted to stay close to home to provide a comfortable dining experience to the community that raised her. A refuge from the hectic pace of life in the city, Lido Harlem was voted the best place for good eats that will get you back to business instead rather than back at home for an afternoon nap! Harlem’s favorite coffee shop is the place where we gather in the mornings to catch up on neighborhood happenings! You can count on Harlem Coffee Co. for freshly roasted coffee, background music you actually like & even fast, reliable wifi to prep for your morning meeting! No matter what holiday is coming up, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Yep…even Secret Santa in the office at work Shop Nilu BlackPanther in the park with ImageNation was poppin! HarlemStage & SummerStage always bring amazing Black artists Uptown to share their talent where it’s loved the most! That’s what makes Marcus Garvey Park special! We all come together to make this space magical! If you’ve ever been to First Fridays at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, you know why the community chose them as Harlem’s favorite Arts and Culture institution! So much fun, so much learning, and true self-exploration happen at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture! Malcolm X Blvd is the one place in the world where you can go to have a world-class dinner, pick up souvenirs, grab a coffee, grab a drink, go dancing, Harlem shake, eat at Harlem Shake NYC, start a business and make it home in time for your shows all in the same day! On a mission to celebrate the food, culture & inspire others is our favorite Uptown celebrity; Marcus Samuelsson! As the man behind Red Rooster, Ginny’s Supper Club & Harlem EatUp, Marcus never hesitates to show his love for our history, intertwining Harlem flavor into all of his work! Let this selection as Uptown’s favorite DJ be our thank you to DJ Stormin’ Norman for Sundae Sermon! Whether he is doing A Tribute to Women or simply For the Love of Harlem, NOBODY gets the party going like DJ Stormin’ Norman! With an entire roster of amazing musicians, Uptown’s favorite band, led by saxophonist Rakiem Walker and vocalist Gloria Ryann, is known for its thundering jazz and afrobeat anthems that remind us that The Good Life always has been, and always will be in Harlem! Just blocks from Harlem’s treasured Morningside and Central Park; Harlem Tavern is your go-to spot when you and your friends are in search of good food, better drinks but you have to bring the kids along!

  • Harlem Holiday Happenings December 2019

    The weather outside may be frightful, but we have the perfect events to keep you warm and entertained this December. We’re feeling the holiday spirit throughout Harlem. #Live, #See, #ExperienceHarlem. 10TH ANNUAL AMATEUR NIGHT HOLIDAY SPECIAL The Apollo Theater lights up the holiday season with the Amateur Night Holiday Special. The tenth annual event under its signature program Amateur Night at the Apollo, showcases the talented young alumni of the show’s “Apollo Stars of Tomorrow” category.12/14 Learn more here. WINTER WONDERLAND FAMILY DISCO! Celebrate the holidays! Music by: DJSMITHYBOY (the 12 years old sensation!), and introducing the KDR Shuffle!  Kids Dance Revolution, LLC. or (KDR) is themed discotheque-styled experience tailored for 9 months to 7 years old’s with their families.12/15 Learn more here. UPTOWN NIGHTS: BRIANNA THOMAS AND FA-LA-LA-LA FUNK! Brianna Thomas and her band Fa-La-La-La Funk! will bring the funk to classic holiday tunes we know and love with her blend of jazz, R&B, and gospel. The concert will be peppered with songs from Brianna’s eagerly anticipated sophomore album Everybody Knows. 12/19 Learn more here. UPTOWN DANCE ACADEMY PRESENTS: BLACK NUTCRACKER Uptown Dance Academy presents the 24th annual Black Nutcracker.  The ballet explores the traditional ballet with use of both Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington’s score. Utilizing styles of classical ballet, acrobatics and contemporary. 12/19 Learn more here. HOLIDAY JOY: A GOSPEL CELEBRATION Let the music lift your spirit this Christmas season. GRAMMY-award winning singer Yolanda Adams returns to the Apollo for a soul-stirring holiday concert with gospel artist Donald Lawrence and comedic host Marcus Wiley. 12/21 Learn more here. A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN HARLEM Set in present-day Harlem, this holiday treasure is dramatized with Classic Theatre of Harlem’s signature style of infusing classic works with an uptown flair. Scrooge foregoes using his wealth to affect positive change within his Harlem community and instead lives a life of miserly solitude. That is, until three unexpected visitors arrive on Christmas Eve to show him that the value of family and the impact of cooperation will lead to a healthy, thriving and prosperous community. Multiple dates. Learn more here. KWANZAA CELEBRATION: REGENERATION NIGHT The Apollo Theater celebrates it’s annual Kwanzaa Celebration featuring the renowned New York-based dance company Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre and guest performances. The Apollo’s celebration is a joyful evening of dance and music honoring the principles of Kwanzaa – family, community, and culture. 12/28 Learn more here. Plan your holiday season. See the full December 2019 calendar.

  • Breakin’ Convention Harlem 2017

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