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- Harlem Valentine’s Bae
Ponty Bistro Cupid’s Special Enjoy a fixed 3 course meal, including an entree choice of crabmeat, striped bass, filet mignon or rack of lamb plus a starter and dessert. Treat your date to a special meal in a romantic setting. RSVP for you and your hungry lover here. Harlem Skin and Laser Clinic Prep your skin for this lovely day. Your skin will mirror your health, emotions, and experiences. Let your skin send a message of love. Make you sure your skin shine bright like the diamond you deserve here. NiLu Find local and global candles to set the mood from red currant to hydrangea. Mood lighting is essential for sensual night. Set your mood here. Franz James Surprise the love of your life with a gorgeous bouquet. Choose from jewel-toned arrangements to breathtaking sculptural displays. Pick the perfect petals here. Harlem Chocolate Factory From the Mexican chilies of Spanish Harlem to the champagne of Striver’s Row, they aim to delight your tastebuds. Treat your sweetie with bonbons and truffle here. Bibi Salon Look and feel amazing! This multicultural and internationally trained staff is equipped to address dry and damaged hair and scalp due to over-processing, chemical breakage and color corrections. Book before time runs out. Find out more. The Brownstone Celebrate the day of love while looking lovely adorned in jewelry to complete your look or gift to the fashion forward woman in your life here. Paint and Pour It takes two to paint this masterpiece. Bring bae and you’ll each create separate works of art that make one painting when you put them together. Your ticket for this couple’s paint night includes two hours of top-shelf open bar, fun instruction, and art supplies. Snag your seat here. Maiko Suzuki Jewelry Buy your one of a kind love, a one of a kind piece are inspired by different cultures from Islamic Art to African sculpture and architecture. Make your love’s day here.
- Our Favorites from Love the Way You Live with Charlie Lewis
In case you’ve been sleeping on the Love the Way You Live podcasts with Charlie Lewis, let’s bring you up to speed. Charlie Lewis is a NYC based real-estate agent with Corcoran who happens to have some of the best listings in Harlem. Each week on the podcast, Charlie dishes you the latest news on Harlem arts, culture, fashion, real-estate, nightlife and more. Here are 4 of our favorites that we know you’ll enjoy: Episode 28: The Skin is the Truth Charlie Lewis has one of the most riveting conversations with esthetician, consultant and speaker Seven Brown of Harlem Skin & Laser Clinic who shares the do’s and don’ts to have healthy skin and simple regimens to get you on the path to living a clean life. Episode 21: It’s Showtime at the Apollo Charlie has an inspirational conversation with the theater’s Executive Director, Kamilah Forbes, who shares her vision to further celebrate the educational and social impact of this iconic institution with the intentional mission to reflect the issues of the black community. Forbes says, “When people come to The Apollo, we say ‘Welcome Home.’” Episode 11: Curated Experiences One of his favorite go-to shops is NiLu in Harlem where the owner Katrina Parris is interviewed on being intentional about selling unique and purposeful brands made by artists and makers in Harlem and around the world. From Peruvian chocolate to vegan body butter, to letterpress greeting cards, there is something for everyone at NiLu. Episode 8: Experience Harlem If you didn’t know, Harlem, NY has always been hot and now everyone is flocking uptown to experience the third most visited area on the island. Charlie has a lively discussion with Angie Hancock, who’s the founder of Experience Harlem – the premiere resource for shopping, dining, arts and culture year round. Learn about the hidden gems for a good cocktail, music and art festivals and what Charlie calls, “Conscious Capitalism”. #Harlem #life #NYC #podcasts
- Let’s Celebrate 2020 Harlem Style!
There’s nothing like bringing in the New Year year close to home, toasting with fellow Harlemites. We know you’re narrowing down your NYE plans, let us help, with a list of options in Harlem. Hexagon Lounge Bring in the New Year with great people, great music, great food in a mature fun environment. The dress code is chic and sexy. There’s no cover charge, even better! https://bit.ly/2SzVeME Mess Hall Harlem Join Mess Hall as they ring in 2019 with a mystical night of tarot, palmistry, and fortune. Enjoy a free shot of bourbon at midnight. No cover charge. https://bit.ly/2SxIciN Cove Lounge Glitz & glam is the them for 2020 when you bring in the New Year with Cove Lounge. Platinum and gold attire are encouraged 😉 https://bit.ly/2t8OQkN Ponty Bistro Party with Ponty Bistro as ball drops while enjoying a midnight champagne toast. Dance to afro-beats, hip hop, R&B, and reggae By DJ Back Breaker! https://bit.ly/3639129 Mist Harlem Bring in the New Year 2020 with MIST Harlem! Join them for a 3-course gourmet meal, champagne, premium open bar, dancing and more! https://bit.ly/36aaK5N Row House 2020 means perfect vision! It’s time to achieve all those goals you’ve been putting off! Remember, it’s never too late, it just requires a vision & a plan of execution! Start the year off surrounded by other visionaries & good vibes. Live it up with an unforgettable bash! https://bit.ly/39nQ6ky Renaissance Harlem The final countdown is led with a champagne toast and vibes from DJ Lennspin. https://bit.ly/2SATq60 Ginny’s Supper Club It’s a Vibe! Harlem Renaissance 100th! Bringing in the New Decade with Harlem style and flare! The electricity of the night continues as we say hello to 2020 and goodbye to a decade well spent! https://bit.ly/2MCuS8S
- 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.
- Did your favorite burger in Harlem make the list?
We’ve highlighted some of the best burgers in Harlem to save you time when wondering what you’re going to eat for dinner this week. Harlem offers the most basic burgers served from street carts to burgers that deserve a wine pairing & require silverware. Whatever burger you’re in the mood for, Harlem has it! 1. Seasoned Vegan Chopped cheese…but make it vegan. We put our favorite soy-based burger at the top so our list for our lovely vegan friends at Seasoned Vegan. The Harlem Chopped “Cheeseburger” is an alternative choice for someone who is craving the taste of a Harlem chopped cheese, but not craving meat or dairy. This burger is made with a soy protein patty, chopped with greens, tomatoes and “cheddar” on a baguette. You can still have the delicious Harlem staple without the meat or the cheese. Burger $11 https://www.seasonedvegan.com/menu 2.Harlem Public Harlem Public’s menu is filled with unique sandwich and burger options, but none is crazier than their peanut butter burger. Don’t be afraid, don’t keep scrolling, hear us out! It’s made with a house-made chuck and brisket patty, topped with sharp cheddar cheese, thick strips of brown sugar glazed bacon, and finished with a thick, peanut butter sauce. The soft brioche bun is branded with the Harlem Public logo before serving. Everything comes together to make a non-traditional and mouth watering burger, that will pleasantly surprise you. Burger $15 (served with fries) https://bit.ly/2m5JO4Z 3. Harlem Shake With a name like “Hot Mess” how could you not be intrigued? The hot mess burger from Harlem Shake is truly hot & spicy as well as messy & delicious. A classic Pat LaFrieda is cooked and topped with pickled cherry pepper and bacon relish, american cheese and smoky chipotle mayo. If you’re looking for the spice and the heat, this is the burger for you. Don’t skimp on the napkins. Order during happy hour for a $6 Harlem Beer Shake. Burger $8.50 https://www.harlemshakenyc.com/menu/ 4. Ponty Bistro Step into Ponty Bistro to elevate your burger meal. Lamb is on the menu. Order their signature Ponty lamb burger topped with caramelized onions, tomato confit, gruyere cheese for a burger that’s far from basic. The patty is cooked to perfection. Pair this dish with a light-bodied red wine for a complete meal. Burger $18 (served with fries) http://www.pontybistroharlem.com/menu/#menus Let’s not forget our humble beginnings. There are times when we want a traditional burger. 5. Mo’s Burgers Where else can you buy a fresh burger for $2 in Harlem…or anywhere else? Every time we pass Mo’s cart on 117th Street and Lenox during lunch time, we see the same long line of hungry yet patient customers.Visit the cart and find out what all the hype is about seven days a week between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Depending on the time of day, be prepared for a line and a classic burger that will make you a repeat customer. Burger $2 https://bit.ly/2lKWBJS 6. Jimbo’s Hamburger Palace Jimbo’s Hamburger Palace is so very Harlem. Every Harlemite has had a perfectly griddled burger from this classic diner. If you want to step up the basic, make it deluxe with bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and grilled onions. Keep it basic or upgrade, either way, you’re going to have one of the best burgers in Harlem. Burger $4.75 https://www.yelp.com/biz/jimbos-hamburger-palace-new-york-4 Which burger will you try next? Let us know.
- Harlem Halloween Fun Friends and Family Style
Harlem has Halloween fun for the whole family this October. Go all out! Dress up the kids to be as cute or as scary as they want, even include the pups. Free to nearly free events are open to the public from the east side to the west side. Classic face painting, costumes parade, and trick or treating are just some of the activities on the agenda. Halloween Bash It’s fun to be at the Y-M-C-A during the Halloween Bash in Harlem. You’ll find plenty of spooktacular activities and of course, plenty of tricks, treats, music and family fun will be available for everyone. Address: Harlem YMCA, 180 West 135th Street Date: October 26, 2019; 5pm-8pm Cost: $5 Learn more at : www.ymcanyc.org/harlem NYSoM Halloween Havoc 2019 Have you ever been to a ghoultastic Halloween experience? Whether the answer is “yes” or “no,” head to NYSoM Halloween Havoc for a truly ghoultastic event for the whole family. Discover the Transylvania Activity Village for free pumpkin painting & slime making. Dr. Killjoy’s Sanatorium (haunted house) will features horror icons Michael Myers, Pennywise, Freddy Krueger & more. Enter if you dare. Address: East Harlem Tutorial Program, 2050 2nd Avenue New York, NY 10029 Date: October 26, 2019; 2pm-6pm Cost: Free Learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nysom-halloween-havoc-2019-tickets-65462316551 Halloween Family Fun at the Farmers Market Bring the kids to the Morningside Park Farmers Market for pumpkin painting, trick-or-treating and a costume parade. Also pick up some fresh items from the regular vendors at the Farmers Market. Address: Down to Earth Morningside Park Farmers Market, 237-331 Manhattan Avenue, New York, NY 10026 Date: October 26th, 2019; 10am-1pm Cost: Free Learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/halloween-family-fun-tickets-75763333169?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR0bS_EtYGSD3q3Ff2a3aEA4nXLqbC37kQRuzX53oJ6H2iwxWWhfyv0n0rY Halloween Pet Costume Party Celebrate Halloween with us and your best friend; your pet! Dress up with your pet in your best Halloween costumes and take pictures in their photo booth, pick a pumpkin, dance to music and more! Address: Jackie Robinson Recreation Center, 85 Bradhurst Ave Date: October 26, 2019; 12:30-pm-2:30pm Cost: Free Learn more: https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/historic-harlem-parks/events/2019/10/26/breast-cancer-awareness-day1 Halloween at the Museum Enjoy a day of mysterious stories, a pumpkin patch, costume making and slime library. The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus will put on a spooktacular 45-minute Vampire Variety Show with Count Keith.Participate in the Heather Hart’s exhibition, The Oracle of Amplitude, for a hands-on circus workshop. Play and try variations of the acts you see in the show! Address: Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, 898 Saint Nicholas Avenue Date: October 27, 2019; 10:00am-5pm Cost: Adults $10; Kids over 8 & seniors $4; Kids under 8 FREE Learn more: https://www.sugarhillmuseum.org/calendar/2019/10/27/halloween-at-sugar-hill-ekfbm Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla 2019 Bring the whole family and celebrate Halloween in Central Park! Enjoy pumpkin carving, Halloween crafts, spooky stories, a costume parade, a festive pumpkin patch, and the Conservancy’s signature Pumpkin Flotilla, which sets sail across the Harlem Meet at twilight. Schedule of Events: 4:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. – Pumpkin Drop Off* Pumpkin Carving by Hugh McMahon Halloween Crafts Spooky Stories Festive Pumpkin Patch* 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Halloween Costume Parade 6:30 p.m. – Pumpkin Flotilla Launch 7:00 p.m. – Event Ends Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center in Central Park Accessible 110th Street between Lenox Avenue and Fifth Avenue Date: October 30, 2019; 4pm-7pm Cost: Free *IMPORTANT* Learn about the Pumpkin Flotilla Guidelines: https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2019/10/30/halloween-pumpkin-flotilla-2019 Harlem Grown’s Halloween Festival We love spooky, wholesome fun! Get creative with face painting, creating wicked arts and crafts, eating candied apples, discovering a haunted house, and more! This is a public event open to all ages of the Harlem community. Location: Harlem Grown 134th Street Farm, 118 W 134 Street Date: October 31, 2019; 3pm-6pm Cost: Free Learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harlem-growns-halloween-festival-tickets-75324151565?aff=ebdiglgoogleseo BioBus Afterschool Science Hour: Halloween Party Trick or treat? More like science and treats! Stop at the BioBase Harlem community laboratory on your trick-or-treat route! Children, families, and afterschool programs invited to explore using research microscopes in our community laboratory on Halloween! Get ready for candy and spook-tacular science! Address: Columbia Zuckerman Institute, 3227 Broadway Date: October 31, 2019; 3pm-6pm Cost: Free Learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/biobus-afterschool-science-hour-halloween-party-tickets-75226708109
- THE NETWORK JOURNAL: 40 Under Forty 2008
The first time Angie Hancock visited Harlem was in the summer of 1997, while working as an auditor for Sara Lee Corp. Something about those Harlem streets seized her as she waited outside for a table at Harlem's famous Sylvia's Restaurant. "Harlem is the Black capital of the world, the birthplace of the Black cultural Renaissance," says Hancock. She is the founder and president of Experience: Harlem, a multimedia marketing company that brings together businesses and Harlem residents. MORE
- Welcoming Ginjan to Harlem
When was the last time you got excited about a cafe? An African-themed cafe? Well, we’re excited to welcome Ginjan Cafe to Harlem! Brothers Mohammed and Rahim Diallo recently opened the doors to us on 125th and Park Avenue in the Corn Exchange Building. The menu includes their signature Ginjan juice, premium African coffee, freshly pressed juices, healthy treats, warm crepes and even vibrant cocktails. One step inside and you’re welcomed by the beautiful decor and warm atmosphere. Whether you visit for a quick grab-n-go item or sit to work on your “next big thing”, you’ll feel revitalized by the premium ingredients they use to make every drink and treat. Mohammed and Rahim are embracing their African heritage as they celebrate the American Dream in Harlem, the capital of black culture. Visit Ginjan to support a new and refreshing business. Let them know Experience Harlem sent you 😉 https://drinkginjan.com/new-story/
- Sugar Monk – An Intimate Cocktail Establishment will Open Soon in the Historic Harlem Community
The historic Harlem community will soon welcome the opening of Sugar Monk, a sophisticated new mixology cocktail bar just a short walk from the famous Apollo Theater, located on Frederick Douglass Boulevard (between 123rd & 124th Streets), nestled along a now vibrant restaurant row. Sugar Monk is the creation of two artists who have merged their diverse artistic styles under one roof – Ektoras Binikos, an award-winning mixologist and visual artist, and Simon Jutras, a photographer and designer. Sugar Monk pays hommage to the uptown speakeasies that once flourished at the height of the Harlem Renaissance. Places where the creatives of the day, writers, musicians, poets, visual artists, social and political activists, as well as fashion and entertainment icons sought social interaction and cultural exchange after hours, over some delectable concoctions – far from the social constructs of race, ethnicity, and sexual identity. Ektoras and Simon are reflecting upon that era, at a time when the community is experiencing a new resurgence, attracting today’s creatives, and preparing for the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance. Their goal is to fashion Sugar Monk into a modern classic, an intimate spot with a vibe that welcomes all patrons, and where the soft eclectic music sets the mood for engaging conversation. A place where those seeking an unforgettable and heightened sensory experience can indulge in a selection of the most complex and exquisite elixirs created by Ektoras Binikos, the epitome of a modern-day alchemist.
- Free Harlem Summer 2019
FILM Films at the Schomburg: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Tuesday, June 18th, 6:00PM Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture The Schomburg Center Literary Festival presents an advance screening of the documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am. The film offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the acclaimed novelist. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. More info 42: the Jackie Robinson Story Celebrating the Jackie Robinson Centennial! Wednesday, July 10th, 8:00PM Jackie Robinson Park (Preceded by the HCCI Teen Filmmaker Training Program Short Film) In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), legendary manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, defies major league baseball’s notorious color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the team. The heroic act puts both Rickey and Robinson in the firing line of the public, the press and other players. (Co-presented with the Jackie Robinson Museum and the Historic Harlem Parks) More info Nollywood In Harlem! God Calling Movie Screening & Talk Back Wednesday, July 10th, 5:00 – 9:00PM Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Nollywood movie screening and talk back with cast discussing the movie and the impact of the blooming Nollywood movie industry to the World! “God Calling,” a phenomenal Nollywood movie that pushes your preception of faith based movies.The Director BB Sasore and Producer and lead actor Karibi Fubara did a fantastic job in telling a compelling story of trial and faith rooted in the dynamics of the Nigerian culture and family values.Nollywood without a doubt has amplified Nigeria’s ascendance as a global competitor across industries. The movie premiered in New York in March and will continue to show across USA through 2019. Visit www.godcallingmovie.com for showtime and tickets. More info Grace Jones: Bami & Bloodlight | Black Girl Magic! Celebrating the Superflyness of Black Women & Girls Wednesday, July 31st, 6:00 – 10:00PM St. Nicholas Park Larger than life, wild, scary and androgynous – Grace Jones plays all these parts. The stage is where her most extreme embodiments are realized. The film includes performances of iconic hits such as Slave To The Rhythm, Pull Up to the Bumper and more. Film is preceded by live tribute performances and a fashion show featuring OKETSA by Thulare Monareng More info Film TBA by Stanley Nelson Thursday, August 8th, 8:00PM Marcus Garvey Park – in association w/ Firelight Media. More info If Beale Street Could Talk Saturday, August 17th, 6:00 – 11:00PM St. Nicholas Park This adaptation of the James Baldwin Novel, stars Academy Award winner Regina King, Coleman Domingo, Michael Beach, Teyonah Parris, Aunjanue Ellis and newcomer Kiki Layne. The film follows a pregnant woman in Harlem who desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime he did not commit. More info Soul Train Tribute to Aretha Franklin featuring Amazing Grace Thursday, August 22nd, 6:00 – 10:30PM Marcus Garvey Park Singer Aretha Franklin performs gospel songs at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1972. Preceded by live musical tribute, and Harlem’s attempt to form a record-breaking Soul Train line. Co-presented by & InJoy Enterprises, the evening will feature Aretha Franklin hits and rare grooves spun by DJ King James NYC of RhythmAndSoulRadio.com & WHCR-FM, a concert featuring some of the music from the Queen of Soul interpreted by an all-star cast of independent artists including: Asa Lovechild, Lynn Lockamy, Nyasia Chane’l, Queen Zenobia, Rachel Walker, Red Sahara and Stori James backed by the Soul Train Tribute House band led by guitarist John Smith.“You can bet your last money, It’s gonna be a Stone Gas Honey.” More info Decade of Fire Black Public Media 40th Anniversary Friday, August 23rd 8:00PM St. Nicholas Park In the 1970s, the Bronx was on fire. Left unprotected by the city government, nearly a half-million people were displaced as their close-knit, multiethnic neighborhood burned, reducing the community to rubble. While insidious government policies caused the devastation, Black and Latino residents bore the blame. In this story of hope and resistance, Bronx native Vivian Vazquez exposes the truth about the borough’s sordid history and reveals how her embattled and maligned community chose to resist, remain and rebuild. More info Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse Kids Night Out in association with Harlem Week! Saturday, August 24th, 6:00 – 10:30PM St. Nicholas Park (135th St and St. Nicholas Ave) In this 2019 academy Award winner, Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from another dimensions to stop a threat for all realities. Proceeded by a back to school backpack giveaway, STEM games and more! More info Daughters of the Dust and Four Women Black Public Media 40th Anniversary Friday, September 20th, 6:30 – 10:00PM St. Nicholas Park (135th St and St. Nicholas Ave) A critically acclaimed classic, Daughters of the Dust is a picturesque tale set in 1902, about a family in the Gullah community that suffers a generational split. Proceeded by the short film “Four Women”, based on the Nina Simone song. More info When They See Us Friday, August 30th and Friday, September 6th, 6:00 – 9:00PM Harlem State Office Building Plaza Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story. More info FESTIVALS Harlem Week July 28th – August 24th What began in 1974 as a one-day tribute to Harlem has evolved over four decades into a month long celebration of the community’s rich economic, political and cultural history. Things kick off on July 28 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-St party. And on the final day of this celebration (August 24), there’s the Percy Sutton 5K Run. More info Harlem Week – A Great Day in Harlem Sunday, July 28th, 12:00PM – 8:30PM U.S. Grant National Memorial Park; W 122nd & Riverside Dr With an expected attendance of 40,000+ “A Great Day in Harlem” is a day-long familyoriented 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 Summer in the City Saturday, August 17th, 12:00PM – 5:00PM 135th St 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 Percy Sutton 5K Saturday, August 24th, 8:30AM 136th St and Edgecombe 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 GoAfrica Carnival Saturday, July 13th, 10:00AM – 6:00PM 216 W 116th St (Between Adam Clayton Powell Blvd and Frederick Douglass Blvd) The Carnival among other things be 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 8th 11:00AM – 5:00PM East 116th St The globally recognized and biggest Latin Festival in the North East will be returning on June 8th, 2019, for its 34th 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 34th year celebration. The 116th Street Festival offers various performances, new and classic Hispanic foods, and a fun, electrified atmosphere that will be amplified by the added celebration of a third decade of the festival. Aside from musical performances, this year’s festival will honor multiple acts with a Talent Recognition Award for their continued support in the arts. More info The Harlem Book Fair Saturday, July 20th Time:TBA W. 135th St & Malcolm X Blvd 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 9th Annual Harlem Pride Celebration Day Saturday, June 29th 12:00PM – 6:00PM 12th Avenue (Between West 135th and W 138th St) 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 22nd 11:00PM – 4:00PM St. Nicholas Ave (Between 117th St and 118th St) 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 MUSIC The Bacchae Tuesday-Sunday, July 7th through 28th 8:30pm Marcus Garvey Park (18 Mt. Morris Park West), NYC Presented by the Classical Theatre of Harlem, the Bacchae tells the tale of a battle between Freedom, Ecstasy, Anarchy vs Law, Order, and Control…who wins? Rather, who survives by Euripides, A New Version by Brian Doerries, Directed by Carl Cofield, Choreographed by Tiffany Rea-Fisher More info Harlem Opera Saturday, July 14th and 21st 7:00pm Marcus Garvey Park (18 Mt. Morris Park West), NYC Under Artistic Director, Gregory Hopkins, internationally acclaimed tenor, conductor, organist and pianist, Harlem Opera Theater performances include all types of musical offerings: opera, oratory concerts, recitals, Negro Spirituals and varied forms of American music, in keeping with our mission “to provide performance opportunities for professional and developing gifted artists within Harlem and communities where opera is seldom performed; and to cultivate and expand audience appreciation for opera and classical music through creative programming. More info Jazzmobile at Marcus Garvey Park Friday, July 12th, 19th and August 2nd 7:00 – 8:30PM Marcus Garvey Park (18 Mt. Morris Park West) 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 The Young People’s Chorus of New York City Saturday, July 13th 7:00 – 8:00PM Marcus Garvey Park (18 Mt. Morris Park West) The Young People’s Chorus of New York City® (YPC) is a multicultural youth chorus internationally renowned not only for its superb virtuosity and brilliant showmanship, but as a model for an inclusive society that is being replicated globally. Founded in 1988 by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez a MacArthur Fellow and Musical America’s 2018 Educator of the Year, this groundbreaking program harnesses the power of music to fulfill the potential of every child and has established the youth chorus as a significant and often untapped instrument for making music. More info Sundae Sermon Sunday, August 11th 1:00 – 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 Omar / Nakhane / DJ Wildcat Wednesday, August 14th 7:00 – 9:00PM Marcus Garvey Park (18 Mt. Morris Park West) British soul singer Omar Lye-Fook was likely always destined to be a musician. The son of Byron Lye-Fook, a studio musician and drummer who worked with the likes of Bob Marley and the Rolling Stones, Omar was classically trained at London’s Guildhall School of Music, and plays the trumpet, piano and percussion. Considered by some to be the ‘father’ of British neo soul, his throwback sound appeared to be ahead of its time, proving to be more influential in the canon than on the charts. More info Black Woodstock 50th Anniversary: Igmar Thomas / Talib Kweli / Keyon / Harrold & Special Guests Saturday, August 17th 6:00 – 9:00PM Marcus Garvey Park (18 Mt. Morris Park West) As a kickoff to the national Future Sounds tour highlighting communities across the country, this concert celebrates the 50th year anniversary of the Harlem Cultural Festival. Taking place in the summer of 1969, the original festival held a series of concerts in Mount Morris Park (now known as Marcus Garvey Park), to celebrate black pride, empowerment, music, and culture, and featured the likes of Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, B.B. King, Sly & the Family Stone, Jesse Jackson, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, and others. This concert will feature a number of surprise special guests. This SummerStage performance is presented in partnership with Future Sounds. For more information, please visit www.futurexsounds.com More info THE Wailers’ Julian Junior Marvin / DJ Queen Majesty Sunday, August 18th 6:00 – 9:00PM Marcus Garvey Park (18 Mt. Morris Park West) Though the Wailers were first formed as a ska vocal group in 1963, they’re best known as the backing band of reggae legend Bob Marley. And it was that iteration that Julian Junior Marvin was asked to join in 1974 after the departure of founding members Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. His first recording with Bob Marley and the Wailers, Exodus, is widely considered one of the greatest albums of all time—in any genre. Since Marley’s death in 1981, Marvin has cut four records with the group, and toured with various iterations of the band’s lineup. Marvin fronts this current lineup, playing and singing the Bob Marley & The Wailers hits the way he believes Marley intended them to be heard. He’s joined by DJ Queen Majesty, an NYC reggae selector with her own hot sauce empire. This concert was produced in association with DoNYC. More info Harlem 100: Mwenso and The Shakes / Brianna Thomas / Vuyo Sotashe / Special Guest Fred Wesley / Jazzmobile Presents: Winard Harper & Jeli Posse Friday, August 23rd 7:00 – 9:00PM Marcus Garvey Park (18 Mt. Morris Park West) Harlem 100 is a multi-media show, created in collaboration with The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, celebrating the landmark 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance. The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival celebration features an all-star cast of modern jazz musicians, including Mwenso and the Shakes, a multicultural New York jazz group laced with minimal irony and maximum fun led by the Sierra Leone-born Mwenso Brianna Thomas, a jazz vocalist with massive range who sings ballad standards, cabaret, Scat, and the blues, specializing in the 30s-style swing music; Vuyo Sotashe, an ascendant young South African jazz vocalist making a name for himself in the New York jazz scene and the very special guest Fred Wesley; the super-project celebration is supported by Winard Harper & his group Jeli Posse, presented by Jazzmobile, who play jazz standards and original works rooted in Caribbean rhythms and the traditions of Africa. More info Dee Dee Bridgewater / Ravi Coltrane / Quiana Lynell / Reclamation: Camille Thurman, Nikara Warren and Brandee Younger Saturday, August 24 3:00 – 7:00PM Marcus Garvey Park (18 Mt. Morris Park West) Jazz scion Ravi Coltrane, the son of jazz pianist Alice Coltrane and saxophonist John Coltrane, finds himself sandwiched by a cadre of powerful and talented women on this jazz-centric bill headlined by the three-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter and jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater. Bridgewater, produced in association with Jill Newman Productions, who also happens to be a Tony Award-winning stage actress and was the host of NPR’s syndicated radio show JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater for 23 years, is joined by Quiana Lynell, the winner of the 2017 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and who trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard has called a “unique talent” in possession of “the maturity of a well-seasoned vocalist while having a forwardthinking approach to creativity”. They are joined by “Reclamation” a piece honoring Charlie Parker, commissioned in association with The Joyce and George Wein Foundation and The Jazz Gallery, featuring Queens native Camille Thurman. More info
- #HarlemIsBlackHistory Month
Our Calling to Fulfill an Interfaith and Intergenerational Justice… | Feb 11th at 7:00PM St. Philip’s Episcopal Church (204 W 134th St.) MORE INFO Uptown Nights: Sarah Elizabeth Charles and Scope | Feb 13th at 7:30 PM Harlem Stage (150 Convent Ave) MORE INFO Black New York Wikipedia Edit-a-thon | Feb 16th 12:00PM Schomburg Center (515 Malcolm X Blvd) MORE INFO Dance Theatre of Harlem Turns 50! Celebrate at the Apollo! | Feb 16th 1:00PM Schomburg Center (515 Malcolm X Blvd) MORE INFO Spotlight on Black Wine Makers | Feb 19th 7:00PM Harlem Wine Gallery (725A St Nicholas Ave) MORE INFO Talks at the Schomburg: Revisiting the Autobiography of Malcolm X | Feb 21st 6:30PM Schomburg Center (515 Malcolm X Blvd) MORE INFO Kamasi Washington in Concert | Feb 23rd Apollo Theater (253 W 125th St.) MORE INFO The Harlem Chamber Players Black History Celebration | Feb 28th 6:30PM Schomburg Center (515 Malcolm X Blvd) MORE INFO
- 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!