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Harlem holiday lighting events, Marcus Garvey Park December 5 and Frederick Douglass Circle December 12

There are two Harlem holiday lighting events happening for us to attend. Tonight is the annual Holiday Celebration of Lights at Marcus Garvey Park. It starts at 7 pm. Additional details are below.

A week from today, December 12th, the Friends of Frederick Douglass Circle are hosting a Holiday Tree Lighting starting at 6 pm. More information below.

So in essence our Thursdays are booked for December. Attend one or both events! See you there!



New walking trail installed at Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park

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There is a new walking trail at Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park. It’s called Walk it Out! Trail. Several organizations, such as NYC Parks and Harlem Hospital, gathered together recently to dedicate a new designated walking trail with banners and a bench at Marcus Garvey Park.

According to a news release, “the purpose of Walk it Out!, is to enhance access to neighborhood spaces for physical activity and to develop informational outreach events to promote health holistically and prevent disease and illness among the village elders of Harlem. This trail, with distance markers, health tips and inspirational messages is another tool to assist in the fight against disease within the Harlem community.”

Walk It Out! is a program run through the Harlem Hospital Center with the goal of increasing physical activity among older adults. Volunteer-led walking clubs meet at parks throughout Harlem, engaging the community in physical activity to help lead healthier lives.

At Marcus Garvey Park, NYC Parks installed eight banners and a bench along the park’s perimeter, creating a designated walking trail. The banners indicate distance markers, health tips, and inspirational messages.

Harlem Fire Watchtower celebration happening today September 21

The Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association along with Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and New York City Parks and Recreation are hosting a celebration today, September 21, in honor of the successful fund-raising efforts recently achieved to restore the Harlem Fire Watchtower.

The celebration is happening at the Acropolis in Marcus Garvey Park so that guests can get a close up view of the Harlem Fire Watchtower before it is disassembled for restoration. Start time is at 3 pm. Entrance is at 124th Street and Fifth Avenue. See you there.

Big news: Harlem’s Mount Morris Fire Watchtower to be restored, formal announcement happening today, August 28

Congratulations to the The Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association (MMPCIA) in Harlem, along with its Steering Committee of neighbors and friends, the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance! They have reached their fundraising goal of $4 million needed to restore Harlem’s Mount Morris Fire Watchtower in Marcus Garvey Park!

A formal announcement/press conference/photo-op will be taking place this morning, Wednesday August 28 at 10:30am at the top of the Acropolis! Stop by and join in on the celebration!

Read more about Harlem’s Mount Morris Fire Watchtower fundraising efforts here.

Plenty happening in Harlem June 9, Green Gym Day, Mafrika Music Festival, Mt. Morris Park House Tour, Maysles Education Open House

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There is so much happening on June 9 in Harlem, there’s absolutely no time for church. Unless you prefer the church of the outdoors, music or brownstone tours. Decisions, decisions. What to do in Harlem on June 9? Here’s some ideas:

Sunday, June 9 is Green Gym Day – a day to celebrate outdoor fitness in our parks! The Friends of Morningside Park will be leading a hike/walk through Morningside and St. Nicholas Parks. It starts at the park entrance at 110th and Manhattan Avenue at 10:30 am and it ends at the Hamilton Grange at 141st Street at noon. Here is a link to the hike route.

For more than 23 years the community of Mount Morris Park has been opening doors and inviting fellow New Yorkers from across the island and visitors from around the world into the beautiful homes located in Harlem. This year’s tour around the Mount Morris Park section of Harlem will feature homes, churches and even an iconic funeral parlor with a nationwide reputation and a remarkable example of Tiffany glass work. For more information on the events of the day, details on how to order tickets and directions to the Mount Morris Park Historic District, visit www.mmpcia.org.

The seventh annual Mafrika Music Festival is also happening June 9 in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. The program starts at noon, runs till 7 pm and it’s FREE to the public. Enter Marcus Garvey Park at 120th street and 5th Avenue in Harlem. As always, this event has involvement from Yatenga French Bistro and Bar and ShrineNYC.

And last, but certainly not least, Maysles Documentary Center will be holding an Education Open House from 1-2 pm at their Lenox Avenue location between 127th and 128th Street. Parents and youth from 7 to 17 years old are invited to come learn about upcoming summer film programs for the youth.


It’s My Park Day May 18-19: Harlem parks participating, volunteers needed

It’s My Park Day May 18-19 and several Harlem parks are participating.

The Friends of Frederick Douglass Circle are participating today (May 18) and they need our help. They will be weeding and planting annuals in the tree pits adjacent to Frederick Douglass Circle from 9 am to 3 pm.

The group will also be organizing arts and educational events for that day as well.

Interested in participating, meet at Frederick Douglass Circle, which is at 110th Street and FDB. And don’t forget to wear work clothes and bring your own gloves if able. Need more information about this location, contact (212) 280-7800 or email: diannepobuda@yahoo.com.

Also, several other Harlem parks are participating in It’s My Park Day today or tomorrow, such as Marcus Garvey Park and St. Nicholas Park. Go here for more details.

Mark your calendar: Harlem Earth Day activities begin April 3

Harlem Park to Park (HP2P) released information yesterday (March 19) about their second annual Harlem Earth Day initiative, which begins April 3rd until April 21st. HP2P has lined up free, fun filled activities for the whole family in Morningside Park (April 7th) and Marcus Garvey Park (April 21st); and panel discussions including celebrity chefs, authors and activists every Wednesday evening at MIST Harlem on April 3rd, 10th and 17th! The initiative is sponsored by Con Edison, Land Yoga, MIST Harlem, Friends of Morningside Park, and Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.

Below is an outline of the program and participants. See you at Harlem Earth Day activities!

Attend Harlem Shake Off in…Harlem March 9

A reader sent in the following information today about a Harlem Shake Off happening this Saturday, March 9 in Harlem! Details are below:

To kick off a new comedy webisode based in Harlem and to respond to all the hokey renditions of the current fad, Harlem Shake on YouTube, a “real” Harlem Shake Off is happening at Marcus Garvey Park (122nd and Madison) this Saturday, March 9th at 12 pm. Socl Expt is hosting!

If you wanna have fun and are good dancer from Harlem and the Bronx come out to this Harlem get together. FYI, the event will be videotaped!


MulchFest Weekend: where to drop off in Harlem?

It is MulchFest Weekend Saturday and Sunday, January 12 and 13, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. And there are several Harlem locations! Bring your holiday tree to a designated city park to be recycled either by drop off or chipping. Chipping locations will mash-up the tree right there and let you walk away with the mulch. Morningside Park and Marcus Garvey Park are chipping locations. Go here to see all Harlem locations.


One day flea market and street fair scheduled August 25 in Central Harlem

Another Harlem flea market is being developed (the other is on FDB & 117th Street). However, it’s for one day at Mt. Morris Park/Marcus Garvey Park and its being organized by a local Harlem church. Mt. Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church tells HarlemGal Inc that it is hosting its first flea market and street fair on Saturday, August 25, from 12 pm to 7 pm, and all the five boroughs are invited to participate whether by attending or setting up a booth.

The one day market plans to offer everything from food to face painting, a live DJ, and some raffle prizes. The flea market will be at 122nd Street between Mt. Morris Park West and Lenox Avenue.

Vendor spaces are still available for non food vendors.  If interested, contact Elder William McKenzie at 212.658.1541 for vendor fees and policy. General inquiries are being directed to the same phone number. 

Proceeds for this event will benefit The Mt. Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church .