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Flea Marqueta starts today June 23 in East Harlem

Today’s the day, June 23, when East Harlem will start their outdoor farmer and flea market called Flea Marqueta. Head on over to the plaza, also known as, “La Placita” on East 116th and Park Avenue, across from Urban Garden Center and check out the flea market. Flea Marqueta will take place every Sunday, June through October, from noon to 6 pm.

Spanish Harlem featured in NY Times, El Barrio starts above E. 96th St., divide becoming less visible


For those who have wondered where East Harlem/Spanish Harlem/El Barrio begins, today The New York Times confirms for us once again that it begins right above East 96th Street. And according to The Times, the  old divide between the Upper Eastside and Spanish Harlem is becoming “less visible.” To read the latest Times article on East Harlem, go here.

375147_10151637960956830_782649222_nWonderful things are always happening with our Harlem neighbor to the East. Today, La Casa Azul Bookstore turns one. They are celebrating their one year anniversary from noon to 6 pm. La Casa Azul Bookstore is located at 143 E. 103rd Street.

Last year, East Harlem held their first Harvest Festival, ie East Harlem Harvest Festival, which was a big success. Read coverage here. And we hear they are planning another event for this year!

And Urban Garden Center, which has been a leader in getting events organized in their community, recently announced that Spanish Harlem will now be having their very own flea market called Flea Marqueta starting this June.

So whenever you get a chance, head East in Harlem and check out their events. I promise you will experience a wider view on why the greater Harlem area is an awesome place to live.

East Harlem to start their own flea market, to be called Flea Marqueta

According to East Harlem’s Urban Garden Center, a flea market is popping up right across the street from them at East 116th Street and Park Avenue. Their multiple Facebook posts state “we are starting a flea market called Flea Marqueta…!” Flea Marqueta will start June 23 and run to October.

They are currently looking for vendors, artists, performers, food operators and more. For more information about Flea Marqueta, contact Sara@UrbanGardenNYC.com or call 917-769-4884.

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.

Harlem Earth Day continues, Active Living events April 7 in Morningside Park

There is a full day of fun activities planned April 7 for the whole family in Harlem’s Morningside Park thanks to the many organization who have planned pondHarlem Earth Day activities in April, such as Harlem Park to Park and more! Tomorrow’s Harlem Earth Day activities will be centered around the pond near 113th Street and Manhattan Ave.

Below is a list of events for April 7. For full schedule, click here.

  • 10 am Adult fitness boot camp
  • 10:30 am Flat fix workshop
  • 11:00 am Adult yoga, Mini dog training sessions
  • 11:30 am Flat fix workshop
  • 12:00 pm Children’s yoga, Mini dog training sessions
  • 12:30 pm Flat fix workshop 1:00pm Mini dog training sessions, Health Screenings, Healthy beverages and snacks

Attend MillionTreesNYC Tree Care Workshop at Harlem’s Casa Frela Gallery

imageMillionTreesNYC will be giving a tree care workshop for the Harlem community on April 6th at Casa Frela Gallery, 47 West 119th Street, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

The workshop will run 2 hours and consist of two parts. The first part will be 30-40 minutes and will take place in the gallery, covering the importance of trees, tree care, and the reasons behind Million Trees NYC’s mission to plant a million more trees throughout the five boroughs. Part 2 of the workshop will be hands-on, where attendees will go outside and actively steward the two new trees on 119th Street — and beyond, time-permitting. At the end of the workshop if attendees pledge to care for a new tree in their neighborhood, Million Trees NYC will give them a free toolkit (collapsible watering bucket, trowel, weeder tool, and cultivator) and a tree care manual with step by step guide to caring for their tree.

To learn more about MillionTreesNYC, visit their website.

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!

It’s snow day in the park, free winter activities for youth

New York City youth can take to the parks today for fun, free snowy activities hosted by NYC Parks & Recreation. Snow Day sites (one in each borough, locations listed below) will host FREE, supervised outdoor recreation and winter fun for youth, including sledding, snowman and snow angel contests, music and complimentary hot chocolate. Sleds will be available to borrow as well.

Riverside Park (Riverside Drive at 103rd Street)
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Crotona Park (Fulton Avenue and East 172nd Street)
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Prospect Park (near the Tennis House)
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Juniper Valley Park (78 Street & Juniper Valley North)
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Staten Island
Clove Lakes Park (Martling and Slosson Avenues)
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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.


East Harlem school to lead peaceful march in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr

On Monday, January 21, 2013 at 10 a.m., Manhattan Country School, located at the base of East Harlem on East 96th Street, will lead a peaceful and inspirational march through the streets of New York City in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Having chosen the route and theme of the march themselves, MCS eighth grade students will stop at several points along the march route to give public speeches they have written addressing contemporary civil rights issues. This year’s march theme is “In 25 Years: Reflecting on the Civil Rights Struggles of the Past, Looking Toward Justice for Tomorrow.”

The public is invited to attend and can join at the beginning of the march or meet along the route to hear student speeches, sing freedom songs, and participate in a unique event that is educational and uplifting.

2013 MLK March Route:
Starting time & location: 10 a.m. at Gracie Mansion
(East End Avenue and 89th Street)

1. Gracie Mansion (East End Avenue and 89th Street)
2. ASPCA (424 East 92nd Street, between 1st and York)
3. 92nd Street Y (92nd Street and Lexington Avenue)
4. Dream Charter School (232 East 102nd Street, Between 2nd and 3rd)
5. The Museum of the City of New York (1220 5th Avenue, between 103rd and 104th)
6. Manhattan Country School (7 East 96th Street, Between Madison and 5th Avenues)

Ending time & location: 1 p.m. at Manhattan Country School
(7 East 96th Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenues)

For more information about the march, contact Corris Little at clittle@manhattancountryschool.org