Category Archives: Marcus Garvey Park

Live Periscope Tour of FLUX Art Fair in Harlem May 2

Can’t make it to one of the May art events in Harlem by FLUX Art Fair. Then log on to Periscope May 2 at 10 am! NYC Parks joins the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance for a special preview tour of the FLUX Art Fair in Marcus Garvey Park “live” on Periscope, a social app for streaming and watching live video broadcasts. Founder of FLUX Leanne Stella will join to answer questions and lead the tour.

Throughout the month of May, FLUX artists will present performances, large-scale installations, and subtle artist interventions throughout Upper Manhattan, including in Marcus Garvey Park, Eugene McCabe Field, Harlem Art Park, along Fifth and Lenox Avenues, and Harlem Grown farm on 127th Street.

Visit http://periscope.tv/nycparks or download the app and follow NYC Parks on Periscope to participate in May 2 tour! For a list of artists click here.

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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!

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Want a Harlem t-shirt? Keep Harlem, Harlem tees now available

On this Harlem blog, I use tees to feature the subject matter, ie Harlem. Sometimes readers ask, where can I buy a unique tee with the name Harlem on it? Here’s an option. One of my favorite Harlem sites, Harlem NYC, is now offering Harlem tees to purchase. The t-shirt says “Keep Harlem, Harlem.” Pretty cool…huh? If you’re interested in purchasing this Harlem tee, go here! And to check out Harlem NYC like I do, click here.

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

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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.

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!

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Support Changing Face of Harlem, film in final stretch of completion

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Changing Face of Harlem, a documentary about Harlem’s ongoing transformation told from the voices of longtime residents, business owners, politicians, developers, and clergy, is in the home stretch to complete the film. This month they have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $30,000 to meet final post-production costs. Post-production costs cover final sound mixing, edit, color correction, and costs of archival footage, graphics and music.

To help Changing Face of Harlem meet their goal, go here to donate. The campaign runs for the month of March.

Read prior posts here on Changing Face of Harlem.

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 .