Lady Liberty is hanging, actually reclining, in Harlem these days. In fact, she’s going to be stretching out and making herself comfortable for a few months-until April 2022. Reclining Liberty, the name of the art installation, really gives the appearance of her getting ready to chill…hmm well… sort of maybe take a nap in the park. Can’t blame her. Don’t we all feel like that sometimes.
Reclining Liberty is a 25 foot long sculpture by Zaq Landsberg. It’s very impressive to see from afar and up close! I took a ton of pictures of Reclining Liberty because it was truly a joy to see-especially since it’s right here in my neighborhood of Central Harlem!
If you get a chance, go see the installation at 120th Street and Morningside Avenue! It will be worth the visit!
Movie night generally starts on the weekend for me and my family. But I made an exception this week! On Monday, my kids and I had the opportunity to watch an advance screening of The Mitchells vs The Machines by Netflix Films.
Of course, my kids absolutely loved it and can’t wait to see it again when it officially debuts this Friday, April 30.
I thoroughly enjoyed it because the actress who plays Queen Elizabeth in The Crown Season 3-4 plays a really good evil Siri-like character. As in The Crown, Olivia Coleman, is fantastic.
If you’re looking for a new flick to watch with the family, try The Mitchells vs The Machines! It’s entertaining throughout and filled with catchy one liners! It’s released on Netflix April 30!
Overview: From the humans who brought you the Academy Award-winning Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse and The LEGO Movie comes The Mitchells vs. The Machines, an animated action-comedy about an ordinary family who find themselves in the middle of their biggest family challenge yet…saving the world from the robot apocalypse. No big deal, right? It all starts when creative outsider Katie Mitchell is accepted into the film school of her dreams and is eager to leave home and find “her people,” when her nature-loving dad insists on having the whole family drive her to school and bond during one last totally-not-awkward-or-forced road trip. But just when the trip can’t get any worse, the family suddenly finds itself in the middle of the robot uprising! Everything from smart phones, to Roombas, to evil Furbies are employed to capture every human on the planet. Now it’s up to the Mitchells, including upbeat mom Linda, quirky little brother Aaron, their squishy pug, Monchi, and two friendly, but simple-minded robots to save humanity.
I haven’t blogged about Harlem in ages (busy on Instagram though). I tell myself daily that if I come across something very interesting, I will blog. Well, that day has come.
Walking along Frederick Douglass Blvd recently with my kids, which I call and coined back in my early days of blogging, as Harlem’s Restaurant Row, I came across the signage: Annie’s Juicery at 2073 FDB. I was shocked to see this because it wasn’t another restaurant or a cafe, but a place that offers cold pressed juices! Wow! This is different in my view.
I walked by the place on a Saturday and it wasn’t open. However, I checked for Annie’s Juicery online presence and their Instagram account mentioned that they opened in mid-May. See photo below.
Where was I for this opening? How could I miss that? Oh, I must have been busy tending to my two most important clients, my 3 and 5 year old.
And I believe this type of business is a first in Harlem? There’s been places to get extracting juices which is different than cold pressed. Who can help us confirm if this is a first? If you know, chime in.
I plan to stop buy this place soon to try a juice and share more details. But first things first. I wanted you to know that cold pressed juices are now available in Harlem via walk in through Annie’s Juicery and I’m back!
Need family plans in Harlem June 18? Consider NYC Kidsfest in Morningside Park from 2-7 PM. 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.
Headliners include: Bassam Saba and members of the NY Arabic Orchestra; Uptown Social Club; Karen Arcenaux—Alvin Ailey Zumba; Galli Theater performance of The Ugly Duckling; Face Painting by Derek Little; Theater workshops with actors from Classical Theater of Harlem; and Arts & Crafts Table
Location: Morningside Park—113th Street @ Manhattan Avenue behind St. John the Divine.
Closest trains: 1, B or C Exit 110th Street. Rain date is June 25!
Meet the Easter Bunny this weekend in Harlem! There is an Easter Egg Hunt planned this Saturday for kids 1-8 where fun games will be offered along with the opportunity to meet and have a photo with the Easter Bunny. To attend, a registration is required. See details below:
First it was restaurants opening in Central Harlem. Then coffee shops followed. The next trend seems to be hat stores! A new hat store recently opened at 139 West 116th Street in Harlem called Shatzi Life. They sell everything from hard hats to scarves and gloves to snowboarding hats for adults and kids. It is a very cute place! I bought a cute reindeer hat for my daughter and a Coal hat for me. Coal hats are made in Seattle, WA!
If you need a unique gift for someone, this boutique hat store is a nice option to consider for shopping! Here is their website as well!
Go back in time this weekend, April 26. That’s when Street Games, which takes place every year, is happening in East Harlem. Start time is 11 am.
Street Games brings back the classic games and sports played by previous generations and gives them a modern twist. New Yorkers young – and young at heart – can visit Classic Street Games zone and get moving with stickball, pogo sticks, hula hoops, double-dutch, yo-yos, and skateboarding clinics.
Street Games closes 114th Street and Pleasant Avenue in Harlem to vehicle traffic, so kids can participate in a soap box derby, learn to ride a bike clinics, street hockey, and relay races. On the adjacent fields, participants can test their soccer skills with the New York Red Bulls soccer team or throw a disc with the New York Empire ultimate team.
Below are the exact details:
WHAT: HOP OVER TO STREET GAMES 2014!
DATE: Saturday, April 26, 2014
TIME: 11:00 am-3:00 pm
(Speaking program begins at 12:30 pm)
LOCATION: Thomas Jefferson Park
114th Street and First Avenue
Need an interesting and different activity for your Harlem child? How about introducing your kid(s) to the Brazilian art form of Capoeira Angola. There are free kids classes available on April 5 at the Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande located at 154th and Frederick Douglass Blvd.
Capoeira Angola is an Afro-Brazilian art form, which includes fluid, rhythmic martial art; a ritual; a dance of wit and grace. See details below for upcoming free kids class in Harlem.
Harlem parents, have you checked out Tribeca Pediatrics,which recently opened in Harlem on 114th Street and Frederick Douglass? I have taken my daughter twice already, seen all doctors and both experiences have been very good so far. I plan to continue to take my daughter there. On a recent visit, I collected the bios of the two doctors/pediatricians that are working at the Harlem branch of Tribeca Pediatrics. I am passing the bios along for those interested. Also, here is the phone number and email as well: 646-666-8248, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the date of February 22! That’s when Jazz Cats for Kids will take place at Silvana in Harlem at 116th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd. A jazz quartet will be on hand to entertain kids of all ages. The event starts at noon and is hosted by Harlem4Kids and the Musician’s Aid Society.
Silvana will have their full menu available, as well as a few additional kid-friendly items for the crowd. Doors open at 11:30 am.
Purchase tickets here. All tickets ($5/person, children under 2 are free) must be purchased in advance.