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Are you a college-bound Harlem high school senior? Scholarship fund available, apply now

Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association, a Harlem based 501(c) (3) non-profit community organization, is looking for a college-bound Harlem high school senior! Why? The organization’s Scholarship Fund will award a $4,000 scholarship-1,000 renewable annually for four years-to a college-bound high school senior, who resides in Central Harlem from 110th Street to 135th Street, between Morningside and Third Avenues.

The application deadline is June 1 and the scholarship requirements are below. Click here to apply.

· Graduating high school seniors living in the greater Mount Morris Park/Central Harlem Community, from 110th Street to 135th Street, between Morningside and Third Avenues

· Student must have a C+ (75%) or better grade point average

· Student must have participated in a community service project

· Student must have accepted admission to a two or four-year college or university

· Student must demonstrate financial need by completing FAFSA application


Wreath making class happening in Harlem December 7, learn from Katrina Parris Flowers

Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association and the floral designers from Katrina Parris Flowers in Harlem are hosting a wreath making class on Saturday, December 7, between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM. The class allows participants to create and assemble your very own wreath(s) for your doors and/or windows. All supplies will be provided.

Don’t have time for D-I-Y? The organizers will have Elves on hand to make the wreaths for you. They’ll be ready for pick up between 3:00 – 4:00 PM on Saturday, December 7th.

Do-it-yourself wreaths will cost $30 and let the Elves do it is $40. The organizers need at least 20 orders to hold the event.

Order and pay online or reserve today and pay at the door.

The wreath making will be at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church located at 230 Lenox Avenue and West 122 Street.

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

Mafrika Front

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.


Save the Date: Annual Mount Morris Park House Tour is June 10

For more than 20 years the community of Mount Morris Park has been opening its doors and inviting New Yorkers and visitors from around the world to come in and see all the beautiful homes that are in Harlem. The tradition continues with the annual Mount Morris Park House Tour, which is set for June 10.  The schedule is listed below and tickets are now available at the Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association. Click here to purchase tickets.

11 AM to 4 PM: Follow the Self-Guided Tour of Homes at your leisure. Guests will visit 10 venues including inside brownstone homes, urban live/work apartments and landmark churches.

1 PM and 3 PM: Join the Architectural Walking Tour and explore this historic neighborhood’s rich architectural detail and history.

Noon and 2 PM: Inside Historic Harlem begins with Yale-trained architect and historian, John Reddick.

Participate in Harlem’s Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association Online and Silent Auction

There is still time left to participate in Harlem’s Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association Online and Silent Auction, but you better hurry up.

MMPCIA’s Online Auction closes Wednesday, December 7 at 10 pm. Go here to bid on several interesting items. The Silent Auction will take place during the Holiday Gala.

The Auction is part of the associations annual Holiday Gala and Fundraiser, which is taking place this Thursday, December 8 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at Ristorante Settepani, located at 196 Lenox Avenue. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Also required for admission–one toy for a child (up to 10-years old) or canned or dry food for a food pantry. Click here to purchase tickets in advance.

Meet the woman behind 125th Street Business Improvement District in Harlem

There are plenty of exciting things happening throughout the Village of Harlem and numerous people are behind it. However, what I personally find fascinating-and what I am learning from blogging about Harlem-is that some of those individuals who are making things happen in Harlem are…women. Yup, that’s right…women! There is a boat load of women power in Harlem that are doing great things for our community. I will blog more about that later.

My immediate point is we have an opportunity to meet one of those women I am talking about tomorrow, October 6. In Mount Morris Talks, a speaker series hosted by the Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association, Barbara Askins will be the guest speaker! Barbara Askins is the President and CEO of the 125th Street Business Improvement District (BID) in our neighborhood. Askins created BID in 1993 and is first and only one of its kind in the Harlem Community.

If you would like to meet this woman executive, who is making things happen in Harlem now, not later, check out Mount Morris Talks! Details are below!

Who: Mount Morris Talks to Barbara Askins!
When: Thursday, October 6, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Where: At the Harlem Branch Library Community Room, 3rd floor
9 West 124 Street, between Fifth Ave & Mount Morris Park West


A Midsummers Night Picnic in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park

The Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association (MMPCIA) is holding their annual A Midsummer Night’s Picnic in the Park in Harlem today, July 19, in Marcus Garvey Park. This is the time when MMPCIA says thank you to its current member and welcomes new members.

The Summer Picnic is free to existing members and to those who want to join or renew their membership. There is an additional cost of $10 for family of members and friends who are not quite ready to join. Children 12 and under are free.

If you decide to attend this event today,please RSVP and register your dish ASAP by e-mailing: membership@mmpcia.org.

The potluck picnic is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Enter Marcus Garvey Park in the SW corner, near the  West 120th Street entrance. For more information, click here.