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Make plans to attend East Harlem Harvest Festival happening October 27

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The second annual East Harlem Harvest Festival is happening this weekend, October 27, at 116th Street and Park Avenue. The event starts and 10 am and will last until about 6 pm. See full list below of what to expect at this years East Harlem Harvest Festival.

And check out last year’s coverage of the Festival as well. We attended and had a wonderful time. See you there this weekend!

  • Flea Marqueta’s 30+ Local vendors
  • Urban Garden Center’s pig roast series called El Boar-rio featuring sauce infused with Riazul Tequila
  • Beer Tent pouring the Harlem Brewing Company’s Sugar Hill Beer
  • Live Music by Blue Maky a blues band from Columbia
  • DJ Mellow G will be spinning all day at La Marqueta’s “Placita”
  • Bohemia Realty and Tutubell are hosting a Children’s Zone…Face Painting, Pumpkin Painting and lawn games
  • There will be a Soul Food Hut, an Empanada stand, a Popcorn stand, Cookies by our 9-year-old entrepreneur Mr. Corey’s, Coffee and Desert by La Bella Torte, a food truck
  • Composting and Urban Farming workshops hosted by Dr. Eluem Blyden the creator of Phytopod (manufactured right at Urban Garden Center)
  • NYRP and MillionTreesNY teamed up with Urban Garden Center to give away 100 FREE trees starting at 10
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What’s happening in East Harlem September and October? a pig roast and East Harlem Harvest Festival

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The good folks behind East Harlem’s Urban Garden Center sent us their event line up for September and October. And as always, there is lots of fun things to do in this section of Harlem.

Mark your calendar. The East Harlem Harvest Festival will take place on Sunday, October 27th from 10 am to 6 pm at La Marqueta on 116th Street and Park Ave. We went last year and had a very good time. This event is a celebration of East Harlem’s retailers, restaurants, bars, institutions, parks, history and more.

On September 15 and 29, and October 13 and 27, there will be a pig roast called El Boar-rio at La Marqueta starting at noon. Flea Marqueta is hosting this event on specific Sundays because that’s when the market is open where you can shop for artisans, food and enjoy entertainment.

Interested in sponsorship and vending opportunities at these events? Email info@fleamarqueta.com for more information.
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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.
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Spanish Harlem featured in NY Times, El Barrio starts above E. 96th St., divide becoming less visible

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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.
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A look back in photos at this year’s East Harlem Harvest Festival

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On October 27, the business community of East Harlem organized their first Harlem Harvest Festival. I attended and had a fabulous time from drinking SugarHill Beer for FREE (Yum), to watching to 212Green perform and walking up and down La Marqueta trying out the different food treats. It was a wonderful time at the East Harlem Harvest Festival and glad to hear the organizers plan on doing this a couple of times a year! Given that, I definitely plan to head back!

100 free tree giveaway October 28 in East Harlem

Urban Garden Center in East Harlem is at it again. Can you believe it? They’re giving away 100 free trees October 28! They did this in May as well. The nerve of them giving away something that is soooo good for us-sarcastically speaking! We need to clone Urban Garden Center at 1640 Park Avenue at 116th Street.

Seriously. If you want a tree for free, register here, which is highly recommended because most trees are claimed in advance, and then head on over to East 116th and Park Ave between 10 am to 2 pm to pick up your tree!

Please visit www.NYRP.org for more information.

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Save the Date: East Harlem Harvest Festival happening October 26-27

Central Harlem just completed its Harvest Festival. Now its time to plan for East Harlem’s Harvest Festival taking place at 116th Street and Park Avenue. I believe its the first one and organizers are making sure it lasts all weekend.

On October 26, a celebration of culture and cuisine is planned. How to make you’re own brewski is on the agenda at the Urban Garden Center and Sugar Hill Beer is involved. That will be good and those 21 years and older can participate. A Hookah Lounge will be set up thanks to Kiosk Restaurant, a delightful Moroccan restaurant in East Harlem. And for children, the East Harlem Harvest Festival will be planning a Recycling Game, pumpkin carving and a class on how to make healthy food provided by Culinaria Festival!

So no need to worry about making plans for the weekend of October 26-27. Head on over to the eastside of Harlem for their Harvest Festival. See you there.

100 free trees available May 6 through Urban Garden Center in Spanish Harlem


Spanish Harlem’s Urban Garden Center is turning one and they are celebrating in style by giving away that item which has furnished humanity with two of life’s essentials: food and oxygen. On Sunday, May 6, Urban Garden Center, in partnership with Million Trees NYC and New York Restoration Project, will be giving away 100 trees for free starting at 10 am.

To receive a free tree, register online here. Signing up with the form will ensure a tree of the species you chose and will be available between 10 am to noon on Sunday, May 6. Please note: trees will weigh between 25-50 pounds and are between 4’-10’ in height depending on species. Make the appropriate arrangements for the transportation of your tree before heading to Spanish Harlem.

And later on in the afternoon on May 6, Urban Garden Center will continue celebrating their one year anniversary with free food, refreshments, music, workshops and more. So stop on by!

Happy Birthday Urban Garden Center!

Urban Garden Center is located at 1640 Park Avenue @116 street. Free Parking available at 117th & Park Avenue and its only 1 block from 6 train or 3 blocks from 2/3 train.

Phone: 646-872-3991
Office: 646-672-0100 (Mon. to Friday 9-5)
E-Mail: Info@urbangardennyc.com

Holiday Wreath Decorating Workshop happening today in East Harlem


The good folks over at Urban Garden Center in East Harlem are holding a wreath decorating workshop today, December 3, starting at noon for the first workshop and then at 3 pm for the second. At this worshop, located at East 116th Street and Park Avenue,  you will learn how to build your own wreath and receive a FREE hand-made custom bow to go along with your wreath. Urban Garden Center’s in-house wreath and bow maker will be on hand to teach the workshop.

To attend this workshop, there is a minimum purchase of $15. Refreshments will be provided. And don’t forget, once your finished with your wreath workshop, you can walk across the street to check out the Winter Festival taking place at La Marqueta from 10 AM to 8 PM.

Urban Garden Center Holiday Wreath Decorating Workshop
Noon and 3 PM
1640 Park Avenue @ 116th St
Harlem, NYC