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05/20/17: The Sweet Spot Festival Presents Everyday People Harlem!

05/20/17: The Sweet Spot Festival Presents Everyday People Harlem!

The Sweet Spot Festival is returning to Harlem for its 6th year in a row and it is going to be a doozy. Join them as they usher in the summer season on​ Saturday, May 20, 2017 @ the West Harlem Pier from 3-9PM powered by their partners Summer on The Hudson. Sweet Spot Festival presents Everyday People HARLEM! Music by mOma, Rich […]


The Top 10 Secrets of Highbridge Park in Washington Heights, NYC | Untapped Cities

The Top 10 Secrets of Highbridge Park in Washington Heights, NYC | Untapped Cities

BY susan xu New York City’s oldest standing span, High Bridge, may be one of the most iconic fixtures in Washington Heights, but the park that holds its Manhattan end is similarly as picturesque. Operated by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, Highbridge Park occupies 119-acres and sits on banks of the Harlem […]


The Sounds of ‘Mannahatta’ in Your Ear | NY Times

The Sounds of ‘Mannahatta’ in Your Ear | NY Times

By JIM DWYER Another visitor to New York grumbling about the racket. “They frequently make such a noise that it is difficult for a person to make himself heard,” wrote Peter Kalm, a Swedish-Finnish naturalist. That was Manhattan in 1748. He was writing about the chorus of frogs croaking at nightfall. So vibrant was natural […]


Hidden Waters: Sherman Creek

Hidden Waters: Sherman Creek

BY Sergey Kadinsky At the northern tip of Manhattan island, the scenery is reminiscent of the Hudson River Valley at Fort Tryon and Inwood Hill parks. Thick forests, steep hills, and views of the Palisades across the Hudson River. The east side of Inwood on the Harlem River receives fewer visitors, but has a rich natural […]


Uptown Tonight: Help the City Spend $30 Million on Highbridge Park

Uptown Tonight: Help the City Spend $30 Million on Highbridge Park

Our very own Highbridge Park was chosen as one of five parks across NYC to receive $30 million in city funding for improvements thanks to the Anchor Parks program. It’s get better, you, yes you, can help to decide how the money is spent. It all goes down tonight from 6:30 – 8:30pm at the […]


09/25/16: Meet the Artists: ‘Evolving Terrain’ Exhibition Walk and Talk

09/25/16: Meet the Artists: 'Evolving Terrain' Exhibition Walk and Talk

Meet the Artists: ‘Evolving Terrain’ Exhibition Walk and Talk Sunday, September 25, 2016 – 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Heather Garden in Fort Tryon Park Join NYC Parks, Fort Tryon Park Trust and the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance for a guided tour of the group exhibition “Evolving Terrain” in Northern Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park. Meet New York-based […]


09/24/16: The Little Red Lighthouse Festival

09/24/16: The Little Red Lighthouse Festival

Little Red Lighthouse Festival Saturday, September 24, 2016 – 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Little Red Lighthouse in Fort Washington Park Celebrate Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse with a trip into the Little Red Lighthouse, Urban Park Ranger educational presentations, readings of The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge children’s book, fishing clinics, live music, food […]


From The Barrios To The Big Leagues – The 2016 Red Bull Clasico de Vitilla

From The Barrios To The Big Leagues – The 2016 Red Bull Clasico de Vitilla

Photography: Alex Goodlett This past Sunday, September 18th, 20 teams and over 100 players took to the field for Vitilla supremacy at the 2016 Red Bull Clasico de Vitilla. Vitilla is a street version of baseball that originated in the Dominican Republic. Similar to stick ball, Vitilla is played with a broomstick and a bottle […]


Spread Love: The Red Bull Clasico De Vitilla Returns To The Bronx…

Spread Love: The Red Bull Clasico De Vitilla Returns To The Bronx...

Vitilla is a form of street baseball that originated in the Dominican Republic and is traditionally played with a plastic bottle cap and broomstick. Red Bull Clasico de Vitilla brings the Dominican street game to the Bronx in a spectator-friendly tournament-style competition for serious players and recreationalists alike.  Vitilla is a classic game that has […]


New York City Wages War on the Zika Virus | NY Times

New York City Wages War on the Zika Virus | NY Times

By MARC SANTORA It was well after midnight on a hot and sticky weeknight in Washington Heights in Upper Manhattan when the hunt got underway. A police car rolled slowly through the empty neighborhood in the predawn hours, its lights casting shadows on the buildings as a voice over a loudspeaker blared a warning to […]


09/18/16: The Medieval Festival

09/18/16: The Medieval Festival

Get ready to be transported to the Middle Ages! The 32nd Annual Medieval Festival returns to Fort Tryon Park on Sunday, September 18th from 11:30 am to 6 pm. The already majestic Fort Tryon Park is magically transformed to a medieval market town replete with ornate banners, authentic medieval music, dance, minstrels and jesters. Oh […]


Ecuador’s Homegrown Sport Thrives Under the Lights in Harlem | WSJ

Ecuador’s Homegrown Sport Thrives Under the Lights in Harlem | WSJ

Every weekend, a community of New Yorkers gathers for a night of ecuavoley, a variation of volleyball that sprouted more than a century ago in their home country By Paolo Uggetti By 9 p.m. on a recent night in the city, St. Nicholas Park in South Harlem was nearly pitch dark. The basketball courts were […]


In bloom at Bruce’s | Manhattan Times

In bloom at Bruce’s | Manhattan Times

Story by Gregg McQueen This is one graphic garden. A beloved community haven is making efforts to increase cultural programming while spotlighting local artists. From May through October, Bruce’s Garden in Inwood hosts “Gallery in the Gazebo,” a program that rotates temporary installations from Inwood-based artists at the garden’s wooden gazebo. “The gazebo is now serving […]


Pokemon Go Taught Me the History of My Adopted Home | Inverse

Pokemon Go Taught Me the History of My Adopted Home | Inverse

By Nickolaus Hines Between the streets of Broadway and Saint Nicholas at 170th Street in uptown Manhattan, there’s a small, triangular park named after Juan Pablo Duarte, one of the founders of the Dominican Republic. I live right next to Duarte’s Square, but I probably would have spent my life ignorant of his place in […]


The best things to do in Washington Heights, NYC | Time Out New York

The best things to do in Washington Heights, NYC | Time Out New York

By Tolly Wright Way up north in NYC, Washington Heights is home to super-cheap apartments and a slew of attractions that are actually pretty great. Swing by one of the city’s best Irish pubs, the authentic Le Chéile, and walk around the medieval Cloisters (one of the best sights and New York attractions) while pretending […]


Spread Love: Flux Art Fair

Spread Love: Flux Art Fair

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Okay – please heed my words. Please head over to Marcus Garvey Park right now to catch the Flux Public Art Project in that majestic park. Why the urgency? Well, you only have until May 31st to take in this next-generation art installation. Shout out to Flux Art Fair for bringing […]


#InstagramUptown – Cliff Dive

#InstagramUptown – Cliff Dive

cliff dive || by @ballerinaproject_ wearing @wolfordfashion #ballerinaproject #wolford #InwoodHillPark #kathrynboren A photo posted by Kathryn Boren (@katieboren1) on Mar 7, 2016 at 8:16am PST Related: The Mysterious Inwood Hill Park Artist Strikes Again Inwood Hill Park Has A New Artist In Residence We invite you to subscribe to the weekly Uptown Love newsletter, like […]


ioby Spotlight: Hike the Heights 12

ioby Spotlight: Hike the Heights 12

A Word From Hike the Heights On June 4, 2016, CLIMB (City Life Is Moving Bodies) and its community partners will be celebrating the 12th Anniversary of Hike the Heights, and we want to make this our biggest and best party to date. Hike the Heights is an annual volunteer-planned and community run event that […]


Local group to unveil first-ever syringe drop-off box inside an NYC park | Metro

Local group to unveil first-ever syringe drop-off box inside an NYC park | Metro

BY Angy Altamirano Through the beauty and simplicity of a flower, one New York City organization is hoping to help keep their local parks cleaner and safer from dirty syringe needles. The Washington Heights CORNER Project (WHCP) — a harm reduction agency that aims to improve the quality of life and health of drug users […]


05/21/16: The Sweet Spot Festival + Okay Africa Present ELECTRAFRIQUE

05/21/16: The Sweet Spot Festival + Okay Africa Present ELECTRAFRIQUE

Sweet Spot Festival + OKAY AFRICA present ELECTRAFRIQUE #Harlem MAY 21, 2016 from 2-9PM Solomon And Kuff (2331 12th Ave) w/ RICH MEDINA, DJ UNDERDOG & NATIVE SUN It’s FREE community affair! Bring the family out for a day of great music, dance, Food & Artisan Vendors, Kids Art Workshops, Free Yoga & SO much […]


4/30/16: 9th Annual Harlem Celebration of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

4/30/16: 9th Annual Harlem Celebration of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

St. Nicholas Park Plaza (135th Street & St. Nicholas Avenue) April 30th @ 10AM Join millions around the world in their individual time zones beginning at 10AM to celebrate world peace, optimum health and well-being! Our very own Eileen Z. Fuentes will be one of the keynote speakers. This is a FREE event for all ages. Bring […]


Save The Date: 6/12/2016 – Drums Along The Hudson

Save The Date: 6/12/2016 - Drums Along The Hudson

2016: Fourteenth Annual Drums Along the Hudson A Native American and Multicultural Festival Sunday, June 12, 2016 – Inwood Hill Park 11am to 6pm – Rain or Shine. FREE The natives are getting restless. The reason being is that the 14th Annual Drums Along The Hudson shindig is only a few weeks away. Drums Along […]


Morris-Jumel Mansion: Secrets of Manhattan’s oldest home, in Washington Heights | am New York

Morris-Jumel Mansion: Secrets of Manhattan's oldest home, in Washington Heights | am New York

By Brian Levinson Think you have to travel to Disney World to visit a haunted mansion? Think again. There’s one in Washington Heights, just a few blocks from the C train. Morris-Jumel Mansion is Manhattan’s oldest house. Built by a British colonel in 1765, it was once a 130-acre farm that stretched from the Hudson […]


2/4/16: Inwood Nature Center Public Input Meeting

2/4/16: Inwood Nature Center Public Input Meeting

Thursday, February 4, 2016 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Payson Center in Inwood Hill Park Come share your input on the reconstruction of the Inwood Nature Center. An update will be given on the four contracts involved in the building’s rehabilitation. NYC Parks’ Architecture Division, Urban Park Rangers, and Northern Manhattan Parks will also discuss […]

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