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 Events in the Neighborhood this Week

Hudson Heights
Inwood
, Audubon Park and Lower WaHi

Monday


     School’s out! Take your kids to the park for adventures that are fun and free.
     Free. Monday through Friday at 10 at the Payson Park House at Dyckman Street and Payson Avenue in Inwood Hill Park.





     Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, the Hudson Heights troupe, released its latest video in ts series Fifteen on Sunday.
     Crab World was shot on an island in Brazil. It’s just a couple of minutes long, so it’s an easy way to get involved with the Upper Manhattan arts scene.
     Free, available on the troupe’s site here.



Tuesday

     One of the few independent book stores in Upper Manhattan hosts a weekly event open to all. The American Folk Heritage Circle features storytellers from a wide array of backgrounds and traditions.
     Free. Tuesday nights at 7 in Sister’s Uptown Bookstore, at 1942 Amsterdam Avenue (at 156th Street) in Lower WaHi.




Thursday



     Join the Sherman Creek Garden Crew for an evening of weeding and garden maintenance around the park. Learn about the various projects the garden crew works and how these efforts support New York Restoration Project’s approach to sustainable horticulture.
     Free; tools provided. Thursday afternoon from 4 to 6:30 at Sherman Creek. Through October 30.





Saturday


     The Creative Arts Workshops for Kids invites kids to get their groove on with 1960s-themed art classes on Saturday mornings.

     Held in partnership with the United Palace of Creative Arts. For children in 3rd though 5th grades. To register contact Keith Fasciani at keithf@ unitedpalace.org or (212) 568-6700 ext. 41.
     Free. Saturdays from 10:30 to 12:30 through May 31 at the United Palace Theatre on Broadway at 175th Street in Lower WaHi.






     Pomerium performs its exploration of the great Renaissance choral music of Passiontide and Easter. The program proceeds from Palm Sunday to Easter Day with an emphasis on music for Holy Thursday and Good Friday. Stylistically, the progression leads from chant to its elaborations by Guillaume Dufay and Senfl.
      The austerity of the Crucifixion gives way to the splendid celebration of the Resurrection, culminating in glorious motets by Orlande de Lassus, Claudio Monteverdi, Carlo Gesualdo, and William Byrd.
     Listen to a sample of Pomerium here.
     $40. Saturday afternoon at 1 and 3 at The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.



Sunday



     Explore the forest on a nature exploration hike, guided by the Urban Park Rangers. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water on this moderate excursion.
     Free. Meet Sunday afternoon at 2 at the entrance to Inwood Hill Park at Isham Street and Payson Avenue.








Continuing in the Neighborhood



Abraham, from Canterbury Cathedral
, at the Cloisters.

     Tales from Canterbury Cathedral come to life in a set of twelfth-century painted and stained glass panels.
     These masterpieces of Romanesque art come from the clerestory of the cathedral’s choir, east transepts, and Trinity Chapel. The six figures—Jared, Lamech, Thara, Abraham, Noah, and Phalec—were part of an original cycle of eighty-six ancestors of Christ, the most comprehensive stained-glass cycle known in art history.
     Read a glowing review before you go.
     Free with museum admission. Daily through May 18 at the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.








     Join the conversation when Washington Heights Free Radio webcasts its weekly show from HQ on 163rd.
     On-line.
Wednesdays starting at 3.








     Expectant mothers who need gentle but challenging exercise are welcome to drop in on a class sponsored by the Columbia Medical Center.
     The prenatal yoga class at Bread & Yoga is sponsored by Chalk—Choosing Healthy and Active Lifestyles for Kids—a program funded by Columbia and open to all.
     $3. Wednesday evenings at 6 at Holy Trinity Church, Bread & Yoga's temporary location, at 20 Cumming Street (at Seaman) in Inwood.







     Catch up on Upper Manhattan happenings with the Washington Heights & Inwood Radio Show. Your hosts are Carolina Picardo and Claudio Cabrera.
     You don’t even need a radio to listen—it's a webcast that you can also download as a podcast.
     Every other Friday.







     The power of art to make an emotional connection is on display every Sunday afternoon in Apartment 3F—that’s Marjorie Eliot’s place, where she invites veteran musicians to play along.
     Famous and up-and-coming artists perform at Eliot’s weekly sessions and her free concerts are legendary among jazz aficionados.
      Free. Sunday afternoons at 4 at 555 Edgecombe Avenue, Apt. 3F.







     The Inwood greenmarket is a year-round neighborhood favorite.
    People of all ages, backgrounds, and tastes gather each Saturday to meet and greet their friends and neighbors and do their weekly shopping. Even on the coldest, darkest winter Saturdays, loyal Inwood shoppers come out because they know they can’t get products like this anywhere else.
     A core group of 15 farmers attend every week of the year, and during the peak of the season, five more join to round out the offerings with the summer's bounty.
     Saturdays from 8 to 3 on Isham Street between Seaman Avenue and Cooper Street.




      Clean out your closets and recycle at the same time.
     Bring clean and dry textiles like clothing, paired shoes, towels, sheets, scarves, hats, bags and belts for reuse or recycling. Sponsored by Grow NYC.
     Free. Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Inwood Greenmarket (in Inwood Hill Park) on Isham Street between Seaman Avenue and Cooper Street, in Inwood.








     Every Saturday (weather permitting), Northern Manhattan Parks Inwood Astronomy Project offers free star and planet gazing in Inwood Hill Park. These free, family-friendly events aim to spread the joys of the evening sky, and help you to learn more about the nature of our Solar System and current happenings in Astronomy.
     Saturday nights from 8 to 10 on the ball fields near Seaman Avenue and Isham Street. A map is here.







     Take a tour of the Park for All Seasons. This walking tour of the Heather and Alpine Gardens of Fort Tryon Park reveals which plants are in bloom in each of the seasons, even in the dead of winter. Learn about the gardens’ history, future and secrets from a member of Fort Tryon’s expert horticulture staff.
     These tours are wheelchair accessible but persons with mobility issues may find them challenging because of the park’s many steep paths.
     Free. Sunday afternoon from 1 to 2. Meet at the Heather Garden entrance to Fort Tryon Park at Margaret Corbin Circle in Hudson Heights.





Visions of Spain, Joaquin Sorolla, at the Hispanic Society of America


     In 1911, Joaquin Sorolla was commissioned by Archer Milton Huntington (1870—1955), founder of The Hispanic Society of America, to paint the mural Vision of Spain, which was completed in 1919 and installed at the Society in 1926.
     Unprecedented in both scope and scale, the massive painting cycle represents eleven regions of the country and focuses on rural life and its customs, emphasizing traditional dress. Sorolla dedicated eight incredibly productive years to this ethnographic study. The resulting work has become an important map of diverse regional identity, representing Spain in all its glory.
     Free. Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 to 4:30, and Sunday from 1 to 4 in the Bancaja Gallery of the Society, on Audubon Terrace, between 155th and 156th Streets off Broadway in Audubon Park.






     Residents seeking help in preparing for the naturalization exam have a new resource. Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights is offering free Citizenship Classes three times a week.
     Those interested in participating must bring lawful permanent resident card and social security card to register.
     For more information, please call (212) 781-0355 or send an e-mail to info@NMCIR.org.
     Thursday nights from 6 to 8, and twice on Saturdays: in the morning from 10 to noon and in the afternoon from 1 to 3, at the coalition’s offices at 665 West 182nd Street (between Broadway and Wadsworth Avenue) in Fort George.







     An orchestra for young people aged 7 to 23 seeks new members. The WHIN Youth Orchestra collaborates with the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of the Arts to produce an innovative learning environment.
     Classes are taught in three 12-week sessions.
     $5 per week. Saturday afternoons from 3 to 6 in the United Palace Theatre on Broadway at 176th Street in Lower WaHi.








     The Harlem Elementary Guitar Ensemble is being started in Washington Heights. Ages 6-12 become a member of this unique guitar ensemble. No experience necessary.
      Children will learn to become instant guitar players and will be eligible to join the ensemble after a few lessons. Bring your own guitar.
      $15 per lesson, or four for $50. Saturday afternoons at 2 at Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center, 1942 Amsterdam Avenue at 156th Street in Lower Wahi.






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     Bronx plays Manhattan when Fordham visits Columbia for a double-header.
     Wednesday afternoon, April 23, at 2 and 5 in Satow Stadium at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood.




     The Delphi Theatre presents Twelve Angry Jurors, the legal classic updated to include women.
     $15; children and seniors $12. Fridays through Sundays, April 25 through 27 and May 2 through 4, at Holy Trinity Church, 50 Cumming Street in Inwood. Fridays at 2 and 8; Saturdays at 4 and 8; Sundays at 4.








     Help celebrate Shakespeare’s big 4-5-0.
     Shakespeare Saturdays presents a special concert in honor of the Bard, who was baptised on April 26, 1554 (his birthdate is unknown so scholars have adopted his baptismal date).
     Donna Kendall Stearns composed the music; you-know-who wrote the lyrics.
     Free. Saturday afternoon, April 26, at 3 in the downstairs auditorium of the Inwood branch of the New York Public Library.









     The New York premiere of this new program, conceived by Benjamin Bagby and performed by Sequentia, explores the musical world of the Carolingian court.
     Collaborating with musicologist Sam Barrett, Bagby has reconstructed lost melodies from this golden age of European song when scholars and poets from England, Spain, Francia, and Germanic lands flourished under the enigmatic and powerful Frankish rulers. The program includes reconstructions of La Cantilène de sainte Eulalie (the oldest surviving song text in French), Hildebrandslied (the Old High German battle-song), the Latin lament for the death of Charlemagne (d. 814), and other songs and canticles, often with instrumental accompaniment or as instrumental music.

     Hear a sample of Sequentia here.
     $40. Sunday afternoon, April 27, at 1 and 3 at The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.






 


     Columbias final home baseball games feature an intra-Ivy double-header against Penn.
     Sunday afternoon, April 27, at 1 and 4 in Satow Stadium at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood.










     Join the most popular author in the Heights for his New York movie series.
     Sunday Movies with Lin-Manuel Miranda takes you on a cinematic tour of town. Hosted by the United Palace of Cultural Arts, each film is introduced by Miranda and often includes special guests. Monthly through early summer on Sundays.
     This month: King Kong.
     Free! Sunday afternoon, April 27, at a time to be announced later at the United Palace Theatre on Broadway and 175th in Lower WaHi.







     Shorewalkers will hold its annual Great Saunter—a 32-mile walk around Manhattan’s rim. Ready for an unforgettable view?
     The pace is steady, but not fast. Most of the route is fairly flat. We keep to the waterside as much as possible. The hike goes on rain or shine and most hikers will make it round, regardless of the weather. We walk through more than twenty parks and promenades and touch dozens of communities and cultures. 
     Along the way are many points from which you can easily join the group or drop off and catch public transportation.
     $20. Saturday morning, May 3, at 7 at the Faunces Tavern, 54 Pearl Street. The saunter will enter WaHi around noon, and take a break near the flagpole in Inwood Hill Park at 1.







José Agustín Arrieta (Mexican, 1803-1874)
El Costeño (Young Man from the Coast)
ca. 1843, Oil on Canvas 89 x 71 cm


     The career of José Agustín Arrieta centered on the Mexican city of Puebla, whose common citizens and typical foods became the subjects of his arrestingly realistic compositions. This picture represents a young man—possibly a servant in a wealthy household or a seller of fruits—who is thought to have come from the Afro-Hispanic communities on the Mexican coast near Veracruz.

     The place of this picture in Arrieta's oeuvre and in the development of Mexican art will be the subject of a gallery talk led  by Marcus Burke, senior curator of the Hispanic Society of America.
     Free. Saturday morning, May 3, at 11 at the Society's museum on Audubon Terrace, Broadway at 156th Street, in Audubon Park.









     Upper Manhattan is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. From falcons and salamanders, to deer and seals, wildlife viewing opportunities exist year-round in the city’s parks.
      Wildlife viewing is a perfect activity for any age. The Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in Inwood Hill Park.
     Free. Saturday, May 3, from noon to 3. Meet at the Inwood Hill Nature Center at 218th Street and Indian Road.







Trouble in Tahiti, left, and Outerborough Songs


     Opera returns to Upper Manhattan with Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, a tale of an unhappy suburban couple who long for love and intimacy. After a day of arguing and avoiding each other, they dress to go together to a movie named Trouble in Tahiti, salvaging their marriage for one more evening.

     The 45-minutes performance is accompanied by piano.

     After Bernstein you can hear the premiere of Outerborough Songs, a 10-minute compilation of three short songs based on poetry by D. Nurkse for soprano and electric guitar.
     Produced by Underworld Productions Opera. Make your free reservations here.
     Free with reservation. Sunday afternoon, May 4, at 4 at the United Palace Theater on Broadway at 175th Street in Lower WaHi.







     Auditions for Tales from Hans Christian Anderson, a lively musical, are open for children ages 5 to 14.
     Performances are on July 10 through 13. Presented by the Pied Piper Children's Theatre.
     Tuesday evenings, May 6 and 13, at Holy Trinity Church, 50 Cumming Street in Inwood.








     Where else can you sit on a porch in Manhattan?

     Enjoy the arrival of warm weather by the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum for its 7th annual Spring Open House.

     A special feature of the day in the “country” will be local artists working in the plein-air tradition of landscape painting in the garden. You can also take a self-guided tour of the house and grounds.

     Free. Sunday, May 10, from 11 to 5 at the farmhouse at 4881 Broadway (at 204th Street) in Inwood.









     Many native wildflowers are a rarity in New York City.  Fortunately, a wide variety of these species, from common flowers of the urban landscape to rare forest dwellers, can be found in Sherman Creek Park’s native gardens.
     Join a group for a walk in the woods to tour the park, look out for native wildflowers and to learn about the specific environmental conditions that these plants need to survive.

     Free. Saturday afternoon, May 10, at 1 at Sherman Creek.







     Open an afternoon of classical music performances with Mozart’s Requiem, performed by the Cornerstone Chorale.
     The concert will be conducted by music director Richard Stout. Featured soloists are Adrienne Patino Dunn, soprano; Desirée Baxter, alto; Deepak Marwah, tenor; and Russell Ashley, bass.

     $12; senior and children, $8. Sunday afternoon, May 11, at 3:30 at Holyrood Church on Fort Washington Avenue at 179th Street in Hudson Heights.









     Baroque violinist Leah Nelson leads the spring concert of Music at Our Saviour’s Atonement, the church with a strong musical mission, in collaboration with the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series.
     Sunday afternoon, May 11, at 5 at the church at 178 Bennett Avenue (at 189th Street) in Hudson Heights.









     The accomplished clarinetist Ayako Oshima will present a repertoire including duos for two clarinets with her husband Charlie Neidich.
     Oshima and Neidich together and individually have distinguished themselves internationally as performers and teachers of the clarinet. Neidich appears regularly as soloist and chamber artist with the world's leading ensembles including the Saint Louis Symphony, Minneapolis Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and I Musici di Montreal, to name a few. Oshima was the winner of numerous international competitions including the 55th JapanMusic competition in Tokyo and the 17th International Musicales Competition in Belgrade.
     $12. Sunday afternoon, May 11, at 5 at The Lounge in Hudson View Gardens off Pinehurst Avenue and 183rd Street in Hudson Heights.









     Walk over the George Washington Bridge, into the woods on top of the Palisades. Why? Because no New Yorker should die without having walked over the GWB.
     Join experienced hikers as you walk down 400 stone steps to the Hudson shore, then north 5 to 8 miles. Spectacular views, fresh air, waterfall.
     Wear hiking shoes, hat. Bring water, food, binoculars. Bad weather cancels.
     Free. Saturday morning, May 17, at 10. Meet at the Bus Information booth in the Port Authority Bus Terminal; enter on Broadway and 179th Street in Hudson Heights.





     The Open Mic series gives singers, actors, poets, story tellers, stand-up comics, jugglers, magicians, dancers and more share their talents. Hosted by the Pied Piper Children’s Theatre.     
     $2. Saturday evening, May 17, at 5 at Holy Trinity Church at 50 Cumming Street in Inwood.






     Join the most popular author in the Heights for his New York movie series.
     Sunday Movies with Lin-Manuel Miranda takes you on a cinematic tour of town. Hosted by the United Palace of Cultural Arts, each film is introduced by Miranda and often includes special guests.
     This month: The Warriors.
     $10; $15 at the door. Sunday afternoon, May 18, at a time to be announced later at the United Palace Theatre on Broadway and 175th in Lower WaHi.









     The next generation of nurses earns their diplomas and white coats. The Columbia School of Nursing honors them at commencement.

     Tuesday morning, May 20, at 10 in the Armory on Fort Washington Avenue at 168th Street in Lower WaHi.








     Yeshiva University honors its graduates of the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at commencement.
     Tuesday, May 20, at noon in Zysman Hall on the Yeshiva campus in Fort George.









     Doff your mortarboard for Uptowns newest physicians and surgeons as Columbia graduates its 2014 class of M.D.s.
     Wednesday afternoon, May 21, at 2 in the Armory on Fort Washington Avenue at 168th Street in Lower WaHi.









     Smile big and bright for the dental graduates of Columbia, who celebrate their new degrees at commencement on campus.

     Wednesday afternoon, May 21, at 4:30 in the Alumni Auditorium at the Columbia University Medical Center in Lower WaHi.









     The newest members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters show their work in an annual show in the Academy’s historic galleries on Audubon Terrace.
     Free. Thursday through Sunday afternoons, May 22 through June 15 (closed Memorial Day weekend), from 1 to 4 in the Academy on Broadway between 155th and 156th Streets in Audubon Park.










     Want to learn to kayak? The Inwood Canoe Club is ready to help.
     The club's weekly open house lets beginners get in the water and paddle along the Hudson. They supply a life vest, kayak and paddle. You supply clothes you don't mind getting wet.
     You must be able to swim; 18 and under must have parent present; you will be required to sign a waiver. No pets, please. Information at (212) 810-9597.
     $4 or summer pass for $15. Sunday mornings, May 25 through August 31, from 10 to noon at the boathouse where Dyckman Street meets the Hudson River.








     Yeshiva honors the graduates of its Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration at commencement.
     Thursday night, May 29, at 7:30 on Weissberg Commons of the Yeshiva campus in Fort George.







     If you’re an experienced at canoeing who’s looking to brush up on your skills for the summer, the Urban Park Rangers are ready to help.
     Advanced canoers are welcome in this workshop. Space is limited so enter the lottery on Wednesday, May 21.
     Free. Saturday, May 31, at noon in Inwood Hill Park.








     The Uptown Arts Stroll is back for its eleventh year. Washington Heights and Inwood are the lucky beneficiaries of this month-long celebration of creativity on our end of the island. Check the strolls site for venues and the schedule throughout June. Sponsored by the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance.











     Drums Along the Hudson honors native cultures of the northeast with performance, food and traditional dance.
     Free. Sunday, June 1, from 11 to 6 rain or shine in Inwood Hill Park, near Indian Road and 218th Street.







     The Ensemble ACJW presents the final concert of the season of Music at Our Saviour’s Atonement, the church with a strong musical mission, in collaboration with the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series.
     Sunday afternoon, June 1, at 5 at the church at 178 Bennett Avenue (at 189th Street) in Hudson Heights.









     Accounting graduates of the Sy Syms School of Business receive their diplomas from Yesvhia University at spring commencement.
     Monday afternoon, June 2, at 4:30 on Weissberg Commons on the Yeshiva campus in Fort George.








     The Inwood Shakespeare Festival opens its Season of Sacrifice & Will with The Tempest, Shakespeare’s brilliant swan song. This fourteenth years of the festival is presented, as always, by Moose Hall.
     Free. Wednesdays through Saturdays, June 4 through 21, on the peninsula in Inwood Hill Park. Curtain times to be announced later.









     From a competitive rowing hub to an illegal dumping ground, the Harlem River waterfront at Sherman Creek has seen a diversity of uses.
     This excursion will explore an under-appreciated stretch of the city’s coastline that includes wetlands, gardens, and ongoing restoration efforts. The tour will address how efforts toward coastal resilience and sustainable management affect New York Restoration Project’s work along the waterfront.
     Free. Friday afternoon, June 6, from 2:30 to 4 at Sherman Creek.








     Climb to the top of the Little Red Lighthouse and see the view up and down the Hudson.
     Free. Saturday, June 7, from 1 to 4 at Jeffrey’s Hook in Fort Washington Park, under the Great Gray Bridge.








     The Pied Piper Children’s Theatre presents Tales from Around the World, a set of multicultural plays from around the world.
     Saturday and Sundays, June 7, 8, 14 and 15, at Holy Trinity Church, 50 Cumming Street in Inwood. Curtain times to be announced later.









     Enjoy highlights from the fifth season of the People’s Theatre Project. Community actors will come together for one life affirming night of theater.
     $10 to $15. Wednesday night, June 17, at the United Palace Theatre on Broadway at 175th Street in Lower WaHi. Time to be announced later.









     You know Manhattan night life, but are you ready to spend the night outdoors in Manhattan?
     Sleep under the stars, or in a tent, in Inwood Hill Park under the guidance of the Urban Park Rangers on Friday night, June 27.
     Free. Space is limited, so enter the lottery here by June 18. (Lottery opens June 4.)





     Join the most popular author in the Heights for the conclusion of his New York movie series.
     Sunday Movies with Lin-Manuel Miranda has taken you on a cinematic tour of town. Hosted by the United Palace of Cultural Arts, the film is introduced by Miranda.
     Ending the series: Manhattan.
     $10; $15 at the door. Sunday afternoon, June 22, at a time to be announced later at the United Palace Theatre on Broadway and 175th in Lower WaHi.









     You know Manhattan night life, but are you ready to spend the night outdoors in Manhattan?
     Sleep under the stars, or in a tent, in Inwood Hill Park under the guidance of the Urban Park Rangers. Space is limited, so enter the lottery here by June 18.
     Free. Friday night, June 27, starting at 6 in Inwood Hill Park. Bring a flashlight!









     Have a drama queen living with you? The Pied Piper Children’s Theatre offers an intensive five-week immersion program for kids interested in acting, singing, monolgue study, dance, stage combat and more.
     Children aged 12 to 18 are welcome to apply.
     The workshop ends with a summer showcase on Sunday, August 3.
     Saturday, June 28, to Sunday, August 3, at Holy Trinity Church, 50 Cumming Street in Inwood.






     Peter and the Wolf has delighted children for decades. Come hear the Moose Hall version of Prokofiev’s classic during the children’s concert of the Inwood Shakespeare Festival. Bring a blanket, a sippy cup and enjoy the evening.  
     Free. Monday night, July 7, on the peninsula in Inwood Hill Park. Curtain time to be announced later.




     The Pied Piper Children’s Theatre  presents Tales from Hans Christian Anderson, a lively musical.
     Thursday through Sunday, July 10 through 13, at Holy Trinity Church, 50 Cumming Street in Inwood. Curtain times to be announced.






     Swindler Cove at Sherman Creek Park is home to one of the few wetlands in Manhattan. Help clean up litter along the shoreline and cut back plants growing along the wetland’s edge while learning about the important role the wetland plays in the local ecology.
     Free; tools provided. Friday afternoon, July 11, from 4 to 6:30 at Sherman Creek Park.





     Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist masterpiece, Rhinoceros, closes out the Inwood Shakespeare Festival this year. Bring a blanket and some wine and toast the end of the 14th season of Moose Hall’s outdoor performance series.
     Free. Wednesday through Saturday nights, July 16 through August 2, on the peninsula in Inwood Hill Park. Curtain times to be announced later.




     The final commencement ceremony of the academic year honors the graduates of the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University.
     Wednesday morning, July 23, at 10 in Lamport Auditorium on the Yeshiva campus in Fort George.






     Join the Sherman Creek Garden Crew for an evening of weeding and garden maintenance around the park. Learn about the various projects the garden crew works and how these efforts support New York Restoration Project’s approach to sustainable horticulture.
     Free; tools provided. Thursday afternoon, August 7, from 4 to 6:30 at Sherman Creek.






     Help process food scraps collected from the neighboring Inwood Greenmarket and learn about how the Sherman Creek Compost Site keeps nutrient–rich compostable materials from ending up in landfills.
     You can even sift finished compost so that it can be used to amend poor soils and help new plantings around New York Restoration Project’s parks and gardens.
     Free; tools provided. Saturday afternoon, September 13, fro 1 to 3:30 at Sherman Creek.




 

The Morris-Jumel Mansion, left, and the Hamilton Grange.

     The storied Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill plateau overlooking upper Harlem developed around the historic 18th- and 19th-century country estates of such notable figures as Alexander Hamilton and Madame Eliza Jumel, whose houses in Harlem and Washington Heights still bookend the district.
     On this walking tour you can learn about Black Harlem’s fashionable and cafe society as you walk through the northern section of the Sugar Hill Historic District and Jumel Terrace in Lower WaHi. For more information, click here.
     $25. Saturday morning, September 20, at 10. Also on October 5 and 19 at 10.






     One of the most strenuous sporting activities in Upper Manhattan takes place right under our noses.
     The Little Red Lighthouse Swim puts athletes in the Hudson at 79th Street and has them swim upriver to La Marina, in Inwood. Along the way they pass Jeffery’s Hook and our favorite lighthouse.
     $105 to enter (by May 15); free to cheer. Saturday afternoon, September 20, at 3:45 with the swimmers passing Fort Washington Park as soon at 5.






     Ladies, lords, knights and falconers welcome you to the Medieval Festival, the largest party in all of Upper Manhattan.
     This year is the 30th annual festival, and as always will be replete with food, drink, jousting and merriment.
     Free. Sunday, September 28, from 11 to 6 in Fort Tryon Park.






     Join the New York Restoration Project as it continues its ongoing reforestation of Highbridge Park. As part of our effort to reestablish a native forest in Highbridge Park we will be planting native trees, shrubs and perennials and removing non-native invasive plants.
     Free. Sunday afternoon, October 5, from 1 to 3:30; meet in Sherman Creek Park.



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