30 Years as a Co-op • 1985–2015

Weekend Events in the Neighborhood

Hudson Heights
Inwood, Lower WaHi and Jumel Terrace
 

Friday



     After sitting closed for more than 40 years, The High Bridge—New York City’s oldest standing bridge—is open! Come explore this iconic landmark that connects pedestrians and bicyclists from Manhattan and the Bronx.
     The High Bridge connects the neighborhoods of Washington Heights and Highbridge in the Bronx, and is accessible from both boroughs.
     Over the summer, visitors may notice crews completing a few remaining construction items on the bridge. The completion of these final touches will have a minimal impact on visitor experience.
     Free. Daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Enter from Highbridge Park, in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue in the 170s.



Saturday




Fireworks over Inwood.

     Have a safe and happy Fourth! Here’s list of spots in NYC Park that are idea for a holiday grilling party. If you can’t get out to see a fireworks display on your own, here’s a 2013 documentary about the illegal fireworks shows in Inwood.





Sunday



     Practice yoga at Manhattan’s oldest house.
     Certified yoga instructor Chelsea Best conducts Awesome Asana Yoga, an open-level Vinyasa class designed to accommodate beginners and experts alike.
     When the weather is warm, Chelsea holds class outside—in the bucolic confines of Roger Morris Park. All are welcome, and mats, if you don’t have one, are provided. No registration is required.
     $5. Thursday and Sunday afternoons at 1 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.





Continuing in the Neighborhood


     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 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 attends 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.




     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.




     Get your Wii on with your friends. The 5-to-12 set will meet neighborhood enthusiasts at this session to exercise minds and bodies. 
     Registration required at (212) 927-3533.

     Free. Friday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 at the Fort Washington branch of the New York Public Library on 179th Street between Audubon and St. Nicholas Avenues in Fort George.












     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.
     This week’s sky updates come from StarDate.
     Saturday nights from 8 to 10 on the ball fields near Seaman Avenue and Isham Street in Inwood. A map is here.








     Toddlers from 18 months to 3 years old and their parents/caregivers can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, fingerplays, and spend time with other toddlers in the neighborhood.
     It’s Tales for Tots and it’s open to you.
     Free. Wednesday mornings at 9:30 at the Fort George branch of the New York Public Library, 535 West 179th Street (between St. Nicholas and Audubon Avenues).










     Учимся, играем и заводим новых друзей. Классы для русско-говорящих детей от 2.5 до 4 лет.
     Brush up on your Russian in a weekly enrichment class.
     Free. Thursday afternoons at 12:30 in the community room of the Fort Washington branch of the New York Public Library on 179th Street (between Audubon and St. Nicholas Avenues) in Fort George.




Visions of Spain, by 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.



     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.











     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, in Lower WaHi.









Fire, by Yinka Shonibare, 2010

Mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton textile,
leather, wood, brass, lamp stand, glass lamp shade,
circuit board, and LED. 184 x 110 x 70 cm.

      Visit Colonial Arrangements, the Morris-Jumel Mansion’s exhibition of new and renowned work by the Nigerian-British textile artist Yinka Shonibare.
      Shonibare’s modern sculpture is arranged provocatively throughout the mansion’s period interiors.
     $10; students and seniors $8. Tuesdays through Sundays until August 31. At the mansion on Jumel Terrace in Lower WaHi.





     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.




    

     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.







     Keep a neighborhood jewel in sparkling condition. The Garden Crew meets weekly to maintain and revitalize the ornamental and native plantings around Sherman Creek and Swindler Cove.
     As part of the Garden Crew you will help redesign and plant garden beds, as well as weed, water, and dead-head in existing gardens. If you want to learn more about planting, pruning, weed identification and other horticultural techniques, join the crew in its weekly workdays.
     All participants receive monthly training sessions and are asked to commit to at least three work days. Training and orientation are scheduled for the first work day of every month. For information about New York Restoration Project Crews or to register, email volunteer@nyrp.org.
     Free. Thursdays from 4 to 6:30 through October 15 Sherman Creek, east of 9th Avenue between 203rd and 204th Streets.




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Head of Medusa, Roman tile from ca. A.D. 175–225

     Cuéntame un cuadro is an educational program offered in Spanish at the Hispanic Society of America for families and children from 5 to 14 years old. Participants will have the opportunity to explore different works of art from the museum’s renowned collections.
     En Espanol. For information or to reserve a spot, contact Education@ hispanicsociety.org or (212) 926-2234, ext. 209.
     Free. Saturday morning at 11.  A monthly event, held on either the final Saturday of the month or the first Saturday.







     Join the kids of Upper Manhattan for a theatrical exploration of multicultural scenes, songs and dances, hosted by the Pied Piper Children’s Theatre.
     July 9 through 12 at Holy Trinity Church, 20 Cumming Street, in Inwood. Curtain times to be announced.









Washington slept here.

     On the 225th anniversary of George Washington’s famous cabinet dinner, the Morris-Jumel Mansion and the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society host a commemorative cocktail party.
     Sip special drinks and taste period-appropriate foods while food historian Kelsey Brow explains early American cuisine and the vice president of AHA, Nicole Scholet, profiles the founding fathers (and mothers).
     Registration is required: call (212) 923-8008.
     $40. Friday night, July 10, from 6 to 8 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.







     Weehauken hosted America’s most famous duel.
     Alexander Hamilton expert Jimmy Napoli will sit down with Aaron Burr descendant Antonio Burr, Ph.D., to discuss the fateful (and fatal) events of July 12, 1803, when Burr dueled Hamilton and changed the course of U.S. history.
     Registration is required: call (212) 923-8008.
     Fee will be disclosed later. Sunday afternoon, July 12, from 1 to 3 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.






     Practice yoga at Manhattan’s oldest house.
     Certified yoga instructor Chelsea Best conducts Awesome Asana Yoga, an open-level Vinyasa class designed to accommodate beginners and experts alike.
     When the weather is warm, Chelsea holds class outside—in the bucolic confines of Roger Morris Park. All are welcome, and mats, if you don’t have one, are provided. No registration is required.
     $5. Thursday and Sunday afternoons at 1 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.









     In collaboration with more than a dozen community groups, NYC Parks will  host a celebratory festival commemorating the re-opening of the borough’s oldest standing bridge, the Old Croton Aqueduct Bridge—more recently know as the High Bridge.
     Events include historical walking tours, outdoor fitness, public art, a scavenger hunt and more. You can also enjoy an evening SummerStage concert featuring Jose Peña Suazo y La Banda Gorda, starting at 7.
     Saturday, July 25, starting at noon in Highbridge Park in Lower WaHi and Highbridge in the Bronx.







     The Season of the Rebellious and the Royal gets underway when the Inwood Shakespeare Festival opens for its 16th season.
     This summer’s fare includes Henry IV Parts I & II, and for kids, The Witch’s Cat Who Lost Her Spells. The production of Hamlet concluded its run in June. Presented by Moose Hall.
     Free. On the peninsula in Inwood Hill Park—take a blanket and a snack.
     THE WITCH’S CAT WHO LOST HER SPELLS July 27
     HENRY IV Parts I & II August 1 through 15









     Explore the outdoors and see the city at the same time.
     The Shorewalkers will visit Riverbank Park, Hamilton Grange, Morris-Jumel Mansion and Highbridge and Swindler Cove parks. The trek covers about 8 miles over 5 hours.
     As you know, it’s a hilly part of Manhattan so be prepared to walk up and down some some relatively steep inclines.  
     Meet at the “1” Train station at 137th Street, then take a walk around Riverbank Park, which juts out into the Hudson River on the top of a sewage plant, walk up the hill to Hamilton Grange, Alexander Hamilton’s home, at 141st Street, then north along Edgecomb Avenue through Hamilton Heights and Sugar Hill to the Morris-Jumel Mansion ($5 admission) at 163rd Street, where we will eat our lunch outside in the garden. After the break, the group will walk the trails of Highbridge Park, then explore Swindler Cove Park.
     The destination is the Dyckman Street stop of the “1” Train; the “A” Train is available at Dyckman and Broadway. Questions? The hike leader is Leader: Tom Bergen, (917) 727-5507 and tom.bergen@yahoo.com.
     Free (plus optional $5 entry fee for museum). Saturday morning, August 1, at 10:30 at the 137th Street stop of the 1 train.






     Learn more about the venerated Indonesian dyeing technique called batik and try your hand at making florid patterns. Admission is $20; $15 for members.
     Registration is required; space is limited. (212) 923-8008.
     $20; members $15. Saturday afternoon, August 1, from 1 to 3 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.










     The Summer Showcase of the Pied Piper’s annual theater workshop enthralls family and friends alike.
     Sunday afternoon, August 2, at Holy Trinity Church, 20 Cumming Street, in Inwood. Curtain time to be announced.







     Help your kids get ready for school with a week-long, hands-on tutorial on all things gardening, from planting to cultivation to basic botanical science.
     Karen Waltuch will lead the workshop. Parent or chaperone must accompany child the entire duration of program. Registration is required: (212) 923-8008 or email education@morrisjumel.org.
     $10 per parent/chaperone. Monday through Friday afternoons, August 3 through 7, from 12:30 to 3:30 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.








     You know the big tower in Highbridge Park? It was part of the Croton Aquaduct system. You can trace its path with experience urban hikers.
     It’s a trek of relaxed walking, child friendly/stroller friendly on level ground over four to five hours.

     Following the path of the “water system,” you will walk up Fifth Avenue to Central Park and end the walk at
High Bridge Water Tower (Amsterdam Avenue and 173th Street). Drop off points all along the walk.
     Bring lunch, water, binoculars or a camera with optical zoom lens. Heavy rain cancels.
     Questions? The hike leader is Tom McBreen at
(516) 238-8073. If weather is a question, call Friday night after 9.
     Free. Meet on Saturday morning, August 8, at 10 at New York Public Library by the “lions” (5th Avenue, 41st and 42nd Streets). 





     As Billy Ray could have put it, you can take the “A” Train to hear the Sugar Hill jazz festival.
     Hosted by the Morris-Jumel Mansion.
     Free. Saturday at 2 and Sunday at 6, August 15 and 16, in Roger Morris Park on Jumel Terrace in Lower WaHi.







     Authors honor the growing field of literature created by New York Latinos at Bloom, the monthly literary gathering.
     $7 donation. Sunday evening, September 6, at 5 in The Lounge of Hudson View Gardens, on Pinehurst Avenue at 183rd Street in Hudson Heights. Readings in the series are held on the first Sunday from September to May except January.










     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. The race is the largest 10k event in the country.
     $135 to enter (by September 18); free to cheer. Saturday afternoon, September 19, at a time to be announced later.






     If you’re a foodie you won’t dare miss St. Spyridon’s Greek Festival. Homemade Greek specialties are available throughout the event, along with music, dancing and more.
     In early November; the date has not yet been set.







     The first-ever Inwood Film Festival has the goal of putting Upper Manhattan on the cinéast’s map.
     Films shot in Inwood or created by Inwood residents are eligible for the competition. The festival will take place in February.
     Deadline to submit a film is Sunday, November 15.







     Music is the theme of the rechristened Washington Heights Salsa, Blues and Shamrocks 5K.
     The route is Fort Washington Avenue from Lower WaHi to the Cloisters and back, so prepare for a busy street. Last year more than 6,000 runners finished the 3.2-mile race. It’s one that qualifies for entry in the New York City Marathon, in November.
     In late February or early March, starting at J. Hood Wright Park in Lower WaHi, with racers running until 10 or so.




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