30 Years as a Co-op • 1985–2015

Events in the Neighborhood this Week

Hudson Heights
Inwood, Audubon Terrace and Lower WaHi

Wednesday

                       

     A twist on the classic: A teenage girl’s odyssey to find her father, a hero from a legendary war, takes her on a dangerous journey through the squalor of a mythic New York.
     Epic Poetry was written by James Bosley. Tickets here.
     $18; seniors and students $12. Wednesdays through Saturdays through May 16, at 8 at the Hebrew Tabernacle in Hudson Heights at 551 Fort Washington Avenue (at 185th Street).




Thursday



     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.




Friday



     Applications due for the Pied Piper Children’s Theatre Summer Intensive Program.  The application is available online at www.piedpipertheatre.com.
     The program is open to kids ages 12–18 who have a special interest in the theater arts.  The program runs Mondays-Saturdays between June 29 and August 2. July 3-5 will be off for the holiday.
     If you are interested in applying, read the application for more information and return it to the office today—this is not a postmark deadline.
     Due Friday at the theater office in Holy Trinity Church, 20 Cumming Street, in Inwood (or by email).








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.

      Take part in the opening of Colonial Arrangements, the Morris-Jumel Mansion’s exhibition of new and renowned work by the Nigerian-British textile artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE.
     Meet Mr. Shonibare, mingle with fellow friends of Morris-Jumel, and take a patient, considered look at Shonibare’s sculpture, provocatively set throughout the mansion’s period interiors.
     Registration is required. Call (212) 923-8008.
     $50 for the preview hour. Friday night from 6 to 7 at the mansion on Jumel Terrace in Lower WaHi. General public admitted at no charge at 7.










     Beginning with the death of Malcolm X and continuing through the Civil Rights movement until the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., The Day After MLK centers on three newly converted orthodox Muslims who work closely with Malcolm X and the Organization of Afro American Unity.
     $35 to $50. Friday and Saturday nights at 7 at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 168th Street.








Saturday

       This spring, Creative Art Works invites students in grades 3 to 5 to travel back in time to explore the art, literature, music, and social impact of the Harlem Renaissance.
      Students will examine works of artists of the time and learn about the ways these artists recognized and honored their heritage and culture and will look to their own lives, cultures, and neighborhoods as inspiration for many of their own artworks. They will get to try their hands at sculpting, painting, etching, collage and more.
     To find out the times, contact Anthony Gonzalez at (212) 923-2803 or anthony@creativeartworks.org.
     Free. Saturdays through May 9 at the United Palace Theater, Broadway at 175th Street, in Lower WaHi.









     Want to lend a green thumb at Manhattan’s only farm?
     The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum is looking for volunteers to help in the garden this spring. The museum is still closed for winter, so this is your chance to get it spruced up for summer. Sign up at info@dyckmanfarmhouse.org.
     Saturday; the time will be shared with those who sign up. At the museum in Inwood on Broadway at 213th Street. Also on May 16.









     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.
     During this event, a docent will describe Gaspar de Guzmán, conde-duque de Olivares by Diego Velázquez (above).
     En Espanol. For information or to reserve a spot, contact Education@ hispanicsociety.org or (212) 926-2234, ext. 209. Rescheduled from last week.
     Free. Saturday morning at 11.  A monthly event, held on either the final Saturday of the month or the first Saturday.









     Learn more about the food you love the most.
     Historian Ellen Schnepel and the executive director of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, Carol Ward, will discuss all things chocolate, from the history of its consumption to the ways and means of the chocolate pot.
     Tastings, of course, will be included.
     Rescheduled from February. Registration is required: please call (212) 923-8008 or click here.
     $40. Saturday afternoon from 1 to 3 at the Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.







Sunday



    A book launch party welcomes the new anthology Talking Back: Voices of Color, an anthology that features political and cultural perspectives of African Americans, Latinos, Asian Pacific Americans, Indigenous peoples, Arab immigrants, political prisoners and others.
     The authors want you to know that many of the writers are out-front radicals. In celebration of May Day, contributors from NYC will be present to discuss their writings and activism.
     Free. Sunday afternoon from 3 to 5 at the Word Up Bookstore in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue at 165th Street.









     Get your fix of the greatest town on earth. On the Town will be screened and then performed live by members from the cast of On the Town now playing at the Lyric Theatre. New York Post chief film critic Lou Lumenick will introduce the movie with his special guest.
     Three sailors let loose on a 24-hour pass in New York chase, and get chased by, three spirited women as they paint the town red. The soundtrack kicks off with New York, New York, and never lets up.
     The 1949 film stars Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller, and  Vera-Ellen. In English with Spanish subtitles.
     Free. Sunday afternoon with Lumenick’s introduction at 4:30; the film at 5; the live show at 6:30; at the United Palace on Broadway at 176th Street 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 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.




                                             


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.










     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.








     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.





     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.








     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).












     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.










     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.





     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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     The Inwood Sculpture Project is completing its first year, in residence at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum.
     The student artists will hold a workshop for the neighborhood.
     Free. Student workshops are underway; participation was by invitation. The museum will post times and dates of later events in May. The museum remains closed for winter.







     With artist M. Tony Peralta as host, several New York City artists, each working in a different medium, will gather to discuss their work, their influences and their lives as artists. 
     Registration is required. Please call (212) 923-8008 or click here.
     Free with museum admission. Thursday night, May 7, from 6:30 to 9 at the mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.






     Tony Peralta returns to the Morris-Jumel Mansion to conduct an interactive printmaking workshop.
     Turn plain fabrics into showcases of colorful design (just as Yinka Shonibare does with his Dutch wax cottons). The results are yours to keep. Tickets are $30 per person, $25 for members.
     Registration is required. Please call (212) 923-8008 or click here.
     $30, members $25. Saturday afternoon, May 9, from noon to 4 at the mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.









     Your neighborhood kids present Alice in Wonderland, produced by the Pied Piper Children’s Theatre.
     $10; children up to 15 and adults 62 and up $8. Saturdays at 3 and 7 and Sundays at 4, May 9, 10, 16 and 17, at Holy Trinity Church at 20 Cumming Street in Inwood. .












     For a season finale, the Hudson View Garden’s Performing Arts Group will include a program of solo, chamber and choral music.
     Featured on the program will be a performance of the entire Gloria from J.S. Bach’s B minor Mass sung by the New York Festival Singers, with conductor Eric Hayslett and members of LITHA Symphony Orchestra. Also included on the program will be works by Heinrich Biber, Johannes Brahms and Sir Hubert Parry performed by HVG musicians Tatiana Daubek, Joseph Kissner, Aaron Jay Kernis and Evelyne Luest.
     Order tickets at (212) 923-7800, ext. 1511.
     $12. Saturday night, May 9, at The Lounge in Hudson View Gardens on Pinehurst Avenue at 183rd Street in Hudson Heights.








     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.









     The Cornerstone Chorale performs its Spring Concert, presenting the St. Nicholas Mass of Haydn, Cantata no. 45 of J. S. Bach for chorus, soloists, and orchestra, and Psalm 91 of Robert Scandrett for chorus, organ and horns.
     The concert features soprano Andrea Beasom, alto Desirée Baxter, tenor Paul Scholtz, and bass Robert Mobsby, and will be conducted by Richard Stout.
     $15; seniors and students, $8. Sunday afternoon, May 10, at 3:30 in
Holyrood Church in Hudson Heights at 715 West 179th Street (at Fort Washington Avenue).







     Designer and artist Camilla Huey’s documentary film, The Loves of Aaron Burr: Portraits in Corsetry and Binding, presents a close-up view of the methods and processes used to put together her hit 2013 corsetry installation, also called The Loves of Aaron Burr.
     An artist discussion and reception will follow.
    
Registration is required: call (212) 923-8008 or click here.
     $25. Thursday night, May 14, from 6 to 9 at the the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.






     The amazing Eliza Jumel rose from poverty to become one of the richest women in New York. The basis of her wealth was the fortune acquired from her first husband, Stephen Jumel.
      Stephen's origins, until now shrouded in mystery, will be revealed in an illustrated lecture at the Morris-Jumel Mansion.
     Historian Margaret A. Oppenheimer, author of a forthcoming legend-busting biography of Eliza, will disclose previously unknown details of Stephen’s parentage and youth, including his date of birth: May 7, 1765.
     That makes Stephen 250 years old--the same age as the country manor that today bears his name!
     Registration is required: call (212) 923-8008 or click here.
     Free with museum admission. Saturday afternoon, May 16, at 1 at the mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.






     Brooklyn Baroque, the Morris-Jumel Mansion’s long-standing ensemble in residence, helps the mansion celebrates its 250th year with a performance of vocal and chamber music representative of the Mansion's tri-cultural history: English (Roger Morris), French (Stephen Jumel) and American (Eliza Jumel).
     Guest musicians will include Philip Anderson, tenor, and Kristina Giles, violin. A refreshment-laden reception will follow. 
     To save a seat call (212) 923-8008 or email marketing@morrisjumel.org.
     $25; members $20. Saturday afternoon, May 16, from 3 to 5 at the mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.








     One of the highlights of the United Palace of Creative Arts’ calendar, Young People Perfor showcases the students across UPCA’s Community Arts Programs.
     The show will feature hip hop dance, West African drumming, circus arts, and theatre, as well as the Music Project orchestra and visual art by the Saturday morning Creative Art Works program.
     This event is part of “The Crackalackin’ Season of Classical Music” featuring classical music events. It’s called crackalackin’ because that’s urban slang for both “what’s happening?” and “let’s get going,” which describes the role classical music is playing in helping to build an audience in Washington Heights.
     Free. Sunday afternoon, May 17, at 5 at the United Palace on Broadway at 176th Street in Lower WaHi.










     It’s graduation day for nurses finishing their degrees at Columbia. Wish them well—one of them may help you in the future.
     Tuesday morning, May 19, at 10 in the Armory on Fort Washington Avenue and 168th Street in Lower WaHi.








     On the centennial of the “war to end all wars,” the Morris-Jumel Mansion is hosting a book club, sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities, delving into the period’s history, literature and poetry.
    The club meets over six sessions, and books are provided.
    Registration is required: call (212) 923-8008 or email marketing@ morrisjumel.org.
    Free. The first session starts Tuesday night, May 19, at 6 at the mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.










     Doff your mortarboard to the neighborhood’s newest doctors when the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University graduates the class of 2015.
     Free. Wednesday afternoon, May 20, at 2 in the Armory on Fort Washington Avenue and 168th Street in Lower WaHi.










     Flash a smile at Columbia’s new dentists. They receive their degrees today—tongue depressors come later.
     Thursday morning, May 21, at 10:30 in the Armory on Fort Washington Avenue and 168th Street in Lower WaHi.











     One of the nation’s seats of intellectual achievement is down the street.
     The American Academy of Arts & Letters honors the country’s most creative minds in art, literature and music. Each May, after new members are inducted, the Academy opens its galleries.
     The Exhibition of Work by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards is a show as fascinating as its name is sesquipedalian.
     Free. Thursday through Sunday afternoons, May 21 through June 14 (closed Memorial Day weekend) at the Academy on Audubon Terrace, Broadway and 156th Street in Audubon Park.









     An art workshop double treat lies in store for you.
     In the morning, a soft-sculpture class designed for children with autism; in the afternoon, a family event in which participants will learn about and make fashion plates (the pre-camera-period illustrations that documented and dictated the latest in haute couture).
     Registration is required; please specify which workshop you would like to attend. Call (212) 923-8008 or click here.
     Free with museum admission. Saturday, May 23, at 10 and 3 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.









     The edgy and continually inventive composer and MacArthur Fellow, John Zorn, creates a performance specifically for the Fuentidueña Chapel at The Cloisters. The program features the world premiere of The Remedy of Fortune, a composition for the indomitable JACK Quartet, composed specifically for The Cloisters, and the New York premiere of The Alchemist.
      $50 and up. Saturday afternoon, May 30, at 1:30 and 3:30 in the Fuentidueña Chapel at The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.











     A special one-day symposium will bring together the nation’s leading activists, community organizers, political strategists, and public intellectuals for The Fire This Time: Race, Resistance, and the Contemporary Movement for Black Lives.
     Speakers will reflect, assess and advance the status of the emergent U.S. blacklivesmatter movement.  Structured as a series of panels and a national town hall, the event will be held on the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. (April 4, 1968) and in the space (Lower WaHi’s former Audubon Ballroom) where Malcolm X was assassinated on February 21, 1965.
     Free. Saturday, May 30, at a time to be announced later at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Center on Broadway and 168th Street in Lower WaHi.








     In the collaborative spirit that has been a hallmark of El Sistema, 150 children from several orchestral programs in the New York metro area, including two hosted by the United Palace of Creative Arts, will perform together.
     The first half of ¡The Concert! will feature children from 7-17 performing with their programs (including Washington Heights and Inwood (WHIN) Music Project). The second half of the show will feature a mass orchestras of beginner and intermediate students made up of students across the programs. 
     The participating programs in ¡The Concert! provide free or low-cost classical music instruction in New York metro area communities with few other opportunities to experience the benefits of orchestral music.
     Free. Saturday afternoon, May 30, at 2 at the United Palace on Broadway at 176th Street in Lower WaHi.







     A theatrical exploration of multicultural scenes, songs, and dances make up the Multicultural Musical Revue, produced by Pied Piper Children’s Theatre. For kids age 5 to 11.
     Auditions: Monday evening, June 1, and Thursday evening, June 4, at 5
     Rehearsals begin June 15, with performances on July 9, through 12.




     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 Hamlet, Henry IV Parts I & II, and for kids, The Witch’s Cat Who Lost Her Spells. Presented by Moose Hall.
     Free. June through August on the peninsula in Inwood Hill Park.
     HAMLET June 3 through 30
     THE WITCH’S CAT WHO LOST HER SPELLS July 27
     HENRY IV Parts I & II August 1 through 15




     The Inwood Sculpture Project completed its first year, in residence at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum.
     See the work of the student artists at an exhibition of their work.
     In June; details to come.






     Artist Andrea Arroyo leads an art-making workshop in which participants will discuss issues relevant to the community and create an artwork in response to societal concerns, such as the environment, social justice and children’s rights.
     Participants will create an artwork inspired by the beauty of Inwood Hill Park and in response to environmental concerns in the community and beyond.
     Materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your favorite materials to work with (including art supplies, photos, newspaper clippings, small family heirlooms, etc.). This workshop is appropriate for artists, families, children and all community members.
     Taller para créar arte abierto a toda la comunidad.
     Free. Saturday morning, June 6, at 11 at the Payson Center in Inwood Hill Park at Dyckman Street and Payson Avenue.





     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.



     Get into the swing of summer with a breezy late spring evening of art, music and conversation. Local artists will display their works, while a DJ will provide the tunes. There may be dancing, even.
     Free. Thursday night, June 11, from 6 to 9 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.




     Manhattan’s only open air pow wow is Drums Along the Hudson, a celebratory gathering of Native American people. The thirteenth annual festival will be led by Louis Mofsie and the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers with Host Drums Heyna Second Sons and Silver Cloud.
     This multicultural pow wow combines Native American heritage with the diversity of New York City with performances of world dance and drumming traditions. Activities also include Native American crafts, storytelling, and international cuisine.
     In keeping with the underlying theme of environmental awareness and education, the event features an Environmental Tent, including appearances by Captain Planet and a free bicycle valet for attendees who ride their bike to the park.
     Free. Sunday, June 14, from 11 to 6 rain or shine in Inwood Hill Park at 218th Street and Indian Hill Road.






     The Grammy-nominated Ensō String Quartet has risen to the top ranks of string ensembles by masterfully performing repertoire classics, championing lesser-known works, commissioning new music, and playing its own transcriptions. Winners of top prizes at the Concert Artists Guild and Banff International String Quartet competitions, the Ensō String Quartet recently recorded a new album of quartets by great operatic composers.
     This final concert of the Music at Our Saviour’s season is sponsored by Carnegie Hall.
     Free. Sunday evening, June 14, at 5 at Our Saviour’s Atonement Church on Bennett Avenue and 185th Street in Hudson Heights.




     Meet New York’s leading romantic literary lights, who will read from their works and participat in group discussions.
     You can enjoy a special tour, too, with extra attention paid to the grande dame of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, Eliza Jumel.
     Free with museum admission. Saturday afternoon, June 20, from 1 to 4 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.




     It’s improv night. Open to singers, actors, poets, story-tellers, comics, jugglers, magicians, dancers, instrumentalists ... who did we forget?
     Hosted by Pied Piper Children’s Theater, the even is open to performers of all ages, with an audience of all ages.
     Saturday night, June 20, at Holy Trinity Church, 20 Cumming Street, in Inwood. Curtain time to be announced.





     Spend a day making crafts in beautiful Roger Morris Park and touring a the Morris-Jumel mansion and the batik prints inside.
     The batik dyeing processes are part of the day’s workshop.
     Free with museum admission. Saturday, June 27, from 11 to 4 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.







     In one of its rare appearances in its home neighborhood, the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Troupe will perform at the Higher Ground Dance Festival.
     Saturday, June 27, with location and time to be announced later.







     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.






     Have a drama queen living with you? Enroll her in An intensive, five-week program for children (ages 12 to 18) who have a special interest in theater arts. 
     Participants take classes in acting, singing, scene & monologue study, musical theater interpretation, dance, and stage combat. 
     Applications available December 15.
     Monday, June 29, through Sunday, August 2, at the Pied Piper Children’s Theatre in Holy Trinity Church at 50 Cumming Street in Inwood. 
     Students in the class will put on the Summer Showcase on Sunday, August 2.







     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.




     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.





     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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