Events in the Neighborhood July 24–30

Hudson Heights, Swindler’s Cove and Inwood


     Join Uptown movers and shakers for a fun dance class.

     All are welcome to learn the traditional dances unique to West Africa. African dances are largely participatory, with spectators being part of the performance. 

     It’s your chance to get fit while having fun.

     Free. Monday night at 6:30 on Pat’s Lawn in Inwood Hill Park; enter from 218th Street and Indian Road. Through August 28.



     Tad is a celebrity archeologist and adventurer just like his hero Max Mordon … in his dreams!

     The latest installment of Film Works Al Fresco screens Tadeo Jones who, in reality, is a Chicago construction worker.

     One day, however, he is mistaken for a real professor and takes his place on a flight to Peru in search of the Lost City of Paititi.

     The Spanish film magazine Frames calls tbe film the best in Spanish animation history.

     Free. Monday night at dusk on Gaelic Field in Inwood Hill Park.




     The opening night of the Dominican Film Festival features Carpintero, the 2017 film by José María Cabral.

     It tells the story of Julián, who finds love and a reason for living in the last place imaginable: the Dominican Republic’s Najayo Prison. His romance, with fellow prisoner Yanelly, must overcome the distance that separates them by using a sign language created by the inmates, enabling them to  communicate without the knowledge of dozens of guards.

     $15. Tuesday night at 8 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street. The festival runs through Sunday.




     Yeshiva University graduates its social work scholars at the final commencement ceremony of the season.

     Wednesday morning at 10 in the Lamport Auditorium of Zysman Hall on the Fort George campus on Amsterdam Avenue between 186th and 187th Streets.



     A special performance group presents a program of music written by New Yorkers.

     Organized by Listen Closely, the program is a diverse collection of string quartet music written in New York City across the past century, featuring three Inwood composers and the world premiere of a new string quartet by Inwood composer Eric Lemmon.

     • String Quartet No. 1 (excerpt) – Charles Ives

  • Strum – Jessie Montgomery
  • Two Sketches Based on Indian Themes – Charles Tomlinson Griffes
  • String Quartet* – Eric Lemmon (*Listen Closely Commission/ World Premiere)
  • Fantasy on All the Pretty Little Horses – Douglas Townsend
  • At the Octoroon Balls (excerpt) – Wynton Marsalis

     The musicians are Katherine Liccardo, violin; Jason Mellow, violin; Rose Hashimoto, viola; James Waldo, cello.    
     Free. Wednesday evening at 5 at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museums in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street. Also on Saturday, July 29, at 10 a.m. at Inwood Green Market on Isham Street, between Seaman and Cooper Avenues, and at 5 p.m. at Muscota Marsh 575 West 218th Street; and Sunday afternoon, July 30, at 5 in Bruce’s Garden inside Isham Park, across from 10 Park Terrace East.



     The family showcase at the Dominican Film Festival is open to all ages. Three films highlight the night.

5 p.m. Ovni (U.F.O), directed by Raúl Marchand Sánchez

7 p.m. Tubérculo Gourmet, right, directed by Archie López

8 p.m. Tubérculo Presidente, directed by Archie López

      $15 to $30. Starting Wednesday evening at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 176th Street.



     Drawing on the two million words of Thoreau’s Journal, author and editor Geoff Wisner describes how Thoreau became an ecologist before the term was coined, and how he revived frozen creatures, hypnotized a woodchuck, and even captured a flying squirrel in his handkerchief.

     Sponsored by the Thoreau Society.

     Free. Wednesday night at 6:30 in Bruce’s Garden in Isham Park.





     Awesome Asana Yoga returns to WaHi this summer. The Vinyasa Flow class is intended to awaken the spirit and bring the body and mind back to a place of peace.

     Classes are open level vinyasa, which are pretty rigorous and moderately challenging. Novices and regular practitioners alike will find peace with Awesome Asana. 

     It’s your chance to shake off that mid-week slump and apply alignment principles adopted in Sunday's class to this rhythmic release flow.
     Free. Thursday evenings at 6 at the Morris Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park.




     The Cloisters’ summer Friday evenings come alive with performance.

     This Friday, Ruth Cunningham, soprano and former member of the vocal ensemble Anonymous4, and cellist James Waldo, founder and artistic director of the Listen Closely Inwood Chamber Music Initiative, will perform English Renaissance consort songs by Dowland and others.

     Free with museum admission. Friday evening from 5 until 7:30 at the museum in Fort Tryon Park.







     Row New York paddlers can’t wait to slather on the sunscreen and get their boats back on the Harlem River.

     Since 2004, the group has taught 6th through 12th graders, beginners and competitors. Spend some time this summer rowing with a new crew.

     Adults can choose classes here; information on kids’ classes is here.

     Learn to row: $130 for the one-morning course. Saturday morning from 9 to noon at the Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse off Swindlers’ Cove in the Harlem River. Also on August 5, 9 and 26, and September 9 and 16.



     Take a break from the summer heat and make your own colonial- inspired ice cream.

     Learn all about the history of ice cream during the 1700’s, and the many different unusual flavors colonists enjoyed. Then make your own  ice cream with a flavor popular in the eighteenth century, such as lavender, or a classic flavor, like vanilla. 

     Free with admission. Saturday from noon to 2 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park 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
     Saturday nights from 8 to 10 on the ball fields near Seaman Avenue and Isham Street in Inwood. A
map is here.




     Take part in It’s My Park Day by being a great park steward—give back to your park by volunteering with the Friends Committee of the Fort Tryon Park Trust and NYC Parks at a Beautification Day.

     Plants, tools, and gloves will be provided. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

     Groups must register by sending an email to info@
no later than April 9.  

     Free. Sunday from 10 to 2; meet at the entrance to the Heather Garden at Margaret Corbin Circle in Hudson Heights. Other chances to help: October 29 (also bulb planting) from 10 to 2.



     Awesome Asana Yoga returns to WaHi this summer. The Vinyasa Flow class is intended to awaken the spirit and bring the body and mind back to a place of peace.

     An open-level, moderately-paced fusion of hatha and vinyasa movement, this class combines a slower approach to alignment with the power of prana (energy) and mindful intention to bring the practitioner back to a place of balance and peace.
     $7 cash; credit/debit, $10. Sundays at noon at the Morris Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park.



Continuing in the neighborhood

     When New York declares a heat advisory, it opens cooling centers around the city. The full map is here, but nearby centers include:

     Hudson Heights Moriah Senior Center, 90 Bennett Ave.

     Fort George WaHi Star Senior Center, 650 W 187 St.

     Fort George Fort Washington Library, 535 W 179 St.

     Lower WaHi ARC XVI Senior Center, 4111 Broadway

     Sherman Creek Dyckman Senior Center, 3754 10th Ave.

     It’s a good idea to check on a center’s hours before you go. And consider knocking on the door of a neighbor who may need some assistance.



     The Morris-Jumel Mansion presents two new exhibitions in its Contemporary Meets Colonial series which reveals contemporary responses to its collection of historic objects.
     A Modernist in the Colony, installed throughout the home, features over 30 artworks in glass and ceramic by Michigan artist Jeff Blandford. The new works are placed alongside approximately 18 decorative objects from the storied Mansion’s collection to create a compelling dialogue. Inspired by the newly reinterpreted period rooms within the 250-year-old site, Blandford created everyday objects—drinking glasses, bowls, and candlesticks—with a modern twist.

     Free with museum admission. Through September 24 in the mansion on Jumel Terrace in Roger Morris Park.



     Arlene Schulman’s extraordinary body of work illuminates facets of New York City that the majority of us never see: gritty city living, boxing gyms, baseball dugouts, police officers on the beat.

     Capturing the heroes, colleagues, and neighbors among us in gritty, straightforward, large format images that celebrate and ennoble the human condition, Schulman brings her life’s work together in one exhibit.

     Free. At the Inwood Public Library on Broadway between Dyckman and Academy Streets until July 31.



     After sitting closed for more than 40 years, The High Bridge—New York City’s oldest standing bridge—is open. 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.
     Free. Daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Enter from Highbridge Park, in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue in the 170s.



     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.



     Looking for the Inwood Shakespeare Festival?

     After 17 years, the company, Moose Hall, had to leave its performance space on the penimsula of Inwood Hill Park after grilling was introduced in the park, creating hazards for the cast and crew.

     They will return with Dracula, but not as the Inwood Shakespeare Festival. Instead, the troupe will move downtown for performances in Greenwich Village.

     Want to keep Shakespeare a free presence Uptown? Here’s a list of who you can contact on the festival’s behalf.



The duel has been posponed—a new date is not yet set

    Mark the anniversary of the notorious duel between Vice President Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, the former secretary of the treasury, with a reenactment suggesting  how the event may have transpired between two enemies.

     They met near Weehawken, below the Palisades. Burr was the better shot on the morning of July 11, 1804, fatally wounding Hamilton, who died the next day.

     For additional information, please email publicprograms

     Free. At the Morris- Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park on Jumel Terrace.



     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.



     Are you fired up? Worried? Do you want to actually do something?

     This weekly meetup provides a space for you to work on any political or resistance action you wish. There’s no set program—you could blog, make a poster, plan future actions, or learn about what others are doing.

      At your disposal will be as many materials as possible, including lists of action ideas, paper, stamps, envelopes, government contact info, and art supplies.

     Help with supplies is appreciated. Check for occasional scheduling changes.

     Free. Thursday nights from 6 to 9 at Word Up Community Book Shop/Librería Comunitaria in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue at 165th Street.



    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.


     From late spring through the late autumn, a greenmarket in Lower WaHi offers Mexican herbs, peppers, and greens, honey, cheese, juice pressed from ripe orchard fruit, produce grown in the rich soil of Orange County’s “Black Dirt” region, pastries and fresh bread. You can also take your food scraps for composting and used textiles for recycling.

     You can also take your food scraps for composting and used textiles for recycling.

     Saturdays through the summer on Fort Washington Avenue at 168th Street.


     Another farmers’ market is open Thursdays on 175th Street between Wadsworth Avenue and  Broadway.



Planning ahead

     Each month, Above the Bridge is a reading hosted by Writers’ Café, a playground for writers that encourages and cultivates neighborhood writers and provides them with an audience for their work.

     Selected writers will read for five minutes from nearly any genre —poetry, play, fiction, non-fiction, blog—that reflects the month’s theme.  Writers must live in Washington Heights or Inwood.

     For location information, send an email to:  abovethebridge

     Monday night  in Hudson Heights at a time disclosed to attendees.



     While emigrating to the United States, a young Russian mouse gets separated from his family and must relocate them as he tries to survive in a new country.

     It’s the inspiring musical, An American Tail, from 1896, with Spanish subtitles.

     Featuring voice over performances by Christopher Plummer, Dom DeLuise, and Madeline Kahn, as well as a moving and memorable score that includes the billboard hit “Somewhere Out There.”

     Free. Monday night, July 31, at dusk on the Gaelic Field in Inwood Hill Park.



     Think you don’t like a history class? Think again—with a drink in your hand.

     Here’s a lecture & lab that explore the origins of beer, its growth as a popular beverage, and its evolving place in American society. From ancient civilizations to the modern microbrew craze of today, tastings will reflect beer’s evolution, and a few rousing drinking songs will be performed too.

     Five beers are on tap, including a barleywine that is considered by many to be the world’s first beer, a German-American lager, a classic English-style porter, an India Pale Ale and local craft label Dyckman Beer.

     $45. Thursday night, August 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.



     The Washington Heights Music Fest in collaboration with W.H.A.M. hosts a monthly open mic for artists, poets, singers, writers and performers. Refreshments will be provided.

     All ages are welcome, so the acts should be appropriate for everyone. 

     The first monthly musical open mic will be followed by session on the first Fridays of the month. Hosted by Jason Rosario.

     $5. Friday night, August 4, from 6 to 9 at the Word Up Community Book Shop in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue at 165th Street. On the first Friday of the month.



     Live jazz by local impresario Marjorie Eliot and her ensemble, underneath the majestic elms, alongside the  Heather Garden and overlooking the Hudson River, honors the passing of City Council Member Stan Michels.

     Stan Michels represented Northern Manhattan for 24 years starting in 1978. He was a steadfast advocate for parks, allocating over $50 million for park improvements in WaHi, Inwood and Harlem, including virtually every playground in his district. The promenade where this concert is being held was named in his honor shortly before he passed away on August 1, 2008.

     Free. Saturday afternoon, August 5, from 12:30 to 3:30 on the Stan Michels Promenade in Fort Tryon Park; enter through Margaret Corbin Circle in Hudson Heights.




     Gaga Pa’l Pueblo, an ensemble focusing on Dominican folk music & culture, brings traditional beats, dance, and arts to Upper Manhattan.

     Free. Sunday afternoon, August 6, at 3 at the Anne Loftus Playground in Fort Tryon Park.



     Looks like they’re going to need a bigger boat.

     The film that cleared beaches and grossed the largest box office of any movie until then, Jaws returns to a theater near you.

     Released in 1975 and based on Peter Benchley’s 1974 book, the film is considered a classic.

          $10; children and seniors, $5, in advance. Sunday afternoon, August 6, at a time to be announced later but likely at 5 in the United Palace Theater in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.



     If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know?

     Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey to five continents and the Artic to witness climate change firsthand.

     He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news. The documentary runs 95 minutes.

     Free. Monday night, August 7, at dusk on the Gaelic Field in Inwood Hill Park. Live entertainment begins about an hour before the screening.



     The Cloisters’ summer Friday evenings come alive with performance.

     This Friday, your WaHi neighbor, the trumpeter Alex Nguyen, winner of the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition, will perform music of the 1930s with a jazz quartet.

     Free with museum admission. Friday evening, August 11, from 5 until 7:30 at the museum in Fort Tryon Park. Also on August 25.



     In a neighborhood where Dominicans and Puerto Ricans live in community, the two groups must learn to put their differences aside and work together to prevent the demolition of their basketball court.

     Should they fail, their beloved basketball court will be demolished by a greedy developer.      Los Domirriqueños, en Español, is a 2016 comedy from Puerto Rico.

     Free. Monday night, August 14, at dusk on the Gaelic Field in Inwood Hill Park. Live entertainment starts an hour before the screening.



     Enjoy a weekend of classic jazz, brought to you by local icon Marjorie Eliot and Parlor Entertainment, and hosted by the Morris-Jumel Mansion.

     For additional information, please email

     Free. Saturday and Sunday afternoons, August 19 and 20, at the mansion in Roger Morris Park on Jumel Terrace.






     Experience an outdoor performance of the Isadora Duncan dance company.

     Free. Saturday afternoon, August 19, at 3 on the Billings Lawn of Fort Tryon Park; enter through Margaret Corbin Circle in Hudson Heights.






     Surprise is one of the key ingredients of the Inwood Art Works’ Back Porch Show, known for the  unannounced sets of great variety, talent and spirit performed in a cozy outdoor salon in the heart of Northern Manhattan.

     Since 2012, the Back Porch Show has presented the work of over 35 local acts and has entertained over 500 people under the stars overlooking Inwood Hill Park and the Spuyten Duyvil.

     Performances have included plays, magic, music, novels, dance, circus, stand-up comedy, song, poetry, puppetry, and vaudeville acts. What will this year include? Come and find out!

     $15. Saturday night, August 19, with the porch opening at 6:30. Enter through the alleyway between 93 and 95 Park Terrace West. Feel free to BYO whatever you like.



     Would you be surprised to hear that the oldest standing house in Manhattan is haunted? That’s the story, anyway.

     Find out for yourself at a paranormal investigation, when you can learn the basics of ghost hunting and, possibly, communicate with early residents of Upper Manhattan.

     $30; members and students, $25. Saturday night, August 19, from 8 to 11 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park. Also on October 28.



      Join Books on Tap for a lively and friendly discussion of literature.

      Sunday afternoon, August 20, at 2 (sharp!) at the Inwood Library, whence the group walks to Inwood Bar & Grill. (Food and drinks are on your own dime.) Monthly on the third Sunday.




     You know which city is a wonderful town.

     In this classic adaptation of the 1944 Broadway musical, directed and choreographed by Gene Kelley, On The Town features the Academy Award-winning score of Leonard Bernstein and Roger Edens.

     The story follows three sailors (Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin and Gene Kelly) on a day of shore leave as they look for fun between the Bronx and the Battery. With Spanish subtitles.

     Free. Monday night, August 21, at dusk on Gaelic Field in Inwood Hill Park. Live entertainment begins an hour before the screening.



     Stressed out?

     Here’s your chance to learn the differences between tranquility medition and insight meditation and how to practice both to improve concentration and achieve at least a bit of wisdom.

     The Buddhist monk Bhante Suddhaso will explain mindfulness and how to free the mind from discontent.

     Saturday morning from 10 to 11 at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street. Also on August 26 from 4 to 5.



     If you like outdoor geometry, get out in the streets for sunrise and sunset when the shadows line up with the streets. Manhattanhenge, as it’s dubbed, happens around May 29 and June 13, so hope for clear skies.

      The effect works below 174th and above 174th if you go east of Broadway (for sunrise: sunset views may be blocked by buildings to the west). So if you want to see it in Hudson Heights (on 181st Street in the photo), where the street grid is aligned differently, you’ll have to wait until August 28 for Hudson Heights Henge (Fort George Henge is on the same dates as Manhattan, and Inwood Henge is on January 27 — the grid there is so katy-wompus that the sun aligns when it is due “south.”) In the spring, the date for Hudson Heights is April 18.

     You can look for the dates in all the city’s neighborhoods on this map.




     The Backporch Lecture Series explores the historical map exhibit on display at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum.

     Free. Thursday night, August 31, at 6:30 at the museum in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.






     Row New York paddlers can’t wait to slather on the sunscreen and get their boats back on the Harlem River.

      Since 2004, the group has taught 6th through 12th graders, beginners and competitors. Spend some time this summer rowing with a new crew.

     Adults can choose classes here; information on kids’ classes is here.

     Learn to row: $130 for the one-morning course. Saturday morning, September 9, from 9 to noon at the Peter J. Sharp Boathouse off Swindlers’ Cove in the Harlem River. Also on September 16.



      Written by, directed by, produced by, and starring Charlie Chaplin, City Lights is a classic of pre-Code silent film.

      A romantic comedy with the Tramp falling in love with a blind girl, the 1931 film is considered by some critics to be one of the best films of all time. Woody Allen shot the final scene of Annie Hall as a tribute to the final scene of City Lights.

     This screening features live accompaniment from the theater’s organ.

     $10; students and seniors $5, in advance. Sunday afternoon, September 10, at 5 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.



Autumn and beyond

     Celebrate the brief period in which the Morris-Jumel Mansion served as a tavern in a discussion and tasting of libations synonymous with the Colonial period. This month’s focus is Scotch.

     For additional information, contact publicprograms

$40; members and students (21 and older, please) $30. Thursday night, September 21, at 6 the mansion in Roger Morris Park on Jumel Terrace.




     This month the Backporch Lecture Series explores the groundwater, streams and wells.

     Free. Thursday night, September 21, at 6:30 at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.




     Inwood Art Works will launch the New Works Festival this autumn. 

     Two to three new plays, musicals, or operas will receive developmental support culminating with a public presentation in a staged reading series in the coming months.

     Check back for details.



     The Medieval Festival is the most famous event in the Heights, drawing tens of thousands of visitors to the neighborhood.

     Lords, ladies, knights and commoners converge in Fort Tryon Park in the area around the Cloisters.

     Sunday, October 1, from 11:30 to 6 in Fort Tryon Park.   







     The Cultural and Arts Festival connects you with the array of artists and vendors who make Upper Manhattan a cultural destination. 

     For additional information, contact publicprograms

     Free. Saturday, October 14, from 11 to 6 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park on Jumel Terrace.




     Brooklyn Baroque returns for the its autumn concert on Jumel Terrace. Save your place and welcome back the Morris-Jumel museum’s resident Baroque ensemble.

     For additional information, please email

     $30; members and students, $25. Saturday afternoon, October 21, at 3 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi in Roger Morris Park.




     Steel yourself for a blood-curdling performance of Dracula to mark the season. Watch it in Manhattan’s oldest house—one reputed to be haunted.

     $30; members, $25; students, $20. Friday and Saturday nights, October 20 to 28, and Sunday night, October 29, at 8 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park on Jumel Terrace.

     Feast first with a one-night-only dinner performance. Thursday night, October 26, at 7.

     For additional information, contact




     The standard-bearer of the camp horror film is back.

     Night of the Living Dead may terrify you or it may induce chuckles. After all, there’s a reason it’s a cult classic.

     Saturday afternoon, October 29, at a time to be announced later (but probably at 5) at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.



   Some residents say that the shrieks and wails of the forgotten souls of Inwood’s asylums and institutions, long-since dark, still reverberate through Inwood Hill Park.

    True or not, the tale sets the scene for a frightful Uptown Halloween.

     A kids’ parade in Hudson Heights contributes to the eerie night.




     2017 marks the 241st anniversary of the Battle of Fort Washington, a key event during the Revolutionary War. Be transported back in time and celebrate your local history.

     The Brigade of the American Revolution will perform and lead drills. Come watch a blacksmith demonstration, listen to live 18th-century music, make arts and crafts and play games from the revolutionary period. Tour the battle scene with a tour guide dressed as heroine Margaret Corbin. 
     Prizes will be offered for the most authentic costumes.

     Free. The Sunday after Veterans’ Day (usually) on the café lawn in Fort Tryon Park (enter from Margaret Corbin Circle in Hudson Heights).



     The Feast of St. Frances Cabrini honors the patron saint of immigrants, who welcomed newcomers to Upper Manhattan and whose remains are venerated in a shrine in Hudson Heights.

     Over a weekend in mid-November, the St. Frances Xavier Shrine hosts a series of masses for several nations’ communities, a procession and a neighborhood gathering.

     Free. At the Shrine in Hudson Heights on Fort Washington Avenue at Margaret Corbin Circle.



     Meridionalis performs music from the Olmeda Collection at The Hispanic Society Museum & Library in a concert dedicated to polychoral music by composers such as Tomás Luis de Victoria, Juan de Madrid, Mateo Romero, Diego de Cáseda and Manuel de Egüs.

     Music for multiple choirs of voices and instruments was an important part of Spanish liturgical music throughout the baroque period. The main cathedrals in all corners of the empire regularly presented imposing music that took advantage of the space and acoustics of the temples.

     A reception will follow. Seating is limited; reserve your space at

     Friday night, December 8, at 7 at the Society on Audubon Terrace off Broadway at 155th Street.



     The Hispanic Society Museum & Library and The American Irish Historical Society present Juilliard’s  Apex Brass Quintet.

     Apex delves into Medieval and Renaissance vocal works, arranged by trumpeter Kevin Quill. All members of Apex Brass are current students at The Juilliard School in New York City.

     A reception will follow. Seating is limited, so reserve your space:

     Thursday night, December 14, at 7 at the Society on Audubon Terrace off Broadway at 155th Street.



     Holiday shopping invariably means higher prices. What if you bought for your true love everything mentioned in a famous carol?

     The good news for traditional shoppers last year: the price of the gifts mentioned in The Twelve Days of Christmas increased only 0.7 percent, despite the surge in cost of turtle doves. (Really!)

     Prices for drummers and gold rings go up and down. Here’s where to find the prices for 2017.



     Co-op owners whose apartments are their primary homes are eligible to receive a tax rebate, just as owners of real estate receive. Once you have applied for this annual benefit, called the STAR Rebate, you do not need to apply again, but you have to do it yourself—your co-op cannot do it for you.

     The application is due on February 15. More details are here.



     Promoting filmmakers from Upper Manhattan, the Inwood Film Festival has recognized creative movies made in the neighborhood since 2015.

     Entries must be submitted by mid-winter, with the festival running over a weekend in Inwood in mid-March.



     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. In 2015 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.
     Fee varies by age and classification. A Sunday morning in early March starting at J. Hood Wright Park in Lower WaHi.



     The three-acre Heather Garden is the site of an annual rite of spring: the Shearing of the Heather by members of the Northeast Heather Society and Heather Garden staff.

     Led by a bagpiper, a community parade through the garden delights children, who are invited to take an instrument with them (adults are, too). Throughout the morning you will learn why Fort Tryon Park has the largest heath and heather collection in the northeast, and how to propagate your own heathers with clippings from the shearing.

     Free. On a Saturday morning in April in the heather garden in Fort Tryon Park, near the entrance at Margaret Corbin Circle in Hudson Heights.



     Only in New York ...
     One afternoon in most springs,
The Great and Glorious Grand Army of The Bronx comes together to claim the neighborhood of Marble Hill which, the group suggests, belongs to the only borough on the mainland on the basis that it was annexed by Bronx Borough President James Lyons in the 1930s.
     Everyone is welcome, even hecklers.
     Free. A Saturday afternoon in May, typically, beginning with
pre-invasion cocktails; the battle of Marble Hill commences soon thereafter.



     The annual Drums Along the Hudson began in 2002 as a traditional Pow Wow to celebrate Native American heritage and culture, and also to commemorate the Lenape people who first inhabited Inwood Hill Park, or Shorakapok (“edge of the water”).

     The event features dancers and drummers from around the world, combining Native American heritage, culture and art with the diversity of New York City. Activities include a Tree of Peace planting, international cuisine, Native American storytelling, a Pow Wow and crafts.
     The event has attracted a growing audience, numbering from 400 in the first year to over 8,000 in recent years.
     Free. A Sunday in early June in Inwood Hill Park at Indian Road and 218th Street.



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