Events in the Neighborhood, July 22–28

Hudson Heights, Inwood and Lower WaHi

A collection of events and activities in the neighborhoods of Washington Heights, from Audubon Park to Inwood, including Lower WaHi, Fort George, Hudson Heights, and Sherman Creek.



     When native New Yorker Rachel Chu travels to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family, this romantic comedy centers on a new twist on a culture clash.

     Crazy Rich Asians will be screened outdoors with subtitles in Spanish.

     Take a blanket and a snack. Pre-show musical performance by members of the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra at 7:15.

     Free. Monday night at dusk on the Gaelic Field in Inwood Hill Park; enter from Indian Road and 218th Street.




     The Dominican Film Festival celebrates the best in Dominican Cinema with the goal to enrich the artistic experience of New York's diverse cultural audience.

     The festival's mission is to promote the new generation of Dominican filmmakers and its film industry, and to strengthen the expanding relationship with the United States.

     Opening night features Lo Que Siento por Ti, which weaves three stories about the challenges faced by disabled children and their parents in Raúl Camilo’s feature film debut.

     $33; film and after-party, $134. Tuesday night at 7 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.




     Start your day out right: enjoy sunrise Tai Chi classes with certified Tai Chi instructor Robert Martinez on Linden Terrace.
     These classes are suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and take a bottle of water.

     Heavy rain cancels the event.

     Free. Wednesday morning at 6:30 on the Linden Terrace in Fort Tryon Park. Through September 11.




     Cuatros semanos de escritura creatida impartidas desde varias perspectivas con un solo final: explorar, expresar y crear.

     Este taller consiste en cuatro semanas de escritura creativa impartidas desde varias perspectivas con un solo final: explorar, expresar y crear. En Cuéntamelo todo, estaremos examinando diferentes técnicas de escritura a través de la poesía el el cuento.

     Miércoles en julio y 7 agosto, 5:30 p.m. a Librería comunitaria, Amsterdam Av. y Calle 165.



     Practice yoga at dusk with a variety of certified local yoga instructors while overlooking the Hudson River and basking in the glow of the setting sun.

     Arrive early. Bring a towel or yoga mat and water. Register here.
     Keep in mind that the outdoor lawn is slightly sloped and there are some uneven spots. Rain, wet ground, or an air quality advisory cancels the event.

     Free. Wednesday evening from 6:45 to 8 on Abby’s Lawn in Fort Tryon Park. Through September 11.




     In the second of this two-session course, curators and other specialists from The Met Cloisters will lead you on an exploration of the bounty of the summer season in the gardens and reflect on flora in the collection.

     Space is limited. The first session took place on June 27.

     $225. Thursday afternoon at 2 at the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.



     In the buildup to the 35th anniversary of the Riverside-Inwood Neighborhood Garden in September, the gardeners and their friends are holding a monthly potluck dinner.

     You are welcome to join. Take any dish, savory or dessert, or a beverage to share with about five people. At the feast you can get to know your fellow RING friends.

     Cost: one dish for five. Thursday evening at 6 at the garden in Inwood at the intersection of Dyckman Street and Riverside Drive.



     Community Board 12 will hold a public meeting on Thursday night to discuss the tenuous state of elevator availability at the 181st and 190th Street Stations during construction. Shuttles are sure to come up.

     Thursday evening at 6:30 at the Mount Sinai Jewish Center in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 187th Street.



     Learn the arts of ABADÁ-Capoeira Bronx, a growing community-based organization with the mission to preserve, share and expand the art of capoeira within diverse communities and families. 

     The classes use capoeira to build and empower communities, help youth and inspire people to reach their maximum potential. 

     Free. Thursday evening at 6:30 in Sherman Creek Park.




    Slavery is a chilling chapter in the nation’s history, and it happened here in Uptown too.

     The artist Peter Hoffmeister explored the subject through investigations with curators, researchers and historians while spending a year as an artist in residence at a Manhattan farmhouse.

     His exhibition explores the themes and results of slavery in Upper Manhattan.

     At the Dyckman Family Farmhouse in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street. Through March 31.





     All abilities are welcome to yoga with Dierdre, an open-air workout. Take your own mat.

     Saturday morning at 10 at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood at 204th Street.





     The eleventh annual jazz concert in memory of Council Member Stan Michels features local impresario Marjorie Eliot (right, at the piano) and her ensemble underneath the majestic elms of Fort Tryon Park, alongside the beautiful Heather Garden and overlooking the Hudson River.

     In the event of rain, this event will be held at the Cornerstone Center at 178 Bennett Avenue at 189th Street.

     Free. Saturday afternoon from 12:30 to 4:30 on the Stan Michels Promenade in Fort Tryon Park.



     Get a higher perspective on the Hudson River when you climb to the top of the Little Red Lighthouse.

     Properly named the Jeffrey's Hook Lighthouse, the 30-foot-tall structure was erected in 1880 and moved to its current site in 1921. It’s become widely known through the children's literary landmark The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge.

     The line to enter grows long quickly, so arrive early.   

     Free. Saturday afternoon at 1 on Jeffrey’s Hook in Fort Washington Park.



      Sure, we don’t call them the dark ages anymore. So if they’re the middle ages, what were they in the middle of? And besides knights and dragons, what was remarkable about them?

     Find out in A Very Short Introduction to Medieval History, led by Lauren Mancia. (And why the word “medieval,” while we’re at it?)

     Free with museum admission. Saturday afternoon at 2 at the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.



     The Mexican gospel singer Jesús Adrian Romero now lives in the U.S. Southwest, but he’s making a trip to the northeast to perform Uptown from his new album.

     $75 to $165. Saturday night at 8:30 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.






     Fort Tryon Park is home to one of the most diverse plant ecosystem the city has to offer.

     The New York City Botanist Club will lead you on an exploration of the Heather Garden and the rest of the park as its flowers are in full summer bloom. Take a bottle of water and a hat.

     Free. Sunday morning at 11; meet at the park entrance at Margaret Corbin Circle in Hudson Heights.   




Postponed by last Sunday’s heat wave

     In a land where slander is a parlor game, intrigue the coin of the realm, and alternative facts are validated, can true love ever be true? School for Scandal is a riotous comedy, and a lesson in the dangers of deceit.

     This staged reading by Up! is open to all and performed in the open air, so take a blanket or a lawn chair. Refreshments available.

     Rescheduled from June 21.

     Free. Sunday afternoon at 2 in Roger Morris Park on Jumel Terrace.



Continuing in the neighborhood

     Each month Uptown writers get together to workshop some prose based on the theme for the gathering.

     Join neighborhood authors who reflect on the theme’s meaning. Each writer will have five minutes to read to you.

     $5. Usually on the third Monday night, typically at 8, at Le Cheile in Hudson Heights just off Lafayette Plaza on 181st Street and Pinehurst Avenue.




     The High Bridge—New York City’s oldest standing bridge—is a landmark that connects walkers and cyclists from Manhattan and the Bronx.
     The High Bridge is a path from the neighborhoods of Washington Heights to 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.



     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.



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


    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 in the spring and summer on Fort Washington Avenue at 168th Street. On hiatus until spring.



     Clean out your closets and recycle at the same time.
     Take 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.



     Find out the reasons medieval Europeans grew the herbs, varietals and fruit-bearing flora that are nurtured today at the Cloisters today. Tours include horticultural, architectural, and historical insights.

     Free with museum admission. Afternoons daily at 1 and 2 at the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park. Through September.



     During days of high temperatures and high heat indices, NYC cooling centers are open throughout the city. The hours vary, so check in before you go. From south to north in Uptown, you will find them in:

     Lower WaHi ARC XVI senior center, 4111 Broadway at 174th Street; Riverstone Senior Life
          center, 99 Fort Washington Avenue

     Fort George Fort Washington Library, 535 West 179th Street; WaHi Star senior center, 650

          West 187th Street; YM & YWHA, 54 Nagle Avenue

     Hudson Heights Moriah Older Adult Center, 90 Bennett Avenue

     Sherman Creek Dyckman Neighborhood Senior Center, 3754 10th Avenue

     Inwood Inwood Library, 4790 Broadway; Rain Inwood senior center, 84 Vermilyea Avenue

     Marble Hill Marble Hill Community Center, 5365 Broadway


Planning ahead

     Director Bill Condon brings Tom Eyen’s Tony award-winning Broadway musical to the big screen in a tale of dreams, stardom, and the high cost of success for a trio of black female soul singers who cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960’s.

     Dreamgirls (2006) stars Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose, Beyoncé Knowles, and Eddie Murphy.

     Take a blanket and a snack for this outdoor screening.

     Free. Friday night, August 2, at 8 in Roger Morris Park in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.



     A cache of jeweled rings, brooches, and coins—the precious possessions of a Jewish family of medieval Alsace—was hidden in the fourteenth century in the wall of a house in Colmar, France.

     Discovered in 1863 and on view at The Met Cloisters, the Colmar Treasure revives the memory of a once-thriving Jewish community that was scapegoated and put to death when the Plague struck the region with devastating ferocity in 1348–49.

     A generous loan of the Musée de Cluny, Paris, the Colmar Treasure is on display alongside select works from The Met Cloisters and little-known Judaica from collections in the United States and France.

     Jennifer Ball, associate professor of art history at Brooklyn College, will explain the idea of fashioning luxury on a guided tour of the exhibit. Presented with the exhibition The Colmar Treasure: A Medieval Jewish Legacy.

     Free with museum admission. Sunday, August 4, at noon at the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park. Monthly on the first Sunday. The exhibit runs through January 12.



     The quartet Sterling Strings has played at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, the Tonight show, on Broadway and around the world.

     Now they're bringing their talents Uptown.

     Free. Sunday evening, August 4, at 5 in Roger Morris Park in Lower WaHi on the edge of Jumel Terrace.



     Two sisters decide to start a women’s baseball team, in a story that borrows from the real-life All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League.

     A Leauge of Their Own stars Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, Téa Leoni, Jon Lovitz and many more. Rated PG.

     Screened under the open sky. Take a blanket and a snack. Free workout by Hanuman Health Club at 6. Pre-show music performance by Double Entendre Music Ensemble at 7.

     Free. Monday night, August 5, at dusk on the Gaelic Field in Inwood Hill Park.



     Roxy Music creator Bryan Ferry brings his show Uptown.

     $90 and up. Friday night, August 9, at 7 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.



     You’ve heard about it but you can’t quite imagine how this architectural confection came to be in WaHi.

     So here’s your chance to explore this stunning 3,400-seat theater, its mezzanine, grand foyer, balcony, exterior and if you’re lucky, you’ll get to go up on stage.
     Reservation is required

     The history of United Palace, Manhattan’s fourth-largest theater and now a landmarked building, began in 1930, when it was then one of five Loew’s “Wonder Theatres” across the boroughs and New Jersey. Designed by noted architect Thomas Lamb (Cort Theatre, the former Ziegfeld Theatre) with interiors overseen by decorative specialist Harold Rambusch (Waldorf Astoria, Radio City Music Hall), it was one of the region’s premier vaudeville and movie houses.

     Free. Sunday morning, August 11, at 10 at the theater in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street. On the second Sunday of the month.



     Based on Marvel Comics’ character Miles Morales, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse follows him as he crosses paths with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities. Rated PG.

     Take a blanket and a snack. Pre-show performance of Comic Book: Live! by Jenny Hann and Christina Stone at 7.

     Free. Monday night, August 12, at dusk on Gaelic Field in Inwood Hill Park.



     My Beauty Mark Foundation hosts its third annual Cancer Awareness Charity event to bring together anyone affected by cancer and their supporters to raise money and awareness.

     This year’s theme, celebrating life, will be presented by Julissa Perez, the founder and thyroid cancer survivor at this year’s event.

     If you are unable to attend, your donations and proceeds will still toward the ultimate goal.

     $40. Thursday night, August 15, at 6:30 at Tenth Avenue, in Inwood at 3795 Tenth Avenue.



     As a New Yorker, you probably think of Coogan’s Bluff as the rise in Lower WaHi between 155th and 160th Streets that gives a wonderful view of the Hudson. If you’re a sports historian, you remember it as a promontory where baseball fans gathered for a free view of games at the Polo Grounds.

     But to followers of Clint Eastwood and his tough-guy alter-egos, Coogan’s Bluff plays out as the spot where an Arizona sheriff wrangles with a Western fugitive who escaped to the east.

     The 1969 film features what has to be the only scene of Eastwood in a groovy hippie club in the Village. It will be screened outdoors, not far from where some of the scenes were filmed, so take a blanket and a snack.

     Free. Friday night, August 16, in Fort Tryon Park on Dongan Lawn, near Broadway and Dongan Place in Inwood.



     The swimmers of New York Open Water get wet in the rivers around the island. Care to take a dip?

     This summer, the group offers four chances to swim under the 20 bridges of Manhattan. You’ll get to circumnavigate the island on a 28.5-mile swim.

     Each event will have up to 15 swimmers and is scheduled on a Saturday with Sunday reserved as a rain date. Swimmers and their support teams will need to make themselves available on both days.

     Sign up here.

     Saturday, August 17, at a time determined by tides and currents, starting in Fort Washington Park under the GWB. Also on August 31.



     The epic action of Edge of Tomorrow unfolds in a near future when an alien race hits the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.

     Starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Rated PG-13.

     $15; children, students and seniors, $8. Sunday afternoon, August 18, at 5 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Fort Washington Avenue at 175th Street.



     Rosario, an undocumented Mexican immigrant works in the U.S. with the hope of giving her son, Carlitos, a better life, while leaving him under the care of his grandmother.

     La Misma Luna (Under the Same Moon) is in Spanish with English subtitles.

     The film will be screened outdoors, so take a blanket and some snacks. Rescheduled from a rainy night in June.

     Free. Monday night, August 19, at dusk on the Gaelic Field in Inwood; enter from Indian Road and 218th Street. In case of inclement weather, the screening will move indoors to Good Shepherd Auditorium at 620 Isham Street.



     In 1890, the third Polo Grounds rose within the gaze of Jumel Terrace and would serve as home to the New York Giants baseball team from 1891 to 1957, the New York Highlanders (who would become the Yankees) in 1913–22, the New York Giants in 1925–55.

     The exact spot of home place, seen at right in 1906, is now marked by a bronze plaque in a courtyard of the Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital. A lot has change since then, and history buggs and baseball fans will find the nuances and transformations in a new show.

     The exhibition explores the teams that made the stadium a New York icon and the associated personalities that became local and national heroes.

     Free. Opening night falls on Thursday, August 22, at 7 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park. Light refreshments will be served. Advanced registration is required. Open through January 5.



    Hugh Jackman leads an all-star cast in an  original musical filled with showstopping performances.

     Inspired by the story of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman follows the visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

     Take a blanket and a snack for this outdoor screening.

     Free. Friday night, August 23, at 8 in Roger Morris Park in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.



      If you like outdoor geometry, get on the street for sunrise and sunset when the shadows line up with the streets.

      The “Manhattanhenge” effect works Uptown on days different from the rest of the island’s.

      To see the sun line up with the streets in Hudson Heights (on 181st Street in the photo), where the street grid is aligned differently from most of the borough, get out on April 18; it’s also on August 26 in Hudson Heights Henge. Fort George Henge is on the same dates as Manhattan, and Inwood Henge is on January 23 — the grid there is so katy-wompus that the sun aligns when it is due “south”.

     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 Manhattanhenge, as it’s dubbed, hope for clear skies on May 30 and June 12.

     Hudson Heights Henge: Monday, August 26, at dawn and dusk.

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



     Find out how a seminary graduate developed a ministry on television for children and their development.

     The Rev. Fred Rogers left religion at the stage door but infused Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood with the ethos of the golden rule.

     The documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? traces his rise and influence over the decades before his death. Before the movie, enjoy a performance from the Wonderspark Puppets. Screened outdoors, so bring a blanket and a snack. Rescheduled from a rainy June night.

     Free. Monday evening, August 26, at 6:30 on the Gaelic Field in Inwood Hill Park. In case of inclement weather, the screening will move indoors to Good Shepherd Auditorium at 620 Isham Street.




      Columbia women’s soccer’s home opener sees the Lions hosting the Volunteers of the University of Tennessee.

      Sunday afternoon, September 1, at 1 at the Comissarro Soccer Stadium in the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood on 218th Street.






     The authentic sounds of Banda El Recodo & El Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán make their way Uptown.

     The Banda El Recodo was originally formed in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, México, in 1938, while the Carlos Martínez-led Mariachi Vargas De Tecalitlán was originally conceived in 1897 by Gaspar Vargas.

     $59. Sunday night, September 1, at 7 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.



     Come swim the mighty Hudson! 

     The Spuyten Duyvil 10K is hosted by New York Open Water. It starts at Yonkers and finishes in Inwood, with the current assisting the intrepid souls  through tumultuous and storied Spuyten Duyvil, where the Harlem River meets the Hudson.

     The route, which actually covers 6.5 miles despite the name, offers scenic views of Yonkers, Riverdale, Spuyten Duyval Bridge, and the George Washington Bridge.

     Sign up here. If you’re a land lubber, you can watch the finish in Uptown.

     A Sunday in September, with the course’s end at La Marina in Inwood where Dyckman Street meets the Hudson.



     Since ancient times, indigenous cultures have understood the importance of living in balance and harmony with the earth and cosmos.

     Enter an energetic alignment with the highest vibrations of the universe and create positive change in your life and the world at large. In this monthly Shamanic circle, you will journey to alternate esoteric realms through drumming, rattling.

     Take a rattle or drum. Or both.

     $20. Saturday night, September 7, at 8 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.



      The Lions continue resume their home season when the women’s soccer team plays Staint Joseph’s.

     Thursday night, September 12, at 7 at 1 at the Comissarro Soccer Stadium in the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood on 218th Street.





     The reading series Bloom presents a variety of authors and genres.

     Bloom’s literary readings and discussions will get you to shake off your assumptions and think hard about everything. The evening includes wine and light fare. Pleasant as a tea party, but with booze and cutting-edge writing. More information at

    May’s reading features Sarah Stern, Michelle Whittaker, Sam Turner, and Craig Kite, with piano music from Guy Strobel. After this reading the series goes on hiatus until autumn.

    $7 suggested donation includes wine and hors d’oeuvres. Sunday evening, September 15, at 5 in The Lounge of Hudson View Gardens, in Hudson Heights on Pinehurst Avenue at 183rd Street. Monthly on the third Sunday, September through May.



     Estonian composer Arvo Pärt once made this observation: “the instant and eternity are struggling within us … this is the cause of all our contradictions.” Let time stop—at least for an hour or so—and remember that life is lived somewhere in between the single moments, and the spreading infinity that surrounds them.

     Joshua Roman on cello performs Pärt’s Fratres, the Sonata for Cello and Piano by Schnitke, and
Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel.

     $80. Wednesday night. September 18, at 8 with a wine tasting at 7 in the Crypt under the Church of the Intercession in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 155th Street.



     It’s a busy weekend for the Columbia women’s soccer team, with two matches in three days.

     First up, the New Jersey Institute of Technology Highlanders take on the Lions.

     Friday evening, September 20, at 6 at the Comissarro Soccer Stadium in the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood on 218th Street.




     Silvestre Dangond comes from Colombia to perform his concert for fans Uptown.

      Ticket prices announced soon. Friday night, September 20, at 9 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.




Into autumn

     Do you remember what Uptown was like in 1984? If not, recall that the city was coming out of bankruptcy, drugs were a scourge, and danger, it seemed, lurked around every corner.

     A group of neighbors saw the area for its potential, and opened of of the very few private gardens in Manhattan. You can get a key to the gate by joining, but it’s also open for the public’s enjoyment on weekends.

     Now the Riverside-Inwood Neighborhood Garden is celebrating its thirty-fifth anniversary, and you’re invited.

     Saturday, September 21, at a time to be announced later at the garden at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Dyckamn Street.




     The Christian band Grupo Barak performs from its new album at its WaHi tour date.

     Tickets prices will be posted here. Saturday night, September 21, at 7:30 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.






     Drexel is the latest team to take the “A” Train to play Columbia’s women’s soccer team.

     Sunday afternoon, September 22, at 2 at the Comissarro Soccer Stadium in the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood on 218th Street.





     In medieval France, the Alsatian town of Colmar, left—now considered the capital of Alsatian wine—had a flourishing Jewish community that played a leading role in the region's wine business.

     The group was decimated by the Black Plague, but a cache of valuable decorative objects from that time discovered hidden in the wall of a confectioner's shop has shed light on the opulent culture of Colmar's Jews.

     Celebrated chef and author Yotam Ottolenghi explores the deep Jewish roots of Colmar through the region's wine and cuisine in a magical evening of conversation, food, and wine.

     Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Colmar Treasure: A Medieval Jewish Legacy. Tickets include same-day Museum admission.

     Sold out. Thursday and Friday nights, September 26 and 27, at 7 at the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.



     Columbia opens its football season at home with one game already in the books.

     This week the Lions host the Georgetown Hoyas in one of only two non-conference games Uptown this season.

     Saturday afternoon, September 28, at 1 on Wien Field at the Baker Athletic Conference in Inwood on 218th Street.



     Deepak Chopra, the author, public speaker, and alternative medicine advocate, is a prominent figure in the New Age movement. He will sign books at an event whose details arer still under wraps.

     Wednesday, October 2, at a time to be announced later at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.




    The Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra’s presents Robert Schumann’s 2nd Symphony, Angélica Negron’s “What Keeps Me Awake,” and a new violin concerto by Chris Whittaker.

     Followed by a post-concert reception for friends of the orchestra.

     Rescheduled from June for a weekend afternoon in October; the date has not yet been set. At the Fort Washington Collegiate Church in Hudson Heights on 181st Street at Col. Robt. McGaw Place.




    Are you a Lion?

    Mark Alumnae Day with the women’s soccer team.

    The current Lions play host to Ivy League rival Brown at the autumn conference opener.

     Saturday evening, October 5, at 1 at the Comissarro Soccer Stadium in the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood on 218th Street.








     You don’t have to be a Lion to enjoy college football, especially on Northern Manhattan Neighbors Appreciation Day.

     Wear blue and you can’t go wrong as you enjoy the festivities and special promotions when Columbia hosts the Blue Devils of Central Connecticut State.

     Saturday afternoon, October 12, at 1 at Wien Stadium at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood on 218th Street.




     The Lions are looking for another victory when they host the Quakers of Penn.

     Saturday evening, October 12, at 5 at the Comissarro Soccer Stadium in the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood on 218th Street.





     Heinavanker is a stunning Estonian a cappella ensemble that performs timeless compositions ranging from runic songs and folk hymns to the contemporary classics of Arvo Pärt.

     Presented in the magical Fuentidueña Chapel, these unusual voices create a sonic environment that is both ethereal and deeply human.

     $65; children $1 (<— not a typo). Saturday afternoon, October 19, at 1 and 3 at the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.




     Columbia opens conference play at home as the Lions host the Quakers of Penn.

     Saturday afternoon, October 19, at 1:30 at Wien Stadium in the Baker Athletic Conference in Inwood on 218th Street.







     Bachete artist Raulín Rodríguez brings his Dominican stylings to Upper Manhattan to celebrate his thirtieth anniversary.

     Saturday night, October 19, at 8 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.





     Suffering, remorse, and guilt are pervasive in Carlo Gesualdo's life and work.

     This complex man's music is so full of shocking dissonances that it has taken nearly 400 years to really comprehend his singular musical language.

     Les Arts Florissants, the unrivalled Renaissance and baroque period ensemble, will be making its Uptown debut with this all-vocal program.

     $85; children really can attend for $1. Sunday afternoon, October 20, and 1 and 3:30 at the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.



     If The New York Times calls you “the nation’s most important quartet,” then you must be doing something right.

     In the case of the JACK Quartet, they’ve established themselves as one of the leaders in new music, giving voice to countless composers, while creating a new body of works that prove classical music has a future far beyond powdered wigs and dusty scores.

     For their Crypt Sessions debut, the JACK will give the New York premiere of Lines Made by Walking, a piece by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams that channels nature in all of its magnificence and fragility.

     $80. Monday night. October 21, at 8 with a wine tasting at 7 in the Crypt under the Church of the Intercession in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 155th Street.




     El Caballo Johnny Ventura, the Dominican singer and band leader of merengue and salsa, shares his extensive musical catalog with fans Uptown.

     He also served as mayor of Santo Domingo. If only he were eligible for a job in D.C.

     Friday night, October 25, at 8 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.







     The Hudson Heights Halloween Parade is where neighborhood children show off their alter egos and then trick or treat among the jack o’ lanterns in Bennett Park.

     Free. Lineup at P.S. 187 around 6 on All Hallow’s Eve.






     When an Eli meets a Lion on a soccer pitch, you have seven characters, five letters, and two women’s soccer teams looking for a late-season win.

     Columbia hosts Yale on Saturday evening, November 2, at 5 at the Comissarro Soccer Stadium in the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood on 218th Street.




     The year comes to an end when two conference rivals meet Uptown.

     Columbia hosts Harvard for the conclusion of the regular season of women’s soccer.

     Saturday evening, November 9, at 5 at the Comissarro Soccer Stadium in the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood on 218th Street.





     Join Yesenia Then Y Jennifer Pacheco for a night of worship at the United Palace of Spiritual Arts.

     $25–$100. Saturday night, November 16, at 7 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.






     Matan Porat is a sonic storyteller, weaving disparate threads into a musical tapestry that takes listeners through time and space, journeying toward something greater.

     Amid the flickering candles of the Crypt, Porat will present his light-inspired program Lux, with twelve pieces, composed across twelve centuries, tracing the course of a day from dawn to dusk. Each piece possesses its own unique luminescence, beginning with a Gregorian chant for the break of day, ending with Beethoven’s immortal Moonlight sonata, and interspersing works that range from contemporary composers Thomas Adès and Matthias Pintscher to Bartók, Debussy, and Schumann.

         $80. Tuesday night, November 19, at 8 with a wine tasting at 7 in the Crypt under the Church of the Intercession in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 155th Street.



     The Chicago-based early music ensemble Schola Antiqua surveys the sound world of Emperor Maximilian I (1459–1519), one of the greatest artistic patrons of the Renaissance.

     The wide-ranging program offers luxuriant vocal music by composers in service to the emperor, as well as poignant works commemorating his death in 1519. Schola Antiqua also explores the breathtaking sound of extremely low voices, which played no small role in Maximilian I's musical experience.

     Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I.

     $65; children, $1 (that’s right). Sunday afternoon, November 24, at 1 and 3 at the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.



     On December 4 Benjamin Britten will have been dead 43 years. Generally speaking, it’s tough to track people down after that long, but given the particular proclivity for all things posthumous at the Crypt, musicians managed to find a way with some help from violinist Mari Lee and her ensemble of musical gravediggers and spirit conjurors.

     On the anniversary of his death, these performers will summon the spirit of the composer via a program tracing his life through a series of musical movements mixed with read letters and reflections.

     At the heart of the narrative is Britten’s relationship with poet W.H. Auden, and their struggle to find an answer to a question that remains ever-more relevant in our present day: “How can we live in a broken world?”

     $80. Wednesday night. December 4, at 8 with a wine tasting at 7 in the Crypt under the Church of the Intercession in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 155th Street.



     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.



     Music is the theme of the 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. Usually the first Sunday morning in March, starting at J. Hood Wright Park in Lower WaHi.



     Only in New York ...
     One day late 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.
     Care to fight back? Everyone is welcome, even hecklers.
     Free. A Saturday in early May beginning with
pre-invasion cocktails; the battle of Marble Hill commences once the tab is settled.



     After a hiatus of a couple of years, the Inwood Shakespeare Festival is plotting its return with Anton Chekhov’s  The Cherry Orchard for its 19th season.
     Chekhov’s final comedic dramatic masterpiece is a bittersweet study of Russia’s elite as it adjusts to rapid social changes at the turn of the 20th century.
     Oh, and what about Shakespeare? Romeo & Juliet is one of the considerations. 
     In the meantime, if you’d like to help support the festival, send a donation to its organizer, the Moose Hall Theatre Company, at
     25 Indian Road, Studio LA
     NYC 10034-1016
     Free. June 2020 in Inwood Hill Park.



     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 June in Inwood Hill Park at Indian Road and 218th Street.



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