Washington Heights Events: Sept. 20–26

Monday

     Get out of that pandemic cave and release some tension with an Uptown jam session.

     The musicians of JazzWaHi will ease you back into your groove at a weekly outdoor concert. Take a blanket and a snack for some live, local music.

     Free. Monday afternoons from 4 to 5:15 in Bennett Park, in Hudson Heights on Fort Washington Avenue at 183rd Street.

 

 

Tuesday

      A new effigy of Revolutionary War hero Margaret Corbin takes the form of a tomb at The Cloisters, figuratively and aesthetically stitching together the war battlefield and the medieval French abbeys.

     The Tomb Effigy of Margaret Corbin was created by artist Zaq Landsberg, the 2020 recipient of the Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award.

     Free. In Fort Tryon Park on the Lindon Terrace through June 12.

 

 

     Support your health by shopping at a farmers’ market.

     From late spring through the late autumn, the Fort Washington 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.

     The collection of food scraps for composting and used textiles for recycling is on hiatus during the pandemic.

     Tuesdays from 8 to 4 on Fort Washington Avenue at 168th Street. Open through November 24.

 

 

Wednesday

     Photographic reproductions of works from Hispanic Society’s unparalleled collections come to you.

     In this sneak preview, Philippe de Montebello, Chairman of the society’s board of trustees, will host a conversation online with Dr. Patrick Lenaghan, head of the department of prints and photographs, to explore the outdoor installation, Treasures on the Terrace:.

     With the society’s gallries under renovation, seventeen images including works from Spain, Mexico, Peru, and Puerto Rico take their place outdoors on Audubon Terrace. Pieces in the selecting date from the sixteenth through the early twetntieth centuries.

     Free. Wednesday evening at 5 online.

 

 

     We all benefit from a shared understanding of the roots and meanings of racial inequity if we work together to recognize them. Doing so helps us appreciate one another and find common ground.
     Fueled by the events of the past few years, the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum will facilitate discussions about race with expert speakers.
     The discussion will continue its popular lecture series, Talking About Race Matters: Join the Conversation.
     The series ends Wednesday evenings at 6 online.
 
 

     Across its long history, the camera obscura has been an artistic tool, a philosophical device, and a scientific implement.

     Typically a hole in the wall of a darkened room, the camera projects an upside-down and inverted live image of what’s on the other side.

     Two West Coast artists, Sandra Gibson and Luis Recorder, call it “the earliest projection of the world, or simply world projection.”

     In this gallery talk, Gibson and Recorder discuss the renewed interest in the camera obscura and the persistence with which some filmmakers and critics work to sustain analogue moving images instead of digital.

     Free. Thursday evening at 6 on the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum’s social media channels.

 

 

Thursday

     A New York farmers’ market offers fresh fruit and vegetables from the Hudson Valley, the Garden State and beyond.

     The Lower WaHi market is open Thursdays on 175th Street between Wadsworth Avenue and Broadway.
     Open through November 19.

 

 

 

     Rooted in Afro-Caribbean rhythms and a commitment to improvisation, Conclave brings new sonic colors and shades of experience to the dance floor.    

     Reflecting the youth of the group’s leader, Cesar Toribio, as a drummer in his church, Conclave transcends genres to chart territory closer to spiritual jazz than to electronic dance music. Conclave’s recent debut album features deep grooves, soulful dance tunes, and a sound that is spirited in all senses of the word.

     Listen to a performance Fuentidueña Chapel at the Cloisters.

     Free. Thursday night at 9 online.

 

 

Friday

     Photographic reproductions of works from Hispanic Society’s unparalleled collections come to you.

     With the society’s gallries under renovation, seventeen images including works from Spain, Mexico, Peru, and Puerto Rico take their place outdoors on Audubon Terrace. Pieces in the selecting date from the sixteenth through the early twetntieth centuries.

     Free. Opens Friday then Mondays through Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On the terrace, which is at Broadway and 155th Street. Through December 6.

 

 

 

     Columbia field hockey opens conference play this weekend when the Lions host the Crimson.

     Friday evening at 6 at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood.

 

 

Saturday

    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.

     The collection of food scraps for composting and used textiles for recycling is on hiatus during the pandemic.
     Saturdays from 8 to 3 on
Isham Street between Seaman Avenue and Cooper Street. Open year-round.

 

 

     Join the Fort Tryon Park Trust and park stewards at a seasonal kick-off volunteer event.

     Help clean out the Broadway berm from winter natural debris and weeds and you’ll connect with the earth. With pandemic-related cuts to the parks’ budget, your help is all the more important.

     The tools are supplied; wear clothes to get dirty in and take water and a snack.

     Saturday morning from 9 until 1. Meet in the park at the Broadway and Arden Street entrance. On the second and fourth Saturdays through November.

 

 

     In a city dotted with foreign consulates and populated with missions to the U.N. comes the most unusual diplomatic posting ever.

     The Parks Department is looking for ambassadors to trash.

     That’s the name they’re giving to volunteers in Inwood Hill Park who will help clean up visitors’ litter. Four-hour shifts will collect discards and detritus over the weekends from the spring through the autumn.

     Sign up to help by getting in touch with Maria Febus at Maria.Febus@parks.nyc.gov.

     Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. You’ll meet at either Seaman Avenue and Isham Street or the Peninsula entrance at 218th Street. Through October 31.

 

 

     On this tour of historic Fort Tryon Park you’ll be guided to spots to look for fall aviary migrants.

     That means birds on the move, and urban naturalist Ken Chaya will lead the trek in search of songbirds throughout the Heather Garden grounds and along the Hudson River as they move south during their annual autumn pilgrimage. You’ll also observe the local flora of the garden and enjoy late season pollinators.

     Tour capacity is limited, so register here.

     Free. Saturday morning at 10 in Fort Tryon Park at the Margaret Corbin Circle entrance in Hudson Heights.

 

     With college football underway, here’s a chance to see an early-season trophy match-up.

     Columbia hosts Georgetown, and the winner takes home the Lou Little Cup.

     Saturday afternoon at 1 on Kraft Field in Wein Stadium at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood.

 

 

Sunday

     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.

     Before the pandemic, Eliot welcomed aficianados to her Inwood apartment to listen live. Now she streams her performances.

     Free. Sunday afternoons at 3:30 online.

 

 

Treasures from the Hispanic Society and Museum

     The galleries of the Uptown culture gem is closed not only for the pandemic but also for an all-encompasing renovation. In the meantime, explore highlights of its collection by clicking an image to find out more. Once the museum re-opens, you can visit the art on Audubon Terrace.

Not so quiet, please!

      Among the things WaHi is famous for is the noise. Lots of it!

      But does it seem eerily quiet now? You may not miss the auditory assaults, but the sounds of people mingling and waiters serving are becoming memories.

      Refresh yours with the New York Public Library’s new online album: Missing Sounds of New York. It probably won’t win any Grammys, but each track uses a combination of sounds to create familiar canvases on which mini stories are placed: a glass breaking in a bar, a dance performance on the subway, an overly enthusiastic baseball fan.

      It’s free and it’s available from the library. (No need for a library card!)

 

 

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Planning ahead

     Commuters are seeing changes in Fort George this year.

     There is no 1 service at 181 Street Station in 2021. The MTA is completely replacing the elevators (they’re over 80 years old!) that provide access to the station.

     The work is scheduled to last until December. A variety of shuttles will be available, and there’s the A Train and its new elevators at 181st Street and Fort Washington Avenue.

 

 

     The High Bridge—New York City’s oldest standing bridge—is a landmark that connects walkers and cyclists with Manhattan and the Bronx.
     The High Bridge is a path from the neighborhoods of Washington Heights to Highbridge across the river, 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  Fort Fridge seeks weekly donations of perishable food and non-perishable pantry items to help our neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity. Please consider contributing:
     • Fresh fruits and veggies, milk, rice, beans, pasta, cheese singles, cereal bread, peanut butter
     • Prepared foods must be in to-go containers that are sealed and labeled with the date they were prepared and their potential allergens: wheat, soy, milk, eggs, nuts, fish or shellfish
     • Toiletries, feminine hygiene products, infant care items, hand sanitizer, masks, etc.
     The fridge is on Fort Washington Avenue just above 181st Street, in front of the Fort Washington Collegiate Church. Questions? Send them to FortFridge@gmail.com.
 
 

 

     Field hockey returns Uptown when Columbia hosts Brown in conference play. It’s another match in the Lions’ twenty-fifth anniversary season.

     Saturday morning, October 9, at 11 at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood.

 

 

 

 

     Camila, the group that has set trends in the Spanish-speaking world for more than fifteen years, is on its Luz Tour of the U.S. and the duo is stopping Uptown.

     All ticket holders must show either physical or electronic proof of at least one vaccine shot and a government-issued ID with matching name. There are no exemptions. ​

     $92.27 to $235.40. Saturday night, October 9, at 8 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

 

     To conclude Hispanic Heritage month, join a conversation and music performance celebrating Hispanic women composers.

     Dr. Elizabeth Weinfield will highlight works by women composers with cultural roots in the Iberian peninsula, focusing on Leonora Duarte (1610–78), a Portuguese-Jewish converso living and working in Antwerp, and the only known woman to write for the viola da gamba in the seventeenth century.

     Free. Thursday evening, October 14, at 5 through the society’s social media.

 

 

 

     Ivy League rival Yale is the latest competitor to meet Columbia on the field hockey green.

     The Elis take on the Lions in their twenty-fifth anniversary season.

     Friday evening, October 15, at 6 at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood.

 

 

 

     Put yourself in a Halloween mood by exploring a Colonial mansion after dark—by candlelight.

     Each explorer will receive an electric candle to illuminate the house as a guide explains the property’s history and the spirits who may still inhabit the space. 

     The event is limited to those 14 years of age and over; minors must be accompanied by an adult. Register here.

     $32.68. Friday night, October 15, at 7 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion on Jumel Terrace.

 

 

     The Lions open conference play at home when the Quakers venture beyond the Schuykill and up the Hudson.

     Columbia hosts Penn in the Ivy League meet-up.

     Saturday afternoon, October 16, at 1:30 on Kraft Field in Wein Stadium at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood.

 

 

 

     DjAdoni and his friends bring their show Uptown.

     All ticket holders must show either physical or electronic proof of at least one vaccine shot and a government-issued ID with matching name. There are no exemptions. ​

     $60.89 to $182. Saturday night, October 16, at 7 at the United Palace Theater in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th 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.

     More information may be at www.bloomreadings.org, but the website appears to be down and the group doesn’t respond to emails.

     Free.  Sunday evening, October 17, at 5 online. Monthly on the third Sunday (usually), September through May but not December.

 

 

     Discover paella from an enthusiast and researcher. Mark Aldrich will demonstrate how to cook a variation of the popular Valencian dish in a video tutorial, followed by a live conversation about the history of the dish and its many variations around the Hispanic world.

     To learn more about the Hispanic Society ‘s collection of cookbooks, click here.

     Free. Wednesday evening, October 20, at 5 through the society’s social media.

 

 

     A festival of monthly outdoor concerts by Leadlights has celebrated the resilience of New Yorkers during the Covid-19 pandemic and brings the energy of live music to WaHi streets.

     Play On, Washington Heights, features music by people of color and women, including the highly acclaimed Black composer Jessie Montgomery, Puerto Rican composer Angélica Negron, and one of the earliest classical composers of African descent, Chevalier de Saint-George.

     Free. The series concludes Wednesday evening, October 20, at 5 at Word Up Community Book Shop in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue at 165th Street.

 

 

     Autumn color is at its peak from mid- to late October.

     Here’s your chance to see some of Uptown’s best fall foliage, under the keen eye of urban naturalist Ken Chaya. The tour will focus on local tree identification, as well as searching for birds and other forms of local flora and fauna overlooking the Harlem River.

     Tour capacity is limited, so register here.

     Free. Saturday morning, October 23, at 10. Meet at 158th Street & Edgecombe Avenue.

 

     Looking for an unforgettable ghost story of your own?

     Take part in a paranormal investigation at Manhattan’s oldest surviving house, and you’ll learn the history of spirit activity at Morris-Jumel Mansion. You may even get to visit the room where it happened …

     Participants will also explore the history of the Mansion, its former residents, and the museum collections as they relate to the paranormal.

     During the program you will have exclusive after-dark access to hunt for ghosts in our normally closed-off period rooms.

      This event is for those 18 years of age and over. Register here.

     $64.25. Saturday night, October 23, at 7 at the mansion on Jumel Terrace. Also on October 30.

 

 

     The conference season closes for the Lions’ field hockey team as Columbia hosts Penn.

     Friday evening, October 29, at 5 at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood.

 

 

 

     It’s senior day for Columbia field hockey, the final home game of the team’s twenty-fifth anniversary season.

     For Lions, it’s also Founder’s Day, marking 267 years since Columbia was founded — as King’s College, back in the days when the King was George II.

     Sunday evening, October 31, at 6 at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood.

 

 

 

 

     One way or another, the Fourth Annual Washington Heights Jazz Festival shares the enthusiasm of Uptown musicians.

     Sponsored by Jazz WaHi.

     Thursday, November 4, through Sunday, November 7, either in Husdon Heights on online.

 

 

 

     Columbia salutes veterans on Heroes’ Day this weekend.

     After a special commemoration of the military and its active and returned volunteers, the Lions will host the Crimson as Harvard switches backdrops from the Charles to the Hudson.

     Saturday afternoon, November 6, at 1 on Kraft Field in Wein Stadium at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood.

 

 

 

     Los Ángeles Azules, the Mexican musical group playing the cumbia sonidera genre, made a name in the cumbia subgenre using accordion and synthesizers. The result is a fusion of the sounds of cumbia from the 1950–70s with those of 1990s-style electronic music.

     All ticket holders must show either physical or electronic proof of at least one vaccine shot and a government-issued ID with matching name. There are no exemptions. ​

     $80.71 to $400. Friday night, November 12, at 7 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

     Be there when the Lions close out their season at home with a salute to seniors.

     Then Columbia will take the field against conference rival Brown.

     Saturday afternoon, November 13, at 1 on Kraft Field in Wein Stadium at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood.

 

 

 

     The Colombian singer and songwriter Karol G is at the forefront of Latin trap and reggaeton, and she’s bringing her show to Uptown.

     All ticket holders must show either physical or electronic proof of at least one vaccine shot and a government-issued ID with matching name. There are no exemptions. ​

     $62.68 to $360.78. Thursday night, November 18, at 7 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

     A yearly gathering on Thanksgiving will remind you of the Lenape people and the blessings of their land we now call home.

     A short ceremony honors our duty to Mother Earth and our responsibility to the forest, the river, and each other.

     Free. Thanksgiving morning at 9 at Shorakkopoch Rock in Inwood Hill Park. From the intersection of 214th Street and Indian Road, follow the path that runs along the water; the boulder is on the far side of a large open field.

 

 

    Miel San Marcos, a Christian praise and worship band, consists of brothers Josh, Samy, and Luis Morales, who formed the group in 2000 at the Revival Tabernacle in San Marcos, Guatemala.

     Their performance comes Uptown.

     All ticket holders must show either physical or electronic proof of at least one vaccine shot and a government-issued ID with matching name. There are no exemptions. ​

     $33.36 to $176.50. Saturday evening, November 27, at 6:30 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

Looking ahead

      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.

     Inwood Henge: Sunday, January 23, at dawn and dusk.

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

 

 

     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. Postponed by the pandemic, but typically a Saturday in early May beginning with pre-invasion cocktails at Mr. McGoo’s Pub in Kingsbridge on Broadway; the battle of Marble Hill commences once the tab is settled.

 

 

     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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