Washington Heights Events: Jan. 30–Feb. 5


     The NYC Parks’ contractor has completed pathway work west of the park’s drives by Abby’s Lawn, the Cloisters Lawn and north of the Met Cloisters.  She expects to resume construction come spring. 

     Enjoy the completed paths on your own, or join others on a weekly Forest Fitness Walks

     More information can be found on NYC Parks’ Capital Projects Tracker.

     Continuing in Fort Tryon Park.



     Aimed at readers 12 and up, How to be a (Young) Antiracist is a dynamic reframing of the concepts shared in the No. 1 New York Times best-selling adult version, with young adulthood front and center. The book serves as a guide for teens seeking a way forward in acknowledging, identifying, and dismantling racism and injustice. 

     A special reading will feature a conversation between the authors, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Nic Stone. An audience Q&A will follow. Simultaneous interpretation into Spanish will be available.

     Sponsored by the Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria and the United Palace of Cultural Arts.

     $18.34 or $34.14 with a copy of the book. Monday night at 7:30 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.




     Restaurant Week is about to start and as the city’s omnivores know, it actually lasts a month. That way there’s plenty of time to sample all sorts of meals for $30.

     In recent years Uptown restaurants have started participating—all eateries are invited to join—and this year Jalao joined the list. It’s offering $60 prix fixe dinners featuring Dominican cuisine, and you’ll find it in the Radio Hotel in Fort George on Amsterdam Avenue at 180th Street.

     In Inwood, the Latin American stakehouse Pat’e Palo offers a $30 lunch and a $45 dinner on Dyckman Street by the RING Garden, at Broadway and Riverside Drive.

     The full list is here.

     Through February 12, all over town.



     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.

     Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fort Washington Avenue at 168th Street.

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



     Over 60 and want to excercise with your crew?

     Columbia invites you for wellness walks and fitness sessions, organized around incentives and rewards for your effort.

     The weekly workouts are held indoors—on the world’s fastest indoor track. (Cleats not required.) To sign up, call (212) 305-9483.

      Free. Tuesday mornings from 10 to 11:30 at the Armory in Lower WaHi on Fort Washington Avenue at 168th Street.




     Take in an evening of live jazz from Uptown musicians and their collaborators around the city in a weekly performance. The lineup varies, so check this week’s personnel here.

     There’s no charge for the music. Food and drink are on you.

     Tuesday nights at 7:30 at Kismat restaurant in Hudson Heights on 187th Street and Fort Washington Avenue.




     New York is a city of immigrants, refugees, and migrants who have made it their own.
     Their spirit is on display in Gold Wing’s new exhibit, Joyfully Present in Our Dual Culture/Disfrutando En Nuestras Dos Culturas. The show features the artwork of Moses Ros-Suárez and the poetry of Elddry Castillo.
     Free. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Hebrew Tabernacle in Hudson Heights on Fort Washington Avenue at 185th Street. Through January 30


     Traci Talasco’s site-specific installations at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, Revised Histories, address the re-telling of history with its mistakes, inaccuracies, or details purposely left out.

     Her use of pink erasers and bars of Ivory soap recontextualize the familiar in poetic ways. Talasco spent almost two years working on the project.

     Free. Thursdays through Sundays. Through April 30.



     Care to compost?

     The city maintains a weekly collection site. They’re collecting your contributions every Thursday from 7 a.m. to noon on the corner of 181st Street and Fort Washington Avenue in Hudson Heights, next to the community fridge.

     Another collection bin is on Cabrini Boulevard at 187th Street in Hudson Heights.

     Yes to Fruit and vegi scraps, non-greasy food scraps, rice, pasta, bread, grains, cereal, coffee grounds, tea bags, egg shells, nuts, cut flowers, houseplants, soiled brown paper.

     No to meat, fish, bones, dairy, fat, oil, greasy food scraps, animal waste, charcoal, coconuts, insect-infested plants, plastics, twist ties, rubber bands, receipts.    




    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 a.m. to 3 p.m. on
Isham Street between Seaman Avenue and Cooper Street. Open year-round.



     Do some Valentine’s Day shopping and support recently arrived migrants at the same time.

     A special market will feature cards, jewelry, crafts, and sweet desserts, too. All sales go straight to the the vendors. Organized by Word Up and Recirculation.

     Cash is preferred.

     Saturday from noon to 4 at Recirculation in Audubon Park on 876 Riverside Drive (at 160th Street). Also on February 11 and 12.




     Have any New Year’s resolutions? If they’re similar to last year’s … and you’re trying again … then this cross-cultural yoga class may be for you.

     Buddha suggests we make the wrong kinds of changes in our search for an exceptional new year. Our bodies, our hair, our relationships, our jobs and everything else. But even if we manage to make these changes they don’t seem to deliver the lasting happiness we long for.
     Create change at a deeper level with meditation, the tried and true method which Buddha taught for creating lasting transformation. When we change our minds, we go right to the source of happiness and fulfillment.

     Five 90-minute classes are arranged to take you on a journey:

     January 8: Meditation and Profound Change
     January 15: Understanding the source of all our problems
     January 22: Letting Go of Bad Habits
     January 29: Getting Out of Our Own Way
     February 5: Transforming Problems into Opportunities

     Taught by Alex Bonano. No knowledge of Buddhism is reuired. Register here.

     $10. Sunday morning at 11 at 876 Riverside Drive in Audubon Terrace on 160th Street.



     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.

     Join her live—in her home for Parlor Jazz.

     Free. Sunday afternoons at 3:30 at 555 Edgecomb Avenue, Apartment 3F, in Lower WaHi at 160th Street.



     Fans of the Music at Our Savior’s Atonement series may remember Yacouba Sissoko’s quick kora cameo performance last season. Hailing from fourteen generations of kora players chosen by the King of Mali, Yacouba touches hearts with his hands and voice, in songs examining concepts of finding a new home and belonging, while looking back and preserving.

     Percussionist John Hadfield has traversed the Middle East and the Maghreb, and further to Asia, soaking up the ways percussion plays a role in the countless musical traditions. Today, he is in demand with jazz and folk artists across the globe, weaving his experiences into powerful new works and improvisations for percussion that combine the heartfelt with a singular verve.

     With the harp, Bridget Kibbey, the series’ music director, brings her cultural-chameleon ethos to this virtuosic pair in surprising new works written by both —inspired by their travels—while celebrating their shared experiences in town.

     $25. Sunday evening at 5 at the church in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street.



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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!)



Planning ahead

     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.

     Treasures from the Iberian peninsula await at the Hispanic Society Library and Museum, on Audubon Terrace in Lower WaHi.


     Discover the stillness of winter on a reflective stroll with naturalist Ken Chaya.

     On this hour-long walk under a full moon, you’ll learn about Fort Tryon Park’s history and its unique habitat, which supports the animals that call Uptown home year-round.  

     Space is limited, so register here. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. The route for the walk is stair-free. For questions about accessibility, call (212) 795-1388.

     Free. Monday evening, February 6, at 6:30; the meet-up spot will be shared with registrants.



     Uptown’s jazz afficionados are lucky to have Jazz WaHi to bring the city’s best musicians to the neighborhood.

     The organization’s vocal series presents some of the finest jazz singers of New York in an intimate, club setting. The season continues with Erli Perez. with Pete Venzal.

     January Pete Venzal

     March 6 Andrea Wolper

     April 3 Michelle Walker

     May 1 Kaushik Viswanath

     $10. Monday night, February 6, at 7:30 at Le Cheile in Hudson Heights on 181st Street at Cabrini Boulevard.



     The most storied meet in track & field takes place under our noses.

     The Milrose Games draw the best racers, vaulters, throwers and more to the New Balance Track. Last winter 64 Olympians competed, including three gold medalists from the Tokyo Olympics: Ryan Crouser (men’s shot put), Athing Mu (women’s 800m and 4x400 relay) and Katie Nageotte women’s pole vault). Vermont’s Elle Purrier St. Pierre and Australia’s Olli Hoare won the women’s and men’s mile races, marking twenty consecutive years of sub-four-minute finishes.

     The 115th competition proves to be at least as exciting, Last year’s event sold out, so don’t put off getting your seat. (They aren’t kidding: No $24 spots are left.)

     $31.85 to $402.83. Saturday, February 11, from 11 to 6 at the Nike Track & Field Center at the Armory in Lower WaHi on Fort Washington Avenue at 168th Street.




     The mezzo-soprano Erin Wagner performs with pianist Shawn Chang.

     It’s part of a music series featuring Uptown artists.

     $25 donation. Saturday night, February 11, at 7 at Holy Trinity Church in Inwood on Cumming Street at Seaman Avenue.





     The United Palace is resuming its tours of the theater’s spectacular interior. Get an informed perspective on the stunning 3,400-seat auditorium, the ornate mezzanine, grand foyer, balcony, and if you’re lucky, the stage. The tour lasts 90 minutes.

     The history of United Palace, Manhattan’s fourth-largest theater, began in 1930 when it was then one of five Loew’s Wonder Theaters across the boroughs and New Jersey. Designed by the noted architect Thomas Lamb (Cort Theatre, the former Ziegfeld Theater) 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.

    $18.34. Sunday afternoon, February 12, at 2 at the theater in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.



     Join the Q & T Community for their monthly open mic night, a celebration with storytelling, music, poetry, art, and everything in between. All are welcome.

     This is an explicitly LGBTQ+ space, which means that we expect people to respect each other’s various modes of expression, pronouns, and showing up.

     Hosted by Memphis Washington. Light refreshments and safer sex materials will be provided. 

     Free. Saturday evening, February 18, from 5 to 8 at Word Up Community Book Shop in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue at 165th Street. Monthly on the third Saturday.



     Learn salsa with Andres Siantiago in a class open for beginners. Then stay for the DJ and dancing.

     Long-stemmed red roses are optional.

     $25. Saturday night, February 18, at 7 with the DJ starting at 7:30 at Holy Trinity Church in Inwood at 20 Cumming Street.





    The Mexican singer Yuridia brings her Pa’ Luego es Tarde tour to Uptown fans. She launched her career when she came in second place in the fourth season of the reality show La Academia.

     $85.15 to $367.85 (note: the seats are sold by Ticketmaster, alas, which changes the prices based on demand; the prices you see will vary). Saturday night, February 18, at 9 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.




     Commemorate the 58th anniversary of Malcolm X’s death at a memorial at the site of his assassination.

     A keynote speaker, Dr. Angela Davis, and others will share their reflections on Malcolm X’s legacy.

     Tuesday night, February 21, at 7 at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Center in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 165th Street.




     Drawn from a recent donation from the private collection of Salma and Michael Wornick, the exhibition Anatomy of a Fresco features a rare group of figurative sketches for portraits and preparatory cartoons for large-scale murals made during the Mexican Mural Movement by José Clemente Orozco, one of ‘los tres grandes,’ or ‘the big three.’

     The exhibition offers a close study of the fresco making process with large-scale digital reproductions of the final murals. Co-curated by Dr. Orlando Hernández-Ying and Dr. Niria E. Leyva-Gutiérrez, this show brings to the forefront the important social & political issues of post-Revolutionary Mexico that inform contemporary practices of muralism.

     Opening Friday, March 3, at the Hispanic Society of American on Audubon Terrace off Broadway at 155th Street. Through June 4.



     A candle-lit meditation will open hearts and minds before an hour of active listening … with one of J.S. Bach’s most well-known works leading the way.

     Three of today’s top chamber musicians illuminate a refrain of the contemplative aria that sets the stage for profound, exulting variations ever written.

     Featuring Siwoo Kim on violin, Melissa Reardon on viola, and Raman Ramakrishnan on cello.

     For this performance in the Music at Our Saviour’s Atonement series you can settle into a cozy environment, listen together, and sip local libations.

     $25. Sunday evening, March 5, at 5at the church in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street.



     Hear from prominent scholars, artists, and Uptowners as part of the Dyckman Discussions panel series.

     The panels will explore topics including enslavement in Upper Manhattan, Indigenous communities in Manhattan, and the Dutch in early New York. The series of five panel discussions will take place across Upper Manhattan starting in March, hoted by the Dyckman Farmhouse Musuem.



     Venture down to the city’s most unusual and intimate concert setting for a performance in the Crypt Sessions.

      Pianist Dan Tepfer’s first underground appearance features a program based on his new album, Inventions/Reinventions, playing and improvisings Bach’s beloved Two Part Inventions. He takes these timeless musical exercises in transcendent new directions.

       A wine and cheese reception starts an hour before both concerts on both nights.

     $85. Tuesday and Wednesday nights, March 7 and 8, with the concerts at 7:30 and 9 in the Crypt of the Church of the Intercession in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 155th Street.



     Standard time comes to its end overnight.

     Set your clocks and watches ahead an hour—unless they’re bluetoothed, Wi-Fi’ed, ethernetted or otherwise connected to the cloud—and start daylight saving.

     Sunday morning, March 12, at 2.



     The Inwood Film Festival is a neighborhood event in a world-class city, intent on showcasing the sights, sounds, people, and talents of the filmmakers who reside in Uptown. 

     All entries are either made in Uptown, Spuyten Duyvil, Kingbridge, or Riverdale, or by filmmakers who lived in one of those neighborhoods.  

     In March (or in June—the organizers haven’t decided yet) in Inwood and online at IFF+.



     Born in Washington, D.C., to Japanese-Korean parents, Rachel Kudo began her studies with Emilio del Rosario at the Music Institute of Chicago. After spending her childhood in Japan, she returned to Chicago to pursue a musical life.

     Now she’s performed around the world and makes a stop Uptown for a recital.

     $25. Saturday night, March 18, at 7 at Holy Trinity Church in Inwood at 20 Cumming Street.



Into spring

     Advance your healing practice in a workshop series that will study, discuss, and exercise Taoist techniques that bring about health and healing to our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies.

     These practical workshops demonstrate techniques that will serve as functions to support your own healing and the healing of others. Health care professionals should check with their licensing or board-certified organization to determine if NCCAOM PDA’s are accepted. 

     Three sessions. The first was in November and the second was in January.

     $450. Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.



     The three-acre Heather Garden is the site of Uptown’s annual rite of spring: the Shearing of the Heather parade and celebration.

     Take your musical instruments and join the parade through the Heather Garden led by traditional bagpipers. You’ll 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. 

     Kids can make flower-themed crafts, join a scavenger hunt, get their faces painted and celebrate spring while enjoying the garden’s spring beauty and panoramic views of the Hudson River and Palisades.

     Free. Saturday morning, April 1, at 10 in Fort Tryon Park. Enter at Margaret Corbin Plaza in Hudson Heights.



The 2021 winning poster.

     The 21st Uptown Arts Stroll/Paseo de las Artes starts in June and needs a promotional poster.

     Have you attended a Stroll event? They are a hybrid of in-person & virtual programming from West 135th to West 220th Street in West Harlem, Washington Heights & Inwood. The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance has produced the Uptown Arts Stroll since 2008 and sponsors the poster contest.

     First prize is $1,500, with $750 going for second prize and $500 for third. Among the requirements:

  • Unpublished original artwork
  • Eye-catching image 
  • Reproducible on a large scale (up to 6 x 6 feet)

     This year, the Uptown Arts Stroll welcomes the Tony Awards to the United Palace, and the image should reflect that special occasion. The full details are here.

     Deadline: Sunday night, April 2, at 11:59.



     The Music at Our Saviour’s Atonement season closes with three of today’s Gypsy All-Stars on the stage.

     Hailing from Macedonia, Turkey, and Armenia, the Secret Trio explores the music they grew up hearing in a fusion of grooves and soulful melodies that merge the blues with folklore – all adding up to wild virtuosity.

     Featuring Ara Dinkjian on the oud, Ismail Lumanovski on clarinet, Tamer Pinarbasi on qanun.

     $25. Sunday evening, April 16, at 5 at the church in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street.



     Venture down to the city’s most unusual and intimate concert setting for a performance in the Crypt Sessions.

     The Westerlies are one of the world’s most inventive, expansive brass ensembles, having collaborated with super stars ranging from Fleet Foxes to Big Red Machine (Bon Iver & Aaron Dessner) to Common to Bill Frisell, and they’re going to come bathe the walls of the Crypt in their glorious, golden sound.

     They will play a program of music from their latest album, Move, featuring works by Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, and Andy Clausen, that sees this fearless foursome creating a new language for brass instruments in the classical and chamber spheres.

      A wine and cheese reception starts an hour before both concerts on both nights.

     Sold out. Tuesday night, April 18, with the concerts at 7:30 and 9 in the Crypt of the Church of the Intercession in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 155th Street.



      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: Tuesday, April 18, at dawn and dusk.

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



     An older punk rocker looking back at the hard knocks and glory days of the band that propelled her to fame (sort of) reveals herself in UP Theater’s fourteenth mainstage production.    

     The Best Punk Band in Conway, Missouri: An Oral History of Pressley Cox and the Fallout Five combines story-telling techniques. By Kirby Fields.

     In May on dates and at times and a place to be announced later.



     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 morning in May, with a meet-up typically in a bar. Check back in the spring so you can join the forces or prepare defenses.



     Join the cast, crew, and friends of UP Theater to celebrate their thirteenth birthday.

     The evening features food, drink, raffles and honoring the Upstanding Person of the Year.

     In May on a date and at a time and place to be announced later.




     Last year’s melting pot jazz series was such a success that Jazz WaHi is bringing it back.

     The concerts feature music from part of the world that immigrants to New York call home, each with its own theme.

     Thursday evenings in June at the St. Frances Cabrini Shrine in Hudson Heights on Fort Washington Avenue just below 190th Street.




     For the first time in its 76 years, the Tony Awards will be handed out Uptown in the United Palace Theatre.

     Originally one of three Loew’s Wonder Theaters in New York, the United Palace is the home base of Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda and an architectural gem.

     Sunday night, June 11, at a time to be announced later at the theater in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street. If you don’t get a nomination, you can watch it live on CBS.



     Want to learn about the golden age of cinema? Discover Paris for romantics? Take a class at Columbia — on Columbia’s dime.

     The university’s School of Professional Studies invites adults who not enrolled in college to attend selected courses from the University’s offerings in the Arts and Sciences during the academic year free of charge.

     It’s a community benefit available to Uptown residents. Class auditors are silent participants in class who are encouraged to keep up with the reading. No examinations or papers are required, no grade is assigned, and no credit is granted for course completion.

     Find the current list of open courses and sign up for class.

     Free. The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, August 15, for autumn classes and Friday, December 15, for the spring semester. Class is held at Columbia University in Manhattanville this semester.




     Uptown’s cool cats come out to celebrate the Washington Heights Jazz Festival.

     The sixth annual installment takes place at venues around Hudson Heights and Inwood.

     Thursday through Sunday, November 2 through 5. Details to follow.




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

     In pre-pandemic years, a short ceremony honored our duty to Mother Earth and our responsibility to the forest, the river, and each other.

     Free. Check with the organizer before heading out. 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.



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