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.
The September theme is “in with the new.”
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 at Le Cheile restaurant on 181st Street and Cabrini Boulevard.
Mumford and Sons bring their own brand of rockabily Uptown.
$100 to $299. Monday night at 9 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.
The New York City premiere of a new work by the Grammy Award-winning conductor Fabio Luisi commemorates the 800th anniversary of the birth of Saint Bonaventure of Bagnoregio, one of the most influential theologians of the Middle Ages.
Fabio Luisi, composer, and the Chamber Ensemble of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestr with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus. Bring the Kids for $1.
$65; children, $1. Tuesday evening at 5:30 in The Cloisters.
An ex-stormtrooper, a scrappy desert dweller, and a droid companion embark on a journey that takes them face-to-face with heroes from the past, who battle a fascist regime called the First Order.
That’s the story in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Rated PG-13.
Take a blanket and refreshments (but no glass bottles) to this outdoor screening (and you’ll have to leave your ’droids outside).
Free. Tuesday night at 7 on the peninsula in Inwood Hill Park, overlooking Spuyten Duyvil Creek.
Say goodbye to summer at a pop-up concert in someone’s living room.
Sofar Sounds is hosting a drawing for concert hosts: care to have a few dozen strangers descend on your apartment for a live gig? If so, click here.
Wednesday night at a time mutually agreed upon by the artists and you.
The High Holy Days begin with a service for Erev Rosh Hashanah at the Hebrew Tabernacle of Washington Heights.
A full list of services is here.
Wednesday night at 7 at the tabernacle in Hudson Heights on Fort Washington Avene at 185th Street.
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 @morrisjumel.org.
$40; members and students (21 and older, please) $30. Thursday night at 6 the mansion in Roger Morris Park on Jumel Terrace.
This month the Backporch Lecture Series explores the groundwater, streams and wells of Upper Manhattan, with Don Rice mapping out where streams once ran Uptown.
The artist Amanda Long will add to the evening in a discussion of her installation, The Wishing Well.
Free. Thursday night at 6:30 at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.
An autumn festival at a farm suggests the bounty of the harvest and outdoor crafts.
Visit Manhattan’s last family farmhouse to enjoy fall’s cornucopia with a day of activities and exhibits.
Adults may participate in the cider and beer tasting, which begins at 4.
Saturday from 11 to 6 at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.
The Hoyas travel from Georgetown to take on the 2–0 Lions, practicing in Morningside Heights, above, for this week’s Uptown gridiron matchup.
Saturday afternoon at 1:30 on Robert K. Kraft Field in the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood at 213th Street.
• Field hockey: Ivy rivals Brown come to town to take on the 2–3 Lions. Saturday morning at 10 in the Columbia Field Hockey Stadium at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood at 213th Street.
The Danza Highbridge Festival is an annual dance extravagana in the drained swimming pool at Highbridge Park.
Celebrating traditional and cultural dance styles, the festival features eight professional and one student groups including
Free. Saturday evening at 5 in the shallow end of the pool in Highbridge Park.
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 at 8 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park.
En un encuentro con lectores, escritores, poetas y amantes de los libros, la organización Mi Mundo Es Positivo comienza una campaña de concientización de la lectura con el proyecto
Un Libro, Un Abrazo a La Imaginación – II Parte.
Uno de los objetivos de esta jornada es socializar esta iniciativa lo máximo posible a través de un programa de lecturas que incluye la entrega de un libro, lecturas y dinámicas literarias. Los participantes pueden no sólo informarse del proyecto, sino también dialogar y enriquecerse con las opiniones y experiencias de los demás participantes.
Domingo, 2–5 p.m. a la Librería Comunitaria/Word Up, en Lower WaHi,Avenida Amsterdam, en la calle 165.
The Morris-Jumel Mansion presents two
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 Sunday in the mansion on Jumel Terrace in Roger Morris Park.
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
This week’s sky updates come from StarDate.
Saturday nights from 8 to 10 on the ball fields near Seaman Avenue and Isham Street in Inwood. A map is here.
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.
A New York farmers’ market is open Thursdays on 175th Street between Wadsworth Avenue and Broadway.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 @morrisjumel.org.
Free. At the Morris- Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park on Jumel Terrace.
Season 2 of The Crypt Sessions continues with pianist and conductor David Greilsammer, giving the only New York performance of his acclaimed Labyrinth program.
David’s performance takes Leoš Janáček’s haunting piece On An Overgrown Path, and interrupts each movement with works by C. P. E Bach, Mozart, Jean-Féry Rebel, and two U.S. premiere works of Israeli composer Ofer Pelz, turning the path into a musical maze that winds in on itself before finding its way out.
$20. Wednesday night, September 27, at 7 at the Church of the Intercession in Audubon Park on Broadway at 155th Street.
The Warrior Queen Initiative hosts a women’s open mic that will feature all female and gender nonconforming performers.
Everyone is welcome to enjoy the poetry, music and perhaps some comedy.
Free. Thursday night, September 28, at 6:30 at Word Up Community Bookshop in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue at 165th Street.
(H)afrocentric is a new trade paperback gathering the first 4 comics volumes of Glyph Award winning Juliana “Jewels” Smith’s and illustrator Ronald Nelson’s unflinching visual and literary tour de force on the most pressing issues of the day.
Join the authors at a book launch Uptown, where they will discuss their work and sign copies of the book.
(H)afrocentric tackles racism, patriarchy, gentrification, police violence, and the housing crisis, and popular culture head-on—with humor and biting satire—while introducing the reader to strong yet vulnerable students of color, as well as an aesthetic that connects current Black pop culture to an organic re-appropriation of hip hop fashion circa the early 90s.
Free. Friday night, September 29, at 6:30 at the Word Up Community Bookshop in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue at 165th Street.
Jason Bourne probes his father’s death around the world while evading government forces. Rated PG-13.
Bring a blanket to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. Bottled water is OK, but no glass.
Free. Friday night, September 29, at 7 in J. Hood Wright Park in Lower WaHi on Fort Washington Avenue at 173rd Sreet.
The High Holy Days continue with a service for Yom Kippur at the Hebrew Tabernacle of Washington Heights.
A full list of services is here.
Friday night, September 29, at 7 at the tabernacle in Hudson Heights on Fort Washington Avene at 185th Street.
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.
Get yourself in the mood for Halloween season with a classic ghost story, The Others (2001). Starring Nicole Kidman, it tells the story of a family in a grand but spooky mansion on Jersey in a psychological thriller. Rated PG-13.
Registration is required; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday night, October 3, at 7 at Upper Manhattan’s most famous haunted house, the Morris-Junel Mansion, in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.
A pop-up exhibition celebrating the work of Inwood photographers and art aims to connect to the community’s vibrant Uptown culture.
Featured artists will include Robert and Robbie Bailey, Bruce Katz (whose photograph of the Hearst building is above), Stephen Mallon, Tom Okada, Luis Pons, Cristobal Vivar, and Bob Wagner.
Opening Thursday and Friday nights, starting October 5, from 6 to 10, Saturdays from noon to 8, and Sundays from noon to 6 through October 29, at the Inwood Art Works Gallery at 4857 Broadway (“The Stack”), between 204th and Academy Streets.
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 Friday of the month. Hosted by Jason Rosario.
$5. Friday night, October 6, 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.
The yGallery will feature a live band and one-of-a-kind art pieces from fourteen talented Latino artists including Whitney Museum featured artist Celestino Junior Ortiz.
Register to attend by October 1 by calling (212) 543-1700 or emailing email@example.com.
Friday night, October 6, from 7 to 10 at the office of Dr. Jeffrey Yager in Lower WaHi at 130 Fort Washington Avenue.
Find yourself the treasure you didn’t know you wanted when the Riverside-Inwood Neighborhood Garden hosts its annual flea market.
Saturday, October 7, at a time to be announced later in the RING garden in Inwood at the triangle bound by Riverside Drive, Dyckman Street and Seaman Avenue.
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 here.
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. Saturday morning, October 7, at 10 at the theater in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street. On the second Saturday of the month.
Columbia field hockey hosts Holy Cross this week.
Sunday, October 8, at noon in the Columbia Field Hockey Stadium at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood at 213th Street.
Ivy League soccer competition resumes when the men of Penn travel to the Lions’ lair for a match.
Sunday afternoon, October 8, at 3 in the Rocco Commissa Stadium in the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood at 213th Street.
Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, Amor Towles’ novel, A Gentleman in Moscow, casts a spell as it relates a count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.
Join Uptown readers for a lively discussion of the book, which tells the story of Count Alexander Rostov who, in 1922, is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. His reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.
Free. Wednesday night, October 11, at 6 at the Inwood branch of the public library on Broadway between Dyckman and Academy Streets.
Daily life in New York has its macabre touches, which no one perceived more humorously than Charles Addams.
Join the group welcoming Addams’ illustrations in the exhibition Family and Friends. His art will be on display throughout in the gallery of Manhattan’s oldest, and rather haunted, house. The exhibit showcases his covers for The New Yorker, odd elements of daily life in the city, and of course, The Addams Family.
Light refreshments will be served. Tickers available at (212) 923-8008.
$15; members and seniors, $10. Friday night, October 13 (of course), from 6 to 8 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park.
The Cultural and Arts Festival connects you with the array of artists and vendors who make Upper Manhattan a cultural destination.
In the wake of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction.
Join a discussion of News of the World with fellow Uptown readers.
Paulette Jiles tells the story of Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, who travels through northern Texas giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Moral quandaries arise, and must be settled, to complete his task.
Free. Saturday morning, October 14, at the Fort Washington branch of the public library in Fort George on 179th Street between Audubon and St. Nicholas Avenues.
Ever been curious to see inside of the Fort Tryon Park Cottage? Here’s your chance.
The 1908 cottage flanking the Heather Garden was originally the gatehouse of the C. K. G. Billings Estate and has retained its charm over its many uses in the last 109 years.
Reserve your spot to enter, by visiting http://www.ohny.org/
Free. Sunday, October 15, from noon to 4 in Fort Tryon Park, near Margaret Corbin Circle in Hudson Heights.
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.
Feast first with a one-night-only dinner performance. Thursday night, October 26, at 7.
Tickets are available here.
$30; members, $25; students, $20. Friday through Sunday nights, October 20 through November 5, at 8 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
$30; members and students, $25. Saturday afternoon, October 21, at 3 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi in Roger Morris Park.
Hailing from Baja California, Reik brings its Mexicali music to WaHi.
$52 to $102. Saturday night, October 21, at 8 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.
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.
This final volunteer day of the year includes bulb planting. All plants, tools, and gloves will be provided. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Free. Sunday, October 29, from 10 to 2; meet at the entrance to the Heather Garden at Margaret Corbin Circle in Hudson Heights.
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.
Sunday 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.
An invisible divide seemingly separates the social, political, racial, and religious worlds in Northern Manhattan.
Bridging the Invisible Wall is a local artist exhibition and fundraising auction for Inwood Art Works that bridges the Broadway divide, presenting Northern Manhattan as one unified neighborhood and celebrating the local visual artists of Inwood and Washington Heights. The exhibition runs from November 2-19. Local artists have until October 14 to submit work for consideration, and can find more information and guidelines here.
Thursday, November 2, through November 19 at a location to be announced later.
Two more Columbia teams close out their home seasons with Ivy rival Harvard.
The field hockey matchup starts on Sunday morning, November 5, at 10 in the Columbia Field Hockey Stadium at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood at 213th Street.
The men’s soccer team host the Crimson on Sunday afternoon at 2 in the Rocco Commissa Stadium in the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood at 213th Street.
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.
Join a group learning how to make fresh evergreen garland which will decorate the front of the Morris-Jumel Mansion for the holiday season.
You can also create two feet of garland to take home to adorn your own doorway. What’s more, hot cocoa will be served!
This workshop is geared towards adults, but teens accompanied by parents are also welcome.
$10. Saturday afternoon, December 2, from 2 to 4 at the mansion on Jumel Terrace.
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 email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday night, December 14, at 7 at the Society on Audubon Terrace off Broadway at 155th Street.
For a frightful take on the holiday season, drop in for the second annual viewing of Tim Burton’s classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas. From 1993, it’s rated PG.
Seating is limited so reserve your seats by emailing email@example.com.
Free. Friday night, December 15, at 7 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park.
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.
What better place to take in a film about ghouls the undead than in WaHi’s most famouse haunted house.
A cauldron’s worth of fun awaits you with The Addams Family, from 1991. Rated PG-13.
Seating is limited so reserve your seat by emailing Publicprograms@morrisjumel.org
Free. Friday night, January 26, at 7 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park
The Foud Hand Band presents music for piano four hands by Amy Beach, Fanny Mendelssohn, Mary Lou Williams, Carole King, and others celebrating the upcoming 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in America.
The evening includes a post-concert reception with a cash bar when you can meet the performers and mingle with friends and neighbors.
$12 donation (cash or check only). Sunday evening, January 28, at 5 in The Lounge at Hudson View Gardens in Hudson Heights on Pinehurst Avenue at 183rd 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.
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.
If you like outdoor geometry, get out in the streets for sunrise and sunset when the shadows line up with the streets.
The “Manhattenhadge” effect works Uptown on days different from the rest of the island.
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 today: it’s on August 28 in 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.
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
Manhattanhenge, as it’s dubbed, happens around May 29 and June 13, so hope for clear skies.
You can look for the dates in all the city’s neighborhoods on this map.
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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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