A collection of events and activities in the neighborhoods Washington Heights, from Audubon Park to Inwood, including Lower WaHi, Fort George, Hudson Heights, and Sherman Creek.
A yoga class for beginners introduces you to the benefits of regular meditation practice: stress reduction, improved concentration, increased self-awareness and sense of happiness.
Some people even see improved cardiovascular and immune health.
This class is designed to introduce brand new beginners to the practice of mediation. Please bring a mat or blanket to sit on.
Free. Monday mornings, bright and early at 7, on Pat’s Lawn in Inwood Hill Park (near 218th and Indian Hill Road). Through August 27.
Get your ghoul back out of the basement for the return of the Charles Addams exhibition.
Suspended over the winter by emergency repairs at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, the show features original artwork by the illustrator of macabre cartoons in The New Yorker.
Tuesday through Sunday at the mansion on Jumel Terrace.
Start your day out right with a Sunrise Tai Chi class.
Let by certified Tai Chi Instructor Robert Martinez on a spot overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades.
These classes are suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and take a bottle of water.
Wednesday morning at 6:30 on the Lindon Terrace in Fort Tryon Park. Through August 29.
Visit one of Uptown’s unknown bucolic retreats for an outdoor yoga class.
The hour-long sessions are bilingual and led by certified yoga teachers from Bread & Yoga. Mats will be provided for temporary use.
If the weather looks unreliable, follow the New York Restoration Project’s Twitter feed (@nyrp) for up-to-date information.
Free. Wednesday evenings at 6:30 at Swindler Cove in Sherman Creek. Through September 26.
Up from Baltimore, the dream pop band Beach House comes to Upper Manhattan. One dollar of your ticket price will go to Planned Parenthood.
$40.50–$50.50. Wednesday night at 7 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.
Stretch and strengthen your entire body while calming and centering your mind with a full range of yoga poses—along with breath work and meditation.
Students of all levels are welcome at these free classes, offered on the lawn with mats and props provided. Classes are taught by Molly Ginty, a veteran instructor with two decades of experience.
Free. Thursday evenings at 6 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion on Jumel Terrace. Through August 30.
Join Morris-Jumel gardener Karen Waltuch and naturalist Ivan Kuraev for a morning of exploration in Roger Morris Park.
While only 1.8 acres in size, it’s full of fascinating native and introduced species of plants and animals.
August is also the beginning of autumn migration, so you may get to spot many birds on their trips southward. Take your binoculars!
Advanced registration strongly suggested. To reserve your spot email email@example.com.
$10. Saturday morning from 9 to 10:30 in the Lower WaHi park on Jumel Terrace.
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.
If you like outdoor geometry, get out in the streets 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”). In the spring, the date for Hudson Heights is April 18.
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.
Sunday at dawn and dusk in Hudson Heights.
You can look for the dates in all the city’s neighborhoods on this map from Carto.
You live on an island, so take the chance to see it from the Hudson.
The Hudson River Community Sailing club offers free sails to land-lubbers yearning for open water.
The club maintains several sailboats Uptown, including a 28-foot picket cruiser and four Hobie Waves.
Free. Sunday between 10 and 3:30 at the Dyckman Marina in Inwood.
Come alone, with a friend, or with the whole family and take a West African dance class led by the world-renowned master drummer and teacher, Yahyah Kamate.
Yahyah began his training in his native Côté D’Ivoire and has choreographed and danced for the Fotemoban Dance Company, Djensia Group, Camodgen of N’guatta Dolikro Dance Company of Côté D’Ivoire and Affoubenou Sakassou Dance Company of Senegal. For the past 15 years, he has worked as lead dancer and choreographer for several companies in the United States.
Free. No class on August 19. Sundays from noon to 1:30 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion on Jumel Terrace. Through October 14.
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.
Every month aspiring Uptown writers try out new works in front of freinds and neighbors.
This month’s theme: Mother and Fathers.
Above the Bridge Writers’ Café is a playground for writers, a place to encourage and cultivate neighborhood writers and provide them with an audience for their work. Writers may submit five minutes of material of any genre or style (poetry, plays, fiction, non-fiction, blogs, etc.) that reflect the month’s theme.
Pieces are chosen by the Above the Bridge selection team. For details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free. A Monday night, usually at 8, at Le Cheile in Hudson Heights on Fort Washington Avenue at Cebrini Boulevard at a time announced to the participants.
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.
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.
You don’t have to go to Fifth Avenue to see suits of armor anymore.
This spring and summer a site-specific art project turns the lawn near the Cloisters into a modern display of medieval costume.
The Icelandic artist Steinunn Thorarinsdottir positions each of three figures in a suit of armor that was cast from a custom 3D scan of a carefully chosen suit of armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection.
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.
When the weather hot and humid, the city opens cooling shelters so those who don’t have air conditioning can spend the day comfortably.
The map of locations is available here.
Cardinal Fernando Niño de Guevara, El Greco, c. 1600.
Right: Cristobal Balenciaga evening coat, fall 1954–55.
Religious garments and the clothing they inspire will find a home in the Cloisters, among its art and architecture, for the Met’s exhibition, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.
A Balenciaga one-seam wedding dress will be displayed in the Fuentidueña Chapel, which is dominated by an enormous crucifix, with more couture in the others chapels and abbey. The exhibition continues at the Met’s Fifth Avenue location.
Free with museum admission. Through October 8 at the museum in Fort Tryon Park.
The Indian dancer Gaurav Ajmera invites you to a devotional and musical interlude as he performs Arangetram , the debut of his classical Indian dance.
This devotional form concentrates the body, soul and spirit into a spiritual rebirth through balance, posture, mudras (forms), and bhavas (feelings). The dance form has its origin in Indian mythology and through history is believed to be the dance form to show devotion to lords. A meal precedes the performance.
$25 (meal included). Saturday afternoon, September 1, at 2:30 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.
All are welcome for a wonderful day through Marble Hill, Inwood Hill, and Washington Heights, with stairs to climb and a walk through the neighborhoods.
You’ cross three bridges: the Henry Hudson, the Washington (that’s not the GWB), and the High Bridge on this 10-mile saunter.
Free. Meet on Labor Day morning at 9:30 in Marble Hill at 5501 Broadway at 230 Street (1 Train station: Marble Hill Metro North), in front of Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins.
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. Hosted by Jason Rosario.
$5. Friday night, September 7, 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.
Commemorating the arrival of the brutal sport to the American shores, a nineteenth-century boxing match comes to Manhattan’s oldest house.
Witness an authentic reenactment of a boxers sparring in an outdoor ring, performed by stage combat professionals.
Free. Saturday afternoon, September 8, from 4 to 6 on the grounds of Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.
With its historic and storied past, Manhattan’s oldest house is said to be haunted by one of its namesakes. Care to find out if it’s true?
Learn the basics of ghost hunting from Vincent Carbone, a member of the Atlantic Paranormal Society, while possibly communicating with some of the house’s former residents. After an introduction to the investigative method, guests will have the run of the house in a setting described as casual and safe.
Refreshments will be served.
$30; members and students, $25. Saturday night, September 8, at 8 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion on Jumel Terrace. Also on September 15.
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. Sunday morning, September 9, at 10 at the theater in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street. On the second Sunday of the month.
In Godspell, a modern-day gospel, young New Yorkers who leave their jobs to form a community of loveable disciples to follow Jesus Christ and enact the parables through song and dance before culminating in Jesus’ betrayal and crucifixion.
An outdoor screening, so take a blanket and a snack.
Free. Friday night, September 14, at 7 in Roger Morris Park on Jumel Terrace.
Need volunteer hours for school or work? Want to help out in your neighborhood? Fort Tryon Park welcomes you.
Help prep the park by assisting the Friends Committee and NYC Parks staff by painting, planting, weeding, and more.
Wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Tools and gloves will be provided. Groups must register by emailing info@FortTryonParkTrust.org by September 10. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Free. Sunday, September 16, from 10 to 2; enter through Margaret Corbin Circle in Hudson Heights.
Why should kids get to have all the fun?
Join Morris-Jumel gardener Karen Waltuch for an inspired afternoon of garden-related colonial and modern crafts for adults.
You can take a short tour of the gardens to discuss traditional plant uses, and then head to the colonial kitchen to fabricate homemade items to take home and enjoy.
If time allows, you may have the opportunity to make tea sachets, soaps, or infused oils. Advanced registration strongly suggested, at
$30; members and students, $25. Saturday afternoon, September 22, at 2 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion on Jumel Terrace.
Youv’ve never seen an arts venus like the one for the third annual Danza Highbridge Festival.
Held in the drained Highbridge swimming pool, it features dozens of performances and a dance party too.
Saturday, September 22, at a time to be announced later at the pool in Highbrodge Park.
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 www.bloomreadings.org.
$7 suggested donation. Sunday evening, September 23, 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.
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.
Free. A Sunday, September 30, from 11:30 to 6 in Fort Tryon Park.
Hear the most beloved music and songs from Metal Gear performed live, with the most memorable moments from the video game projected on a giant screen.
More than 70 musicians will perform on stage, plus giant screen HD game video projection, with singer Donna Burke.
The show features more than 70 musicians on stage, and debuted in Japan before moving to Los Angeles. After the Washington Heights performance, it moves to Paris. For ages 13 and up.
$44 to $119. Friday night, October 13, at 8 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.
Join the Friends Committee of the Fort Tryon Park Trust at its monthly beautification day, this time planting bulbs for spring blooms.
Wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Tools and gloves will be provided. Groups must reserve their spots by sending an email to info@FortTryonParkTrust.org by October 15. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Free. Sunday, October 21, from 10 to 2; enter from Margaret Corbin Circle in Hudson Heights.
Quite literally a blast from the past, the renowned vocal group TENET Vocal Artists considers ars subtilior (the more subtle art)—the experimental music created by a handful of renegade medieval musicians whose work was so shocking and ahead of its time that it would disappear for over half a millennium.
This site-specific performance features TENET Vocal Artists with guest musicians from all over the world.
$55; children, $1 (really!). Saturday afternoon, November 3, at 1 and 3 in the Cloisters Museum in Fort Tryon Park.
The chaos and cacophony of the busy city inspired some of the most innovative composers in Renaissance London.
Sonnambula will perform Orlando Gibbons's famous “Cries of London,” from the night watchman announcing the 3 o’clock hour to the closing of the market at the end of the day—in the urban oasis of Fort Tryon Park.
$55; children, $1 (<— not a typo). Saturday afternoon, November 17, at 3 in the The Fuentidueña Chapel of the Cloisters Museum.
Since there’s no beach in WaHi, come to an improvised version and settle in for a film with sand galore.
A British lieutenant is sent to Arabia to find Prince Faisal and serve as a liaison between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks.
Lawrence of Arabia dramatizes the story with Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness and a cast of thousands.
Sunday evening, November 18, at a time to bea nnounced later, at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.
The Macs open their home season hosting Skyline Conference rivals Sarah Lawrence.
Tuesday night, November 20, at a time to be announced later in the Max Stern Athletic Center on the campus in Fort George.
Williams College comes to the Heights for a game against Yeshiva.
Sunday, November 25, at a time to be announced later in the Max Stern Athletic Center on the campus in Fort George.
The Macs resume conference play when they host St. Joseph’s College, from Brooklyn.
Tuesday night, November 27, at a time to be announced later in the Max Stern Athletic Center on the campus in Fort George.
Saint Joseph’s College of Long Island makes the journey to the Heights to play the Macs.
Tuesday night, December 4, at a time to be announced later in the Max Stern Athletic Center on the campus in Fort George.
The United States Merchant Mariners come ashore at Fort George to visit the Macs for Skyline League action.
Thursday night, December 13, at a time to be announced later in the Max Stern Athletic Center on the campus in Fort George.
Experience an all-new chamber music version of contemporary master John Adams's Christmas oratorio, El Niño, arranged for the forces of the American Modern Opera Company and adapted for the intimate setting of The Fuentidueña Chapel.
Featuring Julia Bullock, soprano, and Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor.
$65; take your kids for $1. Friday and Saturday evenings, December 21 and 22, at 5:30 at the Cloisters Museum in Fort Tryon Park.
Celebrate Christmas with a program of intimate Canciones (popular tunes with poetic texts), joyful Villancicos (songs with rustic themes), and virtuosic instrumental pieces, all drawn from the Cancionero Musical de Palacio, a manuscript found at the Royal Palace of Madrid which exemplifies the Spanish Golden Age of music.
A performance by Esteban La Rotta, lute and guitar, with Sonnambula.
$65; children $1. Sunday, December 23, at 1 and 3 in the Fuentidueña Chapel of The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.
Skyline League action resumes when the Macs host Mount Saint Mary College.
Tuesday night, January 29, at a time to be announced later in the Max Stern Athletic Center on the campus in Fort George.
Sonnambula teams up with acclaimed author and photographer Teju Cole in a dynamic performance of music, spoken word, and photo installation that celebrates the work of Leonora Duarte, the only known woman composer of viol music in the 17th century.
$55; children $1. Saturday night, February 2, at 7 in the Fuentidueña Chapel of the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.
The College at Old Westbury rolls into WaHi to play the Macs in more Skyline League action.
Tuesday night, February 5, at a time to be announced later in the Max Stern Athletic Center on the campus in Fort George.
Purchase College visits Yeshiva for a night of intra-league hoops.
Tuesday, February 12, at a time to be announced later in the Max Stern Athletic Center on the campus in Fort George.
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.
This captivating male vocal sextet is named in honor of Queen Elizabeth I.
Based at Windsor Castle, Queen’s Six sing together every day for services and both private and state occasions, frequently before members of the royal family.
Enjoy the royal treatment yourself as they perform everything from early chant, to vivid Renaissance polyphony, to racy madrigals.
$55; take the kids for $1. Sunday afternoon, February 24, at 1 and 3 in the Fuentidueña Chapel of The Cloisters in Fort Tron Park.
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. On a Sunday morning in early March starting at J. Hood Wright Park in Lower WaHi.
ModernMedieval Trio of Voices was created by Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, a former member of the vocal quartet Anonymous 4, with Martha Cluver and Eliza Bagg (from the celebrated ensemble Roomful of Teeth) rounding out the trio.
Following their triumphant debut at The Met in 2016, they return with a fresh repertoire of medieval and contemporary works in a program designed specifically for The Fuentidueña Chapel.
$55; children, $1. Saturday afternoon, April 13, at 1 and 3 at The Cloisters Museum in Fort Tryon Park.
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 early May, beginning with pre-invasion cocktails; the battle of Marble Hill commences soon thereafter.
Rarely heard live, Praetorius's dances from Terpsichore, named for the Greek muse of the dance, display uncommon composition.
In this landmark program, Sonnambula brings together the nation’s leading interpreters of Renaissance repertoire for an evening of unforgettable phantasmagoric splendor.
Saturday, June 1, at 3 in the Fuentidueña Chapel of The Cloisters in Fort Tryon 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 early June in Inwood Hill Park at Indian Road and 218th Street.
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