Washington Heights Events: September 14–20


     The city canceled the cancallation of the summer change to alternate-side parking. “Non-metered side streets that have multiple cleaning days (per side) will continue to be cleaned only on the latest day of the week on each side.”

     In other words, if the sign says the street is cleaned twice a week, for example on Monday and Thursday, you need to move your car only on the later day—in this example, on Thursday.




     Nancy Bruning has been leading outdoor fitness classes in the park since 2004. She offers one hour of walking, stretching, strengthening, and body toning using only the park and gravity. All levels are welcome. These walks go on year-round.

     No class meetings in rain. You’ll be asked to complete a waiver, which is intended to appear on this page (but the link appears to be broken).

     Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:30 and Saturday mornings at 8:30 at the entrance to the Heather Garden on Margaret Corbin Circle in Hudson Heights.



     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. Through November 24.



     Sick of 2020 yet? UP Theater is. Without stage performances it’s hard to see a show live.

     So gather around the virtual radio for Richard Diamond: Private Detective. The troupe takes you back to 1949, when the good guys were good and the bad guys … got what they deserved.

     Next week: A retired stockbroker suspects that his stepdaughter is trying to kill him, so he employs Richard Diamond to investigate. But when the stockbroker suddenly goes missing, Diamond suspects foul play, and uncovers a sinister scheme inside … an insane asylum.

     The serial will be webcast on Tuesday nights at 8 in September online.



     Pause for a break in an Uptown oasis. One of only two private gardens in the city, the Riverside-Inwood Neighborhood Garden is open again.

     Monday and Wednesday mornings from 8 to 10; Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4 to 7; Saturday mornings from 9 to noon. Take your face mask with you. At Riverside Drive and Dyckman Street.



     The builder of American furniture and cabinetry Duncan Phyfe and the suite commissioned for the Morris-Jumel Mansion’s Octagon Room are a story worth the telling. Listen as Carswell Berlin and the mansion’s executive director, Shiloh Holley, explain these historic and useful artifacts.

     This Zoom lecture is free with online registration.

     Wednesday evening at 7 on Zoom.



     In the summer of 1909, a full decade before women were granted the right to vote, participants in the Suffragist movement spilled out of the 215th Street IRT station, and others come by trolley and horse and carriage to discuss a radical concept—voting rights for women.  

     This installment of the Lost Inwood Video Vault features the role Uptown played in suffrage for women.

     Free. Wednesday evening at 7 through the social media channels of Inwood Art Works.




     The Morris-Jumel Mansion reopens its doors, giving you back the chance to visit Manhattan’s oldest house.

     To help ensure physical distancing and a safe, comfortable experience, you should plan your trip by visiting the Morris-Jumel website to review the tour options and visitor guidelines and procedures.
     Thursdays through Sundays from 11 to 5 with two tour options the self-guided interior tour (available from 1 to 5 p.m. with the last entry at 4) and the new in-depth mansion & grounds tour (starting at 11 a.m.).

     The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum hosts virtual events in observance of Constitution Day. Register here.

     Thursdays from noon to 2 online. Through September 17.



     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.




     What does the U.S. Constitution actually say?

     On January 20, 2017, artist Morgan O’Hara took a pen and paper to the central branch of the New York Public Library and began to write her own copy of the document in long hand in what she describes as “a form of protest for introverts.” Since then, there have been some 119 sessions on three different continents and more than 2,000 participants.

     This summer, join the Handwriting Project, to spend time with the U.S. Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, or choose another document. Participation is casual and members may share their documents.

     Register here.

     Thursdays at noon online. Through September 17.




     Meet a new uptown artist or performer every week with a performance or open studio, followed by a Q&A with the artist.

     The schedule is at www.nomaanyc.org.

     Free. Thursday nights at 7:30 on Zoom. Through November 19.








      True, it’s not the same as finding a quiet spot on the lawn at your favorite park.

      Still meditation can bring peace — or at least less stress — in these trying times. Join ths session from Inwood Hill Park.

      Free. Friday online.





     The Inwood Film Festival was postponed from the winter until the late summer. But why wait? Some films are going online.

     Watch a local filmmaker’s efforts in short film premiering weekly. Each film will also feature a small business that is open and needs your support. 

Sept. 4  Harv, by Stephen Tucker
Sept. 11 Weequahic, by Jamie Ruddy
Sept. 18 Michael Joseph Jason John, by Scott T. Hinson (IFF4)
Sept. 25 Ebb Tide
, by Vivian Rivas

     Free. Friday afternoons at 3 through the festival’s web page.




    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.



     The Cloisters museum has re-opened.

     Your experience will be different, especially with timed entrances. You’ll want to reserve a time to start your visit before you go so you don’t have to wait when you get there.

     Saturday morning at 10.




     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.


 Anonymous artist after designs by Pancho Fierro
Album of costumbrismo scenes, colored lithographs, ca. 1848. HSA LQ 1951


     The Hispanic Society is sharing its recent acquisitions.


     The album of 78 lithographs after designs by Pancho Fierro was completed by 1848. The most important artist from mid-century Peru, he excelled in watercolors of daily life and typical figures. Prized by collectors and visitors to Peru, his work had such appeal that the temptation proved irresistible to create lithographic albums of these, but few survive.

     Historically, this set is significant for being the largest yet known, even though they are copies. In impeccable condition, it offers a spectacular glimpse of these engaging images and affords an important image of Peru from that period.


      El álbum de 78 litografías según diseños de Pancho Fierro se completó en 1848. El artista más importante del Perú de mediados de siglo, se destacó por sus acuarelas de la vida cotidiana y figuras típicas. Apreciado por coleccionistas y visitantes del Perú, su obra tuvo tal atractivo que que fue irresistible la tentación de crear álbumes litográficos de ella, pero pocos sobreviven.     

     Históricamente, el conjunto es significativo por ser el conjunto más grande conocido hasta ahora de estas imágenes. En impecable estado, presenta una visión espectacular de estas atractivas imágenes y ofrece una imagen importante del Perú de esa época. 

More treasures from the Hispanic Society

     Click on an image to find out more.

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 to for a library card!)



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Protecting your health in the parks

     Fort Tryon Park is  closing nightly at 10.

     Fort Tryon Park cerrará todas las noches a las 10.

     If you’re staying in, you can still enjoy the city’s green spaces from home. Here’s a selection of video tours, meditation, fitness classes, and activities for kids.

     Getting out in one can help you relax and excercise at the same time. Just be sure to follow these common-sense guidelines:

  • Go out in small groups no bigger than three, making sure that everyone remains at least 6 feet from each other at all times. 
  • If you go out after dark, stay near the street and go with a friend — maintaining that distance of at least 6 feet. 
  • Bike or stroll on the Greenway along the Hudson or Harlem Rivers. 
  • Do not engage in team sports or other group games. 
  • Use playgrounds at your own risk. Although playground bathrooms remain open and are disinfected daily, the playground equipment is not disinfected. Avoid using playground equipment, but you do, take wipes to sanitize anything you or your child may touch and play on equipment only if you can remain at least 6 feet apart from anyone not in your household.

Planning ahead

     Whether you’re training for a marathon or just a big race, here are the city’s choices of the best places to run in town.

      But hey, you don’t have to have a 26-mile endurance test on your calendar to boost your game. Try out one of NYC Parks’ hiking trails or running tracks today. 

     Three of the six suggested running spots are just stepts from your front door, including the scene in the photo from Fort Washington Park, under the George Washington Bridge.



     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.



     In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Hispanic Society of America is opening up its members-exclusive program, Las Tertulias de Arte Hispano (Hispanic Art Gatherings), to everyone.

     Hosted by Philippe de Montebello, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and joined by Patrick Lenaghan, head of the Department of Prints and Photographs, the presentation will explore the new outdoor installation, “Treasures on the Terrace: Highlights from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library.”

     The installation will share works from our collection in a safe outdoor environment at a moment when we are not able to fully enjoy indoor public activities.

     Free. Tuesday evening, September 22, at 5 on the Society’s YouTube channel.



     Slavery was abolished in New York in 1827, but before then the Dyckmans, Nagles, and other Uptown families, made use of enslaved labor. 

     This installment of the Lost Inwood Video Vault features the the forgotten slave cemetery of Upper Manhattan.

     Free. Wednesday evening, September 23, at 7 through the social media channels of Inwood Art Works.




     A new outdoor installation presents photographic reproductions of works from Hispanic Society’s unparalleled collections. Located on Audubon Terrace, Treasures on the Terrace: Highlights from The Hispanic Society Museum & Library features 17 images including works from Spain, Mexico, Peru, and Puerto Rico, dating from the 16th through the early 20th centuries.

     Free. Opening Thursday morning, September 24, at 11 on Audubon Terrace  at Broadway between 155th and 156th Streets. Through December 6.



     The Great Saunter (the one-day, 32-mile perimeter walk around Manhattan) did not take place this year.  A Virtual Great Saunter will keep the Saunter spirit alive, letting Shorewalkers members tally their miles and share their walks.

     Walk anywhere—walk with anyone—to complete 32 miles within the 16-day period and you will have completed the Virtual Great Saunter.

     Register here by Thursday.

     $25 for one; $40 for two; $70 for four. From October 2 through 18 anywhere on earth (or even Bennett Park).



The 35th festival has been canceled


    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 bring to life the customs and spirit of the middle ages, transforming a slice of Upper Manhattan into a medieval market town decorated with bright banners and processional flags. Visitors are greeted by period music, dance, magic, and minstrels, as well as jugglers and jesters. The day concludes with a joust among four knights on horseback.

     Free. Sunday, October 4, from 11:30 to 6 in Fort Tryon Park. A note from the organizer.



     Hosted by Philippe de Montebello, Tertulias de Arte Hispano features a staff member from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library in a lively conversation exploring a niche in the museum's collections.

     This month, Dr. Mitchell Codding, executive director and president, will discuss the museum's Latin American maps collection, such as the example here, the Tequalitiche map from 1584.

     WaHi residents get a discount.

     $35 for the series. Tuesday evening, October 6, at 5 online.



     The jewel of Uptown turns 85 this year.

     On October 12, 1935, Fort Tryon Park opened with a ceremony, after John D. Rockefeller, Jr., donated the 67 acres to the city. The Cloisters opened three years later.

     Originally inhabited by the Weckquaesgeek Tribe, who lived in the area until the early 17th century, it was “Lang Bergh” or Long Hill to the early Dutch colonists.

     The Continental Army called the strategic series of posts along the Hudson River “Fort Washington” in 1776, until Hessian mercenaries fighting for the British forced the troops to retreat. The British then renamed the area for Sir William Tryon (1729–88), a Major General and the last British governor of colonial New York.

     More park history is here.

     Watch for celebrations and commemorations of the park, its hstory, and your memories.



     Today is the last day to register to vote in the general election on November 3.

     Get your application in the mail for a postmark on October 9. As long as it’s received by next Wednesday you’ll be an eligible voter.

     More information is here.




      Do some digging, then get in some riding with your BMX buds.

      Meet up for a day of work and play in the woods and learn what it takes to build, maintain, and ride the most progressive urban bike park in America, with the help of the New York City Mountain Bike Association.

     There will be light trail maintenance tasks for all ages in the morning. Every volunteer receives a free 20-minute clinic and, in the afternoon, a guided ride throughout the trails from 12:30 to 3. Even better, bikes and helmets are provided, so you don’t need your own.  

     Uptown is the home of the city's first mountain biking course, 3 miles of trails of varying difficulty and a free-ride trail that includes drops, steeps, and berms. The park also features a dirt jump park and pump track, making it a good place to develop different skills at all levels. 

     Updates are posted here. Its web site hasn’t been updated since 2017, and it hasn’t updated its Instagram account, where trail work days are typically promoted.

     Free. Saturday, October 10, from 10 to 3 in Fort George at the BMX trailhead in Highbridge Park, on Fort George Avenue, just northwest of the Buxzek Ballfield. Monthly on the second Saturday.



     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 includes wine and hors d’oeuvres. Sunday evening, October 11, at 5 in The Lounge of Hudson View Gardens, in Hudson Heights on Pinehurst Avenue at 183rd Street. Monthly on the third Sunday (usually), September through May but not December.



The Silver Mines at Potosí, ca. 1585, watercolor on parchment, 27.5 x 21.5 cm.


     Find out about the Mestizaje in the Young Curators program. It’s aimed at a small group of university freshmen who already are familiar with the Hispanic Society and its collections from past programs.

     This group of talented students will be curating a virtual exhibition in which, through a selection of works of art, they will address the concepts of mestizaje and identity. Through individual research, personal reflection, and group discussions, participants will create an artwork-related narrative that will be presented in a final session with the participation of museum curators, educators, and university professors.


     The program aims to encourage critical thinking on issues such as colonization, immigration, possible loss of cultural identity or the feeling of belonging to a certain culture. It also aims to inspire an appreciation of art as a cultural expression and foster the continuity of the students’ connection with the museum beyond the school.

     This program is carried out in collaboration with Philip Randolph High School and will be coordinated by Dr. Mildred van Zwaren.

     Tuesday, October 13, on the Society’s YouTube channel.



     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 17th century.

     Free. Wednesday evening, October 14, at 5 on the YouTube channel of the Hispanic Society of America.




     Open House New York weekend unlocks the doors of New York’s most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the people who design, build, and preserve New York.

     Over three days you can visit the Morris-Jumel Mansion and grounds.

     Friday through Sunday, October 16 through 18, on Jumel Terrace in Lower WaHi.




     The Iconic Tour of Zion and Lennox makes its way Uptown.

     $39 to $300. Saturday night, October 17, at 8 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.





     Discover the cocina Hispana with rice dishes from the Hispanic Society’s collection of cookbooks.

     Mark Aldrich, Associate Professor of Spanish and Executive Director of the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues at Dickinson College, will join Philippe de Montebello in this online presentation.

     Prof. Aldrich is an avid paella enthusiast who will demonstrate how to cook a variation of the popular Valencian dish in a video tutorial, which will be followed by a live YouTube conversation about the process, the history of the dish, and the many variations it takes around the Hispanic world.

     To learn more about the Hispanic Society ‘s Collection of Cookbooks, click here.

     Free. Tuesday evening, October 20, at 5 on the society’s YouTube channel.



     Regarded as the most romantic of Spanish singers, Dyango has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. He was born José Gómez Romero and is nicknamed The Voice of Love.

     $53 to $163.83. Saturday night, October 24, at 8 at the United Palace Theater in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.




     Get out to vote early and, if you take the advice of a real estate developer from Queens, vote often.

     Tuesday, November 3. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Find your voting location here.




     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.



Into winter

     The spring production from Up Theater, postponed until now, is A Barn Play, by Lizzie Donahue. A cast of farm animals performs a darkly comic fable for our time.

     Durng Thursday performances, the show wll be translated as the lines of the dark comedy are being spoken through headsets that audience members can wear.

      Rescheduled for 2021 from April, on dates yet to be announced at Good Shepherd School in Inwood on Cooper Street between 207th and Isham Streets.



      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: Saturday, January 23, at dawn and dusk.

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



    With stops in London, Cape Town, Sydney and WaHi, the Colour Conference is a global women’s gathering that places value on everyday women of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures.

     As a movement, the Colour Sisterhood has inspired women around the world to rise up, champion womanhood and partner in advocating for justice and social change.

     The Colour experience also has a strong humanitarian mandate toward the issues that women face around the world.

     The event, originally planned for April 2020, will be rescheduled in 2021 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 165th Street.



     Only in New York ...
     One day late in most springs,
The Great and Glorious Grand Army of The Bronx comes together to claim the neighborhood of Marble Hill which, the group suggests, belongs to the only borough on the mainland on the basis that it was annexed by Bronx Borough President James Lyons in the 1930s.
     Care to fight back? Everyone is welcome, even hecklers.
     Free. A Saturday in early May beginning with pre-invasion cocktails at Mr. McGoo’s Pub in Kingsbridge on Broadway; the battle of Marble Hill commences once the tab is settled.



On hiatus: Neighborhood events we’re looking forward to again!

     Clean out your closets and recycle at the same time.
     Take clean and dry textiles like clothing, paired shoes, towels, sheets, scarves, hats, bags and belts for reuse or recycling. Sponsored by
Grow NYC.
     Free. Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Inwood Greenmarket (in Inwood Hill Park) on Isham Street between Seaman Avenue and Cooper Street.



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

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

     The group celebrated its tenth anniversary in November, so you can take part in the group’s second decade.

     $5. Typically on a Monday night around 8 at Le Cheile in Hudson Heights just off Lafayette Plaza on 181st Street and Pinehurst Avenue.



The tours have been suspended


     To celebrate the participation of the Hispanic Society of American in the exhibition “Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light” at the National Gallery in London and at the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin, the Society is reopening the Joaquín Sorolla Vision of Spain Gallery for a limited time.

     The gallery houses the monumental series of 14 paintings known as Vision of Spain by the Valencian master Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, the preeminent artist in Spain at the turn of the 20th century.

     Nearly 12 feet tall and 200 feet in combined length, the canvases that comprise Vision of Spain were painted by Sorolla at various locations in Spain between 1912 and 1919.

     Closed until later this year for extensive renovations, these tours will be offered if you book a visit in advance at visitsorolla@hispanicsociety.org.

      Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 4:30, by appointment only, at the Society’s museum on Audubon Terrace.



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