Washington Heights Events: April 5–11


     In these unprecedented times of political turmoil and a pandemic, women artists continue to lead the way by shedding light on important issues, building bridges, questioning boundaries, and envisioning a better world.

     Uptown artists share their work in this online exhibition through the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance.


     Word Up Community Bookshop is a pop-up COVID-19 self-testing site, under a Testing Tuesday partnership with the Office of the Manhattan Borough President. 

     A team will provide self-test kits to to walk-up resdidents.  No appointment needed.

     Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the shop in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue at 165th Street. Through April 29.





     The city’s Department of Veterans’ Services shares a special pop-up exhibit highlighting the stories and experiences of local veterans who are featured in the Veteran Voices Project, an oral history initiative designed to preserve the stories of city’s military veterans. 

     At the Morris-Jumel Mansion on Jumel Terrace in Lower WaHi through the end of April.




     What do Lena Horne, John James Audubon, and the Polo Grounds have in common? They were all local to Uptown.

     The once-rural area of WaHi has been home to major cultural institutions, sports venues, historic landmarks, notable people, and public art. On this virtual walking tour, you can meander through part of Washington Heights, focusing on Eliza Jumel’s years as the Morris-Jumel Mansion’s longest resident. Retired British Colonel Roger Morris built his family’s Manhattan country retreat in 1765 on a property of about 130 acres spanning from the Harlem River to the Hudson River.

     In 1810, the Morris House was bought by Stephen and Eliza Jumel with new property lines covering about 140 acres on the Harlem River side of the island.

     Presented by Untapped Cities, you can register here.

     $11. Tuesday afternoon at 3 online.


     Why do Catholics venerate relics of saints? Is the practice superstitious, Biblical, or something else?

     A new exhibit explores the role sacred relics have played in faith over the centuries. It examines their use in the early church, delves into how the Catholic Church authenticates them today, and presents over twenty first-class relics from the collection of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for veneration.

     Free. Tuesdays through Sundays at the St. Frances Cabrini Shrine in Hudson Heights at 701 Fort Washington Avenue, near Cabrini Circle. Through June 30.



     Bubbie’s Kitchen is a place where universal Jewish values are shared, holidays are experienced, foods are tasted, and we learn how mitzvot (good deeds) make our world a better place.

     The kitchen is a welcoming place, and there's room for all at Bubbie’s table for children and their families.

     Traditionally, older generations transmit a cultural narrative to younger ones. Children today, however, are less likely to live with, or near, extended relatives. The program replicates a Jewish grandmother’s kitchen where language, recipes, music, stories, and activities can be preserved and passed on to the next generation.

     Register to bake here, where you can also get your ingredients ready from the list of recipes.

     Tuesday night at 7 on Zoom. On the second Thursday in May and June.





     Soul-soothing music and the chace for a bit of peace.

     Come for an hour of quiet live music in a candlelit space. No words, screens, agendas. Just a change to bring your heart and soul to a quieter place in the city’s shrine to the patron saint of immigrants

     A donation basket for the musicians will be provided.

     Free. Wednesday evening at 6 at the St. Frances Cabrini Shrine in Hudson Heights on Fort Washington Avenue at 190th Street.




     Uptown’s private garden opens to visitors in the spring.

     You won’t need a key to enjoy the flowers, koi pond, and butterflies, such as the monarch resting on swamp mlkweed in the photo. They’re all at the Riverside Inwood Neighborhood Garden. Join as a member and you’ll get special access, including a key, so you may visit whenever you like.

     The garden hosts special events in the summer and autumn, and holiday lights in the winter.

     Opens Thursday at the confluence of Riverside Drive, Dyckman Street and Broadway in Inwood.



     The artists Gwendolyn Black, Sheila Prevost (in photo), and Rachel Sydlowski share their reactions to the untold and important stories of the people who were enslaved on the Dyckman Farm

     The museum’s executive director says, “it is imperative that we continue to expand upon the narrative that we tell at the museum.”

    Schedule a visit slot here.

    $6 for one to five visitors. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10 to 2 at the museum in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.




     The Inwood Film Festival was postponed from the winter until the late summer and then canceled. The screenings have gone virtual instead.

     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.

     Free. Friday nights at 7 through Inwood Art Works’ Short Film Fridays page.



     Get ready for a summer outdoors by getting in shape this spring.

     Daniel Gwirtzman, the Hudson Heights dancer of national acclaim (and half the imaginary duo of Bernie and Daniel), leads an intermediate, advanced class that introductes the style and repertory of his company's choreography.

     You’ll challenge your brain just as much as your body with Daniel’s unexpected weight shifts, changes of direction, and use of the full spectrum of speed. Intellectual explorations match the physical, synthesizing complex coordination and rewiring the body.

     The class blends modern dance, theater dance, and folk dance, cultivating the physicality and the expressivity of the artist, blending virtuosity with pedestrianism, casualness with precision.

     Register here.

     $9 per class. Friday mornings at 9:30 to 11 online. Through April.



     If you were to take a time machine back to 18th-century Manhattan, you would come across lush forests, rolling hills, an abundance of wildlife, and small Dutch family farms scattered throughout the countryside.

     While most of that rural beauty has vanished thanks to 300 years of industrialization, one neighborhood has largely stood the test of time in the face of a rapidly changing city.

     The webinar will cover pivotal moments in the neighborhood's history, from a Revolutionary War battle in 1776 to Eliza Hamilton and the Hamilton Free School, and share the real story behind the so-called sale of Manhattan when Peter Minuit, director-general of the Dutch colony of New Netherland, supposedly purchased the island of Manhattan from the Lenape Indians for 60 Dutch guilders and some trinkets at Shorakkopoch Rock, above.

      Register here.

      $12.57. Friday night at 7 online.




     Help clean up the neighborhood by painting over grafitti on walls, mailboxes, and rolling shutters.

     The NYPD is sponsoring the renewal project, providing paint and brushes. You should be sure to wear clothes that can get dirty, and maybe even stained.

     Do you know of a spot you’d like to see with a fresh coat of paint? Send your request to grafitti@nypd.org, which is also the way to find out when the paint crews will meet.

     Saturday along Fort Washington Avenue in Lower WaHi between 170th and 177th Streets. We’ve sent an email to the police asking for details and will post them if we hear back.



    The Inwood greenmarket is a year-round neighborhood favorite.
    People of all ages, backgrounds, and tastes gather each Saturday to meet and greet their friends and neighbors and do their weekly shopping. Even on the coldest, darkest winter Saturdays, loyal Inwood shoppers come out because they know they can’t get products like this anywhere else.
     A core group of 15 farmers attends every week of the year, and during the peak of the season, five more join to round out the offerings with the summer’s bounty.

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



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

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

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

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




     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.



     Mark Passover with a rosh chodesh sprout salad as you take part in the Shamayim challenge.

     As you celebrate the holiday, explore vegan — plant-based — cooking with delicious recipes and discuss compassion for animals from a Jewish perspective. The session will also consider plant-based alternatives to avoid food allergies.

     Register here, where you can find your list of ingredients. (Note that the site uses Universal Coordinated Time, which is four hours ahead.) Sponsored by the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood.

    Sunday evening at 5 online. Also on May 11 and June 11 at 6.



     The WaHi Chamber Orchestra’s concertmaster, Mark Chien, performs music by Amy Beach, Clara Schumann, Jessie Montgomery and more.

     The performance series is funded by a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

     Free. Sunday night and 8:30 online.



Charles V (1500–58) Holy Roman Emperor (1519–18), King of Spain (1516–56)
Instructions to his son, Philip, 1543. Holograph manuscript on paper. B2955


     A view from outside: how distinguished visitors see the collection of the Hispanic Society.

     This week’s appreciation is written by Dr. Geoffrey Parker, the Andreas Dorpalen Professor of European History at Ohio State University.


     How well I remember the day when I first saw HSA Manuscript B2955. I sat in the Manuscript Reading Room in December 2009 working through the catalogue of documents concerning King Philip II, whose biography I had almost completed (or so I thought), and saw “Instructions of Charles V to his son Philip, May 1543, copy.” As soon as Ms B2955, bound in luxurious gilt-stamped red morocco, arrived at my desk I realized that they were the originals: 48 pages filled with Charles’ horrible handwriting, some with extensive changes, filled with advice to Prince Philip, then barely 16, on how to govern Spain in his father’s absence.
     The Instructions had been last seen by a historian in 1899, when they were offered for sale in Paris. The noted French Hispanist Alfred Morel-Fatio, curator of Spanish and Portuguese Manuscripts at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, saw them—but balked at the asking price of £60 because he considered them only drafts. Soon afterwards, a German collector bought them; and after his death in 1905 they were sold in Berlin for £100, “very probably” wrote Morel-Fatio “to an American.”
     Morel-Fatio erred. The manuscripts are originals, not drafts; and their purchaser was not an American but Frederick Wheeler, co-owner of the London firm of J. Pearson and Co, which specialized in “rare books and autographs.” Wheeler knew immediately that he had acquired the originals, not drafts, and less than a week after acquiring the documents for £100, he offered them to Archer M. Huntington, who had just founded the Hispanic Society of America for £600. Initially doubtful, Huntington sent a terse reply asking: “What and whose guarantee can you give me as to the authenticity of the letters?”
     This really annoyed Wheeler. “You somewhat puzzle me when you ask ‘What and whose guarantee you can give me as to their authenticity,’ ” because:

     Of living experts I can give you no better guarantee than my own—possibly none equal. For the past 20 years I have done little else but handle autographs and manuscripts, and most of the really fine things sold in Europe during this period have passed through my hands. There cannot be a shadow of doubt as to the authenticity of these extraordinarily important letters—they are, by far, the finest royal letters that have come in my way.

     With a magnificent passive-aggressive flourish, Wheeler warned Huntington: “I can most assuredly sell these letters this coming spring, but thought it only proper that you should have the first refusal of such supremely important Spanish documents.” This verbal spanking worked wonders: Huntington immediately authorized a check for £600. Wheeler’s unique familiarity with sixteenth-century documents, and his invincible confidence in his palaeographic skills, netted him a profit of 500 percent in five months.
     Did Huntington get good value for his investment? Without doubt: Ms B2955 contradicts the assertions of Manuel Fernández Álvarez and many others that Charles had received help in preparing these Instructions for his son and successor. Clearly he composed and revised them alone and in secret. They constitute, just as their illustrious author intended, a masterclass in Cómo ser rey: “How to be a king.”



     Que bien recuerdo el día en que vi por primera vez el manuscrito B2955 de la HSA. Sentado en la Sala de Lectura de Manuscritos en diciembre de 2009 trabajando en el catálogo de documentos sobre el rey Felipe II, cuya biografía casi había terminado (o así creía), vi la ficha que rezaba, “Instrucciones de Carlos V a su hijo Felipe, mayo de 1543, copia.” Tan pronto como el manuscrito B2955, encuadernado en un lujoso tafilete rojo con estampado dorado, llegó a mi escritorio, me di cuenta de que eran los originales: 48 páginas llenas de la horrible letra de Carlos, algunas con cambios extensos, llenas de consejos para el Príncipe Felipe, que entonces apenas tenían 16 años, sobre cómo gobernar a España en ausencia de su padre.
     Las Instrucciones fueron vistas por última vez por un historiador en 1899, cuando se ofrecieron a la venta en París. El destacado hispanista francés Alfred Morel-Fatio, curador de manuscritos en español y portugués de la Bibliothèque Nationale de París, las vio, pero se resistió al precio de venta de 60 libras esterlinas porque las consideraba solo borradores. Poco después, un coleccionista alemán las compró; y después de su muerte en 1905 se vendieron en Berlín por £100, “muy probablemente,” escribió Morel-Fatio “a un estadounidense.”
     Morel-Fatio se equivocó. Los manuscritos son originales, no borradores; y su comprador no era “un estadounidense” sino Frederick Wheeler, copropietario de la firma londinense de J. Pearson and Co., que se especializaba en “libros raros y autógrafos.” Wheeler supo de inmediato que había adquirido los originales, no los borradores, y en menos de una semana después de haberlos adquiridos por £100, se los ofreció por £600 a Archer M. Huntington, quien acababa de fundar la Hispanic Society of America en Nueva York. Inicialmente dudoso, Huntington envió una respuesta concisa preguntando: “¿Qué y quién me puede garantizar la autenticidad de las cartas?”
Esto molestó bastante a Wheeler: “Me desconcierta un poco cuando me pregunta ‘¿Qué y quién me puede garantizar su autenticidad?’” porque:

     De los expertos vivos no puedo darle mejor garantía que la mía, posiblemente ninguna igual. Durante los últimos 20 años he hecho poco más que manejar autógrafos y manuscritos, y la mayoría de las cosas realmente buenas vendidas en Europa durante este período han pasado por mis manos. No puede haber una sombra de duda sobre la autenticidad de estas cartas extraordinariamente importantes; son, con mucho, las mejores cartas reales que se me han cruzado en el camino.

     Con una magnífica floritura pasivo-agresiva, Wheeler advirtió a Huntington: “Estoy seguro de que puedo vender estas cartas la próxima primavera, pero pensé que era apropiado que tuviera Ud. el primer rechazo de documentos españoles de suma importancia.” Esta paliza verbal hizo maravillas: Huntington autorizó inmediatamente un cheque por 600 libras. La familiaridad única de Wheeler con los documentos del siglo XVI y su invencible confianza en sus habilidades paleográficas le reportaron una ganancia del 500 por ciento en cinco meses.
     ¿Obtuvo Huntington un buen valor por su inversión? Sin duda: el manuscrito B2955 contradice las afirmaciones de Manuel Fernández Álvarez y muchos otros de que Carlos había recibido ayuda en la preparación de estas Instrucciones para su hijo y sucesor. Claramente los compuso y revisó solo y en secreto. Constituyen, tal y como pretendía su ilustre autor, una masterclass de “Cómo ser rey.”

More treasures from the Hispanic Society

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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!)



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Protecting your health in the parks

     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

     Commuters are seeing changes in Fort George over the next year.

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

     The work is scheduled to last until December. A variety of shuttles will be available and there’s the A Train and its new elevators at 11st Street and Fort Washington Avenue.



     The High Bridge—New York City’s oldest standing bridge—is a landmark that connects walkers and cyclists with Manhattan and the Bronx.
     The High Bridge is a path from the neighborhoods of Washington Heights to Highbridge across the river, and is accessible from both boroughs.
     Free. Daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Enter from Highbridge Park, in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue in the 170s.



     Covering over 245 miles of tracks and 36 lines across five boroughs, the New York City subway system is one of the largest and most extensive public transportation networks in the world.

     Explore the secrets and stops of the 1 line, which makes 38 stops across 15 miles in the Bronx and Manhattan.

     The New York Adventure Club’s webinar tees off at the nation’s oldest public golf course, stops for the city’s best carrot cake, and continues its journey to the Battery.

     Register here.

     $12.57. Monday evening, April 12, at 5:30 online. (Note that the club’s website uses Central time.)



     If you traveled to Inwood a century ago, you'd stumble upon a collection of fortress-like structures lining the ridge overlooking the Hudson River. While scary-looking from the outside, what happened on the inside was even more terrifying.

     This is the story of the asylums and institutions where New York society’s criminals, outcasts, and ill were held under lock and key, with little chance of ever getting out.

     The webinar covers the House of Rest for Consumptives, a fabled asylum which represented the end of the line for Tuberculosis victims and the Magdalen Asylum, a frightening home for wayward young women changed its name to Inwood House after several girls fell victim to mercury poisoning while under the doctor’s care. It will also explain why all these buildings met the wrecking ball in the 1930s, and what exists of the site today.

     Register here.

     $12.57. Wednesday night, April 14, at 8 online.



     The Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company's film Terrain has been selected to be screened as part of ViDEOSKiN II in Nepal.
     The five-day festival includes short dance films based on the theme skin created by international artists.
     The festival will be held live in Pokhara, Nepal, in a bamboo grove at the Movie Garden, but you can watch a trailer of the Hudson Heights troupe’s film here.
      All vaccinated and ready to use some frequent flier miles? The screening in Pokhara takes place on Friday evening, April 16, at 6:45 in Nepal (that’s 9 a.m. here — yep, Nepal is nine hours and forty-five minutes ahead).

     Maintain the Russian language within your family and share your memories, family customs and traditions with your children and while also creating new ones with Sohnechniy Krug.

     By continuing the exploration of our established Little Avant-Gardes curriculum, the group introduces new names of contemporary Jewish artists. This month explores the theme of remembrance.

     Contact Yevgeniya Lopatnyk for more information at ylopatnyk@ywashhts.org.

     Saturday, April 17, at the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood in Fort George at 54 Nagle Avenue.



      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: Sunday, April 18, at dawn and dusk.

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



     Join the Urban Park Rangers on an inter-borough super hike from Inwood Hill Park to Henry Hudson Park while crossing the Henry Hudson Bridge on foot.

     It’s a three-hour trek, so wear comfortable shoes!

     Registration is required at the Urban Park Ranger Registration Page. Registration begins on Wednesday, April 7.

     The Rangers are offering outdoor programs with limited attendance so that you can have a safe and enjoyable time in parks. They ask everyone to help us stay safe:

  • Stay home if you're sick
  • Maintain six feet of physical distance between households
  • Wear a face covering
  • Wash your hands

     Free. Sunday morning, April 18, at 11. The meet-up location will be shared with registered hikers.


     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 month’s readings feature Will Heinrich, a novelist; R. L. Maizes, who writes novels and short atories; the poet Kimberly Nunes; and Maya Phillips, a poet, essayist, and journalist.

      Register for the reading here. More information at www.bloomreadings.org.

      Free.  Sunday evening, April 18, at 5 online. Monthly on the third Sunday (usually), September through May but not December.




     Friends of WaHi Chamber Orchestra led by bassoonist Joshua Hodges present a concert of new and old, featuring composers Leanne Primiani, Damian Montano, Gordon Jacob, and Jean Françaix.

     The performance series is funded by a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

     Free. Sunday night, April 18, and 8:30 online.



     An early 19th-century American household would have used the harvest of their garden to feed the family during the long winter months. Preserved foods lacked the nutrients of fresh crops, however, so the first green edible things of spring were a real cause for celebration.

     Join Boscobel’s museum educator Lisa DiMarzo and expert gardener Matthew Weigman in the Dyckman Farmhouse's herb garden as they find and prepare ramps, the harbingers of the new growing season.
     Free. Tuesday afternoon, April 20, at 1 through the farmhouse's social media.


     Join Israeli emissary Shani Aslan for a fun and delicious cooking series. She will bring traditional and modern  cuisine into your home as you cook along.

     Register here, where you can also find your list of ingredients. Sponsored by the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood.

    Tuesday night, April 20, at 7 online. On the third Tuesday of the month.



     With the changing of the season and Earth Day too, it’s time to cook something new.

     Get in your kitchen and join the cooks of the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum to learn how to make a perfectly soft, creamy, and tender polenta.

     Polenta is genuinely one of the world’s great comfort foods —and a sensational base for vegetables or other foods. Finish it off with freshly grated plant-based parmesan cheese and butter.

     Free. Wednesday afternoon, April 21, at 1 through the farmhouse's social media.



     The Statue of Liberty is one of America’s most recognized symbols.

     Like the American Flag, however, Lady Liberty means many things to many people. Join Morris-Jumel Mansion and artist Felipe Galindo Feggo as they discuss artworks in his Taking Liberties series inspired by the Statue of Liberty.

     His illustrations reflect multiple meanings of liberty, by placing Lady Liberty in a variety of scenes, such as dancing with Frida Kahlo in a subway station. He aims to spark a commentary social justice, immigration, and American life. Feggo will discuss how this series is an homage and celebration of the famous American symbol from the perspective of an immigrant artist.

     Register here for this parlor chat hosted by the Morris Jumel Mansion.

     Free. Thursday night, April 22, at 7 online.



     Enjoy spring blooms in this special Earth Day workshop. You can take a virtual walk through the park and gardens around the Morris-Jumel Mansion.
     Learn how to help pollinators like butterflies and bees by growing native plants for them to eat, and begin your own garden by creating a self-watering seed pot.
     To join in the gardening, you will need to collect these materials to make a seed pot:

  • Potting soil
  • Recycled plastic container, such as a Coke bottle
  • String or shoelace
  • Safety scissors
  • Nail and hammer (or the heel of a shoe)
  • Seeds

     Free. Saturday afternoon, April 24, at 1 on the social media feed of the mansion’s partner, the Dyckman Family Farmhouse.



     The Latin pop band Camila shares its romantic rthythms with Uptown audiences.

     $86.76 to $229.90. Saturday night, April 24, at 8 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.





     With the popularity of streaming services, it's hard to imagine how the movie theater experience can return. But once you’ve seen the inside one of the city’s movie palaces, you may see the advantae over your sofa.

     From penny arcades to the multiplex era, uncover the evolution of movie-going and why we should preserve it for generations to come. The New York Adventure Club explores the history of cinema through the lens of movie theaters in a presentaton by the award-winning documentarian April Wright, the director of Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace.

    You’ll discover the era of the movie palace and studio system in the teens and twenties, and how their architecture entertained and awed the public, and get to look at some of America's greatest movie palaces built before the Great Depression, including Lower WaHi’s United Palace, above left, and how visitors of all classes were treated like kings and queens.

     Register here.

     $12.57. Tuesday night, April 27, at 8 online. (Note that the club’s website uses Central time.)


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

     The Parks Department is looking for ambassadors to litter.

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

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

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



     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.



     Making History is the virtual benefit for the Hispanic Society and Museum, the Audubon Park institution whose galleries have been under renovation for a couple of years.

     The event features Lin-Manuel Miranda and Luis Miranda, Jr., in conversation with Phillippe de Montebello and Bob Villa.

     Details to follow. Wednesday evening, May 26, at 6.



     To raise awareness of narcissistic domestic abuse, Vanessa Reiser is running from Oswego to Lower WaHi—in a wedding dress.

     Her 285-mile route will take 12 days to cover, meaning she’ll be running nearly the same length as a marathon, and doing it every day.

     A therapist by trade, Reiser hopes to raise $200,000 from the run.

     Saturday, May 29, at a time to be announced later in J. Hood Wright Park in Lower WaHi on Fort Washington Avenue and 174th Street.


     Support your health by shopping at a farmers’ market.

     From late spring through the late autumn, the Fort Washington Greenmarket in Lower WaHi offers Mexican herbs, peppers, and greens, honey, cheese, juice pressed from ripe orchard fruit, produce grown in the rich soil of Orange County’s “Black Dirt” region, pastries and fresh bread.

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

     Tuesdays from 8 to 4 on Fort Washington Avenue at 168th Street. Open June 2 through November 24.



     Hector “El Torito” Acosta and Jorge Caledón arrive Uptown to share Bachenato 2020 — delayed a bit by the pandemic. They promise the best of bachata and vallenato in concert.

     $74.10 to $162.18 (includes your mandatory donation to charity). Friday night, June 11, at 8 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.




     Maintain the Russian language within your family and share your memories, family customs and traditions with your children and while also creating new ones with Sohnechniy Krug.

     Mark the end of spring and the beginning of summer with a family picnic.

     Contact Yevgeniya Lopatnyk for more information at ylopatnyk@ywashhts.org.

     Saturday, June 12, at a location to be announced.



Into summer


     The mayoral primary election will narrow the field.

     Also looking for your love are candidates for public advocate, comptroller, borough president, and the city council.

     Get out and vote!

     Tuesday, June 22, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.




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

     The Lower WaHi market is open Thursdays on 175th Street between Wadsworth Avenue and Broadway.
     Open June 25 through November 19.




     The Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company announces the launch of its Dance With Us platform. Details of the live events remain to be worked out, so check back for more information this spring.

     Friday through Sunday, June 25–27.

     The Higher Ground Festival hold its sixth outdoor exhibition of Uptown performing artists sharing their work with everyone.

     Artists from Upper Manhattan use the festival to build a multi-disciplinary art repertory company in WaHi and Inwood to help  promote their art. 

     Over a long weekend in August on dates and at a location yet to be named.




     An evening of Euro Dance Music Entertainment featuring Thomas Anders & Sandra, both with live bands.

     Featuring The Gentleman Of Music: Thomas Anders accompanied by the Modern Talking Band. Sandra accompanied by her own band to perform her hits from the 80s such as Maria Magdalena, In the Heat of the Night, Everlasting Love.

     $74.50 to $178. Saturday night, August 14, at 7:30 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi.




     Fonseca & Andres Cepeda make an Uptown stop on their Comrades Tour.

     $62.80 to $330.96. Sunday night, August 22, at 7:30 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.    





     The Panamanian singer, rapper and songwriter Sech comes to WaHi for an otherworldly show.

     He’s been on the scene since 2018 with his Rich Music World debut single “Little Miss Lonely” and hasn't looked back.

     Tickets may be available here (Ticketmaster’s site is a bit buggy). Friday night, August 27, at 8:30 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.




     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 16, at 8 at the United Palace Theater in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.





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

     Sponsored by Jazz WaHi.

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




     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.

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