Most New Yorkers have heard of Shakespeare in the Park, meaning the big festival in Central Park. I have had the fortune of attending performances the past two years and they were both spectacular. But a far fewer number have heard of or attended the free uptown iteration in Marcus Garvey Park. Not only does this company’s productions rival the renowned Public Theater’s shows, but … Continue reading The Scottish Play Strikes Harlem
My home for two years, Washington Heights holds a special place in my heart. Here are my favorite things, written as a comprehensive guide for anyone looking to visit or move to this wonderful neighborhood. Continue reading What to do in: Washington Heights
Originally written and published on Uptown Flavor, 7/24/2015 This summer’s uptown iteration of Shakespeare in the Park brought The Tempest to the island of Hispaniola. I have attended the Classical Theatre of Harlem’s summer Shakespeare productions for the past three years and I hope to see next summer’s production. I have absolutely loved everything I have seen with the company thus far and am continuously … Continue reading The Tempest storms through Harlem
I wanted to give a quick update about something fun going on right now in Washington Heights and Inwood – Uptown Restaurant Week. Restaurant Week goes til this upcoming Sunday, May 26th, where participating restaurants will have different deals and offers. This is part of Explora, an uptown marketing initiative, trying to bring tourism to my neighborhood. I’m hoping I have a chance to check out some of these … Continue reading Uptown Restaurant Week
It was a gorgeous day yesterday and I took the A train to the start at 207th to check out the Inwood Greenmarket. (See a full listing of Greenmarkets in NYC) I am looking into getting more locally sourced produce, so I plan to join a CSA in my neighborhood. Until the program starts, I figured I’d venture to the closest market this weekend to find some tasty things. There were vendors selling bread, cheese, meats, produce, vegetables, plants, herbs and more. I bought apples, kale, and bread. Then I went right to Inwood Hill Park and sat by the water to eat the bread (sooo good!).
I walked back home and passed the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum which was built in 1784. Yesterday was their open house, and also a number of artists were painting on the grounds, which gave it a very surreal feeling. It was already pretty surreal to be in this historical house when from the porch you can see billboards and brick buildings. I was very pleased to have the opportunity to check out the farmhouse – it had been on my list since I moved but I never went up to 204th to check it out.
Part of living in a community, to me, means giving back to the community and participating in its cultural life. As my neighborhood of Washington Heights is slowly becoming gentrified, as demonstrated by various new establishments, I am trying to become involved in some community-based efforts that enrich the neighborhood from the bottom up – from the community, for the community. As you may have … Continue reading This is Us – Youth Theater
I went to the Mayoral Candidate Forum at the First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem this evening, co-sponsored by the Community Service Society. The forum, hosted by Brian Lehrer, was about “What’s In It for Low-Income New Yorkers?” This was the first Mayoral forum I’ve ever been to, and I’m glad I went to see how they responded (or not) to questions about living wage, … Continue reading #Race4Mayor