Great news for those looking for good Summer deals uptown. Harlem Restaurant and Retail Week starts this Friday, August 15th with over 30 businesses participating until August 31st. Harlem Park to Park has been organizing this event successfully for a few years now with the theme #EatShopPlayHarlem, and it’s always a great way to enjoy what Harlem retail stores, and restaurants on and around Harlem Restaurant Row have to offer. The participating restaurants will offer prix fixe 3 course lunch and dinner menu selections priced from $10.14-$30.14, and participating retailers will follow suit selling select items at the $10.14-$30.14 price range.
The City Parks Foundation is presenting some great SummerStage events in Harlem throughout the Summer, including FREE nights of theater, dance, circus, and music shows at Marcus Garvey Park until August 23rd. The full schedule of uptown Summer Stage events are listed below.
DJ Stormin’ Norman, founder of Sundae Sermon, is bringing the party up to St. Nicholas park on 135th street this Sunday. We know people have been waiting for the return of Sundae Sermon in Harlem, so get your picnic gear ready and come out and get your groove on under the sun! DJ Stormin’ Norman will be joined by DJs Tony Touch, Qool Marv, and Cosi. Bevy Smith from Bravo’s Fashion Queens will be hosting, and there will be a special performance by the cast of “Mighty Real”! We love Sylvester right? Kids will also enjoy face painting and yoga on Sunday.
Come out this Saturday, August 9th, for the Dance Theatre of Harlem Street Festival, which will take place on West 152nd Street between Amsterdam and St. Nicholas avenues just outside of DTH headquarters from 12 noon until 7pm. According to DTH, this Street Festival “entertains, informs and encourages community members to become a part of the Dance Theatre of Harlem family as new students, volunteers and supporters.”
The weather will be perfect on Saturday, making for a great opportunity to check out Dance Theatre of Harlem talent and enjoy Street vendors along 152nd Street who will have a variety of American and ethnic foods, jewelry, books, clothing and more.
Dance Theatre of Harlem Street Festival
SATURDAY, AUGUST 9TH NOON-7PM
WEST 152ND STREET BETWEEN AMSTERDAM AND ST. NICHOLAS AVENUES
Featuring Dance Theatre of Harlem School Summer Intensive Students and Special Guest Artists
Also: Special Appearance by the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company!
Lenox Avenue from 122nd to 124th street in Harlem will be the place to be this Sunday for the 2nd SAVOR HARLEM, a FREE Harlem Week event presented by the Harlem Haberdashery clothing store and the Harlem Shake restaurant.
Expect a lively affair featuring clothing, cuisine, and classic cars. Harlem Haberdashery will offer 10% discounts on clothing, and open up their backyard area with a DJ to enjoy as well. Event sponsors will provide special discounts and complimentary soft drinks from Harlem Shake, while adults will be able to get their drink on with Sugar Hill Beer and cocktails available during the day. I hear there will be some BBQ on hand too! It’s all going down from 11 am – 8:00 pm. Let’s do this.
Did you catch WABC 7 TV New York reporter Lauren Glassberg’s piece on the Miss Harlem Shake competition the other day? Eyewitness News went uptown to cover the latest on the ten Miss Harlem Shake finalists which include a Ph.D. candidate, a media specialist, a tax accountant and other women ready to represent Harlem.
“This is really not a beauty contest per say, because we don’t want to objectify women, it’s a personality contest and so the woman we envision as our representative for next year will be beautiful and strong, inside and out,” said Jelena Pasic, the owner of Harlem Shake.
Watch the WABC 7 Online video below.
Remember, voting ends August 31st so get your vote in!
Miss Harlem Shake Contest top 10 finalists voting
In-store customer voting open July 21st -August 31
100 W. 124th Street at Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10027
The Sweet Spot Festival is back in Harlem this weekend with a Jamaican themed dance party at the West Harlem Piers. DJ Herbert Holler & The Rice and Peas Massive will be joined by DJ Gravy, Max Glazer and Micro Don spinning Dancehall reggae tunes and riddim vibes, and Dancehall artist Nardo Ranks will perform live as well.
Sweet Spot Festival Jamaican Indepen-DANCE Cooler Fete will also feature the Sweet Spot PoP-Up Market with food vendors, arts & crafts, and Vintage Bazaar. For kids, The Laundromat Project offers a free silkscreening workshop promoting “Harlem on My Mind, Too,” an oral history project created to document and celebrate Harlemites’ stories, history, and culture.
Come on out Saturday, August 2nd to this FREE Sweet Spot Festival event from 2:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. at West Harlem Pier Park – 125th Street. Always a great crowd and lots of fun!
The first of 21 SummerStage Theater events taking place in Marcus Garvey Park this summer starts tonight with the FREE presentation of “Handball”, a story about gentrification within New York City and how people work to find their own way in the new landscape.
Tuesday, July 29 – Saturday, August 2; Tuesday, August 5 – Saturday, August 9
Urban Theatre Movement’s Handball
By Seth Zvi Rosenfeld Directed by Brenda Banda
Marcus Garvey Park, MN
Urban Theatre Movement’s Handball, written by Seth Zvi Rosenfeld and directed by Brenda Banda delivers an explosive take on gentrification in New York City. The play tracks a park filled with characters as unique and diverse as the city itself. Tempers flare as new transplants work to make their mark while old residents struggle to maintain their way of life. Over the course of two hot, summer days we watch a once lively, buoyant park become extremely tense as each character struggles to find their way and survive while witnessing their neighborhood falling apart. Stories become intertwined, power is shifted and change reveals itself to be inevitable. Handball tells the story of modern-day urban America and the people struggling to find their way in it.
DATE: Tuesday, July 29 2014-Satuday, August 2; Tuesday, August 5 – Saturday, August 9
TIME: 8:00 p.m. –10:00 p.m.
PLACE: SummerStage at Marcus Garvey Park
Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt Morris Park W