Harlem Holiday Windows begins on Wednesday, November 30th

Harlem Holiday Windows

Harlem is getting in the Holiday spirit with Harlem Holiday Windows set to kick off this Wednesday, November 30th, a great opportunity to bring the kids up to learn some Harlem history in an engaging and festive way. On Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 114th and the 122nd streets, eight businesses will display windows designed and executed by students from Fashion Institute of Technology’s Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design BFA program from November 30 to January 2nd.  The window displays feature holiday-themed scenes from the Harlem Renaissance!

Harlem Holiday Windows will be decorated at the following businesses:

• Vintage Harlem NYC Wine & Spirits, 2235 FDB

• Chocolat, 2223 FDB

• Vinateria, 2211 FDB

• Lido, 2168 FDB

• Harlem Tavern, 2153 FDB

• Silvana, 300 W 116

• Harlem Skin & Laser Clinic, 2119 FDB

• Land Yoga, 2116 FDB

Harlem Holiday Windows free kick off event will start at the Harriet Tubman statue on 122 nd Street at 5:30pm on November 30, and will feature an interactive and intergenerational music performance by special guest Shine and the Moonbeams. The second kick off, also starting on 122 nd Street, will be at 3pm on December 3, ending at the Shop Harlem Live Harlem Holiday Expo at MIST. Produced by Harlem Park to Park, the program will include an art filled afternoon for kids and adults.

In addition to the free kick off tours on November 30 and December 3, a full schedule of paid tours and programming around the Holiday Windows will be offered by ArtCrawl Harlem, Inc., throughout the holiday season, from November 30- December 21. Programming will include weekly tours on Saturdays from 3–5pm (dates include December 3,10, 17). Registration is available on the website. Rates are $10 per person or $150 for groups 15-25.

Additional activities with the tour include:

  • December 10, Adults can join in the fun for art and sip activity.
  • December 11, the tour will end with The Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem leading Harlem Renaissance poetry workshops for youth
  • December 17, the tour will end with a live, interactive storytelling events for youth, continuing the story about the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Tours are available for groups by special request.

For more information on Harlem Holiday Windows, and the participating businesses

visit www.harlemholidaywindow.com or call 212.866.7427.
Harlem Holiday Windows

Press Release:


Festive Window Designs Depict Scenes From The Harlem Renaissance in Business Windows Along Frederick Douglass Boulevard, with Educational Activities Geared Towards Families

HARLEM – DATE, 2016 – Move over Fifth Avenue, Harlem is getting in the holiday windows game, and it’s all about the history. Spanning the corridor of Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 114 th and the 122 nd streets, eight businesses will display windows designed and executed by fifteen students from Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design (VPED) BFA program. The window displays will depict holiday-themed scenes from the Harlem Renaissance. The windows will be on view from November 30 to January 2. Visitors are invited to stroll through the historic neighborhood throughout the holidays and enjoy the window displays, while learning a bit of Harlem’s rich history. To kick off the season, two free window tours on November 30 and December 3 will be provided by ArtCrawl Harlem, Inc. The tours will feature live storytellers andvignettes with actors and performers bringing the windows to life. The family friendly outing will also include free children’s activity and coloring books, highlighting historical themes of the period, and refreshments from some of the participating restaurants. This unique approach to presenting holiday windows offers an interesting alternative to the traditional downtown windows for the holidays.

Harlem Holiday Windows is an initiative to stimulate cultural and community activity and promote tourism in Harlem during the holidays. The program is presented by Jacqueline Orange’s ArtCrawl Harlem with curator OmoMisha. It is funded by the Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance (FDBA), the Harlem Tourism Board (HTB) and is in partnership with Harlem Park-to- Park (HP2P) in an effort to benefit businesses, property owners, and residents; foster tourism; and showcase the vibrant neighborhood. The unique holiday celebration is expected to draw hundreds of visitors to Harlem and participating sites along Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

The FIT students will create holiday-themed scenes from the Harlem Renaissance period (1910-1940). The period was defined by the artistic, literary and political activism of Harlem’s large African American community. From Jazz and historical references, to dance, fashion and prohibition scenes, the window designs will offer both an educational and festive holiday experience as an alternative city option for window watching.

“We are very excited about working with FIT for the Harlem Holiday Windows Project. A free art installation for all members of the community to enjoy is exactly the type of event we are proud to fund,” said Susannah Koteen, Co-President of FDBA and owner of Lido Restaurant. “We look forward to welcoming residents and visitors to experience the window displays along Frederick Douglass Boulevard and all that Harlem has to offer.”

“We view Harlem as one of our country’s most historically rich communities, and its contributions to the arts are legendary,” said, Anne Kong, the faculty overseeing the design project. “When we were approached by Jackie Orange to collaborate on this project, it seemed like a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn about this period and its significance on how we view art and culture today, as well as a chance to expose them to this wonderful community as an important part of New York’s heritage. The windows they have designed are a result of careful research to create scenes that are both historically accurate and timelessly beautiful,” she added.

“It’s our aim to create holiday window displays that will rival 5 th Avenue department stores while showcasing Harlem’s proud history and engaging and supporting the community, its businesses and, most importantly, our youth,” said Orange. “ArtCrawl Harlem, Inc. and participating businesses, community organizations and sponsors are working to produce a bolder and bigger holiday window event that will yield even greater benefits for our neighborhood and its members of all ages,” she added.

Harlem Holiday Windows is sponsored by Harlem Community Development Corporation.