The Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance (FDBA) and its Harlem business members are getting together to throw a huge “Halloween in Harlem” party on Frederick Douglass Boulevard from 112th – 124th street this Thursday, October 31st. Kids will be able to get their trick-or-treat on, and adults will also be in on the fun from 5pm-10pm with $5 cocktail specials available from Harlem Restaurant Row establishments, as well as coupons from a variety of retail businesses on Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Get that costume ready!
Minton’s Harlem is the new hot spot around Harlem Restaurant Row, offering Live jazz music nightly from a house band that features veteran Jazz musicians, some of whom actually played at the original Minton’s Playhouse, and a menu by Executive Chef Alexander Smalls and Chef de Cuisine Banks White. Owner Richard Parsons has realized his vision of bringing an elegant and stylish Jazz supper club to Harlem in this space which is an official historical landmark thanks to musicians like Thelonious Monk, Charlie Christian and Dizzy Gillespie, who stretched their creative wings and developed the Bebop sound at the original Minton’s Playhouse in the 1940s and ’50s.
After the first successful East Harlem Harvest Festival last year, it’s time for the 2nd Annual East Harlem Harvest Festival this Sunday October 27th from 10am to 6pm. Come by with family and friends, and enjoy a great day of food, music and activities spread across three blocks (114th – 117th) on Park avenue in East Harlem!
East Harlem Harvest Festival Event schedule:
10AM – 100 Free Tree Giveaway courtesy of New York Restoration Project
12PM – DJ Mellow sets the mood and Urban Garden Center’s Beer Garden Opens
12PM – Flea Marqueta Opens
12PM – Kid’s activities and Workshops begin and run all afternoon
1PM – Live Music by Blue Maky a blues band from Bogota, Columbia
2PM – Pig is ready at El Boar-rio
6PM – Event Ends
This Sunday, October 27th, the Harlem Food Festival open air food market will take over two empty lots on Frederick Douglas Boulevard between 117th and 118th streets in Harlem from 11AM – 5PM, with vendors selling handmade food, gourmet products, and more goodies from neighborhood establishments.
As part of the West Harlem Food & Beverage Association‘s “Uptown Tastings” events this month, Papa Juan Cigar Room has teamed up with Solace Bar & Grill & Harlem Brewing Company to invite guests to enjoy some food and drinks, and various handmade cigars from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua or Honduras on Thursday, October 24, from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
Check out the event page for more about Papa Juan Cigar Room with Solace Bar & Grill and Harlem Brewing Company.
Papa Juan Cigar Room is located at 3456 Broadway at 141st street in West Harlem.
Do you know about “It’s My Park Day”? It’s all about cleaning up litter in parks, planting bulbs, painting park benches, and more. There are several “It’s My Park Day” events in Harlem this weekend, including in Morningside Park this Saturday from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and in Thomas Jefferson Park on Saturday, from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. If you can’t make it this weekend, there are a bunch of It’s My Park Day events scheduled around the city in October and November. Come on out!
“How does It’s My Park Day work? Partnerships for Parks invites dedicated community groups to organize It’s My Park Day volunteer projects and free cultural events in their neighborhood parks. Volunteer activities range from horticulture to painting projects, along with a variety of free events, including kayaking, dance performance, and much, much more!
YOU can help! On It’s My Park Day, Partnerships for Parks invites you and your family to help care for and celebrate our parks! Search for a project and register here online starting in late April. It’s that simple. It’s My Park Day is a great opportunity to meet local park groups that need year-round help from caring neighbors like you!”
The first-ever Strivers’ Row Historic Home Tour this Sunday will be a great opportunity to explore Harlem’s historic Strivers’ Row, a two-block area of stately, landmark townhouses on West 138th and West 139th Streets between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Eight distinctive residences and four historic churches can be viewed on the self-guided tour, and on the guided tour led by Historian and author Michael Henry Adams, three additional special houses will be included.
The Harlem Strivers’ Row Home Tour will go from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday, October 20th, and will cost $25.00 in advance and $35.00 on the day of the tour.
The Apollo Theater is shining a light on the “Godfather of Soul” with a week-long schedule of events, kicking things off today, Thursday, October 17 at 6:30PM with Livewire: The JB Ultimate Roundtable discussions on the “hardest working man in show business” with Christian McBride and a special panel of James Brown alumni.
Next Tuesday, October 22 at 8PM, the Apollo will premiere JAMES BROWN: GET ON THE GOOD FOOT, a performance and celebration in dance, showcasing the genius of James Brown featuring dancers performing to James Brown hits!
For tickets and more information about this James Brown project visit www.apollotheater.org/jamesbrown. There are three shows only! Check out the video presentation below!