Uptown Parks

New York City Wages War on the Zika Virus | NY Times

New York City Wages War on the Zika Virus | NY Times

By MARC SANTORA It was well after midnight on a hot and sticky weeknight in Washington Heights in Upper Manhattan when the hunt got underway. A police car rolled slowly through the empty neighborhood in the predawn hours, its lights casting shadows on the buildings as a voice over a loudspeaker blared a warning to […]


09/18/16: The Medieval Festival

09/18/16: The Medieval Festival

Get ready to be transported to the Middle Ages! The 32nd Annual Medieval Festival returns to Fort Tryon Park on Sunday, September 18th from 11:30 am to 6 pm. The already majestic Fort Tryon Park is magically transformed to a medieval market town replete with ornate banners, authentic medieval music, dance, minstrels and jesters. Oh […]


Ecuador’s Homegrown Sport Thrives Under the Lights in Harlem | WSJ

Ecuador’s Homegrown Sport Thrives Under the Lights in Harlem | WSJ

Every weekend, a community of New Yorkers gathers for a night of ecuavoley, a variation of volleyball that sprouted more than a century ago in their home country By Paolo Uggetti By 9 p.m. on a recent night in the city, St. Nicholas Park in South Harlem was nearly pitch dark. The basketball courts were […]


In bloom at Bruce’s | Manhattan Times

In bloom at Bruce’s | Manhattan Times

Story by Gregg McQueen This is one graphic garden. A beloved community haven is making efforts to increase cultural programming while spotlighting local artists. From May through October, Bruce’s Garden in Inwood hosts “Gallery in the Gazebo,” a program that rotates temporary installations from Inwood-based artists at the garden’s wooden gazebo. “The gazebo is now serving […]


Pokemon Go Taught Me the History of My Adopted Home | Inverse

Pokemon Go Taught Me the History of My Adopted Home | Inverse

By Nickolaus Hines Between the streets of Broadway and Saint Nicholas at 170th Street in uptown Manhattan, there’s a small, triangular park named after Juan Pablo Duarte, one of the founders of the Dominican Republic. I live right next to Duarte’s Square, but I probably would have spent my life ignorant of his place in […]


The best things to do in Washington Heights, NYC | Time Out New York

The best things to do in Washington Heights, NYC | Time Out New York

By Tolly Wright Way up north in NYC, Washington Heights is home to super-cheap apartments and a slew of attractions that are actually pretty great. Swing by one of the city’s best Irish pubs, the authentic Le Chéile, and walk around the medieval Cloisters (one of the best sights and New York attractions) while pretending […]


Spread Love: Flux Art Fair

Spread Love: Flux Art Fair

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Okay – please heed my words. Please head over to Marcus Garvey Park right now to catch the Flux Public Art Project in that majestic park. Why the urgency? Well, you only have until May 31st to take in this next-generation art installation. Shout out to Flux Art Fair for bringing […]


#InstagramUptown – Cliff Dive

#InstagramUptown – Cliff Dive

cliff dive || by @ballerinaproject_ wearing @wolfordfashion #ballerinaproject #wolford #InwoodHillPark #kathrynboren A photo posted by Kathryn Boren (@katieboren1) on Mar 7, 2016 at 8:16am PST Related: The Mysterious Inwood Hill Park Artist Strikes Again Inwood Hill Park Has A New Artist In Residence We invite you to subscribe to the weekly Uptown Love newsletter, like […]


ioby Spotlight: Hike the Heights 12

ioby Spotlight: Hike the Heights 12

A Word From Hike the Heights On June 4, 2016, CLIMB (City Life Is Moving Bodies) and its community partners will be celebrating the 12th Anniversary of Hike the Heights, and we want to make this our biggest and best party to date. Hike the Heights is an annual volunteer-planned and community run event that […]


Local group to unveil first-ever syringe drop-off box inside an NYC park | Metro

Local group to unveil first-ever syringe drop-off box inside an NYC park | Metro

BY Angy Altamirano Through the beauty and simplicity of a flower, one New York City organization is hoping to help keep their local parks cleaner and safer from dirty syringe needles. The Washington Heights CORNER Project (WHCP) — a harm reduction agency that aims to improve the quality of life and health of drug users […]


05/21/16: The Sweet Spot Festival + Okay Africa Present ELECTRAFRIQUE

05/21/16: The Sweet Spot Festival + Okay Africa Present ELECTRAFRIQUE

Sweet Spot Festival + OKAY AFRICA present ELECTRAFRIQUE #Harlem MAY 21, 2016 from 2-9PM Solomon And Kuff (2331 12th Ave) w/ RICH MEDINA, DJ UNDERDOG & NATIVE SUN It’s FREE community affair! Bring the family out for a day of great music, dance, Food & Artisan Vendors, Kids Art Workshops, Free Yoga & SO much […]


4/30/16: 9th Annual Harlem Celebration of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

4/30/16: 9th Annual Harlem Celebration of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

St. Nicholas Park Plaza (135th Street & St. Nicholas Avenue) April 30th @ 10AM Join millions around the world in their individual time zones beginning at 10AM to celebrate world peace, optimum health and well-being! Our very own Eileen Z. Fuentes will be one of the keynote speakers. This is a FREE event for all ages. Bring […]


Save The Date: 6/12/2016 – Drums Along The Hudson

Save The Date: 6/12/2016 - Drums Along The Hudson

2016: Fourteenth Annual Drums Along the Hudson A Native American and Multicultural Festival Sunday, June 12, 2016 – Inwood Hill Park 11am to 6pm – Rain or Shine. FREE The natives are getting restless. The reason being is that the 14th Annual Drums Along The Hudson shindig is only a few weeks away. Drums Along […]


Morris-Jumel Mansion: Secrets of Manhattan’s oldest home, in Washington Heights | am New York

Morris-Jumel Mansion: Secrets of Manhattan's oldest home, in Washington Heights | am New York

By Brian Levinson Think you have to travel to Disney World to visit a haunted mansion? Think again. There’s one in Washington Heights, just a few blocks from the C train. Morris-Jumel Mansion is Manhattan’s oldest house. Built by a British colonel in 1765, it was once a 130-acre farm that stretched from the Hudson […]


2/4/16: Inwood Nature Center Public Input Meeting

2/4/16: Inwood Nature Center Public Input Meeting

Thursday, February 4, 2016 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Payson Center in Inwood Hill Park Come share your input on the reconstruction of the Inwood Nature Center. An update will be given on the four contracts involved in the building’s rehabilitation. NYC Parks’ Architecture Division, Urban Park Rangers, and Northern Manhattan Parks will also discuss […]


Walking the Walk in Hamilton’s Old Stomping Grounds | NY Times

Walking the Walk in Hamilton’s Old Stomping Grounds | NY Times

By HELENE STAPINSKI Jimmy Napoli is not throwing away his shot. For the past 20 years, this guide and Alexander Hamilton expert has been leading tourists and residents through the streets of New York City, telling them stories of the Revolutionary War and its heroes. Now that Hamilton is the star of a hit Broadway […]


The Mysterious Inwood Hill Park Artist Strikes Again

The Mysterious Inwood Hill Park Artist Strikes Again

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Photography by Chris Whitney We have an update on the new artist that is using the truly majestic Inwood Hill Park as their canvas. On New Year’s Day I received an email from a reader, Chris Whitney, who was inspired by my article and went for a trek through our very […]


Inwood Hill Park Has A New Artist In Residence

Inwood Hill Park Has A New Artist In Residence

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) It looks like Inwood Hill Park has a new artist in residence. For the record, Inwood Hill Park is the last real sliver of nature left in Manhattan. Like I have said before, the rest of the parks in Manhattan are nature in a suit. Not Inwood Hill Park, it is […]


10/4/15: The Medieval Festival

10/4/15: The Medieval Festival

Nothing says Fall Uptown like the Medieval Festival. The 31th Annual Medieval Festival will take place on October 4th, 2015 at the majestic and enchanting Fort Tryon Park. Get ready to take your annual trip back into time and join the thousands of folks from all over the city and beyond that come out to […]


Bridge to Connect Upper Manhattan to Nearby, Yet Remote, Riverside Park | NY Times

Bridge to Connect Upper Manhattan to Nearby, Yet Remote, Riverside Park | NY Times

By LISA W. FODERARO The northern stretch of Riverside Park has long been an attraction for residents of Hamilton Heights. But getting to it is not easy. The Manhattan neighborhood, perched on a bluff 50 feet above the Hudson River, is separated from upper Riverside’s ball fields, bike path and barbecue area by train tracks […]


Nature’s Lesson on Understanding Ellsworth Kelly | NY Times

Nature’s Lesson on Understanding Ellsworth Kelly | NY Times

By HOLLAND COTTER Ellsworth Kelly, renowned maker of abstract, odd-shaped monochromatic paintings, has said that he developed his eye for color and form as a bird watcher when he was a child in rural New Jersey. You can see evidence of this history: in the indigo bunting blue of “Blue Panel I” from 1977; in […]


Eyes on the Street: Cyclists Ride New Hudson Greenway Ramp in Inwood | Streetsblog NYC

Eyes on the Street: Cyclists Ride New Hudson Greenway Ramp in Inwood | Streetsblog NYC

by Brad Aaron Cyclists and wheelchair users will soon have improved access to the Hudson River Greenway in Inwood, when the Parks Department officially opens a new ramp connecting the greenway to Dyckman Street. The ADA-compliant ramp, at the northern terminus of the greenway, was supposed to open a year ago. Until now users had to enter […]


Park Place: Irina Falconi returns to her tennis beginnings in New York City | Tennis.com

Park Place: Irina Falconi returns to her tennis beginnings in New York City | Tennis.com

by Nina Pantic NEW YORK—At the northern tip of Manhattan, where the A train creeps into its very last stop, is the intersection of Seaman Avenue and 207th Street. For Irina Falconi, the 73rd-ranked tennis player in the world, it’s also an intersection of the past and present. “This was my entire life,” Falconi says, […]


The High Bridge, a Scenic and Serene Cousin of the High Line | NY Times

The High Bridge, a Scenic and Serene Cousin of the High Line | NY Times

By WILLIAM GRIMES FOR as long as New York has been New York, its inhabitants have looked for ways to escape the city’s frenzy. They have sought out breathable air, fresh vistas or a simple patch of greenery. In 1880, Harper’s Weekly offered its readers a helpful tip. “Nothing can be pleasanter, for those who […]

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