Tours to the top of the 200-foot-tall Highbridge Water Tower—and more fun things to see and do this weekend.
Saturday, November 19 10am-1pm FREE
West Harlem Greenhouse and Education Center at Riverbank State Park, entrance to park at 137th St and 145th St and Riverside Drive
Stop by the gardens and fill up your own free market bag with freshly-picked organic produce, including squash, herbs, garlic, sweet potatoes, and onions.
Saturday, November 19 1pm-3pm FREE
Washington Heights Highbridge Park, W 174th St and Amsterdam Ave
Following a $5 million restoration that wrapped up last year, the 200-foot-tall Highbridge Water Tower—part of the Old Croton Aqueduct system—is back. Join the Urban Park Rangers for this free public tour up to the tippy top—179 steps in all.
Saturday, November 19 6pm-8pm; Tue noon-8pm, Wed-Fri noon-6pm
Washington Heights Recirculation Books, 876 Riverside Dr and 160th St
Washington Heights and Inwood through the eyes of local artists including YumaYorkNYC, Sara Poleman, Suzanne Russo, Jerise Fogel, and Francis Hsueh.
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Friday, November 11-January 8
East Harlem Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St
Working with the theme "Winter in New York," bakers from across the five boroughs show off their neighborhoods with gingerbread displays that have been awarded prizes by a panel of bakers, curators and restaurant owners.
Friday, November 11-December 11
Central Harlem Harlem Shake, 100 W 124th St and Lenox Ave
Fuel up before going to see "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever"—it's currently playing at the AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9—with this Black Panther-themed menu, including Shuri’s Chicken Sammi (peri-peri chicken tenders, Bush slaw, okra pickle), Slap fries with peri-peri mayo dip and the Vibranium shake (blackberry shake with vanilla ice cream and gold flecks).
November 9-December 23; Wed-Sun 7am-noon
East Harlem Bar Goyana, 177 E 100th St between Third and Lexington Aves
Looking for a place to watch the World Cup early in the morning? This festive Brazilian bar is opening at 7am and serving up Padoca Bakery's pão de queijo bacon, egg and cheese sandwich, plus Brazilian coffee and fresh pastries (caipirinhas, too!).
Central Harlem The Porch, 750 St. Nicholas Ave between W 147th and W 148th Sts
This new smokehouse-style restaurant and live music venue is kicking off a new weekly drag brunch, hosted by Vivacious of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6, with special guests every week.
October 29-December 4; Fri-Sun noon-6pm FREE (closed Thanksgiving weekend)
Washington Heights American Academy of Arts and Letters, 633 W 155th St and Broadway
Works by new members in Visual Arts and Architecture (elected between 2020-2022), including Laurie Anderson, Arthur Jafa, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, Julian Schnabel, Carrie Mae Weems, plus many more.
Through March 12; Fri 6pm-9pm, Sat & Sun 1pm-4pm, 6pm-9pm
West Harlem Skating Rink at Riverbank State Park, entrance at Riverside Drive and 145th St
Ice skating is back for the season at Riverbank State Park.
October 21-January 15 Wed-Sun noon-6pm
West Harlem Wallach Art Gallery at the Lenfest Center for the Arts, 615 W 129th St between Broadway and 12th Ave
An exhibit exploring the contemporary art scene in Cuba since 2016.
October 22–November 20; Wed-Sun noon-7pm
Central Harlem Calabar Gallery, 2504 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 134th St
Artist Elan Cadiz plays "the role of family researcher, archivist and healer" in this new solo exhibition that references old family photographs.
October 14–February 26, 2023 Thu-Sun 11am-6pm
East Harlem The Africa Center, 1280 Fifth Ave and E 110th St
The work of 17 contemporary African artists who have lived in the U.S., exploring themes like relocation and assimilation.
Through February 2023 Thu-Sat noon-5pm
East Harlem Hunter East Harlem Gallery, 2180 Third Ave at 119th St
Large-format photos of Harlem's iconic-but-changing 125th Street taken as part of a collaboration by Isaac Diggs and Edward Hillel between 2008 and 2011.
Through November 30
Central Harlem Morningside Park, entrance at W 112th St and Manhattan Ave
A public art exhibition along the eastern edge of Morningside Park featuring portraits of Harlemites through the eyes of 10 contemporary photographers.
Fridays-Sundays 10am-noon, 1pm-4pm FREE
Hamilton Heights 414 W 141st St between St. Nicholas and Convent Aves
Founding father Alexander Hamilton's historic uptown home has reopened after a two-year pause due to the pandemic. Schedule your self-guided tour by by emailing email@example.com or take a walk around the beautiful gardens any time the gates are open.
Ongoing, Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm FREE
Central Harlem Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd at W 135th St
This exhibit follows the rise of the Schomburg's Black Comic Book Festival through photographs, memorabilia and more—think cover art from "Harriet Tubman Demon Slayer."
Weekends until 3:45am
Central Harlem Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between W 133rd and W 134th Sts
This gem of a live music venue kicks into high gear on the weekends with a mix of jazz, funk, blues, and even comedy—ending with DJ sets that run into the early morning.