10 fun things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond


The outdoor exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York.

The Museum of the City of New York reopens after repairs, and more to see and do this weekend:


The Museum of the City of New York reopening

Friday, February 26; hours: Fri-Sun 10am-6pm

1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St

After being temporarily closed for repairs, the museum reopens today with exhibits including "City/Game: Basketball in New York" and "Collecting New York's Stories: From Stuyvesant to Sid Vicious."


"Love Letters for Harlem"

Through March 27; Tue-Sat 11am-6pm, by appointment only

Claire Oliver Gallery, 2288 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd between W 134th and W 135th Sts

This photo exhibit celebrating the culture of Harlem includes the work of local photographers John Pinderhughes, Ruben Natal-San Miguel, Jeffrey Henson Scales and Shawn Walker.


Apollo Film & Screen/Play Present: 30 Years of House Party

Saturday, February 27 at 7pm; $15

Streaming on BrandLive

An evening of performances (by Lisa Lisa and more), conversations and highlights from the iconic '90s films "House Party" and "House Party 2."



In case you missed it:


Harlem Restaurant Week

Through February 28

40+ restaurants

Harlem's very own Restaurant Week is back with a mix of $10 and $25 deals at more than 40 participating neighborhood spots. Included are the $25 lunch special at Red Rooster (deviled eggs, fried yardbird and garlic mash) and the under-$10 offer at Harlem Hops (sausages on a pretzel bun); see the full list of eateries and deals here. Many restaurants are also offering indoor dining at 25% capacity; outdoor dining and takeout is still available, too.


The Cliffs at Harlem opening

256 W 125th St between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd and Frederick Douglass Blvd

At 15,000 square feet, Harlem's newest rock climbing gym is also the largest in the city; check out the video tour here. It opened on February 13 with a host of introductory specials for Harlemites, including:

• Daily Intro to Bouldering clinics are free for the first month.

• Harlem residents who live in the zip codes 10027, 10026, 10029, 10035, and 10030 get one free climbing pass (off-peak hours only).

• 50 discounted community scholarships are available for local residents.


The Cliffs at Harlem is a new 15,000-square-foot climbing gym on 125th Street
The Cliffs at Harlem is a new 15,000-square-foot climbing gym on 125th Street. Photo: Josh Pestka

NYC Restaurant Week To Go in Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood

Through February 28

50+ restaurants

NYC Restaurant Week To Go has been extended through the end of February, and even more uptown spots have joined the citywide program offering takeout meals for $20.21—including 8 in Washington Heights and Inwood.


The Renaissance Pavilion

Ongoing

Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd between W 137th and W 140th Sts

This Uber Eats-led initiative is highlighting a string of Black-owned businesses—including Ma Smith's Dessert Cafe, Harlem Chocolate Factory and Ruby's Vintage—with custom outdoor dining structures and colorful lights along the boulevard. Don't miss the public art exhibition in the windows at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and W 137th Street featuring the art of Guy Stanley Philoche and others.


Uptown Triennial 2020

Through February 28

The Wallach Art Gallery, Lenfest Center for the Arts, 615 W 129th St between Broadway and 12th Ave

Due to the pandemic, this public exhibition showcasing the work of contemporary artists such as Jordan Casteel, Derrick Adams, and Sanford Biggers in conversation with the Harlem Renaissance is fully online. (Note: It's open to Columbia University students, faculty and staff, but reservations are required.)



Ice skating in Harlem

Through winter

Central Harlem Lasker Rink, entrance at 110th St and Lenox Ave; Mon-Sun

Hamilton Heights Riverbank State Park Ice Rink, entrance at Riverside Drive and 145th St; Fri-Sun

Both of Harlem's outdoor rinks are open, and each has a new set of Covid guidelines this winter. In other words, plan ahead.



In Our Season of Discontent, Count It All Joy

Extended

Central Harlem Jackie Robinson Park, Bradhurst Ave and W 145th St and St. Nicholas Park, St. Nicholas Ave at W 132nd St and W 140th St

Part of the citywide Photoville festival, this free outdoor photo exhibit centers on Black joy and is inspired by the poetry of Ross Gay and the music of Stevie Wonder.


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