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10 fun things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond

A detail of Love Letter 5 by Gio Swaby at Claire Oliver Gallery.
A detail of Love Letter 5 by Gio Swaby at Claire Oliver Gallery.

An artist's intricately crafted tribute to Black women, the return of in-person yoga, live Latin jazz, and more fun things to do this weekend:

Through June 5; Tue-Sat 11am-6pm

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

Bahamian artist Gio Swaby's tribute to Black women features a series of large-scale portraits intricately crafted using thread and colorful textiles.

Yoga studio reopenings


Brahman Yoga, 501 W 145th, 3rd floor

Harlem Yoga Studio, 44 W 125th, 3rd floor

In-person classes are resuming at some Harlem yoga studios, with new safety protocols in place (registration is usually required).

Neighborhood clean-ups

• Saturday, April 17 10am-noon

Clean-Up and Sunflower Planting, starting at Dear Mama, 308 E 109th St

A two-hour clean-up of Second Avenue in East Harlem, including planting.

• Saturday, April 17 10am-noon

Broadway Mall Association Community Clean-up, meet at Harlem Public, Broadway and 149th St

A morning clean-up of the verdant Broadway Malls between 135th and 155th Streets.

Saturday, April 17 at 7pm

Washington Heights 3898 Broadway andW 163rd

Live jazz courtesy of the Fernando Garcia Trio returns to Penny Jo's this Saturday. Reservations are encouraged and sitting is mandatory.


In case you missed it:


Enter from East Harlem by foot or bike via the 103rd Street Footbridge or the RFK Triborough Bridge

Randall's Island features eight varieties of flowering cherry trees that blossom over the course of the season, and the first have started to bloom. Use the island's excellent cherry blossom guide to help you identify the different tree species, their locations, and when they'll be at their peak.

Saturdays through November

1 Fordham Plaza, the Bronx

This vibrant open-air food bazaar is back for the season, featuring 20-plus food vendors selling bites like fried chicken and waffle sandwiches and birria tacos. Due to health safety protocols, reservations for a one-hour visit are required (but free).

From April 1

Yankee Stadium, 1 E 161st St, the Bronx

Yankee Stadium reopens this month, kicking off the 2021 Major League Baseball season at 20 percent capacity and other new safety protocols.

Alice Neel, Dominican Boys on 108th Street, © The Estate of Alice Neel

Through August 1

Upper East Side The Met, 100 Fifth Ave at E 82nd St

This career retrospective of Alice Neel includes a treasure trove of portraits and streetscapes from the 24-year period the painter lived in East Harlem.

Sundays 6pm-9pm

Hamilton Heights The Grange Bar & Eatery, 1635 Amsterdam Ave at W 141st St

After a brief hiatus, the Grange has reopened and is back to hosting the Sam Taylor jazz trio on Sunday nights.

Through September 26; Sat & Sun 11am-5pm

East Harlem El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave between E 104th and E 105th Sts

The culmination of two years of research and studio visits by the museum's curators, this national survey takes a closer look at the work of 42 Latinx artists and collectives from the United States and Puerto Rico, exploring themes such as identity, structural racism, migration and more.

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