A pair of gift markets featuring local creatives, a massive sculpture installation in Morningside Park, a virtual jazz concert, and more fun things to do this weekend:
Friday, April 30 at 7pm
On the National Jazz Museum in Harlem's Facebook and Youtube channels
Celebrate International Jazz Day with online performances by Laotian jazz group Lao Jazzanova and vocalist/pianist Melvis Santa and bassist Bam Rodriguez.
Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1, weather permitting
Central Harlem Morningside Park, Morningside Ave and 120th St
Watch artist Zaq Landsberg install his 25-foot-long sculpture, Reclining Liberty, at the entrance to the park on 120th Street.
Saturday, May 1 10am-4pm
Hudson Heights PS 187, Cabrini Blvd and 187th St
Shop for moms, grads and more at this pop-up featuring locally-made accessories, candles and baked goods.
Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2 noon-6pm
Central Harlem NiLu, 191 Lenox Ave between W 119th and W 120th Sts
This great little Harlem gift shop is partnering with the Harlem Creative Society, a band of local designers, for an outdoor market right in front of the boutique.
Saturdays through October
Harlem Grown Farms, various locations
Workshops on farming (for children) and active volunteering (for adults) on Harlem Grown's urban farms return this month. Registration is mandatory.
In case you missed it:
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).
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. 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).
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.
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.