12 fun things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond



Expert walks that take you through uptown's amazing history, a Harlem film festival with dozens of movies to stream, and more fun things to do this weekend.


Uptown Jane's Walks

Through Sunday, May 9; free

Self-guided or via Zoom

This weeklong celebration of city life inspired by the work of urban activist Jane Jacobs runs through Sunday. Explore the original Morris-Jumel Mansion Estate including historic Sylvan Terrace, join a virtual tour of the Harlem Speedway, get to know Harlem's feminists, and more.


Harlem International Film Festival

Through Sunday, May 9

The virtual part of this film festival, which kicked off on Thursday, runs all weekend and includes on-demand movies such as Coogan's Way, a documentary about the beloved uptown bar and restaurant that closed last year.


"Scaffold: Equity of Treatment Project" by Elan Cadiz

Through May 30; Wed-Fri 2pm-8pm, Sat & Sun noon-8pm

Central Harlem Kente Royal Gallery, 2373 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between W 138th and W 139th Sts

New York-based artist Elan Cadiz spent the lockdown uplifting others by painting their portraits. These 167 canvases are the result.



Mr. or Miss Harlem Shake contest

Through May 30

Central Harlem Harlem Shake, 100 W 124 St at Lenox Ave

Vote this month—at the counter or online—for one of the seven Harlemites vying for this year's Mr. or Miss Harlem Shake title. The winner gets one year of free burgers, $1,000 in cash, plus a $500 donation to a Harlem-based charity of their choice.


Park and neighborhood clean-ups

East 125th Spring Planting

Saturday, May 8 10am-noon

Meet at Madison Ave and 125th St

Spring Clean Up at St. Nicholas Park

Saturday, May 8 11am-1pm

Meet at the James Baldwin Lawn, St. Nicholas Ave and W 135th St



In case you missed it:


"Reclining Liberty"

Through April 2022

Central Harlem Morningside Park, Morningside Ave and 120th St

Take a selfie with artist Zaq Landsberg's new 25-foot-long sculpture, "Reclining Liberty," right above the entrance to the park at 120th Street.


"Reclining Liberty" at Morningside Park.

Harlem Grown: Saturdays on the Farm

Saturdays through October

Harlem Grown Farms, various locations

Workshops on farming (for children) and volunteering (for adults) on Harlem Grown's urban farms return this month. Registration is mandatory.


Gio Swaby: Both Sides of the Sun

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.


Bronx Night Market

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 safety protocols, reservations for a one-hour visit are required (but free).


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

"Alice Neel: People Come First"

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.


Live jazz at the Grange

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.



Estamos Bien - La Trienal 20/21

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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