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14 fun things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond

Updated: Apr 24, 2021

St. Nicholas Park in the spring

An outdoor neighborhood swap & shop, an Independent Bookstore Day celebration (also outside), a free virtual gospel concert, and more fun things to do this weekend:

Park clean-ups

Saturday, April 24 at 10am

Meet at the park's Broadway/Arden entrance

Saturday, April 24 11am-2pm

101st St between Lexington and Third Aves

Saturday, April 24 11am-1pm

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

Saturday, April 24th and Sunday, April 25th 11am-3pm

Washington Heights Word Up Community Bookshop, 2113 Amsterdam Ave and W 165th St

This beloved indie bookstore in Washington Heights is holding a special outdoor sale of new and used books, plus preparing for the march for Uptown solidarity with the Asian community. (Word Up's special pop-up selling the personal books and music of collector Tom Burgess is also open this Sunday from 3pm-6pm at 876 Riverside Dr and 160th St.)

Saturday, April 24th and Sunday, April 25th noon-6pm

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

Support local makers and grab a Mother's Day gift while you're at it.

Saturday, April 24 11am-4pm

Kickoff at the Horticultural Society Greenhouse, 679 Riverside Dr (Riverbank State Park)

A full day of Earth Day activities around Harlem, including a tour of the Hort Greenhouse in Riverbank State Park, a clothing swap at the Children's Art Carnival, a plant swap at a community garden, and more.

Saturday, April 24th at noon

Morningside Heights Two hubs: Riverside Drive & W 111th St and the "Open Streets" at Amsterdam Ave at W 111th St

This neighborhood group is taking over sections of W 111th Street for an afternoon of selling, trading and donating gently-used clothing, housewares and small furniture.

Sunday, April 25 at 4pm; FREE

Streaming on Looped

Live from Harlem Parish Stage, this virtual gospel experience features the Sing Harlem choir—all young voices who graduated from Vy Higginsen's Mama Foundation for the Arts.


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).

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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