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A cool new indie bookstore opens in the Bronx, and more fun things to see and do this weekend

Updated: Mar 17, 2020

The Lit. Bar is the Bronx's only indie bookstore

Stroll down nine blissfully car-free blocks in Washington Heights, check out Mott Haven's cool new indie bookstore, and explore founding father Alexander Hamilton's garden–all this weekend.

St. Nicholas Ave between 181st and 190th Sts

Sat, April 27 10am-4pm

Enjoy nine full blocks without traffic during this year's Car Free Earth Day on St. Nicholas Avenue in Washington Heights. The streets will be lined with performances, dance classes, and puppet shows, as well as booths from earth-friendly organizations. Citi Bike will be there, too, giving out free one-day passes.

131 Alexander Ave between East 134th St and Bruckner Blvd, Mott Haven

Sat, April 27 at noon

Just in time for National Independent Bookstore Day, the South Bronx is getting a shiny new locally-owned bookstore. Incredibly, it will be the only indie bookstore in the whole borough. The brainchild of Bronx native Noëlle Santos, the shop will offer books in the front (sample section: Dear White People) and glasses of wine in the back. Stop by for the ribbon-cutting at noon, plus refreshments and a turn inside the photo booth.

141st St between Convent and St. Nicholas Aves

Sun, April 28 11am-3pm

Come help beautify the gardens of founding father Alexander Hamilton's 1802 home, the Grange, as part of National Park Week. The cleanup will be followed by a botanist-led discussion of Hamilton's famous Sweetgum trees and an author-led talk about "American Eden," a biography of Hamilton's doctor, David Hosack.

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