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8 fun things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond

Updated: Mar 19, 2021

Recycle your tree (and grab some mulch while you're at it), see how the city responded to the tumultuous events of 2020 via art and artifacts, plus more:

Friday, January 8 6pm-7pm; $10

Via Zoom

Walk to the top of the world's largest cathedral via this virtual tour. You'll ascend more than 124 feet while admiring the Gothic Revival landmark's stained glass windows, sculptures and architecture.

Saturday, January 9 10am-2pm

Locations in Upper Manhattan:

• Central Park, E 106th St and Fifth Ave

• Marcus Garvey Park, E 120th St and Madison Ave

• Morningside Park, W 123rd St and Morningside Ave

• Jackie Robinson Park, 145th St and Bradhurst Ave

• J. Hood Wright Park, W 173rd St near Haven Ave

• Inwood Hill Park, Isham St and Seaman Ave

Tomorrow is the last day to recycle your Christmas tree at one of the city's dedicated drop-off spots as part of Mulchfest. Note: the Inwood Hill Park location is Upper Manhattan's only chipping spot, which allows you to bring your own bag and take free mulch home.

Through April 11; Thu-Mon 10am-6pm

East Harlem The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St

The museum is closing for repairs on Monday, but there's still time to go see this new exhibit (timed tickets are recommended). Covering the events of March 1 to September 1, 2020, the show documents New Yorkers' response to the pandemic and the BLM movement through photos, art, audio, video, and artifacts. The online exhibit is pretty great too.



Although timed tickets for in-person visits are also available, there's now a new way to explore the Met's medieval gem in Washington Heights. The Met Cloisters Primer takes you on a digital trip through time, allowing you to enjoy this spectacular museum's art, architecture and gardens on the Met's website.

Through winter

Central Harlem Lasker Rink, entrance at 110th St and Lenox Ave; Mon-Sun

Hamilton Heights Riverbank State Park Ice Rink, entrance at Riverside Drive and 145th St; Fri-Sun

Both of Harlem's outdoor rinks are now open, but each has a new set of Covid guidelines. In other words, plan ahead.


In case you missed it:

Through January 16; Tue-Sat 11am-6pm, by appointment only

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

Miami Art Week comes to Harlem via this four-artist exhibition that's also part of this year's virtual Untitled Art Fair.


East Harlem JHS 99, 410 E 100th St between FDR Drive and First Ave

A new mural by Cuban-American artist Carmen Herrera's "Uno Dos Tres"—painted by students from the arts and education nonprofit Publicolor—is now up on the eastern wall of East Harlem school JHS 99. The 105-year-old abstract painter had her first solo exhibition at the Whitney in 2016.

Extended through the new year

Central Harlem Jackie Robinson Park, Bradhurst Ave and W 145th St and St. Nicholas Park, St. Nicholas Ave at W 132nd St and W 140th St

Part of the citywide Photoville festival, this free outdoor photo exhibit centers on Black joy and is inspired by the poetry of Ross Gay and the music of Stevie Wonder.

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