10 fun things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond


“Power Print” by Khalid Albaih in the windows of the Forum.
“Power Print” by Khalid Albaih in the windows of the Forum.

Movie theater reopening day, a two-day local shopping event, a free streamable film series focused on Harlem's past and present, and more to see and do this weekend:


AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 reopening

Starting March 5

Starting today, NYC movie theaters are able to reopen at 25% capacity (mask-wearing is mandatory). Current offerings at Harlem's only cineplex include "Judas and the Black Messiah" and "Raya and the Last Dragon."


Made in Harlem film series at the Maysles Documentary Center

March 5-19; FREE

Streaming at Maysles.org

This year's Made in Harlem film series, "(Re)Considering Harlem: Legacies and Futures," explores Harlem's past and present with five documentaries and docudramas, including "From These Roots," an award-winning portrait of the Harlem Renaissance from 1974.


“The Protest and the Recuperation” preview

Through April 4

Manhattanville In the windows of the Forum, Broadway and W 125th St

A preview of "The Protest and the Recuperation," a new exhibition at the Wallach Art Gallery opening in June, is now up in the windows of the Forum. Included is “Power Print” by political cartoonist Khalid Albaih, pictured above.


Harlem Makers Collective Spring Shopping Event

Saturday, March 6 and Sunday, March 7 1pm-6pm

Central Harlem L'Espace de Reve, 246 Lenox Ave between W 122nd and W 123rd Sts, garden level

An art gallery in a historic Lenox Avenue row house is hosting this two-day shopping event featuring fashion accessories, beauty products, candles and more by local makers.



In case you missed it:


The Museum of the City of New York reopening

Fri-Sun 10am-6pm

East Harlem 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St

After being temporarily closed for repairs, the museum reopened on February 26 with exhibits including "City/Game: Basketball in New York" and "Collecting New York's Stories: From Stuyvesant to Sid Vicious."


"Love Letters for Harlem"

Through March 27; 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

This photo exhibit celebrating the culture of Harlem includes the work of local photographers John Pinderhughes, Ruben Natal-San Miguel, Jeffrey Henson Scales and Shawn Walker.


The Cliffs at Harlem is a new 15,000-square-foot climbing gym on 125th Street
The Cliffs at Harlem is a new 15,000-square-foot climbing gym on 125th Street. Photo: Josh Pestka

The Cliffs at Harlem opening

Central Harlem 256 W 125th St between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd and Frederick Douglass Blvd

At 15,000 square feet, Harlem's newest rock climbing gym is also the largest in the city; check out the video tour here. It opened on February 13 with a host of introductory specials for Harlemites, including:

• Daily Intro to Bouldering clinics are free for the first month.

• Harlem residents who live in the zip codes 10027, 10026, 10029, 10035, and 10030 get one free climbing pass (off-peak hours only).

• 50 discounted community scholarships are available for local residents.


The Renaissance Pavilion

Ongoing

Central Harlem Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd between W 137th and W 140th Sts

This Uber Eats-led initiative is highlighting a string of Black-owned businesses—including Ma Smith's Dessert Cafe, Harlem Chocolate Factory and Ruby's Vintage—with custom outdoor dining structures and colorful lights along the boulevard. Don't miss the public art exhibition in the windows at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and W 137th Street featuring the art of Guy Stanley Philoche and others.


Ice skating in Harlem

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 open, and each has a new set of Covid guidelines this winter. In other words, plan ahead.



In Our Season of Discontent, Count It All Joy

Extended

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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