Manhattan’s Grid System Celebrated in 200th Anniversary Exhibit

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Manhattanhenge drew out crowds of shutterbugs on Manhattan's cross streets Monday night. (DNAinfo/Paul Lomax)


MANHATTAN — It’s the building block of the city.

A new exhibit at East Harlem’s Museum of the City of New York celebrates the 200th anniversary of Manhattan’s grid system — a plan that defines New York’s unique and concentrated structure.

“The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811 — 2011” chronicles the history of Manhattan’s streets and avenues, from the birth of the 1811 Commissioner’s Plan to the grid’s construction and development over the next two centuries.

Rare historical maps, original plans and photographs dating back as far as 1763 illustrate how the grid’s production transformed Manhattan from rolling green hills and farmland to a bustling metropolis during the 19th century. READ MORE >>>


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Best bets for Thanksgiving treats in Upper Manhattan bakeries


There’s no reason to have “pie in the sky” hopes about your Thanksgiving dessert this year. Uptown bakeries are cookin’ up plenty of sinfully sweet pies and we’ve put together a list of some of the best.

 Sweet Chef Southern Style Bakery


122 Hamilton Pl., (212) 862-5909

“People are looking for the freshest ingredients when they come here,” said Amadou Diakite, one of the owners of the Sweet Chef Southern Style Bakery. While the bakery’s southern style pumpkin pie might be their most popular Thanksgiving dessert, it will be hard to pass up their chocolate pecan pie.”

 Gideon’s Bakery

Washington Heights

810 W. 187 St., (212) 927-9262

Stop by Gideon’s Bakery in Washington Heights for a large selection of pies this holiday season, including pecan, apple, cherry, pumpkin and blueberry. Prices start at $11 and all pies are made fresh from scratch.

 Carrot Top Pastries

Washington Heights

5025 Broadway Ave., (212) 569-1532

With two locations in Upper Manhattan, Carrot Top Pastries offers a wide selection of pies this season, with prices starting at $17.50. But you better hurry– pick up begins this Tuesday on a first come, first serve basis!

 Make My Cake


2380 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., (212) 234-2344

A neighborhood staple for more than 15 years, Make My Cake is servin’ up tons of pie this Thanksgiving, offering pumpkin and sweet potato variations in both regular and sugar-free recipes. “We make them from scratch, and they make you feel like you’re home,” said employee Karena Bartee.

 Hungarian Pastry Shop


1030 Amsterdam Ave., (212) 866-4230

Known for its wide selection of pastries, the Hungarian Pastry Shop will be offering pumpkin pies and cheesecakes this holiday season for $20 each. “There’s nothing secret… they’re just good,” said manager Philip Binioris.


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APEX Condominiums featured on VH1’s Top 20 Countdown!

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Harlem Branch of The New York Public Library – Celebrating 100 Years of Service to Harlem!

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Recalling the beginning of his illustrious career, actor/playwright Ossie Davis fondly described the Harlem Branch as “the only home I had … the very temple of my existence, my craft, the place that trained me, the first institution to welcome me.” The Harlem Branch has been welcoming community residents since 1826 when Harlem was an isolated village.

The library was one of the first to be incorporated into the extensive New York Public Library branch system. Andrew Carnegie’s gift supported the construction of a new building designed by the noted architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White, which the branch has occupied since 1909. This three-story classical building is wheelchair accessible and features large arched windows and an elegant marble staircase.

A $3.92 million full renovation in 2004 was made possible by The Overbrook Foundation through The New York Public Library’s Adopt-a-Branch Program. Adult and young adult reading rooms occupy the first floor. The children’s room is located on the second floor with a separate story-hour area for children’s programs. A soaring 74-seat auditorium on the third floor offers free films and other programs and is available for use by the community. The lower-level houses a Center for Reading and Writing, which provides small group and one-to-one literacy instruction for English-speaking adults, ages 16 and older.


Mon 10-6, Tue 12-8, Wed 10-6, Thu 10-6, Fri 1-6, Sat 10-5


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Corbin Hill Road Farm in Harlem is Delivering Farm-Fresh Produce to Harlem This Winter

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Corbin Hill Road Farm (“Corbin Hill”) is announcing its first ever Winter Farm Share, which will deliver fruit and vegetables from upstate New York farms to communities throughout Harlem and the Bronx.

The Corbin Hill Farm Share specializes in the needs of low-income communities living in “food deserts” (areas without access to fresh food). The Summer Farm Share, now at the end of its second season, delivers over 500 shares each week to 16 distribution sites. Starting on December 13th, 2011, the Farm Share will also run in the winter when the majority of CSAs and farmers’ markets are not operating. Deliveries will be on a monthly basis beginning in December and running through April. Corbin Hill will be the first year-round supplier of local produce with a specific emphasis in communities like Harlem. It will be offering a special subsidized price for the Winter Farm Share to those eligible for SNAP benefits. READ MORE >>>

The Winter Share starts on December 13th, and their monthly deliveries go through April 2012. (From June to November 2012, we deliver weekly), check out the list of their distribution sites:

Corbin Hill Road Farm, Dennis Derryck, founder

Office: 119 W. 120th St New York, NY 10027

Farm: 1337 Corbin Hill Road Carlisle, NY 12166

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The Harlem Holiday Lights Fundraiser

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Tuesday, November 15th, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM, The Harlem Holiday Lights Fundraiser, 360 West 125th Street, Suite 11, between St. Nicholas and Morningside Avenues. Come out and help raise money to light up 125th Street from river to river with holiday lights. The 125th Street BID, Community Boards 9, 10, and 11, along with NYCHA have partnered up for the second year in a row to raise funds for this community effort. This year’s decorations will include 36 skyline streamers that will be draped over 125th Street and a festive lighting event has been scheduled for November 21st, 2011.

There is a $25 minimum suggested donation for this event and all proceeds will be used for the installation and maintenance of the Holiday Lights along 125th Street throughout the season. More details at:


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Meet The Acropolis of New York

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Wednesday, November 2nd, 6:30PM-8:00PM, The Acropolis of New York: Creating Morningside Heights at Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue Room 9T. Join the Morningside Heights Historic District Committee in a lecture entitled The Acropolis of New York: Creating Morningside Heights by esteemed New York City scholar and architectural historian, Andrew Dolkart. Professor Dolkart will also be available to sign copies of his book, Morningside Heights: A History of Its Architecture and Development. $10 suggested donation. Reservations: Email Gretchen Borges at:

The Historic District Committee is also working on getting the Morningside Heights Historic District designated and interested parties can sign a petition online at:

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Procession of the Ghouls, Following a screening of

Phantom of the Opera (1925) at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

The Great Organ will be played by Timothy Brumfield to accompany this year’s screening of the original Phantom of the Opera (1925) and the procession of Ralph Lee and the Mettawee River Theater Company’s ghosts and ghouls, Halloween at the Cathedral will be infused with new energy. The full stretch of the nave is at the disposal of Mr. Lee’s fantastic creatures of the night, and visitors are encouraged to brace themselves for increased ghostly mischief and ghoulish tricks. Seats closest to the action are for the bravest at heart, who may find themselves directly confronted with the hooked, expressive nose of a demon, the mossy nails of a witch, or the bulging, flushed cheeks of a ghostly manchild.

Friday, October 28, 7 pm and 10 pm

Tickets are $20

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS call (866) 811-4111 (additional service charges apply).

The Young Regents will be co-hosting a private reception after the 7 pm performance. For more information, and special ticket rates, please contact: Marie Miranda at or call: 212-316-7498.

… may also enjoy our special Halloween Guided Visits

 Crypt Crawls: A Halloween Tour

Shake your spirits loose this Halloween! Creep into the Cathedral’s crypt with Cathedral Guides and learn the origins of Halloween as the Celtic New Year celebration and later transformation into All Hallows Eve. Space is limited and participants must be 12 years of age and older. Tickets are $20 per person, $15 per student/senior. For further information please call the Public Education & Visitor Services Department at (212) 932-7347.

 October 25, 26, 27, 28 or 30

CLICK HERE for tickets or call (866) 811-4111 (additional service charges apply).



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Halloween Thriller: Tribute to Michael Jackson!

Don’t stop till you get enough of the undisputed King of Pop this Halloween season when “Thriller: Tribute to Michael Jackson” continues on Sunday, October 30, 2011, we’ll pay tribute to “The King of Pop” in a high-octane show spanning the career of the late Michael Jackson. The Jackson-dedicated live experience includes two hours of hit tunes such as “Smooth Criminal,” “Wanna Be Starting Something,” “Billie Jean,” “Ghost,” and “Thriller,” in a show that will pay homage to the extraordinary spectacle of Jackson’s legendary performances. The King of Pop may have left us, but his memory will be honored with a list of instantly recognizable songs, delivered by multi-talented performers who capture the essence of Michael onstage with synchronized dance routines, Jackson costumes and performance art, and an amazing light show–each delivered with a precision that could only be superseded by the greatest entertainer of all time. Come in your favorite Michael Jackson costume for this Halloween Eve Theatrical Party and have a Ball!

Performance Schedule:

 Sunday, October 30, 2011

Showtime: 7:00p.m.

 The Black Box Theater

308 West 133rd Street

New York, New York 10027

 General Admission:

$20.00 Adult, $10.00 Youth


Book Your Seats Early to Avoid Disappointment

All seats $25.00 at the Door!

24/7 Ticket Hotline: 1-855-223-1008 or PURCHASE ONLINE HERE

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Fall Harvest Festival in Fort Tryon Park this weekend!

With the year-long renovation of Bennett Park under way, this Fall’s Harvest Festival is moving to Fort Tryon Park.

The festival will take place on Saturday, October 22 from 1-4PM at the New Leaf Cafe lawn. (Rain location: Fort Washington Collegiate Church on 181st Street.)

Festivities will include the traditional pie-baking contest. Submissions should be in by 2pm. There will also be the usual scarecrow making and pumpkin painting contests.

Community volunteers organize the free event with support from local businesses and the Parks Department. There will be a canned food drive for the hungry, so bring a donation!

Illustration: poster of the 2011 Harvest Festival by Margaret Peot


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