Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Cultural Activities in Washington Heights

In this section we will post activities that are of cultural interest to the vicinity of the Highbridge Park.


Where:     East 167th St & River Avenue, Bronx, NY 10452,New York
Organized by : Bronx Historian
Considered an engineering marvel of the day, High Bridge is a classic example of how an ancient system of water technology can play a major role in the expansion of a metropolis.   It is the oldest bridge standing in New York City and after so many years of disuse, it is under renovation and slated to open for pedestrian traffic in the near future.  To keep the momentum going, Bronx County Historical Society (BCHS) Educator Angel Hernandez will lead a historic walking tour of the High Bridge neighborhood with an inclusion of other historic items throughout the area.  This tour will start at the foot of the Bronx-bound staircase of the 167th Street #4 subway station located at the northeast corner.  Bronx buses #35,#1, and #2 run near the tour meeting location and it will terminate there as well.
Each tour costs $10 for BCHS members, $15 for non-members.
Contact the Society at (718) 881-8900 to reserve your ticket.
The tours generally run about 75 minutes

Come Celebrate Birthday & Portrait
Aaron Burr February 7, 2015
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Aaron Burr Association of New York 
This year the party's onFebruary 7, 2015!
RSVP: 212-923-8008 

In Partnership with

The Morris Jumel Mansion

The Aaron Burr Association in partnership with the Morris-Jumel Mansion is proud to have restored and installed the Eric Maunsbach portrait of Aaron Burr.

of New York

Restored Portrait of Aaron Burr


Perfect Climate meets Philosophic Determination for Self-sufficiency
The Portrait of Aaron Burr.
Eric Maunsbach, a student of John Singer Sargent, created this representational portrait of the third Vice President, based on the composition of paintings by John Vanderlyn 
of Aaron Burr, from 1802 and 1809. Burr had a close relationship with Vanderlyn, supporting his training at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. A year after Vanderlyn’s return to New York in 1802, he completed the right-facing portrait of Aaron Burr, then Vice-President, and two years before his duel with Alexander Hamilton. Burr rendered in profile also references Vanderlyn’s 1809 painting, appearing dignified and ponderous.

The installation of the portrait of Aaron Burr in the front parlor, which is currently undergoing restoration, the very room where Aaron Burr married Madame Eliza Jumel in 1833. In the Fall of 2015 we look forward to welcoming back the restored portrait of Madame Jumel c.1830, also to be hung in this parlor. It is the Morris-Jumel Mansion’s hope that the conserved portraits flanking each side of the fireplace in the newly renovated Parlor will enhance the historic narrative of Burr and Jumel’s brief union. These portraitsare significant interpretive resource, portraying not only important historical figures but also former residents of the Morris-Jumel Mansion.

Aaron Burr Association of New York
Aaron Burr,Jr.,(1756-1836), soldier, lawyer, statesman and the Third Vice President of the United States was an enormously influential public figure whose impact on our legislative life continues to the present. Despite this record of achievement and a legacy of progressive, even radical, political advocacy, Burr's popular image largely devolved from the negative accounts of his political opponents and enemies. A daring soldier of the Revolution with a brilliant rise as a lawyer and politician of the Early Republic. Burr was no less than the first modern politician initiating such causes and the possibility of a native American Indian to be included in Jefferson's cabinet and a Charter Member of the Manumission Society. We contend that Aaron Burr was free of the “virtuosity” claimed by most of the founders.

As the New York Chapter of The Aaron Burr Association, a national organization devoted to study of Aaron Burr, (1756-1836) including the lives and career of Aaron Burr’s family, associates, and the general period of Revolutionary and Federalist American history.

Morris-Jumel Mansion
Created as Washington’s Headquarters by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1904, the mansion has served as a museum for more than a century. Today, the mansion features restored period rooms from the Morris, Washington and Jumel eras. Morris-Jumel Mansion is owned by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, operated by Morris-Jumel Mansion Inc., and is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City.

Aaron Burr Cidery, LLC., Traditional Method Ciders
Pressed from the Historic Apples of New York

Aaron Burr Cidery, located in Wurtsboro, New York, is a small homestead farm dating back to the early 19th century. We have named our product after Aaron Burr, a founding father and third Vice-President of the United States. Aaron Burr in July 1817 acted as executor and attorney in the settlement of Samuel Bayard's estate and deed to the farm where, during the time of Burr, and not far from New York City, a remarkable thing occurred: perfect climate and soil conditions met up with the nations' philosophic determination for self-sufficiency resulting in the creation of the best cider and cider-culture the world has known. At Aaron Burr Cidery, we strive to recreate that beverage and help restore that culture of self determination and reliance.


High Bridge Historic Neighborhood Walk Tour

1:00 p.m.
2:30 p.m.Saturday, April 25, 2015

Bronx CountyHistorical Society Educator Angel Hernandez will lead a historic walking tour of the High Bridge neighborhood with an inclusion of other historic items throughout the area. This tour will start at the foot of The Bronx-bound staircase of the 167th Street #4 subway station located at the northeast corner. 

For more information click here.

Highbridge Park and the NYC Water System
Presented by Sid Horenstein

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Highbridge Recreation Center
Amsterdam Ave at 173rd Street
Join Sidney Horenstein, geologist and Educator Emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History, as he leads his lecture on the history of Highbridge Park and the NYC water system.
This program is generously supported by the Greenacre Foundation and the Fort Tryon Park Trust.
This is an indoor venue and ADA accessible.

Also, of note:

Word Up Bookstore is located at thew corner of 165th St. and Amsterdam Ave.


  1. Open Tent Theater Company Presents: "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" get your tickets today!
    Friday, June 7, 2013
    The Last Night Of Ballyhoo is a bittersweet romantic comedy set in Atlanta in 1939, on the eve of WWII and the opening night of Gone With The Wind. The story follows the Freitag family as they anxiously prepare for Ballyhoo, the Jewish social event of the Christmas season. But with the arrival of a newcomer from Brooklyn, old rivalries and prejudices flare up like New Years’ fireworks. Alfred Uhry’s Tony Award-winning play examines issues of Jewish identity and intra-ethnic bias in the south, reminding us that sometimes the most deep-seated prejudices can be the hardest to see.
    The Last Night Of Ballyhoo will be performed on Thursday, June 13th at 7:30 pm, Sunday, June 16th at 3 pm, and Wednesday, June 19th at 7:30 pm at the YM/YWHA of Inwood & Washington Heights. Directed by Randy Topper and stage managed by Devorah Gabai, it features Bradshaw Call, Miriam Leah Droz, Giselle D’Souza, Ezriel Gelbfish, Rebecca Lopkin, Sarah Medved, and Joshua Saidlower.

    For the full show schedule, more information about Open Tent Theater Company, and to purchase advance tickets for The Last Night of Ballyhoo, visit WWW.OPENTENTTHEATER.COM. If you would like to stay informed about future Open Tent events and productions, contact OPENTENTTHEATER@GMAIL.COM or find Open Tent Theater Company on Facebook at WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/OPENTENTTHEATER.

    For more information on drama and theater programming at the Y, contact Deborah Katznelson at DKATZNELSON@YWASHHTS.ORG or at (212)-569-6200 ext. 219.

  2. In other cultural news...At the foot of High Bridge Park at the corner of St. Nicholas and W. 155 a new fantastic building is going up, designed by renowned architect David Adjaye. The building will include affordable housing units, a new museum - The Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling and a pre-school in a space with lots of light and an outdoor area. They also have a street level space that will be rented to a non-profit organization. The infusion of new residents and visitors to the museum will be great for the neighborhood.
    Check out the website of the non-profit developer Broadway Housing. http://www.broadwayhousing.org/housing/sugarhill/

  3. Saturday October 5, 2013 from 11am to 3pm is Shalk Field Day at Highbridge Park's Baseball Field. Go to this link for more information: http://www.uptowncollective.com/2013/09/23/save-the-date-1052013-chalk-field-day-highbridge-park/

    They expect a large number of families and children from Northern Manhattan to attend this event. In addition to having a schedule of activities and games, they’ll be educating all participants on 10 healthy habits. This family event has two objectives: to teach families about our 10 healthy habits which promote healthy lifestyles, and to provide a safe place for kids to be active by participating in field day games. Their goal is that each participant will sign a personal pledge to incorporate these healthy habits into their lives. They expect at least 300 kids, particularly from Northern Manhattan, to attend. Kids will use a ‘CHALK passport’ where they’ll receive a stamp after they learn about each of the ten healthy habits. Kids who complete all 10 stations will be eligible to enter a raffle for a grand prize.

    Please participate and support local community activities.

  4. On Saturday, October 5th, 2013 there will be an Under the Elevated Workshop in Highbridge Park, under the Washington Bridge. Please see details at http://designtrust.org/blog/opportunities/under-the-elevated-workshop-this-saturday-in-highbridge-park/ Sounds like a real fun activity.

  5. The 2014 Uptown Arts Stroll: opening reception is Thursday, May 29th, 6pm-8:30pm in Highbridge Park on Amsterdam Ave.& West 172nd St./

    Read more at http://www.harlemworldmag.com/2014-uptown-arts-stroll-participate/#cI9Sk1OsCpMrfu0g.99How to Participate
    Read more at http://www.harlemworldmag.com/tag/highbridge-park/#B27B5ZbM75oXVBs6.99

    1. There is a good article about part of the art stroll here http://manhattantimesnews.com/impermanent-and-precious-in-the-park-temporales-y-preciosas-en-el-parque/#prettyPhoto

  6. There will be an Invasive Removal in Highbridge Forrest organized by the New York Restoration Project on June 1, 2014 from 10:30am to 1:00pm. The activity will start at Amsterdam Ave. and 190th St. The park will thank you for your efforts.

  7. Highbridge Hands-On Science with Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone
    When: Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 10:00am to 11:30am
    Where: Highbridge Recreation Center 2301 Amsterdam Avenue, New York NY
    Cost: Free
    Contact: info@FortTryonParkTrust
    Website: http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/05/17/highbridge-science-with-dr-leonisa-...
    Ages: 7-12 years

    Attention budding scientists and young geniuses at large: Join Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone of Storefront Science to explore physics all around us. Discover the fascinating properties of physics through fun, hands-on activities! Find out how it all works and then help design your own bridge. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  8. People Storm the Palace. 6/17/14 4140 Broadway.
    Scores of kids, teens and adults are set to take over the United Palace Theatre in a life-affirming night of art and inspiration called The People Storm the Palace. Featuring selected works from People’s Theatre Project’s 5th anniversary season, this one-night only event will celebrate what is possible when neighbors unite for creative action.

    The event will take place at 7:00pm on Tuesday, June 17th at The United Palace Theatre 4140 Broadway. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors but Uptown Collective readers will get a hook-up: All tickets purchased at www.PeoplesTheatreProject.org will be just $5 when using the online discount code: StormTheUC.

    For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.peoplestheatreproject.org or call 646.398.9062.

  9. Safer Access to Harlem River Bridges Street Scan 2: Streets Near High Bridge July 27, 2014

  10. Delving into Highbridge Park's Past with Sidney Horenstein August 6, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Join Sidney Horenstein, geologist and Educator Emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History, as he leads his geology, history, and natural history walk through Highbridge Park. Stroll through the park with Sid and discover its historical features, still visible today, as well as its outstanding rock exposures and trees. This program is generously supported by the Greenacre Foundation and the Fort Tryon Park Trust.
    See http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/08/06/delving-into-highbridge-parks-past-with-sidney-horenstein
    for more information

  11. The Highbridge Forest Crew works to remove invasive plants from the park and to care for recently planted native trees. As part of the Forest Crew you will learn basic invasive and native plant identification, proper removal techniques and an overview of NYRP’s approach to urban reforestation. Anyone interested in forest ecology, invasive plant removal and urban forests should join the Forest Crew in their work every Sunday morning. New Members must attend a training and orientation the first Sunday of every month.

    For park location and to register: E-mail volunteer@nyrp.org.

  12. Join us this fall as we continue our ongoing reforestation of Highbridge Park. As part of our effort to re-establish a native forest in Highbridge Park we will be planting native trees, shrubs and perennials, and removing non-native invasive plants.

    For park location and to register: E-mail volunteer@nyrp.org.

  13. There will be a Hawk Watch on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 at 9am. Participants will meet at 172rd St. and Amsterdam Ave. For more information see details at http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/highbridge-park/events/2014/10/04/highbridge-hawk-watch.

  14. The weekend of Oct 11-12, 2014 The Highbridge Project will be part of Open House New York.program.
    Architect: Aymar Embury II and Gilmore D. Clarke, 1936
    Highbridge Recreation Center reopened this year after completion of a three-year collaboration between faculty and students of the Design Workshop at Parsons the New School for Design, and the Capital Projects professionals at NYC Parks. The students designed and constructed the changing pavilions that make it possible to keep the gym open in the summer, and converted the breezeway into a lobby, community space and computer room.

    Built during the Works Projects Administration, this pool house is now one of the finest recreation centers in New York City serving the Washington Heights community. It overlooks the Highbridge aqueduct that first brought water to Manhattan across the Harlem River. Visitors will be able to view the Highbridge from the pool terrace. When the bridge restoration is complete in 2014, it will provide a vital link in NYC’s greenway system for pedestrians and bikers.

    See http://sce.parsons.edu/blog/highbridge-project-part-of-open-house-new-york-this-weekend/ for more information

  15. Hip Hop Nutcracker at the United Palace on Dec 7, 2014. Destined to be a holiday classic. See http://unitedpalace.org/hip-hop-nutcracker for more information.

  16. See this video about the Hip Hop Nutcracker at the United Palace. http://elitedaily.com/music/kurtis-blows-hip-hop-nutcracker-video/886386/