East 129th Street Renamed: Ann Petry Place

After years of work, petitioning, and navigating bureaucratic morass, the renaming of East 129th Street has finally been approved. East 129th Street (at 5th Avenue) will be renamed Ann Petry Place. Ann Petry was a celebrated Black author whose novel, The Street, became the first novel by a Black woman to sell over a million copies.

Petry’s interest in the lived experience of Black Harlemites, and Black Americans as a whole, brought the difficult and constrained choices to an enthusiastic readership.

Petry lived at 2 East 129th Street while she wrote The Street, and the super and his dog who are charaters in the novel, are said to be modeled on Ann Petry’s real life super and his dog.

Patch is also reporting that Harlem and East Harlem had a number of co-named streets approved. To see Nick Garber’s full list, click here:


Celebrate 3 Kings at El Museo

45th Annual Three Kings Day (Hybrid) Celebration KICK-OFF!Saturday, December 18 – Sunday, December 19, 2021
El Museo de Barrio is excited to kick-off its Three Kings Day Celebration at the Harlem Night Market this weekend! Our theme this year is Somos el Cambio: Protecting the Environment for Future Generations, honoring the work of those who call on us to sustainably steward our environment, and help foster cultural transformation through community empowerment and artistic expression. Details for January 6th coming soon!
We invite you all to support local businesses, enjoy live music, and community at La Marqueta (116th St and Park Ave). Proof of vaccination and ID required to enter indoor spaces, as well as face coverings. Activities include:
PARRANDA EN EL BARRIO!Saturday, December 18 | 4pm – 5pmEl Barrio and La Marqueta (116th St and Park Ave) Get your maracas and join El Museo and Los Pleneros de la 21 as we kick off our Three Kings Day Celebration with a parranda along East 116th Street ending in a lively performance at the Harlem Night Market at La Marqueta. Organized by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Union Settlement, and Uptown Grand Central, the event brings together dozens of local vendors from East Harlem and beyond. Proof of vaccination and ID required to enter indoor spaces.  
MANOS A LA OBRA: Crown-Making Workshop 4pm – 6pm (December 18) & 3pm – 6pm (December 19)Urban Garden Center at 116th St and Park AveCalling all Kings (and Queens), get your crowns ready for El Museo’s Three Kings Day (Hybrid) Celebration! Join the Museum’s artist educators for a crown-making workshop for all ages at the Urban Garden Center’s Family Tent, part of the Harlem Night Market. Create your own jeweled headdress to wear on January 6th. 

Thoughts or comments on this post?