Holiday Lights on The Harlem Meer

Celebrate the season at our Annual Holiday Lighting in Central Park. Meet Santa and friends, sing carols on the Plaza, watch an ice-carving demonstration and take part in other seasonal festivities.

The event concludes with lighting a flotilla of trees on the Harlem Meer. In the meantime, check out our seasonal recipes and activities below before caroling into the night at this festive evening hosted by the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy.

Thursday, December 2, 5:30 pm at the Harlem Meer’s Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

Goldleaf Signage

Walking past All Saints School (which is going to be converted into space for a charter school) I noticed the gorgeous goldleaf rendering of the school’s name (well protected behind steel mesh).

Let’s hope they keep this artifact even if the charter school takes over the space.

Storefront Academy and the 40’s

The Storefront Academy

The storied Storefront Academy https://www.storefrontacademycs.org/ has changed to a Charter School and is now struggling to come online in the COVID-19 era.

The Children’s Storefront was a tuition-free private school in Harlem, founded in 1966 by the poet Ned O’Gorman.  It was the subject of a 1988 documentary film, The Children’s Storefront, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

The mural on their east wall (behind the BP gas station at 129th Street and Park Avenue) is wonderful and inspiring, albeit marred somewhat by the “Now Enrolling” sign.

1940’s Streetview

The wonderful blog Gotham to Go (the labor and love of one of our Madison Avenue neighbors – https://gothamtogo.com/were-enjoying-the-interactive-street-view-map-showing-nyc-in-1940/) has a great piece on a wonderful project that stitched together the 1940s tax photos of NYC into a kind-of mid-century street view.

Coal is being delivered on West 129th Street:

And Madison Avenue between 126 and 127 is barren with not a sign of a tree, trash or life:

Notice how there used to be a restaurant at the ground level on the north west corner of 126/Madison:

To see more: https://1940s.nyc/map/photo/nynyma_rec0040_1_01749_0056#17.09/40.806624/-73.9386