Open Streets this weekend!

Hi neighbors,

We’ve now got not just one but TWO Open Streets here in East Harlem! This weekend’s schedule:

PLEASANT AVENUE AT 118TH:

Saturday, October 17:

  • COVID testing (rapid & antibody), plus flu shots (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • HIV and Hep-C screenings (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)
  • “Pick your own” produce sales at Pleasant Village Community Garden‬ (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Free smoothies by Get Healthy East Harlem Cafe (Noon-5 p.m.)
  • ‬Zumba with Leo Zumba‬ (2-3 p.m.)

Sunday, October 18:

  • Adventure playground with playground:NYC, powered by Patsy’s Pizza (12-3 p.m.)
  • Obstacle course with Street Lab, plus chalk art with Jess Rolls (12-3 p.m.)
  • Free smoothies by Get Healthy East Harlem Cafe (Noon-5 p.m.)

The street will always be open for scooting and biking, plus our (as Patch put it, “staggeringly long”) community table is open for socially distanced dining from Bistro Casa Azul or any picnic you bring from home.

101ST STREET AT LEXINGTON:

101st Street has tables and chairs for open-air dining from local small businesses including Lexington Pizza Parlour, Chu Ros Thai, Au Jus Oklahoma BBQ, Burritos y Mas, Mojo Mousse Bar, Joy Burger Bar, Pro Thai, El Tepeyac, MY NY Cafe, Lloyd’s Carrot Cake & more. Plus games and sidewalk chalk for adults and kids!

Also, Saturday nights at 7 p.m., we’re screening film shorts curated by the International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival. Grab dinner and a drink from one of the nearby eateries, and join us!

The Greater Harlem Coalition Pressures the Mayor

Patch.com reports on a letter The Greater Harlem Coalition wrote to Mayor De Blasio about deteriorating conditions in our community.

https://patch.com/new-york/harlem/harlem-group-asks-action-drug-use-homelessness

You can learn more about the Greater Harlem Coalition here:

GreaterHarlem.nyc

And sign-up for email updates by emailing:

GreaterHarlemCoalition@gmail.com

Filmed by Bike

If you are a BIPOC filmmaker and interested in funding, the Filmed by Bike BIPOC Filmmaker Grant is available: https://filmedbybike.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Grant-Prog-Main.gif

This year the Filmed by Bike festival had an amazing virtual festival featuring (exclusively) Black, Indigneous, and People of Color, and bicycles. The festival is available to stream and runs on a PWYW basis so everyone can afford to watch.

Co-Produced by The Brown Bike Girl, tickets for The High Vis Film Fest are pay-what-you-can and all proceeds benefit Brown Hope and our BIPOC Filmmaker Grant, Presented by Machines for Freedom.

Watch the Trailer

From an all-Black, female crew bikepacking the Pacific Northwest, to an international DJ cycling across ice rivers in Canada (in winter!), this stunning selection of stories has something for everyone.

Also featuring:

  • The only female rickshaw puller in the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • A young man creating Chiang-Mai’s first bicycle scene
  • An architect who left his job to open a bicycle shop in Denver
  • A young woman determined to become the first Black female pro road cyclist
  • And more!

Clothing Drive at the 25th Precinct