Harlem International Film Festival Coming

The 2023 Harlem International Film Festival (Hi) announced it is teaming up with STARZ (2023 Luminary Partner) and unveiled films and events for its 18th edition – a hybrid event.

The in-person screenings will take place at AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 Theaters (2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd), with the Harlem International Film Festival and Columbia University Zuckerman Institute’s free-to-the-public screenings at The Forum (601 West 125th Street), and the Maysles Documentary Center (343 Malcolm X Blvd.). With a music theme running throughout the festival, this year’s film lineup will once again celebrate and showcase relatively undiscovered international cinematic gems and local New York filmmaking talent with a special focus on Harlem artists. Hi’s lineup features 64 films, including 35 features (14 narrative, 21 documentary), 29 shorts (20 narrative, 9 documentary), 2 television episodes, and 2 VR projects. Other feature films making their world premieres are David Bell and Mecca Medina’s $ Broke Boi, Taylor Krauss’ BronX BandA: Arturo O’Farrill & The Bronx, and Patrick Heaphy’s The Sacred Place between Earth and Space.

Below, we highlight the Spotlight Feature, In The Weeds, premiering at the Harlem International Film Festival on May 19th at AMC Magic Johnson Theater in Harlem. At this premiere, Malik Yoba (New York Undercover, Empire, Cool Runnings) will host a Q&A panel with the filmmakers following the screening. Starring Doug E. Doug (Cool Runnings, Shark Tale, Cosby), with music by ESG, the seminal funk rock Bronx band, IN THE WEEDS is an ode to a city and lives rising back up.

Build the Block June 6th

25 Precinct, Sector C

June 6, 2023, 5:00 PM
85 East 125th Street
New York, NY 10035

All meeting times, dates, and locations are subject to change. Please call your local precinct and speak to a Neighborhood Coordination Officer to verify correct meeting information.

Neighborhood Coordination Officers

PO Sean Hackeling[email protected]
PO Edwin Lau[email protected]

Stoop Sale Tomorrow!

Life Expectancy

A fascinating map showing where people live longer, and where people die sooner:

America is seeing the greatest gap in life expectancy across regions in the last 40 years. While most people will live to 78, some Americans are likely to die more than a decade earlier if they happen to be born in a handful of other counties in the US.

Money has become an increasingly strong determinant of who will live longer. People in wealthy counties outlive their poorer counterparts by as much as 20 years now, the greatest gap that in ages that America has seen in 40 years. In South Dakota’s Oglala Lakota county, for example, the average life expectancy is 66.8, making it the worst county in America. The median income in Oglala Lakota is $30,347, which stands in stark contrast to Colorado’s Summit County where life expectancy is 86.9, making it the highest in the country. Median income in Summit is more than 2.5x higher than it is in Oglala Lakota. 

Diving deeper into the bottom five worst counties for life expectancy yields some interest results. Four of these five counties all have Native American populations higher than 80%. The remaining county, Union in Florida, is not majority Native American, but instead is home to the state’s largest prison population. On average, none of the 31,000 people in these five counties will live past the age of 70.

While lifespans have generally increased since 1980, a few pockets in America have actually seen decreasing life expectancy. 13 counties in the US have had falling life expectancy, 8 of which are in Kentucky and all of which are in the South. These counties are overwhelmingly white and have a high incidence of heart disease, cancer, and drug overdoses.

See the full article, here:


The Triboro Bridge

In the photo below, the Queens Tower of the Triborough Bridge is in the foreground. Behind it is the Wards Island tower, and beyond (a little bit in the bottom right of the photo) is Harlem. The photo was taken in 1934.

Stoop Sale – Sunday!

Block Party on 126th Street

The 2041/5th HDFC Co-Op (on the corner of 126th Street and 5th Avenue) will be hosting their 2nd Annual Block Party: A Great Day In Harlem Kids Party on August 12, 2023.

The Community Board (CB11) will review this Block Party using Event ID: 698307. If you have any comments on this proposed date/event, please reach out to Community Board 11.

We are looking forward to a welcoming, child-focused block party for neighborhood families and youth this summer.

Stoop Sale Postponed to May 7

April 28, 2023
Subject: MMPCIA Stoop Sale 2023 

Dear Neighbor,
Due to the weather, the MMPCIA Stoop Sale Day event scheduled for Sunday, April 30, 2023, from 10 am – 3 pm has been postponed. THE NEW DATE is Sunday, May 7, 2023, from 10 am – 3 pm. 
If you are unable to participate because of the date change, we are sorry, and we look forward to your participation next year and in other MMPCIA community-wide events. Please Email [email protected] today, and we will remove your address from our MMPCIA Stoop Sale location listing. 

The flyer has details of the participating houses and buildings; please feel free to share this with your bargain-loving friends and relatives. 

As previously stated, all registrants are responsible for disposing of any items you do not sell or give away and ensuring that the area in front of your house or building is clean and tidy after the sale.
The Goodwill NYNJ Store & Donation Center at 2221 Third Avenue, New York, New York 10035 may be interested in your unsold items, and you can reach them at (212) 410-0973.

Please take lots of pictures and share your stoop sale photos on:
Facebook: Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association (MMPCIA Group)

Instagram: @mmpcia 
Twitter: @MountMorrisPark and be sure to use the hashtag: #MMPCIA

If you are not already a member of MMPCIA, please consider joining us, or you can donate via our website or via Zelle to [email protected].
Looking forward to the stoop sale on May 7th! 

MMPCIA Stoop Sales Team!

Harlem’s Worlds Fair, 1883

No, the Harlem World’s Fair did not happen in 1883, nor did it happen at all. But it was proposed in this great illustration from Demarest’s Monthly Magazine, November 1879 (thank you to Harlem Bespoke that originally drew my attention to this image):

The fair would essentially be on the Columbia University land, and stretch from Morningside Park to Riverside Park, and bound on the south side by 110th, and on 125th, on the north.

Note the elevated line entering the frame on the bottom left, on 9th Avenue, then zig zagging to 8th Ave. in the curve of death (a ‘popular’ suicide location before the train was rerouted underground under Central Park West:

In the postcard above, note St.John’s the Devine under the tracks, in the distance – just one arch built.

Stoop Sale On Sunday

Open Plans

OpenPlans.org wanted to thank all the HNBA members for the opportunity to present at the HNBA April meeting! Everyone is urged to reach out with any follow up questions and feel free to share the presentation (below) with anyone who might be interested. 

Emily also wanted to share their white paper on parking mandates in case folks from your block association are interested in learning more. Here’s a graphic that can be really helpful as well!

Lastly, OpenPlans wanted to invite you to a book launch party they’re hosting in May. It’s for Henry Grabar’s book, Paved Paradise. The event is free, here’s the link to RSVP if you’re interested!

Emily Chingay (she/her) Citywide Engagement Advocate Open Plans 914.523.9161

MMPCIA Stoop Sale

Register here:

MMPCIA Stoop Sale Registration – Sunday, April 30, 2023

The MMPCIA Stoop Sale 2022 was a fun and successful community event. Last year eighty plus households spread throughout our MMPCIA catchment area (116th Street to 124th from Madison Avenue to Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd.) participated. We hope to increase that number this year with your participation.

The MMPCIA Stoop Sale is an exciting opportunity to bring out your gently used unwanted items to sell or give away to people in the community or passersby who love a good deal and thrifty finds.  

We are excited that you are registering for our 2nd Annual Mount Morris Community Improvement Association’s Stoop Sale on Sunday, April 30, 2023, from 10 AM to 3 PM.

  • Date: Sunday, April 30, 2023 
  • (Rain Date: Sunday, May 7, 2023)
    • Start Time: 10 AM
    • End Time: 3 PM
    • Clean-Up: 3:00 – 4:00 PM 

We will spread the word in and around our community and for those who register, we will also send you digital marketing materials via email to print, post and share with your networks closer to the April 30. We will include a map showing the locations of stoop sales within the MMPCIA catchment area.

  • Register by Friday, April 21, 2023, we will include your location address on our map for marketing purposes. 
  • Late Registration Closes on Wednesday, April 26, 2023. 

To register, please answer the questionnaire!

If you have any questions, please email MMPCIA [email protected]. In the subject line, write “MMPCIA Stoop Sale.”

Stoop Sale Tomorrow at 10:00

Tomorrow, May 1st is Stoop Sale Day

Come bargain hunting for antiques, toys, clothes, furniture, household items, and wonderful things that residents in the Mount Morris Historic District Community are selling or giving away. Spread the word in your community.

Where: Mount Morris Park Historic District (116th – 125th Street from Madison to Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.)

Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Link to updated map of houses/buildings hosting a sale: https://rebrand.ly/6re

Juneteenth Celebration

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for the 3rd Annual Juneteenth 5K Run/Walk/Roll this year in Central Park. The event will end with tours of Seneca Village.

Register: https://events.elitefeats.com/22juneteenth

Can’t join us in person? Sign up to participate VIRTUALLY!

This event is a joyful reclaiming of space and history. We hope you will join us!

All proceeds from the Juneteenth March go towards the building fund of the Harlem Center. The center is a 10-year effort started by a coalition of New York-centered community-based organizations (CBOs).

Let’s continue to evolve the 21st Century towards #Inclusionism.


Stoop Sale on Sunday

The weekend weather looks amazing. Hope you can come out to the neighborhood-wide stoop sale:

Demolished Church Lot and Trash

Before the pandemic, the brownstone Metropolitan Church at the corner of 126 and Madison was demolished and a fenced-off rubble lot was left. A number of neighbors have complained about dumping and trash build-up on East 126th Street.

If you see trash building up, please contact 311 immediately:


You can also contact the company who should be regularly cleaning the sidewalk:

1975 Management: Matt Frank – 516-369-3095

Dog Run Volunteers Needed

SUNDAY, MAY 1 @ 9 AM – 1 PM

for our Spring Cleaning event.  Tasks will include spreading mulch, raking, weeding, and painting.  These cleanup events are not just an opportunity to tidy up and beautify our park, it’s an opportunity to get to know your neighbors.  As usual, we will provide hand, sanitizer, face masks and gloves, and there will be coffee and breakfast treats.

The dog park is maintained solely by volunteers, and is funded by charitable donations.  If you are unable to participate in this event, please consider supporting our efforts by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.  When donating, please make sure to indicate that your donation is to support the Dog Park.  

  For more information, or to get more involved, 
email [email protected]

See you there!

MMPCIA Stoop Sale

May 1st is MMPCIA’s Stoop Sale Day!