The Whitney Museum has opened an exhibition of the work of Edward Hopper – the famed mid-century American artist who created a number of iconic images of the alienation in urban life.
Hopper also created a two-page drawing of the Macombs Dam Bridge (155th Street) that now connects Sugar Hill to Yankee Stadium.
In the 1850’s, a century before Hopper illustrated the scene, you can see in the drawing (below) that the structure was truly a combination dam and bridge.
Hopper’s drawing (below) from the 1930’s shows the bridge structure pretty much as it stands today, with no Yankee Stadium or much development on the hill on the Bronx side of the Harlem River
A contemporary photograph shows how faithful Hopper’s sketch was.
Hopper’s relationship with Whitney began in 1920 when he had his first solo exhibition at the Whitney Studio Club, which closed in 1928 to make way for the Whitney Museum of American Art. Hopper’s work first appeared in the inaugural Whitney Biennial in 1932 and in 29 Biennials and Annuals through 1965, according to the museum. In 1968, Hopper’s widow, artist Josephine Nivison Hopper, bequeathed the entirety of his collection to the museum, which today is home to more than 3,100 works by the artist.
Edward Hopper’s New York will be on view from October 19, 2022, through March 5, 2023.
Calvary Church – 1908
A view of the Calvary M. E. Church on a 1908 postcard (at the corner of W. 129/ACP):
How Calculated: Number of children less than 6 years old tested in a given year with blood lead levels of 15 mcg/dL or greater, divided by the number of children less than 6 years old who were tested for lead poisoning in a given year; expressed as cases per 1,000 tested. The numbers in this table include all children tested within a given calendar year, regardless of whether they were tested in previous years with the same or different blood lead levels. While children can receive more than one test during the calendar year, children are only counted once using the highest confirmed blood lead level during the calendar year. If the child does not have a confirmed test in a given year, the child’s blood lead level is based on the highest capillary or unknown test type. This measure differs from the rate of children newly identified with blood lead levels of 15 mcg/dL or greater reported by the Health Department in other publications.
Read more about different measures used by the Health Department for surveillance of childhood lead poisoning.
Source: New York City Healthy Homes Program
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem is Open
After a long pause during COVID, the National Jazz Museum is open. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Head to their website to grab a timed ticket:
Harlem Rose Garden Concert
A People’s History of Strings
Created by Puerto Rican-American violinist and educator Skye Steele, A People’s History of Strings is an interactive musical and multi-media journey that traces the evolution of fiddles around the world. Starting from the first bowed instruments in Central Asia two thousand years ago, audiences travel through the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and back to the USA.
Woven into the narrative is Skye’s own family history of immigration, acculturation, and re-discovery, as reflected in the musical lineage of his grandfather, his mother, and himself.
A People’s History of Strings explores relationships between cultures by exposing the connections between musical traditions that range from jazz and salsa to the classical music of Europe and the Middle East, all while offering a deeper and de-colonized understanding of an instrument we thought we knew so well.
Gilbert Mansour – Middle Eastern and Latin percussion, drum set, vocals.
Mayteana Morales – Latin percussion, vocals.
Michael LaValle – Brazilian percussion, bass, cavaquinho, vocals.
Willerm Delisfort – piano, percussion
Refinancing Workshop from MMPCIA and Chase
Chase/MMPCIAMortgage Refinancing Workshop Thursday, October 14th, 6:30 pm an interactive workshop hosted by the Chase Community Branch Team to learn more about opportunities to refinance your home mortgage. In person (limited space) or via Zoom.
On Saturday, July 17, 2021 @ 12:30pm join the American Legion Post #398 of New Yorkin co-naming West 132 Street between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd and Frederick Douglass Blvd. This initiative by the Neighbors United of West 132 Street Block Association (or NUW 132) recently received the go-ahead from the City to co-name the block in honor of Evelyn Thomas, a longtime resident of W132 St who successfully fought back against the Urban Renewal Programs of Robert Moses, providing those who lived in the four-story brownstones on W132 St to remain in their homes, and allowing all of us residents of W132 St to live here now.
Please join your neighbors and attend the street co-naming ceremony to learn more about why the street will be co-named after this important local historical figure.
Cornerstone on West 129th Street
A truncated cornerstone on West 129th Street near ACP
An Op Ed in the Daily News on Harlem and Oversaturation