It’s called Drums Along the Hudson, and it’s an all day FREE festival of Native American drumming, dancing and story telling, at the northern tip of Manhattan, around where Peter Minuit purchase the island from the local tribe around 400 years ago. The Native American festival is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, May 20, 2012 at Inwood Hill Park, at 218th St. and Indian Road, rain or shine. This year there is an international flavor, so in addition to performances by the NYC-based Thunderbird American Indian Singers Dancers and other Native American groups, there also are dance performances by the New York Chinese Cultural Center and Jacques d’Ambroise’s National Dance Institute. Take the “A” train to 207th Street, or the #1 train to 215th St. and Broadway, and walk west, toward the Hudson River. There will be Native American crafts and food vendors, an environmental tent, and more, including a free bicycle valet for those who arrive by pedal power. The program is jointly sponsored by the NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation, the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, and Lotus Music & Dance. See you there. Call (212) 627-1076 ext 18 for more information.
Papacito is a popular Mexican restaurant and Agave tasting bar with two Manhattan locations. Both offer an $18.95 unlimited brunch buffet with unlimited Mimosas, Bellinis and Jack’s Punch drinks. The meal deal with drinks is for Saturday brunch only, not Sunday, and there’s a 90 minute limit, which means you can’t spend the entire afternoon scarfing down the tacos, chile rellenos, ceviche and atmosphere. From 11 AM to 3 PM Saturdays. Papacito locations are 2728 Broadway at 104th Street, and 233 Dyckman Street at Broadway. Go early to the Dyckman Street location, so you’ll be fortified for the climb up the hill in Fort Tryon Park to spend the rest of the day visiting the Cloisters, the Medieval castle atop the highest point in Manhattan. The park entrance is across Dyckman Street from Papacito. Or, head three blocks north on Broadway to visit the Dyckman House, the last remaining Dutch farmhouse in Manhattan, dating from the late 1600s. How do I know so much? Because I grew up in Inwood. Warning — the Papacito website blasts you with Mariachi music the moment you open it.
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posted by Evelyn Kanter
It’s called Drums Along the Hudson, and it’s an all day FREE festival of Native American drumming, dancing and story telling, at the northern tip of Manhattan, around where Peter Minuit purchase the island from the local tribe around 400 years ago. The Native American festival is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, May 22, 2011 at Inwood Hill Park, at 218th St. and Indian Road. Take the “A” train to 207th Street, or the #1 train to 215th St. and Broadway, and walk west, toward the Hudson River. There will be Native American crafts and food vendors, an environmental tent, and more. The program is jointly sponsored by the NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation, the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, and Lotus Music & Dance. See you there. Call (212) 627-1076 ext 18 for more information.
The Pied Piper Children’s Theatre of NYC is staging special weekend performances of the family pleasing musical SEUSSICAL, by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, directed by Rey-Rey, and choreographed by Brooke Wilson. This special staging of SEUSSICAL features children ages nine to 18 both on-stage and involved in backstage aspects of the production, making this both a fun experience and a great learning experience. Performances are 8 p.m. on Friday, March 18; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 19; and 4 p.m. on Sunday March 20, at thetheatre space of Holy Trinity Church, 20 Cumming Street in Inwwod, the most northern part of Manhattan. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children 16 and under, and seniors. For more information, call (212) 544-2976.
I grew up in Inwood, and trust me, Cumming St. is hard to find if you aren’t a local. Take the “A” train to the next-to-last stop, Dyckman/200th Street, walk one block north of Dyckman St., turn left onto Cumming Street to the church.
Make room for the holiday gifts you’ll be getting by bringing clean and dry textiles such as clothing, sheets and towels, scarves and hats, even sneakers, to the special recycling centers in our wonderful NYC Parks. Here’s the schedule for the next few days, including Christmas Day —
- 97th St. Greenmarket, 97th St. and Columbus Ave. on the Upper West Side, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The textile recycling tent is here every Friday, all year.
Saturday, December 25th, Christmas Day —
- Ft. Greene Greenmarket, Washington Park and DeKalb Ave., Ft. Greene, Brooklyn, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Union Square Greenmarket, 17th St. and Park Ave., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Prospect Park Greenmarket, Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Inwood Greenmarket, Inwood Hill Park, Isham St. near 207th St., Inwood, Manhattan, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For anybody who has ever looked up at the sky and wondered which group of stars is Orion’s Belt, or just where to find Jupiter, you can find out in these FREE programs with astronomy experts on Saturdday, November 13th.
Join the Amateur Astronomy Association of New York at the Fort Greene Park Visitor Center, at 5 p.m. (weather permitting) for a chance to look at the heavens through high-powered telescopes. Fort Greene is in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, of course.
A similar program is held every Saturday at 8:30 p.m. through Christmas Day, in Inwood Hill Park, courtesy of Northern Manhattan Parks and the Inwood Astronomy Project. This group also holds Stargazing programs in Fort Tryon Park on the second Wednesday of each month. Meet at Payson Avenue and Beak Street, north of Dyckman St.
Find a complete listing of monthly NYC Parks events on the NYC Parks website.
The yoga studio Bread and Yoga is celebrating its first anniversary this weekend with a schedule of free classes, displays of work by local artists, music and more. The studio is the only one in Inwood, at 4951 Broadway, at the corner of 207th St. Click here for a full schedule of events, which starts with a community potluck party on Saturday night.
Also while you are in Inwood, check out the The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park, the uptown branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, filled with a world-class collection of medieval art.
Find more great places to visit in Inwood and other parts of NYC in my new iPhone, iPad, iTouch app, NYC Free and Frugal, and in my NYC guidebook, Peaceful Places: 129 Tranquil Sites.
Thanks to Carla Zanoni of DNAInfo for alerting me to the Bread and Yoga open house weekend.
Buy some books and help the Inwood Branch of the New York Public Library. The annual Autumn Book Sale on Saturday, October 2nd, from noon to 4 pm. helps clear the shelves and raise money at the same time. And you get a bargain read. Take the kids and make it a day-trip.
The Inwood library is across the street from the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, the oldest Dutch farmhouse in Manhattan. It is a gem, with Revolutionary Era furninshings and military uniforms on display. Check out the lovely little garden out back. This is one of my favorite spots in all of New York City. Perhaps because I grew up a few blocks away, and spent a lot of time in both in the Inwood library and in the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, which I consider one of the most peaceful places in New York City. Both are at Broadway and 204th St., in between the Dyckman St. and 207th St. subway stops on the A train.