There’s something special about Harlem in the fall. That special time right before the holidays—listen, give Thanksgiving a chance y’all—where the air is crisp, shows are in full swing, and the nightlife is in full effect. That’s the Harlem we love. Whether you’re a hardcore Harlemite (hey girl, hey!) or stopping by to get a taste of our culture, welcome, November is a good month to be here. For us, we can’t wait to relax in the warm and cozy Chai Wali lounge on Lenox Avenue with a big cup of Chai Tea and light fare. And the cool interior? A must see in Harlem. And that’s just the beginning.
I gathered my people to see what they had to share. Here’s our picks of what’s happening in Harlem this month.
For the family
“This time of year I recommend my guests to enjoy the parks in Harlem. Especially Morningside Park near 110th St. Very family friendly. While at the park, make sure to check out the Farmer’s Market at 110th and Manhattan Ave. Fresh produce nearly every week with seasonal vegetables and good cheese selections too. For shopping, Flame Keepers Hat Club at FDB and 123rd is the place to get a stylish seasonal hat.” ~ Norbert K. Owner, Harlem Flat (vacation rental)
For the adventurer
“I would completely suggest a walking tour of the Hamilton Heights with a tour guide. They can offer knowledge and in depth views of the Hudson River, Palisades Mountain, and the George Washington Bridge. Walk over to Filtered to enjoy a enjoy a warm latte with the neo-gothic architecture of City College campus just across the street. There’s also the Riverside Park off the Hudson or, if you’re up for an adventure, check out the Morris-Jumel mansion and discover the ghost of Eliza.” ~ Bernariend S., Hamilton Heights Resident
For the art lover
The only place to go that fuses the legacy of Harlem’s culture with contemporary artists of color is Harlem Stage Gatehouse. Home to a host of events throughout the year that showcase the bright ideas and artistic freedoms of some seriously good talent. This month, Waterworks at 10: Visionary Artists and Transformative Art is the series that incorporates discussion and reflection on the works that have been created in the Harlem Stage Gatehouse over the last decade. Come for the culture, community, and a look toward the future on Wednesday, November 16 at 7:30pm. Enjoy performances by Carl Hancock Rux, Stew, Meshell Ndegeocell, and Rich Blint. Price: $50; includes dinner and beverages.
Anything we missed? Let us know what’s happening in your part of Harlem or what you’re planning to check out while you’re here.