2013 House Tour logoFor 25 years the community of Mount Morris Park has been opening our doors and inviting New Yorkers from across the island and around the world into our homes. And we are happy to continue this tradition.

2013 House Tour DetailsJoin us in celebrating our Silver Anniversary, Opening Our Doors for 25 Years!

This year’s tour around the Mount Morris Park section of Harlem will feature homes and gardens, and we’re working on some special ideas for our local businesses as well.

Sunday, June 8, 11 AM-4 PM.
Come join us for this very special event!

11 AM to 4 PM: Follow the  Self-Guided Tour of Homes at your leisure. Visit more than 10 venues including brownstone homes in a range of styles from classic renovation to open-plan loft, high-floor apartments, sculpture garden + bee house and other outdoor spaces, and even a work in progress.  

12 Noon and 2 PM: Go Inside & Intimate in Historic Harlem with renowned historians Michael Henry Adams and John T. Reddick. Each guide will take you inside four of the extraordinary treasures in the Mount Morris Park Historic District that are not on the regular tour.  Group size is limited for these popular 1.5 hour guided tours, which require a separate ticket. We suggest reserving these tickets in advance as they sell out fast. We offer a discount package when guided and regular tour tickets are purchased together.

Michael Henry Adams                     John Reddick

2 PM: Join the Marcus Garvey Park Fire Watchtower Walking Tour and follow preservation architect Angel Ayón to the top of the acropolis to view the 158-year old cast iron tower, the only surviving structure of its kind in New York City. It was designated a NYC landmark in 1967 and a national landmark in 1976. Last year a neighborhood grassroots campaign led by MMPCIA and Marcus Garvey Park Alliance helped secure funding for its restoration. This may be the last time you can see it before the work begins. 

Throughout the day: Enjoy live music at Mount Morris Ascension Church and other locations along Lenox Avenue.

 

Advance Tickets are no longer available.

You can purchase tickets at the Tour Start.

$35 for General Admission self-guided tour.

$20 for General Admission for Mount Morris Park Residents with proof of address.

$70 for Inside and Intimate guided tour.

Space is currently available for the 2pm tour.

$90 for Both Inside and Intimate guided tour & General Admission self guided tour.

Shine or Rain—Everything begins at the Tour Start:

The Pelham Fritz Community Center, 18 Mount Morris Park West (aka Fifth Avenue) and West 122 Street. Here you can buy tickets, pick up tickets reserved in advance, check out the souvenirs, and meet the the Walking Tour Guides.

How to get here: Subways: A, B, C, D, 2, 3, and 4, 5, & 6 to 125th Street. Buses: M1, M7 and M102. Driving: Enter your start point below.

College Scholarship logo

The MMPCIA $4,000 Scholarship Award began in 2009 as a way of honoring college-bound Harlem high school seniors who live in Greater Mount Morris Park/Central Harlem Community from 110th to 135th Streets between Morningside and Third Avenues.

Beginning each February, the MMPCIA Scholarship Committee reaches out to area high school teachers, guidance counselors, parents and students. The application is available by emailing the Scholarship Committee at scholarship@mmpcia.org or can be downloaded below. The completed applications are reviewed by a neutral group of judges and one winner will be selected each year. The recipient’s award will be disbursed in the amount of $1,000 each year and renewable for up to four years as long as the student continues as a full time student in good standing.

Funds for the Scholarship Award are raised primarily though proceeds from MMPCIA’s two major fund raising efforts—the Annual Historic Neighborhood House Tour in June each year and the Holiday Gala in December—and through generous contributions from neighborhood donors specifically to the scholarship fund.

Download the 2014 Application.

Deadline is June 1, 2014.

Mount Morris Tastes logo

 

On Thursday, May 1st, from 6:30-8:30 PM, join us for Mount Morris Tastes, MMPCIA’s annual spring membership drive and celebration that also offers a chance to sample the fare from our local businesses.

Please join us for our annual wine tasting and membership party.

•Sample wines poured by Uptown Cellars on Lenox Ave.
•Enjoy taste treats for every taste from neighborhood eateries Amy Ruth’s, Baobab Gouygi, Blvd Bistro and Island Salad.
•Get to know your neighbors and make new friends.
•Renew your membership in the Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association or join us for the first time.

 

MMPCIA Members: Free  |  Guests & Friends: $10
Join or renew today!

¡Salud!

Thursday, May 1st, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Harlem Haberdashery, 245 Lenox Ave, Harlem

April General Meeting has been postponed to May

Mount Morris Tastes May 1st 

Because of the way that Passover and Easter Holy Week fall in the calendar this year, we will not have our regular April general meeting this week.
Instead, we hope you’ll join us for a May Day version of Mount Morris Tastes, the annual membership celebration that lets you sip the wines and taste the fare from our local businesses.
So put May 1 on your calendar and we’ll see you at
Harlem Haberdashery at 6:30 PM.
The event is free to members — you can join on the spot.
Suggested donation for guests is $10.
Watch for more details in upcoming eblasts and flyers.

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In case you were unable to attend

or just looking for more detail, please see our recap of the meeting.

March Meeting Notes

 

We hope to see you!
Tuesday, February 18, 7:00- 8:30 PM

Head Start Center at Ascension Presbyterian Church
15 Mount Morris Park West, between W121– W122

We want to be first on your Holiday Calendar!

MMPCIA Holiday BananerOn Thursday, December 12, from 7  to 11 PM, the Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association holds its 6th Annual Holiday Gala & Fundraiser. Neighbors and friends are warmly invited to gather and kick off the holiday season with festivities, food, music and mingling—and support the community by placing bids at the Silent Auction.

The Annual Holiday Gala & Fundraiser is one of MMPCIA’s important fundraising efforts. This year’s auction proceeds will support the annual Scholarship Award given to a Harlem high school student on the way to college and and other MMPCIA community efforts set forth in its annual goals.

But don’t wait until the party to get started! The Online Auction is now up until 5 PM day-of, offering special merchandise, unique opportunities and gift certificates. New items are offered daily. A Silent Auction at the event will offer items generously donated by our neighbors and businesses. Bid often and generously! Read the rest of this entry »

Michael Henry Adams

He’s the fellow with the bowler hat and boutonniere — and the aplomb to carry it off!

Ohio native-turned-quintessential Harlemite, Michael Henry Adams, brings his wit and wisdom to this month’s Mount Morris Talks! on Thursday, November 21 at 6:30 PM.

From Columbia University’s graduate historic preservation program to the real-world expertise and insights of the well-schooled docent, Michael Henry Adams is a tireless advocate for preserving Harlem’s architecture as well as its culture.Two books by Michael Adams

Renowned and respected as a writer, lecturer, historian and activist, his books include Harlem Lost and Found: An Architectural and Social History and Style and Grace: African Americans at Home as well as the work in progress Homo Harlem: A Chronicle of Lesbian and Gay Life in the African American Cultural Capital.

Mr. Adams is never short of opinions, so if you haven’t joined him on a walking tour, don’t miss this opportunity to join him on a verbal one!

Join us at 6:30 PM, Thursday, November 21, in the Head Start Center, Mount Morris Ascension Church, 15 Mount Morris Park West betw/W121 and W122 Streets.

Mount Morris Talks! logo

Mount Morris Talks! is a series of conversations between the community and leaders, news makers, artists, authors and thinkers who live in the Harlem area. MMPCIA is proud to sponsor this series and offers it free of charge to the community.

Hee, Hee, Hee!

Here’s what’s brewing:

Thursday, October 31
5-7 PM:
Trick-or-Treating Around Mount Morris Park Neighborhood!
The kids will enjoy climbing up and down the stoops to fill those loot bags. The Trick-or-Treat-Friendly houses will be marked with orange balloons. The list of participating houses is now available for download.

Thank you to all our neighbors for sharing
their Halloween spirits with our youth!

 

All events are offered free to the neighborhood residents and friends.

If you’ve visited Marcus Garvey Park lately you’re sure to have noticed major changes with traffic flow and access into the Park. Why all these dramatic alterations?

The history of Marcus Garvey Park and traffic issues goes back many decades. The four blocks of Fifth Avenue that wrap around the west side of the Park from W124 to W120 Streets called Mount Morris Park West (MMPW) used to have four moving lanes for traffic and no traffic signals.

The death of a child and significant property damage on W120 Street.

It took the death of a child crossing into the Park in November, 1973, to convince the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) that a traffic light at MMPW and W122 Street was warranted.

Then, in 1991, in response to continuing community pleas to help control the speeding and weaving of traffic down MMPW and property damage as a result of

Car crashes on W120 StreetPainted street lines on MMPW

the dangerous, poorly banked 90° left turn from MMPW onto W120 Street, DOT applied the painted street markings narrowing the moving lanes from four to two, added two striped buffer lanes and “islands” to decrease the width of the street and direct cars into the left turns. A traffic light was also installed at W120 Street.



40 years later: The safety issues were still not resolved.

The speeding and weaving of traffic, unsafe access into the Park and property damage on W120 Street had not abated with the painted street markings. Over the years, the community continued to work with DOT on these unresolved issues.

Read the rest of this entry »

Next MMPCIA Meeting

May Meeting
Tuesday May 27 from 7-8:30 PM
On the Agenda:
Plenty to do in the park and a house tour coming up
Meeting Location:
Head Start Center
15 MMPW at W122 Street

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The Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association is a neighborhood non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to revitalizing and preserving our Historic District and beyond, to fostering an environment of open and active opportunities, and to reflecting a spectrum of voices, ideas and opinions of those who share the neighborhood.

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