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.

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You are cordially invited to attend a cocktail reception atop the Acropolis in Marcus Garvey Park sponsored by the Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association (MMPCIA), along with its steering committee of neighbors and friends, the Dept of Parks & Recreation and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.

We are excited to celebrate our fundraising success of $4M to restore Harlem’s Mount Morris Fire Watchtower in Marcus Garvey Park and to honor Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, Council Member Inez E. Dickens, Veronica M. White, Commissioner, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation team: Larry S. Blackmon, Deputy Commissioner, Community Outreach, and William T. Castro, Manhattan Borough Commissioner!

The Daily News even had something to say about our success!

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A Midsummer Night's Picnic
And now it’s time for ours …

MMPCIA’s 5th Annual Midsummer Night’s Potluck Picnic in the Park,
Tuesday, July 30, from 6:00–8:30 pm.

It’s our way of saying thanks! We hope you’ll join us as we celebrate summer with friends and neighbors and acknowledge all of you who have helped and supported the efforts of MMPCIA by joining the team and bringing energy and enthusiasm to the organization and the community.

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2013 House Tour logoFor more than 23 years the community of Mount Morris Park has been opening our doors and inviting New Yorkers from across the island and visitors from around the world into our homes. And we’re happy to do so again for the 24th time in our tour called Details: Architectural. Artistic. Authentic.

2013 House Tour DetailsThis year’s tour around the Mount Morris Park section of Harlem will feature homes, churches and even an iconic funeral parlor with a nationwide reputation and a remarkable example of Tiffany glasswork.

True to our theme, you’ll see the details in each location that make it special–from grand scope skylights to marquetry and parquetry flooring; from friezes and elegant wainscoting to plexiglass and repurposed floor joists; from clawfoot tubs to cutting-edge kitchens; from original staircases in vintage brownstones to elegant add-ons that update contemporary environments.

For a quick preview, check us out on NY1 and on YouTube. Refreshments will be available at some key locations and music on Lenox Avenue.

Sunday, June 9, 11 AM-4 PM.
Don’t miss this once-a-year chance to peek
inside historic Harlem!

11 AM to 4 PM: Follow the Self-Guided Tour of Homes at your leisure. Visit 10 venues including brownstone homes, live/work apartments, a landmark church and an iconic funeral parlor with a nationwide reputation and remarkable example of Tiffany glasswork.

1 PM and 3 PM: Join the Architectural Walking Tour with Neal Shoemaker of Harlem Heritage Tours and explore this historic neighborhood’s rich architectural detail and history.

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, that was designated a NYC landmark in 1967 and a national landmark in 1976. A neighborhood grassroots campaign led by MMPCIA is underway for a complete overhaul of the watchtower and acropolis.

12 Noon and 2 PM: Go Inside & Intimate in Historic Harlem with Yale-trained architect and historian, John Reddick. You’ll explore inside three extraordinary houses in the Mount Morris Park Historic District that are not on the regular tour. Group size is limited. This popular 1.5 hour guided tour requires a separate ticket which may be purchased in advance or, if space is available, at the Tour Start.

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.

Next MMPCIA Meeting

Tues, May 20, 7-8:30 PM
On the Agenda:
See info to the right.
Meeting Location:
Head Start Center
15 MMPW at W122 Street
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Next Mount Morris Talks!

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guest speaker.

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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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MMPW & W122 St
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