Find out about the timeline to restore the Fire Watchtower in Marcus Garvey Park and get your questions answered by the Department of Parks.

Wednesday, December 10, 7:00-8:00

Pelham Fritz Recreation Center

18 Mount Morris Park West  and W 122st


This meeting will address the next steps in the restoration process of the Mount  Morris Fire Watchtower in Marcus Garvey Park.
  • We will be given a PowerPoint presentation by John Krawchuk, Director of Historic Preservation, NYC Parks who will give a brief history of the cast iron structure and its current condition, and recommendations for repair. NYC Parks Report.
  • NYC Parks Commissioner William Castro will also be in attendance to answer any questions.

Dismantling of the Fire Watchtower will commence the week of Dec 1st, 2014 with a scheduled completion/installation by the summer of 2017.

Sponsored by Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association and Marcus Garvey Park Alliance


Tuesday, November 18, at 7 PM

Mount Morris Ascension Head Start Center

15 Mount Morris Park West (btwn W121/W122 Streets)

The Annual Meeting is a special meeting of the MMPCIA membership at which the president gives a wrap-up of a very full year of events and accomplishments, and elections are held to fill vacant seats on the Board of Directors.

This year, we have six (6) vacant board seats and seven (7) candidates for the election!!

Syderia Asberry-Chresfield, Gregory Carey, Patricia Pates Eaton, Kathleen Hulser, Robert Pair,  Gina Ramcharan, Todd Stevens

Candidate Statements are available for download here so you can review each candidate’s background, interests and ideas in advance. Each candidate will have five minutes to introduce themselves to the group followed by a short question and answer opportunity.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to submit an absentee ballot, please email us at

To be eligible to vote, members must be in good standing and current in dues.  We hope you will join today.

Hee, Hee, Hee!

The Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association has some old-fashioned Halloween Fun planned for the neighborhood kids — and the young at heart!

Friday, October 31

5-7 PM:

Trick-or-Treating Around Mount Morris Park Neighborhood! The kids will enjoy going from stoop to stoop to fill their loot bags.

Here is the list of Trick-or-Treat Friendly houses in the neighborhood. They are also marked with a balloon!



St. Martin’s Episcopal ChurchRaise the Roof 150 px

230 Lenox Avenue at 122nd Street 

New York, New York 10027


Saturday, September 27, 2014

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

*Rain Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014*

“Raise the Roof” is undertaking a Capital Campaign to renovate St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, (including the “Copper Covered Pyramidal Steeple,” the “Carillon” and The Rectory).

 Clown, Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, Food, and Bargains Galore!


Vendors Welcome
Space Reservation Contact: 212.534.4531
Click here for more information about becoming a vendor.

Donations Welcome
Click here for more information about giving donations.


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

MMPCIA’s 6th Annual Midsummer Night’s Potluck Picnic in the Park,
Thursday, August 14, 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.

RSVP today! 

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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 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!


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.


Next MMPCIA Meeting

A special March General Meeting celebrating Women's History Month
Tuesday March 17, 7 PM
Meeting Location:
Head Start Center
15 MMPW at W122 Street

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Our Mission

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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Annual College Scholarship.

2014 applications now available for download.

Help St. Martin’s Church Raise the Roof!

Upcoming MMPCIA Neighborhood Events

10 AM–2 PM
Dines Farms Meats

Naturally raised & processed
MMPW & W122 St
Look for Jay's van!

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We are grateful for the generous support of our sponsors: