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!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Parade, Costume Contest, Music Games, Treats in Marcus Garvey Park 2:30-5 PM:

Make Some Noise Costume Parade begins in front of the Marcus Garvey Park Toddler Playground at W124 Street. Bring your instruments and noise makers and join in the show! Be sure to bring your noise makers, drums, rattles and whistles! Costume Contest. Categories include Babies, Children, Adults — and back by popular request — Pets*! Music, Games, Treats for ghosts of all ages.

Trick or Treating 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!

We need volunteers: How about giving us a few much needed
volunteer hours? It’s fun, rewarding — and good community service
for the older kids. Send us your contact information today at halloween@mmpcia.org!


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Our neighbor, pioneer in dance and in the renaissance of the  Mount Morris community, Carolyn Adams, brings her grace and wisdom to this month’s Mount Morris Talks! on Thursday, October 8 at 6:30 PM.
CAROLYN ADAMS performed as a principal dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company from 1965-1982, creating roles in numerous Taylor masterworks. She remains active in Company affairs, currently as faculty and Board member. As educator, she chaired Dance/USA’s National Task Force on Dance Education and is Co-Chair of the New York State Regents’ Blue Ribbon Commission on the Arts.
Ms. Adams holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MSW from Fordham University. In 1969, she, with her sister, Julie Adams Strandberg and their parents Julius and Olive Arnold Adams, established the Harlem Dance Studio and Foundation. Housed in their restored brownstone, its purpose was to foster and preserve “an endangered art form in an endangered community.” She would hold dance classes in the garden level to teach the children in the community. Ms. Adams is Co-Founder of the American Dance Legacy Initiative, housed at Brown University, and Founding Artistic Director of the New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA) School of Dance. Faculty Emerita at the Juilliard School, she currently teaches Taylor technique at the Alvin Ailey School.

Please join us when
Mount Morris Talks to Carolyn Adams! 

Thursday, October 8 at 6:30 PM
Head Start Center, Mount Morris Ascension Church
15 Mount Morris Park West (betw/W121-W122 Streets)
Mount Morris Talks! are monthly conversations between the community and leaders, newsmakers, artists, authors and thinkers who live in the Harlem area. With this series MMPCIA is reviving the Harlem Renaissance tradition of cultural and intellectual salon that flourished 80 years ago MMPCIA, a 501(c)(3) since 1985, is proud to sponsor this series and offers it free of charge to the community.

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A Midsummer Night's Picnic
What is Summer without a Picnic!!

A Midsummer Night’s Community Potluck Picnic hosted by MMPCIA,
Thursday, August 6, from 6:00–8:00 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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Our theme this year is Old Places, New Spaces. Since the first house tour some 25+ years ago, Harlem in general and the Mount Morris Park area in particular have seen both thoughtful new builds and the restoration of iconic neighborhood treasures. This tour will take you inside some of each − from cutting-edge contemporaries and creative updates to classic elegance that retains the glamour of a bygone era and eclectic combinations that meld bits of all the best. In short, the places and spaces that we call home.

2013 House Tour Details

Sunday, June 14, 11 AM-4 PM.

11 AM to 4 PM: Follow the “Old Places, New Spaces” Self-Guided Tour of Homes at your leisure. Visit more than 10 venues including a marvelous mansion in mid-restoration, brownstone homes in a range of styles with period details, live-work spaces, a luxury high garden, home as gallery showcasing how culture and neighborhood resonate, inside-the-walls peeks at works in progress, and opportunities to talk with small business owners who have turned their spaces into unique environments reflecting their own history and their embrace of Harlem. 

Michael Henry Adams11 AM and 3 PM: Join renowned historian Michael Henry Adams on a Restaurant Stroll down Lenox Ave for a guided tour and tasting of Historic Harlem at five great Mount Morris Park restaurants. You’ll be introduced to restaurant proprietors and chefs and you’ll sample a feast of food and drinks selected especially for you! Stops include Harlem Shake, Boulevard Bistro, Cheri, Barawine and Settepani. Spots are limited. Price includes ticket to self-guided house tour.

John Reddick12:30 PM and 4 PM Join John Reddick, Harlem historian and Columbia University Community Scholar for a tour exploring Harlem’s Black & Jewish Music Culture 1890-1930. The neighborhood of Mt Morris Park and the theaters of 125th Street served as home and training ground to Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Bessie Smith, Sophie Tucker and many others. Come see where they lived, performed, prayed and played!! The tour also includes a viewing with Mr Reddick of his exhibition of historic Black and Jewish sheet music and memorabilia at Settepani Restaurant along with a 25% coupon discount for tour participants to dine at Settepani that day or on a return visit. Spots are limited. Price does not include ticket to self-guided house tour.

2 PM: Join the Marcus Garvey Park Fire Watchtower Walking Tour and follow preservation architect Angel Ayón to the top of the acropolis. Learn about the current restoration of the 158-year old cast iron tower and future plans for this beloved mountaintop location. A neighborhood grassroots campaign led by MMPCIA and Marcus Garvey Park Alliance helped secure funding for the watchtower’s restoration and continues with community visioning sessions for revitalizing the acropolis. This tour is included in the Self-Guided Tour ticket.

Eventbrite - 26th Annual Mount Morris Park House 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. 

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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 membership@mmpcia.org.

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

Next MMPCIA Meeting

Member Annual Meeting:
Nov 17, 7 PM
Meeting Location:
Head Start Center
15 MMPW at W122 Street

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