Let's explore the food joints, parks, and museums of way, way uptown neighborhoods in Manhattan, such as Inwood, Hudson Heights, Sugar Hill, and Washington Heights. Join us whether you live in one of these areas, are new to town, or want to discover some of the best (and more underrated) parts of NYC. Activities will be planned as affordable tours that combine walking, grabbing a bite, and/or some kind of cultural experience. I look forward to meeting you soon!
Home to jazz great Duke Ellington? Check.
Turreted mansion of ringmaster James Anthony Bailey of Barnum & Bailey Circus? Check.
Dozens of outdoor bird murals in an area where John James Audubon also lived? Check, check, check.
The Sugar Hill neighborhood—145th to 155th Streets, between Edgecombe and Amsterdam Avenues—is one of upper Manhattan’s most vibrant historic districts. The neighborhood has cultural ties to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and ‘30s. Back in its heyday, residents were known to enjoy “the sweet life.” Rich in history and lined with gorgeous architecture, Sugar Hill has landmarks aplenty to explore. Today there is also a plethora of street art, thanks to the Audubon Mural Project.
This meetup features a free walking tour followed by a meal.
2 pm: Meet on the corner of 145th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue outside of the A,C,B,D subway station.
2-3:30 pm: Walk the streets to see landmarks and view street art. Along the way, I’ll discuss the neighborhood's history and architecture.
3:30-5 pm: Take a break from walking to enjoy a bite to eat and conversation with new friends at Tsion Café, an Ethiopian / Mediterranean restaurant that is one of the area's eclectic food spots. Read this New York Times review: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/07/dining/tsion-cafe-harlem.html
1. Participation in this meetup is free, but you have to pay for any food / drinks at Tsion Café. Please plan accordingly.
2. This meetup is rain or shine unless the weather is exceptionally bad, i.e., blizzard or Nor'easter conditions (you never know in March in NYC.) Dress comfortably as we'll do a healthy amount of walking and be spending time indoors and outdoors.