Tuesday, July 22, 2008


There will be another presentation about the new addition of the Hamilton Grange at 141st and St. Nicholas Park.

Details are below:

Saturday, August 16th at 2:00 PM

Please call 212-666-1640 for reservations and location

Monday, July 21, 2008


Please join the Friends of St. Nicholas Park for our 7th Annual Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival. I had a great time attending last year! I met up with some friends and brought a blanket, some take out food and my dog. We had fun and I'm sure this year will be no exception.

The first film plays this Wednesday July 23rd at 8:00pm. It is a short film program with documentaries "made by real New Yorkers, about real New Yorkers. These films tell the true stories of the people that make everything happen in this, the greatest city on earth. It's your city, take a look."

Then, on Thursday July 24th at 8pm check out Hip Hop Revolution. This is "an exploration of the lives of a generation so touched by this genre and its culture that they are inspired to question, survive and conquer an unjust political system. Through the struggles of DJs, B-Boys, MCs and creative graffiti artists."

Both films have live performances before hand and all take place at the 135th Street plaza in St. Nicholas Park. Be sure to grab a piece of grass and check it out!

For more information, including rain venues and other films in other Historic Harlem Parks, click on the Blog tittle to be taken to the main website.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Shrine, Our Neighborhood Pub

I wanted to spotlight one of my favorite places to hang in Harlem: Shrine Bar Restauraunt/World Music Venue, located on Adam Clayton Powell between 133rd and 134th. This isn't an ordinary bar, it's a glorious melting pot of culture, art, music, food and of course, sweet, sweet libations.

On any given night you can enjoy a quiet drink with some of the best chicken kabab and couscous in town or on another night, some excellent spoken word, live hip hop or even live theatre.

The ambiance is a true reflection of what Shrine is about. The lighting is just right and the walls are lined with art and classic album covers; everything from Barbara Striesand to Prince.

As many of you know, several of us like to hang there after a long day of work and/or a quick meet up at the dog park. The drinks are affordable with a daily happy hour beginning at 6:00pm (end time depends on the day) and the food is tasty. I'm a fan of the Medeterane Plate and the Chicken and Fries.

This Saturday night is the perfect time to stop by-perhaps after a day at Governor's Island? They have an awesome line up of live entertainment beginning at 7pm with various spoken word artists and music including vocalist Christine Melton and her trio and Sista Zock. AND there is no cover!

For more information visit their website. There is a full calendar of events as well as a menu.

Don't miss out on this Harlem Gem. Support local Harlem business!

City of Water Day

Please join us for City of Water Day, Saturday, July 26th, at Governors Island. City of Water Day will be a fun and free festival with fishing provided by I Fish New York, music with Eric Bibb, historic walking tours by the National Park Service, a boat tour of our working waterfront and a lecture on algae by CUNY professors. If you are interested in taking the Water Taxi tour, leaving East 90th Street at 9am, Please RSVP at 212-281-3033. Let them know your name and how many guests will be joining.

Please visit their website for more details concerning all of the fun activities going on through out the day.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Harassment In The Park

Recently, it was brought to our attention that there have been some kids throwing rocks from Hamilton Terrace, down at people below in the park. Please be aware that these incidents have been occurring.

This information has been passed on to the NYPD. Please be advised that if you ever feel that your safety is threatened, be it rock throwing, harassment or a dangerous off-leash dog, always dial 911.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Come Support Broadway Barks

As many of you know, there have been several dogs abandoned in the dog run and in the park over the past few years. Most recently, we found a Pit Bull that Stray From The Heart was kind enough to foster. Without these small foster networks, many of these dogs wouldn't have a chance at a new life. If you are interested in adopting a dog or know someone who might be interested, this Saturday is the perfect day to visit with some wonderful dogs that need good homes at Broadway Barks.

The event is a star-studded dog and cat adopt-a-thon benefiting New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies. So even if you're not able to take home a new furry friend, they can really use your support.

Also, feel free to contact Beth (from Stray From The Heart) at her website if you are interested in volunteering or donating (this is not just monetary-she needs cleaning supplies, old sheets, towels etc.).

For more Broadway Barks details, see information below:


Saturday, July 12
3:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.

Sebastian Arcelus, Christine Baranski, Laura Benanti, Bill Berloni, Kerry Butler, Victoria Clark, Glenn Close, Charlotte d'Amboise, Harvey Fierstein, Boyd Gaines, Peter Gallagher, Joel Grey, Shuler Hensley, Jackie Hoffman, Cheyenne Jackson, Andy Karl, Lacey Kohl, Nathan Lane, Li Jun Li, Michael Longoria, Mario Lopez, Priscilla Lopez, Andrea Martin, Heather McRae, Matthew Morrison, Judy McLane, Michael Mulheren, Bebe Neuwith, Orfeh, Faith Prince, Pamela Remler, Loretta Ables Sayer, Jennifer Smith, among others

With a book signing by Bernadette Peters of her new Best Selling Children's book,
Broadway Barks at 12:30 p.m.

Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters will host the tenth annual BROADWAY BARKS!, a star-studded dog and cat adopt-a-thon benefiting New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies. The event, produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and sponsored by the ASPCA and PEDIGREE� with additional sponsorship by the New York Times will take place on Saturday, July 12th in Shubert Alley (located between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue). The festivities begin at 3:30 p.m.; celebrity presentations of pets from citywide animal shelters will take place between 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Moore and Peters will be joined by such luminaries of the stage as Christine Baranski (Boeing Boeing), Victoria Clark (The Marriage of Bette & Boo), Glenn Close, Harvey Fierstein (A Catered Affair), Boyd Gaines (Gypsy), Shuler Hensley (Young Frankenstein), Cheyenne Jackson (Xanadu), Andy Karl (Legally Blonde), Lacey Kohl (Cry Baby), Nathan Lane (November), Mario Lopez (A Chorus Line), Priscilla Lopez (In the Heights), Orfeh (Legally Blonde), Judy McLane (Mamma Mia!), Matthew Morrison (South Pacific), Faith Prince (A Catered Affair), who will be presenting the animals for adoption. More stars will be announced in the coming weeks.

Marking the 10th Anniversary of the organization, BROADWAY BARKS 10 will again help many of New York City's shelter animals find permanent homes by informing New Yorkers about the plight of the thousands of "homeless" dogs and cats in the metropolitan area. Last year's BROADWAY BARKS! attracted an audience of more than 6,000 theater fans, pet owners, and animal lovers, and featured the participation of more than 24 animal shelters from the New York City area, as well as Broadway stars from the hit shows of the season.

BROADWAY BARKS 10 will feature a sampling of potential pets from several New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies, including A Cause for Paws, Adopt A Boxer Rescue, Animal Haven, Anjellicle Cats Rescue, ASPCA, AC&C, BARC, Bide-A-Wee, Bobbi & the Strays, City Critters, Humane Society of New York, Husky House, Kitty Kind, Long Island Greyhound Rescue, Loving Touch, Metropolitan Maltese Rescue, Mid Atlantic Great Dane Rescue, NYC Siamese Rescue, Pet-I-Care, PLUTO, Russell Refuge, Staten Island Council for Animal Welfare, Stray from the Heart, Tigger Foundation, Arf, and Save Kitty. Representatives from these organizations will be on hand to offer educational information on spaying and neutering.

BROADWAY BARKS 10 will also feature an auction of celebrity-autographed memorabilia. Proceeds from the auction and other donations received during the day will benefit the shelters and organizations attending BROADWAY BARKS 10.

For more information about BROADWAY BARKS 10, call (212) 840-0770, extension 477.

French Film Festival in St. Nicholas Park, One Night Only

Je ne suis pas là pour être aimé : Free Film on July 11 at Saint Nicholas Park

Part of ’Films on the Green’, the French Movie Festival in NYC Parks

The critically-acclaimed movie Je ne suis pas là pour être aimé, by Stéphane Brizé is part of Cinéma Sur l’Herbe | Films on the Green, a free French movie festival happening in NYC Parks. The sub-titled screening will take place Friday July 11 at sunset (around 8.30 pm) at Saint Nicholas Park.

The screening will be followed by a party.

Famous Argentine duo Tito Castro (Bandoneon) and Pancho Navarro (classic guitar) will perform two sets: the 1st one at 10:30 and then the 2nd one at 11:30. Each set will be approx 30 minutes.

In between the Live Music sets, DJ Ko Tanaka will play a variety of tangos, valses and milongas for the film festival attendees until the end of the event. DJ Ko Tanaka is very well-known in the NYC Tango community. In addition to his great mix of Tangos, Valses & Milongas, he has been an organizer of Tango dance events.


* Director: Stéphane Brizé

* Cast: Patrick Chesnais, Anne Consigny, Georges Wilson, Lionel Abelanski, Geneviève Mnich, Hélène Alexandridis, Cyril Couton, Anne Benoit, Olivier Claverie, Marie-Sohna Condé

* Genre : Comedy

* Running time: 1h 33mn

* Awards: *** CEC Award for Best Film – 2005 San Sebastián International Film Festival ***

*** Special Prize of the Jury – 2006 Verona Love Screens Film Festival ***


Fifty-year-old Jean-Claude Delsart, worn out by his police work, gave up on the idea of life offering any sweet surprises some time ago. But he hadn’t counted on just what would happen when he finally got up the nerve to learn the tango.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Friends Monthly Meeting next Tuesday, July 8th at 7pm

The Friends of St. Nicholas Park are holding our monthly meeting next Tuesday, July 8th at 7pm at St. Mark's Church. St. Mark's Church is located at 55 Edgecombe Avenue at the intersection of 137th Street, Edgecombe and St. Nicholas Avenues. This is an important meeting because we need lots of volunteers to make our exciting summer events happen! Below is a list of areas our group needs help in.

Please spread the word and bring a friend or two! Some of our new events this year include the possibility of hosting an art fair. We are still in need volunteers for our always popular Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival which happens July 22 and 23rd in the Plaza.

Website Developer: someone who can help us update our website and blog with our events in our park.

Events Promoter: someone to volunteer to hang posters in local stores, recreation centers and our park’s bulletin boards to help us promote our events and meetings.

Flyer/Advertising Designer: The Friends have an opportunity to create ads and printed posters for our events. Unfortunately, we need a designer with some time to help us in this endeavor.

Event Volunteers: For our events, we need help in promoting the park to event attendees as well as gathering email addresses for our mailing lists.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer please contact us at info@stnicholaspark.org

July Coffee Bark This Saturday, July 5th from 9-11am

The St. Nick's Dog Run Coffee Bark happens this Saturday, July 5th from 9am-11am. Come celebrate Independence Day weekend at the Dog Run with some coffee, donuts and fun while socializing with fellow dog owners and discussing issues concerning St. Nicholas Park and St. Nick's Dog Run. The St. Nick's Dog Run is located in the middle of St. Nicholas Park between 136th and 137th streets. If you are interested in volunteering for the Coffee Bark, contact us at dogpark@stnicholaspark.org Hope to see you there!