This last weekend allowed me to truly fall completely in love with my neighborhood! The weather was amazing, almost autumnal. Uptown was alive with an increased hustle and bustle, thanks to Harlem Week, and all of the activities, live music and festivities surrounding it. I was able to hang out with good friends, old and new, and finally get around to some places that were always on my list of things to do!
Nothing beats summer in New York City, everyone is so happy not to be bundled up, quickly moving from place-to-place to keep warm, and the lackadaisical attitude is infectious. Saturday night I got to spend time with Lauren, Brooke and Lindsey at St. Nicholas Park, where we enjoyed a showing of “The Wiz” under the stars. There was such a great vibe, and one of the original cast members of the film was in the audience, and even got up during his part and acted along!
On Sunday, I finally made my way over to the Studio Museum on 125th street, and I think it may become another one of my favorite spots in the city. While it was definitely smaller compared to my other favorite museums on the East Side, that is one of the reasons why I liked it so much. Thanks to the intimacy of the space, I didn’t feel as overwhelmed by the amount of art to see, and didn’t feel as if iI was obstructing other people’s views. I was introduced to the works of Charles Gaines, James Van Der Zee, and Bethany Collins. All of the art spurred great conversation between me and the friend who joined me, which is always a good thing!
While I didn’t take many pictures on Sunday, I did manage to spend time in Marcus Garvey park and catch the live performance happening in the amphitheater. A tribute to the “Women of Soul,” three great women came onto the stage accompanied by a 15-piece live band and sang hits by Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin. It was a great end to a pretty phenomenal weekend! Summer is fading fast and I’m glad I got to spend the weekend out and about in the fantastic weather with good friends.