It’s pretty incredible, actually. One of New York City’s richest cultural neighborhoods is hosting its 40th annual celebration beginning this Sunday July 27. Sure, Harlem has had its ups and downs as a neighborhood over the past 100 years, but now, in 2014, it is flourishing as well as it ever has before which makes this year’s Harlem Week festivities even more special.
This Sunday kicks the “week” off in extravagant fashion with “A Great Day in Harlem,” a full-day family-oriented event expected to draw crowds upwards of 40,000 people. The bulk of the party will be held at Grant’s Tomb on 122nd and Riverside and is entirely free. There will be arts, crafts, food, gospel, fashion, and it will all be capped with “A Concert Under The Stars” to end the night. Of all the Harlem Week events, opening day is definitely one you don’t want to miss. (Side note: We can all agree that the US Grant National Memorial is one of the most underrated monuments in NYC, right? Even if you can’t make it Sunday, you should definitely check it out sometime while you’re in town.)
Harlem week will continue throughout August with events being held mostly on weekends. Everything from Senior Citizens Day to the Tri-State Jr. Tennis Classic to the always famous “Summer in the City” party will be celebrated with festivals, food, music, and games in honor of bringing the incredible culture of this great neighborhood to the forefront of our city’s attention.
Harlem Week comes to a close on Saturday August 23 with a pair of events that should not be missed. First, during the day Rucker Park will be hosting the Golden Hoops showcase featuring some of the best young basketball talent in the region. Then at 7 p.m. on the Great Lawn in St. Nicholas Park, ImagineNation is bringing the Outdoor Film Festival to Harlem Week.