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Summer Streets returns to NYC this August

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Summer Streets is an annual celebration in New York City for people to get out and enjoy our most valuable public space… our streets!  For three consecutive Saturdays, August 3, 10 and 17, nearly seven miles of New York City’s streets are opened up for  everyone to play, walk, run and bike.

This year two things in particular that stand out “Voice Tunnel” by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and “CoolStop” by Chat Travieso.  Voice Tunnel will be  a seven-block-long art installation of lights and sound  in the Park Avenue Tunnel open for the first time to pedestrians in history during Summer Streets. The seven-block-long tunnel, running from 33rd Street to 40th Street, which originally carried rail cars when it opened in 1834, will become the basis for a temporary, participatory art installation.  See more Here.  Cool Stop is a prototype for a water mister that connects to fire hydrants and provides a safe, efficient and fun alternative to cool off by a hydrant. Constructed mostly of recycled PVC piping, the 10′ installation resembles a large splash that Summer Streets participants may stand under for a small reprieve from the hot summer sun.

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Summer Streets is modeled on other events from around the world including Ciclovía in Bogotá, Colombia and the Paris Plage. The event is part bike tour, part walking tour, part block party–a great time for exercise, people watching, or just enjoying summer mornings.

Running from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm, Summer Streets extends from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park.  All activities at Summer Streets are free of charge, and designed for people of all ages and ability levels to share the streets respectfully. On three consecutive Saturdays in the summer, nearly seven miles of NYC’s streets are opened for people to play, walk, bike, and breathe. Summer Streets provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation. In 2012, more than 250,000 people took advantage of the open streets.

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Local artist introduced by Harlem Condo Life profiled by DNAInfo

By HarlemCondoLife
Scanning through this week’s news clips, we could not help but notice the DNAInfo profile on Harlem watercolorist Lynn Lieberman. A big congrats to Lynn on her recent press coverage! And kudos to us for being the first blog to introduce the talented watercolorist to our readers back in February 2010. We are flattered to be viewed as a credible source of information for art and culture!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Spirit of Harlem Community at Dwyer Cultural Center

By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLife
Learn about the essence of Harlem through the eyes of contemporary artists. Starting April 12 and running through mid-September, the Dwyer Cultural Center, located at 258 St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem, presents the Spirit of Community, an exhibition featuring commissioned works in photography, mural, sculpture, and video chronicling the sights, sounds, colors, textures, and people of Harlem. In the Spirit of Community, visitors will see how artists lend their imagination and innovation to capture the heartbeat of Harlem’s vibrant and thriving community. On April 12, head on over to the Dwyer at 6:30 PM to see this exhibition. And if you cannot make it then, it runs for five months ending September 15!

Harlem Biennale presents: Lectures with Author Jonathan Gill

By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLife
In recognition of Black History Month, Harlem Biennale, a non-profit arts organization that combines a focus on Harlem and Upper Manhattan with community-engaged artistic practices, is offering interesting lectures, starting this weekend and mostly all taking place in Harlem, with Jonathan Gill, the author of Harlem: The Four Hundred Year History from Dutch Village to Capital of Black America.

Gill’s book is about Harlem’s 400 years of fascinating history—from the arrival of the first Europeans on America’s shores to the political struggles, joyful music, and economic traumas of the 20th century.

There are several lectures offered including Gill with Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, who is the author of “Harlem is Nowhere.” I plan to check out the lecture on Feb. 22, listed below. Two authors in one place, who wrote recent books on Harlem, I find that interesting.

Saturday, February 19, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Museum of African Art
1280 Fifth Ave. at 110th St., New York, NY 10029 – Tel: 718 784 7700 ext.127
http://www.africanart.org

Tuesday, February 22, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Tenement Museum
108 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002
Tel: 212 431 0233
With SHARIFA RHODES-PITTS,
author “Harlem is Nowhere”
www.tenement.org

Wednesday, February 23, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Harlem School of the Arts
645 Saint Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY 10030 Tel: 212 926 4100
www.harlemschoolofthearts.org

Thursday, February 24, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Taller Boricua At the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center
1680 Lexington Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10029 – Tel: 212 831 4333
www.tallerboricua.org

Friday, February 25, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Aloft Harlem
2296 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, New York, NY 10027 – Tel: 212 749 4000www.AloftHotels.com/Harlem