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Celebrate Summer Solstice On June 21, 2015

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The longest day of light in the year “summer solstice” is Thursday, June 21, 2015.  This is also Father’s Day.  Plan ahead and make special plans to celebrate summer solstice outdoors for Father’s Day and enjoy an extra long day of sunlight.

Summer solstice: from Latin sol “sun” and stitium “standing still”, because seen from the earth it looks like the sun halts in its tracks going northward, and moves back south.

The June solstice dates vary.  For example, it’s on June 21 in 2015, but on June 20 in 2016. A June 22 solstice will not occur until 2203. The last time there was a June 22 solstice was in 1971.

*Keep an eye out for a new Podcast “Summer Solstice Compilation Mix” coming soon from HarlemHCL.  Embellish your day and celebrate with a custom soundtrack of chillout, soul, house and latin music.

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‘Solstice’ (Latin: ‘solstitium’) means ‘sun-stopping’, because the point where the sun appears to rise and set, stops and reverses direction after this day (Ill: Not to scale)

Harlem’s Holiday Lighting in Central Park TONIGHT – Thursday, December 5th

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Come celebrate Central Park’s 17th Holiday lighting in northern Central Park on Thursday, December 5th from 5:30 – 6:30. There will be an ice carved sculpture, singing of carols on the Plaza and you can take your photo with Santa (bring your own camera). There will also be hot cocoa and cookies. The event tops off with the lighting of the Dana Discovery Center and a flotilla of 17 trees on the Harlem Meer.

The event is organized by the Womens’ Committee of the Central Park Conservancy and sponsored by Con Ed.

Free. Families only no groups. Strollers are not allowed on the plaza but stroller parking will be provided.  For more info see the link below.

Central Park’s 17th Holiday Lighting

Harlem’s last vestiges of Fall

via HarlemCondoLife

We thought we had missed it.

But we managed to glimpse it.

The last whispers.

Voiced in stunning visual vocabulary.

Carried by crisp brisk breezes.

Across Harlem’s ice blue sky.

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Harlem’s Upper Carnegie Hill

We recently stumbled across the following description of what some describe as a “newly christened” neighborhood in Harlem on  StreetEasy.

“Upper Carnegie Hill: Encompassing Mount Sinai Hospital and the eastern edge of Central Park, Upper Carnegie Hill is a well-respected area that is off the beaten path. “Museum Row” stretches through Upper Carnegie Hill to the end of Central Park, offering a nice walk with beautiful architecture. Like the rest of Carnegie Hill, Upper Carnegie Hill has maintained a high degree of historic integrity; however, its proximity to the northern, less affluent neighborhoods and public housing works to the north is a source of tension for wealthier residents.”

The history of Carnegie Hill is fascinating.  And here is a good albeit dated piece to read if you are thinking of living in Carnegie Hill.

More fascinating still is the concept that what has traditionally been known as East Harlem or Spanish Harlem is now also being called Upper Carnegie Hill.  Much like the emergence of South Harlem (SOHA) which depending on who you ask runs from 110th and Morningside Avenue to 116th and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. aka 7the avenue.  Or the fact that recently during Channel 7’s coverage of services for Nelson Mandela at Riverside Church, the TV displayed “Harlem” while the reporter stated “MorningSide Heights”.

This will certainly be an ongoing discussion topic as we try to answer the question: where does Harlem begin and end?  The answer is important both in terms of physical boundaries as well as from a cultural and historic perspective.