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12 Things to Do in Your Manhattan Neighborhood This Weekend

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by DNAInfo Staff
Take advantage of the last days of summer before they vanish!
These listings were compiled by DNAinfo’s Manhattan reporters: Lisha Arino, Gustavo Solis, Lindsay Armstrong, Gwynne Hogan, Emily Frost, Danielle Tcholakian, Irene Plagianos and Shaye Weaver.

All Weekend

 Exhibit on the water: “Spirits of the Passage: Stories of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Where: The Lilac, Pier 25 at N. Moore and West Street, Tribeca
When: Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

An exhibit inside the historic ship details personal stories of enslaved men and women, and the history of the slave trade.

Skate exhibit “All Valid” plus a quarter pipe

Where: Chinatown Soup, 16B Orchard St., Lower East Side
When: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

Check out photographs, illustrations and other pieces by more than a dozen artists with ties to the skate scene in the Lower East Side and Chinatown. Skaters can also bring their boards to perform tricks on a concrete quarter pipe and picnic table sculpture.

For the Love of Hummus 

Where: Taboon Restaurant, 773 10th Ave., 52nd Street, Hell’s Kitchen
When: Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Hell’s Kitchen Mediterranean restaurant is celebrating the versatility of hummus with a special menu featuring 10 hummus-inspired dishes and two hummus-themed deserts. Plates run from $12 to $30. 

Friday, August 28

Social Friday at the Latino Pride Center

Where: 1767 Park Ave. in East Harlem
When: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Latino Pride Center has been have free open houses on the fourth Friday of the month this summer. Gay and bisexual men of all ages can stop by and learn about some of the services and future events.

Exhibit “Kitchen & Curb: Found Object Art

Where: Tsion Cafe and Bakery at 763 Saint Nicholas Ave., Sugar Hill
When: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Sugar Hill cafe will host the opening reception of an art gallery made from pieces of collected trash. The artist, Wilhelmina Grant, transforms broken and rusty pieces of discarded cookware into works of art. Several pieces, including hand-painted tiles, will be available for sale.

Saturday, August 29

Street Trees Tour with Expert Leslie Day

Where: Margaret Corbin Circle, Fort Tryon Park, Hudson Heights
When: 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Learn about the plants you pass everyday on New York City’s streets. The tour will be led by Leslie Day, author of the Field Guide to the Street Trees of New York City.

Silent Disco

Where: Pier I in Riverside Park South, Upper West Side
When: 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

This “quiet clubbing” event features live DJs who will spin different genres of music that’s piped through headphones. Participants don headphones and listen to music in their own bubble and can switch between the two DJ channels. Headphones are available on a first-come-first-served basis and the line for them begins at 4:30 p.m. at the pier.

Drawing in the Park

Where: South Cove near Battery Place & Second Place, Battery Park City
When: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Sketch and paint the Hudson River and surrounding greenery, with an artist and educator. Materials provided. Must be 18 or older.

“The Muppets Take Manhattan” screening

Where: Highbridge Park, West 172nd Street Entrance, Washington Heights
When: 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Catch a free screening of this Jim Henson classic in which Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the whole muppet crew attempt to get their musical on Broadway. Come early to get a spot.

Sunday, August 30

Wild! Nature Walk

Where: Hudson River Park, meet at the Christopher Street fountain, north of Pier 40, West Village
When: 9:00 a.m.

Get to know some of the 85 different species of birds that live inside Hudson River Park on this stroll led by expert guides, with pit stops in the park’s various gardens, complete with butterflies and dragonflies. The walk is free, and spans about a mile and a half to two miles and lasts about an hour.

Big City Fishing

Where: Pier 25 at N. Moore and West Street, Tribeca
When: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Learn about river ecology and the many fish species that can be found in the Hudson while also learning how to fish. Rods, reels and bait provided.

Free Kayaking and Canoeing

Where: Fort Washington Park, just south of Dyckman Street, Inwood
When: 10:00 a.m. to Noon

The Inwood Canoe Club will lead participants on a free 20-25 minute guided tour of the Hudson River near the George Washington Bridge. No prior paddling experience is necessary, but participants must be able to swim. Arrive no later than 11:15 a.m. to ensure you get a turn.

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Harlem’s Mountain Bird Returns With a Rich, Meaty Menu

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At the original location, the Underground Gourmet praised the ostrich crostini, and it’s back.

Despite overwhelmingly positive reviews, Harlem’s Mountain Bird was forced to close in June of 2014 because of landlord issues. (What else?) Fortunately, the small restaurant, operated by husband-and-wife team Keiko and Kenichi Tajima, is reopening at East Harlem’s Tastings Social on September 1.

The fowl-centric, French-meets-Japanese-meets-American menu includes dishes like gizzard confit, a turkey burger topped with foie gras and truffle-mornay sauce, chicken schnitzel, and an extra-rich shrimp mac-and-cheese with lobster-bisque cream sauce. Better yet: No item exceeds $30, and most are under $20. You can also look forward to the launch of brunch on September 13, which will include intense offerings like French toast with chicken sausage. But first, take a look at a few of the dinner dishes:

 

Tasty Bite-Size Sampler: cock’s combs cutlet, heart à la bourguignonne, truffle-wing ball, liver mousse.
Photo: Melissa Hom

 

Foie Gras Dumpling Consommé with chicken soup.
Photo: Melissa Hom

 

Mountain Bird Cassoulet with duck leg-and-gizzard confit, chicken sausage, carrot, onion, and white beans.
Photo: Melissa Hom

 

Sticky Toffee Fig Cake.
Photo: Melissa Hom

 

The space seats 31.
Photo: Melissa Hom

Mountain Bird, 251 East 110th Street, (212) 281-5752

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Growth of Mexican Community Uptown Spurred by Job Access, Lower Rents

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by Lindsay Armstrong —
Although Dominicans are still the dominant group, the Mexican population doubled between 2000 and 2013.
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — It’s long been possible to get a good bowl of sancocho or to sip a morir soñando in Upper Manhattan — but alongside these Dominican classics, Mexican dishes have begun to appear.

Whether it’s tacos al pastor from El Pitallito Restaurant on Broadway near West 161st Street or a glass of horchata from one of many local street vendors, these options are some of the most visible signs of Northern Manhattan’s growing Mexican community.

The Mexicans population in Washington Heights, Inwood and Marble Hill more than doubled from 5,054 people during the 2000 census to about 11,214, according to the most recent data from the American Community Survey, which provides a five-year estimate based on data collected between 2009 and 2013.

“There is definitely an increase,” said Juan Aguirre, director of the Mexican cultural organization Mano a Mano. “We see it as we go to all of the schools in the neighborhood and see many Mexican and Mexican-American students.”

Aguirre said that his group moved to its current location at West 155th Street and Broadway two years ago after failing to find a space in East Harlem. There is an established Mexican community there, but Aguirre found his organization couldn’t afford the neighborhood.

So, a local artist who has worked with Mano a Mano suggested that he look farther north.

“In the beginning we thought it was not going to be a very good decision, because when you think of Washington Heights, you think Dominicans, not so much the Mexican community,” Aguirre said.

A trip to the neighborhood convinced him that the population was large enough for Washington Heights to be a viable location.

Since making the move, Aguirre said that the community has grown even more.

“In the last year, there’s been an increase of zip codes from Washington Heights,” he said. “That’s how we identify people when they come for services. We have seen them more and more from the Heights in the past year.”

The growth in Washington Heights mirrors a citywide trend. Between 2000 and 2010, the Mexican population in New York City jumped 83 percent — from 187,259 to 342,699, according to a report from CUNY’s Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies based on census data. 

If the population continues to grow at the same rate, Mexicans will become the largest Latino national group in the New York City metropolitan area sometime in the early 2020s, the report said.

Uptown, the area that has seen the most growth is the southern part of Washington Heights, roughly between 155th and 170th streets, the population data shows.

About 1,753 people living in this section of the neighborhood identified as Mexican, according to the 2000 census. That number increased nearly four-fold to 6,892 by 2013, according to the American Community Survey.

City Councilman Mark Levine, who represents an area that includes Washington Heights between West 155th to West 165th Streets, said the change is most noticeable when visiting local schools and churches.

“It’s become a very visible presence,” Levine said of the Mexican community.

Levine speculated that some of the population growth could be due to people moving from other areas of Manhattan. 

“I think it’s partly because East Harlem, which has traditionally had a Mexican enclave, has just gotten too expensive,” he said. “Of all of Northern Manhattan, the southern Heights probably remains the least gentrified, especially the housing east of Broadway.”

While there are Mexican communities in the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn, Levine noted that Washington Heights could be more appealing because it provides commuters easier access to jobs throughout Manhattan.

Laura Lopez, who was born in Mexico and has lived in the West 180s for seven years, agreed, noting that there are also plenty of jobs within the neighborhood.

“People move here for the jobs,” she said in Spanish.

Lopez works at Taqueíra Los Jarritos on Nagle Avenue, a Mexican-owned café that opened two years ago.

Although she speaks limited English, that hasn’t hindered her ability to work in a largely Spanish-speaking neighborhood due to the dominant Dominican population. 

“Everybody wants to come here to work,” Lopez said through a translator. “It’s more possible to get a job around here than in other places.”

As the Mexican population grows, more businesses open to serve it, creating even more jobs for members of the community.

At El Pitallito, another new restaurant, manager Jonny Flores said the clientele hails largely from the nearby Mexican community.

“A lot of them used to be from different places [in New York], and then they all moved here,” said Flores, who is Mexican and has lived in the area for eight years. “[It’s} because the rent is cheaper.”

Yordi Moran, 21, who is Mexican and has lived in Inwood for 11 years, said he has also noticed the increase.

“There’s always been Mexicans in this area, but you see more now,” said Moran, whose family owns a Mexican-style grocery store, Villita, on Dyckman Street. “We also sell more Mexican products than before.”

For him, there is an even simpler explanation for the growth.

“The parents had their kids, and now the kids are grown and having kids, so the community is growing,” he said.

Either way, Levine said that the Mexican community has brought positive changes to the neighborhood.

“I think they’ve really helped to re-invigorate the southern Heights,” he said. “They’re a very welcome addition to the neighborhood.”

Mexican Community Grows in Washington Heights and Inwood

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Mountain Bird Will Soar Once More in East Harlem

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The critically acclaimed poultry-centric restaurant that shuttered last year will reopen in September.

The husband and wife team of chef Kenichi and Keiko Tajima will reopen Mountain Bird in collaboration with Tastings Social on September 1. The official name of the restaurant is the rather unwieldily sounding Tastings Social Presents Mountain Bird and will initially be open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner, with weekend brunch and Sunday service dinner service expected in the near future. Mountain Bird was forced to shutter due to “landlord issues” back in June 2014 despite garnering critical acclaim. After operating a pop-up at the Tastings Social location the Moutnain Bird team secured itas their permanent home. When they reopen they will be serving  the same poultry-focused French menu including the head-to-toe tasting plate and turkey burger stuffed with Mornay sauce.
Here is a look at the menu:

Mountain Bird Menu

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