For the last time this summer, you can go west coast swing dancing in Harlem. West coast swing is one of my favorite dances – sort of a cross between Lindy-style swing and salsa. It is danced to all kinds of music – R & B, pop, blues, rock, even hip-hop and country.
The event is run by Paula Wilson – an amazing dancer, in partnership with Riverside Park as part of their Summer on the Hudson programming. I saw Paula & her partner Ken Kreshtool perform at a party a couple of weeks ago at Stepping Out Studios. What a treat! I was lucky enough to get a dance with Ken, who is a terrific leader with a lot of musicality and some very smooth moves. The dancing goes from 6 pm – 9 pm this Saturday, September 28th at West Harlem Piers Park (West 125th St. and the Hudson River). Paula will teach a lesson at about 7 pm and the entire event is free. If you know West Coast, come and show your stuff; if you’ve never done the dance, come out and give it a try!
If you are looking for something different to do in Harlem on your days off, check out the River Art on the Hudson River along the path.
Here are just a few of some of the many works starting from West 130th Street down to West 68th Street including new pieces that were not there last summer.
The bike path and new park areas and piers all along the Hudson River have been built up with landscape, sitting areas and sculptures for the city and tourists to enjoy. I can remember 10 years ago when nothing was developed along the river. It was still nice to bike or jog along but now it is beautiful, very scenic and on the weekends it gets more and more crowded. As nice if not nicer than Chicago’s, Millennium Park and Austin’s, Zilker Park.
According to recent reports, out of 29 new residential developments in Harlem listing new units in the second, third and fourth quarters of 2010 and the first quarter of 2011, 88 Morningside beat the competition by selling a total of 32 units during that time period.
88 Morningside (www.88Morningside.com) is a modern, 12-story residential building featuring 73 units in a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom homes. The remaining35units range in size from approximately 737 – 1,577 square feet and in price from $415,000 – $880,000. My favorite quote from all the marketing materials is as follows:
The development is situated in a community offering a vibrant scene with numerous restaurants, lounges, shops and services. The Studio Museum in Harlem, H&M, Citarella and Fairway are within walking distance and the nearby Harlem Piers leads to the beautiful Hudson River bike paths and Riverside Park.