Harlem Run members gather at 125th Street across from the Rite Aid on Lenox Avenue in an effort to get and stay fit.
“The first couple of months it was just me and my friend,” said Alison Desir, who started the group in 2013. “To be fair we started in the coldest months of the year.”
The group is now the largest and most active group in the neighborhood with between 20 and 30 people showing up for each event. They have 1000 followers on Facebook.
“As it’s developed I didn’t want it to be a group of gentrifiers,” Desir said. “[Running] breaks the ice. What’s even cooler now is seeing pictures of people hanging out or hearing people make plans with people they otherwise wouldn’t know.”
The organization has helped people lose weight and live healthier lives. On Father’s Day, one of their members ran a mile with his kids after losing 75 pounds. At the start of every run the group forms a large circle and each runner introduces themselves to the group. To avoid taking over the entire sidewalk, they run in twos.
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By HarlemGuy The Macy’s 4th of July fireworks show will offer stunning views on the west side between 20th and 55th Streets. This year’s show is “Gift of Freedom.” It will include a special tribute to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. It will offer more than 40,000 fireworks, synchronized to a 25-minute musical performances by Beyonce, Nick Lachey and other stars are part of the lineup. Optimal viewing will be on Manhattan’s west side between 20th and 55th streets. The show starts at 9 p.m. Monday and lasts for 25 minutes, but Macy’s recommends staking out spots from 5 p.m. There are several viewing options.
Below are a few simple suggestions.
Twelfth Avenue and the West Side Highway. Beginning at 6 p.m., Twelfth Avenue and the northbound lanes of the West Side Highway from 23rd to 59th Streets will turn into a giant block party for the nation’s birthday bash. Access points will be at the following streets: 24th, 26th to 30th, 34th, 40th to 44th, 47th to 52nd, and 54th to 57th.
Hudson River Park at Pier 54 and Pier 84. These piers jut out into the Hudson River and promise phenomenal views. Pier 54, located on West Street and 13th Street, will have limited access from 14th Street, according to Macy’s website. The Pier 84 dock is located between West 44th and West 43rd streets in Midtown West. Limited access will be available at 44th Street.
I was flipping through newspapers from this week and came across a huge congratulatory advertisement in The New York Times regarding our very own Harlemite, Marcus Samuelsson. Apparently on May 12, Samuelsson was awarded the Frederick Douglass Award by The New York Urban League at their annual Spring dinner. “The Frederick Douglass Award acknowledges and honors leaders in the private and public sector whose contributions to society serve to eliminate racial barriers and promote opportunities for the disadvantage.”
One word comes to mind: Wow! We at HCL say double congrats and what an honor!