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Feeding the Cold – By Tina Gowin

Feeding the Cold
By Tina Gowin

The chill is upon us – the days are dimming and hibernation feels very appealing. But while the air is brisk and your spirits are high, it’s time to gather the last roots of warm sustenance at your local farmer’s market.

All good things come to an end and we are near the end of the growing season. Before farmers’ markets close for the season, stock up on some hearty fruits and vegetables that can last up to a year or more if frozen, and will ignite your body with warmth and allow you to brave the chilling air.

Instead of roasting marshmallows, pan-roasting root vegetables on your stove top will prove to be a far healthier alternative that will add to the ambience of a cold night.

Potatoes, for example, are an excellent source of dietary fiber that provides feelings of fullness and helps to promote digestive regularity.  An averaged sized potato (about 5.3 oz) with its skin intact also contains 45% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C, 620 mg of potassium – which is comparable to bananas, spinach and broccoli – and other essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy.  Added bonus: an average sized potato only contains 110 calories and has no fat!

Parsnips, which are also rich in fiber, are very low in saturated fat, rich in vitamin K and vitamin C, and high in folate and potassium.  And because parsnips are naturally cholesterol-free, by eating this nutritious veggie, you can reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

With the winter months quickly approaching, why not give your eyes the necessary vitamin A needed to promote good eye health by eating carrots.  After all, your vision is essential while driving in the snow.

The following easy-to-make recipe is sure to delight and will send you out in the cold to your local farmer’s market one final time this season.

Herb Roasted Vegetables

Ingredients:
4 carrots, chopped
2 medium potatoes, chopped
3 parsnips, chopped
¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped
¼ cup parsley, finely chopped
1 tablespoon mint, finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

Preparation:  Combine fresh herbs and olive oil.  Toss with vegetables and add salt and pepper to taste.  Place in a skillet and cover to pan-roast vegetables and cook until tender.

Fresh, local produce helps keep vital nutrients intact.  Healthy living is achieved by combining both proper nutrition and daily exercise.  Weather the cold with healthy living!

Tina Gowin is a full-time registered dietitian at EmblemHealth, one of New York’s largest and most comprehensive health plans.  EmblemHealth is a sponsor of Harvest Home, which provides access to locally grown fruits and vegetables at the Mt. Morris Park Historic District through Nov. 17, 2012 and West Harlem Farmer’s Market through Nov. 20, 2012.  Cooking demonstrations will continue at the West Harlem Farmer’s Market until its season’s end. 

RESTORED – “One of the prettiest little parks in New York”, Richard Rodgers Amphitheater @ Marcus Garvey Park Unveiled


Michael Palma Photography

By HarlemGuy
Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe recently cut the ribbon on $7 million in improvements to the restored bandshell and amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park.  Attendees included:

Performances included:

The now restored Richard Rodgers Amphitheater was made possible primarily by the  Rodgers Family Foundation for its generous $1 million contribution to this project.    Additional grants are available to support community performances and the commissioning of new work for the space.

New amphitheater features include:

  • A wider stage that is much closer to the audience,
  • A large, multi-purpose area backstage with changing rooms and restrooms for the performers,
  • An improved seating area with seatbacks built of a durable recycled plastic, and
  • A fabric canopy to shield a large portion of the audience from the hot summer sun.

Summer programming includes

  • A performance of Shakespeare’s Henry V from August 5-8,
  • Music performances with Ryan Leslie, Funkmaster Flex and others from August 9-11,
  • Dance performances with the Cecilia Marta Dance Company, Forces of Nature Dance Theater and others from August 12-13, and
  • The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival on August 27 (see video).

About Richard Rogers:

  • Composer Richard Rodgers (1902-79) enjoyed a spectacular career that spanned more than six decades. His hits ranged from the silver screens of Hollywood to the bright lights of Broadway, London and beyond. He was the recipient of countless awards, including Pulitzers, Tonys, Oscars, Grammys and Emmys. He wrote more than 900 published songs and forty Broadway musicals, including The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, The King and I, and South PacifiC. Rodgers‘ childhood home, at 3 West 120th Street, overlooked what was then called Mt. Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park) and which the composer described as “one of the prettiest little parks in New York.”
  • In 1970 he provided funding for the original band shell, which has now been restored and renamed “The Richard Rodgers Amphitheater.”

RESTORED – "One of the prettiest little parks in New York", Richard Rodgers Amphitheater @ Marcus Garvey Park Unveiled


Michael Palma Photography

By HarlemGuy
Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe recently cut the ribbon on $7 million in improvements to the restored bandshell and amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park.  Attendees included:

Performances included:

The now restored Richard Rodgers Amphitheater was made possible primarily by the  Rodgers Family Foundation for its generous $1 million contribution to this project.    Additional grants are available to support community performances and the commissioning of new work for the space.

New amphitheater features include:

  • A wider stage that is much closer to the audience,
  • A large, multi-purpose area backstage with changing rooms and restrooms for the performers,
  • An improved seating area with seatbacks built of a durable recycled plastic, and
  • A fabric canopy to shield a large portion of the audience from the hot summer sun.

Summer programming includes

  • A performance of Shakespeare’s Henry V from August 5-8,
  • Music performances with Ryan Leslie, Funkmaster Flex and others from August 9-11,
  • Dance performances with the Cecilia Marta Dance Company, Forces of Nature Dance Theater and others from August 12-13, and
  • The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival on August 27 (see video).

About Richard Rogers:

  • Composer Richard Rodgers (1902-79) enjoyed a spectacular career that spanned more than six decades. His hits ranged from the silver screens of Hollywood to the bright lights of Broadway, London and beyond. He was the recipient of countless awards, including Pulitzers, Tonys, Oscars, Grammys and Emmys. He wrote more than 900 published songs and forty Broadway musicals, including The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, The King and I, and South PacifiC. Rodgers‘ childhood home, at 3 West 120th Street, overlooked what was then called Mt. Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park) and which the composer described as “one of the prettiest little parks in New York.”
  • In 1970 he provided funding for the original band shell, which has now been restored and renamed “The Richard Rodgers Amphitheater.”

Fifth on the Park Attempts First Wave of Closings

By HarlemGuy

Rumour has it at that notices to close were sent for Fifth on the Park condominium yesterday.  Fifth on the Park is one of two Harlem-based ultra-luxury condos and the first to reach this stage since the downturn. 

Located on 120thand Fifth, the project is the tallest in Harlem and faces Marcus Garvey / Mt. Morris Park.  It features multi-million dollar condos, parking, pool, gym, decks and other amenities. 

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Photo – Royce Douglas

The project was started over two year ago and has been delayed time and again.   One of the founding members  recently filed for bankruptcy, as reported on Curbed, Crain’s and the Raw Deal.

The sponsors claim to have enough solid contracts to close.  However there does not yet appear to be a Certificate of Occupancy.  Additionally it appears some buyers are seeking to get out of their deals and are networking and/or contacting the New York Attroney General’s Office.

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