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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)

West Coast Swing Outdoors at West Harlem Piers this Saturday

West Harlem PiersFor 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 Paula WIlsonRiverside 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!

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath Upper Manhattan

Harlem Condo Life continued to tour a few favorite spots in Harlem and the surrounding nabes to bear witness to hurricane Sandy’s aftermath.  Below are a few pictures and a video.

This video shows where the Hudson River flooded over the West Side Highway to the median which divides uptown from downtown traffic around 115th Street.

Hundreds of thousands of evacuees have already rushed to emergency shelters with their loved ones, and your support is desperately needed to help keep as many people safe from the storm as possible.  Click here to get involved or donate to The Red Cross.

125th Street Pier