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Weekend of 10,000 Tulips – November 15th and 16th 2014

The West Side Community Garden - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 13:55
The West Side Community Garden’s 22nd Annual Tulip Planting is 10 am- 5 pm, Saturday November 15 and Sunday November 16 . Come for an hour or come for the day, bring along your friends – everyone is welcome. Gloves and trowels  provided. The garden is mid block between 89th and 90th Streets between Amsterdam… Continue reading →
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Calling all Bakers and Chefs of Harlem!

Morningside News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 16:29

rum cakeWith Labor Day sweetly behind us, its time to start thinking about plans for fall.  We at Morningsider always look forward to the Harlem Harvest Festival hosted by  Harlem Park to Park on the saturday of Columbus Day weekend, which falls on October 11. This year, HP2P is stepping its debut  Bake-Off and Cook-Off Contests with a new exciting ring. The contest is a juried competition featuring original creations by Harlem residents with opportunities for winners to launch their businesses in their own backyard. .Last year’s Bake-Off winner, Jean Chatman, owner of Chatman J Cakes, successfully sold her winning Zucchini Bread to Harlem Shake, where it continues to be carried today along with her Apple pie, Sweet potato pie, Sweet potato cheesecake and Red velvet cake.

There opportunities for aspiring chefs of all ages, with categories for both children (ages 8 to 18) and adult. Children are invited to submit cupcakes.  Adult categories include Best Pie, Best Cake, Best Cookies/Brownies, and Best Rum Dessert, a special category sponsored by Harlem’s La Bodega 47 Social Club, known for its extensive collection of rums.

The bake-off will feature 2 rounds of screening, including an initial round based on review of written recipes and submitted images, a second round with judges tasting the actual desserts and offering mentoring advice, and a final round with finalists bringing their creations to the festival for the judges and festival goers to sample and vote on.

For the Cook-Off, , contestants are invited to create a healthy dish of their choice (vegetarian or meat) and a healthy side dish. The 3 judging phases are the same as the bake-off. Winners will receive cash prizes and dinners to both Melba’s and Sylvia’s restaurants, among other prizes.

Prizes  for the Bake-Off include an opportunity to have the winning desserts featured weekly at Make My Cake during the month of November; as well as on the menu at 67 Orange Street. Yeah baby! In addition, the cook-off winners will have the opportunity to take a free Food Management Course at City College of New York Continuing & Professional Studies as part of the Harlem Ambassador Culinary Training Initiative.

Ready those spatulas and spots and pans – the cooking games are on!

All initial entries are due by September 15For complete rules and entry forms, go to www.harlemsalive.com/harlemharvest.

MONDAY 2/24: “Person Of Interest” Filming On The Upper West Side Today

Upper West Side Blog MyUpperwest - Mon, 02/24/2014 - 10:49
CBS’ crime-drama Person Of Interest is filming in the neighborhood today. The show stars Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Taraji P. Henson, and Kevin Chapman. J. J. Abrams is an Executive Producer. Production is in the vicinity of W. 79th, between Broadway and Amsterdam.
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Modell’s Truck Giving Out Free Hot Chocolate & Hand Warmers At Columbus Circle

Upper West Side Blog MyUpperwest - Thu, 02/13/2014 - 11:09
If you happen to be out and about in the Columbus Circle area, apparently a truck from Modell’s is giving out free hot chocolate and hand warmers I’m not sure how long it’ll be there (I think it’s making a few stops around the city), but MUW reader @jmagNYC sent in the photo above around [...]
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WEDNESDAY 2/12: Monthly Casual “UWS Work From Home” Meeting/Networking/Social Event

Upper West Side Blog MyUpperwest - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 16:13
The February UWS Work From Home meeting/networking/social event will take place tomorrow, Wednesday 2/12. These monthly “meetings” serve as a great opportunity for people in the neighborhood who are self-employed, telecommute, freelance, or otherwise work from home to get out and meet people in similar situations from around the UWS. I’ve been a pretty regular attendee [...]
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2014 NYC Winter Restaurant Week Reservations Now Open — More Than Two Dozen UWS Options

Upper West Side Blog MyUpperwest - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 11:34
It’s that time of year again… Winter Restaurant Week is just around the corner (February 17 – March 7), and once again there are plenty of  Upper West Side options for you to sample the goods at. Unless otherwise noted, the restaurants listed below are offering their Restaurant Week menus for both lunch ($25) and dinner [...]
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THURSDAY 2/6: “Night At The Museum 3” Filming On The Upper West Side Today

Upper West Side Blog MyUpperwest - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 10:41
Looks like Night At The Museum 3 is filming on the UWS today. The cast features some big names, including Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Ben Kingsley, Owen Wilson, and Ricky Gervais. OLV reports production is taking place in two different areas of the neighborhood: 63rd & Central Park West and 77th & Central Park West [...]
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Upper West Side Openings: Marshalls

Upper West Side Blog MyUpperwest - Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:50
There have been rumors swirling for months that Marshalls planned to open an UWS store in the retail space at The Larstrand development on Broadway, between 77th & 78th. So while perhaps it’s not exactly a surprise at this point, the signage recently became visible thanks to the construction site undergoing a bit of a [...]
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