Pen and Pistol: Hamilton/Burr Duel Anniversary at Hamilton Grange, Sat. July 13th

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Next Saturday, July 13th the Hamilton Grange celebrates the 209th Anniversary of the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. This duel cost Hamilton his young life. Come to the Grange for a reading from the letters leading up to this historic duel by Park Ranger performers.

This event will be remembered at Hamilton Grange National Memorial on Saturday, July 13 at 10 a.m. The event is free to the public. Park Rangers will perform dramatic readings from the letters between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr that led up to the infamous exchange, allowing visitors to travel back to 1804.

More information here on the National Park Service Website.

The program is just a part of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness foundation’s month long celebration of Hamilton’s life. For more on those events check them out on the “Celebrate Hamilton2013” page.

Green Gym Day Hike This Sunday, June 9th!

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Our great Friends of Morningside Park is hosting a Green Gym Day hike from the southern end of Morningside Park to the northern end of St. Nicholas Park. The event take place this Sunday, June 9th from 10:30am-12pm. Meet at Manhattan Ave and 110th Street to begin the hike through these two historic and wonderful Harlem Park. The hike will end at the Hamilton Grange at the northern part of St. Nicholas Park. Participants are encourage to stay and join the group to eat lunch at one of the nearby establishments.

Click here for a map of the hiking route.

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Community Meeting Wednesday, April 17th at Hamilton Grange

After a very successful first meeting and Spring Festival in St. Nicholas Park, you are cordially invited to join us for a second St. Nicholas Park Community Meeting.

Join Friends of St. Nicholas Park members, neighbors and Parks officials as we discuss community involvement in the park and continue to ride the momentum gained during the first meeting.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 17 from 7-9 p.m. at the Hamilton Grange. It is located at 414 West 141st Street, between Convent Avenue and St. Nicholas Avenue.

Your enthusiasm and contributions will be greatly appreciated!

St. Nick’s Dog Run Coffee Bark and Clean Up This Saturday, April 6th!

Our April Coffee Bark and Clean-Up is scheduled for Saturday, April 6th from 9am-12 noon at St. Nick’s Dog Run. Come to the Dog Run and celebrate Spring with free coffee and donuts while helping woodchip the park and clean the area. Socialize with fellow dog owners and discuss issues and ideas on concerning St. Nicholas Park and St. Nick’s Dog Run.

Our Coffee Barks take place the first Saturday of every month from 9am-11am at the St. Nick’s Dog Run.

The St. Nick’s Dog Run is located in the middle of St. Nicholas Park between 136th and 137th streets. If you are interested in volunteering for the Coffee Bark, contact us at info@stnicholaspark.org

Easter Festival Scheduled for Saturday, March 30th 12-4pm

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Exciting news that one of our members has come through to produce this year’s Annual Easter Festival. This year will feature music, arts and crafts, an Easter egg hunt, and a visit from the Easter Bunny! The activities take place at the St. Nicholas Park Plaza at 135th Street and St. Nicholas Ave. This event is fun for all ages!

We do need volunteers for face painting, helping with the egg hunt, and a few more for the arts and crafts tables. If interested please email Kim Deberry at kim.deberry@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!

Alexander Hamilton Birthday Celebration 2013 Event

Above is video of the AHA’s Birthday Celebration for 2013.

The AHA Society has announced the events for this week January 11th-12th.

On January 12th, at the Hamilton Grange, Rand Scholet, President and Founder of The AHA Society, has been invited to speak at the Grange. Come listen to his presentation “Alexander Hamilton: Washington’s Indispensable Founder.”

This begins at 11am on Saturday, Jan 12th at the Hamilton Grange.

Recycle your Christmas tree in parks around Harlem

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Join the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the New York City Department of Sanitation, and GreeNYC to recycle your Christmas trees on Saturday and Sunday, January 12 and 13, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Bring your Christmas tree to be recycled into wood chips that will nourish plantings across the city or take home a bag of mulch at some of the locations to use in your backyard or to make a winter bed for a street tree on your block.

Remember to remove all lights and ornaments before bringing the tree to the MulchFest site! Also, you’re encouraged to bring bags to take advantage of the free mulch provided at the locations listed in the link below.

Here’s a list of some of the Harlem park drop-off points:

Riverside Park at West 116th Street & Riverside Drive, West 138th Street & Riverside and West 145th Street & Riverside

William B Washington Garden at 321-325 West 126th Street, between St. Nicholas Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

Morningside Park at West 123rd Street & Morningside Avenue

Marcus Garvey Park at West 122nd Street & Madison Avenue

Jackie Robinson Park at West 145th Street & Edgecombe Avenue

For more info and a list of other parks participating in the neighborhood and around the five boroughs: http://www.nycgovparks.org/highlights/festivals/mulchfest

No Tree Lighting This Year. But St. Nick Park will have Holiday Lights!

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Unfortunately, we do not have someone available to coordinate a tree lighting this year. In year’s past we have had successful tree lighting events which included Santa Claus, Carol Singing from Harlem School of the Arts, and a rendition of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas with Tamara Tunie. WE also usually had hot cider and treats for everyone.

Hopefully, the park can have an event next year, but rest assured, our tree on the plaza will be lit with lights as well as the evergreens at the entrance of the plaza.

If you are interested in helping us with events in the park for 2013, please contact us at info@stnicholaspark.org

Thank you!

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Katherine Daniels’ art exhibition, St. Nicholas Park mesh, traces local history in Harlem

Art Mesh on a fence within St. Nicholas Park.

Art Mesh on a fence within St. Nicholas Park.

St. Nicholas Park has a special Art Exhibition treat this Fall, Winter and Spring.

Beginning on November 15th park goers noticed patterns of colorful ribbon tracing the entryways along basketball courts in St. Nicholas Park, one of Harlem’s several “ribbon parks”. With the aid of KIPPS High School volunteers, artist Katherine Daniels installed this public exhibition of three contemporary weavings on view through April 20, 2013.

Daniels highlights the park’s eclectic, though largely overlooked, history through a series of abstract symbols on the court fences at St. Nicholas Terrace at 129th Street and 130th Street, and at St. Nicholas Ave between 133rd and 134th Street. On the southern end of the park, the chain link fence hosts an abstract vine design that runs horizontally along the top with vertical branches flowing down the fence gates. Based on Native American textiles, this weaving recounts the Indian path Weekquaeskeek, which passed along what is now St. Nicholas Avenue and connected Spyten Duyvil to the tip of Manhattan.

The central installation references the park’s namesake, commonly known as the patron saint of children and sailors, and (appropriately given the season) the inspiration for Santa Claus. Daniels’ series of crosiers, or hooked shepherd staffs, also pay homage to the three churches that border the park—St. James Presbyterian Church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.

Located near the Hamilton Grange, home of founding father Alexander Hamilton, the northernmost court is adorned with a zig-zag pattern of “quilt squares.” This monumental brocade represents the park’s early American history as a military campground during the Battle of Harlem Heights, where General George Washington positioned himself during the Revolutionary War in 1776.

This installation was made possible with a Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant from the LMCC.

Katherine Daniels has been awarded Parks’ Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award; Artists in the Market Place participation at the Bronx Museum of the Arts; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Creative Community Grants; a PS.122 Project Studio; an Artist-in-Residency at the Henry Street Settlement; a Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation ‘The Space Program’ grant; and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting. She holds a B.F.A. in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and a M.F.A. in Painting from Johnson State College. Born in 1969 in Germany and raised in Huntington, West Virginia she now lives and works in New York City.