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Writing Workshop

Saturday April 30th, 1 PM – 3 PM

Come learn how to create a great historical fiction story about the Morris-Jumel Mansion. Director of Education, Carol Ward, and Sarah Durham of “Uptown Writers” will lead the session that will introduce writers and aspiring authors to the concepts of subject, setting and character to kick off the 1st edition of the MJM Writing Competition!

The event and competition are open to all ages, prizes will be awarded and the winning stories will be published on the MJM website.

The event is FREE but advanced registration is required. Call 212 923 8008

Morris-Jumel Mansion is Manhattan’s oldest house. Built in 1765 by British officer Roger Morris, the house was later inhabited by George Washington during the Battle of Harlem Heights in 1776 and the Jumel family from 1810 to 1865. The house, now a museum, is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. The museum is located between 160th and 162nd Streets just east of St. Nicholas Avenue and can be easily reached via the C train to 163rd Street, the A train to 168th Street, or the M2, M3, M101 or M18 bus to 160th Street.

Visit the web site at www.morrisjumel.org

The Morris-Jumel Mansion is part of the Historic House Trust of NYC and The Department of Parks and Recreation.


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By Lucy Cohen Blatter

Photo Credit: Michael Kirby Smith|am New York

St. Nicholas Avenue between 160th and and 161st streets seems like just your run-of-the-mill Washington Heights street, but walk up a small stone staircase on the east side of the street, and you’re transported into a different time.

1882, to be exact.

Sylvan Terrace is a historic cobblestone block that once served as the carriageway to the Morris-Jumel Mansion, Manhattan’s oldest house. Both sides of the street feature a total of 20 nearly identical high-stoop wooden row houses facing one another. These yellow clapboard homes appear much as they would have in 1882, with wooden shutters, ship lap siding, bracketed eves and wooden stoops. In fact, the Landmarks Preservation Commission requires residents paint the exteriors with the nearly original colors — yellow, maroon, green and brown.

The street is a true rarity, said Lucinda Martinez, who’s lived there since 2002. “There’s only one block in New York City like that. The kids can play in the street,” she added, because there’s no parking and little traffic.

And one of these historic houses can be yours — nos. 2 and 11 are on the market.

Read more: http://www.amny.com/urbanite-1.812039/sylvan-terrace-a-rural-enclave-1.2708600

Photo Credit: Michael Kirby Smith|am New York

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Dumbo Arts Festival 2010

Begins Friday, September 24 – Dumbo, Brooklyn

This year, the Dumbo Arts Festival is bigger and better than ever. The Dumbo Arts Festival is “a three-day celebration of music, art, dance and performance. 500+ artists, 100+ studios, 50+ galleries, family-friendly programs.” The festival has something for everybody.

For more info: dumboartsfestival.com/

Click here to download the Official Schedule of events for the DUMBO Arts Festival 2010.

13 Colonies Wine Tasting Series

Friday, September 24 7PM–9PM – 65 Jumel Terrace, Uptown

Join the Historic House Trust at Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum, a 1765 mansion in northern Manhattan—home to the lively Madame Jumel—for a wine-tasting event that will showcase the regional nuances of the original New England, Middle, and Southern colonies.
Registration required: (212) 923-8008

For more info: nycgovparks.org/

Historic House Festival Weekend

Saturday, September 25 12 PM–4PM – 65 Jumel Terrace, Uptown

Come celebrate the 3rd annual Historic House Festival and enjoy free admission and events including docent led tours, and scavenger hunts of the Mansion.

For more info: nycgovparks.org/

Bike to Five Historic Houses

Sunday, September 26 10:30AM4:30PM – Dyckman Farmhouse Musuem

Tour begins at Dyckman Farmhouse Museum (204th Street and Broadway). Visit five historic house sites in Manhattan, from Inwood to Greenwich Village, on HHT’s first-ever bike tour! Historic House Trust staff will give you the inside scoop on these architectural gems, including their history and restoration.

Reservations required, please email: mikel.travisano@parks.nyc.gov

For more info: nycgovparks.org/

Jimi Hendrix Lives…

Saturday, September 25 1PM4pmMorrison Hotel Gallery 124 Prince St

Gered Mankowitz, one of the greatest rock photographers of the last 50 years, is holding a book signing at Morrison Hotel for his new book “The Experience: Jimi Hendrix at Masons Yard.” The book features photos taken by Mankowitz, including Hendrix classics and some images that have never before been seen.

For more info: mankowitz.com/

Bowling for Beats

Sunday, September 26 8PM–1AM Brooklyn Bowl 61 Wythe Avenue

Since you may already be in Brooklyn for the Dumbo Arts Festival, what better way to end the weekend than with bowling to a soundtrack of Pete Rock, Prince Paul and Psycho Les on the wheels of steel?

For more info: brooklynbowl.com/

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BY Led Black

Last month, I wrote an article on Highbridge Park and briefly spoke about the historic Jumel Terrace district. The Morris Jumel mansion was built in 1765 and was once used by George Washington as a headquarters during the Battle of Harlem Heights. Well, this week, The Wall Street Journal ran an excellent article on one of the historic Manhattan Row houses. Via the awesome pictures you get to take a sneak peek inside the beautiful property. It is also on sale, so if you have $895,000 it could be all yours.

Check out the article: www.online.wsj.com/

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The New York Times’ Local Stop column is featuring our beloved Washington Heights this week.  The article takes a trip through the hood starting at the Morris-Jumel Mansion and ending at a Jazz concert on Edgecombe with such local favorites as El Malecón restaurant thrown in for good measure. 

Check it out for your self: www.nytimes.com/

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