Halloween in Harlem!

There’s lots of fun events going on in the neighborhood this weekend and through Monday – hope to see everyone out and about in their Halloween finest!


MMPCIA presents the Third Annual Mount Morris Park Halloween Extravaganza

All events are offered free to the neighborhood residents and friends.

Saturday, October 29

  • 1 PM: Children’s Make-Some-Noise Costume Parade will begin in Marcus Garvey Park’s northwest corner near West 124 Street and MMPW, and will follow the lead of the Grand Marshall. The spooky group will make its way in and around Marcus Garvey Park, and return to the little playground, north of Pelham Fritz Center. Be sure to bring your best noise makers, drums, rattles, or whistles!
  • 2-4 PM: Dance & Costume Contest! Categories include Children, Babies, Adults–and by popular request–Dogs! There will be lots of fun prizes awarded to the winners.              Halloween Fun Stations will be set up in the northwest corner of Marcus Garvey Park. These stations will include Games, Balloon Sculpting, Face Painting–and more!

Halloween Party at the West 123rd Street Community Garden

Sunday, October 30

  • 2-5PM: Join us for another great year of Halloween fun!  We’ll be having a Spooky Spelling Bee, poetry reading and creepy Costume Catwalk (children must be in costumes to do the catwalk and extra “points” will be awarded for acting out their character!) with prizes awarded to winners of each event.

Monday, October 31

  • 5-7 PM: Trick-or-Treating Around the Mount Morris Park Neighborhood! The kids will enjoy climbing up and down the stoops to fill those loot bags. The list of participating homes will be available here by Friday, October 28 and at the Parade. (Is your house Trick-or-Treat friendly? Click here to sign up.)
  • Get your house in the spirit! Dress up your house!  People aren’t the only ones who can get decked out forHalloween!  Your house can be spooky scary, fall festive, Halloween fun–just get creative and have fun.

Halloween in the Garden – Sunday, October 30 2- 5pm

The New West 123rd Street Block Association and The 123 Youth Program are hosting trick or treating in the garden again this year!  We’ll be having a Spooky Spelling Bee, poetry reading and creepy Costume Catwalk (children must be in costumes to do the catwalk and extra “points” will be awarded for acting out their character!) with prizes awarded to winners of each event.

All are welcome!

Garden Clean Up – Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23

Please join us on Saturday and Sunday, October 22nd and 23rd from 10am – 4pm for our fall garden clean up.

If you have vegetable or flower box, it is very important that you clean it out before it gets much colder at night, so please try your best to join for one of the days this weekend (unless you have already let me know you won’t be making it).
If you don’t have a box, there’s still plenty to be done, particularly in preparation for our Annual Halloween Party in the garden the following weekend!
See you soon….

Our New Steering Committee

Please join me in congratulating the newly elected members of the New 123rd Street Block Association and Community Garden Steering Committee:

Scott Ahlborn

Mel Alexander

Mayer Grashin

Glenn “Hammer” Richards

Jason Price

Carrie Walker will act as our alternate, when duty calls.

Welcome aboard!


Next Block Association and Community Garden Meeting – September 22, 2011 @ 7pm

Please join us for our next Block Association and Community Garden meeting on Thursday, September 22 at 7pm.  We will be meeting at Ephesus Church, 101 west 123rd street.  Please look for signs indicating which room we are meeting at.

Remember we will be holding elections for the New West 123rd street Block Association Steering Committee during the meeting as well.  If you would like to nominate someone for one of the five positions, please use this form.  You can either print the form and return it to Diane, Kendra, Aaron or me or you can email it back to.  ALL NOMINATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 AT NOON. Just as a reminder, you must a member in good standing of either the Block Association or the Garden to nominate someone; your nominee must be a member in good standing for BOTH the Block Association and the Garden.


See you next week!

Harlem’s Heritage Rose District Spring Planting – April 30 @ 11am

Come join Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, the 123rd Street Block Association, 30th Police Precinct, Carrie McCracken TRUCE Garden, Montefiore Park Neighborhood Association, Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association, and Harlem Senior Citizens Sculpture Garden Park in celebrating Earth Day by planting over 100 heritage roses at new sites in Central and West Harlem.

The event will kick off at Marcus Garvey Park with activities for community members and volunteers of all ages.  Please see this flyer for more information.

Minutes from 3.23.11 New 123rd Street Block Association & Community Garden Meeting


  • It was agreed that elections for the Block Association Secretary position would be postponed until next meeting

Block Improvements

  • Two priorities for the Block in 2011 is a fence for the front of the Garden facing 123rd street and a message board that can be used for posting community notices
  • The Garden was awarded a New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods grant from the Citizen’s Committee for New York City of in the amount $985; the money will be used to purchase the message board.
  • Block Association Treasurer Aaron Albano provided an update on finances:
  • As of March 23, 2011, the BA account held $1,483.65
  • For anyone wishing to see current account activity, please contact Aaron directly at Ming@habitatmusic.com
  • Aaron also discussed efforts currently underway to establish 501 (c) 3 status for the BA in order to support fundraising activities

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