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Wed, Jul 24


The Forum at Columbia University

Strange & Quirky Manhattanville + Live Jazz at Grants Tomb

This off-the grid neighborhood has a fascinating history as an industrial area and a center of dairy processing, now home to the new Columbia University campus along with new art galleries and restaurants.

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Strange & Quirky Manhattanville + Live Jazz at Grants Tomb
Strange & Quirky Manhattanville + Live Jazz at Grants Tomb

Time & Location

Jul 24, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

The Forum at Columbia University, 601 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027, USA

About the event

This guided walking tour tops off with outdoor live Jazz (courtesy of Jazzmobile) featuring Tenor Saxophonist Houston Person. (free). The music runs from 7pm - 8:30pm and we'll arrive by or before 7:30PM. NOTE LIMITED SEATING. There are benches and ledges around.

Our free tour begins at 125 Street and Broadway in front of The Forum, a brand new building that is part of Columbia University's new Manhattanville campus and the current "Best New Building Award" from the Municipal Art Society. There are public restrooms inside.

If you can arrive early the Lenfest Center for the Arts in the adjacent building has an interesting new exhibit of Contemporary African art (free).

Manhattanville is an off-the grid Harlem neighborhood with own unique character and history as an industrial area and village that was established in the year 1806, and now where Columbia University is building its new 17-acre campus. We'll uncover the area's history of milk processing and brewing beer, stroll some of its streets like Old Broadway and Tiemann Place and visit West Harlem Piers Park, one of Manhattan’s newer green spaces.

After an approximately 80- minute guided walk we’ll land at Grant’s Tomb at 122nd Street (pictured above) and Riverside Drive for the weekly outdoor Jazzmobile concert which goes until 8:30pm. We'll learn why Grant's Tomb was once NYC's most popular tourist attraction. With any luck we'll see some of the goats that have taken up a summer residency in a fenced in section of Riverside Park to eat up overgrowth and weeds.

Optional gathering after the music for dinner and/or drinks at a local establishment convenient to the #1 subway at 125th Street - and crosstown buses for other subway connections to the A,B,C,D, 2,3, 4, 5, 6 and Metro North.

Note - you may want to bring a snack or a bite to eat to hold you over. There are sometimes food vendors at Grant's Tomb - cannot guarantee it will accommodate your taste. There are many places to grab a bite south of 125th Street on the West Side of Broadway if you arrive early.

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