Harlem Day

I traveled to the Big Apple for a family reunion last weekend, and decided to stay in New York a little longer with my darling daughter. My bus ride to the city was not fun (you can see my attempts to cope on Twitter @papertraveler). But in the end it was worth it all to see this sweet face.



I'd unknowingly timed my trip to coincide with Harlem Day, part of the Harlem Week ( http://harlemweek.com/) festivities.It was the 40th anniversary of the festival, and we passed booth after booth featuring merchandise, health information, and community events. And FOOD, of course!! it looked amazing, and the music -- on four different stages and scattered throughout the venue -- was fantastic.



I saw lovely fashions, accessories, and artwork. I really liked this display.




Ecowrist (ecowrist.com) offers fabulous, functional, wearable art. I loved these.



I couldn't take my eyes off the artwork of Robert Ross (redrossgallery.com).



Nashemia (nashemiajewelry.com) has been designing and selling her beautiful oxidized jewelry for over eight years; when I asked if she had any advice for new artists launching their businesses, she said "Just do it!" True.




Later, we met up with my brother and his fiancee, and headed up the hill to Hamilton Heights (http://bit.ly/1BHHa3p). I'd never been to this part of town, which is bounded by 135th Street to the south, the Hudson River to the west, 155th Street to the north, and Edgecombe Avenue to the east, according to Wikipedia. It was peaceful, leafy green, and quiet. Was I still in New York?



We had a relaxing meal at The Grange (http://thegrangebarnyc.com/), where I had an appetizer for the first time that will be one of my favs from now on... FRIED OLIVES. Yum. No pic -- too busy scarfing them down.



I'll travel back to Hamilton Heights one day to take more pics -- the city views are excellent -- and enjoy a more mellow side of NYC. It pays to break out of the Midtown area if you're a tourist, to learn about all of the other wonderful experiences New York has to offer.