When you live in a city like New York, history is always right around the corner.
Save the date for Sunday, June 12 and stroll over to the historic neighborhood of Mount Morris Park where they’ll be holding their 22nd Annual House Tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Residents will open their doors to give visitors an inside look at one of New York’s premier historic districts at an event organized by the Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association (MMPCIA), a neighborhood non-profit group established in 1981 dedicated to revitalizing and preserving the area.
It’s a day well spent if you haven’t been as the district is one of the earliest landmark neighborhoods in the City of New York — established in 1971 following efforts by residents to protect the multi-faceted legacy there.
House Tour participants will have several options starting with a Self-Guided Tour taken at their leisure from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with access to 12 venues including brownstone homes, urban live/work apartments, a thriving community garden, a landmark church and world-renown museum.
For those interested in something more “structured,” there’s an Architectural Walking Tour between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Or, at 1:30 p.m., there’s the Marcus Garvey Park Walking Tour with editor/writer Valerie Jo Bradley as guide and offering an informed look at such park landmarks as the newly renovated Richard Rodgers Bandshell and the Fire Watchtower on top of the Acropolis – still standing after 154 years.
Finally, at noon and 2 p.m., there will be two opportunities to take the Inside & Intimate in Historic Harlem Tour with architect and historian John Reddick who will escort guests to three extraordinary, private homes in the Mount Morris Park district that are not part of the regular tour.
Tickets for the 22nd Annual House Tour are $20 if purchased in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets for the 22nd Annual House Tour plus the Inside & Intimate Tour with John Reddick are $40 if purchased in advance and $50 at the door. For more information, visit the MMPCIA website by clicking here for instructions to pay by credit card. Or call: (212) 369-4241. The tour starts at the Pelham Fritz Recreation Center, 18 Mount Morris Park West (Fifth Avenue) and West 122nd Street.