What happens when you close a street to cars, and open it up to people? Find out during our third annual Party On Park -- when we will open Park Avenue from 125th to 116th streets for biking, strolling, dancing and more!

This years event will include two extra blocks of fun, plus the Grandscale Mural Project in action.

To register yourself and/or your family, click here. To register to volunteer, click here.

Party On Park is organized by Uptown Grand Central, with support from the Harlem Neighborhood Health Action Center, the Reduced Fare Bike Share presented by Healthfirst, and NYC Councilwoman Diana Ayala. Volunteers are provided by Positive Workforce, the Department for the Aging & people like you!

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Check out a Citi Bike for free, try your hand at a handcycle & learn more about the Reduced Fare Bike Share presented by Healthfirst!


Watch some of Uptown’s best street artists in action on the grand finale painting day of the Grandscale Mural Project. Plus get creative with art activities for kids, and check out a DSNY collection truck that has been transformed by artist Lady K Fever into a Truck of Art.


Oldschool hip-hop from D.J. TedSmooth and crew. Plus do you remember Willie’s Burgers? There will be D.J. sets throughout the afternoon, and when the rest of the fest is over at 4 p.m., head to 124th for the Party On Park after-party (until 6 p.m.).


Think you don’t like to eat your veggies? Let us convince you otherwise! Plus check out the School Food Truck, and take a spin on a blender bike.


Fitness classes every half-hour, plus info from these area fitness providers:

12-12:20 p.m.: Yoga by Harlem Yoga Studio
12:30-12:50 p.m.: Dance Aerobics by ShapeUp NYC
1-1:20 p.m.: “Revved and Ready” Total Body Workout by ShapeUp NYC
1:30-1:50 p.m.: Dance Fitness by ShapeUp NYC
2-2:20 p.m.: Hula-Hooping by ShapeUp NYC
2:30-2:50 p.m.: Zumba by ShapeUp NYC
3-3:20 p.m.: Dance Fitness by ShapeUp NYC
3:20-3:40 p.m.: Cardio Soul Fusion by ShapeUp NYC
3:40-4 p.m.: Tai Chi by Urban Qi Fit

AT 121st STREET: kids zone

Under the tracks: Improv for kids by the Story Pirates at 2 and 3 p.m., the Build cart from the Uni Project / Street Lab, facepainting from P.S. 30, plus activities by area childrens’ providers.

West of the tracks: Rock wall, bouncy house, plus art-making with the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.

AT 120th STREET: health

Health screenings for nearly every body part: Flu shots from Walgreens / Duane Reade, foot exams from the NY College of Podiatary, dental screenings by Harlem United, blood pressure checks from the Harlem Neighborhood Health Action Center & Boriken, and overdose prevention kits from NYHRE, CCHP & Mt. Sinai.

AT 119TH STREET: resources

Legal, educational and hiring resources, plus cast your vote for the 2019 East Harlem Health In Action projects and make sure East Harlem counts in the 2020 U.S. Census!

aT 118TH STREET: bike lessons & transit safety

Under the tracks: If you are under 16 and cannot ride a Citi Bike, check out bikes for kids here. Plus the Cycling In The City exhibit from the Museum of the City of New York, and the latest news on the Second Avenue Subway.

West of the tracks: Free bike helmets for all ages from the NYC Department of Transportation. Note that the line for helmets closes at 3:30 p.m.

b/t 118th & 117th streets: community board 11

Drop by the East Harlem Community Board 11 office to check out this location for year-round resources. Also on hand will be reps from City Councilwoman Diana Ayala, State Senator Brian Benjamin and State Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez.


Explore local small business Urban Garden Center, then check out the Edible Schoolyard compost worms and the blender bikes from SCAN, SMART and Uptown Boogie & Bronx Bicycle.

aT 116TH STREET: LA MARQUETA salsa & dancing

Wepa! Never been to Salsa Saturdays at La Marqueta before? We R El Barrio is bringing them to a Sunday, just for you.

Also make sure to check out the mobile Harlem African Burial Ground exhibit and learn more about the La Marqueta grand re-opening later this fall.


West of the tracks: Water stations from Odyssey House at 125th Street, and Carter Hospital at 122nd Street.

East of the tracks: Water station at Lydia’s Magic Garden at 118th Street.


Big thanks to our volunteers from Positive Workforce, the NYC Department for the Aging, the Delta Mu Zeta Chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and Harlem Run. Want to pitch in on helping us stage this huge event? Register as a volunteer here (yes, you will get a T-shirt)!

See below for photos from last year's event, or check out our album on Facebook or the NYC DOT photo stream