Since the summer of 2015, Uptown Grand Central has worked in partnership with the NYC Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) to transform the space underneath the Metro-North station at East 125th Street & Park Avenue into an active community space that is part of the official NYC DOT Plaza Program.
That summer, Creative Art Works and teaching artist Gera Lozano kicked us off by brightening the space with the "Harlem Sunrise" mural on the northern wall the former comfort station, and Uptown Grand Central staff then began cleaning and programming the plaza daily with activities including a GrowNYC Fresh Food Box, NYC Zero Waste compost collection, free Zumba classes, live concerts and a pop-up snack shop powered by our local small businesses.
Now, in 2019, the plaza is undergoing renovations as part of the NYC DOT and NYC Economic Development Corporation’s Harlem Station / Park Avenue & 125th Street Project. Expected to last a year or more, the project will improve the safety and circulation of pedestrians and vehicles around Park Avenue from 124th to 126th streets. It will result in a new-and-improved plaza space, expanded sidewalks, additional lighting and a new mega-crosswalk across 125th Street.
Where will our programming go for the duration of construction? Look for us on the southwest corner of 125th Street & Park Avenue — our days and hours of operation may be more limited, but we’re not going anywhere! Join us for Wellness Wednesdays:
FRESH FOOD BOX & FOOD SCRAP DROP-OFF
Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m.
Take home your own big bag of local, in-season GrowNYC vegetables and fruit for just $14! Pasture-raised eggs, freshly baked breads, plus other homegrown items, are also available. Cash, credit/debit & SNAP/EBT accepted. Sign up one week to reserve your bag for the following week's delivery; we also order a few extra bags each week for sale day-of ... if you'd like one, drop by before they sell out! Get all the details on our Fresh Food Box page.
We also have cooking demonstrations and a compost collection tent. Click here for more information about which types of food scraps to bring.
Thanks to support from GrowNYC and the NYC Council.
free zumba classes
Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
Get moving with free Zumba with Leo Zumba! Grab your sneakers and get ready to shake your thing.
on hiatus until construction is complete:
Get grooving with live performances from local artists. Click here for a past line-up.
pop-up snack shop
Make sure to stop by our pop-up snack shop -- where you can try the best from our local small businesses! See our sunshine doors open? We also have tastings, where you can cast your vote on which items you'd like to see more of. On Fridays, we are also joined by comic book pop-up Dare2Draw.
This program is made possible thanks to support from the NYC SBS Neighborhood 360 program.