As a resident of Washington Heights you have joined a strong and active community. Our neighborhood includes a variety of different people – young and old, gay and straight, white collar and blue collar, employees and business owners, public and private sectors, all from varied cultural backgrounds – living together with mutual respect. Take a minute to read about your association and consider becoming a member to show your support for the dozens of neighbors who volunteer to keep our neighborhood energized.
Association Sponsored Events
Wine Tasting – (Late Winter/Early Spring): The wine tasting is held at a local establishment and includes appetizers, wine and great company, – Washington Heights Neighbors.
Easter Egg Hunt – (Week before Easter): Primarily for younger children. Eggs and candy are hidden in the park waiting to be found by eager and curious children. Great fun for our young families!
Neighborhood Cleanup – (April): Usually scheduled in conjunction with Earth Day, the cleanup enlists neighbors to pick up trash in the neighborhood.
The Great Unveiling – (Mid-May): This event is like a reverse barn-raising where neighbors pitch in to remove old vinyl or aluminum siding from a house, setting the stage for an exterior “re-birth” to expose the vintage exterior of a home
Rummage Sale – (1st Saturday in June): The association puts up signs and markets this neighborhood wide event. Sell your own treasures or roam the neighborhood for bargains
Boulevard Bash – (August): Brought back to life in 2009, this is one of the biggest block parties in the neighborhood. Scheduled in August, rain or shine, the bash includes live music, food from local restaurants and WHNA business owners, crafts, gifts and other items for purchase. The bash is held on Washington Boulevard.
Spooktacular – (Saturday before Halloween): One of the longest running events in the Heights. it draws as many as 1,000 children. There is a fee for each child (discounted for members). The area for the tick or treating changes each year. This is one of best people watching events of the year!
Hops in the Heights – (November): Scheduled before the holiday rush, participants get to sample a few different beers, enjoy appetizers and socialize with neighbors. A great way to spend a late fall evening.
Other Great Neighborhood Events
Bark Days – (August/September): An event for dogs and the owners who love them. This convention for dogs is held in Washington Park and includes demonstrations and information for owner and dogs.
Farmer’s Market – (June to September): Sponsored by the Martin Drive Association and Vliet St. Business Association. The market is held on Sundays at the Washington Park Senior Center.
Bike Blitz – (May): For this event the Association finds and repairs bikes that are then sold at a modest fee to children in the neighborhood. Bike technicians perform minor maintenance services for those who buy a bike.
Art Walk – Held twice a year (April and November), the Art Walk gives participants a chance to view and buy unique art from local artists and shops on Vliet Street and North Avenue.
Wednesdays at the Shell – Join neighbors for free & fun concerts at the Washington Park band shell every Wednesday in the summer! More http://whna.net/2012/06/upcoming-events/http://whna.net/2012/06/upcoming-events/
Block Parties (May – October): Every block that has a block party schedules it to accommodate the block. Check your door for a notice. If your block doesn’t schedule a party, consider scheduling one yourself!
Urban Ecology Center – The Washington Park UEC offers gardening, recreation and environmental programs for kids and adults. all year. Stop by to pick up a schedule. Better yet, join the UEC as a member.
Can you help out? It takes a lot of volunteers to keep these events going. Join your neighbors by helping out whenever you can.