The first annual Shop and Dine East Harlem for the Holidays will bring together the local community for a series of festive events during the holiday season to support East Harlem businesses. Two initiatives out of Union Settlement’s Business Development Center – Buy Local East Harlem (funded by Citi Community Development) and East Harlem Working Together (funded by NYC Small Business Services) – will host activities for residents and visitors to enjoy the neighborhood’s diverse flavors and talents, while preparing for the holidays with friends and family.
The kick-off reception (November 14, 5:30 pm, Amor Cubano Restaurant, 2018 3rd Ave), will showcase the full calendar of Shop and Dine events. Notable attendees will include City Councilmember Diana Ayala, State Senator Brian Benjamin, and local East Harlem business owners. Complimentary refreshments will be served. This is a private event.
Other select Shop and Dine East Harlem for the Holidays events (open to the public) include:
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- Small Business Saturday (November 24, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Dear Mama Cafe, 308 East 109 Street) complimentary breakfast, prizes and a group tour to encourage the community to shop locally.
- Holiday Markets (Saturdays November 24-December 22, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, La Marqueta, 1590 Park Avenue) featuring local artists, music and food vendors.
- Annual Tree Lighting (December 14, 6:00 -7:30 pm, NE corner of East 106th Street and Third Avenue) to bring together the community.
A full calendar of events is available here