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Move over Fifth Avenue, Harlem is getting in the holiday windows game, and it’s all about the history! Spanning the corridor of Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 114th and the 122nd streets, eight businesses will display windows designed and executed by fifteen students from Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design (VPED) BFA program. The window displays will depict holiday-themed scenes from the Harlem Renaissance, and will be showcase from November 30 to January 2.

lido-routtphoto1Visitors are invited to stroll through the historic neighborhood throughout the holidays and enjoy the window displays while learning a bit of Harlem’s rich history. To kick off the season, two free window tours on November 30 and December 3 will be provided by ArtCrawl Harlem, Inc. The tours will feature live storytellers and vignettes with actors and performers bringing the windows to life. The family friendly outing will also include free children’s activities and coloring books highlighting historical themes of the period. This unique approach to presenting holiday windows offers an interesting alternative to the traditional downtown windows for the holidays.

Participating businesses include Vintage Harlem, Chocolat Restaurant, Vinateria, Lido Harlem, Harlem Tavern, Silvana, Harlem Skin & Laser Clinic, and Land Yoga. From smokey jazz and historical references, to dance, fashion and prohibition scenes, FIT students have created holiday-themed scenes from the Harlem Renaissance period (1910-1940). The displays offer both an educational and festive holiday experience with designs ranging from jazz and historical references to dance, fashion and prohibition scenes.

Harlem Holiday Windows free kick off event will start at the Harriet Tubman Statue on 122ndStreet at 5:30pm on November 30, 2016 and will feature an interactive and inter-generational music performance by special guest Shine and the Moonbeams. The second kick off, also starting on 122nd Street, will begin at 3pm on December 3, 2016 ending at the Shop Harlem Live Harlem Holiday Holiday Expo at MIST. Produced by Harlem Park to Park, the program will include an art filled afternoon for kids and adults.

In addition to the free kick off tours on November 30, 2016 and December 3, 2016, ArtCrawl Harlem, Inc., is offering a full schedule of private tours and programming for individuals, groups, schools, and families, throughout the holiday season. Learn more about  Harlem Holiday Windows events and special tours HERE.

ach-hhw-quote3View Harlem Holiday Windows at the following businesses:

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logo-hcdc-whtHarlem Holiday Windows is presented by ArtCrawl Harlem, in partnership with (HTB) Harlem Tourism Board, (HP2P) Harlem Park-to-Park and (FDBA) Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance – Harlem-based not-for-profit organizations whose programs and initiatives are designed to benefit businesses, property owners, and residents, foster tourism and showcase the vibrant neighborhood. The program  has been sponsored by Harlem Community Development Corporation (HCDC).

Image: (Top)Window detail from Lido Restaurant, Harlem Holiday Windows 2014. Artist, Tijana Bjelajac/Photographer, Gregory Routt.