On Thursday, July 19, Mayor Michael Bloomberg kicked off the 38th anniversary of Harlem Week with an official gala reception at Gracie Mansion. The afternoon affair included a performance by the male cast members of the Tony Award-winning play “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.”

In addition to the performance, Harlem Week honored Carib News on its 30th anniversary and Jackie Rowe-Adams for her tireless community activism to anti-violence. There was also a moment of silence honoring Sylvia Woods, who passed away that afternoon. The ceremony saluted the 50th anniversary of Sylvia’s Restaurant.

Themed “Harlem: Where the World Meets the World,” this year’s Harlem Week events will celebrate Harlem’s global presence and international legacy. Activities include “A Great Day in Harlem–Sunday Classics” on July 29 in honor of radio legend Hal Jackson, Economic Development Day, Senior Citizens Day, the Percy E. Sutton Harlem 5K Run and Family Walk-a-Thon for peace in our communities and a special salute on Aug. 18 celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence with music by the legendary Bob Marley and an outdoor screening of the critically acclaimed documentary “Marley.”