The Harlem Neighborhood Block Association celebrates its 20th year with a block party for the community, “A Great 20 Years in Harlem”. The event took place Saturday, June 29, on 126th Street between Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue.

Officials from HNBA said the group is made up of neighbors working together towards the goal of improving the quality of life in our Northeast Harlem community. The association has members living in the area from 118th Street to 130th Street between 3rd Avenue and Lenox Avenue.

Guest at the event included Fred “Bugsy” Buggs, of 107.5 WBLS, Vy Higgensen, State Sen. Brian Benjamin. Billy “Mr. Apollo” Mitchell, Apollo Ambassador, and CIty Comptroller Scott Stringer, NYC Comptroller.

The block party took place on the same block that Art Kane took the famous 1958 picture known as “A Great Day in Harlem” that features many of the city’s most prominent jazz musicians on the stoop of 17 E. 126th St. The event had family-friendly entertainment featuring a 16-piece jazz band, a DJ spinning R&B music, a youth Dance Contest and a miniature skating zone.