Celebrating & Honoring Juneteenth
This Sunday, July 19th and Monday, July 20 (observed), we commemorate Juneteenth, a celebration of the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans in 1865. Below, we’ve compiled a list of ways to celebrate and commemorate Juneteenth in the district this year, through the support of neighborhood Black-owned businesses, cultural happenings, various resources and organizations, and lastly, Black history in Flatiron & NoMad.
black-owned district Businesses:
40/40 Club | All-American sports bar and lounge
Hearts of Gold | Nonprofit supporting homeless mothers and children
Iconoclast Fitness | Personal training and fitness center
MAISON 10 | Concept store, art gallery and event space (Pictured above)
Noir et Blanc | Contemporary boutique for the fashion-conscious shopper
Wellington Hair Spa | Award Winning Black Hair Salon
Culture & HAPPENINGS:
Fotografiska | Exhibition: Black Venus
An exhibition that surveys the legacy of Black women in visual culture – from fetishized, colonial-era caricatures, to the present-day reclamation of the rich complexity of Black womanhood.
Fotografiska | Exhibition: Tony Gum: Milked in Africa
A series originally begun in 2016, Tony Gum uses photographic self-portraiture to emphasize the role heritage and culture play in capturing African art history.
Poster House | Free Admission on Juneteenth
In celebration of Juneteenth, Poster House will offer free admission to the museum on Sunday, June 19.
The Thrifty HoG | Third Thursday
Shop for a cause at the upscale resale boutique, The Thrifty HoG on Thursday, June 16 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm with a live DJ and sangria. In honor of Juneteenth, donate $10 for admission and receive a $20 store credit. All proceeds of store sales support the nonprofit Hearts of Gold to support homeless mothers and their children.
Business Support and additional resources:
Black-Owned Businesses in New York City
The NYC Dept. of Small Business Services (SBS) “Shop Your City” website has extensive lists of Black-owned businesses in New York City.
Curated List of Black-Owned Restaurants
Check out this spreadsheet of New York City’s Black-owned restaurants compiled by The New Yorker‘s food critic, Hannah Goldfield and Bon Appétit‘s social media manager, Rachel Karten.
App Spotlights Local, Black-Owned Restaurants
EatOkra, a downloadable app that helps you find local, Black-owned restaurants through their use-friendly map of over 2,500.
Shop Black-Owned Businesses by Occasion
ShoppeBlack is a resource that has compiled lists of Black-owned businesses to shop from by occasion, features and interviews with Black entrepreneurs, and resources for aspiring Black business owners.
The State of Black New York
You can’t improve what you can’t measure. The New York Urban League’s (NYUL) ‘State of Black New York’ report acknowledges the inequities suffered by the Black community in New York City and collects data to measure both the depth of the issues as well as progress. Download the SOBNY report.
Employers: Support Career Initiatives through NYUL
Get involved in Young Leadership Development with opportunities including engaging the Young Professionals Network, participating in the Project Ready Program, and facilitating Employment Services.
Re-Discover Black History in Flatiron & NoMad:
- Sissieretta Jones, Black Soprano Superstar
- Showbiz and Social Accountability at a Landmark Church
- James Weldon Johnson, Writer and Civil Rights Activist
- Ackerman Institute for the Family and The Audre Lord Project
- Silent Protest Parade of 1917 in Madison Square
If you’d like to provide a resource or be added to the list, please email amaliwanag [at] flatironnomad.nyc.
Header and Thumbnail Image Credit: Ruth Walker, Maison 10