Upcycle Through Harlem’s Mount Morris Park Historic District

Monday, May 6, 2024, New York, NY – Get ready for a day of community connection and sustainability as the Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association (MMPCIA) brings back its beloved Stoop Sale event on Sunday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will be the third and largest, with more than 50 stoops participating. All of this is set within the beautiful catchment area known as the Mt. Morris Park Historic District from 116th to 124th Street, between Madison Ave. and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., will offer a treasure trove of unique finds available for sale for visitors.

Neighbors in the landmark historic district look forward to decluttering their dwellings of pre-loved and occasionally, new items, of which 3% of sales will benefit MMPCIA and its work to help sustain its programming that includes youth scholarships, park and street beautification and local economic development. From 5 – 6:30 p.m. there will be a raffle prize drawing and a live classics set by DJ Russ Brown on Lenox Avenue bet. 119th and 120th Street.

“With its small businesses, restaurants, museums and sounds of music, our community is integral to the rich legacy of, not only central Harlem but, of New York City. This 3rd annual MMPCIA Stoop Sale allows us to have fun with neighbors and visitors from near and far,” said Madlyn Stokely, president MMPCIA. “Our invitation to upcycle through our historic district, in a small but impactful way, helps to lessen waste by stopping by our stoops for new-to-you, fashion finds, books, jewelry and home goods, while enabling us to continue our important work for generations to come.”

Residents in the Mt. Morris Park catchment area can still register their stoop through Sunday, May 12. Go to https://www.mmpcia.org/event/stoopsale/ to register, sign-up for volunteer opportunities or to plan your visit. Monetary donations can be made at https://www.mmpcia.org/donate/.

“Advocating respect for people, environment and animals, through sustainable efforts, our team is excited to host one of our largest events of the year,” said Syderia Asberry Chresfield, co-chair, MMPCIA Stoop Sale committee. “Now that spring has sprung, what a wonderful time to come shop, eat and play on our storied blocks.”

Contact: Syderia Asberry (917) 674-3313
stoopsale@mmpcia.org / (929) 520-0722


In the past, brownstone homes along Mt Morris Park West between 120th and 121st Street affectionately known as “The Ruins,” were abandoned buildings that stood neglected for years. These derelict brownstones — seized in the 1960’s by the state for an urban renewal project, which never happened — were once the centerpiece of the neighborhood’s landmark district. However, thanks to the collective efforts of the MMPCIA, Patricia Pates Eaton, Harold Dolly, Olive and Julius Adams, Helen Murray, Hilda Stokely, and many others, the Ruins have been revitalized, serving as a beautiful reminder of our commitment to preserving our heritage.

The Ruins were left vacant and unmaintained for many years,  Despite efforts to restore and preserve them, they faced the threat of demolition due to an emergency order issued by the Department of Buildings. This issue sparked community activism and intervention to save these historic structures from destruction.  The buildings have been restored to their former glory, and serve as a major architectural pillar in the community.

Read the full New York Times article to learn more about the history of the Ruins and the transformation that has occurred.

As we remember this milestone, we’re reminded of the importance of our ongoing efforts to protect and revitalize our community. Today, we face new challenges, such as those on 119th Street, and on Malcolm X Blvd. where neglected buildings have been demolished.

These buildings, once important landmarks, now are gone and we’re at work building strategies to prevent these actions by unchecked developers from happening again.

With your help, we can make a difference in preserving our neighborhood’s heritage together.  Stay tuned for our Landmark Community Meeting coming in June.   “Save our Buildings and Culture”