COVID-19 Updates/ Announcements

In observance of Thanksgiving, we will be closing at 1pm Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 and closed Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, November 30th, 2020.

  • Dear Friends, I hope you are staying well during this challenging time. This news is an extremely difficult one to share, but I am writing to let you know that we have made the heartbreaking decision to cancel the 36th Medieval Festival, October 4, 2020 at Fort Tryon Park. As much as we desperately want to go on as planned, we recognize that we must put the health and safety of our patrons, artists, performers, vendors...

  • Dear WHIDC Community, This week has been a rough one for everybody. We understand this is a time of high uncertainty and challenges to keep many businesses afloat. Our city is facing a mounting threat in the coronavirus epidemic.  We must move aggressively now to slow the outbreak in New York City. As of tomorrow, March 17th, my staff will be working remotely. We will begin virtual office hours Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. We...

WHIDC Programs

WHIDC Programs -- La Plaza De las Americas

La Plaza serves as a micro-business “incubator” for between 20 and 50 individuals. It accommodates the vendors market, a NYC Green market as well as cultural and community events.

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The Business Operating Success System (BOSS) provides one-on-one business development assistance to micro-businesses in Upper Manhattan and the Western Bronx.

The program has completed 30 cycles, graduating 407 providers, who have opened 237 new childcare businesses, and created 393 new jobs and 1,400 new childcare slots.

WHIDC’s toolbox to help retain small businesses and jobs in Upper Manhattan just got larger. As an Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ) partner, we are thrilled to share the news about the UMEZ Hybrid Microloan.

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The Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park

The Medieval Festival brings to life the customs and spirit of the Middle Ages. Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park is transformed into a medieval market town decorated with bright banners and processional flags. Performers, guests and festival goers dress in medieval costume. Visitors are greeted by authentic medieval music, dance, magic, and minstrels, as well as jugglers and jesters.

If you are interested in becoming a non-food vendor, volunteer or to purchase ad space in festival programs, please contact the organizers.