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March 31st, 2013 by harlemcondolife

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Happy Easter Harlem from all of us here at HarlemCondoLife.  With Easter being such an important holiday for many of us here in Harlem (and around the globe) we hope you have a healthy and happy Easter with your family, friends and loved ones.  And take a little time to reflect and give thanks.  Be grateful for today and every day and for those less fortunate than you, send some extra love their way.  For those of you also going to church this morning, where are you having your Easter Sunday lunch/dinner?  Get ready Harlem, it is going to be a busy and blessed day!

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Thank you to all of our loyal readers and followers here at Harlem Condo Life after all these years.  We are happy and grateful to be able to help contribute our little part to the Harlem community at large.  We will continue to keep our blog and content positive, enjoyable and informative.  The original founders of HarlemCondoLife, HarlemCondoLife.com, @HarlemHCL are all still here (minus one) and we are HarlemGuy, NativeNewYorker, HarlemHouse and ICare4Harlem.  We are grateful to our guest bloggers who add various posts, breaking news and their own perspective and views on issues whenever they are able to help us out.  As we say in our Bio,  “We remain a group of friends from diverse backgrounds living in Harlem and sharing news and events with our community and around the globe.  Harlem is universal.  It is an identity known throughout the world.”  We are happy and blessed to be part of Harlem.

March 15th, 2013 by HarlemGuy

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HarlemCondoLife is honoured to be featured in AMNewYork’s excellent two full-page spread on South Harlem (SoHa).  The piece by reporter Lisa Fraser appeared on 3/14 in AMNewYork’s paper and digital editions.

The piece is well written and provides a great deal of history and current reference information about  this little corner of the village of Harlem.   Including  real estate, transportation, education, shopping, eating, the arts, the parks, the people and “the buzz”.

Below is one of several quotes:

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The article makes clear that this slice of Harlem continues to mature from when we  first coined it Harlem’s Restaurant Row into something even more special.  A place that we – the current writers for HarlemCondoLife.com,  all of whom are original founders as well – call “home”.

We want to thank AMNewYork’s Lisa Fraser for reaching out to us a few weeks back and including HarlemCondoLife.com in the research for her article.

Click here to read the full article.

Click here to see more press coverage featuring HarlemCondoLife.com, including the New York Times.

Herve’ Jean-Baptiste a.k.a HarlemGuy | Current writer for and an original founder of  HarlemCondoLife.com.

December 15th, 2012 by harlemguy

HarlemGuy and Harlemista spent a few hours at Harlem Pop-Up ‘Holiday Bazaar’ today. We loved the huge Christmas tree out front, the cavernous interior space, the aura creativity that permeated the space, and the passion of the people representing the products and services on display. Highlights included learning about the new community bank Spring Bank, learning about artist Garry Grant, meeting the force behind artist AFineLyne and her great cards and paintings, catching up with the founder of Harlem Tavern and the folks from Lido, meeting Ebony of mikomyco and seeing their beautiful scarves in person, seeing the amazing artwork in the form of cards by Willie Mitchell, and the wonderful wares from bebenoir.

We love these Harlem Pop-Up events and look forward to the next one. Hoping they continue at least once a month. If you missed the first one check out our post here; Harlem Pop-Up ‘Green Market.’

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February 13th, 2012 by Native New Yorker

By NativeNewYorker

When it opened in 2005, Melba’s was one of the first new restaurants to arrive on Harlem’s Frederick Douglass Boulevard. This warm, welcoming, elegant establishment serves “American comfort food”. The menu now includes a few “healthy eating” items as well as traditional southern dishes. Melba’s is a favorite of local residents as well as a destination of choice for celebs, political VIPs, and New Yorkers in-the-know . The owner, Melba Wilson, can often be seen greeting her guests with the grace and style that are her trademarks. NativeNewYorker recently shared an outstanding meal there with other HCL founders HarlemGuy, HarlemHouse and ICare4Harlem. Melba wasn’t there but the place still ran smoothly. From the moment we walked in, her friendly, knowledgeable and efficient staff made us feel at home. We started with appetizers – the catfish strips were yummy, and the drinks were also a hit. I am not a Mojito lover but my colleague assured me that his was first rate. Our entrees were all beautifully presented as well as delicious.

HarlemGuy had the Melba’s signature Southern Fried Chicken and Eggnog Waffles, HarlemHouse really enjoyed the salmon with Melba’s famous mac & cheese and sauteed spinach; ICare4Harlem had the wine braised short ribs of beef and yours truly had the Chilean Sea Bass which was perfectly cooked.

We were almost too full for dessert but couldn’t resist sharing the chocolate mousse cake and the scrumptious homemade green apple sorbet. We lingered long after the last morsel was finished, enjoying the amazing selection of old school music that was playing throughout our meal. Often the music at Melba’s is pumping (sometimes a little too loudly for my taste) but this was a Sunday night and the sounds were perfect for ‘chillin’ with good friends.

If you haven’t been to Melba’s – go. This small, classy establishment is still the Queen of Frederick Douglass Blvd.

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Melba’s is located at 300 West 114th Street on Frederick Douglass Blvd. It is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday and for brunch on Saturday & Sunday. Call (212) 864-7777 or email melbas@melbasrestaurant.com for information or reservations. Melba’s also does catering; for information email melbascatering@gmail.com.

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December 4th, 2011 by HarlemGuy

UPDATE: The piece also features fellow blog HarlemTrends

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HarlemCondoLife is featured in A Nous Magazine‘s annual travel edition A Nous Cities.  A Nous is based in France.

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A Nous reporters traveled to Berlin, Istanbul, La Havane, Liverpool, Londres, Milan, New York, Odessa, Phnom Penh, Stockholm, Tallinn and Yalta in search of what’s new.

Their visit to New York City focussed on the renaissance of the “quartier” of Harlem.  During their visit reporter Murielle Bachelier elected to contact HarlemCondoLife.

The piece covers a variety of people and places.  HarlemCondoLife has it’s own section as the featured blog.  The piece includes some of HarlemCondoLife’s recommended hot spots.

To read the article, click here and go to page 26.

November 6th, 2011 by HarlemGuy

The Real Deal reports increased activity Harlem at building including The Douglass, Windows on 123, the Livmor and Parc StandardLast.

Price cuts on the units in those buildings have resulted in some units selling for less than $500 per square foot.

t, the 72-unit Livmor, the 28-unit Parc Standard and the 38-unit Douglass, all on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, are sold out.   The 73-unit co-op 88 Morningside is 71 percent sold.  The 86-unit Gateway is 90 percent sold. Windows on 123 is on its second phase of sales.

A few years ago, in 2008 HarlemGuy at a blog meeting for HarlemCondoLife with 6 bloggers present at the meeting in front of witnesses, came up with and coined Frederick Douglass Boulevard from 110 to 125th Street as “Harlem Restaurant Row“.  Which since has become a signature phrase credited to Harlem Condo Life.

via Big price cuts lead to big sales in Harlem | The Real Deal | New York Real Estate News.

October 1st, 2011 by HarlemGuy

By HarlemGuy

The Mahatma Gandhi Health and Peace Walk is a unique and free public health initiative that is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s habit of walking regularly to maintain his health. It aims to encourage people to follow his example and walk regularly to enhance their wellness, reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and prevent obesity. Hence the Walk’s motto, “In His Footsteps—For Your Health.”

I attended the event last year.  It was a fantastic experience.  I look forward to attending this year.

The Walk is on October 2, 2011 in New York City.

On-line registration required.

Please read more about the event and register on line today here:  http://www.ariseindiafound

September 19th, 2011 by HarlemGuy

By HarlemGuy

The Mahatma Gandhi Health and Peace Walk is a unique and free public health initiative that is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s habit of walking regularly to maintain his health. It aims to encourage people to follow his example and walk regularly to enhance their wellness, reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and prevent obesity. Hence the Walk’s motto, “In His Footsteps—For Your Health.”

I attended the event last year.  It was a fantastic experience.  I look forward to attending this year.

The Walk is on October 2, 2011 in New York City.

On-line registration required.

Please read more about the event and register on line today here:  http://www.ariseindiafound

September 4th, 2011 by HarlemGuy


By HarlemGuy

Just in from a reader, word of construction activity on 117th and Frederick Douglass Boulevard this week.

If you know anything about this please let us know.

September 3rd, 2011 by HarlemGuy

By HarlemGuy

We recently learned about another way to get fit in Harlem:  The Harlem Holistic Center!

Located at 115 West 128th Street between Lenox Ave and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd, just off the 2 or 3 trains, the center offers an array of activities,  including but not limited to:  Tai Chi, Martial Arts for Children, Children’s Dance/Ballet, Kickboxing, Meditation, Yoga, Spiritual Seminars, and Scarf Dancing. Private services include Massage, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Nutrition, and Personal Training.  They also offer studio space and also have 4 private treatment rooms available.

One of the most compelling offerings is the 30days for $30, The Yin/Yang challenge, only available for  limited time.

The regimen consists of Yoga Monday, Wednesday and Friday with Kickboxing Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. All classes are at 6AM except Saturday is at noon. Complete each class within 30 days and earn a free month of classes.

Space is limited, time is limited, but per the Center – “your results are unlimited”.  The offer is only good for a limited number of people and will not be extended past September. You can start your 30days right after the Labor Day weekend on Tuesday the 6th or anytime before September is out.

Text 30/30 to (646)765-6974 to reserve a spot.

FREE OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY September 24th 3PM – 6PM!!

Holistic Center.