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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,, @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.

January 18th, 2013 by HarlemGuy

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“THE PLAN”  Lyn-Genet Recitas

We are happy to announce an upcoming event Thursday, January 24th at The 5 and Diamond Restaurant in Harlem.  Join Lyn Genet for her book party and signing at 6:30-7:30pm.  Growing more and more popular The Plan is now in the top 5 selling books in the US and Canada.  Congratulations Lyn!

A while back a few of us here at Harlem Condo Life went to an event hosted by The 5 and Diamond all about The Plan.  It was a very informative and educational experience which Icare4Harlem wrote about.  If you would like to read more about Lyn Genet and her new book you can see our previous post here “Is the Lyn-Genet Plan On Your Plate?” by Icare4Harlem.

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Celebrate Lyn-Genet’s new book, The Plan, 6:30-7:30 at
The 5 and Diamond Restaurant
2072 Frederick Douglass Boulevard
New York, NY  10026
For more information, email

The book is available below and is featured on the store. The book and the program makes a great year round gift.

March 18th, 2012 by Icare4Harlem


Community Healthcare Network Helen B. Atkinson Health Center

By Icare4Harlem

Anyone who has gone without medical insurance knows that to see a physician, dentist, or any other medical professional can be a costly experience. Often the uninsured/underinsured simply go without routine preventative care which can lead to life threatening events. The Community Healthcare Network provides medical services at the Helen B. Atkinson (HBA) Health Center, east of Lenox Ave. on 115th St., in Central Harlem. A wide range of services is offered at this center. Patients are able to receive Primary Care, HIV Care, Mental Health Care, Social Services, Health Education, Nutrition Services, Dental Care, Podiatry Services, Reproductive Health Care, and Services for Teens.

The Community Healthcare Network is a not-for-profit organization with several locations throughout New York City. The health centers allow patients to receive care regardless of immigration status, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, or ability to pay. The commitment to meet the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care is apparent as you notice posters offering translation services in numerous languages. The Network also ensures that the staff reflects the diversity within the community.

Dr. Sheree Morgan, DMD

Recently I had a chance to experience dental services at the HBA Health Center. I was able to see Dr. Sheree Morgan, DMD. She had a warm, jovial, and professional manner that put you at ease from the moment she asked the proverbial question, “When was your last dental visit?” At one time I did not have dental coverage so I sheepishly admitted that I was overdue for a check-up–no punitive remarks or glaring eyes as Dr. Morgan proceeded with the examination. I would also like to note that her assistant was very efficient. My x-rays were available before Dr. Morgan finished cleaning my teeth. During the procedure, I found out that Dr. Morgan had a previous career as a chemist. Patients at the HBA Health Center should feel confident that Dr. Morgan is not only competent in dentistry but also understands the chemical interactions of the medications used in her line of work.


Community Healthcare Network

Helen B. Atkinson Health Center

81 West 115th St.

New York, NY 10026




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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.

Melba Wilson

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 for information or reservations. Melba’s also does catering; for information email

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January 16th, 2012 by Icare4Harlem

Timberly Leite - Innovative Therapy Solutions

By Icare4Harlem

The grand opening of Innovative Therapy Solutions was a huge success as seen by the numerous attendees, sounds of children enjoying educational toys, and concerned parents excited about the availability of Speech Therapy services in Harlem.


Timberly Leite, New York State Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and Owner/Director of Innovative Therapy Solutions, has brought to Harlem a much needed service to address the speech therapy needs of children ages birth to 21. Traditionally, therapy is delivered in the school/preschool settings, through home programs via approved providers, hospitals, clinics, or rehabilitation centers. Often there are waiting lists and parents travel long distances to obtain this necessary service.  So having Timberly in the neighborhood is truly a welcomed addition.


Innovative Therapy Solutions is not limited to speech therapy. Timberly also provides evaluations, parent education courses, and the ability to purchase therapy materials to ensure carryover outside of the formal therapy setting. Future services include adding Occupational and Physical Therapy.

At the onset of meeting Timberly, one immediately senses the warm and caring concern emanating from this creative professional. She brings to Harlem experience, energy, and a desire to meet the local speech therapy needs.

Wishing Timberly much success in her new endeavor!

Innovative Therapy Solutions

2236 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. BLVD (between 131st & 132nd)

New York, NY 10027


December 31st, 2011 by HarlemGuy
The Morningsider Blog was recently covered in the The New York Times in December, and announced as much on their Blog.  In doing so they were gracious enough to mentiong HarlemCondoLife as one of the many blogs in Harlem that highlight civic activities, cultural happenings, new retailers, and entertainment choices in the area.


“Today, we wanted to introduce a few of our favorite Harlem blogs that are must-reads before your next trip uptown (or around the corner)!  Combined, the blog network is sure to provide a wonderful guide to experience the diversity of living Uptown in the New Year.”


Described as “your gateway to Harlem,” HarlemCondoLife was founded by five Harlem newbies who moved to the neighborhood to seek new experiences. Today, Harlem Guy, NativeNewYorker, and Icare4Harlem, HarlemHouse still post regularly about their lives in Harlem from a variety of perspectives and first-hand accounts.

HarlemCondoLife frequently posts job opportunitiesreal estate newsrestaurant reviews, and polls, all of which help readers interact and learn about what’s popular among Harlem-enthusiasts. HarlemCondoLife also provides some intellectual stimulation by posting motivational quotationsbook reviews, and playlists and podcasts.

If you’re looking for Harlem news and inspiration, we suggest starting here: 

The full story.

Thank you for including HarlemCondoLife.

And to all our readers, a safe and happy new year.

August 30th, 2011 by Icare4Harlem

Caregiver Support Tips from VNS

By Icare4Harlem

As a follow up to my post from last week, it was evident that there is definitely a need for support resources for family and friends who are caregivers.  The event, Preventing Caregiver Burnout, sponsored by Assemblyman Keith L. T. Wright in partnership with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNS), was well attended and revealed an array of relatives and friends that provide endless support to their loved ones.  Listening to the stories of the level and intensity of care provided by these folks, was touching and quite an eye opener for an area that is only going to increase in demand.  Many of the stories involved caregivers who are assisting not only one but multiple family members or those that are dealing with medical issues themselves.

An introduction presented by Councilwoman Inez Dickens, reinforced the importance of recognizing the issue of burnout among caregivers.  A VNS representative followed up with alarming statistics for this population.  Here are just a few examples of who are the caregivers in the United States:

  1. 65 Million, or 29%, of Americans each year
  •      38% are adults caring for elderly parents
  •       11% are spouses
  •       14% are parents with special needs children
  1. Women represent 2/3 of all family caregivers
  2. 13% provide 40 hours of care per week
  3. $375 billion in estimated “free” services

In the New York Metropolitan Area…

  1. 1 in 5 adults provide family care
  2. 1 million family caregivers total
  3. 46% have provided care for more than 5 years
  4. More than 50% employed full time
  5.  52% of caregivers experience injuries

The subsequent presenters disseminated information from a nursing and social worker’s perspective.  They provided concrete ideas for alleviating physical and emotional stress, understanding and reducing errors in medication administration, preventing physical injuries while assisting with mobility, resistance from the home bound loved ones, and resources for dealing with the complexities of navigating Medicaid and Medicare services.

A Question and Answer period allowed participants an opportunity to express their concerns and ask relevant questions specific to their own situations.  This seminar also encouraged caregivers to network among themselves and share resources.

The morning was filled with practical and helpful information but equally important was, the opportunity for caregivers to be seen and heard in a community setting.

August 23rd, 2011 by Icare4Harlem

By Icare4Harlem

With the increase in the aging, disabled, and chronically ill populations, there is an expanding need for caregivers.  Families are faced with the daunting task of locating, employing, and leaving their loved ones in the hands of someone who may or may not have been adequately trained.  Relatives who elect to provide this form of care to family members are often subjected to elevated levels of stress, leading to burnout.

Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright and The Visiting Nurse Service of New York will host a free workshop on “Preventing Caregiver Burnout” for family caregivers on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.  If you or someone you know is in a similar situation, this seminar will provide resources and ways of coping with the demands associated with this role.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Kara Hughett at 212-561-7424 or

August 18th, 2011 by Icare4Harlem

Harlem Tavern

By Icare4Harlem

I didn’t go to Harlem Tavern on the opening night as it was just too packed.  After passing by on several occasions, I finally ventured in to enjoy a mid-afternoon lunch.  Well, I couldn’t have picked a better time as the service was great and my meal was cooked to perfection.  When I spoke with the server, it appears that the restaurant has made numerous changes since it opened in early July.  With a condensed menu, the kitchen is now able to concentrate on maintaining consistency and will gradually introduce new dishes.

Restaurants in this neighborhood seem to come and go. Those that remain open have accomplished a challenging task—accommodating the varying palates in this blended community.  My outdoor dining experience with Harlem Tavern was a pleasant surprise and I look forward to returning to an expanded menu.

Harlem Tavern

2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd.

New York, NY


July 21st, 2011 by Icare4Harlem

MCMB Cleaners

By Icare4Harlem

I remember when I first moved to Harlem, empty lots, vacant store fronts, and limited housing appeared to be the norm.  The long time residents sure seemed to know where the hot spots were but being the newbie, I resorted to a trial and error approach.  Some ventures were delightful finds, others, not so great.  Frequently, a business would open and then, disappear without warning.  So whenever I found an establishment that lived beyond the one month mark I made a note and attempted to become a loyal customer.

One business that has maintained its existence is the MCMB Cleaners.  From the first time I dropped off my dry cleaning to several years later, I have never been disappointed.  My laundry has always been delivered as promised with good results.  The staff has never lost or misplaced my order (which happened at another cleaner) and alterations were completed within a reasonable time frame.

Great Alterations

Recently, I asked to have an alteration redone.  Although the initial work was performed as requested, I changed my mind regarding the finished length of a garment.  To my surprise the tailor, Alberto, did not charge me for the extra work.  He stated that he wanted to make sure his customers were satisfied.


I have only had positive experiences with this business.  Along with the excellent service, I am always greeted by a warm and friendly staff.  The first person you encounter is Rolando.  His pleasant nature and willingness to accommodate you is not dependent on how often you drop off your cleaning.  Behind the sewing machine is Alberto, who makes a point to stop what ever he is working on and welcomes you with a big smile and “Hello.”


As the neighborhood expands newer businesses have opened their doors but I will continue to patronize MCMB Cleaners.

MCMB Cleaners

2071 Frederick Douglass Blvd.

New York, NY 10026

(212) 749-1730