Out of the ashes of the FDB wineshop pioneer Harlem Vintage comes…….. Vintage Harlem. Under new ownership and new management, the warm, woody structure of the store hasn’t changed, but now there’s an expanded spirits section, more easily recognizable wines and a traditional merchandising-by-region setup.
The soft opening is now, and we look forward to discovering and definitely supporting the new Vintage Harlem. Don’t forget to drop by, and check it out.
Looks like a new Wine Bar will be coming to Harlem on Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Through the grapevine we have been told that the empty retail space between 113th and 114th in the Gateway Towers will soon be home to another Wine Bar.
More news on this as it develops.
And don’t forget two of our other great existing spots on FDB for good wine.. Nectar Wine Bar and 67 Orange.
Ever wonder what three adjacent lots on Frederick Douglass Blvd will cost? The answer is…$4 million dollars! That’s what 2126 FDB at the corner of West 115th Street is going for, according to Tungsten Property. They apparently have come uptown to grace this building with their sign and phone number-obviously at the owners request. Whomever owns these lots is clearly ready to part with it and for a nice chunk of change. I guess this explains why the sidewalk out front has never been fixed for years. It is all beat up and creates a little pond every time it rains or a miniature ice skating rink develops when it snows. The owner probably thought why bother to fix it when I can get $4 million dollars and leave it for someone else to handle. Right?
My only hope is that whomever takes over this property does a gut renovation and leaves the shell. The shell looks like it can be restored. This part of Harlem does not need a new building from the ground up in my view. It needs investors/new developers who will come in and want to keep and maintain Harlem’s charm through its original structures. What do you think should happen to this space?
The upside to seeing this lot up for sale is FDB is clearly a happening place when it comes to commercial and residential real estate. So much has changed along this boulevard since early 2000. Maybe that’s why this blog called it “Harlem’s gold coast?”
If you want to learn all the details about how Tungsten Property is marketing this commercial space, check out their website. They outline all the specs!
We won it! Harlem’s Frederick Douglass Boulevard has been named 2010 Neighborhood of the Year by Curbed.com. Yes! Congrats to FDB!
And might we respectfully add, winning the Curbed Cup brings sweet vindication and acknowledges what we have been saying all along, this area is hot! Go back to November 19, 2008 on this site. We predicted that FDB was headed to restaurant row status. Then a year later HarlemCondoLife.com, was the first to use the term “gold coast” to describe the FDB area!
Since our inception in 2008, we have taken some serious blows via blog post comments about focusing on this area. At times it was hurtful and hard not to take personal. However, we looked to our core beliefs and said “blog about your Harlem experience” and this area kept coming forward in our words! Despite these feelings, we emphatically have to state “We love every inch of Harlem.”
And to those who knocked us for believing in FDB, we say “truth is generally the best vindication…” Next up for FDB, New York Magazine!
Frederick Douglass Blvd has been nominated to compete as best neighborhood of the year. It’s competing against Hunters Point in Queens. The Curbed Cup is collecting votes today! Go here to vote!
Awhile back a reader was asking us about apartments opening up at 2078-2080 Frederick Douglass Blvd. We did not have any info then. I believe we do now.
Another reader left this document on our site last night. Check it out! It lists more than 80 rentals available in three separate buildings in Harlem. If you are not interested in the FDB location, there are other choices in Harlem listed, such as 311 West 141 Street, and 203-205 West 119th Street.
Hurry up! We all know how quickly apartments can go, especially in good locations, like Harlem! Happy Apartment Shopping!
I would like to introduce you to the space that will house Chocolat Restaurant Lounge at 2217 Frederick Douglass Blvd. There has been all this speculation about this space pictured below, but speculate no more! I have spoken directly with the owner of Chocolat and he tells me this corner space will be his second restaurant on FDB, also known as 8th Avenue. I believe Chocolat was previously located on 5th Avenue and the first place was Moca Lounge, which was one of the early establishments to open on FDB way back in the day. It is safe to say Moca Lounge is the pioneer on FDB!!!
As for additional details, the owner shared that Chocolat will offer mixed cuisine and will open soon. Exact date to be announced later!
Now that the restaurant rumors are a little bit more clear. I guess this means Red Rooster will now open at….?
We now know the name of the restaurant space we have been following for months! It is called 5 & Diamond located at 2072 Frederick Douglass Blvd. The chef will be Ryan Skeen.
From the pics below, workers have been working overtime and told us they are suppose to open tomorrow Read more of this article »
American cuisine will be offered in the space pictured above and the chef creating and serving up those meals will bring experience from Eleven Madison and Chanterelle, according to the co-owner of this new restaurant space. This new restaurant will be located on Frederick Douglass Blvd between 112th and 113th Street. The opening date and name of the place are not ready to be disclosed yet, however the co-owner stressed “hopefully soon, very soon!” Of course, HarlemCondoLife will keep you posted on the details!
With this restaurant coming soon, along with the anticipated opening of the Italian restaurant on the corner of FDB and 117th Street and recent openings, such as Questan’s, these actions continue to support our predication: FDB, also known as 8th Avenue, is on its way to become Harlem’s restaurant row.
In a further sign of a thawing real estate market in general and in South Harlem (SoHa) specifically, real estate brokerage Douglass Elliman is relocating a new office on 114th and Frederick Douglass Boulevard (also known as Harlem Restaurant Row and Harlem’s Gold Coast, phrases we coined here at HarlemCondoLife.com).
Welcome to your new location located on the first floor of The Douglass!
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