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Harlem Pop-Up a huge success

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… Continue Reading →

Early Season Snow in Harlem

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The “Mother of Hip Hop” Sylvia Robinson passes away

by thaRealHarlemista Whether you love or hate rap, you cannot deny its influence on our popular music and lives today. And Friday, rap lost a true pioneer in Sylvia Robinson, a singer, songwriter and record producer who formed and oversaw the… Continue Reading →

Mapping Out the Harlem Renaissance

by thaRealHarlemista We all know that Harlem is bursting with history, not least of which is the that cultural movement known as the Harlem Reniassance, the “literary and intellectual flowering that fostered a new black cultural identity in the 1920s… Continue Reading →

The 42nd Annual African American Day Parade

by thaRealHarlemista Today was that melange of  music, color, energy and celebration that is the African American Day Parade.

Redevelopment of the historic Victoria Theatre property on again

by ThaRealHarlemista The changing face of 125th street moves forward.  In 2008, the city rezoned Harlem’s main thoroughfare with a goal of replacing the many small-scale buildings along it with office towers, residential high-rises and cultural institutions. The Victoria Theater… Continue Reading →

Filming now in Harlem

by ThaRealHarlemista Apologies for the low quality photo, but last night, the new CBS TV police show, The 2-2, was filming on corner of 120th St and Lenox. The cop drama, produced by A list actor/director Robert DeNiro, focuses on… Continue Reading →

Harlem Says Goodbye to a Legend

by thaRealHarlemista R & B Music legend Nick Ashford will be laid to rest later today at Abyssinian Baptist Church here in Harlem. He passed away last Monday from throat cancer. Mr. Ashford and his equally talented songwriting partner-wife Valerie… Continue Reading →

After the Storm

by thaRealHarlemista After a tense Saturday night, New York City dodged a bullet with Hurricane Irene, and we in Harlem thankfully sustained little permanent damage. Today, the backside of the Hurricane brought quite strong winds sweeping through the streets. A… Continue Reading →

Harlem Hunkers Down

by thaRealHarlemista With the unprecedented MTA system shut down, Harlemites are doing last minute emergency shopping in preparation of Hurricane Irene. To all our readers, please be prepared and be careful.

New York in the 20’s – Jazz Films at the Museum of the City of New York

by theRealHarlemista The Museum of the City of New York is a fantastic compendium of our city’s past and present,  although it sometimes lives in the shadow of New York’s other world class Museums. This Sunday, August 28th, as part… Continue Reading →

Durant drives crowd wild at Harlem’s Rucker Park

by thaRealHarlemista Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant took his talents to Harlem’s world-renowned pickup court Rucker Park on Monday night. The NBA’s reigning scoring champ “dazzled the crowd by scoring 66 points” at an Entertainers Basketball Classic, according to…. Continue Reading →

Sunset, Harlem Pier Park

This September marks 402 years since Henry Hudson, representing the Dutch East India Company, navigated his ship the Halve Maen (Half Moon) up the Hudson River.  About 50 years later the Dutch village of Haarlem was officially established. There’s definitely… Continue Reading →

Cooling Down When Harlem Is Heating Up

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The African American Parade emphasizes Unity and Pride

by Harlemista I have the pleasure of experiencing the incredible African American Day Parade (the largest Black Parade in America) outside my window on Adam Clayton Powell, Jr Blvd every September. Since 1969 this Parade has been– and still is… Continue Reading →

Scene in Harlem

by Harlemista Since his new cd  “The Darkside” dropped, Bronx rapstar Fat Joe has had some busy days. Midweek he was on the West Coast, telling Chelsea Handler on the “Chelsea Lately” show that the night before he partied long… Continue Reading →

Harlem BBQ / Marcus Samuelsson Favorite Inexpensive Bites

by Harlemista In New York Magazine’s Eat Cheap issue this week, Harlem’s superstar chef Marcus Samuelsson shares his favorite inexpensive bites in the neighborhood. He definitely choses a wide range of  cuisines.  It reminded me that there are plenty of… Continue Reading →

Hot Monday Evenings are Cool on 119.

by Harlemista Walking home from the train Monday evening, I did my traditional turn down 119th st and was greeted by an melodic combo playing a gig on the sidewalk outside of Billie’s Black Restaurant. Chairs were set up for… Continue Reading →

Get a Special of View of Historic Harlem

By Harlemista Ever walk along the gorgeous side streets of Central Harlem and find yourself yearning to see what’s inside those majestic brownstones? Next Sunday is your chance–join the 21st Annual Historic Mount Morris Neighborhood House Tour running from 11:00 AM… Continue Reading →

Sunset in Harlem

by Harlemista One of the pleasures of Harlem in the Springtime is a beautiful bike ride and sunset along the Hudson River from the Piers to the George Washington Bridge…

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