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October 25th, 2010 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemGal
The immaculate Fall weather was the perfect backdrop for the 2010 Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail located at Harlem Meer. Plus all the costumes present made the day that much brighter. I saw little dinosaurs, tigers, lions, pirates and ninjas, along with several lady bugs, a few princesses, butterflies and the occasional witch. The event was so much fun. I could not resist taking photo after photo…

October 24th, 2010 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemGal
Don’t forget…Central Park’s annual Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail is happening today at Harlem Meer and the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (inside the Park on 110th St between Fifth and Lenox Aves). It starts at 4 PM today, October 24.

We attended last year and it was so much fun. We adored seeing all the little ones dressed up in their favorite Halloween costumes.

If you are interested to know how to participate in the Pumpkin Sail, click here.

January 26th, 2016 by INtoHarlem

Island Burgers

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Island Burger & Shakes is excited to announce the official opening of its third, and largest restaurant location in Morningside Heights at 3147 Broadway, between La Salle and Tieman Place (123/124). Located just steps away from Columbia University, the restaurant will serve an extensive menu of flame-grilled burgers, chicken sandwiches, entrée salads, and shakes.

“We are excited to open our doors and bring our casual grill experience to our new neighbors in Morningside Heights,” states owner Mark Calvino. “It’s our hope that the restaurant becomes the neighborhood destination for a delicious and affordable dining experience for the entire family.”

The 62 seat, full-service restaurant and bar nearly triples the size of the other two locations. Co-designed by founder Mark Calvino and partner, Sam Wong, the new location truly showcases the evolution of the brand, fusing rustic and industrial décor with 90s-era design throwbacks, wood-flanked walls and red leather banquets. The statement piece of the restaurant is the upside-down milk shake glass chandelier that hangs in the front window. A welcoming, 9-seat bar serves a portfolio of fine wines as well as artisanal and local bottled beers and brews.

Island Burgers & Shakes takes the concept of burgers and chicken sandwiches to a whole new level with over 64 variations. Diners may opt for a classic, build-your-own hamburger (starting at $9.95) or choose a specialty creation such as the staff’s favorite Here’s Gianni burger with roasted red peppers, bacon, and homemade parmesan spread on ciabatta; the decadent Hippo burger with curried sour cream, bacon, cheddar, homemade guacamole, sautéed onions, and scallions served in a whole wheat pita; the super-hot Napalm burger that’s blackened and served with BBQ sauce, jalapenos, cheddar, and habanero, and more.

Island Burgers & Shakes takes pride in the restaurant’s 20 years of business success along with its consistent use of high-quality ingredients, attentive and friendly service, affordable pricing, and casual, laidback atmosphere. The restaurant proudly serves grass-fed, antibiotic-free, Pat LaFrieda meat blend, sources its bread from local bakeries like Sullivan Street Bakery and Eli Zabar Breads, and makes most sauces and spreads in house.

For diners looking for lighter menu options, Island Burgers & Shakes serves up fresh and innovative entrée salads that can be topped with a protein of choice: hamburger, turkey burger, or grilled chicken. Some of the locals’ favorites include the Quinoa Salad with black olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, fresh lemon and mint dressing; Boo Zoo Salad with mixed greens, bacon, cheddar, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, and jalapeno; or the classic Baby Kale Salad with pumpkin seeds, tomatoes, and pecorino vinaigrette dressing.

Island Burgers’ famous milk shakes complement the savory menu. Diners can choose milk or malted fountain shakes with vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, or black and white ice cream. Ice cream floats are also available.

October 7th, 2013 by HarlemGuy

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Harlem Harvest Festival

St. Nicholas Avenue between 116th Street and 117th Street.

Farmers market, Food/Retail vendors.

Cooking demos:
– Whole Flash Kitchen from 11 am to 2 pm
– Battle of the Chefs 
– Community Bake-off  

Music by our friend DJ Stormin Norman, Sundae Sermon.

Kids Activities:
– Children’s yoga by Chloe the Yogi 
– Fitness activity by My Gym
– Arts and crafts
– Face painting

Adult yoga by Land Yoga.

Live salsa performance.

Master pumpkin carver Hugh McMahon.

January 23rd, 2013 by tharealharlemista
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Savann

An exciting new culinary addition to the neighborhood –set to open this January ( http://www.mns.com/content/press_archives/2012/12/08/harlems-2280-fdb-welcomes-mediterranean-restaurant-savann/) –seems to have met a temporary delay. Last month we were thrilled when saw signs for the impending opening of Mediterranean restaurant Savann at 2280 FDB, but work looks to be suspended for the time being and a sign in the window alludes that it may be a construction permit issue.

Savann is an outpost of a popular Upper West Side Turkish restaurant that closed this past summer. A New York Times review  said : “When Savann opened a few years ago, it was like a dream come true for Upper West Siders who had yearned for a simple, reasonably priced restaurant that served not-so-simple contemporary bistro food. Savann was just such a place, with ambitious yet delicious dishes like roasted pumpkin soup with olive oil, perfectly cooked wild mushroom risotto, and grilled duck breast with polenta…”

Cem Yildiz, Manager of Savann told mns.com in December: “The owner, Galip Ozbek, and I have lived in Harlem since 2007, and have enjoyed watching the local community flourish…We’re excited to offer Harlemites authentic Mediterranean cuisine.”

Hopefully they can work out these issues and open soon because we can’t wait!!

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October 17th, 2012 by harlemhouse
Happy Halloween!
Are you looking for a fun Halloween event for your kids
and the whole family?  Next Sunday, October 28th from 12-4pm here in Harlem Sweet Spot Festival presents Baby Got Soul!
Kids Halloween Costume Dance Party!
*****
The Sweet Spot Festival returns to Harlem this
Fall with a HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR just for the
kids!!
 
Grab a few friends, get your costumes ready – Come
on out & enjoy carnival games and treats, a pumpkin
patch and an awesome BABY GOT SOUL! costume disco dance party.
 
Celebrity child prodigy DJ Fulano will be providing the tunes for the day. 
At 9 years old, he has already DJ’ed for Diane Von Furstenburg, 
Michael Kors and calls Russell Simmons a great friend. 
Talk about a legend in the making! 
 
Check out his recent article in the NY Post: http://bit.ly/TCI9vZ 
 
Adults can enjoy the unique vendors & vintage at the
Sweet Spot Market Place. 
 
We are Doin’ it again at the Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell
145th street & Bradhurst
on October 28th , 2012 from 12 – 4pm for FREE!!
 
If you would like to bring a group of 10 kids or more – please
email us at sweetspotfest@gmail.com so we can hold
you a picnic table
 
We look forward to seeing you there!
 
About Sweet Spot Festival
The Sweet Spot Festival is a FREE family friendly event series, bringing Harlem’s 
increasingly diverse community together to celebrate it’s rich historical legacy. 
Its purpose is to promote music,culture, art, and commerce. Here you will find an 
eclectic range of musicians, DJ’s, performance & visual artists, a mouth watering 
array of food & dessert vendors, kids activities, workshops and to-die-for vintage 
& jewelry selections. 
 
October 3rd, 2012 by harlemhouse

FOOD, WINE AND FAMILY FUN ABOUND AT THE HARLEM HARVEST FESTIVAL

 Harlem Park To Park Presents Its Third Annual Harlem Harvest Festival

With Activities And Events For the Whole Family

 September 29, 2012 – Harlem, NY – Whether you’re a foodie, a yoga enthusiast, aspiring dancer or family looking for fun activities to keep the little ones busy, you can find it at this year’s Harlem Harvest Festival. Harlem Park to Park, a community improvement association in Central Harlem, the hub for New York City’s premiere dining, shopping and nightlife destinations north of 110th street, will present its third annual Harlem Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 6, from 10am to 4pm.  The event will take place in A. Phillip Randolph Square at St. Nicholas Avenue, between 116th and 117th streets, as the kick off event for Harlem Park to Park’s annual Oktoberfest.

The Harlem Harvest Festival, which drew more than 2,700 attendees last year, has grown even more this year with vendor participation including businesses from Central and East Harlem, as well as upstate farms and wineries. Bread Alone, Horman’s Pickles, Brooklyn Cured Sausage, Breezy Hill Farm, Knoll Crest Farm, Cider Hill Farm, Glebocki Farm, Thousand Island Winery, Community Markets, Cabot Cheese will all participate, along with performances by the Dance Theater of Harlem, live music from a salsa band, and great activities for the kids. Also featured is the annual cook-off event, this year featuring the “Battle of the Avenues” pitting Lenox Avenue restaurants, Sylvia’s and Corner Social and for Frederick Douglas Blvd., 67 Orange and Harlem Tavern.  The restaurants will square off on omelets and entrées.

“The Festival has become a wonderful way to showcase the best of our amazing local businesses, not only to our neighbors, but also to the rest of the city as we invite everyone to travel uptown and experience first-hand one of New York City’s most exciting new shopping, dining, and nightlife destinations,” said Nikoa Evans-Hendricks, Executive Director of Harlem Park to Park.  The organization has played a crucial role in raising the level of visibility for the businesses in the community.

Harlem Harvest Festival this Saturday, October 6th from 1o am to 4 pm.

Adult yoga (bring mat), Children’s yoga, Face Painting, Sand Art, Live music, Cook off – Battle of the Lenox Ave chefs vs. FDB Ave chefs, Hula Hoop demo, African Dance and more!

Programming Schedule:

On Stage

10:00 am DJ
10:30 am Host
11:00 am Land Yoga class (Adult)
11:30 am Dj, Raffle
12:00 pm Adventures in Yogaland Children’s Yoga
12:30 pm Cook off – Battle of the Avenues: Lenox Avenue chefs vs Eighth Avenue chefs
1:10 pm Raffle
1:15 pm Salsa Band
2:00 pm Bikram Yoga East Harlem (Adult)
2:30 pm Hula Hoop demonstration
3:00 pm African Dance Performance/Kim Holmes
3:30 pm Live Music PerformanceOff Stage
10:30 am Pumpkin Carving by Master Carver Hugh McMahon

11:00 am Harvist Restaurant Flash Kitchen

11:30 am Pumpkin Art, Face Painting/Layla

12:00 pm Harvist Restaurant Flash Kitchen

12:15 pm Raffle – 2 Carved Pumpkins

12:30 pm Face Painting/Patricia Anthony

1:00 pm Harvist Restaurant Flash Kitchen

1:15 pm Raffle – $50 gift card from Whole Foods Market

1:30 pm Sand Art, Balloons/Patricia Anthony

2:00 pm Harvist Restaurant Flash Kitchen

2:30 pm Gardening (Harlem Flo Atelier)

3:00 pm Harvist Restaurant Flash Kitchen presentation

3:15 pm Raffle – Gift basket from Whole Foods Market

October 26th, 2010 by Harlem Condo Life

After blog posting about Harlem Meer’s Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail, I received a special request. There are a select group of Harlemites in Spanish Harlem that are having a small Halloween street party from 3 PM to 7 PM on October 31 for the kids (and adults) on their particular block. They are asking for assistance in helping entertain Harlem kids for Halloween. If HarlemCondoLife readers know of a magician, palm reader, balloon folder, face painter, etc., send a message to djjaffe@gmail.com or call 917-912-4466 with recommendations.

Ideally, what these locals are looking for is to have entertainer(s) stop by and bring some smiles to cute Harlem faces on their block in Harlem. So if HCL readers can help, please write to the email or call the number listed above. What better way to celebrate Halloween than by paying it forward with kindness and generosity. Have a great weeek!

October 10th, 2010 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemGal
This past week my fellow blogger, NativeNewYorker, told you about the Harlem Harvest Festival and Fresh Food Summit taking place on October 9. Did you check it out? We did and enjoyed the event very much! The vegetable and pumpkin stands were hit – in my view. And Harlem Park to Park and Harlem 4 Center for Change did an outstanding job putting this event together. A big thank you to them for organizing the Harlem Harvest Festival. We look forward to attending next Fall!

February 24th, 2010 by Harlem Condo Life

Watercolors by Lynn Lieberman

By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLIfe

Since our inception well over a year ago, HarlemCondoLife (HCL) has been introduced to several interesting people living and working in Harlem-particularly local artists who have a positive link to Harlem. HCL would like to introduce  some of these individuals to you, along with their work, in hope that you will be moved and amazed by the wealth of talent that lives right here in our Harlem community. We certainly are impressed and excited to have you meet some of these talented individuals on our blog site. To help us kick off our first HCL Artist Profile, first up is a local watercolorist. In a Q&A (questions and answers) format, meet Lynn Lieberman in her own words on Harlem in watercolor.

Watercolors by Lynn Lieberman

What is your area of specialty? And why do you feature Harlem in your art work?
My primary area is watercolor. I live, work and create right here in Harlem.  Most of my work is small format-note cards of everything from the famous Lenox Lounge to Apollo Theater to Lee Lee’s Bakery, where Mr. Lee displays my painting of his bakery. In an effort to capture more of Harlem, last year I created a watercolor map of Harlem, which was updated this year and can be viewed on my website.

As for why Harlem, we have street after street of graceful prewar buildings, each with their own unmistakable curves and lines. Many have been home to the people who reside there for decades, and signs of love and longevity protrude from window boxes, along with flower pots and signs in the windows.

Watercolors by Lynn Lieberman

Does Harlem move and inspire your art work?
Inspiration here in Harlem is endless for a watercolorist.  No matter how many times I walk the streets of Harlem, I always see something different and new to paint, from the Harlem Meer in the Fall to Fields Court at Christmas to the colorful Minton’s Jazz Club, Mike’s Newsstand on 122nd Street and Lenox Avenue, and to Tonnie’s Minis, where they also display my note card painting of the place.

Watercolors by Lynn Lieberman

Is it challenging to use Harlem in your work?
The only challenge to painting Harlem is what to leave out.

Aside from watercoloring Harlem, HCL has to ask what are some of your favorite things about it?
Harlem Seasons. At the first sign of Spring and all through the Summer, window sills are abound with color right up until Halloween pumpkins and Christmas trees with lights. No Holiday is forgotten here.

Watercolor by Lynn Lieberman

Harlem people. Where else in this City can you find people sitting on the sidewalk in their beach chairs enjoying a beautiful Summer evening or barbecuing in front of their building?

Harlem has a plethora of green space from our major Parks to our local Green Thumb gardens-giving us easy access to hours of walking or bike riding from the minute we walk out our front door.

Watercolors by Lynn Lieberman

Our diversity is great. I was born here in the City and have lived in a variety of places over the years, always returning home. Harlem is a place where I feel most comfortable and the place where I live with my family.

And Harlem has s vibrant art community with plenty of ongoing events at the Studio Museum of Harlem, the Harlem Arts Alliance and Casa Frela Gallery, which represents my work.

Watercolor by Lynn Lieberman

In full disclosure, I have purchased notecards from Lynn as gifts. They were a hit on the receiving end with friends and family. Don’t miss out on seeing Lynn’s work in person. Her work is currently hanging, with framed pieces for sale , at Native Restaurant and Il Caffe Latte-both on Lenox Avenue and for sale unframed at www.afinelyne.com

Watercolor by Lynn Lieberman

And if you know of a local artist we should spotlight on HCL, who resides in Harlem and their work is linked to all things positive about Harlem, please send your recommendations to feedback@harlemcondolife.com.