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Real Estate Brokerage Douglass Elliman coming moving to 114th Street on Harlem Restaurant Row

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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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Book: Straw Bale Gardens for Harlem’s Green Spaces



You’ll find a bumper crop of vegetable gardening books on the shelves today, but it is a very rare title that actually contains new information. Straw Bale Gardens teaches gardening in a way that isn’t only new but is thoroughly innovative and revolutionary to home gardening. It solves every impediment today’s home gardeners face: bad soil, weeds, a short growing season, watering problems, limited garden space, and even physical difficulty working at ground level. Developed and pioneered by author and garden expert Joel Karsten, straw bale gardens create their own growing medium and heat source so you can get an earlier start. It couldn’t be simpler or more effective: all you need is a few bales of straw, some fertilizer, and some seeds or plants, and you can create a weedless vegetable garden anywhere—even in your driveway.
Karsten’s step-by-step guide offers all the information you need to make your own straw bale garden today. In this lushly photographed volume, Karsten shares all of the secrets he has developed over years of teaching eager students the miracle of straw bale gardening. You’ll learn how to locate and choose straw bales, then how to condition and plant them for the earliest possible start. You’ll master Karsten’s methods for combating plant pests and maximizing space by applying the principles of vertical gardening to his straw bales. Whether it’s seedlings or seeds, veggies or flowers, there is practically no limit to the plant varieties that will prosper in a straw bale garden—and with Karsten’s breakthrough gardening guide, you can do it all yourself.

Harlem is full of green spaces. Straw bale gardens are surely already part of the mix. This best selling book featured in The New York Times is a perfect reference for both the newcomer or the initiated.

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Vote In Harlem Primaries Today

English: Portrait of US Rep. Charles B Rangel

English: Portrait of US Rep. Charles B Rangel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Tuesday, June 26th, a primary will be held to choose the Democratic candidate for the 13th Congressional District. All registered Democrats may vote.

 We will be in the 15th Congressional District, which includes Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood, and most of the Northwest Bronx (with the exception of Riverdale), and is represented by Charles Rangel.

The candidates are:

To watch/hear some of the debates in this race on the web, try:

Don’t know where to go to cast your vote? Look here:http://gis.nyc.gov/vote/ps

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A crowd descends on Harlem Tavern opening night

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By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLife
Harlem has a new beer garden and locals definitely turned out in large numbers to be the first to see it first hand. Harlem Tavern, located on the northwest corner of 116th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd., opened its doors at 5 PM sharp July 1 and folks were lined up along the outer wall to get in. By 6 or 6:30 PM the entire place was packed with uptowners. And when I say packed, every table inside and out had patrons sitting anxiously awaiting to try out the food and beverage menu. By 7 PM, I checked my online accounts and several people 20110702-113357.jpg
checked into Foursquare from Harlem Tavern and photos of the place from inside were posted immediately to Facebook. The place was completely full in two hours and the kitchen and bar were blasted with orders. The design and layout of the place had no problem seating the crowd. We had seats outside and it was nice and comfortable. Harlem Tavern is going to be a great place to drink, eat and people watch. Stop by this weekend. They are starting brunch from 10-4 PM.

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As for product, I am not going to get into reviewing the food, drinks or service yet since last night was their first night of business. I want to give them some space and time to get their service dance down. All I am going to say is the wait staff and owners did their absolute best given what was presented before them-a tsunami like large crowd. The bar and kitchen got so backed up, it was going to take them all night to get caught up. I left before 9 PM so not sure what happened after then.

I know the owners of Harlem Tavern are seasoned restauranteurs. They own several joints in the City so they know what they are doing. I plan on 20110702-113550.jpg
returning real soon. However, when I left the place last night all I kept thinking was “they better hire more staff pronto!” They need more workers ASAP! Last nights turnout proved, along with bier international’s success, there is a demand in Harlem for outdoor dining/beer gardens. Last nights attendance proved that-in my view. There had to be at least 300 or more people in attendance.

There was one more thought that crossed my mind when I left Harlem Tavern last night “gold mine.” Harlem Tavern and bier international are complete gold mines. It is obvious or it will be. Walk by these places and see for yourself! Beer gardens in Harlem…are gold mines!