President Bill Clinton kicks-off #HarlemEatUP festival, which is now well in progress, with a great opening speech.
A little bit of rain came through but it has passed and we are ready to eat some good food and try some great wine in this packed crowd!
Good to see Bill Clinton back in Harlem where he use to have an office on 125th street for many years.
Enjoy the festival!
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Experience: Harlem & Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance Invite you to the 4th Annual Food & Drink Boulevard Summer Kick-off. An Evening of Food, Cocktails, Music and Entertainment o Harlem’s Restaurant Row.
Today, Tuesday May 5, 2015
6:00PM – 10:00PM on Frederick Douglass Blvd.
From 111th – 119th Streets.
5 & Diamond
67 Orange Street
Harlem Food Bar
LoLo’s Seafood Shack
The Park 112
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Daniel Asbury Mixon from Harlem, New York City is an American jazz Pianist.
Currently you can hear him at the newly revised and highly sought upon Jazz Supper Club Minton’s in Harlem.
A prolific piano virtuoso who has performed in the U. S. and Internationally, Daniel Asbury Mixon was born on August 19, 1949 in Harlem and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up in a musical household he was influenced by his mother and grandparents beginning his early artistic expression at the age of 3. He studied and performed as a tap dancer at the Ruth Williams Dance Studio and even then was known as “The Show Stopper.” Danny attended the High School of Performing Arts with dance as his major.
During an afternoon outing at the Apollo Theatre with his grandfather Danny was inspired by the jazz musicians he heard. It was then that he decided that he would like to be a pianist and he never once looked back.
In May of 2004 Danny was one of the first musicians to be honored by the National Jazz Museum in Harlem in a series entitled “Harlem Speaks,” which resulted in an invitation to the White House for Black Music Month on June 22nd.
Danny’s greatest joy is performing, composing, and arranging for his own group “The Danny Mixon Trio or Quartet,” Danny is currently the Musical Director at Minton’s.
This kind of talent doesn’t grow on trees. Danny Mixon and all of the jazz musicians at Minton’s are what makes Harlem so great. If you have not yet visited Minton’s Supper Club in Harlem, and you are a lover of good food and REAL JAZZ, we highly recommend it. See our previous write up on Minton’s Supper Club, “Harlem’s Opening Night at Minton’s“
The Danny Mixon Trio Live at Showman’s Jazz Organ Club
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The Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance and Experience: Harlem invite you to The third annual Food & Drink Boulevard summer kick-off. It will be held on Frederick Douglass Blvd from W. 111th – W. 123rd Streets. Thursday, May 8th from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Tickets are $10.00 at the door or 2 tickets for the price of one in advance at www.fdb.eventbrite.com
This event is always a blast and a perfect way to enjoy the nice weather while mingling with friends and meeting new ones. See the restaurants and businesses that will be featured this year. See you there!
5 & Diamond,
67 Orange Street,
Harlem Food Bar,
The Park 112,
Presented by Spring Bank.
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With the recent trend of vegan restaurants opening coast to coast from New York to LA, it was only a matter of time before Harlem was next on the list. Seasoned Vegan Harlem’s first full service vegan restaurant is now opened for business. Seasoned Vegan is a family business owned by mother and son, Brenda and Aaron Beener specializing in gourmet vegan food. They give typical Italian, Asian, Middle Eastern, Caribbean and American dishes a vegan, home cooked, soulful twist.
Vegan cooking has become sort of an art form for certain chefs. If the largely successful “Blossom” located on the Upper West Side is any indication of things to come, we will be seeing more and more vegan restaurants. When I first dined at Blossom with my sister who has been a vegan for 10 years, I was skeptical. After trying it I was blown away at how surprisingly flavorful and good it was.
Harlem’s Seasoned Vegan write on their website “The food you love, veganized”. Great slogan! I am anxious to try this new place out to see for myself. For those who may not be aware of what vegan food is, check out this brief write up about it: What is VEGAN. As I mentioned earlier one of my sisters is a vegan and before that was a vegetarian so I have been privileged to some pretty good homemade meals over the years. Along with plenty of gentle lecturing on why I should not eat bacon or steak, dairy etc., or any animal products for that matter. Even though I haven’t changed my ways yet, I understand and admire the vegan way and applaud it. You do not have to be a vegan to eat and enjoy vegan food. It is for everyone and I will say that you feel so healthy after having a good vegan dinner.
By the looks of Seasoned Vegans dishes and desserts I imagine they will draw a nice crowd of loyal customers as well as curious new ones. I am looking forward to visiting them for dinner very soon. We are so fortunate to have such a diverse and specialized selection of restaurants and businesses here in Harlem.
Welcome to the neighborhood Seasoned Vegan!
Seasoned Vegan MENU
55 St. Nicholas Avenue
Harlem, NY 10026
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DJ Saturdays at The Cecil in Harlem are making Saturday afternoons extra fun. Who doesn’t want a little beat with their bite! Relax and shake off the week’s worries to the beats of the World, Jazz and Soul music, spun by various DJ’s.
This Saturday March 22 DJ Stormin’ Norman will be spinning from 2- 6pm. Next Saturday March 29 DJ Center will be spinning from 2 – 6pm. Check out the DJ schedule below and enjoy great music and food and people at The Cecil in Harlem!
210 West 118th Street Harlem NY
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Those of us here at HarlemCondoLife were deeply saddened to learn that Urban Garden Center located directly across the street from the 2 buildings that exploded and collapsed in East Harlem experienced extensive damage. Luckily none of their staff were hurt in the blast but they did lose friends and many who were seriously hurt. I think we all join them with our deep sympathies in this devastating tragedy. These older buildings have to be made secure so that people can feel safe in their homes. This should have never happened and precautions must be taken so that it will not happen in the future.
So now in the aftermath we can help our neighbors. We here at the blog love this local business Urban Garden Center and visit them each year for plants in our homes as well as our common roof deck garden in the summertime. They’ve always been very neighborly and friendly. Please visit their “help” page created by Dimitri Gatanas and if possible do what you can to help out this local business. It is businesses such as these which make Harlem and our community so great. We hope that Dimitri and the crew at Urban Garden Center are rebuilding and back to normal soon just in time for Spring/Summer planting.
photo by Susan Cohan circa Spring 2013
Here is the link Urban Garden Center. Please repost / retweet and if you are able, contribute to their gofundme account.
photo by the Associated Press via the Washington Post March 12, 2014
Read more here…
“On Wednesday March 12, 2014, we began our day like any other day under the MTA viaduct on East 116th St. and Park Avenue. What we never expected to ever happen, became our reality. An explosion blew up two neighborbing buildings directly across from our retail shop. We weredirectly in the ‘line of fire’ and suffered a lot of damage. Luckily, none of our staff was hurt in the blast. We did, however, lose friends and many are seriously hurt.
While we are thankful for being spared, the timing of this disaster has made our ability to open in time for spring questionable. We continue to endure a long and blistery winter. This made for slower than expected sales. The need for resources are more important than ever. We personally invested into the preparation of spring, which most of the work has been blown away from the explosion. Spring is the most important season for our business and not opening in the next couple of weeks will seriously impact our ability to stay in business….. continue reading“)
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Harlem continues to attract investments in the latest technologies.
A consortium of major cancer centers in NYC, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Beth Israel Medical Center, NYU Langone Medical Center, Montefiore Medical Center, and Mount Sinai Hospital have identified an entire City-owned block in Harlem between East 126th and East 127th as the future location of the New York Proton Center.
The $240 million project will offer proton beam therapy services to 1500 patients per year.
Via New York Proton Center Identifies Harlem Location ›
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We stopped by La Bodega 47 Social Club this week in Harlem the night of the pouring rain/snow storm and were pleasantly surprised and relieved when we walked through the red velvet drapes into the welcoming, warm space. Due to weather, and the fact that La Bodega are still in their soft opening until early March, there were just a few patrons at the bar. However, owner Brian Washington- Palmer along with Harlem Park to Park’s Nikoa Evans Hendricks arrived shortly afterwards. And we were happy to speak with Brian about what to expect of La Bodega.
We sampled several tasty rum-based drinks which warmed us up nicely. That warmth was further reinforced by the decor which was dark, cozy, inviting as well as visually interesting. The old school floating lamps added a fun and unique touch to the atmosphere. We had hoped to sample the food, but the kitchen will open during the official opening period which is expected in March (for details see the Press Release below). Many of the planned dishes sound tasty.
To top it all off, the staff was friendly and knowledgeable about and interested in the neighborhood.
Just below is a photo of the back wall in La Bodega which looks like a shelf full of stacked produce which you would find in any local Bodega. Or is it? You will have to stop in to see for yourself.
Big thumbs up to the fun and innovative chic and kitsch design.
La Bodega 47 Social Club 161 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10026
Hours 5:00 pm to 3:00 am
LA BODEGA 47 SOCIAL CLUB TO OPEN IN HARLEM
The Newest Venture from Uptown Restaurant and Nightlife Impresario
Brian Washington- Palmer
Harlem, NY – January 22, 2014 — Harlem’s nightlife will go up another notch next month with the opening of its newest bar and late night eatery, La Bodega 47 Social Club. Brian Washington-Palmer, the uptown nightlife and restaurant pioneer and owner of such acclaimed hotspots as Bleu Evolution, the Monkey Room, No Parking and Native, will open the upscale bar and lounge on the corner of 118th and Lenox, adding to Harlem’s ever-expanding entertainment scene and to Lenox Avenue’s growing nightlife venues.
The Latin- and Carribean-inspired La Bodega is a rum craft mixology concept that will feature cocktails skillfully created with a well-curated global collection of the finest rums from the Diaspora including Guyana, Venezuela, Jamaica, Trinadad, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Brazil, West Indies, as well as local craft brands from New York. It will open initially with drinks only, but eventually include a Latin infused menu from Palmer-Washington, a chef who was at the helm of the kitchens in all of his previous ventures.
La Bodega’s design and concept is based on the beloved New York City institution of the bodega, the “corner store” used for smaller grocery items, a gathering place, and an opportunity to satisfy a craving — salty, sweet or of the alcohol variety. The social club is a continuation of a conversation that began with Washington-Palmer’s journey as a NY nightlife and restaurant impresario, from his Lower Eastside days, to his many Washington Heights ventures, to Harlem’s Native and now La Bodega. It is lounge and a social meeting place with an eclectic, multicultural groove that will finally give Harlem a go-to bar that is as conceptual and upscale as it is welcoming and neighborly.
The bodega influence is carried throughout the project, from the exterior, echoing the look and feel of a traditional bodega, with bright awnings and creative lighting, to interior design elements that also include references to the bodega motif coupled with a neutral palette of warm tones against design elements of wood, metal, glass, lucite and ecological materials like cork.
Washington-Palmer designed the overall space and concept and the vision is executed by designer William Rohlfing, a scenic and interior design specialist with clients like Steven Miesel, 40 Acres and a Mule, BET, Universal Pictures, Apple, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macys, and Victorias Secret, among others. Central to the design is the bar that creates a cohesive feeling to the room for maximum opportunities for interaction. Dramatic lighting along with a customized playlist of Latin, House, World and other global-themed lounge music round off the atmosphere for a cool and eclectic vibe.
Hours of operation: 5 pm to 3 am M-Sun
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A friend to our blog from Douglas Elliman recently brought to our attention that a Harlem prewar condominium near Central Park North will be the home to a new much needed orthodontics practice. “Central Park North Orthodontics” has leased the 2,570-squarefoot space located at 1851 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard (between 112th and 113th Streets) and is set to move in on July 1, 2014.
This will be a nice addition and much needed business for the Harlem community and they should be able to quickly build a loyal patient base.
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I woke up early this morning, (having fallen asleep with the television on) to an episode of Toni on New York featuring our beloved Harlem. I thoroughly enjoyed the vivacious Toni’s exploration of our neighborhood – its important and colorful past and its vibrant present. I am a native and long time resident of Harlem and I learned a few things I did not know about this amazing neighborhood. The visit to the Schomburg and the backstage tour of Apollo with Billy Mitchell were
particularly interesting, It was also great fun to see Toni sample some of Harlem’s favorite foods, escorted on her “Taste of Harlem” tour by Neal Shoemaker, the founder of Harlem Heritage Tours, which ran the gamut from wings & waffles at Amy Ruth’s to to red velvet cake at one of my personal favorites, Make My Cake.. I had not previously seen this show, which is both hosted and executive produced by Toni Senecal, but I am now definitely a fan. You can check out the segment online or on Toni’s Facebook page.
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We recently visited The Park 112 for dinner on a Wednesday night in December. The Park is conveniently located on Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 112th Street (Harlem Restaurant Row) sandwiched in-beween 67 Orange and the 5 and Diamond Restaurants. Great atmosphere. Its large open multi optional space provides many different seating options. The attractive long raised center communal table sets the mood for potential large get togethers or a table for two sitting across from one another. There are two additional raised tables separate from the communal table near the back. Along the south wall comfortable leather banquettes run the full length of the place with 2 and 4 top seating. The opposite (north) wall is a long attractive bar scene that was festive and full of life when we arrived. We will definitely be back for drinks in the near future.
We arrived early and there were only a few tables but by 9 pm the restaurant was comfortably full. They have a great section in the way back that would be an ideal VIP area or place for a private party with high grand tufted leather banquettes (see photos of interior below).
The speciality cocktails are delicious. I recommend The Park 112 – sparkling wine, pavan orange blossom liqueur, crop meyer lemon vodka & pomegranate in a champagne flute glass. Also The Frederick Douglass – bullet bourbon, chili passion fruit puree, rimmed with chili sugar. WARNING it is hot! I enjoyed the extra heat but another person in my group found it too hot. They also have a Self-Serve Wine Machine. A unique exploration of respectable wines through self-service enomatic machines. This allows the patron to enjoy tastes, half glasses and full pours of a continually rotating list of favorite vintages. Definitely a unique concept and cool addition for Harlem restaurant row.
Lewis Tucker and Chef Kingsley John
We spoke extensively with owner Lewis Tucker and chef Kingsley John who were both enthusiastic and accommodating with information about the Park 112 finally opening. Lewis Tucker who has lived in Harlem, Westchester and the Bronx for years, was the president of Sean Combs Enterprises and he ran Bad Boy Records. Tucker’s list of credentials are too long to list and include being a co-founder of Essential Sports. No stranger to the scene, he explained he wanted to bring a downtown vibe uptown and literally picked this location and designed it with this purpose in mind. In addition to the large interior space, there will be an outdoor private patio in the back once the nice weather rolls around in late Spring. We saw the raw fenced in space and were surprised by how large it was. This has the potential to be very trendy for the summer months ahead and unique to this area. We have a lot of sidewalk seating now in the neighborhood for the summer months – Harlem Food Bar, Vinateria, Harlem Tavern, Harlem Shake, The Corner Social, Jado Sushi, etc., but no private outdoor patio options with the excepotion of Ricardos in East Harlem and one or two other spots.
The menu is multifaceted. Globally inspired small and large plates I would describe as American /Global Fusion/Caribbean with several options for every budget. We ordered before we met chef Kingsley John and after speaking with him we were all left wanting to come back to try recommendations that we hadn’t ordered. Chef John, a native of the West Indies, has worked in the kitchen under Marcus Samuelsson at Aquavit and is passionate about the small and large plates he has created. I’m not a big soup fan but was encouraged to try the carrot ginger soup. It was so good. We also enjoyed the duck lettuce wraps, lobster spring rolls, teriyaki lollipops and crispy prawns. Next time I’d like to try the smoked sea scallops and fried oysters which looked tasty at the table next to ours. The butterflied branzino with head on (large plate) was delicious! Priced at $28 but worth the coin. We also had the spiced crusted rack of lamb and the park 112 steak frittes rib eye. The fries with the steak were decoratively sculptured side by side forming a sort of circular cup-like design. A+ for presentation. There is something for everyone here on the menu. After speaking with Kingsley, we discussed our next visit and how we’d like to focus exclusively on all the Caribbean dishes.
Great desserts. I could have one of their chocolate mousses (pictured below) every day. We sampled several desserts together including the lava cake but I ultimatley stopped sharing the mousse and claimed it as mine. I need it again soon. They are now also open for Sunday Brunch. Visit their menu for all small plates, large plates and brunch items. Another great addition to the neighborhood. Stop in and check out the Park 112 for yourself.
* Large space
* Good bar scene
* American New/Global Fusion/Caribbean
* Downtown chic meets uptown vibe
* Private outdoor dining (Spring 2014)
* Great service
* Friendly atmosphere
The Park 112
2080 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
New York, NY 10026
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The Changing Face of Harlem is a new one-hour documentary that examines the revitalization of Harlem told through the deeply personal stories of its residents, small business owners, politicians, developers, and clergy.
The piece takes a critical look at Harlem’s history, early development, and its present transformation, and highlights how a community deals with the challenge of maintaining identity while accepting change.
Three central characters serve as a thread throughout the film providing personal insight into the changes.
Frank, affectionately known as the “mayor of 114th street,” has lived on the same block since the 1940. Tekima, a florist located in Mart 125 located across from the Apollo Theater on 125th street, opened in 1986. Asadah, an educator who teaches youth in East Harlem.
Other contributors include Congressman Charlie Rangel, Rev. Calvin Butts of Abyssinian Baptist Church, local architect Zevilla Preston, Nellie Bailey, Director of Harlem Tenants Alliance, Karen Phillips, co-founder of Abyssinian Development Corporation, and Russell and Maurice Grey, father and son owners of Edward Sisters Realty, a black owned and operated agency that has serviced the Harlem community for three generations.
via About The Film | Changing Face of Harlem.
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Pre snowstorm we took these photos of the Gas Station lot on 110th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard showing that it is now completely fenced off, boarded up and waiting for construction to begin.
There seems to be a variety of articles about what the development will be (rentals, condos, both), what it will include (affordable units, how many, community space, etc), and so on. See our previous posts for the backstory here.
It would seem that this lot – which represents the last real estate property left along Central Park (West, South, East and North), will more likely be a new construction condominium complex. A reliable professional source to HarlemCondoLIfe in real estate who is always ahead of the curve on many stories, agrees with this assessment. There are several recent precedents for this configuration. For example Fifth On the Park on 120th Street and 5th Avenue along Marcus Garvey Park includes condominiums, affordable rentals and a community church.
Stay tuned for more on this property in our Harlem Real Estate section.
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Recently the New York Times featured a piece on the explosive growth of Frederick Douglass Boulevard. It’s a great piece on what it was, what it is, and where it’s going.
Mentioned are many events, people and places we at HarlemCondoLife.com (@HarlemHCL) have reported on over the years, including: Willie Kathryn Suggs, Harlem Tavern, Vinatería, Artimus Construction, Millennium Dance Company, One Morningside Park, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Londel’s Supper Club, New York Sports Clubs gym, Starbucks, St. Nicholas Parks, MODSquad Cycles, Zoma, Jado Sushi, Lido, Bier International, Frederick Douglass Academy.
See more on the New York Times
NY Times Photo
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It appears Tonnie’s Minis in Harlem has been closed for the last few weeks. A couple weeks ago friend to our blog DestinationHarlemTV mentioned it to us and I thought I’d give it a little time before posting to see if they would reopen. Passing by the other day they were still closed and I snapped this shot.
I spoke with the manager at their Broadway location today and was told the Harlem location is in fact closed but only temporarily. They hope to reopen again next week for business. Stay tuned… we will let you know as soon as we know when they have reopened so we can all go show our support!
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A large crane was spotted the other day at One Morningside Park in Harlem on 110th Street and Manhattan Ave. The exterior of the building looks to be near completion, however there still seems to be a lot of work needed to finish the interior. The original date we posted here at HCL for construction to be finished was by January 2014. I think by March/April or even summer of 2014 is more realistic . The building is over 50 percent sold with pricey units offering views of Morningside Park and Central Park many with balconies.
We will continue to keep you updated with progress reports on this condominium complex. For more information on previous posts on One Morningside Park and other Harlem developments, please visit Harlem Condo Life and click on the “Harlem Real Estate” menu item.
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As previously reported, New York City Economic Development Corporation has taken the former BP gas station in Harlem on 110th and FDB in Harlem’s SOHA for development as a mixed-use project with more than 50 apartments. Artimus Construction, the developer behind One Morningside Park, won a request-for-proposal process that began in February.
The project will be a 125,000-square-foot mixed-use project on 2040 Frederick Douglass Boulevard site. It will include a new 8,600-square-foot space for the Harlem-based Millennium Dance Company. Most of the building will go to apartments. Twenty percent or more must be affordable. The 8,000-square-foot retail space, will most likely house a restaurant – another addition to Harlem Restaurant Row.
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The very busy gas station and store on 110th street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard has closed. It is now a Western Union. This must have just happened because they were still there the last couple of days.
Cars and cabs were pulling up while I was taking photos trying to figure out what happened. This gas station was always packed and very needed in the area so I can’t imagine that lack of business was the reason. We had written on our blog rumors of developers looking at this space. I can’t see a Western Union supporting that large lot of land. That is valuable real estate. It was nice having the bright 24 hour lights on the corner late at night. We will write a follow up post on this tomorrow. Stay tuned.
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Chloe the Yogi Goes to the Amusement Park
This week a special offering of Lara Lands “CHLOE THE YOGI” for FREE! Go to the link and take advantage of this great offer for the Holidays!
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Chloe the Yogi: The Amusement Park is the first edition of a five book series of electronic yoga adventure books that mirror the experience of a children’s yoga class. The story featuring Chloe the Yogi is an engaging vehicle for learning yoga poses and reinforcing the emotional support that children get through stretching, breathing, and role playing. Designed for the iPad, the Chloe the Yogi E-Book series was created as an answer to parents’ desire to see and experience what their children are learning in the increasingly popular yoga classes offered for children. It is the first book designed specifically to be enjoyed through electronic devices where both the child and the parent can benefit from seeing the movement in and out of the pose. The Chloe the Yogi E-book series is tailored toward children ages 3-7 and their parents.
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Jack Dorsey is a co-founder of Twitter and founder and CEO of mobile payments processor Square.
He will appear at the Apollo Theater next week as part of Square’s nationwide “Let’s Talk” series.
The goal is to bring small businesses together to create a climate of collaboration.
“There is an electricity in Harlem especially around merchants who helped to stabilize the neighborhood,” said Dorsey, who added he visited Red Rooster just a few months ago. “We believe its our responsibility to not just build services and software but to make sure there is a venue for conversations.”
Seven Brown, owner of Harlem Skin Clinic, will sit on the panel along with the owners of Astor Row Cafe, Hue-Man Bookstore and the executive director of Maysles Institute.
The Harlem “Lets Talk” event will take place Tuesday, Dec. 17, starting at 6 p.m. at the Apollo Theater, 253 W 125th Street. Small business owners can RSVP here.
via Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey Brings Small Business Talk to Harlem – Central Harlem – DNAinfo.com New York.
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Harlem will soon follow Chelsea in having free outdoor Wifi. Chelsea’s free Wifi is courtesy of Google. Harlem’s free Wifi is courtesy of financier Glenn Fuhrman, a former Goldman Sachs managing director who now heads MSD Capital and his wife Amanda, who donated $2 million to the city to pay for the wiring.
Ninety-five blocks of Harlem will be getting free outdoor Wifi. Coverage spans from 110th to 138th Street between Madison Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. The Harlem zone is ten times larger than the one in Chelsea. It will be the the largest free WiFi zone in America.
110th to 120th streets will be wired in Dec. The rest by May. 80,000 residents including 13,000 could benefit.
The city is hosting a contest with local school kids to pick out a name and password.
“Its pretty exciting,” Fuhrman told the News. “I’ve never done anything before where the mayor came to say thank you in person.”He said he chose Harlem because he knew the area from his philanthropic work with the Harlem Childrens Zone, a hugely respected non-profit in the area.
via Harlem Will Be Wired For Free Wifi By May | New York Daily News.
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Bier International in Harlem
By HarlemMom –
I had brunch this past weekend at Bier International in Harlem. The food was excellent as always. I had the scrambled eggs with hummus, pita wedges and a green salad. My husband had his favorite, the Portuguese Linguica and Scrambled Eggs Fajitas. His was served with guacamole and baby organic greens as well. This place never misses on food, however this time the service was lacking and we reflected it in our tip. This has been one of our favorite places in Harlem since they opened, so this is why we were surprised by our server. Unfortunately, the owners Ousmane Keita and Chris Pollok were not there this day. One or both of them are usually there and two of the nicest guys in Harlem.
This being said, our waitress gave us menus but took a while to come by to take our order and it was not because she was busy. We placed our order which included a juice for my husband. My coffee came but we had to call her over and remind her about the juice which had been at the service area for some time. We saw a table of 5 near us that had menus but they got up and left due to her lack of service. Besides great food Bier International is in my opinion the best kid friendly place on the boulevard. This might have to do with the fact that both Chris and Ousmane have kids of their own. The food is consistently good and normally so is the service. This is why I wanted to share my experience.
We look forward to many more great meals there with our infant daughter.
(Every Friday night, from 8 p.m. until.., DJ Ouaga spinning world beats. See Bier International’s website below for “December Events” and Menu.)
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The Maysles Documentary Center in association with Zero Point Zero Production and The New York Society for Ethical Culture is proud to present a conversation about film and food with Anthony Bourdain and Albert Maysles, moderated by Michaela Angela Davis and featuring special guest Marcus Samuelsson. We will feature clips from legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles’ genre defining work in film, and Emmy award winning chef, author and travel journalist Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown television series. Join us as the two speak about the art of auteur filmmaking, serendipitous dining, and how cameras connect diverse peoples around the globe. All proceeds to benefit the Maysles Documentary Center.
A Note on Tickets:
Tickets are available for the event only at $65.00 by selecting 7:30pm Wed, Dec. 11th below.
Tickets are available for the pre-reception and the event for $125.00 by selecting 6:00pm, on Wed. Dec. 11th below.
Tickets available HERE.
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Have your Holiday Party or a large gathering of friends at Lido with a special wine and dinner tasting. The way that Lido is designed it can easily accommodate a large group. But even more special you can custom a wine and dinner tasting for an extra special evening with Sommelier, Andrea Wobensmith. The holidays are upon us but it is not too late! Please see below for more information on this unique alternative for a Christmas Party, or just for a large gathering of friends. I have been to one of Andrea’s presentations at Lido and can assure you that you will not be disappointed. Also a nice option for after the holidays if you want to just plan something for 2014.
Come join us at Lido during the holidays for a wine and dinner tasting. Bring your friends or hold your company holiday party with us. Learn about history, grapes and other important wine facts. Discover why certain foods pair better than others with your wine. Sommelier, Andrea Wobensmith will lead the tasting in a fun and relaxed setting. We are offering 4 and 5 course pairings for 10 or more individuals. For reservations please call Lido at 646-490-8575, or Andrea Wobensmith at 917-733-9413, email@example.com. Please see our sample menu for your viewing:
Warm salad of arugula, roasted pears, walnuts, shaved parmesean
Wine: Prosecco Brut Jeio Bisol
Arancini, risotto rice balls stuffed with gorgonzola
Wine: Rose Sangiovese
Spaghettini, arrabiata with grilled shrimp
Wine: Toscana Rosso Circa
Braised short ribs with fontina polenta, marscapone cream, fresh horseradish
Wine: Aglianico Del Vulture
Chocolate budino with sea salt
Taylor Fladgate, Fine Ruby
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A Gay-borhood Mixer at Lido’s Monday, December 9th from 9 pm to Midnight. Stop by and get your Holiday cheer on! See below for all the details.
*Come join us for Lido Italian Restaurant and Bar’s second annual “Make the Yuletide Gay” LGBT Holiday Mixer. Bring some holiday cheer with you as we celebrate the season with good friends, old and new.
The party starts at 9pm, but feel free to come earlier if you would like to sit down for some dinner before the mingling begins.
Lido is also participating in the Harlem Park2Park Holiday Drive
, which is accepting donations of coats, hats, gloves, and unopened toys for the Women’s Urban Retreat shetler and quilts and throws for the elderly for City Meals on Wheels.
2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd. @ 117th Street
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Looks like Harlem will be getting a new pizzeria in the same location on Harlem Restaurant Row where “Pizzeria 123” was. Our source tells Harlem Condo Life that construction is underway and word on the street is that it will be called “Fuel”. Sounds good.
Now with 1 Forno (great pizza and priced well on 116th Street), Bad Horse Pizza (on the pricier side but delicious) and this new place, we will have a lot of options. As far as I’m concerned you can never have too many Pizza spots!!
Stay tuned… for more information on Custom Fuel Pizza in Harlem.
*Location: Old pizza place, on 123 rd st was Pizzeria 123. (review)
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“Harlem Lights” from Harlem Lofts spreading Holiday Cheer!
(New York, NY) (December 6, 2013) In an effort to continually approach real estate from new angles, Harlem’s exclusive real estate service firms, Harlem Lofts, Inc. (Harlem Lofts) and Harlem Property Re+Development, Inc. (HPRe+D), will be graciously decorating more than 20 Harlem Townhouses this weekend that are homes of past and present clients.
“I’ve wanted to do this for years now in an effort to thank our clients while spreading holiday cheer and boosting the spirit and the look of our neighborhood” says Robb Pair, President of Harlem Lofts & HPRe+D. “The design will be those 1950’s retro large-bulb, blue holiday lights that will outline our clients’ entire townhome.” Harlem Lofts will fund the project with their clients’ permission, while its redevelopment and construction arm, HPRe+D will be doing the physical labor as they string over 3,000 lights total during this holiday project. Mr. Pair alluded to continuing this annual event for his companies into the future in a show of appreciation and festivity for the community in which he not only works, but also lives and raises his family.
“Robb was low-key about this holiday project that he started back in 2008, when he switched his focus to representing sellers. He has been successful in selling and breaking multiple-price records for his neighbors in the process and wants to show appreciation in this out-of-the-blue, big bright way, literally!” according to Harlem’s Global Real Estate Advisor, Buyer Agent and company Rental Team “Guru,” Craig Rothfeld.
“In fact, over the years several individual investors became so charmed by Harlem they decided to call Harlem their home and have moved into our uniquely cultured neighborhood in Manhattan. It’s important to love where you live and work and I especially enjoy showing my gratitude with this holiday project.” concluded Robb Pair.
Thanks to Harlem Lofts for helping to Light up some of the beautiful brownstones and townhouses in Harlem. Happy Holidays!
Harlem Lofts, Inc
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I’m so excited that we now have an Insomnia Cookies store in Harlem. I’ve been to their location on the Upper Westside and they are great! They are located on 110th and Amsterdam.
My favorite are the double chocolate chip but they have a large variety of delicious cookies including peanut butter, white chocolate macadamia nut, snickerdoodle, chocolate chip chunk and sugar to name a few. They are open late and deliver so check them out!
1028 Amsterdam Ave
(between Cathedral Pky & 111th St)
New York, NY 10025
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Sixteen health care focussed startups have settled inside the new Harlem Biospace, on W. 127th St.
The Bloomberg administration contributed $626,000 and partnered with Columbia University biomedical engineering professor Sam Sia for the balance of the funding.
Companies include an allergy-testing company, which uses a simple cheek swab to analyze a sneeze; a pharmaceutical drug maker that’s trying to compel cancer cells to “commit suicide,” and inventors developing an MRI-styled device for small animals, Invivo Analytics, which uses imaging to study how diseases ravage mice during pharmaceutical testing.
The facility includes access to a laboratory outfitted with advanced equipment to grow cells, test tissue and analyze toxins; free legal advice from biotech law firm Wilmer Hale; access to topnotch tools and mentors.
About Harlem Biospace
- Harlem Biospace (Hb) is a new biotech incubator, the first of its kind in New York City, to offer affordable shared wet-lab space for competitively-selected entrants
- Situated at the heart of three academic campuses (Columbia University, City College of New York, and future Columbia Manhattanville campus), with easy access to to other major universities and the vibrancy of New York City via the A, B, C, D and 1 trains, eight bus lines, and only three blocks from the Hudson River bike trail and West Side Highway
- Located in the old Factory District of Harlem, an exciting new development attracting technology companies and start-ups, Hb will be housed in the Sweets Building, a former laboratory for confectionery research located at 423 West 127th Street
- Walking distance to the world-famous Red Rooster, the legendary Apollo Theater, Michelin-recommended Jin Ramen, Maison Harlem, multiple Starbucks, and many high-quality independent restaurants and coffee shops
via EXCLUSIVE: Harlem Biospace unveils its new crop of medical research startups – NY Daily News.
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Art In FLUX Harlem and Aloft Hotel launch a collaboration to promote visual artists in Harlem. On the evening of December 3, 2013 Art In FLUX presents two Harlem artists, Andre Woolery and Ruben Natal-San Miguel, in the lobby of Aloft on their dedicated art walls. Aloft has a company-wide commitment to support the local artistic community by devoting space to presenting art. Art In FLUX hopes to utilize the Aloft Harlem space to present unique and compelling exhibits that create conversation and highlight the dynamic contemporary art culture in Harlem.
This inaugural exhibit at Aloft is titled NOTHING IS COLORPROOF after a piece by Andre Woolery of the same name. “Nothing is Colorproof” is a triptych of a gun shooting a swirling rainbow of colors. “A gun represents both chaos and order. In the chaos of my thoughts and ideas, color is the organizing order. It brings clarity to a vision. If my mind were the weapon and my ideas were the bullets… then color would be the force propelling it forward” states Andre.
Both Andre and Ruben reflect on culture, race, and gender through their own mediums – paint & pushpins and photography, respectively. They each capture moments in time and exploit the use of color and light to convey a sense of hope. Ruben chronicles Harlem by photographing the people and the architecture that are the fabric of the community. Andre paints iconic images hoping to open our eyes to a new set of possibilities. Together these two artists open a window on our society and awaken our consciousness.
NOTHING IS COLORPROOF opens on December 3rd at 6:30pm.
WHAT: NOTHING IS COLORPROOF, pop-up art exhibit and sale.
WHO: Featured Artists: Andre Woolery and Ruben Natal-San Miguel.
WHEN: December 3, 2013 through January 31, 2014, Open Daily.
WHERE: Aloft Harlem Hotel, 2296 Frederick Douglass Blvd. at 124th St, Harlem, NYC.
OPENING RECEPTION: December 3, 6:30 to 9:30pm sponsored by The 5 & Diamond Harlem and Papi Wines.
RSVP: 646-340-3479 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Harlem YMCA will launch HARLEM Y TALKS, a prospective new lecture series, with two evening programs in December. The first program, on Monday evening, December 2nd, is called “He said, she said…Expanding Bartlett’s Quotable Landscape,” and will feature a discussion and book signing of Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations by Retha Powers, the book’s general editor. Little, Brown and Company is the publisher of the book, whose official release is scheduled for November 19th.
The second program, on Monday evening, December 16th, is called “On Winged Feet…Tracking the Trailblazing Journey of Jesse Owens,” and will feature a screening and discussion of the PBS documentary Jesse Owens with director Laurens Grant. The American Experience film just won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Research at the 34th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards.
HARLEM Y TALKS hopes to offer numerous Monday evening talks on various topics in its Little Theatre, located in the lower level of its landmarked 135th Street building, known as the Claude McKay Residence.
About the Harlem YMCA and the Little Theatre
Generations have called the Harlem YMCA “the living room of the Harlem Renaissance.” Its two West 135th Street buildings hosted much of Harlem’s flourishing artistic, literary and intellectual talent in the 1920s and 1930s. Writer Claude McKay, the namesake of the iconic “Y” tower, was among many of its notable former residents. In 1998, New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the building at 180 West 135th Street an official historic landmark.
“We’re testing the waters with this exciting new talk series,” Thalia Kwok, Program Director of the Harlem YMCA says. “Raising awareness and community pride in Harlemspeaks to our overarching mission of social responsibility. We look forward to once again being known as a haven for developing cultural talent in our neighborhood.”
The Little Theatre is located on the lower level of the Harlem YMCA. It has a proscenium stage and seats about 100 people. In the 1930s the venue figured prominently inHarlem’s Little Theatre Movement offering original dramatics, concerts and public forums. Later well-known actors who performed on the Little Theatre stage have included Cicely Tyson, James Earl Jones, Roscoe Lee Browne and Clarence Williams III.
About Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations and author Retha Powers
“An impressively researched and documented collection of the finest thought produced by writers throughout the African Diaspora. A magnificent achievement,” writes Henry Louis Gates, Jr., in his forward to Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations, a compendium of passages from authors, artists, scientists, philosophers, theologians, activists, politicians, and many others.
Retha Powers has painted a rich canvas of Black history through time. Her new book, Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations, culls five thousand quotes from the time of Ancient Egypt through American slavery, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Era, Apartheid, to the present day. The book is certain to appeal not only to quote aficionados and researchers, but also to history buffs.
Harlem resident Retha Powers is editor of the anthology, Black Silk: A Collection of African American Erotica and co-editor of This is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work. Her journalism and essays have appeared in publications such as Essence, Ms., The New York Times Magazine, and Glamour. Powers holds an undergraduate degree from Howard University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College. A publishing professional for over twenty years, she is currently the Assistant Director of the Publishing Certificate Program at City College of New York.
About Jesse Owens and director Laurens Grant
Laurens Grant has chronicled the most famous athlete of his time. Jesse Owens’ stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. Despite the racial slurs he endured, his grace and athleticism rallied crowds across the globe. But when the four-time Olympic gold medalist returned home, he could not even ride in the front of a bus. Grant’s film about the 22-year-old son of a sharecropper who triumphed over adversity to become a hero and world champion recently won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Research. Yet Jesse Owens also explores the elusive, fleeting quality of fame and the way Americans idolize athletes when they suit our purpose, and forget them once they don’t.
Laurens Grant is a Peabody- and three-time Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker. Most recently, she is the Producer and Director of Jesse Owens, about the African-American sprinter who crushed Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy by winning four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Jesse Owens is a Firelight Films production for the PBS series American Experience and is the first feature-length documentary Grant has directed for American Experience. The film originally aired on PBS on May 1, 2012, and just won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Research at the 34th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. Grant has won Emmy Awards as co-producer for two ground-breaking documentary series for PBS: Latin Music USA: The Chicano Wave and Slavery and the Making of America: Seeds of Destruction. The filmmaker served as coordinating producer for American Experience’s The Murder of Emmett Till, which garnered a Sundance Jury Award, Primetime Emmy and a Peabody Award for Best Documentary. Grant produced Freedom Riders, the documentary directed by MacArthur Fellow Stanley Nelson–co-founder and executive director of Firelight Films–which won three Primetime Emmys and a Peabody. Some clips from the documentary Freedom Riders–which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was featured on Oprah–can be seen in The Butler, the latest film by director Lee Daniels. Grant has also produced and directed films for A&E and The History Channel, and has worked extensively in print journalism.
HARLEM Y TALKS is very excited to launch its inaugural talk series with a presentation of Ms. Powers’ new book, Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations and with Ms. Grant’sEmmy-winning film, Jesse Owens. Copies of Ms. Powers’ book will be available at the December 2nd event for purchase ($40 US), and the author will also sign copies following her discussion.
Admission is FREE for both HARLEM Y TALKS events. To reserve tickets online:
Bartlett’s/Retha Powers: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8517270385
Jesse Owens/Laurens Grant: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8924524493
Harlem Y Talks
Little Theatre, Claude McKay Residence, Harlem YMCA
180 West 135th Street
New York, NY 10030
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Congratulations to Bill de Blasio and New York City’s new First Family. We are looking forward to the inauguration and welcoming Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio. It is important to have diversity at the top.
Mr. de Blasio is currently holding the citywide office of New York City Public Advocate, which serves as an ombudsman between the electorate and the city government. He formerly served as a New York City Council member representing the 39th District in Brooklyn (Borough Park, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Gowanus, Kensington, Park Slope and Winter Terrace.)
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Minton’s Harlem is the rebirth of legendary jazz club Minton’s Playhouse, frequented by the likes of Thelonious Monk, Charlie Christian and Dizzy Gillespie, in the 1940s and ’50s. Owner Richard Parsons (former chairman of Citigroup and the former chairman and CEO of Time Warner) has teamed up with Executive Chef Alexander Smalls and Chef de Cuisine Banks White to create a destination offering an exceptional experience that bridges Harlem’s past, present and future. Mr. Parsons is also the owner of The Cecil, which is adjacent to Minton’s, and which we previously reviewed (click here for the review).
Richard Parsons dining on opening night
As we approached the restaurant on one of Harlem’s restaurant rows, the first thing we noticed was the glowing plaque indicating that Minton’s is in The National Register of Historic Places. That set the tone for the experience that followed.
Upon entering the restaurant we were greeted warmly by the Director of Operations Beatrice Stein, just as she had when she greeted us at The Cecil, where she holds the same title.
The restaurant is a wide and long though not cavernous rectangle with spacious ceilings. It is well lit and beautifully designed with rich warm colors everywhere. There is a nice bar to the right, and a banquet of tables lining a cloth paneled wall to your left. You walk through this lounge-like space into the main dining room. There you find tables lining the walls to your left and right. Some of the walls are mirrored. Pictures of Jazz Legends including Dizzie and Billie line the walls. Off in the distance is a stage with a wonderful mural. The stage features a beautiful black grand piano. The tables are a combination of two and four tops draped in crisp white linens. The chairs are comfortable and the tables nicely sized. The staff is omni-present, attentive and knowledgeable.
We were seated at the first table to your right as you enter the main dining area. From there you can take in everything while enjoying some privacy.
There are two dining options, both prix-fixe, one two course, the other a four course. We opted for the five course.
We started off with cocktails which were generously poured. The Lady Bird was exceptional. We also enjoyed a variety of red and white wines throughout the evening, which are available by the glass or the bottle.
While we waited for our meal the musicians assembled and started their first of several sets. These are top-notch Jazz musicians with years of experience. They did not disappoint – their performances were the highlight of (and throughout) the evening.
The first course was an appetizer sampler called the Low Country Experience. We each received a plate containing nine sections, each with a different appetizer. The variety was fabulous. It felt as though the chef’s had traveled the world and selected their best fare for our tasting. Our table could have ordered several bowls of the Fried Okra wrapped in Surryano Country Ham. Other favorites included Deviled Egg Toast with Smoked Trout and Pickled Shallot, Creminis stuffed with creamed collard greens, and Beau Soleil Oysters, Champagne Mignonette Ossetra Caviar.
The second course consisted of Sherry She Crab Soup with Crisp Yam and Skillet Bread, Winter Apple Salad with Candied Black Walnuts, Butter Lettuce and Smoked Crabapple Vinaigrette, and Roasted Parsnip and Kabocha Squash Soup with Benne Seed Crunch and Brown Butter Creme Fraiche.
The third course consisted of Smothered Lobster & Shrimp Caserole with Creole Crawfish Gravy an Nora Mills Pimento Cheese Grits, Wagyu Ribeye with Bone Marrow Butter, Chanterella Mushrooms, Sweet Potato Pave and Blacktruffle Glace Deviande, and Pan Seared Venison with Carmelized russel Sprouts, Dumpling Squash and Huckleberry Gastrique.
The fourth course included Minton’s rendition of Banana Cream Pie with Sable Breton, Sour Cremem Mousse and Banana Sorghum Ice Cream. And blackberry Cobbler with Brown Sugar Bisquit and Cornbread Ice Cream (and I asked for the requisite cool glass of milk). We ended the evening with a round of smooth and soothing Cognac.
During and after our meal Beatrice Stein, Alexander Smalls and Banks White were kind enough to stop by. We of course let them know how much we enjoyed our time, and assured them that we would be back.
MINTON’S HARLEM Jazz Supper Club
206 W 118th Street (St. Nicholas & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd)
New York, NY 10026
Monday – Thursday: 5-11PM
Friday – Saturday – 5-Midnight
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Harlem Community Development Corporation (Harlem CDC), state and local officials, and community leaders will celebrate the opening of a Harlem landmark with a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly restored Minton’s and The Cecil restaurants on Saturday, November 2nd at 12:00 pm.
The event will take place at Minton’s which is located at 206 West 118th Street, Harlem, NY.
SPEAKERS | Owner of Minton’s & The Cecil, Former CEO of Time Warner & Chairman of CitiGroup Richard Parsons, Restaurateur & Executive Chef of The Cecil & Minton’s Alexander Smalls, U.S. Congressman Charles B. Rangel, NYS Senator Bill Perkins, NYS Assembly member Herman D. Farrell, Jr.,
NYS Assembly Member & Chairman of the Harlem Community Development Corporation’s Board of Directors Keith L.T. Wright, NYC Council Member Inez E. Dickens, Housing and Services, Inc. James M. Dill, and Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams.
The Cecil (review by HarlemCondoLife)
Minton’s (review by HarlemTrends)
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You’ve probably noticed it when you go across 116th Street – the colorful entrance is hard to miss. But if you’ve never gone inside, you are missing one of Harlem’s more unique experiences. Stepping through the whimsical entrance is like making a quick visit to west Africa. In addition to a wide selection of
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traditional African garb and the inevitable T-shirts, the merchants offer beautiful handmade jewelry, original craft items like dolls and small sculptures, and an array of natural skincare products. For the music lover with ecclectic tastes, you can also find CDs of contemporary African music. The prices are pretty reasonable but if you don’t like the price, feel free to bargain – the merchants seem to enjoy it.
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“Malcom Shabazz ~ Harlem’s Market” is located on the southern side of West 116th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues. The market is open year round, 9am to 5 pm, 7 days a week.
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A return to elegance in the historic village of Harlem. The day has come for Minton’s to open officially to the public Monday, October 21st. The Cecil next door and jointly owned just opened last month with a bang and hasn’t stopped since. Already considered in a league of it’s own in this area. See our previous write up on The Cecil Restaurant in Harlem (Review).
We look forward to celebrating the reopening of Minton’s with such a past history of Harlem’s jazz greats when it was once called Minton’s Playhouse. This venue will require that men wear jackets. The attire (dress code) is formal and it will be nice to see women and men fill the room with a diversity of styles while enjoying live jazz music. A very timely decision to open (reopen) this historic jazz club with Harlem on the pulse now more than ever in the New York scene.
Looking forward to experiencing Minton’s next week. Dress to impress and come out to enjoy good jazz and what looks like to be great food. Take a peek at the menu below.
Here are a couple photos of entrees you can expect from the menu. Looking forward to trying the Rib-Eye steak. Minton’s MENU.
Photo: Melissa Hom – Wagyu Rib-eye with bone
Photo: Melissa Hom – Crisp Skate Wing with Manila Clams
Minton’s Supper Club
206 West 118th Street
New York, New York 10026
*Photos from Grub Street and Minton’s Facebook Page.
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St. Nicholas Avenue between 116th Street and 117th Street.
Farmers market, Food/Retail vendors.
Music by our friend DJ Stormin Norman, Sundae Sermon.
Adult yoga by Land Yoga.
Live salsa performance.
Master pumpkin carver Hugh McMahon.