Walking through the neighborhood the other day on my way to work I noticed a local Harlem Cafe featuring African fare is closed. Located at 2115 Frederick Douglass Blvd.,”Cafe 2115″ tucked in-between Maharaja Palace and the Laundromat has always been brightly lit with a flow of customers. I’ve only eaten their a few times in the couple plus years they have been opened. Here is a link to the not-so-positive Yelp reviews. I dialed the telephone number and it is disconnected. Papers are now up on the windows and work is in progress…
This week we celebrate two versions of My Funny Valentine by Chet Baker. The first, his classic studio recording which in my opinion was one of the best versions of My Funny Valentine ever recorded. The second shows footage of Chet Baker performing live in Torino, Italy (1957) with his smooth and melodic interpretation of My Funny Valentine.
Truly one of our jazz greats he takes us through a deep journey with hundreds of recordings and a handful of vocals over the years. A great movie – Let’s Get Lost 1988 is a documentary by Bruce Weber on Chet Baker’s life journey and tells his story through all the good and bad. In listening through Chet’s videos and recordings, his haunting version of My Funny Valentine stands in a class of its own. One of the most beautiful versions of this song ever recorded.
If you are looking to get more involved with the Harlem community you are invited to the West Harlem Local Development Corporation’s Public Meeting on Oct. 25, 2012.
As you may know, the West Harlem Local Development Corporation is responsible for implementing the Community Benefits Agreement that was signed with Columbia University on May 18, 2009. At the Public Meeting, we will discuss the progress of the West Harlem Local Development Corporation, including the recent launch of a progressive, non-discriminatory and family-supportive school. We also will update you about workforce opportunities relating to the expansion project of Columbia University. In partnership with Columbia’s Government and Community Affairs Office, we will outline our plans to seek the community’s input on preparing for future industries that may be attracted to Harlem. Community Board 9 also will make a presentation of their activities.