Category Archives: Housing

New York City to repair decaying Harlem buildings

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The city’s Alternative Enforcement Program fixes decaying buildings.  According to various reports, of the 19 buildings currently selected for the program, all are above 96th Street, including 593 Riverside Associates, which owns three buildings in Harlem: 590-593 Riverside Drive, 49 St. Nicholas Terrace and 608 West 139th Street.

via City steps in to repair decaying Harlem buildings.

City Summer Skin Savers

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Thankfully we have a slight respite from the oppressive summer weather, but it’s sure to be back. And the intense heat and humidity do no favors to our skin. Temperatures rise , the pores open up and oil and sweat are drawn right to the surface, smearing makeup and causing breakouts. A good morning shower is no match for a sultry subway station. While it’s still cool outside, we’ve compiled a few natural tips to combat the perils of the Urban Summer.

Baking Soda: Many makeup artists swear by baking soda as it helps minimize pores. Use baking soda sprinkled with your facial cleanser 2 to 3 times a week to slough off dead skin cells (be careful–don’t overdo do it and irritate your skin). Also 2 or 3 scoops of baking soda in the bath soothes heat rash and prickly heat.

Ice Cubes: After you wash in the morning, glide ice gently along your face for a few seconds to cool skin and tighten pores.

Aloe Vera: A coworker swears by her aloe vera plant and raves about its prevention of oily skin. Apply it both morning and night after washing and drying your face, letting it absorb into the skin for a couple of minutes. (Ladies it also acts as a great primer under foundation). If you are skittish about using the actual plant, use 100% pure, clear gel– not the artificially colored green ones.

Plain Yogurt: Yogurt soothes sunburnt skin by working as an anti-inflammatory and heat remover. It also makes an excellent cooling mask for face, adding enzymes and moisture while reducing pore size.

Cornstarch: For years now, researchers have been suggesting a link between talcum powder and lung and ovarian cancers. Talc lodges in pores until it’s abraded out. Also most “pure cornstarch” powders contain “fragrance” which can contain xeno-estrogens. Use food-grade cornstarch instead–it’s cheap, natural, fragrance free and effective.


Harlem Condo Life – “About Us” UPDATE

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About Us

Harlem Condo Life is your gateway to Harlem.
We are a group of friends from diverse backgrounds living in Harlem and sharing news and events since 2007.  Some of us still living in the same building together since the beginning of our partnership, and two newcomers have joined our blog – both native New Yorkers/Harlemites.  We hope this is what gives us an honest and objective view on the topics in which we post and tweet about with our different opinions and insight as a group effort.
We at Harlem Condo Life will continue to keep you posted on Restaurants, Real Estate, Retail, Music, Clubs, Bar/Lounges, Architecture, Current Events, History, Design, Politics, Sports and Entertainment about Harlem and around the globe.
Harlem is universal.  It is an identity known throughout the world.
Thank you to our readers and loyal followers all these years since our humble beginning.  We hope to continue to build and make your visit to our Blog informative, inspirational and fun!
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Twitter: @HarlemHCL
(Updated 2013)

Hurricane Sandy: Help Someone Who Needs Temporary Housing Today


Hurricane Sandy has affected millions of people. But it has also provided an invitation to share space in truly meaningful ways. Airbnb is a social website that connects people who have space to spare with those who are looking for a place to stay. Through their experiences on Airbnb, guests and hosts build real connections with real people from all over the globe. Guests gain access to unique and distinctive spaces and immerse themselves in the culture of their destinations. We call that traveling like a human! Hosts can effortlessly showcase their spaces to an audience of millions, whether they have an urban apartment or countryside castle.

There are more than 20,000 Airbnb listings available in affected areas.

In light of hurricane Sandy, Airbnb is waiving all fees for spaces in affected areas. And encourage the entire community to help anyone who has been left stranded or in need because of the hurricane.

The fee-free traveling and hosting applies to both guests who book and hosts who accept new bookings that start between October 31 and November 7 in New York, the Hamptons, Providence, New Haven, and Atlantic City. (The max trip length is seven nights.)

Airbnb is asking that if you’re an existing host in an affected area and can help to consider lowering your price via your account settings.

If you are in a position to share space, please consider listing your space so others might find you.