Category: Community

May 24th, 2015 by HarlemGuy


HarlemEatUp represented an important inflection point for the Harlem community. One that came with a variety of reactions from everyone I came across.    Reactions seemed to be of two flavors.  Some thought the event  was great.  Others felt the event was bittersweet.   However everyone agreed that the event signified that change had arrived and was here to stay.

As I reviewed my notes, photos and videos, I realized that I too have a range of feelings about what is happening.

My way of dealing with this will be to take my time posting about the event, doing so over the next several weeks or perhaps months, via HarlemCondoLife’s various social media outlets and our other web properties.

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I hope you enjoy reading and viewing as much as I will enjoy writing and publishing.

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May 20th, 2015 by Native New Yorker



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May 18th, 2015 by harlemhouse


Ever want to see if you can paint?  This is your chance to try it out in a cool setting with a fantastic instructor at Harlem’s trendy Corner Social.  Read below for the exact details of this unique event in Ruthy’s own words.  Click here to purchase tickets, space is limited. Tonight: Monday, May 18, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT) at the Corner Social 321 Lenox Ave.  New York, NY 10027.


“Paint with me while sipping on a cocktail. I will walk you through the painting so you can create your own unique masterpiece at the end of the night.  You will be amazed at what you will create.  We provide all you will need to create: canvas, paints, brushes and smock… well as 2 cocktails.
Unleash your inner Picasso. It’s simple and completely stress free. Absolutely, no painting experience is needed. The Event will last approximately two hours, at the end you get to take home your new masterpiece. We will use acrylics in primary colors and provide a 11′ x 14” canvas.

DRINK CREATIVELY!  See you Monday!

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 Ruthy Valdez Website

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May 16th, 2015 by HarlemGuy



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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May 15th, 2015 by HarlemGuy

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President Bill Clinton to Kick-Off Harlem EatUp! Festival

“The Stroll” Saturday, May 16, 12PM – 5PM

Morningside Park (112th Street and Manhattan Avenue)

May 13, 2015 (New York, NY) — This Saturday, May 16, President Bill Clinton, Founder of Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, will deliver remarks and kick-off the Harlem EatUp! Festival. The event, called Harlem EatUp!’s The Stroll, will be held at Morningside Park and will offer members of the community an opportunity to experience Harlem’s soulful vibe and delicious fare.

Part of The Stroll includes The Avenue of artisans and purveyors selling specialty foods while celebrity chefs and personalities inspire with exciting culinary demonstrations. The Avenue has no admission fee and is open to the public. 

Culinary Demonstrations Presented by Macy’s on the Sub-Zero Wolf Stage

  • 12:15PM-1:00PM: Chefs Ludo Lefebvre and George Duran
  • 1:30PM-2:15PM: Chefs Marcus Samuelsson & Aaron Sanchez with special guest Marjorie Eliot of Jazz at Marjorie Eliot’s
  • 2:30PM-3:15PM: Cooking Light & Friends featuring Chefs Anna Bullett & Marvin Woods
  • 3:30PM-4:15PM: A Harlem Cook-Off featuring Keith Bryant, Melba’s, and Carlos Swepson, BLVD Bistro. Judges Marc Murphy, Alex Guarnaschelli, Jonelle Procope and Alexander Smalls
  • 4:30PM-5:15PM: Cooking Demo with Chef Scott Conant and Mixologist Karl Franz Williams

There’s more…The Experience at The Stroll features three tents influenced by the art, the music, the style and dance of Harlem. The Experience, a ticketed event, will hit all of your senses with signature bites from Harlem chefs and restaurants, and a selection of wines, beers and spirited drinks, while artists showcase their works. You don’t want to miss it!

The Experience at The Stroll: All tickets are available at

“VIE” (Very Important Eater) Experience at The Stroll: provides access to tasting tents, culinary demonstrations, and an opportunity to participate in Meet & Greet photo moments with visiting celebrity chefs and TV personalities. VIE guests will also receive one free Admission Pass to Studio Museum in Harlem and a copy of the museum’s magazine, Studio. One (1) Studio Museum pass admits 2 adults; kids 12 & under free; valid any day museum is open. *Must be 21 years old to enter The Experience at The Stroll.

Restaurants: Barawine, BLVD Bistro, Charles Country Pan Fried Chicken, Chocolat Restaurant & Lounge, Corner Social, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Farafina Café & Lounge Harlem, Harlem Shake, Harlem Tavern, La Bodega 47 Social Club, Lady Lexis Sweets, Lido, LoLo’s Seafood Shack, Madiba Harlem, Make My Cake, Melba’s, Ponty Bistro, Red Rooster, Seasoned Vegan, Spoonbread, The Cecil/Minton’s, The Grange, Bar & Eatery, Zoma Restaurant

Participating Artists: Alexis Duque, Alix Delinois, Uday Dhar, Anthony E. Boone, Lina Puerta, S. Whittaker

Exhibitors: Banfi, Beam Suntory, Bedell, Constellation / Franciscan, Constellation / Mondavi, Constellation / Roscato, Frederick Wildman, Heaven Hill, Palm Bay International, Pernod Richard, Tito’s Vodka

Sponsors: Artimus (110 Manhattan Equities), Amsterdam News, Bordeaux Wine Council

Cayman Islands, Citi, Cooking Light, Coors Light (Manhattan Beer), Corona Extra (Manhattan Beer),, Essence, Fairway Market, Great Performances , Health, iHeart Media, Macy’s, Manhattan Beer, Maui Jim, NCM, New York Times, People, Southern Wine & Spirits, Sub-Zero Wolf, Taste NY, Travel + Leisure, William Grant

About Harlem EatUp!: The inaugural Harlem EatUp! Festival will celebrate Harlem’s art, music, food, and culture this weekend! This brand new and highly anticipated festival represents the renewed spirit of Harlem while paying homage to its roots. A variety of ticketed and free events will be held throughout the weekend to feature nationally and locally renowned artists from the culinary, fine arts and performing arts worlds.

As part of its mission and dedication to Harlem, net proceeds from festival ticket sales will be donated to beneficiaries Harlem Park to Park and Citymeals-on-Wheels, two non-profit organizations that have a positive and direct impact on the Harlem community.

Harlem EatUp! is presented with generous support from the following sponsors:  Founding: Citi, EY; Platinum: Aetna; Macy’s Gold: Bordeaux Wine Council; L&M Development Partners; Manhattan Beer Silver: Taste NY, Voss; Supporting: The Clinton Foundation; Media: Cooking Light, Essence, Health, iHeartMedia, National CineMedia (NCM), New York Amsterdam News, The New York Times, People en Español, Travel+Leisure, and WABC-TV.

The festival was first announced in May 2014 at a press conference held at Red Rooster Harlem with co-founders Marcus Samuelsson and Herb Karlitz, along with Harlem EatUp! Honorary Chair, President Bill Clinton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Social Media Handles

Twitter: @HarlemEatUp

Instagram: @HarlemEatUp


Festival Founders

Marcus Samuelsson Group

Founded by award-winning chef and cookbook author Marcus Samuelsson, the Group is committed to providing exceptional and distinct culinary experiences that celebrate food, music, history, culture and art. From high-end restaurants to fast-casual cafes, we are focused on creating top quality culinary experiences and food-focused media and special events. Our commitment to excellence, community and diversity is core to our beliefs and offerings. We are passionate about sharing our culinary culture as well as the culture of where we reside, in Harlem, NYC.                         

Karlitz & Company, Inc.

Founded in 1990 by veteran event marketer Herb Karlitz, the New York-based agency has become the leader in producing food and wine events across the country, including the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, Flavor! Napa Valley, The Chocolate Show, and Enjoy Arts & Tastes-St. Pete. The agency is known for creating unique experiences in the niche areas of food, wine, luxury and entertainment for a discerning roster of clients including American Express, Breeders’ Cup, Chase, EY, Food Network, and Merrill Lynch, among others.  For more information, visit


President Bill Clinton

Making Harlem the home of his Foundation work and his personal office after leaving the White House in 2000, President Clinton continues to be a deeply committed resident of the community. Through the work of one of his first initiatives, the Clinton Economic Opportunity Initiative, to his ongoing work to improve health and wellness, President Clinton remains one of Harlem’s most ardent champions.

The Clinton Foundation convenes businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for women and girls, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change.



Feeding and caring for older New Yorkers since 1981, Citymeals-on-Wheels ( provides a continuous lifeline of nutritious food and human company to the city’s homebound elderly. Citymeals works with community-based meal centers to deliver over 2 million weekend, holiday and emergency meals to 18,000 of our frail aged neighbors. In East, West and Central Harlem, Citymeals provides over 200,000 nutritionally balanced meals to 1,290 meal recipients each year, serving 134,000 weekend meals and 38,700 emergency and holiday meals including deliveries on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Last year, more than 19,000 volunteers provided over 67,000 hours of service across the city. In Central Harlem, Citymeals launched a unique Friendly Visiting program in 2005 through which volunteers visit meal recipients in their homes on a weekly basis to combat the loneliness they experience. Volunteers have been matched with 546 isolated elderly in the neighborhood and provide 24,000 hours of service. Citymeals relies on the generosity of sponsors, its Board of Directors, the City of New York and other designated gifts to cover administrative costs. This ensures that 100% of all public donations goes directly to the preparation and delivery of meals.

Harlem Park to Park

Harlem Park to Park (HP2P) is a network of entrepreneurs committed to community development in Central Harlem, NYC’s premiere dining, shopping and nightlife hub north of 110th Street. Formed in September 2009, HP2P’s membership is comprised of more than 100 premier businesses located within the geographic area of Central Park North to 135th street and Morningside Park to Marcus Garvey Park.  Its mission is to encourage commerce that successfully sustains small businesses; promotes the community and culture of the Village of Harlem and celebrates the neighborhood’s historic CHARM:

Community and Culture

Heritage and Hospitality

Art and Architecture

Retail and Restaurants



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May 5th, 2015 by harlemhouse


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
Harlem Tavern
Jado Sushi
Les Ambassades
Levain Bakery
LoLo’s Seafood Shack
The Park 112

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April 5th, 2015 by HarlemGuy

Copyright Herve’ Jean-Baptiste

Happy Easter Harlem.


If  you are looking for some great gospel music to help you celebrate this oh so very special day check out  our hand picked selection of podcasts.

Hearts and minds

If you are looking for guidance regarding the furor over the religious freedom laws, take a moment to read this inspirational OpEd piece by Frank Bruni of the New York Times called “Bigotry, the Bible and the Lessons of Indiana“.

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April 1st, 2015 by harlemcondolife
 Inside Streetbird Rotisserie.


Marcus Samuelson’s follow-up to Red Rooster called Streetbird opens on 116th and Frederick Douglass Boulevard to an enthusiastic crowd.  This latest addition to the area we first dubbed as Harlem Restaurant Row ups the ante to this incredible Harlem location.


Stay tuned for our review of Streetbird Rotisserie in our HarlemRestaurantRowReviews section.  This restaurant is sure to be an instant success.   Welcome!

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March 28th, 2015 by harlemcondolife

While this particular article does not mention Harlem’s Aloft hotel, the chain itself is recognized as a transformational brand, utilizing the latest technology and catering to the next generation of travelers.   And Aloft hotels has been previously mentioned on numerous occasions in the press.

Once again, Harlem leads the way, this time in technology and innovation.

Hotels for the Next Generation
Marriott, Hilton and other big chains are appealing to “lifestyle” travelers, with lower prices, industrial design and high-tech everything.

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March 17th, 2015 by harlemhouse


“Your feet will bring you
to where your heart is.”

  • Irish Proverb

Happy St. Patty’s Day Harlem!

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