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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