Category: HarlemCondoLife

May 8th, 2017 by harlemcondolife

By Peter Blauner
In the equatorial heat of a July morning in Harlem, a middle-aged lady in thigh-high plastic boots was standing underneath the el tra…

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March 16th, 2017 by INtoHarlem

Listen up Shakester! We are now accepting applications for our MR. and/or MISS Harlem Shake 2017 contestants.

The online applications are to be sent to You can also just submit via the website. We will be receiving submissions from TODAY until May 1. In the end we will choose a group of 5 men and 5 women to face off.

All that we ask is that you be a Harlem resident. We welcome all to apply, no matter your style, background, vibe, age (18-98), etc.

The winner will be awarded $1,000, a year of FREE burgers and huge party for him or her at our flagship equipped with a DJ and super good drink and food specials.

From May to June all 10 contestants’ head shots and a small bios will be showcased in our front windows at both stores. Each day, we will highlight 1st, 2nd and 3rd place from voting for that day.

One ballot will be handed out per order to our customers. There will be in-house ballot boxes. The overall winner will be announced in June.

If you think you got what it takes to be our newest MR. or MISS Harlem Shake enter today!


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March 14th, 2017 by INtoHarlem

Displaying To help facilitate the growth of the fashion industry in Harlem, on March 25th 2017 Harlem Fashion Week will be hosting a business of fashion symposium entitled “The Network”: Where Fashion and Industry Converge to create Empire. This event is for: designers, bloggers, photographers, models stylists, MUA everyone in the fashion industry. According to Tandra, “the goal of The Network is educate fashion industry professionals with the skills necessary to build a brand. Shows are great but we also need to develop a healthy network to support one another, especially in communities of color.”  This impressive event is a follow-up to this year’s outstanding Harlem Fashion Week success.

The founders of Harlem Fashion Week are the Powerhouse mother-daughter team of Tandra Birkett and Yvonne Jewnell, owners of the award winning fashion design company Yvonne Jewnell New York LLC. Yvonne was educated at Parson The New School and Tandra was educated at Columbia University and combined they used their talent, skill an education to create one of the most innovative, emerging fashion houses.  According to Tandra & Yvonne, “the vision of Harlem Fashion Week is to create an explosion of culture that will bridge the Downtown fashion hub to the Uptown vibe for a rich cultural experience”. Tandra shares, “Harlem has always been a trailblazer in the fashion industry; we wanted to create a fashion week to establish that representation within the larger NYFW community.”





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February 23rd, 2017 by INtoHarlem
On Friday, February 24The Elixir Media Group‘s Uptown Soul Lounge series will celebrate its one year anniversary and pay homage to black history and iconic artists who have harnessed the power of being unapologetically black. This milestone event will take place in the intimate, speakeasy setting of the series’ original venue, Gin Fizz Harlem, and feature special live performances by the captivating experimental jazz/soul artist Melanie Charles, alternative-soul maverick Leandra McNair, and the overpowering and angelic singer/songwriter Britanny Fousheé.
Event time is 8PM and admission is $5 with an RSVP here. Admission is $10 at the door without an RSVP. Early arrival is highly suggested, as admission is not guaranteed once the venue reaches capacity. Gin Fizz Harlem is located at 308 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10027.
Serving as NYC’s most exciting new platform for the world’s best emerging talent in soul music, ‘Uptown Soul Lounge‘ is a monthly showcase that happens on the last Friday of every month. With the live soulful vibes from carefully curated talent, and resident host Ayoinmotion, ‘Uptown Soul Lounge‘ is the revival of Harlem’s old jazz/soul ethos and the birth of a new musical frontier. Over the course of just one year, it has made its name for bridging the gap between generations and blurring lines in the soul spectrum.


Melanie Charles (aka D’flower) is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter,producer, flutist and actress of Haitian descent. A recent graduate of The New School for jazz and Contemporary Music, she has featured on albums alongside contemporary luminaries such as Gregory Porter, Jose James, Lakecia Benjamin, Jesse Fischer, Laura Izibor and more. Melanie has also toured the US and abroad with such acts as Atlantic recording artist Laura Izibor, Italian Guitarist/producer Nicola Conte, and Brooklyn based band People’s Champs. After the release of her experimental collaborative album under the name ‘Rat Habitat‘ with guitarist Jordan Peters (Lauryn Hill), Melanie has hit the road again for a nationwide tour, and returns to NYC for Uptown Soul Lounge’s special unapologetically black and one year anniversary event with a signature Chaka Khan meets Badu-esque “sonic collage” performance, fusing r&b, jazz, and Haitian folk songs. 

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Leandra McNair is an American soul singer from New York. Her contemporary alternative soul has strong hip hop influences with a distinct jazz background, rooted in her studies in vocal performance at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. With influences from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monae, Lauryn Hill, Swing out Sister and even Joey Badass, Leandra has crafted a sound that’s uniquely her own, writing all her songs using the ukelele. She released her debut EP ‘Allura Luna’ in 2013. In 2015 Leandra had the honor of singing backup vocals for the legendary Debbie Sledge at the Standard Jazz club in Copenhagen. Later that year she was  invited back to perform her own show at the Standard for a Nat King Cole Tribute with legends Alvin Queen and Neils Lan Doky. Leandra’s latest recording project, the ‘LUCKY‘ EP, is now available everywhere.
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In a nutshell, one could describe Britanny Fousheé as the perfect amalgam of Amy Winehouse and Toni Braxton. Fusing jazz, alternative rock, and r&b to pioneer a sound that is uniquely her own, Britanny’s stage presence is infectious, allowing her performances to draw you in and lull you into a state of pure bliss that you have to experience to understand.

Britanny first found her calling as a child in her living room in Somerville, New Jersey, where the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Chaka Khan, Bob Marley, Prince, and The Beatles often filled the house. Her mother was a founding member of the all female Jamaican band Pep, which also shaped Britanny’s identity as an artist today. It was around the time her mother purchased their first stereo system and microphone that she began composing music, and singing. 

In addition to Britanny’s vocal training with celebrity vocal coach Craig Derry, her studies in media, classical music, background arrangement, guitar, and piano has made her a well-rounded and seasoned performer.

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February 21st, 2017 by harlemcondolife

In artist David Shrobe’s multimedia work “Guerrilla Tactics,” the edge of a gold picture frame knocks up against a curved slice of mosaic nestle…
Read more: Painting, Art History, Black History, Harlem, Arts News

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February 17th, 2017 by harlemcondolife

This Black History Month, HuffPost Black Voices is declaring “We, Too, Are America” and we held an event in Harlem on Monday to acknowledge and ce…
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February 8th, 2017 by harlemcondolife

A quick internet search of “American cowboy” yields a predictable crop of images. Husky men with weathered expressions can be seen galloping on ho…
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February 8th, 2017 by harlemcondolife


Though Kit’s body was removed promptly from Harlem’s Morningside Park after he hanged himself from a tree, no one bothered for about f…
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February 7th, 2017 by harlemcondolife

This morning, we woke up to the Academy Award news that three movies that center Black lives – Moonlight, Fences, and Hidden Figures – were nominated …
Read more: Nadhege Ptah, Black Filmmakers, Black Hollywood, Academy Awards, #OscarsSoWhite, #OscarsSoBlack, Harlem, Independent Filmmaking, Dodo Titi, Harlem Love, Entertainment News

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January 16th, 2017 by harlemcondolife

I’ve had the most amazing past six months. I had a sabbatical, 6 months off, to Sort through, sift through, shift, swim and get my Strength back. Afte…
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