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You’ve probably noticed it when you go across 116th Street – the colorful entrance is hard to miss. But if you’ve never gone inside, you are missing one of Harlem’s more unique experiences. Stepping through the whimsical entrance is like making a quick visit to west Africa. In addition to a wide selection of
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traditional African garb and the inevitable T-shirts, the merchants offer beautiful handmade jewelry, original craft items like dolls and small sculptures, and an array of natural skincare products. For the music lover with ecclectic tastes, you can also find CDs of contemporary African music. The prices are pretty reasonable but if you don’t like the price, feel free to bargain – the merchants seem to enjoy it.
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“Malcom Shabazz ~ Harlem’s Market” is located on the southern side of West 116th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues. The market is open year round, 9am to 5 pm, 7 days a week.
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The Department of Transportation unveiled its WalkNYC initiative, a program that will bring comprehensive pedestrian maps to all five boroughs.
The DOT enlisted the help of PentaCityGroup, a consortium of urban planners, engineers, designers, cartographers and geographical information specialists, to solve the problem. Their goal? To create an information-packed map that would orient pedestrians and help them find the gems each NYC neighborhood has to offer. The first of these new information kiosks was installed earlier this week in Chinatown (they’re already located at every Citi Bike station), and it’s expected that others will be popping up in midtown Manhattan, Long Island City in Queens and Prospect Heights in Brooklyn this summer, with more to follow in other neighborhoods next year.
Each side of the kiosk displays a map showing the streets within a five-minute walking radius and another that shows your current area in relation to a larger swath of the city. The maps are layered with information including street names, bike paths, subway lines and entrances, parks, playgrounds, restaurants and highly-detailed sketches of major landmarks.
In each of the four initial areas, DOT worked with community partners to identify, research, and observe the popular destinations, primary pedestrian routes, and key decision-making points of each neighborhood. Through careful research, DOT also located the difficult-to-navigate parts of each neighborhood, focusing on the routes between transit services, landmarks and public spaces.
This research created a detailed picture of each area, which DOT used to tailor a placement strategy. The research also forms the basis of the site location and network planning standard that will be applied citywide. DOT has developed a variety of sign sizes to accommodate different environments.
WalkNYC maps are also installed at Citi Bike station kiosks, to expand the wayfinding network and provide valuable information for pedestrians, in addition to Citi Bike users.
The four initial areas and community partners for WalkNYC are:
We expect to see signs in Harlem soon.
If you come across an ideal location for a sign, tweet the location via Twitter using the hashtag #WalkNycSignForHarlem.
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The change of venue didn’t deter the crowds at the first Sundae Sermon of the 2013 season…in fact there were more good people grooving to good music than ever.
On a gorgeous sunny Sunday, St Nicholas Park resounded with pumping dance beats spun by legendary dj’s Louie Vega, Kevin Hedge and, of course, Stormin’ Norman himself. Folks swaying, kids playing, everyone meeting and greeting–Sundae Sermon is truly a Harlem classic. See you at the next one!
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO HERE…
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Summer is almost here Harlem and so is the Sweet Spot festival summer season. This year’s kick-off will be held on May 26, 2013 from 3-9pm at the beautiful West Harlem Pier. This is a great event for the whole family to enjoy.
Below is a note from the sponsor with information on this Harlem event as well as photos and local press coverage from last year. If you are a vender interested in participating fill out the form and join in the fun. See you all there!
Sweet Spot Festival is looking for vendors to participate in the Sweet Spot Festival Market Place in Harlem on May 26, 2013 from 3-9pm featuring Herbert Holler of The Freedom Party, Rich Medina and other special guest. The event will be the kick-off to our Sweet Spot festival summer season and is taking place at the beautiful West Harlem Pier by the river (across from Fairway)
Last summer the Sweet Spot Festival debut received a great response from attendees and local media. We are super excited to be coming back this summer with 5 festival dates. (More info to come on final dates and locations)
Here are some pictures from our last event as well.
If your interested in being part of the market, please fill out the vendor application here: http://bit.ly/NZZhrl
Vendor fees are $60 as mandated from the NYC Parks Department. We also provide rentals of tables, chairs and tents at minimal costs.
Please let me know if you would be interested in participating and I will reply with all the market place details.
Thanks and have a great day!
Carolyn “CC” Concepcion
About Sweet Spot Festival
The Sweet Spot Festival is a FREE family friendly event series, bringing Harlem’s increasingly diverse community together to celebrate it’s rich historical legacy. Its purpose is to promote music,culture, art, and commerce. Here you will find an eclectic range of musicians, DJ’s, performance & visual artists, a mouth watering array of food & dessert vendors, kids activities, workshops and to-die-for vintage & jewelry selections.
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Harlem Flo flower shop (original) was one of the new businesses to open years ago on Frederick Douglass Boulevard’s restaurant row. Now they are expanded in to a multi purpose boutique. More and more FDB is becoming retail row as well as restaurant row.
With Harlem Flo combining both of their locations into one large expanded and renovated space, they are able to offer many different consumer needs.
The other day I stopped in for a blank card (my personal favorites are by local artist AFineLyne Lynn Lieberman), and walked out with a bag of gifts and a house plant. They have great candles, books and art just to name a few. If you are going to a dinner party, a housewarming or have a special date, and need a gift they have a large selection of appropriate items including the traditional long stem roses. As their window conveys, Garden ∙ Art ∙ Gifts.
See their website Harlem Flo Boutique.
For those of you who have outdoor space or just want summer flowers in your apartment window, one of the owners Louis Gagliano was telling me they will have flats of summer flowers in front of their shop from spring to fall. They already have some early spring flowers available. They have an expansive collection of cut flowers and healthy indoor orchids, cactus and a variety of house plants.
The combining of the two locations last summer was a smart move. If you haven’t visited Harlem Flo yet stop in and pay them a visit. Even if you do not need anything you will probably end up buying something. Adjacent with Harlem Flo Boutique is the corner Coventry Garden. This will look great in the summertime.
2276 Frederick Douglass Blvd
New York, NY 10027
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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.
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This weekend, La Maison d’Art & L’Aristote invite you to a unique Holiday shopping experience – Moroccan Souk in Harlem. A variety of African Art jewelry, hand-made soaps, home fragrances and decoration pieces.
Find a unique Holiday gift at La Maison d’ Art at 259 w 132 Street New York, NY 10027
This Saturday Dec. 15 and Sunday Dec. 16 From 12 – 7pm both days.
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Looking for that perfect gift for family and friends? Browse HarlemCondoLife’s new on-line store. New items will be added regularly so keep this page bookmarked and visit it often.
“Give Harlem for the Holidays!”
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We had the pleasure of attending Harlem Pop-Up green market on 115th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard last month. Local and regional vendors shared and sold a variety of fresh produce, prepared foods and drinks at New York City’s first night time Farmers Market.
Everyone mingled while Live Music (an excellent jazz band) played throughout the night (See VIDEO below). The evening was successful as evidenced by the strong turn out and by the fact that vendors were pretty much out of everything by 8:30 pm.
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