March 18th, 2012 by Icare4Harlem

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Community Healthcare Network Helen B. Atkinson Health Center

By Icare4Harlem

Anyone who has gone without medical insurance knows that to see a physician, dentist, or any other medical professional can be a costly experience. Often the uninsured/underinsured simply go without routine preventative care which can lead to life threatening events. The Community Healthcare Network provides medical services at the Helen B. Atkinson (HBA) Health Center, east of Lenox Ave. on 115th St., in Central Harlem. A wide range of services is offered at this center. Patients are able to receive Primary Care, HIV Care, Mental Health Care, Social Services, Health Education, Nutrition Services, Dental Care, Podiatry Services, Reproductive Health Care, and Services for Teens.

The Community Healthcare Network is a not-for-profit organization with several locations throughout New York City. The health centers allow patients to receive care regardless of immigration status, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, or ability to pay. The commitment to meet the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care is apparent as you notice posters offering translation services in numerous languages. The Network also ensures that the staff reflects the diversity within the community.

Dr. Sheree Morgan, DMD

Recently I had a chance to experience dental services at the HBA Health Center. I was able to see Dr. Sheree Morgan, DMD. She had a warm, jovial, and professional manner that put you at ease from the moment she asked the proverbial question, “When was your last dental visit?” At one time I did not have dental coverage so I sheepishly admitted that I was overdue for a check-up–no punitive remarks or glaring eyes as Dr. Morgan proceeded with the examination. I would also like to note that her assistant was very efficient. My x-rays were available before Dr. Morgan finished cleaning my teeth. During the procedure, I found out that Dr. Morgan had a previous career as a chemist. Patients at the HBA Health Center should feel confident that Dr. Morgan is not only competent in dentistry but also understands the chemical interactions of the medications used in her line of work.

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Community Healthcare Network

Helen B. Atkinson Health Center

81 West 115th St.

New York, NY 10026

212-426-0088

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July 21st, 2011 by Icare4Harlem

MCMB Cleaners

By Icare4Harlem

I remember when I first moved to Harlem, empty lots, vacant store fronts, and limited housing appeared to be the norm.  The long time residents sure seemed to know where the hot spots were but being the newbie, I resorted to a trial and error approach.  Some ventures were delightful finds, others, not so great.  Frequently, a business would open and then, disappear without warning.  So whenever I found an establishment that lived beyond the one month mark I made a note and attempted to become a loyal customer.

One business that has maintained its existence is the MCMB Cleaners.  From the first time I dropped off my dry cleaning to several years later, I have never been disappointed.  My laundry has always been delivered as promised with good results.  The staff has never lost or misplaced my order (which happened at another cleaner) and alterations were completed within a reasonable time frame.

Great Alterations

Recently, I asked to have an alteration redone.  Although the initial work was performed as requested, I changed my mind regarding the finished length of a garment.  To my surprise the tailor, Alberto, did not charge me for the extra work.  He stated that he wanted to make sure his customers were satisfied.

Rolando

I have only had positive experiences with this business.  Along with the excellent service, I am always greeted by a warm and friendly staff.  The first person you encounter is Rolando.  His pleasant nature and willingness to accommodate you is not dependent on how often you drop off your cleaning.  Behind the sewing machine is Alberto, who makes a point to stop what ever he is working on and welcomes you with a big smile and “Hello.”

Alberto

As the neighborhood expands newer businesses have opened their doors but I will continue to patronize MCMB Cleaners.

MCMB Cleaners

2071 Frederick Douglass Blvd.

New York, NY 10026

(212) 749-1730

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July 1st, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

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By HarlemCondoLife
On my way to work today I had the pleasure of meeting (actually bumping into) Louis Mendes, a street photographer from Harlem best known for his speed graphic camera. Our paths crossed right on the northwest corner of 116th and Frederick Douglass Blvd. I quickly asked “are you taking pictures of people right in front of Harlem Tavern today?” He said “no, I am waiting for someone.” I said “you should take photos tonight, there will be tons of people here.” He said “we’ll see.”

Then Louis took a photo of me and then I asked “can I take a picture of you?” He agreed and said “I might be here later tonight.” I said “I hope so ’cause it’s going to be happening.”

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June 30th, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLife
A reader provided us with a nice photo this morning about Harlem Tavern! I believe the photo says it all-opening day at Harlem Tavern starts at 5 pm, July 1! See you there! And a big thanks to our reader!!! You know who you are! You are the BEST!

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June 28th, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLife
If you were planning on stopping by Harlem Tavern tomorrow night, June 29, don’t. They’re not quite ready yet. They just passed their last inspection last night (June 27) and over the weekend they put out a call for more food runners. They were needing a lot more help. Given all this, they are now aiming to open this Friday if all goes as planned.

So if you are around over the holiday weekend, there might be another place in Harlem to sit outside to eat and drink! In the mean time, check out their menu and drink list, here. When they open, you’ll be ready to order when you arrive! Stay tuned…

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June 28th, 2011 by HarlemGuy

credit: Levain Bakery

By HarlemGuy                                                                                                                                 One of my favorite pastimes while traveling is looking for references to Harlem.

So I was pleasantly surprised to see the following roadside sign while driving back from a recent trip to Amaganset in the Hamptons.

Curious, I ran in to confirm what I suspected.  As many of you may know we have a Levain Bakery right here in Harlem’s Gold Coast / Restaurant row, on the West Side of Frederick Douglass Boulevard, between 116th and 117th.  A few steps away from Harlem Tavern, Lido, and a few blocks away from Melba’s, Society, Five & Diamond, Bier International and Zoma, to name just a few.

That being said I took the opportunity to stop by, spend a moment with one of the owners and the staff who were of course suitably dressed.  I particularly loved the Harlem 10026 T-shirt!

I love that we have a little piece of the Hamptons in Harlem.  Better yet, I love that there’s a little bit of Harlem in the Hamptons.

This is made all the sweeter (no pun intended) when you consider that Levain bakery is also one of Oprah’s favorites.

And of course my favorite cookie is what else but Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip.

Of which I promptly purchased several.

In Harlem, of course (smile).

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June 19th, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemCondoLife
We continue our series called Inside Harlem Tavern. We recently told you about how Harlem Tavern is going unisex all the way with their toilets. Let’s now turn our attention to the fun facts about the bar and restaurant opening up on the corner of 116th and Frederick Douglass Blvd.

  • Total square footage: more than 6,000 square-foot
  • Seating: 150 inside, 150 outside
  • Outdoor light fixtures: designed similar to look like the ones in Central Park
  • Music: weekend brunches with live jazz
  • Culture: art from nearby galleries
  • And exact address and phone number: 2153 FDB and 212-866-4500

We have a pretty good idea on when Harlem Tavern is opening so stay tuned.

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June 17th, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

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By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLife
First we told you about Harlem Tavern’s menu and drink list as part of our Inside Harlem Tavern series. We continue our series with a topic that some might find odd or unnecessary, but we think it is important strategic information to have. And hey…this topic everyone deals with. It is commonly know as mother nature and when mother nature calls-at least for me-the question I will immediately ask to anyone and everyone is “Where the h** are the bathrooms?”

When I visited Harlem Tavern recently I actually asked to see the lady’s room. I wanted to know where they are located. Well, I found out there is not exactly a lady’s room. There is not a men’s room either. Harlem Tavern went…UNISEX with their bathrooms. There are several stalls with closed doors lined up against the wall to the right when you walk indoors. It is all closed off. Don’t worry. Its only when you wash your hands that you may or may not know the person standing right next to you.

I was sort of surprised when I saw this. I thought with all that space inside why not send the men one way and the gals the other way? I guess the owners figured let’s save on space indoors and give patrons more outdoor space for eating and drinking. Oh well. See you in the Harlem Tavern bathrooms.

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June 16th, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemCondoLife
As side from the farmers market taking place this weekend (June 18) in Morningside Park, there is another activity to check out, NYC KidFest. NYC KidFest is a free, one-day family event bringing artistic performances to NYC families. Packed with music, theater, dance, storytelling, face-painting and much more; this festival promises to delight, inspire and jump-start the imaginations of children of all ages in a fun atmosphere.

To attend, enter the park at 113th Street and Manhattan Avenue. If you are coming from downtown, take the 1, B or C subway trains to West 110th Street.

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June 15th, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemCondoLife
We were walking along St. Nicholas Avenue the other day and saw these signs that said ” A Sea in Harlem, Fish and Chips, Coming Soon,” posted on the southwest corner building located of West 113th Street and St. Nicholas. There were no other details posted on the windows. Does anyone know what’s up with this particular area? If so, do tell!

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