August 7th, 2012 by harlemhouse

Now you can enjoy Cafe Amrita indoors and outdoors.  A friend of HarlemCondoLife let us know that Cafe Amrita now has outdoor seating.  They have been steadily doing good business now for many years and their additional seating looks great.

Conveniently located 0n 110th and Frederick Douglass Boulevard right by the subway stop, Amrita is a great spot to have a coffee solo or a beer with a friend.  We often have our Blog meetings there as they also have wi-fi.  Please see our review by Austin2Harlem from a couple years back of Cafe Amrita.

Cafe Amrita
301 11oth Street
New York, NY 10026
#212-222-0683

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June 12th, 2012 by harlemhouse

Three weeks ago we first reported that construction had begun Construction Begins” on 110th street and Manhattan Avenue for a new Condominium.  Well we now have an update with the final design of Manhattan Tower and information from GF55 Partners.  It appears the condo tower will stand 22 stories high making it the tallest new development in South Harlem in the last couple of years.  I believe 5th On the Park is the tallest.  At this time being referred to as Manhattan Tower it will offer a total of 69 units with direct Central Park views.

Only three weeks back there was one crane on the site and there are now two. This is a good sign that construction is moving along nicely towards a final completion date of January 2014.

We will continue to keep you posted on South Harlem’s newest development.

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May 21st, 2012 by harlemhouse

Construction has begun on the corner of West 110th Street and Manhattan Avenue.  The lot has been vacant for sometime as the previous building was demolished a few years back and finally a crane has appeared and the ground has been broken.

I spoke with one of the workmen and asked him what will be going up here he replied “Condos” (surprise).  I had dinner with someone at Melbas recently and met one of the developers for this building who had mentioned construction would begin shortly.  I believe there will also be retail space which will add to the businesses on this strip, the Bike Shop, Dry Cleaners and Cafe Amrita.

More on this story as it develops.

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February 12th, 2012 by harlemhouse

Bier International

Last week NY1 showed an entire segment on the renewed energy on Frederick Douglasss Boulevard between 110th and 124th streets.   Businesses and residents working together to make the strip a destination for all of the neighborhoods shopping needs.  They quote “What you’re now seeing is Frederick Douglass Boulevard is really becoming  sort of the Gateway to Harlem“.  A phrase we developed here at HarlemCondoLife “Your Gateway To Harlem” when we created our site.   They go on to mention some of the businesses on the Boulevard including Bier International, Harlem Flo, Harlem Vintage, MCMB Cleaners, The 5 and Diamond Restaurant, Nectar, Lido Restaurant and Bar all of which we have mentioned and reviewed here at HCL.  They also include short interview clips with owners Jai Jai Greenfield of Harlem Vintage, Louis Gagliano of Harlem Flo, Marcelo Orbe of MCMB Cleaners and Selene Martinez of 5 and Diamond.  Here is a link to the video clip    NY1 video clip.

This area continues to stay in the news and get more recognition.  Congratulations to the businesses mentioned in this report and to all of the businesses on FDB and the surrounding area.

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June 10th, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life


By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLife
The Friends of Morningside Park will hold a potluck picnic this coming Tuesday, June 14th from 6-8 p.m. At the event, participants can ask questions about the park and the construction that is happening on the northeast corner of Manhattan Avenue and 110th Street. The developer of the property is going to be at this potluck picnic.

If you walk by that section of Harlem, it is obvious that another apartment building is going up-scooped up by a developer. I touched upon this subject back in 2009.

So if your interested in learning more about Morningside Park and upcoming real estate activity, stop by this event on June 14th. Here’s the flyer with all the info!

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May 27th, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

It seems just like yesterday I was buying organic honey, nuts, and bread outdoors from Morningside Park Farmers Market. Where did the year go? Now I have to get my grocery list ready because shopping at Morningside Park begins this Saturday, May 28th. I’m so ready! How about you?

Morningside Park Farmers Market
Saturdays from 9 AM to 5 PM
110th and Manhattan Avenue

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December 6th, 2010 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemCondoLife
My favorite boulevard has been featured – once again – bright and big!  This time in The New York Daily News.  The article talks about all the “chic boutiques, restaurants and cocktail lounges the have cropped up on Frederick Douglass Boulevard above 110th St” in the last few years. It mentions Frederick Douglass Circle, MODSquad, bier international, 67 Orange, Patisserie des Ambassades and more.  The article even takes a page right out of HarlemGuy’s word playbook by stating “realtors call this bustling stretch of Eighth Avenue Harlem’s Gold Coast.” As with the other positive articles about Harlem, such as in The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal, I love this clip right up there with others!

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August 18th, 2010 by HarlemGuy

By HarlemGuy

AM New York recently conducted a study to determine which subway stops are best suited to carrying your cell phone signal underground.  HarlemCondoLife (HCL) is pleased to report that Harlem stations made the grade as noted below IN BOLD.  

  • No. 1:
    • 14th Street, 34th Street, Times Square, 59th street, 66th street, 72nd street, 110th street, 116th street, 137th street, 145th street, 157th street, 191st Street
  • No. 2/3:
    • (Brooklyn) Hoyt Street, Nevins Street, Atlantic Avenue, (Manhattan) 96th street, 125th street
  • No. 3:
    • 145th Street
  • No. 4/5:
    • Wall Street, Fulton Street
  • No. 6:
    • Canal Street, Bleecker Street, Astor Place, 23rd Street, 28th Street, 51st Street, 59th Street, 103th Street, 110th Street, 116th Street
  • A:
    • Columbus Circle
  • C:
    • 135th Street
  • E:
    • 34th Street, 42nd Street, 50th Street, (Queens) Jamaica Van Wyck
  • F:
    • 23rd Street, (Queens) Jamaica 179 Street
  • J:
    • Chambers Street
  • N:
    • Prince Street, 28th Street
  • R:
    • City Hall, Prince Street, 8th Street, 28th Street, 34th Street

Please post a comment letting us know your findings.

One more reason why “Harlem is Where It’s At” (TM).

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August 16th, 2010 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLife

Back in July, we told you about how the lead actors of Premium Rush, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception) and Dania Ramirez (Entourage), were spotted filming in Harlem. They have been filming throughout the City (and a good portion in Harlem) most of the summer. Well, it looks like the cast of Premium Rush will be back again in Harlem filming…this Thursday. There were signs stapled over the weekend on every tree or taped to every pole along 110th Street, starting from Columbus Avenue all the way to Broadway. The red papered signs  say Premium Rush will be filming from 11 AM to 11 PM on August 19th. Columbia Pictures gave locals five days notice. I wonder why?

So if you want to see some filming action and actors playing bike messengers at the base of Harlem, head on over there. But please, if a production assistant does not let you get close to the set, we encourage you to walk away and tell them to have a nice day. Take the high road and leave the violent altercations to those folks located you know where (wink, wink)!

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June 21st, 2010 by Harlem Condo Life

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By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLife
Two weeks after it officially opened to the public, Harlem’s Frederick Douglass Circle has new rules. No biking, rollerblading or skateboarding are allowed on the gorgeous circle that is a pin wheel to 110th Street running east to west; and 8th Avenue running north and south. And there are signs hanging on several light posts that don the Circle to inform visitors of the these new rules.
On top of the new rules, there are assigned staff from the Central Park Conservancy, who guard the circle. I saw two patrolling around the Circle this past weekend!
These new rules, I believe, are partially due in part to some blog readers voicing their strong concern about safety and preservation of the Circle on this site. Maybe the dialogue that occurs on blogs around interesting topics can provoke change? What do you think?
If you have not visited the Frederick Douglass Circle yet, go see it. It’s a wondeful experience. Just take the B/C or 2/3 to 110th Street.

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