March 17th, 2014 by harlemhouse

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Those of us here at HarlemCondoLife were deeply saddened to learn that Urban Garden Center located directly across the street from the 2 buildings that exploded and collapsed in East Harlem experienced extensive damage.  Luckily none of their staff were hurt in the blast but they did lose friends and many who were seriously hurt.  I think we all join them with our deep sympathies in this devastating tragedy.  These older buildings have to be made secure so that people can feel safe in their homes.  This should have never happened and precautions must be taken so that it will not happen in the future.

So now in the aftermath we can help our neighbors. We here at the blog love this local business Urban Garden Center and visit them each year for plants in our homes as well as our common roof deck garden in the summertime. They’ve always been very neighborly and friendly.  Please visit their “help” page created by Dimitri Gatanas  and if possible do what you can to help out this local business.  It is businesses such as these which make Harlem and our community so great.  We hope that Dimitri and the crew at Urban Garden Center are rebuilding and back to normal soon just in time for Spring/Summer planting.

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photo by Susan Cohan circa Spring 2013

Here is the link Urban Garden Center. Please repost / retweet and if you are able, contribute to their gofundme account.

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photo by the Associated Press via the Washington Post March 12, 2014

Read more here…

“On Wednesday March 12, 2014, we began our day like any other day under the MTA viaduct on East 116th St. and Park Avenue.  What we never expected to ever happen, became our reality.  An explosion blew up two neighborbing buildings directly across from our retail shop.  We weredirectly in the ‘line of fire’ and suffered a lot of damage.  Luckily, none of our staff was hurt in the blast.  We did, however, lose friends and many are seriously hurt.

While we are thankful for being spared, the timing of this disaster has made our ability to open in time for spring questionable.  We continue to  endure a long and blistery winter.  This made for slower than expected sales.  The need for resources are more important than ever.  We personally invested into the preparation of spring, which most of the work has been blown away from the explosion.  Spring is the most important season for our business and not opening in the next couple of weeks will seriously impact our ability to stay in business….. continue reading“)

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March 12th, 2014 by HarlemGuy

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UPDATE:  

Notification issued on 3/12/14 at 3:00 PM. The New York City Unified Victim Identification System (UVIS) has been activated in response to the building collapse that occurred earlier today at 116th Street and Park Avenue in Manhattan. If you are concerned about the welfare of someone who may have been affected by the collapse and are unable to contact them, please call 311. From outside of NYC, you may call (212) 639-9675. The American Red Cross has also opened a reception center at P.S. 57, located at 176 East 115 Street in Manhattan.

ORIGINAL:

Two buildings appear to have collapsed in East Harlem.

At least two deaths and 16 injuries are reported.  NYFD reports it to be a 5-Alarm Fire.  The buildings are located on 116th Street and Park (5th Avenue)

Our condolences to the families who lost family and friends.  And we wish a speedy recovery to those injured and quick resolution for those who have been displaced.

Get the latest news on CNN.

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March 12th, 2014 by HarlemGuy

(Photo credit: vintspiration)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two buildings appear to have collapsed in East Harlem.

At least two deaths and 16 injuries are reported.  NYFD reports it to be a 5-Alarm Fire.  The buildings are located on 116th Street and Park (5th Avenue)

Our condolences to the families who lost family and friends.  And we wish a speedy recovery to those injured and quick resolution for those who have been displaced.

Get the latest news on CNN.

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August 25th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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The finalists are in and it’s going down!  Monday, August 26th at Harlem Tavern hosted by Bevy Smith with music by DJ Stormin’ Norman.  Uptown Battle of Bars VIP Showdown will start at 6 pm to 10 pm at Harlem Tavern.  Harlem Tavern is located in the heart of Harlem’s Restaurant Row at 2153 Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 116th Street.  Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door.  Visit uptownbattleofbars.eventbrite.com to buy tickets.  

See yesterdays article in The Daily News 12 barkeeps vying for supremacy in Uptown Battle of the Bars…and all have a shot!  Pictures in this post are originally from the Daily News.

See our previous post  Uptown Battle Of The Bars Competition.

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June 23rd, 2011 by HarlemGuy

Credit: New York Daily News

By HarlemGuy

| EVENT REMINDER |

Come to Harlem the weekend of June 24-26 to celebrate Pride Harlem-Style. The weekend-long celebration includes a barbecue, bowling and a dance party. The park party is the only event located in a public area.

The event has spurned some controversy.  However Harlem Pride President Carmen Neely has a vision.

“I want the gay and lesbian people of uptown to have a celebration of our own,” she said. “This will be different than the events in the West Village because it will be filled with people of color.”  Neely insists the event is for everyone – including children. “I realize the church plays a big role in the black community,” Neely said, “but we’re people, too, and deserve our day in the sun.”

It’ a perfect event for tourists visiting NYC this Summer to spend some time in the sun uptown.

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June 4th, 2011 by HarlemGuy

Credit: New York Daily News

By HarlemGuy

Come to Harlem the weekend of June 24-26 to celebrate Pride Harlem-Style. The weekend-long celebration includes a barbecue, bowling and a dance party. The park party is the only event located in a public area.

The event has spurned some controversy.  However Harlem Pride President Carmen Neely has a vision.

“I want the gay and lesbian people of uptown to have a celebration of our own,” she said. “This will be different than the events in the West Village because it will be filled with people of color.”  Neely insists the event is for everyone – including children. “I realize the church plays a big role in the black community,” Neely said, “but we’re people, too, and deserve our day in the sun.”

It’ a perfect event for tourists visiting NYC this Summer to spend some time in the sun uptown.

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May 25th, 2011 by HarlemGuy

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Just when you thought that there was no more room for new real estate in Harlem, there’s something new going up @ 306 West 116th street, adjacent to the Garden of Love.  It’s also in the backyards of the owners of apartments at the Livmor condominiums.   Sadly enough the lot also trimmed the size of the Garden of Love by 50%.  In any event, we are anxious to see what kind of building, service or amenity will soon spring in Harlem.

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