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(NEW) The Cecil – Opens Today In Harlem

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Broiled Giant Spicy Prawns, Yam Flapjack, Piri Piri Sauce.

The highly anticipated Cecil opens today with a frenzy of social media flying in as fast as they possibly can just to experience what all the buzz is about.  We here at Harlem Condo Life are among the enthusiastic media, and look forward to our first time experience with Cecil.  We have high hopes  for this old meets  new establishment and newest addition to Harlem Restaurant Row.  They have our attention with small plates such as “Broiled Giant Spicy Prawns, Yam Flapjack, with Piri Piri Sauce” (above ) and “Spicy Crispy Ginger Squid with Okra and Sweet Chili Peanut Sauce.”  Or a shared bowl for two of Afro / Asian / American Gumbo (Smoked Turkey, Chinese Chicken Sausage, Gulf Shrimp, and Crabmeat)

Take a peek at Cecil’s menu (below) with a scrumptious assortment by – Chefs Alexander Smalls – Restauranteur, and Joseph “JJ” Johnson – Chef de Cuisine.

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The Cecil MENU.  Here is a photo they sent us of their sticky buns.  I don’t know about dinner, but I am ready for these sticky buns right now!  They also were recently written up in the Huffington Post, The Hollywood Reporter and The Wall Street Journal.  Both The Cecil and Minton’s were mentioned in Huff Post BLACK VOICES and one dish in particular that stood out to us was the “Black Benne Seed Ahi Tuna.”  Looks delicious.

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photo by Lucy Schaeffer for Huff Post

So let’s get our forks and knives ready, and go experience the new CECIL together.  I’m up for the adventure and ready to dig in.  See you all there!

The Cecil
210 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10026
Tel (212) 866-1262

The Cecil New Restaurant in Harlem

EXPRESSIONS, a mini-exhibit opens at Art In FLUX Harlem

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A new exhibit coming soon at ART IN FLUX.

EXPRESSIONS, a mini-exhibit opens at Art In FLUX Harlem on January 25, 6-9pm along with closing reception for three FLUX galleries


Expressions is an exhibition curated by and displaying the work of interns at Art in FLUX Harlem: Danniella Carter, Dykeisha Hill, Elina Stella, Erin Murphy, Jacqueline Jones, Kachine Moore, Kathy Veliz, Ken Weisensee, Marie Demple, Raven Willis, and Rebecca Alvarez.  Each artist contributes an image with the central focus of expression.  When joined together the images create an introduction to the vast ever-changing forms of human emotion.

Focusing on the portrait by way of painting and photography, the exhibit gives light to the variances of expression through the eye of different individuals.  The artists have based their work for this exhibition on the idea of capturing and embodying human emotion.  The show emphasizes the effect of expression and how it can influence someone’s initial perception of another individual.  Whether it is read from a smile, eyes, pose, or through a gut feeling, expression is an innate form of communication.  Through drawing, painting, collage and photography the interns collaborated to present their own lens to convey the emotional state of an individual.

“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.” -Cezanne


Expressions January 25th thru January 27th

Opening Reception: January 25th, 6pm to 9pm

Opening Reception Events: DJ Jeremiah aka Mr. Afrobeat, Meet the Artists, Songs by Elina

Location: 1961 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd @ 118th Street, HARLEM, NYC
For more Info or to RSVP: www.artinfluxharlem.com
 / 646-340-3479 / info@artinfluxharlem.com

Election Party at Creole Restaurant and Music Supper Club

Election Night is almost here!  One of many restaurants that will be a hosting an election party is Creole Restaurant and Music Supper Club in East Harlem on Third Avenue and 118th Street on Tuesday, November 6, From 7:30 – 11:30.  They are offering Election Night Menu Specials and Live Music & Entertainment featuring Pure Volume.

If you are looking for a great environment to watch, discuss, mix and mingle with local activists and volunteers of East Harlem, stop by Creole for this momentous night.

Please do not forget to vote this election year.  It is your right and every vote counts!

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Lee, Lee’s Bakery in Harlem to bake no more

By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLife
I called over today to Lee, Lee’s Bakery to order a large red velvet cake for an upcoming summer party. Cake is a product I ordered often from Mr. Lee, especially red velvet cake, cause it tastes delicious and it was always a hit at parties. But now, I cannot do this any more. I was told the unthinkable today by someone answering the phone at Lee, Lee’s. They said I had to order now and pick up ASAP in order to have my cake. I was told the last day of business for Lee, Lee’s Bakery in Harlem is this Monday, May 31.
I immediately asked what the H, E, double tooth pick happened? The person said, it’s the red, we are in the red. I said, I thought things were looking up with new orders of your product to places like Best Yet Market. The response I got was orders such as this stopped. Total silence. Then we hung up!
I have to say upfront, I am so heart broken to hear this news. Not only did I like my red velvet cake from Lee, Lee’s, but I enjoyed talking to Mr. Lee himself, who I found to be so sweet, kind and loveable. In addition, I encountered a loyal following of this place when I moved to Harlem more than five years ago. When I needed sweets, most people in Harlem would direct me to Lee, Lee’s Bakery on 118th.
The only thing I can think of now is to make a public plea on this site to try and save Lee,
Lee’s Bakery in Harlem. It’s worth a try…right?
Is there anyone out there who can help Mr. Lee? Does anyone know of someone who has revived local businesses before? If so, here is an opportunity. This man has wonderful baked products. He may need help with marketing, PR, and business management. But overall the goods are there. If you can help or know someone who can, call 917-493-6633 or visit the bakery at 283 West 118th Street in Harlem.
In closing, all I can say is Where is Construction Intervention for bakeries? Where is ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover when you need them? And most of all, where is Oprah Winfrey or Ellen DeGeneres when you need them? Fans of Lee, Lee’s Bakery in Harlem are calling!