December 6th, 2013 by HarlemMom

Cantina 1838

Cantina 1838 located at 1838 Adam Clayton Powell has a great happy hour.  The restaurant has a nice size bar, offers good service, food and drinks.  You can’t go wrong with $2.00 tacos and $4.00 beers and margaritas during their happy hour from 4-7 pm.  We had the chicken, fish and pork tacos along with beer and margaritas.

Pork, Chicken anf Fish Tacos

Pork, Chicken anf Fish Tacos

I am looking forward to dinner there next as they have a great menu including short rib burritos and lobster and chipotle tacos to name a few.  If you are looking for a great “Happy Hour” and authentic Mexican food in Harlem you should definitely try it out.  Here is their MENU.

Cantina 1838
1838 Adam Clayton Jr Blvd
(between 112th St & 111th St)
Harlem, NY 10026

Cantina 1838 Harlem Premier Mexican Restaurant


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October 29th, 2013 by tharealharlemista



Finally a sign of life in the empty retail space on Adam Clayton and 124th st announcing an establishment called New Harlem Restaurant Lounge.

This block, which now has nondescript housing, was once the retail domain of Harlem-reared sports superstar Sugar Ray Robinson who owned a string of businesses on this block, including the popular nightclub Sugar Ray’s, the Golden Gloves Barbershop, Sugar Ray’s Quality Cleaners and Edna May’s (the fighter’s wife) Lingerie Shop.  Last year this stretch of Adam Clayton Powell was renamed Sugar Ray Robinson Way in tribute to the champ.

We look forward to seeing the development of this new restaurant on a once iconic block.

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January 17th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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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:
 / 646-340-3479 /

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January 8th, 2013 by harlemhouse


This Thursday, January 10, join Michaela Angela Davis and MADFREE – What’s Eating Black Women? Part 2.

This time will focus on the food.  What and why we eat the way we do.  The Conversationalists, Terrie Williams acclaimed author and mental health activist, and Byron Hurt producer/director, Soul Food Junkies.

The event will be held at ImageNation’s Raw Space located at 2031 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd, Harlem, NY at 7pm.  Hosted by ImageNation.  RSVP required (space is limited)

*Special preview of acclaimed Soul Food Junkies before IFC airing 1/13.

ABOUT – Terrie Williams:
ABOUT – Byron Hurt:

Mad free jan 9th

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September 18th, 2012 by tharealharlemista

Sunday was the 43rd Annual African American Day Parade celebrating Dignity, Pride and Music!  I look forward each year to the celebration and this year we had a day of incredible weather.

I took some great video footage that is uploading now on Youtube and as soon as it is finished I will share here on HarlemCondoLife.


Videos coming soon!  Technical difficulty…

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August 11th, 2012 by tharealharlemista

Attention all bicycle fans: Velocissimo Cycle on 112th and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. is now open!!

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August 5th, 2012 by tharealharlemista

Just in time to keep your Olympic buzz going, Velocissimo Cycle is opening any day now on Adam Clayton Powell and 112th, conveniently near Central Park for all your biking needs.

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August 2nd, 2012 by harlemhouse

Looking for something to do tonight?  Swing by Billie’s Black for their August Afterwork Affair (see flyer below) Thursday, August 2nd at 6PM – Midnight.  Music by DJ Breeze, No Cover  and $5 Happy Hour from 4 – 7PM!

Also the CEO/Founder of Curvy Girlz Lingerie, Precious Williams will be hosting a meetup.  So come out tonight after work and enjoy the great weather and Happy Housr drinks with great “gourmet soul.”

Billie’s Black
271 West 119th Street
(Bet. Frederick Douglass & St. Nicholas Ave.)

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August 1st, 2012 by harlemhouse

We just received new information from a reader that Manhattan’s Physician Group (MPG), opened its multi-specialty medical practice in Harlem today.  EmblemHealth will provide “point-of-care” support to MPG patients in the Harlem facility to help with medication and treatment adherence, home care, and community resources.

Please read their announcement below –

Manhattan’s Physician Group Opens Patient-Centered Medical Home in Harlem

EmblemHealth providing “point-of-care” support for coordinated medical coverage

 NEW YORK CITY – Manhattan’s Physician Group (MPG) has opened a multi-specialty medical practice at 215 West 125th Street, between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Frederick Douglass Boulevards in Harlem to provide coordinated health care with increased access and convenience for all residents in the community.

EmblemHealth will provide “point-of-care” support to MPG patients in the Harlem facility to help with medication and treatment adherence, home care, and community resources. Point-of-care coordination helps reduce the need for hospital readmission after discharge and has resulted in improved health outcomes and increased member satisfaction.

MPG recently received Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition at Level 3, the highest level, for six of its practices in Manhattan from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Under a patient-centered medical home model, patients actively participate in their own care, and treatment is coordinated through a primary care physician who leads a team of health care professionals.

Federal and New York State health reforms encourage patient-centered medical home models. Medical homes create meaningful partnerships among physicians, patients and their families.

“To provide the highest level of quality care, we are continually upgrading our services to provide the best outcomes for our patients,” said Howard Tepper, MPG Chief Executive Officer, noting that the new Harlem office replaces an office on Amsterdam Avenue. “The medical home model is another change to support superior care. MPG continues to expand our clinical services, locations, and supporting technologies. For example, our sophisticated electronic medical records system allows easy exchange of patient data between our physicians, specialists, labs, pharmacies and hospitals, thereby fostering communication, eliminating medical errors, and improving patient service.”

Often, there is little coordination of care outside a medical practice, which can lead to delays as hospitals or other physicians seek records, or unnecessary costs. In the MPG model, every patient has a privacy-protected electronic medical record that follows them through all levels of care so every physician has the same information. The patient-centered medical home means that the medical practice also coordinates with community and education resources to provide a wide range of care for the patient and family.

The new MPG facility features a broad selection of medical services, including family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, gastroenterology, infectious disease and nutrition. The 18,000-square foot facility will have an advanced electronic medical records system, providing patients with features that include electronic prescription fulfillment and secure email correspondence with physicians.

“Throughout our history, we have continued to support innovation and integration to best serve our members,” says William Gillespie, MD, Chief Medical Officer for EmblemHealth. “Our long-standing relationship with MPG is built on improving health outcomes and providing quality care and value. MPG’s new medical facility exemplifies the difference between a state-of-the-art medical practice with integrated care coordination like MPG and other physician choices in the community that do not have all these capabilities.”

MPG provides comprehensive and affordable health care to EmblemHealth members throughout Manhattan.

About MPG:

Manhattan’s Physician Group (MPG) is a physician-owned and operated multi-specialty medical group, comprised of over 70 board certified providers. With seven convenient locations throughout the borough, MPG offers a complete range of services and provides patients with comprehensive and continuous health care that is affordable, accountable and accessible. For additional information on MPG,

About EmblemHealth:

EmblemHealth, Inc., through its family of companies that include Group Health Inc. (GHI) and HIP Health Plan of New York (HIP), serves 3.4 million people and provides affordable, quality health care coverage through a range of attractive options. Members have a choice of networks, including access to over 106,000 quality doctors and other health care professionals and most of the leading hospitals across the tristate region.  EmblemHealth has established long-standing arrangements with independent medical groups in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Queens/Long Island. These medical groups offer primary care and specialty care to half a million EmblemHealth members at 40 medical office locations, with more than 61,000 members served at MPG.  For additional information on EmblemHealth,



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June 23rd, 2011 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse
Another  Mom and Pops shop in Harlem that has been one of my favorites for years is Island Spice and Southern Cuisine.  I like supporting our local businesses that have been around and doing well for a long time.  Island Spice is no exception.  No thrills here – just modest decor, small quarters and good inexpensive food.

Any given afternoon if you stop by to eat for lunch you will see locals lined up ordering food to go.  Certain items are cooked to order and other dishes are buffet style that you select to your liking with sides.  The entree comes with rice and peas (or just rice) and two side dishes.  A common lunch is the stewed chicken entree with rice and peas with sides of plantains and collard greens.  This very filling and tasty entree comes out to a mere $6 for the small order.  Medium entree with two sides is $8.50.  Some of the dishes and entrees that I recommend are the Fish and Chips, Jerk Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Ox Tail, Curry Shrimp, Pepper Steak or just a couple authentic Jamaican Beef Patties with a bottle of Ting.

I love spots like this. It is one of the type businesses that makes Harlem great.

Here you can enjoy great authentic Jamaican and southern cuisine and feel good about supporting a small local business.
Click here to view their Menu.
Island Spice & Southern Cuisine
1980 7th Ave / at 119th St
(212) 865-3300


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