A friend to our blog from Douglas Elliman recently brought to our attention that a Harlem prewar condominium near Central Park North will be the home to a new much needed orthodontics practice. “Central Park North Orthodontics” has leased the 2,570-squarefoot space located at 1851 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard (between 112th and 113th Streets) and is set to move in on July 1, 2014.
This will be a nice addition and much needed business for the Harlem community and they should be able to quickly build a loyal patient base.
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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.
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.
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!
210 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10026
Tel (212) 866-1262
The Cecil New Restaurant in Harlem
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The Shrine Bar Restaurant is all kinds of fun. Literally, with its World Music Venue in Harlem you can expect to hear a wide variety of different music every week. I was there recently with friends just passing through (not for a particular event), and was happy to meet Francois Maheux, the man responsible for Bookings and Promotions. We were discussing Harlem, Apollo Theater and just music in general and how vital live music is to Harlem and the history of Harlem. There are many great spots to hear music in Harlem and Shrine is no exception. It is the perfect size venue, roomy but not too big with a comfortable, inviting and festive interior. I especially enjoy that you can hear jazz, hip hop, funk, world, reggae, Latin, rap, blues rock on any given night as they keep it interesting, current and on the pulse. Here is a list of upcoming events you can see at Shrine Bar Restaurant/World Music Venue. Recently friend to our blog, Harlem born and raised “John O” of Tha Gecko Brothas, perfromed there and I’m sure that they will return over the summer months. It is worth passing through if you have not been there yet to check out their food and drinks MENU. Every once in a while there is a cover for special events like an AIDS benefit, or a fundraiser where customers are more than happy to contribute. The Shrine has great drinks if you like margaritas and pina coladas. My friend recommended the pina colada (with a splash of grand marnier on top) which was very good especially with a side order of wings. You cannot go wrong with that combo. Next time I would like to sit in their outdoor seating and try their Fela Burger and also their Afro Chicken which both looked good. But then definitely come back inside to enjoy some great live music!
(Make sure you check out The Shrine Sunday Jazz Jam Session which is each and every Sunday)
*Stay tuned as HarlemCondoLife will continue to keep you posted with events at the Shrine.
Classic album covers cover the ceiling of Shrine
Shrine Bar Restaurant
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd
New York, NY 10030
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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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Timberly Leite - Innovative Therapy Solutions
The grand opening of Innovative Therapy Solutions was a huge success as seen by the numerous attendees, sounds of children enjoying educational toys, and concerned parents excited about the availability of Speech Therapy services in Harlem.
Timberly Leite, New York State Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and Owner/Director of Innovative Therapy Solutions, has brought to Harlem a much needed service to address the speech therapy needs of children ages birth to 21. Traditionally, therapy is delivered in the school/preschool settings, through home programs via approved providers, hospitals, clinics, or rehabilitation centers. Often there are waiting lists and parents travel long distances to obtain this necessary service. So having Timberly in the neighborhood is truly a welcomed addition.
Innovative Therapy Solutions is not limited to speech therapy. Timberly also provides evaluations, parent education courses, and the ability to purchase therapy materials to ensure carryover outside of the formal therapy setting. Future services include adding Occupational and Physical Therapy.
At the onset of meeting Timberly, one immediately senses the warm and caring concern emanating from this creative professional. She brings to Harlem experience, energy, and a desire to meet the local speech therapy needs.
Wishing Timberly much success in her new endeavor!
Innovative Therapy Solutions
2236 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. BLVD (between 131st & 132nd)
New York, NY 10027
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The Health Walk steps off at 2:00 p.m. from 110th St. & Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Blvd. and will end at the Festival. Join your neighbors for the walk to Jackie Robinson Park. For more information or to volunteer, go to chhrinfo.org.
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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
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The 115th St. branch of the New York City Public Library is not new to the neighborhood. However, I felt that it was worth sharing my most recent experience with this institution. Tucked around the corner of 115th St. and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., is this small but inviting public library.
New York City Public Library, W. 115th St. Branch
My intention was to locate books that were of high interest but at a low reading level. I wanted to compile a few references to give to adults who have very basic reading skills and wish to further their enjoyment of reading. Even though I didn’t have a particular author in mind, a librarian on the second floor readily assisted me in my attempt to locate the specific reading materials. After scanning the books and asking other employees, it was concluded that this branch, unfortunately, did not possess the specific books that I requested.
I was prepared to exit the library and continue my search when one of the staff members suggested that I visit the Centers for Reading and Writing (CRW), located on 125th St. There are locations in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. These centers have programs to assist adults with reading and writing difficulties and strive to improve their communication skills. The librarian looked up the pertinent information, ran off a copy, and provided detailed directions to, two centers in the Harlem area.
I plan to investigate the programs and will report my findings in a future story. So thanks to the pleasant and helpful staff who contributed to a wonderful experience at the W. 115th St. library. Now, it’s off to Harlem’s CRW….
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HIP HOP SOUL JAM – A Celebration of Emerging Artists Performing For a Cause
Next Thursday May 6th, 2010 at The Shrine Bar in Harlem, marks the launch of Hip-Hop Soul Jam, a quarterly performance series showcasing emerging hip hop soul artists making music for a purpose. The event, conceived and produced by Hip Hop Saves Lives Founder Chad Harper, aims to expose new and positive talent in the hip hop soul community, while using the power of genre of vital causes.
The event format will feature live performances by select local and international acts, highlight and benefit a chosen charity, and conclude with a DJ led dance party celebrating music genres of the Black Diaspora and bringing together actors in the entertainment community.
“We want to give a spotlight to quality hip hop soul artists, those with a focus on saying something and creating music with artistic integrity, while showing the power of hip hop soul to effect change on a global level. We’ll place emphasis on acts who follow their words with actions, personifying Hip Hop Saves Lives’ motto, ‘We don’t just talk about it, we be about it,’” Harper said. To this end he has teamed up with co-producer Jake Bright, a DJ and Director of African focused Cocody Productions, twice recognized by award winning radio program Afropop Worldwide and having produced events for The Touch Foundation and Alicia Keys’ Keep a Child Alive.
The inaugural event will feature performances by local artists including Gene Pritsker´s Sound Liberation, the concert will also feature Nahdi, Squala Orphan, Clarisa Rose, R-Kitech and Chanda Rule, as well Babaluku of Uganda and Makhtar from Senegal. The evening’s donations will benefit Charity Water (charitywater.org), which is currently working on providing earthquake survivors of Haiti with clean drinking water. Evening will also include a special photographic exhibit on Haiti by Bennett Raglin. AOC Fine Wines is sponsoring the red carpet reception.
Hip Hop Saves Lives, founded by Chad Harper is a charitable/entertainment organization dedicated to using the powerof hip hop for global change. Its primary focus is clean water wells for Africa and educating the hip hop community on living green. Coming ventures include an on-line radio and TV show, news letter, and magazine www.hiphopsaveslives.org
Shrine Bar, themed after the legendary artist Fela Kuti’s bar of the same name, is one of New York’s pre-eminent live music venues (www.shrinenyc.com).
See you all there! HH
(red carpet interviews and wine reception 8:00pm – 8:45)
Cocody Productions (pronounced Cocoa Dee), formed in New York by Directors Tunde Agboke, Jake Bright, and Ken Oriwa, produces upscale events showcasing art, music, film, non-profit activities, business, and fashion of Africa and the African Diaspora. CONTACT: Jake Bright 347-204-7576 // Jake@Cocodyproductions.net
*To read the full artile on this event click on the link below
HIP HOP SOUL JAM – Thursday May 6th
from 9pm – 1am at The Shrine Bar
2271 Adam Clayron Powell Jr. Blvd,
bet. 133rd & 134th St. New York, NY
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For more information about Hip Hop Soul Jam, Hip Hop Saves Lives and Cocody Productions please contact Chad Harper at Chadharper@hiphopsaveslives.org or Jake Bright at Jake@cocodyproductions.net
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