July 30th, 2014 by harlemhouse

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Come to a free Yoga class hosted by Fire and Finesse Fitness  every Thursday at 10:00 am in Morningside Park.  See below for details.

Any questions email or call walkitoutharlemhospital@gmail.com

tel# (212) 939-1849

PUA Fire and Finesse Flier

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July 17th, 2014 by harlemhouse

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Ring The Alarm!!! Your favorite sound is playin!!

Celebrate all things Caribbean at The Sweet Spot Festival

SATURDAY,  AUGUST 2nd

Pack your picnic blanket, cooler & solo cups & join us for Jamaican Indepen-DANCE

Featuring music by resident Herbert Holler & NYC Champion Sound RICE &PEAS: DJ Gravy, Max Glazer, Orijahnal Vibez & Micro Don

The Sweet Spot Pop-Up Market returns with an array of food, vintage and craft vendors.

Performance by Nardo Ranks
Free Dance Hall Moves session by Tanisha Scott
Plus Free kids art workshops by The Laundromat Project

This celebration of life is made possible by LMCC, & Presented by Summer on the Hudson in partnership with NYC Parks and Riverside Park Conservancy #SOH #SweetSpotFestival #WHPP

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May 24th, 2014 by harlemhouse

Sweet Spot Festival is back!  Sunday, May 25th this holiday weekend there is something for everyone check out the vendors and great music line-up on the photo below.  You can also see more on there website as well as upcoming events sweetspotfestival.com

West Harlem Pier is located at 125th Street and West Side, just opposite of the Fairway.   Be sure to stop by and check it out this Sunday from 2-9pm.  See you there!

DANCE!  MUSIC!  SHOP!  RELAX!

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April 25th, 2014 by harlemhouse

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The Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance and Experience: Harlem invite you to The third annual Food & Drink Boulevard summer kick-off.  It will be held on Frederick Douglass Blvd from W. 111th – W. 123rd Streets.  Thursday, May 8th from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm.  Tickets are $10.00 at the door or 2 tickets for the price of one in advance at www.fdb.eventbrite.com

This event is always a blast and a perfect way to enjoy the nice weather while mingling with friends and meeting new ones.  See the restaurants and businesses that will be featured this year.  See you there!

The List:
5 & Diamond,
67 Orange Street,
Bier International,
Cedric,
Chocolat,
Harlem Food Bar,
Harlem Tavern,
Jade,
Levain Bakery,
Lido,
Melba’s,
Moca,
The Park 112,
Savann,
Silvana,
Vinateria,
The Winery

Presented by Spring Bank.

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April 24th, 2014 by harlemhouse

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Save The Date! SAVOR THE SEASON~UPTOWN Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Museum of the City of New York in East Harlem.  Here at the 3rd annual Gala you will sample some of the finest dishes from select restaurants in New York City to benefit Harvest Home’s new Educational Center and Market expansion project.

For more information on this Gala visit  www.savortheseasonnyc.org
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

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March 31st, 2014 by harlemhouse

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Hosts:  Marcus Samuelsson, David Lauren, Lise Evans, Bevy Smith, Tre’ness Woods-Black, Sidra Smith, Troy White and Karl Franz will all be at this special and important event “Harlem Helps.”

At 7 pm there will be a VIP Cocktail Hour – $350
At 8 pm General Admission will be – $175

Tickets are available on Ginny’s website.

Harlem Helps: A Benefit for the East Harlem Collapse
Wednesday, April 2nd 2014
7PM VIP Cocktail Hour
8PM General Admission

Following the tragic East Harlem explosion at 116th St. / Park Ave on the morning of March 12, 2014, we at Red Rooster Harlem and Ginny’s Supper Club are responding with assistance for our neighbors. We are hosting a fundraiser on the evening of Wednesday April 2 to aid these families and individuals in their hour of need.

Look forward to an evening of food, cocktails, A-List entertainment, and a celebration of the Harlem community. The American Red Cross Greater NY Region has established an East Harlem Fund that will be used to aid the families with daily necessities and resources for recovery. This fund will be the recipient of the proceeds raised.

Special Guests:
Chef Amanda Freitag
Chef Aaron Sanchez
Chef Jonathan Waxman
The Cast of the Broadway Musical Chicago
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem All Stars
Jazzmeia Horn

Ginny’s Supper Club
310 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10027
(212)421-3821

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March 27th, 2014 by harlemhouse

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Come pamper yourself, NEW DATE APRIL 5th, 2014 in Harlem on Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 117th and 118th Street for the “Harlem Food Truck Rally”.  Starting at 11:00 am to 5:00 pm!  See below for information on all the various food trucks, some of the best in the city along with some new ones that have now joined in!  Also there will be arts and crafts activities for kids.

See you there!

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HarlemFoodTruckRally

Just adjust the dates below (February 15th) to April, Saturday 5th

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March 22nd, 2014 by harlemhouse

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With the recent trend of vegan restaurants opening coast to coast from New York to LA, it was only a matter of time before Harlem was next on the list.  Seasoned Vegan Harlem’s first full service vegan restaurant is now opened for business.  Seasoned Vegan is a family business owned by mother and son, Brenda and Aaron Beener specializing in gourmet vegan food.  They give typical Italian, Asian, Middle Eastern, Caribbean and American dishes a vegan, home cooked, soulful twist.

Vegan cooking has become sort of an art form for certain chefs.  If the largely successful “Blossom” located on the Upper West Side is any indication of things to come, we will be seeing more and more vegan restaurants.  When I first dined at Blossom with my sister who has been a vegan for 10  years, I was skeptical.  After trying it I was blown away at how surprisingly flavorful and good it was.

Harlem’s Seasoned Vegan write on their website “The food you love, veganized”.  Great slogan!  I am anxious to try this new place out to see for myself.  For those who may not be aware of what vegan food is, check out this brief write up about it: What is VEGAN.  As I mentioned earlier one of my sisters is a vegan and before that was a vegetarian so I have been privileged to some pretty good homemade meals over the years.  Along with plenty of gentle lecturing on why I should not eat bacon or steak, dairy etc., or any animal products for that matter.  Even though I haven’t changed my ways yet, I understand and admire the vegan way and applaud it.  You do not have to be a vegan to eat and enjoy vegan food.  It is for everyone and I will say that you feel so healthy after having a good vegan dinner.

By the looks of Seasoned Vegans dishes and desserts I imagine they will draw a nice crowd of loyal customers as well as curious new ones.  I am looking forward to visiting them for dinner very soon.  We are so fortunate to have such a diverse and specialized selection of restaurants and businesses here in Harlem.

Welcome to the neighborhood Seasoned Vegan!

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55 St. Nicholas Avenue
Harlem, NY 10026
(212)222-0092

 

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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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January 6th, 2014 by harlemhouse

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We recently visited The Park 112 for dinner on a Wednesday night in December.  The Park is conveniently located on Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 112th Street (Harlem Restaurant Row) sandwiched in-beween 67 Orange and the 5 and Diamond Restaurants.  Great atmosphere.  Its large open multi optional space provides many different seating options.  The attractive long raised center communal table sets the mood for potential large get togethers or a table for two sitting across from one another.  There are two additional raised tables separate from the communal table near the back.  Along the south wall comfortable leather banquettes run the full length of the place with 2 and 4 top seating.  The opposite (north) wall is a long attractive bar scene that was festive and full of life when we arrived.  We will definitely be back for drinks in the near future.

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We arrived early and there were only a few tables but by 9 pm the restaurant was comfortably full.  They have a great section in the way back that would be an ideal VIP area or place for a private party with high grand tufted leather banquettes (see photos of interior below).

The speciality cocktails are delicious.  I recommend The Park 112 – sparkling wine, pavan orange blossom liqueur, crop meyer lemon vodka & pomegranate in a champagne flute glass.  Also The Frederick Douglass – bullet bourbon, chili passion fruit puree, rimmed with chili sugar.  WARNING it is hot!  I enjoyed the extra heat but another person in my group found it too hot.  They also have a Self-Serve Wine Machine.  A unique exploration of respectable wines through self-service enomatic machines.  This allows the patron to enjoy tastes, half glasses and full pours of a continually rotating list of favorite vintages.   Definitely a unique concept and cool addition for Harlem restaurant row.

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Lewis Tucker and Chef Kingsley John

We spoke extensively with owner Lewis Tucker and chef Kingsley John who were both enthusiastic and accommodating with information about the Park 112 finally opening.  Lewis Tucker who has lived in Harlem, Westchester and the Bronx for years, was the president of Sean Combs Enterprises and he ran Bad Boy Records. Tucker’s list of credentials are too long to list and include being a co-founder of Essential Sports.  No stranger to the scene, he explained he wanted to bring a downtown vibe uptown and literally picked this location and designed it with this purpose in mind.  In addition to the large interior space, there will be an outdoor private patio in the back once the nice weather rolls around in late Spring.  We saw the raw fenced in space and were surprised by how large it was.  This has the potential to be very trendy for the summer months ahead and unique to this area.  We have a lot of sidewalk seating now in the neighborhood for the summer months – Harlem Food Bar, Vinateria, Harlem Tavern, Harlem Shake, The Corner Social, Jado Sushi, etc., but no private outdoor patio options with the excepotion of Ricardos in East Harlem and one or two other spots.

The menu is multifaceted.  Globally inspired small and large plates I would describe as American /Global Fusion/Caribbean with several options for every budget.  We ordered before we met chef Kingsley John and after speaking with him we were all left wanting to come back to try recommendations that we hadn’t ordered.  Chef John, a native of the West Indies, has worked in the kitchen under Marcus Samuelsson at Aquavit and is passionate about the small and large plates he has created.  I’m not a big soup fan  but was encouraged to try the carrot ginger soup.  It was so good.  We also enjoyed the duck lettuce wraps, lobster spring rolls, teriyaki lollipops and crispy prawns.  Next time I’d like to try the smoked sea scallops and fried oysters which looked tasty at the table next to ours.  The butterflied branzino with head on (large plate) was delicious!  Priced at $28 but worth the coin.  We also had the spiced crusted rack of lamb and the park 112 steak frittes rib eye.  The fries with the steak were decoratively sculptured side by side forming a sort of circular cup-like design.  A+ for presentation.  There is something for everyone here on the menu.  After speaking with Kingsley, we discussed our next visit and how we’d like to focus exclusively on all the Caribbean dishes.

Great desserts.  I could have one of their chocolate mousses (pictured below) every day.  We sampled several desserts together including the lava cake but I ultimatley stopped sharing the mousse and claimed it as mine.  I need it again soon.  They are now also open for Sunday Brunch.  Visit their menu for all small plates, large plates and brunch items.  Another great addition to the neighborhood.  Stop in and check out the Park 112 for yourself.

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* Large space
* Good bar scene
* American New/Global Fusion/Caribbean
* Downtown chic meets uptown vibe
* Private outdoor dining (Spring 2014)
* Great service
* Friendly atmosphere

The Park 112
2080 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
New York, NY 10026
(646) 524-6610

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