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Soft Launch Tonight at La Bodega 47 Social Club in Harlem

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La Bodega 47 Social Club is having their soft opening tonight Tuesday, February 11th, at 5 pm.  It is open to the public – with limited menu and cocktails for the next two weeks as they settle in.

This location was previously the popular Native a neighborhood favorite which owner Brian Washington-Palmer decided to revamp into more of cocktail lounge. (see Jeff C Mays recent post on La Bodega for DNAinfo New York).  La Bodega 47 Social Club will have a special menu of cocktails using 47 rums from all over the world.  The “Harlem Roundhouse Punch” cocktail made with Due-North rum will be one of many selections to choose from.  Who doesn’t like a good rum drink!  Not a lot of info yet on the appetizers other than they are Latin-themed: “lobster corn dogs with spicy mustard and Portuguese fat rice, short rib chili nachos and heirloom tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons to name a few.

Stop in and check it out!

La Bodega 47 Social Club
161 Lenox Avenue
New York, New York 10026
(212) 280-4700
5:00 pm – 3:00 am

La Bodega 47 Social Club

La Bodega 47 Social Club

Harlem’s St. John the Divine Campus Could be Landmarked

church via HarlemCondoLife.com twitter: HarlemHCL

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine could become a landmark under a deal between the church, Community Board 9 and developers of a new 14-story building set to be built alongside the cathedral.

Community Board 9 approved a resolution asking  the Landmarks Preservation Commission to landmark the entire cathedral campus with an exception for a 14-story, 428-unit apartment building.  Revenue from that project will fund church repairs, upgrades and ongoing operations.  The 121-year-old  cathedral is in need of millions of dollars in repairs and upgrades.

Previously the church leased land on 110th Street and Morningside Avenue to the developers who built Avalon Morningside Park, a 20-story luxury apartment building, in 2007 that includes 20 percent affordable housing.

The area from the church eastward towards Frederick Douglass Circle is part of what is known as “Gateway To Harlem”, which continues to undergo dramatic change, and into what some are now calling SOHA (South Harlem).

For more information: St. John the Divine Campus Could be Landmarked in Deal With CB 9 – Morningside Heights – DNAinfo.com New York.

See our previous post See our post previous post on Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

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A brutal attack on a Columbia University Professor and resident of Harlem

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I was very upset to hear the news about this hate crime that happened last weekend.  A hateful mob attacked a Sikh man who says he was mistaken for a radical Muslim.  This is unacceptable.   Teachers and parents must educate their kids on the religious differences in our community and the diversity in the world.  As the Daily News, DNAinfo and BuzzFeed have reported, a Sikh-American Columbia University Professor was beaten in a hate crime this past Saturday while the suspects yelled “Osama”.  Any citizen should have the freedom to dress as they wish and be accepted for it.  Especially if it has to do with their religious  beliefs.  This is America,  Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.   Yes, Osama Bin Ladin was a bad guy, a terrorist and he did horrible things and was punshed and killed.   This has nothing to do with an innocent American, doctor and professor who is part of our community and an educator at one of the top Unniversities in the country.  This is the sort of story you may expect to read from a back woods unnecducated small town in the midwest or unfortunately small areas down south where racism, predudice and ignorance still exists.   But not in a comopolitan, multi racial, well educated and worldly city such as new york.   We are smarter than this.  Come on people!  It is the parents and teachers and communities  responsibility to educate our children.  This should not have happened and it should never happen again.  The gentleman who was attacked, Dr. Prabhjot Singh was quoted in BuzzFeed as saying “This is my community, I live in Harlem, I see patients here,” he says. “It’s not the side of Harlem I’ve come to know and not how I’ve been embraced.”

In the Daily News they report that “Columbia University professor Prabhjot Singh has written about violence toward Sikhs in America — and on Saturday was the target of a vicious assault just blocks from his Harlem home.”

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photo by Lombard, Mariela, Freelance (Daily News)

The attack is under investigation by the Hate Crimes Task Force says the New York Police Department.  BuzzFeed writes: Dr. Prabhjot Singh, a Columbia University professor, had just dropped his wife and his 1-year-old son off at home on Saturday night when he went for a short walk with his friend to the north of Central Park in Harlem, he explains. They were walking past a group of 25 to 30 young men, many of whom had bikes, when he heard, “Get him!” as well as “Osama” and “terrorist” being yelled.  This is when the Professor was knocked to the ground and punched repeatedly in the face and head which left him with an injured  jaw, a lacerated lip and badly bruised until bystanders finally came to his aid.

The criminals in this beating need to be found and prosecuted.

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What is Sikh? Sikhism 
(Wikipedia)

Philosophy:  Main articles: Sikhism and Sikh gurus

Sikhism considers spiritual life and secular life to be intertwined:[34][35] “In the Sikh Weltanschauung…the temporal world is part of the Infinite Reality and partakes of its characteristics.”[36] Guru Nanak described living an “active, creative, and practical life” of “truthfulness, fidelity, self-control and purity” as being higher than a purely contemplative life.[37]

The 6th Sikh Guru Guru Hargobind re-affirmed that the political/temporal (Miri) and spiritual (Piri) realms are mutually coexistent.[38] According to the 9th Sikh Guru, Tegh Bahadhur, the ideal Sikh should have both Shakti (power that resides in the temporal), and Bhakti (spiritual meditative qualities). This was developed into the concept of the Saint Soldier by the 10th Sikh Guru, Gobind Singh.[39]

Protecting the religious and political rights of all people and preventing discrimination is an integral part of the Sikh faith. The 5th Guru Arjan was martyred by the Mughal ruler Jahangir on 16 May 1606 for refusing to convert to Islam. The martyrdom of Guru Teg Bahadur 9th Guru to protect Hindus from religious persecution, in Delhi, on 11 November 1675 AD, is another example of upholding minority religious freedom; he gave his life to protect the right of Kashmiri Hindus to practise their own religion when they were being forced to convert to Islam by Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor at the time.

According to Guru Nanak, the goal is to attain the “attendant balance of separation-fusion, self-other, action-inaction, attachment-detachment, in the course of daily life”,[40] the polar opposite to a self-centered existence.[40] Nanak talks further about the one God or Akal (timelessness) that permeates all life[41]).[42][43][44] and which must be seen with ‘the inward eye’, or the ‘heart’, of a human being.[45]

In Sikhism there is no dogma,[46] priestsmonastics or yogis.

Guru Nanak was the founder of Sikhism. Guru Nanak summarised the basis of Sikh lifestyle as: Kirat KaroNaam Japo and Wand kay Chako, which means work diligently and honestly, meditate on the holy name (Waheguru), and share the fruits of labours with others. The idea that human beings must work for a living and play an active role in society is the basis of this philosophy. The guiding principles of the Sikh faith are Truth, Equality, Freedom and Justice.

The Sikhs revere Guru Granth Sahib as their supreme teacher, ‘Guru’ means the enlightener. The tenth Guru ended the line of personal Gurūs and transferred his authority to the dual agency of the Sikh scripture Gurū Graṅth Sāhib and to the Guru Khalsa (also Panth). The Panth or the community of followers was to be the physical manifestation of the Gurū, while the Guru Graṅth was to be the scriptural guide for this body of Sikhs.[47]

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi, India. Volunteers prepare roti bread for the worshippers.

Sikhism is an extremely pluralistic religion. The Guru Granth Sahib, in addition to the revelations of the Sikh gurus, contains revelations of various saints and sages of that period. The Mul Mantar, the opening hymn of the holy Guru Granth Sahib, expounds the nature and attributes of God:

There is one supreme eternal reality; the truth; immanent in all things; creator of all things; imminent in creation. Without fear and without hatred; not subject to time; beyond birth and death; self-revealing. Known by the Guru’s grace.[48]

*Photo at the top of this post from BuzzFeed Via blogs.ei.columbia.edu

West Village's Iconic Pink Teacup Opening In Harlem

The original Pink Tea Cup.

By HarlemGuy

One of my favorite spots in the West Village was the Pink Teacup, a purveyor of Soul Food and resident of Grove Street for 55 years and once frequented by celebrities Bill Cosby, Susan Sarandon and Whoopi Goldberg.

That’s why I was sad to see on a recent walk through the village that the restaurant had closed.  The space had been scrubbed clean.  There was nothing to indicate the place had ever been the Pink Teacup.  And no mention of what had happened.  What might happen.  Nothing.  It was a sad moment.  I later found that the restaurant had moved to 88 Seventh Avenue.  But that still left me with one wish: that they would adopt Harlem as a future home.   It looks like that wish has been granted.

The Pink Teacup, formerly owned and co-founded by Charles Raye and now owned by Filmaker Lawrence Page, plans on opening a second location, IN HARLEM!   DNA Info and GrubStreet report the location is likely to be Lenox Avenue and West 120th Street.  Says Page:

“With a larger location, new venue features, an enticing menu including original and new dishes, and staying open until 5am for those after hours foodies the way it was back in the day, I look more than forward to serving the New York community and continuing the delicious legacy of the Pink Tea Cup,” Page said.

New dishes will include herb-crusted rack of lamb with lobster mashed potatoes, crispy fried duck drizzled with pecan sauce served, grilled pork chops stuffed with an apple, blackened barbeque salmon with sautéed spinach and seasoned seared shrimp.