I had just finished a light meal and was waiting at a bus stop, thinking, “Maybe I should have ordered dessert.” As I turned around to peruse the surrounding area, right before my eyes was an image of a cake above a Mission Statement. My curiosity (and craving) lured me into Lee & Marie’s Cakery Company. Yes, my wishes had come true.
Mini cakes, cupcakes, dessert cups, tarts, and more were within reach. Showing great restraint, I postponed placing an order, as I was quite interested in the concept behind the goodies.
Anna, the manager, enthusiastically explained that the owner, Andrea Travaglia, operates another shop in Miami that successfully employs individuals with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders). Andrea’s Mission Statement emphasizes awareness, understanding, and compassion for those diagnosed with ASD. However, her efforts go beyond general education as noted by Andrea’s objective to create jobs and employ adults with ASD. She matches each person’s skill level with an appropriate job.
Lee and Marie’s NYC location just opened last Monday in East Harlem. Named after two grandmother’s, there are two full-time bakers and several staff members. Along with the mini assortments, the company produces full-sized desserts and operates a catering business for all occasions.
The upbeat atmosphere exemplifies the words posted above the kitchen doorway, “Live, Love, Laugh, and Learn.”
Be sure to check out this new business and support a worthy cause. You won’t be disappointed.
Lee & Marie’s Cakery Company
451 East 116th St. & Pleasant Ave.
New York, NY 10129
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Get outside while the weather is still nice before Monday’s storm hits. Take advantage of the calm mild weather and go enjoy from 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM the East Harlem Harvest Festival. Plenty of food, music and fun for the whole family! Three blocks of festivities on La Marqueta at 116th Street and Park Avenue FREE ADMISSION See the large list of contributors and businesses participating in the above flyer.
See you there! For additional information go to www.eastharlemharvestfestival.com
Posted in business, Community, Drink, Entertainment, Food, Free!, Harlem, Music, New York City, Restaurants Tagged with: @HarlemHCL, East 116th street, East Harlem Harvest Festival, Festivals, Harlem, Harlem Condo Life, HarlemCondoLife.com, La Marqueta, nyc, Park Avenue
If you’re surfing through Facebook daily like I am, you can find some deals. I just came across this deal/coupon shown below by Urban Garden Center located at 116th and Park Avenue. If you like/follow them on twitter, Facebook, or tumblr, you can receive a 15 percent discount. They are giving out this coupon through their social networks as a way of saying “thanks” to those who interact with them. Not a bad way to say “thank you.” Check out Urban Garden Center on Facebook!
Posted in Community, Harlem Tagged with: 10029, 1607 park avenue, East 116th street, Park Avenue, Spanish Harlem, Urban Garden Center
It’s Cinco de Mayo! Happy Cinco de Mayo Harlemites! Where will you be celebrating the Mexican holiday for 2011?
I still hear East 116th Street in Spanish Harlem will have a party atmosphere even though their annual Cinco de Mayo Festival passed. Check out the review by The Village Voice.
Remember this part of the City is Harlem’s booming Mexican population. So if you want to be authentic with your celebration of May 5th, no need to go far. Head on over to Spanish Harlem to celebrate. You might just see this Latina celebrating there!
Posted in Art and Culture, Drink, Harlem, Restaurants Tagged with: Cinco de Mayo, East 116th street, Harlem, Mexican population, Photo by The Village Voice, Spanish Harlem
It ain’t easy being green in New York City. However, it just got easier for us Harlemites! We have the Urban Garden Center right in Spanish Harlem at East 116th Street and Park Avenue. This week Urban Garden Center is celebrating its Grand Opening May 4! They are a part of La Marqueta!
For the Grand Opening, there will be drinks, rice & beans and roasted pig! And for those that want to come up for this from downtown, take the 6 train to Lexington Avenue and 116th Street or drive! Urban Garden Center offers free parking to its patrons on Park Avenue between 117th and 118th Street. Discounts will be offered as well.
So it looks like Spanish Harlem is the place to be this week, i.e. May 4 for Urban Garden Center and May 5 for Cinco de Mayo! Que suave!
Urban Garden Center Grand Opening
Free food Great music and big discounts.
116 Street Park Avenue
May 4 2011 from 4pm to 8 pm
Posted in business, Community, Free!, Gardening, Harlem Tagged with: 10029, East 116th street, La Marqueta, Spanish Harlem, Urban Garden Center
Do you remember the song by Ben King called “There is a rose in Spanish Harlem?” It is an oldie, but goodie hit! We thought of this song recently when we passed by the flower stand on the northwest corner of East 116th Street and Lexington Avenue this past weekend.
This particular flower stand has an abundance of fresh roses, sunflowers, daisies and mixed flowers for sale-more so than other Bodega stands in Harlem. The flowers at this stand are all beautifully stacked and grouped accordingly where it makes the street-walker stop, look and buy. That’s what happened to us. We ended up buying two dozen colored roses for $10 and a bouquet of daisies for $5! What a deal! This stand has to be one of the least expensive places with gorgeous product in the area. We wanted to buy more flowers, such as the mustard colored sunflowers for $5 or mixed flowers for $8! However, we only had two sets of hands. We’re going back though. After our two dozen roses finish blooming!
As the song goes, there is a rose in Spanish Harlem beautiful and inexpensive, and it’s on 116th Street and Lexington Avenue.
Posted in Harlem Tagged with: East 116th street, Flowers, Hgl5, Lexington Avenue, roses, Spanish Harlem