March 27th, 2017 by harlemcondolife

By: Derrel Jazz Johnson Hip-Hop legend, actor and producer Ice Cube was joined by NBA legend and former NBA MVP Allen Iverson in New York City Wednesday to launch the BIG3, a brand-new three-on- three basketball league that launches this summer. Entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz, Ice Cube’s business partner in

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October 18th, 2012 by HarlemGuy

Early this morning on my way to work (7:30am) I walked by a film crew on Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 114th Street.  Right across from Melba’s where something else was just filming a month ago, yet another film crew was setting up getting ready to film something today.  Does  anybody know what???


UPDATE:  (At 4:30pm Thursday.)  Thanks for writing in to us with the information of what is being filmed.  Apparently they are filming an episode of Person Of Interest a TV series on Thursday nights at 9pm. (CBS)

A couple of our HCL readers said they saw the actor Jim Caviezel filming today also known for many other different roles such as My Private Idaho, Pay It Forward, The Passion of the Christ and Transit just to name a few.

Thank you for sending these photos to us at Harlem Condo Life.  We really appreciate it!  See more pics below of 113th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in front of Harlem Food Bar.  Looking forward to seeing Harlem as the background on season 2 of Person Of Interest.

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February 13th, 2012 by Native New Yorker

By NativeNewYorker

When it opened in 2005, Melba’s was one of the first new restaurants to arrive on Harlem’s Frederick Douglass Boulevard. This warm, welcoming, elegant establishment serves “American comfort food”. The menu now includes a few “healthy eating” items as well as traditional southern dishes. Melba’s is a favorite of local residents as well as a destination of choice for celebs, political VIPs, and New Yorkers in-the-know . The owner, Melba Wilson, can often be seen greeting her guests with the grace and style that are her trademarks. NativeNewYorker recently shared an outstanding meal there with other HCL founders HarlemGuy, HarlemHouse and ICare4Harlem. Melba wasn’t there but the place still ran smoothly. From the moment we walked in, her friendly, knowledgeable and efficient staff made us feel at home. We started with appetizers – the catfish strips were yummy, and the drinks were also a hit. I am not a Mojito lover but my colleague assured me that his was first rate. Our entrees were all beautifully presented as well as delicious.

HarlemGuy had the Melba’s signature Southern Fried Chicken and Eggnog Waffles, HarlemHouse really enjoyed the salmon with Melba’s famous mac & cheese and sauteed spinach; ICare4Harlem had the wine braised short ribs of beef and yours truly had the Chilean Sea Bass which was perfectly cooked.

We were almost too full for dessert but couldn’t resist sharing the chocolate mousse cake and the scrumptious homemade green apple sorbet. We lingered long after the last morsel was finished, enjoying the amazing selection of old school music that was playing throughout our meal. Often the music at Melba’s is pumping (sometimes a little too loudly for my taste) but this was a Sunday night and the sounds were perfect for ‘chillin’ with good friends.

If you haven’t been to Melba’s – go. This small, classy establishment is still the Queen of Frederick Douglass Blvd.

Melba Wilson

Melba’s is located at 300 West 114th Street on Frederick Douglass Blvd. It is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday and for brunch on Saturday & Sunday. Call (212) 864-7777 or email for information or reservations. Melba’s also does catering; for information email

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August 24th, 2011 by Native New Yorker

By NativeNewYorker

Universal Soundship Foundation, Ltd. invites “peace -loving people of all cultural traditions and creative persuasions to come out and participate.”  Children are welcome.  For more info call 212 987 – 3902 or email



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June 24th, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLife
UPDATE: Harlem Tavern is having a soft opening this coming Wednesday, June 29! Not the 27th!
The day is near when Harlem’s newest beer garden will officially open to the public. Harlem Tavern recently had their gas turned on, all the hires are in place, and this week several days of training occurred. When I last spoke to the owners, they said “give us one more week.” That was this past weekend. Plus all the major traditional New York press are reporting what we have known all along, Harlem Tavern is scheduled to open next week.

We hope our series called Inside Harlem Tavern was helpful and that it provided you with first-hand information on what’s expected to be one of Harlem’s hottest establishments on restaurant row. See you at Harlem Tavern!



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May 22nd, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemCondoLife
We walked by Paris Blues in Harlem this past Friday night on our way home from dinner at Yatenga. We wanted to check out the blues rock band The Goddess Lakshmi, whose been playing live at the Harlem music venue since April 17th. The band was not there. We forgot they play at Paris Blues every Sunday night. Not to worry. We are redirecting our efforts and plan on stopping by tonight to see The Goddess Lakshmi, which is named for the Hindu goddess of abundance. The band members include the owner of The Harlem Flophouse, Rene Calvo on vocals, whose also an established artist, Jeff Bauer on bass, Amos Fischer on drums, and featured vocalist, Kosi. The band plays all original compositions.

So if you want to see some live music in Harlem on a Sunday night, check out The Goddess Lakshmi at Paris Blues, 8 pm located at 2021 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. They are playing in Harlem every Sunday night until July 31!

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March 19th, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemGal HarlemCondoLife
An NYPD rookie was arresting someone on the streets of Harlem recently and let me tell you, this rookie appeared mean…and quite gorgeous. See photo above. Of course, the rookie I am talking about is only pretending. It is actress and Tribeca mom Leelee Sobieski, who was in character, along Manhattan Avenue and 114th Street in Harlem, for the TV pilot called Rookies. The crew has been filming in Harlem and will continue Sunday and Monday on Frederick Douglass Blvd from about 113th to 115th Street.

By looking at these photos, can you imagine if every NYPD rookie looked like Leelee? I’d say a good portion of the male population in the City would not mind getting arrested!

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March 18th, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

UPDATE: We have photos of the filming taking place along 114th and 115th Streets between Frederick Douglass Blvd and Manhattan Avenue!

By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLife

On my way home last night, I saw several orange cones lined up along 114th Street between Manhattan Avenue and Frederick Douglass Blvd. I checked the signs and it’s Rookies, a CBS’ drama pilot being filmed in Harlem today, March 18 and March 20-21st from 6 AM to 1 AM. Rookies stars Leelee Sobieski and is produced by Robert De Niro. Nice! Maybe we will see Mr. De Niro!

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August 25th, 2010 by Native New Yorker

By NativeNewYorker

Hacia Afuera: Taking Back Our Streets Through the Arts” is a weekend-long festival celebrating art, music and food.  It is happening this Saturday & Sunday (August 28-29), rain or shine, in Spanish Harlem’s streets, gardens, playgrounds and  community spaces.  The event is a partnership of local community organizations and institutions led by ART FOR CHANGE, a not-for profit group that is committed to keeping arts alive in El Barrio and that seeks to engage artists as a voice for social justice. 

Now in its third year, Hacia Afuera, which means “to go outside”, will showcase an outdoor exhibition of local & national artists and live musical performances, as well as storytelling by Bobby Gonzalez and live theater by Coatlicue Theater Company.  Workshops for kids will include painting, sculpture, scrapbooking and knitting, and there will be a Flamenco workshop for all ages.  All events are free!  For more information, go to .

Hacia Afuerra

Outdoor Art & Music Festival
August 28 & 29, 12-5pm
105 St & Lexington Ave              FREE!

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May 26th, 2010 by Icare4Harlem

Flame Media

By Icare4Harlem

On May 28, 2010, a tribute to the Honorable Percy Sutton and Mr. Bill Tatum will be held at the Apollo Theater.  The event is sponsored by the Gouverneur Parents Association who recognizes and appreciates the efforts of these two men in their support for individuals with disabilities.  The mission of the parent group is to ensure that the rights and privileges of disabled citizens are promoted through the concept of “inclusion.”  People with developmental/physical disabilities enjoy and contribute to, daily community living experiences. The event will feature the musical talents of Flame and Potential Unlimited Productions, Inc.

Flame, is a rock band consisting of 11 individuals with a variety of developmental, intellectual, and physical disabilities.  They perform at local, national, and international venues.  Their popularity demonstrates the accomplishments of people with disabilities.

Potential Unlimited Productions, Inc. (PUP) is a non-profit organization that arranges opportunities in the performing arts, for individuals with disabilities.  PUP strives to provide an access for artists to reveal their skills and talent.  Their efforts through public awareness, assists in reinforcing an understanding and acceptance of people with developmental disabilities.

Apollo Theater

253 W. 125th St. (between 7th & 8th Ave.)

8 pm – 10:30 pm

Box Office: 212-531-5305

Tickets also available through Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000

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