May 27th, 2011 by HarlemGuy

By HarlemGuy

When I first moved here years ago there was one supermarket that I often frequented because it was on my way home from work – Central Market on 110th just West of Frederick Douglass Circle.   I like the store but it closed too early relative to my work hours.  However I recently noticed that they have expanded their hours.  Perhaps this is in response to the competition in the form of Fresh Direct?  Or is it perhaps to meet the needs of the renters in that building on 110th and Morningside.  In any event the expanded hours are good for everyone.

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May 27th, 2011 by HarlemGuy

By HarlemGuy

When I first moved here years ago there was one supermarket that I often frequented because it was on my way home from work – Central Market on 110th just West of Frederick Douglass Circle.   I like the store but it closed too early relative to my work hours.  However I recently noticed that they have expanded their hours.  Perhaps this is in response to the competition in the form of Fresh Direct?  Or is it perhaps to meet the needs of the renters in that building on 110th and Morningside.  In any event the expanded hours are good for everyone.

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December 30th, 2010 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemCondoLife
Pardon my lateness regarding this post. I have been on holiday…(still am) and have fallen behind on my blog posting. Any how, I have received several messages about our awesome neighborhood/community, ie the surrounding area of FDB, being chosen as a finalist in Curbed.com’s New York City neighborhood of the year for 2010. That is wonderful news. However, it’s quite not good enough. We need to win it! If you believe our community should win, click here to vote. My understanding is the poll is open until January 1, 2011!

I cast my vote! Did you?

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December 6th, 2010 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemCondoLife
My favorite boulevard has been featured – once again – bright and big!  This time in The New York Daily News.  The article talks about all the “chic boutiques, restaurants and cocktail lounges the have cropped up on Frederick Douglass Boulevard above 110th St” in the last few years. It mentions Frederick Douglass Circle, MODSquad, bier international, 67 Orange, Patisserie des Ambassades and more.  The article even takes a page right out of HarlemGuy’s word playbook by stating “realtors call this bustling stretch of Eighth Avenue Harlem’s Gold Coast.” As with the other positive articles about Harlem, such as in The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal, I love this clip right up there with others!

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November 30th, 2010 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemGal
While The Wall Street Journal recently posted their Walkabout in Harlem with Vibe Magazine Co-CEO Brett Wright and the WSJ’s Lee Hakwins, I want to share how I did my very own Walkabout with family members who were visiting Harlem from out West during Thanksgiving week. My Walkabout in Harlem included four kids, one adult (appearances will be smudged for obvious reasons) and one objective: to show them why I love Harlem and how they’ll end loving Harlem right back.

For clarification, two kids were entirely new to New York City. The other half have visited NYC before, however they never received a thorough Walkabout in Harlem. So what did I show my family in Harlem? Let’s begin.

First stop was Morningside Park. Since I had four kids with me, I wanted them to see the greenery that Harlem has to offer. After we walked through parts of Morningside Park, I challenged the kids to race each other up on one of the section of steep steps. I said, “pretend you are Rocky and race to the top.” And so they did! They reached the top in no time. I mentioned how some of the steep steps are workout areas for locals.

After the park, we walked over to Columbia University. I had to be a good and influential family member who must encourage education into the minds of little ones. I wanted them to see an Ivy League located in West Harlem.

Next on the list was St. John the Divine. The kids could not believe they were seeing something so massive and majestic! I told them when they get older and travel to part of Europe, they will see similar cathedrals.

We then made our way to Frederick Douglass Circle. Some of these kids have teachers as parents so I wanted them to learn a bit about Harlem’s history through sculptures. I also wanted them to ask, who is this sculpture of? It was a perfect segue to explain what they were seeing.

Next stop was the Duke Ellington sculpture. At this stop, I took the opportunity to remind both kids and adult that Harlem is the birthplace of jazz and that Duke Ellington played a major role. My family was impressed with the size and scope of this sculpture. And of course the kids wanted to stand underneath the sculpture. When your little, how can one resist.

The weather was perfect during our Walkabout in Harlem and Harlem Meer was a Fall magnet. My family thought this part of Central Park North was absolutely gorgeous! On that day my relatives wanted to just hang by the pond and watch the geese and ducks swim by!

To end the Walkabout in Harlem, we headed to 125th Street to see Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater and partake in some street vendor shopping. On 125th Street the kids purchased t-shirts that said “Harlem or I love Harlem.” Clearly, my family Walkabout in Harlem was a success. It caught on to youth clothing that will be worn out West. My objective was…mission accomplished!

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August 15th, 2010 by Harlem Condo Life

Photo provided by BET

By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLife
The Travelistas of BET recently came to Harlem for their season one episode. While here they asked locals what they love about Harlem? See what some Harlemites had to say.  You may recognize some of the places in the video that we have featured as well, such as Mojo, Swing, N Boutique, Make My Cake and Frederick Douglass Circle and more! Take a look by clicking here!

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June 21st, 2010 by Harlem Condo Life

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By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLife
Two weeks after it officially opened to the public, Harlem’s Frederick Douglass Circle has new rules. No biking, rollerblading or skateboarding are allowed on the gorgeous circle that is a pin wheel to 110th Street running east to west; and 8th Avenue running north and south. And there are signs hanging on several light posts that don the Circle to inform visitors of the these new rules.
On top of the new rules, there are assigned staff from the Central Park Conservancy, who guard the circle. I saw two patrolling around the Circle this past weekend!
These new rules, I believe, are partially due in part to some blog readers voicing their strong concern about safety and preservation of the Circle on this site. Maybe the dialogue that occurs on blogs around interesting topics can provoke change? What do you think?
If you have not visited the Frederick Douglass Circle yet, go see it. It’s a wondeful experience. Just take the B/C or 2/3 to 110th Street.

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June 2nd, 2010 by Harlem Condo Life

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By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLife

Today is the first day that Frederick Douglass Circle in Harlem is available to the public. Yes, it is officially open after more than seven years in the making.Wow. It’s about time and long overdue. According to a worker at Cafe Amrita, City workers were taking down the barriers last night around 1 AM.

Thank you to whomever said or convinced the City to open the circle now. Nice timing. Harlemites can enjoy the Circle during the summer months and on. I was out there today looking at every aspect of the Circle. It looks fabulous.

Below are pictures of locals looking around Harlem’s brand new Frederick Douglass Circle or better yet, come by and see it for yourself! Take the B/C to 110th Street/Catherdral Parkway or the 2/3 to 110 Street/Central Park North.

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