August 27th, 2009 by Harlem Condo Life

By Austin2Harlem
When I lived in Austin I enjoyed watching all of the various versions of Law & Order. Today, walking around in my new adopted city and neighborhood, Harlem, I came across the film crew of Law & Order. They are filming the Emmy Award winning television series in Central Harlem today August 27th and tomorrow August 28th! The crew is on 116th Street between Frederick Douglass Blvd. and Manhattan Avenue!

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August 27th, 2009 by Harlem Condo Life

By Austin2Harlem
When I lived in Austin I enjoyed watching all of the various versions of Law & Order. Today, walking around in my new adopted city and neighborhood, Harlem, I came across the film crew of Law & Order. They are filming the Emmy Award winning television series in Central Harlem today August 27th and tomorrow August 28th! The crew is on 116th Street between Frederick Douglass Blvd. and Manhattan Avenue!

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February 25th, 2009 by HarlemGuy

By HarlemGuy (excerpted from CNN.com)

Today the United States Mint launched a new coin Tuesday featuring jazz legend Duke Ellington.  This make Duke Ellington the African-American to appear by himself on a circulating U.S. coin.  

The coin was introduced Tuesday in Washington.   Ellington, the composer of classics including “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” appears on the “tails” side of the new D.C. quarter.   George Washington is on the “heads” side, as is usual with U.S. quarters.  

The coin was issued to celebrate Ellington’s birthplace, the District of Columbia.   The U.S. Mint Director introduced the new coin at a news conference Tuesday at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. Members of Ellington’s family were present at the ceremony.  The jazz band of Duke Ellington High School performed.  Ellington won the honor by a vote of D.C. residents, beating out abolitionist Frederick Douglass and astronomer Benjamin Banneker.   The coin features the phrase “Justice for all.”    

Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington received 13 Grammy Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, among numerous other honors. His orchestra’s theme song, “Take the A Train,” is one of the best-known compositions in jazz. Ellington was born in the district in 1899 and composed more than 3,000 songs, including “Satin Doll,” “Perdido” and “Don’t Get Around Much Any More.” “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” helped usher in the swing era of jazz. Ellington performed with other famous artists, including John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, and he traveled around the world with his orchestras. He died in 1974 at the age of 75. The first African-American to appear on a circulating coin was York, a slave who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their “Corps of Discovery” adventures across America at the dawn of the 19th century. The 2003 Missouri quarter features the three men together in a canoe on the obverse.

The U.S. Mint distinguishes between circulating coins, which are intended for daily use, and commemorative ones, which mark special occasions. African-Americans including Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier, have appeared on commemorative coins. Educator Booker T. Washington, botanist George Washington Carver and the first Revolutionary War casualty, Crispus Attucks, all of whom were black, have also appeared on commemorative coins, according to the U.S. Mint.

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February 4th, 2009 by HarlemGuy

By HarlemGuy

woodson_pic_1875-1950The origins of Black History Month began when Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915 and one year later, the Journal of Negro History. 

Woodson was a Harvard-trained historian.  He believed that publishing scientific history about the black race would produce facts that would prove to the world that Africa and its people had played a crucial role in the development of civilization.  That Scientific history, he believed, would counter racial falsehoods.  That reason would prevail over prejudice truth would trickle down to the public, and the race problem would gradually disappear.

 In the 1920s Woodson began urging black civic organizations to promote the achievements that researchers were uncovering.  In 1924 he created the Negro History and Literature Week with help of his fraternity brothers at Omega Psi Phi to take up the work.  This later renamed Negro Achievement Week.

Woodson selected the week of February that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation that moved the nation away from slavery. Frederick Douglass had been a great leader of African Americans.   In selecting February, Woodson’s sought to promote his belief that African Americans history was American history.

By 1925 the Association broadened its focus to include whites and black and anyone interested in history, not just historians and other scholars.

In the years that followed Black history clubs sprang up. Demand for materials from teachers soared. In response the Association published photographs and portraits of important black people.  It published plays to dramatize black history.  It also formed branches to bring people into the organization.

Woodson died in 1950.  By that time Negro History Week had become a central part of African American life.  In cities across the country, mayors issued proclamations noting Negro History Week.

In the 1960s African Americans entered into mainstream colleges and in the tradition of the Freedom Schools established during the civil rights era which included the study of Black history, they demanded that Black Studies and Black history became a central  feature.  Increasingly there were cries for more than a week to study Black history.  

In 1976, fifty yearsafter the first celebration, the Association held the first Black History Month. Since then all American presidents, Republicans and Democrats alike, haveissued Black History Month proclamations.

 Check the sites below for more educational information and upcoming events.

CityGuide   CNN    HarlemWorld

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February 3rd, 2009 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemGal
When you walk the streets of Harlem ya never know what you will discover. Today, it’s a new wireless company coming to Harlem. Apparently MetroPCS is opening up a branch office in The Gateway Condominium Building, which is on Frederick Douglass Blvd. between 113th and 114th Street. And they’re looking for managers and sales reps…immediately! If you are interested in employment with MetroPCS, here is their email and fax: lharris@wirelessuniv.com and 1-678-205-0312! Give them a call!

And to MetroPCS, welcome to Harlem!

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January 12th, 2009 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemGal
SoHa 118HarlemCondoLife has been hearing rumors about an upscale grocery store coming to Central Harlem. It’s a rumor no more! I spoke with Winick Realty Group today and they have confirmed that they are bringing a high end grocery store to the SoHa Building at 118th and Frederick Douglass.

Winick could not confirm who the retailer is yet. They only said that they are working on plans and hope to make an announcement soon! Like in a week in a half! We think this is good news for the area! Another option to get groceries!

If you have more details than Winick, please let us know!

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January 9th, 2009 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemGal
If you are interested in pleasing your taste buds with “the wines of Alsace,” stop by The Winery tonight on Frederick Douglass Blvd between 116th and 117th Street. They are haveing a wine tasting from 6-8 pm on select Friday nights tonight…and it’s FREE! Stop by the store for more details! See you there!

thewineryonline.com
2166 FD Blvd
Harlem, NY 10026
212-2224866

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January 9th, 2009 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemGal
If you are interested in pleasing your taste buds with “the wines of Alsace,” stop by The Winery tonight on Frederick Douglass Blvd between 116th and 117th Street. They are haveing a wine tasting from 6-8 pm on select Friday nights tonight…and it’s FREE! Stop by the store for more details! See you there!

thewineryonline.com
2166 FD Blvd
Harlem, NY 10026
212-2224866

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December 11th, 2008 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemGal

I went by MODSquad for the Grand Opening this past weekend to check it out…and let me tell you the place is very nice inside! And the owners, who are Harlemites, are super cool!  Here’s the lowdown on some of the features they will be offering after they reopen early next year:  co-op hours use of their  shop as your garage, bike repair classes in January, bike fittings, and bike rentals in the Spring.  And my favorite, the bike bar – pictured below – where you can talk directly one-on-one with their bike experts. Go see for yourself!

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You heard it here first!  We told you about MODSquad, a new bike shop on Frederick Douglass Blvd, a few weeks back. They are listo and having their Grand Opening this Friday and Saturday. This chica needs a new bike helmet! Vamanosmodsquad

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December 6th, 2008 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLife

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Not too long ago I had guests in town visiting from Florida who once lived in NYC. They wanted to walk the streets of Harlem. So I took them down the fabulous and famous Frederick Douglass Blvd. We get to 118th Street and FDB; and we see this adorable candy-striped awning with lovely tree stands. As we get closer, this amazing sweet smell creeps in. The smell is basically like a magnate. It pulls us in. Low and behold there is a variety of baked goods shelved in three levels for all to see – not to mention the nicest man there waiting to greet you. I believe it was Mr. Lee Lee himself. Me and my guests ended up purchasing a variety of baked goods. I had a slice of the lemon cake that was cut wide and tall. They had cinnamon rolls with pecans. My lemon cake was scrumptious with just the right amount of lemon taste. If your taste buds want something else, there was also red velvet cake and sweet potato pie available as well.

My goodness….as I write this, I am having a craving for the lemon cake now!  That’s it. I am heading to Lee Lee’s today. Why deny yourself some cake when you can walk it off by walking the streets of Harlem.  Maybe I will see you there!

 
283 W 118th Street close to FDB
New York, NY 10026

(917) 493-6633

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