January 21st, 2014 by HarlemGuy

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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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February 7th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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A friend to our blog let us know that an episode of “Selling New York” will air tonight on the HGTV channel with many Harlem businesses represented.

From what I am told, you can expect to see on this particular episode the very popular 5 and Diamond Restaurant on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Cedric French Bistro located on 119th Street, and Harlem’s famous Make my Cake on 116th Street.

Here is a clip from an episode of SELLING NEW YORK.

Already a fan of HGTV’s “Selling New York”, “House Hunters” and “House Hunters International” we are especially looking forward to seeing “our Harlem” represented on this new episode of Selling New York.  FYI, this is the third time Harlem has been represented on Selling New York.  We here at HarlemCondoLife are not at all surprised to see more attention coming to Harlem.

Make sure to tune in tonight  to “Selling New York” on HGTV at 6:30pm.

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April 11th, 2012 by harlemhouse

With rooftop views of Manhattan like this it is easy to understand why the Gateway Tower is 90 percent sold. We were recently informed by a Halstead Broker that they are very pleased to announce only 10 percent of the units remain in the Gateway complex. Sales are doing very well in this slowly climbing economy. I am told that affordable housing units were sold in the Gateway as well which is a good thing for the Harlem community at large.

The Gateway also includes retail spaces. The businesses that have already opened are thriving and soon to open on the 114th Street corner (where the old Society Cafe space was) will be “Frederick Cafe Bistro” by the already very successful owners of Bier International.

Looking forward to following up on the status of Gateway after witnessing a very slow start with this development. Nice to see things moving along positively for The Gateway Tower at a successful pace.

For more information about Harlem please also see www.HarlemTrends.com.

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February 12th, 2012 by harlemhouse

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Last week NY1 showed an entire segment on the renewed energy on Frederick Douglasss Boulevard between 110th and 124th streets.   Businesses and residents working together to make the strip a destination for all of the neighborhoods shopping needs.  They quote “What you’re now seeing is Frederick Douglass Boulevard is really becoming  sort of the Gateway to Harlem“.  A phrase we developed here at HarlemCondoLife “Your Gateway To Harlem” when we created our site.   They go on to mention some of the businesses on the Boulevard including Bier International, Harlem Flo, Harlem Vintage, MCMB Cleaners, The 5 and Diamond Restaurant, Nectar, Lido Restaurant and Bar all of which we have mentioned and reviewed here at HCL.  They also include short interview clips with owners Jai Jai Greenfield of Harlem Vintage, Louis Gagliano of Harlem Flo, Marcelo Orbe of MCMB Cleaners and Selene Martinez of 5 and Diamond.  Here is a link to the video clip    NY1 video clip.

This area continues to stay in the news and get more recognition.  Congratulations to the businesses mentioned in this report and to all of the businesses on FDB and the surrounding area.

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December 19th, 2009 by HarlemGuy

By HarlemGuy 

Credit: InvincibleCities

 

Christmas and New Years are times of celebration.  They are also times for reflection.   And what better place to reflect on than our beloved Harlem.  

HarlemCondoLife’s mission has been to chronicle all that’s great about Harlem.  And we’ve uncovered an incredible and innovative way of doing so.  It’s called InvincibleCities. 

The site speaks for itself.    But in a nutshell, it uses photography and technology to chronicle changes of several urban landscapes.  One such landscape is Harlem.  

The first thing I did was check out my block to see what it looked like and compared it to what is there today.  Wow.   I’ve spent hours examining Harlem then and now through the lens of artist Camilo Jose Vergara.  My favorite so far has been examining locations that today have been transformed by new real estate projects, including Frederick Douglass Boulevard, between 110th and 125th, which many consider the “Gateway to Harlem”. 

How to use the site:

  1. Goto http://invinciblecities.camden.rutgers.edu/intro.html
  2. Click on “Harlem”.  
  3. Locate the map pane (upper left corner).  
  4. Move the bulls eye to the desired location.  
  5. Locate the photo phone (right below the map pane). 
  6. Click on each dot which represents a photo.   The photo will appear in the photo pain (to the right).   
  7. Click on the timeline below the photo to see the changes.
Having lived in Harlem for five years I have seen many changes myself.   This site makes that history available to everyone.
 
The sit is a  neat way to experience the real estate Renaissance in ways few can.

Join us in exploring the beauty, art and history that is Invincible Cities. 

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January 14th, 2009 by HarlemGuy

By HarlemGuy

The January 8th edition of AMNY had a wonderful article written by Marleene Naanes entitled “Harlem’s Hot ‘pocket'” (PDF format – start on page 20).  

It’s all about the HOT  little Southwest corner of Harlem on Frederick Douglass Boulevard (aka 8th Avenue; the “continuation” of  Central Park West above 110th street) from 110th to 125th.    

The GREAT NEWS about this southwestern corridor (the “Gateway To Harlem” also known as  “SOHA” for South Harlem) only gets BETTER and BETTER with each passing day.    

It’s HOT AND POPPIN’!

The article features informative mini reviews of various establishments  including museums, lounges and restaurants: The Studio Museum, 67 Orange, Africa Kine, Patisserie Des Ambassades just to name a few.

Below is an excerpt.

“Anyone who hasn’t walked through this pocket of Harlem in a while certainly won’t recognize it today. 

With health-food shops, upscale lounges, a trendy wine bar and florist, this neighborhood could be mistaken for a downtown enclave. A Starbucks, a soon-to-open Subway shop and new banks have only furthered its gentrification.  

‘Harlem got a lot more convenient,’ said lifelong resident Sharon Grimes, 39. ‘You have uptown life with a downtown feel.’  

‘It’s the best pocket in Harlem,’ said Carlos Aguila, owner of health food store Karrot, which he opened four years ago when crack still had a hold on the neighborhood. ‘It’s an aggressive pocket of gentrification and revitalization.’ 

Young single folks and new families alike have flocked to the area, which boasts nearby parks, restaurants galore, new lounges and bigger Manhattan homes for less money. Residents say they love that people know each other and aren’t afraid to say hi to passing strangers.”

HarlemCondoLife has previously reported on this and other related real estate news on this blog.    Below are few informative entries you may want to read.

HarlemCondoLife has profiled many of the establishments mentioned in the article on our blog, on Urbanspoon and/or via Twitter.    Check us out there as well.

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