March 7th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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After receiving a note from Jelena Pasic, owner of the soon-to-open Harlem Shake restaurant in Harlem, she informed us that they will be having a “friends and family tasting” in a few weeks.”  They plan to open officially soon after this.  We will keep you posted here at Harlem Condo Life with the exact date as I know a lot of readers are anxious for them to open.  We have been corresponding for the last couple of months through social media and commenting on the Harlem Shake craze.  Recently Jelena asked graffiti artist Kindo Harper (shown above) to paint “The Real Harlem Shake” on the boards covering her under-construction restaurant.  It already looks great.

She informed us their Facebook and Twitter sites are well into the thousands of “likes” and followers do to the recent Harlem Shake global phenomenon.  Just to be clear she states “this is complete coincidence and partial luck.”  The decision to name the restaurant Harlem Shake was made before the recent video/dance craze and purely on keeping in theme with authentic old school Harlem.  Jelena states “We want to serve the best burgers and shakes in Harlem.”  They want to be part of something that represents Harlem.  As well as the burgers they would like their great shakes to be known.  Hence the title Harlem “Shake.”

Regardless of all the media attention, including the global Harlem Shake and the latest Harlem reacts back videos (many of which we’ve posted here on our blog see previous posts), Harlem Shake restaurant will be a nice addition to Lenox Avenue in Harlem.  It is a great location with all the shops on 125th Street close by.  Not to mention Whole Foods along with many chain stores including American Eagle, Marshall’s and Burlington Coat Factory all under construction opening in the near future across the street.  It will be nice to have Harlem Shake representing an old-school vibe on Lenox Avenue.  More and more with these chain businesses coming in, I think Jelena has the right idea in keeping in theme with Harlem and representing something that is part of our history.  A good model for many new businesses to follow.

Already mentioned in The Daily News and fellow blogger Harlem Bespoke, I’m sure we will be reading a lot more about this Harlem business in the upcoming months.  Stay tuned for their opening date.

Harlem Shake
100 W 124th Street
New York, NY

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January 25th, 2013 by HarlemGuy

Screen Shot 2013-01-25 at 10.45.23 PM is pleased to announce that it and Harlem Bespoke were recently invited to participate in a new mobile hyperlocal information sharing startup called Echo.

Echo is a hyperlocal version of Twitter.   A “mobile, microblogging application that connects users to highly relevant information about their location via 140 character messages.”  It automatically detects which city or neighborhood users are in and provides them with the most recent updates from echo users in that location.  Echo’s content is both user-generated and sourced from local blogs and news outlets.  In doing so their mission is simple:  “Our goal for echo is to provide people in Harlem with an effective way to communicate with other people in the community.”

Echo recently added Harlem to it’s coverage map.  Download the Harlem home page and the app here.   Read more about Echo and Echolocation the company that built it below.

About Echolocation.

Echolocation is a Brooklyn based technology company founded in 2011 by Brian Donohue and Rocky Chiu. The company has received investment capital from TechLaunch, New Jersey’s premier technology accelerator along with individual angel investors. More information can be found at

They currently connect users to more than 200,000 local news stories from over 1,000 sources.

Echo is an effective way to get local news, discover events, and interact with people around you.

Echo’s technology ensures that users are always connected to the most relevant information for their current neighborhood, but can also access information for their town, county, state, country, and in other locations all over the World.

For example when a person opens echo in DUMBO, Brooklyn it will automatically detect their location and show information from users and blogs in DUMBO. The user can then easily access feeds for Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States, North America, and the World. Echo users can also search for any location in the World.

The company  received $200,000 in initial funding for the continued development of its location-based microblogging application for smartphones. Early investors in the company include TechLaunch (New Jersey’s premier technology accelerator), Casabona Ventures, and individual angel investors including Ira Cohen and Craig Sher. The company will be showcasing its technology at the SXSW Festival in March, connecting attendees with each other and the best local information around the event.
The company is currently working out of the NYU Poly Incubator in DUMBO, Brooklyn. The company recently completed the TechLaunch accelerator program in New Jersey. Through the program the team met several of its initial angel investors and received funding directly from TechLaunch.
Echo is currently available on iOS, and there are plans to use a portion of the seed funding to expand to other platforms. Echo will remain free for users and generate revenue from local business subscriptions and advertising. The company is seeking additional funding in 2013.

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July 29th, 2012 by harlemhouse

We continue to wait to see what will happen with 220 Saint Nicholas.  It has been over 2 years now with little if no activity.  Does anyone know what is the latest status on this project?  It is starting to look a little shabby and abandoned.  The architectural plans looked interesting and the website is still up marketing it as a boutique luxury condominium.  It is probably something to do with finances but I do not know for sure.

Harlem Bespoke and several other Blogs have written about it in the past but we all seem to be asking the same question.  If anyone knows about this condominium property please share  with us what you know.

Hopefully something is getting resolved as I write about this.

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