March 12th, 2013 by harlemhouse
Harlem Flo

Harlem Flo

Harlem Flo flower shop (original) was one of the new businesses to open years ago on Frederick Douglass Boulevard’s restaurant row.  Now they are expanded in to a multi purpose boutique.  More and more FDB is becoming retail row as well as restaurant row.

With Harlem Flo combining both of their locations into one large expanded and renovated space, they are able to offer many different consumer needs.

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The other day I stopped in for a blank card (my personal favorites are by local artist AFineLyne Lynn Lieberman), and walked out with a bag of gifts and a house plant.  They have great candles, books and art just to name a few.  If you are going to a dinner party, a housewarming  or have a special date, and need a gift they have a large selection of appropriate items including the traditional long stem roses.  As their window conveys, Garden ∙ Art ∙ Gifts.
See their website Harlem Flo Boutique.

For those of you who have outdoor space or just want summer flowers in your apartment window, one of the owners Louis Gagliano was telling me they will have flats of summer flowers in front of their shop from spring to fall.  They already have some early spring flowers available.  They have an expansive collection of cut flowers and healthy indoor orchids, cactus and a variety of house plants.

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Louis Gagliano

The combining of the two locations last summer was a smart move.  If you haven’t visited Harlem Flo yet stop in and pay them a visit.  Even if you do not need anything you will probably end up buying something.  Adjacent with Harlem Flo Boutique is the corner Coventry Garden.  This will look great in the summertime.

Harlem Flo

Harlem Flo
2276 Frederick Douglass Blvd
New York, NY 10027
(212) 316-3031

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February 16th, 2013 by HarlemGuy

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Harlem Park to Park’s Executive Director Nikoa Evans-Hendricks following her interview by CBS News at Land Yoga promoting the 4th annual Harlem Restaurant and Retail Week.

HarlemCondoLife.com (twitter: @HarlemHCL) has been a fan and supporter of both organizations from inception.  We are happy to be part of what’s happening in Harlem.

Below is more information on this year’s event.

Fourth annual Spring Harlem Restaurant and Retail Month.  Feb 15 – 28.  Featuring prix fixe 3 course menus and selected retail items.

Highlights:

Ristorante Settepani’s Braised Monkfish, Chicken and Red Velvet Waffles at 67 Orange Street, classes fromLand Yoga, Men’s Razor Relief Treatment at Harlem Skin Clinic.

Selected participants:

Restaurants: Cove Lounge, Harlem Food Bar, Harlem Tavern, Lenox Coffee, Moca Lounge, Native Restaurant, Red Rooster Harlem, Ristorante Settepani, Sylvia’s/Sylvia’s Also Lounge, 67 Orange Street, Bleu Violin, Chez Lucien, Chocolat Restaurant and Lounge, Corner Social.

Services:  Brownstone Fitness, Doggedly Devoted, Franz James Floral Boutique, Harlem Flo, Harlem Skin Clinic, Land Yoga

Recent CBS News Videos:

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/02/15/mobile-couch-harlem-park-to-park-festival/ 

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/video/8389482-mobile-couch-harlem-park-to-park-festival-part-ii/  

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December 6th, 2012 by harlemcondolife

The Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance invite you to the HARLEM POP-UP ‘HOLIDAY BAZAAR’ Saturday, December 15, 2012. We recently here at Harlem Condo Life posted about the first ever Harlem Pop-Up outdoor evening Farmers Market event this past October, See Previous Post. Now just in time for the Holidays you can enjoy the same vendors along with many new ones for this indoor event presented by FDBA and Manhattan borough President Scott M. Stringer.

Vendors will include AFineLyne, A Gift of Tea, Cheetahrama, J. Glebocki Farms, Harlem Flo, Land Yoga, Renaissance Fine Arts and many more great gift ideas for the Holidays. While shopping you can enjoy prepared food from neighborhood favorites Harlem Tavern, Chocolat, Lido, The 5 and Diamond, Zoma as well as live music throughout the day.
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February 12th, 2012 by harlemhouse

Bier International

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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June 20th, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLife
On June 21, look around in Harlem. You may hear music everywhere. Harlem Park to Park (HP2P) and its HP2P businesses are taking part in Make Music New York, the citywide free live musical celebration on Tuesday, June 21st.

From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., participating Harlem Park to Park businesses will become impromptu outdoor stages offering live musical performances and some select specials. A complete list of business are listed below.

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April 15th, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemCondoLife
Several Harlemites have $20.11 posted on their Facebook or WeHarlem pages and it’s not a reminder of the current year.  It’s locals reminding us through social networks that it is restaurant and retail month right here in Harlem. From April 15 to May 15, select local businesses are offering special deals. If you’re wondering who is participating, see the complete list below.

Last year, I went to Chez Lucienne and enjoyed the meal and deal very much. I wonder where I should dine this year for this occasion?

And a big thanks to Harlem Park to Park, who is once again leading this effort to promote all the wonderful retail businesses we have right here in Harlem.

RESTAURANTS
67 ORANGE STREET   2082 Eighth Avenue
BIER INTERNATIONAL  2099 Eighth Avenue
CHEZ LUCIENNE  308 Lenox Avenue
CHOCOLAT RESTAURANT  2223 Eighth Avenue
GRAN PIATTO D’ORO  1429 Fifth Avenue
LIDO HARLEM  2168 Eighth Avenue
MOCA LOUNGE  2210 Eighth Avenue
NATIVE RESTAURANT  101 W. 118th Street
NECTAR WINE BAR  2235 Eighth Avenue
RED ROOSTER HARLEM  310 Lenox Avenue
RISTORANTE SETTEPANI  196 Lenox Avenue
SOCIETY COFFEE  2104 Eighth Avenue
SYLVIA’S RESTAURANT  328 Lenox Avenue

RETAIL/SERVICES
BIKRAM YOGA EAST HARLEM  4 E. 116th Street
FRANZ JAMES FLORAL BOUTIQUE  2114 Eighth Avenue
HARLEM FLO ATELIER    2292 Eighth Avenue
HARLEM FLO BOUTIQUE  2276 Eighth Avenue
HARLEM VINTAGE  2235 Eighth Avenue
LEVAIN BAKERY  2167 Eighth Avenue
MODSQUAD CYCLES  2119 Eighth Avenue

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February 8th, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemGal
Tonight, several Harlem businesses, such as Harlem Flo, The Winery, Make My Cake, Tonnie’s Minis, Aloft Hotel and Yatenga, are gathering together to “Kiss & Tell.” Well, not exactly that, but sort of! These Harlem businesses will be on hand Tuesday evening, starting at 6 p.m., to offer gift advice for Valentine’s Day. According to Harlem Flo’s Facebook site, the February 8th event will “feature unique and creative gifts items that you can purchase for your loved ones for V-day and there after.”

So if you need something for your cupid or yourself, head on over to Harlem Flo, second location at 2276 Frederick Douglass Blvd., at West 122nd Street.

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December 9th, 2010 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemCondoLife
There are two wonderful events taking place this evening for you to consider for your Thursday Harlem holiday schedule.

First, we want to tell you about the Winter Celebration and Tree Lighting in Morningside Park, organized by the Friends of Morningside Park. Festivities will begin at 4:00 PM inside the St. Recreation Center at 123rd Street and Morningside Avenue. The holiday celebration will then move outside at 4:30PM. The holiday tree will be lit at 5:00 PM.

And second, we want to tell you about Harlem Flo’s Holiday Trunk Show, which will include items to purchase from local artists and designers. This event will take place at their second location, which is 2276 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, and starts at 6 PM.

So if you’re looking to attend a tree lighting and get some holiday shopping done, tonight is the night in Harlem.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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December 2nd, 2010 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemCondoLife
As expected, Harlem Flo has germinated another store at 2280 Frederick Douglass Blvd., which is about a block away from their flagship store.  I walked by Harlem Flo recently and checked out their window displays. They’re looking good! The store appears to have a lot of nice items to purchase for the home. Go by and check it out.

On a separate note, it looks like Harlem Flo will be residing in their new space alone for now and not with Busboys and Poets next door.  I have confirmation that the deal went south for Busboys and Poets to rent the commercial space at 2280 FDB. There is still hope though for the DC-based restaurant to come to Harlem. According to Andy Anas Shallal, the owner of Busboys and Poets, they are still looking for space in the general vicinity.

So this story is not over. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed and hope Busboys and Poets finds retail space soon that meets their needs! Stay tune!

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August 22nd, 2010 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLife

I’ve received comments on and offline about the florist/flower shop I referenced, in my exclusive blog post on ‘Busboys and Poets plan to expand into Harlem,’ asking: which florist was I talking about?  Some of you guessed it right off the top! I was referring to Harlem Flo, a local business HarlemHouse introduced to HCL readers back in 2008. It’s a cute flower and plant shop located at  2292 Frederick Douglass Boulevard-not too far from the place their eyeing as their next home, the 2280 FDB condo building. When you ask the staff at Harlem Flo, they tell customers they’re working on it, but nothing is a done deal.

If you walk into the Frederick Douglass florist, you will see it is a small space and more square footage is needed. They have a nice selection of plants and flowers. However, they’re sort of cramped in there and it’s hard to move around without feeling like you might knock something over. As one of our reader states, they hope “it is Harlem Flo [moving to 2280 FDB] saying two florists so close together would not be ideal.”

So if all works out, the commercial space at 2280 FDB, which runs from 122nd to 123rd Street on the eastside of the boulevard, will have two distinct businesses, Busboys and Poets and Harlem Flo!

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