December 5th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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Rest in Peace.  With hearts heavy around the world right now with the passing of Nelson Mandela.  He led a tireless, valiant and successful struggle that brought freedom to millions.

His efforts were watched and supported by millions in the United States, whose same struggle has been so well recounted in the PBS series The African Americans.

As you honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela please make time to watch this amazing series by yourself or with family and friends.    Watch one minute of one episode and you won’t be able to stop, it is so captivating.

A brief history of Nelson Mandela

A segment from The African Americans

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November 1st, 2013 by harlemhouse

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Harlem Community Development Corporation (Harlem CDC), state and local officials, and community leaders will celebrate the opening of a Harlem landmark with a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly restored Minton’s and The Cecil restaurants on Saturday, November 2nd at 12:00 pm.

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The event will take place at Minton’s which is located at 206 West 118th Street, Harlem, NY.

SPEAKERS | Owner of Minton’s & The Cecil, Former CEO of Time Warner & Chairman of CitiGroup Richard Parsons, Restaurateur & Executive Chef of The Cecil & Minton’s Alexander Smalls, U.S. Congressman Charles B. Rangel, NYS Senator Bill Perkins, NYS Assembly member Herman D. Farrell, Jr.,
NYS Assembly Member & Chairman of the Harlem Community Development Corporation’s Board of Directors Keith L.T. Wright, NYC Council Member Inez E. Dickens, Housing and Services, Inc. James M. Dill, and Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams.
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Minton’s
The Cecil
The Cecil (review by HarlemCondoLife)
Minton’s (review by HarlemTrends)

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October 13th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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Let’s go back in time to a different era and take a look at old Harlem with the sounds of Jazz vocalist Cab Calloway.  Born on December 25, 1907, in Rochester, New York, after a short period in Chicago he moved back to New York and landed a gig performing regularly at Harlem’s famous Cotton Club during the swing era.  In 1931 his song “Minnie the Moocher” became a hit and was considered to be one of the first recordings to ever feature scat singing.

Besides Calloway’s musical act, he also appeared on stage and in films.  During the 1930s and 1940s, he worked in such films as The Big Broadcast (1932), The Singing Kid (1936), and Stormy Weather(1943).  Calloway spent two years in the cast of a revival of the musical Porgy and Bess, beginning in 1952.  He also performed in other stage productions over the years and made more film appearances, most notably in the 1979 movie The Blues Brothers.  During the film, Calloway put on his trademark white tie and tails and performed “Minnie the Moocher”.  Cab Calloway died on November 18, 1994.

He took pride in his part of the Harlem Renaissance and also mentions Sriver’s Row in his songs “Hard Times (Topsy Turvy)” and “The Ghost of Smokey Joe.”
Click on the photo below for a link to iTunes to hear all of his music.

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Below is a video of Cab Calloway performing his hit “Minnie the Moocher” Live at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
Also, a video clip from the movie “Stormy Weather” (1943) featuring Cab Calloway and his orchestra performing “Jumpin Jive” which ends with the Nicholas Brothers dancing and struttin’ their stuff.

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September 30th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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We are excited to help spread the word about a unique mixer for the Harlem community on Thursday, October 10th, at a new space the HarlemGarage.  This event will provide “an evening of networking and social media which affords a prestigious and diverse group of bloggers, marketers, and Harlem locals, the opportunity to enjoy an evening among their peers, in the newly opened HarlemGarage space.”

The evening will include mini presentations from local organizers and meetup groups and provide a perfect opportunity to visit with people you would like to meet in the community.

We at HaremCondoLife are looking forward to visiting with friends and bloggers that we already know as well as meeting new ones we have never met.  It’s a large space so tell a friend.  It’s $10:00 to attend.  Please click on the link harlemgarage.eventbrite.com for further information                                                                                     and to learn more about HarlemGarage.  See you there!

Introducing HarlemGarage
Mike Street
Thursday, October 10, 2013
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
(Located at 318 w 118th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd)

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September 23rd, 2013 by harlemcondolife

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Broiled Giant Spicy Prawns, Yam Flapjack, Piri Piri Sauce.

The highly anticipated Cecil opens today with a frenzy of social media flying in as fast as they possibly can just to experience what all the buzz is about.  We here at Harlem Condo Life are among the enthusiastic media, and look forward to our first time experience with Cecil.  We have high hopes  for this old meets  new establishment and newest addition to Harlem Restaurant Row.  They have our attention with small plates such as “Broiled Giant Spicy Prawns, Yam Flapjack, with Piri Piri Sauce” (above ) and “Spicy Crispy Ginger Squid with Okra and Sweet Chili Peanut Sauce.”  Or a shared bowl for two of Afro / Asian / American Gumbo (Smoked Turkey, Chinese Chicken Sausage, Gulf Shrimp, and Crabmeat)

Take a peek at Cecil’s menu (below) with a scrumptious assortment by – Chefs Alexander Smalls – Restauranteur, and Joseph “JJ” Johnson – Chef de Cuisine.

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The Cecil MENU.  Here is a photo they sent us of their sticky buns.  I don’t know about dinner, but I am ready for these sticky buns right now!  They also were recently written up in the Huffington Post, The Hollywood Reporter and The Wall Street Journal.  Both The Cecil and Minton’s were mentioned in Huff Post BLACK VOICES and one dish in particular that stood out to us was the “Black Benne Seed Ahi Tuna.”  Looks delicious.

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photo by Lucy Schaeffer for Huff Post

So let’s get our forks and knives ready, and go experience the new CECIL together.  I’m up for the adventure and ready to dig in.  See you all there!

The Cecil
210 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10026
Tel (212) 866-1262

The Cecil New Restaurant in Harlem

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August 30th, 2013 by harlemcondolife

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These new long awaited restaurants will take Harlem up several notches this fall.  Cecil is opening in September and Minton’s Jazz Club will open in October.  Minton’s as many may remember goes way way back to the 30’s in Harlem.  It has been restored and updated and definitely will play a part in bringing Harlem back!  We have been waiting for both of these for a long time and are very happy that they are just weeks away from opening.  We will be there for both Grand openings and look forward to this addition to classic Harlem.

In the meantime you can follow both on facebook and twitter (see below).  Stay tuned for upcoming dates and more information.

Cecil Facebook
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Minton’s Facebook
Minton’s Twitter

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June 16th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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Gil Scott-Heron was a jazz and soul, musician, and author, known for his work as a spoken word performer in the 1970s and 1980s.  With a wide range of diverse fans he delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles.  He referred to himself as a “bluesologist”, which he defined as “a scientist who is concerned with the origin of the blues.”

After a 16 year stretch he recorded his last album released in 2010 entitled  I’m New Here.  A memoir he had been working on for years up to the time of his death, April 27, 2011.  In looking through his video footage today, I chose one in particular besides Gils obvious talent and the amazing Midnight Band, was because of something he said before he starts his performance at the half way point in the video.  He said “Every once in awhile I have gone into record stores lately and found our music in a category called miscellaneous.  Bothered the hell out of me.  Folks are often to anxious to put things into various little compartments.  To often they are to anxious to sweep certain sorts of music under the corner of the rug.  We find that this is particularly true with music that they refer to as jazz.”

Update: This video was deleted unfortunately on youtube,  so I have reposted two more videos instead.  The first one is Gil Scott-Heron “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” an excellent 60 minute documentary.  The second one is Gil Scott-Heron  “Is That Jazz” performed live.

Check out Gil Scott-Heron’s last album “I’m New Here” on  iTunes MUSIC.  And while you are there browse and listen to all of his work and you will understand why he became a cult classic and an inspiration for many new artists.

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