May 17th, 2013 by HarlemGuy

Destination Harlem on HarlemCondoLife.com

Destination Harlem TV released it’s second episode today.

This second episode of Destination Harlem TV features highlights from the 2nd Annual “Food & Drink Boulevard” sponsored by the Fredrick Douglass Boulevard Alliance, Historian and Tour Guide Lavelle Porter, William Vargas on Camaradas El Bario and Lydia Patel with Marcia Sells from Columbia University Government and Community Affairs.

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Destination Harlem TV “showcases the wonderful people and places that make Harlem what it is today as well as the history that is shaping its future. Episodes will showcase several aspects of Harlem such as Dining, Nightlife, Interviews, History and Community.  Destination Harlem TV appeals to Harlem locals, New Yorker’s visiting for a meal or show, tourists on vacation (holiday) and those who are just interested and intrigued by Harlem life.”

– Destination Harlem TV

 

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December 8th, 2012 by harlemcondolife

Aloft Harlem

Condé Nast Traveller selected and reviewed the hippest bars, eateries and unique places in Harlem this week.

Did your favorite spot make the list? Find out which after-hours bars, chic restaurants, hotels and quirky shops are on their list here.

(Aloft Harlem, Harlem Tavern, 67 Orange Street, The 5 and Diamond Restaurant, Red Rooster, bier international, Sylvia’s Restaurant, Jado Sushi, Chez Lucienne, Harlem Food Bar, Levain Bakery, Apollo Theater, Corner Social, Vault, Demolition Depoton 125th Street, Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market, Marjorie Eliot, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Lenox Coffee, Astor Row, Maysles Cinema, Hotel Theresa…)
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October 10th, 2011 by HarlemGuy

Levain Bakery makes the Daily New’s Best of NY for the best chocolate cookies.  To which we can attest, as mentioned in a recent post.

Their signature cookie has both semisweet chocolate chips and chunks of walnuts.

Cookies are baked multiple times daily, and the leftovers are donated to local charities at the end of the day.

What’s your favorite cookie joint in Harlem?

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June 28th, 2011 by HarlemGuy

credit: Levain Bakery

By HarlemGuy                                                                                                                                 One of my favorite pastimes while traveling is looking for references to Harlem.

So I was pleasantly surprised to see the following roadside sign while driving back from a recent trip to Amaganset in the Hamptons.

Curious, I ran in to confirm what I suspected.  As many of you may know we have a Levain Bakery right here in Harlem’s Gold Coast / Restaurant row, on the West Side of Frederick Douglass Boulevard, between 116th and 117th.  A few steps away from Harlem Tavern, Lido, and a few blocks away from Melba’s, Society, Five & Diamond, Bier International and Zoma, to name just a few.

That being said I took the opportunity to stop by, spend a moment with one of the owners and the staff who were of course suitably dressed.  I particularly loved the Harlem 10026 T-shirt!

I love that we have a little piece of the Hamptons in Harlem.  Better yet, I love that there’s a little bit of Harlem in the Hamptons.

This is made all the sweeter (no pun intended) when you consider that Levain bakery is also one of Oprah’s favorites.

And of course my favorite cookie is what else but Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip.

Of which I promptly purchased several.

In Harlem, of course (smile).

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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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June 6th, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemCondoLife
Not too long ago, Harlem was profiled in  The Financial Times, the UK-based publication. Now The Boston Globe takes its turn and profiles our community in its travel section this past weekend (June 5). Jessica Allen, the reporter, spends two days in Harlem along with her husband and discovers “Harlem makes a visitor feel and taste its forward movement.”

The article highlights various experiences from listening to jazz, to eating at Amy Ruth’s and to drinking at some of our unique establishments, such as 67 Orange and bier international. However, the most notable items in this article are not necessarily about places, but crafted words about Harlem. Allen states “perhaps no other area in New York so eagerly honors its history as Harlem.” She points to our famously named streets, such as Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Furthermore, Allen goes on to say “despite the interest in what came before, these days Harlem seems utterly future-oriented.”

We couldn’t agree more with The Boston Globe! And to Jessica Allen and her husband, come back and see us (Harlem) again now!

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June 5th, 2011 by HarlemGuy

By HarlemGuy

According to The Real Deal, Harlem real estate prices remain depressed which also means relatively affordable.   This is  good news on several fronts.  It makes the inventory affordable so that as supply contracts prices will stabilize and later increase.  It attracts buyers who plan to live in the units which strengthens the community.  Below are a few notable facts, figures and quotes from the article.

  • Ariel Property Advisors, an investment sales firm, found in its 2010 year-end condominium report that prices of units in Upper Manhattan (which it defines as Harlem through Inwood) dropped an average of 6.6 percent from 2009, after an 8.8 percent decline that year. Shimon Shkury, the company’s president, said it’s a positive sign for Harlem that prices fell at similar rates to those elsewhere in Manhattan, indicating that the neighborhood is no longer viewed by consumers as marginal.
  • Adrienne Albert, chief executive officer of the Marketing Directors – “Harlem is seeing that supply being absorbed rather quickly in the last four months, maybe five months.” According to the firm’s data, closings above 110th Street were up 55 percent over the first quarter of 2010, while the average price per square foot rose 5 percent.
  • Data from real estate website StreetEasy, focusing on condo and co-op sales in new and newly converted buildings, seems to bolster that point. In Manhattan as a whole, the site counted 406 closings in the first quarter of 2011 — the fewest in a first quarter in years. But in Upper Manhattan as a whole — which StreetEasy defines as Central Harlem through Washington Heights — closings were up by 46 percent over 2009.
  • This year’s closings in Central Harlem were pricier than last year: The average sale price rose 33 percent from the first quarter of 2010.

The downturn has had some notable impacts in pricing/availability:

  • 764 Saint Nicholas Avenue in Hamilton Heights and 108 West 131st Street in Central Harlem once asking common charges of $775 per square foot are now asking in the $460s.
  • WA Condominiums at 131st Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard were listed at $1,200 per square foot in 2008.  The lender foreclosed in November 2009 and no units are currently listed for sale.

All in all some notable good has come with the bad especially on Harlem’s Gold Coast and Harlem’s Restaurant Row – of which we’ve often written.

  • “Frederick Douglass had an oversupply, but as a result of this, now it’s got a boom happening,” Pair said. “Obviously something happened, where they’re selling at better rates and people are moving in there.”  One factor is gentrification: The area has gained higher-end amenities in the last year, including a branch of Levain Bakery, the beer garden Bier International, and the boutique hotel Aloft Harlem, located in the same building as the Apex condos.
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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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March 20th, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

Levain Bakery, which recently opened up a store in Harlem, announced on their Facebook page that this coming Wednesday, March 23rd, they will donate 25 percent of their gross sales from their Upper Westside and Harlem shops to the Red Cross for Japan. They are asking friends/supporters to spread the word.

In support of Levain Bakery and the Japanese people, HCL is encouraging all of its readers to stop by Levain Bakery on Frederick Douglass Blvd and 116th Street on Wednesday for treats and let’s help out those in dire need! See you there!

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March 2nd, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLife
The wait is finally over. Harlem has a new cookie store! I stopped by Levain Bakery, located on Frederick Douglass Blvd between 116th and 117th Street, yesterday to try out the goods. I purchased four $4 cookies: chocolate chip walnut, dark chocolate chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and dark chocolate peanut butter chip. I have never tasted a Levain Bakery treat before so I went nuts and asked for one of each flavor. Little did I know.

Before I discuss my favorites, let me state: I am going to be eating cookies until the end of March. I had no idea Levain cookies were so…ahh…huge. I have labeled them big a– cookies, big mac cookies or colossal cookies! These cookies are so big and fat, they look like biscuits. Next time I see my friends who reside on the Upper Westside, I am going to ask “why didn’t you tell me how big these cookies were?” Do I sound like a person who is complaining because I am on the verge of inheriting a new sweet tooth addiction? Simple answer. Yes!

Last night, I bit into each of the four cookies I purchased and do they each pack a punch of flavor. If you love chocolate, try the dark chocolate chocolate chip. It was too much for me and I’d rather eat chocolate cake, but for chocolate cookie lovers it will not disappoint. I also did not care for the chocolate peanut butter chip cookie. If you like peanut butter, this cookie is your friend. Where I am going to become a Levain cookie addict is with the chocolate chip/walnut cookie and the raisin oatmeal cookie. I have come to the conclusion I love traditional, simple ingredient cookies. They remind me of the treats I received when I was a kid. However, these cookies have been injected with 10 times the amount of cookie dough.

Levain Bakery definitely delivers the sweet stuff as some of their fans had already conveyed. Next time, I will only buy one cookie or try something else so that I can now manage my new found sweet tooth addiction.

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