March 7th, 2010 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse

“Did it up” in Harlem.  The restaurant and nightlife scene was PACKED last Friday night in Harlem.

I started at MOJO’S for dinner and drinks with friends.  It was very crowded and I had the pleasure of meeting the legendary Kiki Shepard, longtime  co-host of “It’s Showtime at the Apollo”  who was sitting at the table next to me.  I talked with owner, Moon, for a long time as well.  Did you know that he sells his own brand of wine?  Pick one up if you’re a red wine lover.  Its very good.  Also learned that they have live music on Monday nights and this Spring/Summer they will open the windows in the front with outdoor tables and in addition will have DJ’s some of the nights.

After dinner headed to NECTAR to say hello to one of the owner’s Eric.  Also very full.  Then walked by SEVENTEEN B but didn’t go in.  Nice crowd but swung by QUESTAN’S instead to say hello to Dee, the owner.   She has to charge a cover now it gets so crowded (almost too crowded) on Friday & Saturday nights.  The music was pumpin’ and it was so packed you could barely move.  Might need a bigger space soon.  She has a very loyal local neighborhood crowd.  Sunday nights at Questan’s DJ’s play House Music now.  HipHop all other nights.

After that we all headed over to 67 ORANGE to say hello to Karl, the owner.  There we closed out the night with wings and 2 orders of pepper popcorn while listening to a diverse mix of all different kinds of music.

So go and support our local businesses next time you want to have a fun night out.  There are many many other good night spots as well… but this was only one night. Next time!

HarlemHouse will be out of town for a month traveling for work but will resume blogging again in April.  In the meantime, enjoy a new Podcast/Mix “SpanishHarlemMix” by RhythmDB.

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February 24th, 2010 by Harlem Condo Life

Watercolors by Lynn Lieberman

By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLIfe

Since our inception well over a year ago, HarlemCondoLife (HCL) has been introduced to several interesting people living and working in Harlem-particularly local artists who have a positive link to Harlem. HCL would like to introduce  some of these individuals to you, along with their work, in hope that you will be moved and amazed by the wealth of talent that lives right here in our Harlem community. We certainly are impressed and excited to have you meet some of these talented individuals on our blog site. To help us kick off our first HCL Artist Profile, first up is a local watercolorist. In a Q&A (questions and answers) format, meet Lynn Lieberman in her own words on Harlem in watercolor.

Watercolors by Lynn Lieberman

What is your area of specialty? And why do you feature Harlem in your art work?
My primary area is watercolor. I live, work and create right here in Harlem.  Most of my work is small format-note cards of everything from the famous Lenox Lounge to Apollo Theater to Lee Lee’s Bakery, where Mr. Lee displays my painting of his bakery. In an effort to capture more of Harlem, last year I created a watercolor map of Harlem, which was updated this year and can be viewed on my website.

As for why Harlem, we have street after street of graceful prewar buildings, each with their own unmistakable curves and lines. Many have been home to the people who reside there for decades, and signs of love and longevity protrude from window boxes, along with flower pots and signs in the windows.

Watercolors by Lynn Lieberman

Does Harlem move and inspire your art work?
Inspiration here in Harlem is endless for a watercolorist.  No matter how many times I walk the streets of Harlem, I always see something different and new to paint, from the Harlem Meer in the Fall to Fields Court at Christmas to the colorful Minton’s Jazz Club, Mike’s Newsstand on 122nd Street and Lenox Avenue, and to Tonnie’s Minis, where they also display my note card painting of the place.

Watercolors by Lynn Lieberman

Is it challenging to use Harlem in your work?
The only challenge to painting Harlem is what to leave out.

Aside from watercoloring Harlem, HCL has to ask what are some of your favorite things about it?
Harlem Seasons. At the first sign of Spring and all through the Summer, window sills are abound with color right up until Halloween pumpkins and Christmas trees with lights. No Holiday is forgotten here.

Watercolor by Lynn Lieberman

Harlem people. Where else in this City can you find people sitting on the sidewalk in their beach chairs enjoying a beautiful Summer evening or barbecuing in front of their building?

Harlem has a plethora of green space from our major Parks to our local Green Thumb gardens-giving us easy access to hours of walking or bike riding from the minute we walk out our front door.

Watercolors by Lynn Lieberman

Our diversity is great. I was born here in the City and have lived in a variety of places over the years, always returning home. Harlem is a place where I feel most comfortable and the place where I live with my family.

And Harlem has s vibrant art community with plenty of ongoing events at the Studio Museum of Harlem, the Harlem Arts Alliance and Casa Frela Gallery, which represents my work.

Watercolor by Lynn Lieberman

In full disclosure, I have purchased notecards from Lynn as gifts. They were a hit on the receiving end with friends and family. Don’t miss out on seeing Lynn’s work in person. Her work is currently hanging, with framed pieces for sale , at Native Restaurant and Il Caffe Latte-both on Lenox Avenue and for sale unframed at www.afinelyne.com

Watercolor by Lynn Lieberman

And if you know of a local artist we should spotlight on HCL, who resides in Harlem and their work is linked to all things positive about Harlem, please send your recommendations to feedback@harlemcondolife.com.

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February 11th, 2010 by harlemhouse

by HarlemHouse

An exclusive event Thursday, February 18th from 5PM-9PM at “SWING” on 1960 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd & 118th St.  Come join Helena & Moun to celebrate “I Love Harlem”  See invite…   SWING_E_INVITE2

There will be Music/a DJ, Specialty Goods on sale, along with hor’dourves, wine/drinks etc.

The store has an eclectic collection of signature gift items… Groove, Culture, Art & Music… many hand selected items and off the beat and path merchandise which make for a perfect gift.

Very unique for kids, your wife, husband or friends to shop for something that not every other store carries.

Stop by and check it out for yourself.  Or better yet SWING…on by next Thursday night to celebrate and catch the vibe of the store, while socializing, shopping, having a drink and listening to some music all at the same time.

Food will be catered by Mojo.

SEE YOU THERE!!

SWING /a concept store

1960 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.

Harlem, NY 10026

212.222.5802

RSVP at info@swing-nyc.com

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February 11th, 2010 by harlemhouse

by HarlemHouse

An exclusive event Thursday, February 18th from 5PM-9PM at “SWING” on 1960 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd & 118th St.  Come join Helena & Moun to celebrate “I Love Harlem”  See invite…   SWING_E_INVITE2

There will be Music/a DJ, Specialty Goods on sale, along with hor’dourves, wine/drinks etc.

The store has an eclectic collection of signature gift items… Groove, Culture, Art & Music… many hand selected items and off the beat and path merchandise which make for a perfect gift.

Very unique for kids, your wife, husband or friends to shop for something that not every other store carries.

Stop by and check it out for yourself.  Or better yet SWING…on by next Thursday night to celebrate and catch the vibe of the store, while socializing, shopping, having a drink and listening to some music all at the same time.

Food will be catered by Mojo.

SEE YOU THERE!!

SWING /a concept store

1960 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.

Harlem, NY 10026

212.222.5802

RSVP at info@swing-nyc.com

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February 8th, 2010 by

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By Harlemista

The fabulous Doyen of Downtown Celebrity Gossip, Michael Musto, was seen enjoying a casual dinner with friends at MOJO Harlem on  Superbowl Sunday (see our review).  Also recently reported mega-celeb Lady GaGa had been there soaking up the sexy vibe the week before. Cool people are finally coming above 14th St. Uptown is truly down.

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September 20th, 2009 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemGal

Photo by The New York Times

Photo by The New York Times

As a Harlemite, I get tickled pink when I see The New York Times feature our neighborhood…again. They featured some excellent places to hang out in this weekend’s edition, however let’s not forget there is a ton more in our fabulous neighborhood of Harlem to visit than the Times mentions.  They could have referenced Nectar or 67 Orange or even the Apollo Theater as places to visit. Then again there is only so much copy space in a print and online publication. That’s why blog sites such as HarlemCondoLife, HarlemOneStop, Harlem+Bespoke and UptownFlavor are here as another option to learn more about Harlem! If your wondering where to go in Harlem, any of these blog sites can assist!

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April 15th, 2009 by harlemhouse
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MOJO by HarlemHouse

“At last” opening only two weeks ago Mojo Lounge already seems to have a steady crowd. I went on what I thought would be an empty Tuesday night for dinner and the restaurant was full with a bar crowd as well.

The decor is inviting with a blend of Moroccan flavor to it. The restaurant seats more then you would think by looking at it from the outside. Very comfortable nice atmosphere and extremely friendly efficient waitstaff. The owner “Moun” is personable and welcoming greeting various tables and making you feel at home. Also there is a nice sized “L” shaped bar along the back wall which doesn’t interfere with the dinning area and is very inviting.

I found the menu refreshing and unique for Harlem’s growing diversity of new spots popping up like weeds.

For appetizers I would recommend the Dates wrapped in bacon definitely a unique starter. Also they have a delicious range of Salads generously proportioned for an entree or shared by two. My favorite appetizer was the Grits with shiitaki mushrooms. Think outside the box, it’s not just a breakfast food. Delicious!

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For Entrees I recommend the Grilled Salmon very tender nicely prepared with grapefruit slices and other unique spices. Also highly recommended are the Lamb chops with fries. Seems to be one of the most popular dishes on the menu. Perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection. Everyone at my table was eating the fries that came with the lamb. Nothing necessarily unique about them other then that they were perfectly executed and dangerously addictive.

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As for drinks, since they have only been open 2 weeks and I am picky about my cocktails, I’ll go easy on the criticism as I am sure they are growing day by day with helpful tips. The night I was there the bar service was a little slow. The mojitos were delicious once they came, however they had very little rum. Agreed by everyone at my table. They have a menu of specialty drinks that looked very good and maybe those are poured with a heavier hand. The bar is very comfortable and as I was finishing dinner I noticed it seemed to be drawing a growing crowd.

I think with Mojo’s great location, inviting atmosphere, impressive menu, and attractive crowd, it will be an instant hit in the growing scene of Harlemites.

I’m looking forward to going back and trying out more of the menu and giving the bartender a second chance on the mojitos.

Hopefully you will be fortunate to be there on a night that Adriana is working as she will instantly raise your spirits into a good mood and give you no doubt that you have picked the right place to wine and dine.

This restaurant/bar I predict will only continue to get more popular as we enthusiastically approach warmer weather and the need for great new places to relax, enjoy and fulfill our summer nights with.

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New York, NY 10026
(212) 280-1924
www.mojo-harlem.com

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