April 19th, 2011 by HarlemGuy

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HarlemCondoLife gets a shout out in New York Magazine.   Check it out!

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April 5th, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

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It is that time of year where New York Magazine profiles some of the upcoming neighborhoods for 2011. In this week’s edition (April 3), they list 20 of The Next Big Neighborhoods in New York City and two Harlem sections made the list!

A big congrats to Marcus Garvey Park.  This area located in Central Harlem was ranked fourth out of 20. NYMag says Marcus Garvey Park “is undergoing a several million dollar renovation, including smoothed-out sidewalks and the transformation of its existing bandshell into a state-of-the-art amphitheater.” In addition to park renovations, several buildings have sprung up, such as 5th on the Park, located at Fifth Avenue and 120th Street; and “the recently constructed Windows on 123, a pair of buildings graced with limestone-balconied apartments and full-floor lofts.”

Hamilton Heights located in West Harlem, finishes out the list placing 20th on the list.

Another notable mention, is Manhattan Valley, which is right below Harlem on the Westside. They were ranked second out of 20.

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February 8th, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

What a difference a year makes?  Let’s reflect! April 11, 2010 Harlem is poorly ranked by Nate Silver for New York Magazine’s Neighborhood Issue. Does anyone remember this article? I certainly do. That article inspired me to write Top ten reason why Harlem is one of the best neighborhoods to live in. Let’s fast forward to today. Harlem and several local establishments are currently featured bright and big this week in a series of articles under the banner The Everything Guide to Harlem in NY Mag. It’s a creme-de-la-creme of articles featuring restaurants, markets, shops and bars in Harlem. My favorite article is The New New Harlem, which is sort of a “Whose In and Whose Out.” In my view, featuring several establishments in this type of format demonstrates the caliber and variety of places located in Harlem. Plus in order to pit two businesses against each other, there has to be plenty of selection. Clearly, Harlem has reached that point.

In closing, I will use soccer terms to describe this Harlem milestone. This article is another G-O-A-L for Harlem. Remember, we won Curbed Cup 2010 too. More importantly, it recognizes (again) what most of us have known all along, and now NY Mag too, Harlem is hot! Adelante!

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July 15th, 2010 by

by Harlemista

In New York Magazine’s Eat Cheap issue this week, Harlem’s superstar chef Marcus Samuelsson shares his favorite inexpensive bites in the neighborhood. He definitely choses a wide range of  cuisines.  It reminded me that there are plenty of places to explore when hunger strikes. Did he leave out anyone’s favorites? My friend from North Carolina (who considers himself a rib connoisseur) recommends the babyback ribs from Harlem BBQ on Frederick Douglass and 127th st.

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May 13th, 2010 by harlemhouse

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Harlem Real-Estate continues to be hot and in demand with frequent articles in New York Magazine along with New York Times, Uptown Magazine and Architectural Digest.  Here are two new properties featured this month in New York Home Design.

“A peaceful Oasis overlooking Morningside Park”  88 Morningside is mentioned in this months issue of New York Magazine Home Design.

1, 1 + home office, 2 and 3 bedroom homes starting at $365k.  On Morningside at 122nd Street.

Also listed is “A new take on an old school” PS 90 at 220 West 148th Street near historic Jackie Robinson Park. An excellent example of neo-gothic architecture exterior with elegant contemporary interior design.

Offering one of the lowest price-per-foot averages of any new condo in Manhattan–prices begin at $475,000 with a 15-year J-51 tax abatement.

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April 22nd, 2010 by

By Harlemista

Last week New York Magazine did a cover story evaluating the best neighborhoods in New York City with their criteria including housing costs, restaurants, shopping and services, schools, diversity, green space and health and environment.  Surprisingly and disappointingly to us who live here and love it, Harlem came in an almost-bottom 50th.

And yet, in a neighboring article on the hottest neighborhoods of the future, three of ten real estate agents chose areas of Harlem as the Next Big Thing because of its space, parks, proximity to great transportation and pricing.

Personally I don’t want Harlem to become the next Park Slope, Lower East Side or (shudder) Meatpacking District. I love the diversity, the history, and the simple non-overkill of amenities. There’s a beautiful yet fragile harmony here right now. Too many New York neighborhoods have relinquished their original personalities in a frenzy of commercialism and overpopulation.  I hope we maintain a balance here.

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September 23rd, 2009 by HarlemGuy

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    Photo:New York Magazine

I was disturbed by this recent cover of New York Magazine.  It initially invoked anger, sadness, frustration and disbelief to name a few.    

However it is important to look beyond the hate and the fear.  To focus on the momentousness of this time in history.  To focus on the future.

Those of us who live or work or play in Harlem are helping to create that future.  One that is rooted in a storied past.  One in which new stories of positive change are happening every second of every day and in part chronicled by our blog.

It’s been said that a tree grows in Brooklyn.  

Let it be said that Hope is Harlem (TM).

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April 7th, 2009 by HarlemGuy


New York Magazine reports that the Harlem real estate market in experiencing a severe downturn.  

While this is true there is also plenty of evidence that Harlem will continue to adapt, grow and thrive in a number ways.  This is Manhattan.  There will always be an over-supply of people looking for affordable housing.  Harlem is on the island of Manhattan.  Which means no long/expensive commutes on subways or trains between boroughs.  This is Harlem.  Despite it’s description as a less than desirable “ghetto” by an uninformed guest on a recent Chelsea Lately show, it’s a cool place to live, steeped in history, full of life and culture, and full of local flavor which is refreshing in what is fast becoming a “big box store” world”.   It’s also full of entrepreneurs who have and will continue to make their way to Harlem and try new culinary, retail and lifestyle experiences that will further enhance the neighborhood.  

Every time I walk the streets of Harlem – and I do so regularly, I am simply amazed at the variety of people and cultures.  I love living here.  I have always loved it here.  That’s why I moved here.  That’s why I intend on staying here.  And I look forward to helping our community grow, one penny at a time – if that’s what it takes.

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