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Lido In Harlem – Gayborhood Mixer This Monday

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Come join Team Lido for their latest Gayboyhood Mixer:  Back to School Night on Monday, August 26 from 9pm until recess.   They will be featuring School Drag Realness and “educational” cocktail specials.

Weather permitting, they will be spilling out onto the patio for some mixing and mingling in the fresh air.  Nice weather is predicted.

Check out the recent New York Times article about Lidos executive chef, Serena Bass.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/18/fashion/serena-basss-life-spent-in-the-main-course.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Also join Lido Italian Restaurant and Bar Social Events to be informed of all future events at Lido.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/330550607048283/

Lido Italian Restaurant and Bar
2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd. @ 117th Street
(646) 490-8575

By subway, take the B/C to 116th St. or the 2/3 to 116th St.

Using hay to build gardens in Harlem

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I spent many summers on a farm with my family and cousins. We watched large machines pulled by tractors turn fields of waving tan coloured plants into sturdy bales of hay.

So it was with great fondness that I read in the New York Times about a movement to use bales of hay to grow gardens in places like Harlem New York City where concrete reigns or soil is not otherwise available or suitable. http://nyti.ms/WJFOmD

I was even more pleased to read that Harlem (specifically East Harlem) is once again at the forefront of something new: one of our very own local businesses has bales for sale!

According the New York Times: “The Urban Garden Center on Park Avenue in East Harlem charges $12 for a bale, with a $25 delivery fee to the street. Dimitri Gatanas, whose family owns the store, reported that last fall, “we sold more than we have in 50 years.” When straw is a hot commodity in Manhattan, something strange is blossoming.”

If you are in Harlem and a part of this movement we would love to hear from you and and help share pictures of and promote your efforts.

Mediterranean cuisine comes to Harlem

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An exciting new culinary addition to the neighborhood –set to open this January ( http://www.mns.com/content/press_archives/2012/12/08/harlems-2280-fdb-welcomes-mediterranean-restaurant-savann/) –seems to have met a temporary delay. Last month we were thrilled when saw signs for the impending opening of Mediterranean restaurant Savann at 2280 FDB, but work looks to be suspended for the time being and a sign in the window alludes that it may be a construction permit issue.

Savann is an outpost of a popular Upper West Side Turkish restaurant that closed this past summer. A New York Times review  said : “When Savann opened a few years ago, it was like a dream come true for Upper West Siders who had yearned for a simple, reasonably priced restaurant that served not-so-simple contemporary bistro food. Savann was just such a place, with ambitious yet delicious dishes like roasted pumpkin soup with olive oil, perfectly cooked wild mushroom risotto, and grilled duck breast with polenta…”

Cem Yildiz, Manager of Savann told mns.com in December: “The owner, Galip Ozbek, and I have lived in Harlem since 2007, and have enjoyed watching the local community flourish…We’re excited to offer Harlemites authentic Mediterranean cuisine.”

Hopefully they can work out these issues and open soon because we can’t wait!!

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Historic Harlem Landmark to Shut Down

Legendary Jazz Landmark Lenox Lounge will shut its doors forever New Year’s Eve, says longtime owner Alvin Reed.  The cool Art Deco cabaret has been open since 1942 and has hosted a Who’s Who of  musical icons such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Billie Holiday.

Reed who’s owned the bar since 1988, says the exceedingly high rent –$20,000, double what he has been paying–has forced him to give up the lease.

Richard Notar, a managing partner at Nobu Restaurants is set to take over the space after the new year. Notar told The New York Times he hopes to keep the bar as “an old watering hole” with live music, but it’s unclear if he will work out a deal with Reed  to continue using the Lenox Lounge name.