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.
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!!
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.