March 17th, 2014 by harlemhouse

Urban Garden Center HarlemCondoLife

Those of us here at HarlemCondoLife were deeply saddened to learn that Urban Garden Center located directly across the street from the 2 buildings that exploded and collapsed in East Harlem experienced extensive damage.  Luckily none of their staff were hurt in the blast but they did lose friends and many who were seriously hurt.  I think we all join them with our deep sympathies in this devastating tragedy.  These older buildings have to be made secure so that people can feel safe in their homes.  This should have never happened and precautions must be taken so that it will not happen in the future.

So now in the aftermath we can help our neighbors. We here at the blog love this local business Urban Garden Center and visit them each year for plants in our homes as well as our common roof deck garden in the summertime. They’ve always been very neighborly and friendly.  Please visit their “help” page created by Dimitri Gatanas  and if possible do what you can to help out this local business.  It is businesses such as these which make Harlem and our community so great.  We hope that Dimitri and the crew at Urban Garden Center are rebuilding and back to normal soon just in time for Spring/Summer planting.

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photo by Susan Cohan circa Spring 2013

Here is the link Urban Garden Center. Please repost / retweet and if you are able, contribute to their gofundme account.

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photo by the Associated Press via the Washington Post March 12, 2014

Read more here…

“On Wednesday March 12, 2014, we began our day like any other day under the MTA viaduct on East 116th St. and Park Avenue.  What we never expected to ever happen, became our reality.  An explosion blew up two neighborbing buildings directly across from our retail shop.  We weredirectly in the ‘line of fire’ and suffered a lot of damage.  Luckily, none of our staff was hurt in the blast.  We did, however, lose friends and many are seriously hurt.

While we are thankful for being spared, the timing of this disaster has made our ability to open in time for spring questionable.  We continue to  endure a long and blistery winter.  This made for slower than expected sales.  The need for resources are more important than ever.  We personally invested into the preparation of spring, which most of the work has been blown away from the explosion.  Spring is the most important season for our business and not opening in the next couple of weeks will seriously impact our ability to stay in business….. continue reading“)

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March 12th, 2014 by HarlemGuy

(Photo credit: vintspiration)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE:  

Notification issued on 3/12/14 at 3:00 PM. The New York City Unified Victim Identification System (UVIS) has been activated in response to the building collapse that occurred earlier today at 116th Street and Park Avenue in Manhattan. If you are concerned about the welfare of someone who may have been affected by the collapse and are unable to contact them, please call 311. From outside of NYC, you may call (212) 639-9675. The American Red Cross has also opened a reception center at P.S. 57, located at 176 East 115 Street in Manhattan.

ORIGINAL:

Two buildings appear to have collapsed in East Harlem.

At least two deaths and 16 injuries are reported.  NYFD reports it to be a 5-Alarm Fire.  The buildings are located on 116th Street and Park (5th Avenue)

Our condolences to the families who lost family and friends.  And we wish a speedy recovery to those injured and quick resolution for those who have been displaced.

Get the latest news on CNN.

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March 12th, 2014 by HarlemGuy

(Photo credit: vintspiration)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two buildings appear to have collapsed in East Harlem.

At least two deaths and 16 injuries are reported.  NYFD reports it to be a 5-Alarm Fire.  The buildings are located on 116th Street and Park (5th Avenue)

Our condolences to the families who lost family and friends.  And we wish a speedy recovery to those injured and quick resolution for those who have been displaced.

Get the latest news on CNN.

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October 27th, 2012 by harlemhouse

Get outside while the weather is still nice before Monday’s storm hits.  Take advantage of the calm mild weather and go enjoy from 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM the East Harlem Harvest Festival.  Plenty of food, music and fun for the whole family!  Three blocks of festivities on La Marqueta at 116th Street and Park Avenue FREE ADMISSION See the large list of contributors and businesses participating in the above flyer.

See you there!  For additional information go to www.eastharlemharvestfestival.com

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June 27th, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemCondoLife
If you’re surfing through Facebook daily like I am, you can find some deals. I just came across this deal/coupon shown below by Urban Garden Center located at 116th and Park Avenue. If you like/follow them on twitter, Facebook, or tumblr, you can receive a 15 percent discount. They are giving out this coupon through their social networks as a way of saying “thanks” to those who interact with them. Not a bad way to say “thank you.” Check out Urban Garden Center on Facebook!

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January 29th, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life


In the photo above, that’s what East Harlem’s La Marqueta looked like a few decades back. The marketplace, located at East 115th Street and Park Avenue, started back in the 1950’s, grew to more than 400 vendors and suffered its own down period. That was then. Now the East Harlem market is having its own rebirth and they’re giving the public an opportunity to see it in an Open House on February 2! All the details are listed below.

Also, watch what vendors are in place at La Marqueta in this news feature on NY1. See you at La Marqueta!

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