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.
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.
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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I was looking to re-pot a beautiful hydrangea bought at Harlem Flo and the gentleman there referred me to Mushtari Hardware. What a surprise! In the front it’s a well-priced, extensive hardware store but walk to the back and there’s a hidden floral feast. Or maybe a mini tropical rain forest. Immediately my nose was hit with a beautiful waft of humid fragrant air and my eyes were filled with vibrant hues of healthy, flowering greenery. Beyond the plants themselves, Mushtari sells seeds, bags of potting soil, gardening implements and numerous planters. The people that work there are helpful and amiable and the entire store seemed to be quite popular and crowded. Mushtari Hardware is the perfect place to establish your urban garden.
31 W 125th st. 10027
Posted in Harlem Tagged with: 125th St., Flowers, Gardening, Hardware, Harlem, Plants
A great little addition to the up and coming new businesses on Frederick Douglass Blvd.
This friendly and helpful flower shop carries a nice selection of house plants and a large variety of cut flowers. They deliver various plants and cut flowers to the surrounding area and regularly have a hearty selection of seasonal plants. They also provide services for weddings and other events. Owners Louis Gagliano and Stefan Handl opened this shop 18 months ago and HarlemCondoLife encourages everyone to drop by and check it out.
Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 11-7 PM and Sunday 12-5 PM.
2292 Frederick Douglass Blvd. (at 123rd St.)
New York, NY 10027
212 316 3031
Posted in Harlem Tagged with: cut flowers, delivery, Florist, Flowers, Harlem, House Plants, Nursery, Orchids, Photos by HarlemHouse, Plants