November 12th, 2013 by HarlemGuy

We recently stumbled across the following description of what some describe as a “newly christened” neighborhood in Harlem on  StreetEasy.

“Upper Carnegie Hill: Encompassing Mount Sinai Hospital and the eastern edge of Central Park, Upper Carnegie Hill is a well-respected area that is off the beaten path. “Museum Row” stretches through Upper Carnegie Hill to the end of Central Park, offering a nice walk with beautiful architecture. Like the rest of Carnegie Hill, Upper Carnegie Hill has maintained a high degree of historic integrity; however, its proximity to the northern, less affluent neighborhoods and public housing works to the north is a source of tension for wealthier residents.”

The history of Carnegie Hill is fascinating.  And here is a good albeit dated piece to read if you are thinking of living in Carnegie Hill.

More fascinating still is the concept that what has traditionally been known as East Harlem or Spanish Harlem is now also being called Upper Carnegie Hill.  Much like the emergence of South Harlem (SOHA) which depending on who you ask runs from 110th and Morningside Avenue to 116th and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. aka 7the avenue.  Or the fact that recently during Channel 7’s coverage of services for Nelson Mandela at Riverside Church, the TV displayed “Harlem” while the reporter stated “MorningSide Heights”.

This will certainly be an ongoing discussion topic as we try to answer the question: where does Harlem begin and end?  The answer is important both in terms of physical boundaries as well as from a cultural and historic perspective.

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March 29th, 2013 by HarlemGuy

harlemcondolife el barrio tours

East Harlem native, director Andrew J Padilla, whose grandparents left Puerto Rico for El Barrio sixty years ago, explores the effects of gentrification on Spanish Harlem’s working-class community. The largest Puerto Rican neighborhood in the 50 states

Winner of the 2012 Puerto Rican International Film Festival’s Best Documentary Short.

Premiere of El Barrio Tours in East Harlem
Friday April 5th, at 6:30pm
CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College
2180 Third Avenue
(119th Street & 3rd Avenue)

Panel to follow screening:
Judge Edwin Torres (Writer of “Carlito’s Way”)
Arlene Davila (NYU Professor/Writer)
Harold DeRienzo (Director of Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association)
Victor Bach (Coordinator of the NYC Alliance to Preserve Public Housing)
Andrew J. Padilla (“El Barrio Tours” Creator)

Musical Performance by the Legacy Women Afro Caribbean Drumming Troupe

Hosted by CUNY School of Public Health
(Community Health Education Program)

Sponsored By East Harlem Preservation

Originally, the film was supposed to explore these issues through an examination of my grandfather Jose Antonio Padilla Sr.’s 60 year stay in El Barrio, but he passed in 2011. This film is dedicated to him.

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July 16th, 2012 by harlemhouse

“You would give up your career if you lost your voice for good, or if the impresarios stopped calling, or the audiences stopped coming. But as long as those things are there, I don’t plan to stop. There is nothing that makes me feel better than to be with my public.”

– Celia Cruz

Celia Cruz Mural In Spanish Harlem, NY.
Artist: James de La Vega

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August 24th, 2011 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse

Great Party tonight worth checking out in Spanish Harlem!                            !WEPA! Wednesday, August 24 ‘ 6:00pm – 9:00pm at The Museu del Barrio an outdoor summer FREE event and YES, FREE access to the the Gallery for this event….Miller Cruz is honored to play with resident DJ/Producer Antonio Ocassio and Guest John Toto Rivera some Afro Latin House with with a mix of Brazilian Afro House. One of the best Brazilian Percussionist Ze Mauricio will spicy up this Latin/Brazilian Afro House feast… 6PM till 9PM… 1230 5th Ave (104th ST)

See you there!  HH

Click here to see EVENT INVITE                                                                                    !WEPA! Latin/Brazilian Afro House Feast

Museo de barrio                                                                                                                            1230 5th Ave (104 ST)                                                                                                              Harlem NY


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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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June 14th, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemCondoLife
Don’t forget, tonight (June 14th) is the 33rd annual Museum Mile Festival, which starts at 6 p.m.  Start your visit to the Museum Mile Festival at the Museum of the City of New York, located in Spanish Harlem, with free admission and live music. View the Museum’s current exhibitions, Moveable Feast: Fresh Produce and the NYC Green Cart ProgramJoel Grey/A New York Life, and The American Style: Colonial Revival and the Modern Metropolis, then stroll the rest of Fifth Avenue and visit eight more of the country’s finest museums, all open and FREE of charge.

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June 2nd, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemCondoLife
If you have never visited some of the wonderful museums in Spanish Harlem, such as El Museo del Barrio, Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) and its newest member-the Museum of African Art, well now is your opportunity…and for FREE! On June 14, El Museo del Barrio, MCNY, and the Museum of African Art will participate in the annual Museum Mile Festival.

One day a year, nine of New York City’s museums, all ones that call Fifth Avenue home, collectively open their doors from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. for free to New Yorkers and visitors for a mile-long block party and visual art celebration. This traffic-free, celebration fills the street and sidewalks of Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th street, the mile designated as Museum Mile.

The Museum for African Art is the newest member to Museum Mile and is slated to open in September 2011. However, they will have a table out front. So be sure to stop by at Fifth Avenue and 105th Street.


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May 23rd, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemCondoLife
A big congrats to The Young Women’s Leadership School (TYWLS) and its founder Ann Tisch for getting a nice mention in the June issue of Vanity Fair. The article mentions how Tisch started the all girls school 18 years ago in Spanish Harlem, located at 106th and Park Avenue, and will soon be reaching a major milestone, 11 graduations. One hundred percent of the schools graduates are accepted at colleges.

To read more about TYWLS and its founder, purchase the June issue of Vanity Fair.

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May 5th, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemCondoLife
It’s Cinco de Mayo! Happy Cinco de Mayo Harlemites! Where will you be celebrating the Mexican holiday for 2011?

I still hear East 116th Street in Spanish Harlem will have a party atmosphere even though their annual Cinco de Mayo Festival passed. Check out the review by The Village Voice.

Remember this part of the City is Harlem’s booming Mexican population. So if you want to be authentic with your celebration of May 5th, no need to go far. Head on over to Spanish Harlem to celebrate. You might just see this Latina celebrating there!

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May 3rd, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemCondoLife
It ain’t easy being green in New York City. However, it just got easier for us Harlemites! We have the Urban Garden Center right in Spanish Harlem at East 116th Street and Park Avenue. This week Urban Garden Center is celebrating its Grand Opening May 4! They are a part of La Marqueta!

For the Grand Opening, there will be drinks, rice & beans and roasted pig! And for those that want to come up for this from downtown, take the 6 train to Lexington Avenue and 116th Street or drive! Urban Garden Center offers free parking to its patrons on Park Avenue between 117th and 118th Street. Discounts will be offered as well.

So it looks like Spanish Harlem is the place to be this week, i.e. May 4 for Urban Garden Center and May 5 for Cinco de Mayo! Que suave!

Urban Garden Center Grand Opening
Free food Great music and big discounts.
116 Street Park Avenue
May 4 2011 from 4pm to 8 pm

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