September 9th, 2010 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemGal
Walking home this evening (Thursday night), I noticed two new shops getting ready to open on Frederick Douglass Blvd. At 301 Cathedral Parkway, right next to the State Farm Insurance office and near Frederick Douglass Circle, there is a Subway shop opening. The sign is up! Then at 2098 FDB, I noticed neon lights and signage were up saying Express Dry Cleaners.

I am happy to see the retail space is filling up along FDB. However, I was really hoping something else new and different for these type of commercial spaces, such as a 24-hour diner or an Asian restaurant (Thai, Japanese or Korean) or another vegetarian restaurant. Definitely not another Subway shop. What do you think? What would you like to see in some of these commercial spaces in Harlem?

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August 18th, 2010 by HarlemGuy

By HarlemGuy

AM New York recently conducted a study to determine which subway stops are best suited to carrying your cell phone signal underground.  HarlemCondoLife (HCL) is pleased to report that Harlem stations made the grade as noted below IN BOLD.  

  • No. 1:
    • 14th Street, 34th Street, Times Square, 59th street, 66th street, 72nd street, 110th street, 116th street, 137th street, 145th street, 157th street, 191st Street
  • No. 2/3:
    • (Brooklyn) Hoyt Street, Nevins Street, Atlantic Avenue, (Manhattan) 96th street, 125th street
  • No. 3:
    • 145th Street
  • No. 4/5:
    • Wall Street, Fulton Street
  • No. 6:
    • Canal Street, Bleecker Street, Astor Place, 23rd Street, 28th Street, 51st Street, 59th Street, 103th Street, 110th Street, 116th Street
  • A:
    • Columbus Circle
  • C:
    • 135th Street
  • E:
    • 34th Street, 42nd Street, 50th Street, (Queens) Jamaica Van Wyck
  • F:
    • 23rd Street, (Queens) Jamaica 179 Street
  • J:
    • Chambers Street
  • N:
    • Prince Street, 28th Street
  • R:
    • City Hall, Prince Street, 8th Street, 28th Street, 34th Street

Please post a comment letting us know your findings.

One more reason why “Harlem is Where It’s At” (TM).

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October 14th, 2009 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemGal
I walked to the 2/3 subway stop today at 110th Street and Central Park North and noticed half of the retail space is gone at 111 Central Park North. HarlemCondoLife told you about Doctor Diego moving in to that space, and there had been a lot of chatter online about a McDonalds going there and Subway. Well, we know a Subway franchise got it’s way and a deli. I guess the tenents/owners in 111CPN were able to say “no way Jose” to the golden arches. If that is in fact true, as a homeowner in Harlem I am very happy!

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February 17th, 2009 by HarlemGuy

By HarlemGuy

I was walking by Tribal Spears the other day and noticed that the Subway appears to be open.   

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January 14th, 2009 by HarlemGuy

By HarlemGuy

The January 8th edition of AMNY had a wonderful article written by Marleene Naanes entitled “Harlem’s Hot ‘pocket'” (PDF format – start on page 20).  

It’s all about the HOT  little Southwest corner of Harlem on Frederick Douglass Boulevard (aka 8th Avenue; the “continuation” of  Central Park West above 110th street) from 110th to 125th.    

The GREAT NEWS about this southwestern corridor (the “Gateway To Harlem” also known as  “SOHA” for South Harlem) only gets BETTER and BETTER with each passing day.    

It’s HOT AND POPPIN’!

The article features informative mini reviews of various establishments  including museums, lounges and restaurants: The Studio Museum, 67 Orange, Africa Kine, Patisserie Des Ambassades just to name a few.

Below is an excerpt.

“Anyone who hasn’t walked through this pocket of Harlem in a while certainly won’t recognize it today. 

With health-food shops, upscale lounges, a trendy wine bar and florist, this neighborhood could be mistaken for a downtown enclave. A Starbucks, a soon-to-open Subway shop and new banks have only furthered its gentrification.  

‘Harlem got a lot more convenient,’ said lifelong resident Sharon Grimes, 39. ‘You have uptown life with a downtown feel.’  

‘It’s the best pocket in Harlem,’ said Carlos Aguila, owner of health food store Karrot, which he opened four years ago when crack still had a hold on the neighborhood. ‘It’s an aggressive pocket of gentrification and revitalization.’ 

Young single folks and new families alike have flocked to the area, which boasts nearby parks, restaurants galore, new lounges and bigger Manhattan homes for less money. Residents say they love that people know each other and aren’t afraid to say hi to passing strangers.”

HarlemCondoLife has previously reported on this and other related real estate news on this blog.    Below are few informative entries you may want to read.

HarlemCondoLife has profiled many of the establishments mentioned in the article on our blog, on Urbanspoon and/or via Twitter.    Check us out there as well.

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