February 17th, 2014 by HarlemGuy

Michelle Obama, Marcus Samuelsson via harlemcondolife

“I travel all over the world for work and I am constantly asked to define Harlem. What’s it like, people ask. Is it cool? Is it safe? When I go to places like the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to speak among celebrated thinkers and leaders, I’m often asked: Is Harlem good now? I always have to pause before answering. Good compared with what? To when? These questions all miss the mark. Is Harlem good now? That is a question loaded with long-held ideas about race and class, one that dismisses the complex, vital history of this neighborhood and its people, their contributions to civil rights and art, under one word: “bad.”

From the following op ed:  http://nyti.ms/1fnop73

You can find books and more by and about Marcus and Harlem on HarlemCondoLife’s new and improved store located here.

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August 15th, 2013 by HarlemGuy

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Harlem Park To Park Presents Harlem Restaurant and Retail Week!  Starting Thursday, August 15th, Today!  Look for Prix Fixe 3 course Menu Lunch $20,13 and dinner $30,13 from many of your favorite Harlem Hot Spots.  Also Retailers will have on sale select items from $10,13 to $30,13.  The discount menu and select retail items will continue all the way until August 31st.

So go out and enjoy Harlem and save a little dinero while supporting your community!  See full list and info at www.facebook.com/harlemparktopark and www.twitter.com/harlempark2park

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August 9th, 2013 by tharealharlemista

 

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New York’s official marketing and tourism organization NYC and Company‘s latest “Neighborhood X Neighborhood” unveiled its latest campaign on  Wednesday highlighting Harlem and Washington Heights , including a multipage article on Harlem’s Foodie Renaissance and a Destination:Harlem page that includes hotspots both legendary and new alike, including the Apollo Theater, the Schomburg Center, Aloft Harlem, Sylvia’s , Amy Ruth’s,  Red Rooster, Chez Lucienne, Bier International , Billie’s Black, and the Studio Museum.

“The Harlem and Washington Heights communities have rich cultural legacies that continue to thrive,” said Deputy Cultural Affairs Commissioner Margaret Morton. “From the iconic stages at the Apollo Theater and Harlem Stage, to the rich collections of the Cloisters and Studio Museum, arts organizations in these neighborhoods provide extraordinary opportunities for visitors and residents to engage with a wide range of unique cultural activities.”

 

http://www.nycgo.com/neighborhoods/

 

 

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August 6th, 2013 by HarlemGuy

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Top bars and bartenders uptown compete from August 12th – 21th.

Presented by HARLEM PARK TO PARK and sponsored by RIAZUL TEQUILA.

Final showdown event on August 26th from 6 pm – 10 pm, when the winner will be announced. DJ Stormin’ Norman of SUNDAE SERMON will provide the music, and the one and only Bevy Smith will be the celebrity judge.

THE RUNDOWN:

1. 35+ bars from West Harlem, East Harlem, Central Harlem and Washington Heights/Inwood each feature an original cocktail August 12th through August 21st.

2. Visit participating bars to sample original cocktails. Discounted price of $8 for cocktail on Monday, August 12th and Monday, August 19th.

3. Vote online at Instagram @UptownBattle until August 21st for your favorite bar to advance to the Showdown Finale event.

4. Bartenders from the top 3 bars with highest votes from each neighborhood will advance to the Finale/Showdown event on August 26th to compete for title of BEST UPTOWN BARTENDER.

5. Purchase tickets for admission to VIP Showdown event featuring industry/celebrity judges and celebrity dj, discounted drink/appetizer specials and original cocktail samples.

Tickets: $35 in advance
$40 at the door

Visit uptownbattleofbars.eventbrite.com to buy your tickets today!

PARTICIPATING BARS:

WEST HARLEM

9A NYC Kitchen & Lounge
Covo Trattoria
Harlem Public
The Grange Bar & Eatery

CENTRAL HARLEM

67 Orange Street
Bleu Violin
Chocolat Restaurant Lounge
Corner Social
Cove Lounge
Harlem Food Bar
Harlem Tavern
Lido Harlem
Melba’s Restaurant
Moca Lounge
Red Rooster Harlem
Ristorante Settepani
Shrine
Silvana
Sylvia’s Restaurant
WXYZ Bar/Aloft Harlem Hotel
Ya Tenga French Bistro

EAST HARLEM

Camaradas El Barrio
Harley’s Smokeshack
Prime One 16

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS/INWOOD

Coogan’s
Dyckman Bar
La Marina
Mamajuana Café
Mama Sushi
No Parking
Papasito Mexican Grill & Agave Bar
Uptown Social

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March 31st, 2013 by harlemcondolife

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Happy Easter Harlem from all of us here at HarlemCondoLife.  With Easter being such an important holiday for many of us here in Harlem (and around the globe) we hope you have a healthy and happy Easter with your family, friends and loved ones.  And take a little time to reflect and give thanks.  Be grateful for today and every day and for those less fortunate than you, send some extra love their way.  For those of you also going to church this morning, where are you having your Easter Sunday lunch/dinner?  Get ready Harlem, it is going to be a busy and blessed day!

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Thank you to all of our loyal readers and followers here at Harlem Condo Life after all these years.  We are happy and grateful to be able to help contribute our little part to the Harlem community at large.  We will continue to keep our blog and content positive, enjoyable and informative.  The original founders of HarlemCondoLife, HarlemCondoLife.com, @HarlemHCL are all still here (minus one) and we are HarlemGuy, NativeNewYorker, HarlemHouse and ICare4Harlem.  We are grateful to our guest bloggers who add various posts, breaking news and their own perspective and views on issues whenever they are able to help us out.  As we say in our Bio,  “We remain a group of friends from diverse backgrounds living in Harlem and sharing news and events with our community and around the globe.  Harlem is universal.  It is an identity known throughout the world.”  We are happy and blessed to be part of Harlem.

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September 13th, 2012 by harlemhouse

YouTube’s SPACEStv channel (NYT) features a new episode of “Take Me Home”– an ‘ambush makeover’ show hosted by MadTV and frequent guest of Chelsea Lately, Arden Myrin.  In this newest episode, Arden gets to experience firsthand the up-and-coming Harlem Lenox Ave./Malcolm X Blvd. neighborhood when she is given a tour of a penthouse-like condo by a Harlem father and his baby daughter.  The home features a huge living area to accommodate for baby Fiona’s toys, a spacious home office, and a balcony overlooking the famous Sylvia’s restaurant.

VIDEO: http://youtu.be/EHYe2_5j8uk

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September 9th, 2012 by harlemhouse

A reader of HarlemCondoLife informed us about a new 100,000 square-foot development that will be opening at 301-303 125th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard.  The four story building will include a DSW discount shoe store, Joe’s Crab Shack restaurant and Blink Fitness expected to be finished in 2013.  With a Red Lobster opening up next to the Apollo Theater we will soon have two new seafood restaurants on 125th Street.

We recently wrote about the plans for a Whole Foods to be one of many new businesses coming into the development to be built in the vacant lot on 125th Street and Lenox Avenue.  With the landmark Apollo Theater and all of the traffic  that it brings from all over the city I imagine this will only increase this busy 125th Street area.  WIth the heavily trafficked restaurants on Lenox Avenue, Red Rooster, Sylvia’s, Corner Social and the newly opened Les Ambassades there are plenty of great restaurants to eat at after an afternoon of shopping.  Also Cedric Bistro and Billie’s Black on 119th Street and too many restaurants to list on Frederick Douglass Boulevard which is now referred to as Harlem’s Restaurant Row.

Harlem’s 125th Street is a dynamic retail neighborhood with a wide variety of restaurants and a tremendous amount of foot traffic surrounding the area.  With subway lines on both Lenox Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, the amount of retail space, community residents and colleges in the surrounding area it is not surprising that Harlem is starting to attract more chain retailers.

*You can also follow us for more news and updates on twitter @HarlemHCL

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July 26th, 2012 by harlemhouse

Jado Sushi

Last night was the Grand Opening of Jado Sushi in Harlem and it was an enjoyable night and a great crowd.  It has actually already been open for two weeks now but the Grand Opening makes it official.

This early evening cocktail party included a variety of delicious Hors d’oeuvres and selected sushi along with wine and prosecco.  They have an extensive wine menu here at Jadu Sushi which comes to no surprise as Nobu Otsu also owns The Winery just up the street.

At one point it felt like the who’s who of Harlem.  Melba Wlison, owner of Melbas, Londel Davis, owner of Londel’s Supper Club and The L Lounge, Lia Sanfilippo, one of the owners of The Five and Diamond, Henock Kejela, owner of ZomaErnesto Gonzalez, one of the owners of Harlem Food Bar and Clarence Cooper the general manager for over 30 years (now retired) at Sylvia’s, were just a few of the guests showing their support and welcoming Jado Sushi to the neighborhood.  It was also nice to meet bloggers I had never met before for the first time and people in the Harlem media.

With good company, mellow jazz music playing, great wine and delicious appetizers  you cannot go wrong.  Stop by and check out Jado Sushi for yourself.  With their full menu now available you have even more to choose from.

Welcome Jado Sushi and congratulations.   If the crowds are any indication diners have been waiting for a sushi restaurant like this to come to the neighborhood and are happy that you are here.

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Jado Sushi Harlem

*Click here to see their location and our Review of Jado Sushi.

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July 19th, 2012 by tharealharlemista

Harlem’s “Queen of Soul Food” Sylvia Woods, 86, died Thursday afternoon at her home in Mount Vernon, N.Y, after suffering from Alzheimers disease for the past few years.

Woods and her husband Herbert, natives of South Carolina who met as children, started Harlem fixture Sylvia’s Restaurant in 1962. Starting as a humble luncheonette, Sylvia’s brand has grown to include multiple cookbooks, international exposure, and a nationwide line of food products. Teeming with tourists and neighbors craving cornbread, ribs, collard greens, fried chicken and other staples of Southern cooking, it’s also a major stop for politicians making frequent visits while on the campaign trail.

Rep Charles Rangel emoted: “Ms. Sylvia created a special place on Lenox and 127th street. Sylvia’s may have been famous nationally and internationally, but its soul has always remained in Harlem,” he said. “Nothing can replace its founder, but her legacy will live on in the memories she helped make.”

Mayor Bloomberg said: “We lost a legend today. For more than 50 years, New Yorkers have enjoyed Sylvia’s and visitors have flocked to Harlem to get a table. In her words, the food was made with ‘a whole lot of love’ and generations of family and friends have come together at what became a New York institution. Sylvia Woods came to New York City with a dream and her dedication made it a reality. She exemplified the entrepreneurial spirit that is at the heart of our city’s success. Even as her brand became a nationwide success, she never forgot to give back to the community that helped make it all possible, creating the Herbert and Sylvia Woods Scholarship Endowment Fund for Harlem High School seniors. My thoughts are with her family and New York City will never forget the Queen of Soul Food.”

The ever present flashing lights of Sylvia’s were turned off tonight in tribute to it’s Matriarch. Sylvia will be remembered and missed by all.

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May 31st, 2012 by fabsheeba

by Fabsheeba for HarlemCondoLife.com @HarlemHCL

I would have to say that Harlem will remain a part of me no matter where I live now. It is where I landed when making the west to east coast transition 17 years ago. I was leaving an idyllic black bourgeois existence, looking to open my eyes to what city life is. The relationship was long done. If you weren’t into anything TV, the conversations lasted 5 minutes. I hate to knock LA, but hey I am a native who needed more depth.

What better place to immerse myself and learn women’s health but Harlem. Let’s just say I got that and then some. For the record, as a resident doctor in OB/GYN, you live at the hospital. 135th and Lenox was my home. I didn’t pursue medicine to ask what insurance you have. I am a doctor to serve and empower my patients, plain and simple. The bulk of my Harlem women had a lot to deal with outside the hospital and for that matter their babies would as well. I became committed to providing the best care for them to tackle those injustices outside. I learned the power of women, the resilience of new life, the dedication of servants, like me and the joy of the 2/3 train with even its live entertainment at 652am. This was way before Starbucks and H&M, but of course Sylvia’s was happening and the Lenox Lounge was truly a lounge.

MGM and Culver City were oh so far away. It was a pretty crazy move with no relatives, a couple of friends here, but tons of possibility.
I would come to really know what urban means and, then some.

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