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.”



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October 12th, 2012 by HarlemGuy

In conjunction with the current exhibitionCARIBBEAN: Crossroads of the WorldEl Museo del Barrio, the Queens Museum of Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem present a three-day symposium bringing together scholars and practitioners from across the Caribbean and its diaspora.

Keynote address by Derek Walcott:
Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott opens the SYMPOSIUM with a keynote address, “A Part of the Continent, from John Donne”. The evening will also include a theatrical reading of Walcott’s landmark play, Dream on Monkey Mountain, by the Classical Theatre of Harlemwith André de Shields reprising his role asMakak.

An accomplished writer, playwright, and scholar, Derek Walcott has published ten revered books of poetry, including The Antilles: Fragments of Epic Memory, his Nobel lecture which was published in 1992.

Walcott has been honored with a plethora of international prizes, including the Queen’s Medal for Poetry. He was a recipient of a five-year fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation and is an Honorary Member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. His poetry books include Another LifeThe Star Apple KingdomThe Fortunate TravellerThe Bounty and Collected Poems 1948-1984, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry. In addition to his poetry, he is the founder of the Trinidad Theater Workshop. His plays—which include Dream on Monkey MountainRemembrance and Pantomime, and The Odyssey—have been produced internationally, including the New York Shakespeare Festival. Walcott is based out of New York City and Castries, St. Lucia.

Speakers & Performances:
Symposium events will take place at both El Museo del Barrio and The Studio Museum in Harlem. Panel presentations will explore topics drawing from art history, literature, and the political and social history of the Caribbean and its diaspora. Panel speakers include: Dr. Rich Blint, Marc Latamie, Dr. Erica Moiah James, Richard Rawlins, Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims, Claire Tancons, Dr. Krista Thompson and Frances Negrón-Muntaner.

In addition, the New International Center of Diverse Artists (NICODA) will present How We Are Connected, a theatrical response to National Geographic’s The Genographic Project. This performance investigates 50,000 years of human history in a theatrical adventure fusing family lore, cultural mythology and scientific revelations about human migration and genealogy.


Keynote and Performance
Derek Walcott: “A Part of the Continent, from John Donne”, for more details click here.
Thursday, October 11, 2012, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
El Teatro, El Museo del Barrio
Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott opens the Symposium with keynote address, “A Part of the Continent” from John Donne. The evening will also include a theatrical reading of Walcott’s landmark play Dream on Monkey Mountain, by the Classical Theatre of Harlem with André de Shields reprising his role as Makak.

Historicizing Globalism in Caribbean Art: Haiti, for more details click here.
Moderated by Dr. Erica Moiah James
Friday, October 12, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Theater, The Studio Museum in Harlem

Contemporary Performance Art in the Caribbean and its Diaspora, for more details clickhere.
Dr. Krista Thompson: On Masking and Performance Art in the Postcolonial Caribbean
Claire Tancons: Curating Carnival? Performance in Contemporary Caribbean Art
Friday, October 12, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Theater, The Studio Museum in Harlem

Symposium Reception, for more details click here.
Friday, October 12, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Galleries, The Studio Museum in Harlem
Continue the conversation over cocktails and light fare, and view Caribbean: Crossroads of the World in the The Studio Museum in Harlem’s galleries.

Panel Discussion
Emerging Scholars: New Research in Art History of the Caribbean
Saturday, October 13, 11:00am – 1:00pm
El Café, El Museo del Barrio

Panel Discussion
Postcolonial Cities: Writing the Caribbean Diaspora in New York
Moderated by Dr. Rich Blint, with Angie Cruz, Dr. Veronica Gregg, Frances Negrón-Muntaner and Elizabeth Nunez.
Saturday, October 13, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
El Teatro, El Museo del Barrio

Panel Discussion
Reaching Beyond the Islands: The Role of Print and Digital Publications in the Caribbean
Moderated by Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims, with Marc Latamie and Richard Rawlins.
Saturday, October 13, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
El Teatro, El Museo del Barrio

Dance Performance and Conversation
How We Are Connected, for more details click here.
Presented by New International Center of Diverse Artists (NICODA)
Saturday, October 13, 2012, 8:00pm – 10:00pm
El Teatro, El Museo del Barrio

Admission to the SYMPOSIUM is free, separate RSVPs are required for each event.

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June 12th, 2011 by HarlemGuy

By HarlemGuy

If you are looking to check out some real estate in Harlem today check out 88 Morningside on the corner of Morningside Avenue and 122nd Street.

According to recent reports, out of 29 new residential developments in Harlem listing new units in the second, third and fourth quarters of  2010 and the first quarter of 2011, 88 Morningside beat the competition by selling a total of 32 units during that time period.

88 Morningside ( is a modern, 12-story residential building featuring 73 units in a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom homes.  The remaining 35 units range in size from approximately 737 – 1,577 square feet and in price from $415,000 – $880,000.   My favorite quote from all the marketing materials is as follows:

The development is situated in a community offering a vibrant scene with numerous restaurants, lounges, shops and services.  The Studio Museum in Harlem, H&M, Citarella and Fairway are within walking distance and the nearby Harlem Piers leads to the beautiful Hudson River bike paths and Riverside Park.

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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.    


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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