Lo Lo’s Seafood Shack opening on West 116th in Harlem

I received an invite today to come visit Lo Lo’s Seafood Shack in Harlem! It offers Caribbean Street Food. To be honest, I had no clue another restaurant opened on West 116th in Harlem! Here’s the menu and their website. I plan on checking it out! Hope to see you there!

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Harlem’s MODSquad Cycles will close at end of October

Reblogged from Columbia Spector

Patrons and neighbors said they will miss south Harlem bike store MODSquad Cycles when its owners close up shop and move to Luxembourg at the end of the month.

The store, located on Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 114th and 115th

street, was one of the street’s first upscale stores when it opened in 2008. Today, Frederick Douglass Boulevard is known as Harlem Restaurant Row after all the eateries that line the street.

“I think our presence made the neighborhood attractive to set up shop in this area,” co-owner Oyé Carr said. “There are so many different food places—I think it’s been nice to have other types of small businesses to anchor the strip.”

MODSquad, alongside a few other small stores, pioneered a wave of businesses opening in the neighborhood, including a bar hall, a sushi restaurant, and coffee shops, according to Carr.

Beth Renaud, a MODSquad employee for the last six months, said that recent years have seen city biking become more common in the neighborhood.

The store frequently serves patrons who are new to biking, many of whom come from the community around the store, Renaud said. As a result, the store has a local feel that represents the changing makeup of the community—longtime bikers and non-bikers alike.

“Kids come in all the time to pump up their basketballs,” Renaud said. On the other hand, she added, “We have people coming in who have been riding for 20 years and biking’s always been a part of their lives.”

Columbia students and faculty have constituted a fair amount of the store’s customer base, according to Carr.

Lily Rogers, GS ’15 and president of the Columbia University Cycling Team, said that she frequented the store.

“I liked MODSquad because it was near campus and had a local vibe,” she said. “The staff never tried to upsell me and I thought the mechanics knew what they were doing.”

Tim Forrester, a frequent MODSquad customer and the co-owner of a butcher shop on Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 115th and 116th streets, said that he does deliveries and runs errands on his bike and was sad to hear of MODSquad’s closing.

Forrester’s store, Harlem Shambles, moved to the strip three years ago.

“I know MODSquad has been here a few years longer and they moved into the area before it turned,” he said. “They really helped to let other businesses know that you could do something successfully in this neighborhood,” he said.

Moving forward, Carr, who has a Ph.D. in modern African politics, will be relocating with his partner, Danielle Tully, and their two children, Sekai and Mahdia, to Luxembourg, where Carr will pursue academia.

“My career has been about two things: being a small business owner and entrepreneur and being a professional Africanist,” Carr said. “I love owning a shop, but I also have intellectual and social interests.”
Harlem's MODSquad Cycles will close at end of October.

sasha.zients@columbiaspectator.com | @Sasha_Zients

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Amaretto Espresso Bar in Harlem is open, located on Frederick Douglass Blvd and 115th

Wanna try a new place in Harlem for coffee? Amaretto Espresso Bar, located on FDB between 114th and 115th Street is open for business. They opened yesterday and currently offer various cafe drinks and pastries. Check out there website here.

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Amaretto Espresso Bar coming to Harlem’s restaurant row

This blog first reported a few weeks ago that another cafe was coming to Harlem on Frederick Douglass Blvd between 114th and 115th Street! We now know the name, Amaretto Espresso Bar. There’s even a phone number posted. And from the looks inside this new Harlem cafe is getting ready to open! Stay tuned.

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What to do with kids in Harlem? Café Frederick in Harlem adds Stories and Sounds for kids every Tuesday

There’s one coffee shop in Harlem that wants to cater to the growing population of kids and families in Central Harlem. Cafe Frederick Harlem Parlor on Frederick Douglass Blvd and 114th is now offering a kids program every Tuesday at 4 pm. Stories, songs and movement will be offered to children 0 to 5 with a new theme every week. Unlimited coffee and crepes will be served for $10. Check out their Facebook page to learn more.

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The African-American Day Parade is today, 1 pm in Harlem

The 45th annual African-American Day Parade is today! It starts at 1 pm on 111th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. to 136th Street.

GRAND MARSHALS: Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rev. Al Sharpton, David Paterson, David Dinkins, Dr. Adelaide Sanford, Congressman Charles Rangel, Imam Izal-El M. Pasha, Lillian Roberts.

View prior posts here.

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Attend Savor the Season Uptown at Museum of the City of New York in East Harlm

On September 18 , Harvest Home will be hosting Savor the Season Uptown in East Harlem at the Museum of the City of New York to raise funds for healthy food and lifestyle programs to underserved communities. Attendees can count on enjoying a unique gastronomic experience like Mango Chicken with Grits, Seared Fluke Pear – Fennel Slaw, Carrot and Ginger Macaroons, among many others from local Harlem restaurants. See details below:

• Date: September 18
• Time: 6:30 to 10:00 pm
• Where: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, New York City
• Cost: General Admission $125; VIP Admission $250

Tickets for the event are on sale now. Visit http://www.savortheseasonnyc.org for tickets and more information.

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Trendy shoe retailer takes long time empty commercial space in Harlem

The commercial space on 115th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd in Harlem will no longer be empty. It has a tenant, according to Commercial Observer.

Moe’s Sneaker Spot, a trendy shoe retailer, will open its second location this fall at 1890 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, which is a newly converted condo building called The Strathmore

The shoe chain inked a 10 year, 1,800-square-foot lease in the ground floor space of the condo building where condos cost more than a million dollars and asking rents for the formerly vacant retail space costs over $50 per square foot.

To read full article, click here!

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Wanna live on West 150th in Harlem? 20 Rehabbed apartments now for rent

Hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend! By chance did you see the information that was posted online over the weekend about affordable housing on West 150th Street in Harlem? Applications are now being accepted for 287 West 150th Street. This development offers 20 newly rehabilitated affordable rentals in Harlem. The deadline for this application is October 27.

For income guidelines and additional selection criteria, please visit www.nyc.gov/housingconnect.

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Harlem business owner marries beau in Harlem made dress

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Some of us love Harlem so much we try to integrate our community into almost everything. Take for example, Harlem business woman Susannah Koteen, who co-owns Lido Italian Restaurant and Bar on Frederick Douglass Blvd. Susannah married Mark Sweeney, a skilled contractor, this past weekend in New York City and this blog learned she had her wedding dress made right here in Harlem for the special occasion. How cool is that?

Apparently, Penny Babel, a seamstress who lives in Harlem, made Susannah’s wedding dress and she does all sorts of custom jobs. Babel has her studio at 220 Manhattan Avenue and 110th Street. If you need a wedding dress, specially made or a custom outfit, Babel is available. Her phone number is 212.879.5844. No need to go far for special clothing!

Susannah will continue her career at Lido Harlem, and she and her husband will reside in Harlem, which means we gain a contractor in Harlem! If you need a contractor, Mark Sweeney is available. Sweeney has a contracting business with his business partner Mustapha Diop. The business is called M & M Property Services and their website is Ionanyc.com. They do all types of jobs for commercial and residential from gut renovations, kitchens and bathrooms, custom cabinetry, and home repairs.

So if you’re dining at Lido anytime soon, be sure to say congrats to Susannah. We certainly will. Wishing her and Mark all the best and many, many years of good health and happiness. Cheers!