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Attend 10th Annual NYC KidsFest in Harlem, June 21


Sunday, June 21 is one busy day in Harlem. Make Music New York takes place throughout the Harlem area as well as NYC KidsFest. NYC KidsFest is scheduled this Sunday from noon to five in Morningside Park.

The event is free and packed with music, theater, dance, storytelling and much more. 

Date: Sunday, June 21, 2015 (Rain Date: June 28, 2015)

Time: 12:00 pm- 5:00 pm 

Location: Morningside Park—113th Street @ Manhattan Avenue behind St. John the Divine. Closest trains: 1, B or C Exit 110th Street

Headliners of the event include: 

– Jam and sing along to the awesome pop sounds of MTV’s AJR. 

Galli Theater Presents: Little Red Riding Hood -No need to sit down and be quiet, join the actions! Come on stage and become a part of the play! Interact with the characters, warn Little Red of the Wolf, and engage in a theater experience like no other.

Aubrey’s Show Kids-The talented dancers of Aubrey’s Show Kids hit the stage like lightning with their amazing and entertaining dance moves.

Karen A.’s Zumba Experience-Your kids will not only dance but also exercise as they have a blast rocking out to Karen A’s Zumba. This energetic and passionate professional dancer, Karen A., is also a teacher at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.

Magnificent Mommy Dawn Lerner– Newly published by Penguin and author of My Fat Dad, Dawn will teach your children to “decipher the box” in a fun label reading activity and game. 

P.S.180 Violin Players– Young and talented musicians who have been training tirelessly to entertain the crowd with a beautiful performance. 

Reckless Entertainment Performers-Comprised of three artists of different talents, ranging from percussion to poetry, this ensemble brings together a variety of influences producing something unique, contemporary, and quenching your thirst for something new. 

Face Painting by Derek Little– Artist and face painter Derek Little will magically transform your kids face with his artistic imagination.

Where to listen to Make Music New York in Harlem, June 21

Mark your calendar! June 21 is when Make Music New York happens and there are plenty of options to experience the rhythm right here in Harlem! Below is a complete list of Harlem businesses participating, along with the talented artists/musicians! Check it out!

Central Harlem
Billie’s Black

271 W 119th St

7:00 PM Core Band with Margeaux Davis

8:00 PM Core Band with Darrius Booker

8:30 PM Gloria Ryann

 Corner Social

321 Lenox Ave at W 126th St

11:00 AM Gensis Neil and the Rhythm Wheels, original groove-feel jazz

2:00 PM Claire Rodriguez, sultry vocals over rhythmic guitar

3:00 PM Katt Rockell, blends R&B, soul & hip-hop

4:30 PM SuperBlack Band, the superhero within you

6:30 PM Marquise Ruffin, grandson of Motown legend David Ruffin

Drastadub Studios

31 W 127th St

7:00 PM Num & Nu Afrika, roots reggae

Grandma’s Place’s

84 W 120th St

11:00 AM – 2:00 Street Studio: Harlem, one of 12 small mobile recording studios on sidewalks throughout NYC, for the spontaneous, collaborative production of original music. Stop by and contribute to a track! See sidebar for details

3:00 PM Gina, prolific singer

Harlem Food Bar

2100 Frederick Douglass Blvd at W 114th St

all day DJ Stormin’ Norman “Sundae Sermon”

Harlem Haberdashery

245 Lenox Ave at W 122nd St

11:00 AM Gina, prolific singer

2:00 PM Daryl Stewart, singer & performing artist

Harlem Tavern

2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd at W 116th St

5:00 PM Marquise Ruffin, grandson of Motown legend David Ruffin

6:45 PM Claire Rodriguez, sultry vocals over rhythmic guitar

7:15 PM Rachel Arac, mixes dance beats with sultry & soulful vocals

Harris Garden

St. Nicholas Ave & W 153rd St

12:45 PM4 Unity, gospel duo

3:00 PM Donna Dixon, encourager of the soul who shares all

4:15 PM Division X, spoken word artist from the Bronx

5:45 PM Vett Stunna, recording artist from Baltimore

Jackie Robinson Amphitheater

Bradhurst Ave & W 146th St

12:15 PM N’YCE, positive & inspirational blind rapper

12:30 PM Roquois, new breed of pop music

12:45 PM Shawnee Jay, modern singer/songwriter with an old soul

1:00 PM Mel Smoove, new generation of music

1:30 PM Bukonla Bello, R&B/pop artist signed to Melodream Records

1:45 PM Juanita Wynn, releasing her solo single, “Be Who You Are”

2:15 PM Israyl, reggae performer of positive & inspirational music

2:30 PM Cush I Kushanti “reggaelutionary” artist who motivates the masses

3:15 PM Conceptz, conceptual rap duo from Orange County, NY

3:30 PM Chase “Bakeman Global” Baker energy built upon an empowering force

Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden

219 W 122nd St

5:00 PM Kenny Butler and Friends,  oldies, R&B, jazz & blues

7:00 PM The Goddess Lakshmi Band named for goddess of abundance

Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater

Mt Morris Park & W 122nd St

4:00 PM Lyshae from Chicago, performing pop/dance

5:00 PM Roquois, new breed of pop

6:45 PM Chellz, hip hop

Nabe Harlem Underground Lounge

2367 Frederick Douglass Blvd at W 127th St

11:00 AM – 9:00 Dennis Davis, John Cooksey, Stare Case, Gregory Bastien, DJ Zubetei Xzz, Sophia L. Coffee hosting musicians from Stevie Wonder’s drummer to the best DJ in NY


191 Lenox Ave at W 119th St

6:30 PM Kojo Stone, neo-soul singer

Saint Nicholas Miracle Garden

St Nicholas Ave & W 126th St

1:00 PM Brotherhood Experience positive choice for urban gospel

1:30 PM Phantm Phuego, hip hop

2:00 PM 8waves and the Weathermen bare minimum soul clashing

2:30 PM Motivation, mash-up of hip hop, pop, gospel

3:00 PM The Phryg prog rock jam, spread thick on a toast of funk

3:30 PM Malcolm Rhymer, iconoclastic hip hop

4:00 PM SuperBlack Band, the superhero within you

4:30 PM Just-One,  last of the real lyricists


196 Lenox Ave at W 120th St

6:00 PM Carolyn & Jay Leonhart, father-daughter jazz duo

St Nicholas Park

St Nicholas Ave & W 135th St

Presented by the Harlem Arts & Culture Initiative, in collaboration with the Harlem Arts Alliance

2:00 PM Judith Insell violist with Stephanie Berry (recitation) and Yuri Lemeshev (accordion): “Journey: Black Lives Matter”

3:00 PM Kelvyn Bell, the roots of American acoustic guitar

4:00 PM Steff Reed Grammy-nominated R&B

5:00 PM Warren Smith jazz percussionist, freedom songs for 21st Century Harlem

West Harlem Piers Park

Hudson River & W 125th St

12:00 PM Elgin Giles, R&B singer and actor

William B. Washington Community Garden

327 W 126th St

1:15 PM Ian Bamberger, melodic guitar, abundant harmonies

2:00 PM Red Sahara, quartet influenced by everything

2:45 PM Jordan Chude, hip-hop and poetry

3:30 PM Status IV riveting a cappella

4:15 PM Jim Joustra Band blues & jazz

5:15 PM Michael Persall, combines classic soul with modern pop

 East Harlem

103rd Street Garden

Park Ave & E 103rd St

12:30 PM Just-One, last of the real lyricists

El Catano Community Garden

171 E 110th St

3:00 PM Dabumrushkrew against the commercialization of hip hop

3:45 PM MakerzMark, embracing jazz standards

4:45 PM Just Another Folk Singer ballads of life, liberty & the pursuit of music

5:45 PM Just-One, last of the real lyricists

Emery Rose Salon

1888 Park Ave at E 128th St

12:00 PM Maggie Anderson, catchy rhythms & great hooks

1:30 PM Kama Linden MMNY, veteran who has travelled the globe

Family Garden sponsored by Tiffany

431 E 114th St

11:00 AM Carrie Lane NYC’s “Pop Princess”

 H&M Art and Home Decor

17 E 125th St

5:00 PM Elgin Giles R&B singer and actor

Target East Harlem Community Garden

415 E 117th St

11:00 AM Lamayah pop vocals, moves & tunes

3:00 PM Marcela mixes Latin rhythms with funk & pop

4:15 PM Hunter College Haitian Drumming Workshop

Thomas Jefferson Park

First Ave & E 114 St

11:00 AM El Taller Latino Americano performs with East Harlem schools

1:00 PM Harlem Samba Brazilian percussion ensemble

Urban Garden Center

1640 Park Ave at E 116th St

11:30 AM Unigen one-man band with an electro-jetpack instrument

2:00 PM MakerzMark embracing jazz standards

Blujeen in Harlem now open

According to their Facebook page, the restaurant owned by Lance Knowling called Blujeen is now open for business in Harlem. The Harlem restaurant row establishment is located at 2143 Frederick Douglass Blvd between 115th and 116th Street!

Stop on by and tell us what you think of Blujeen.



Marcus Samuelsson’s second Harlem restaurant Streetbird Rotisserie opens Thursday, here’s the menu 

If you haven’t heard yet, Streetbird Rotisserie, Marcus Samuelsson’s second Harlem restaurant on 116th Street and Frederick Douglass, will open this Thursday, according to his PR representation. Some mainstream outlets are reporting Friday as opening day. But it’s confirmed for Thursday, April 2.

This blog asked for a copy of the Streetbirdnyc  menu and price point. Take a look! Everything is reasonably priced at $11 bucks or less! Let us know what you think!


The sign says blujeen, another restaurant coming to Harlem’s restaurant row

Right next door to Harlem Shambles, located on Frederick Douglass Blvd between 115th and 116th Street, a new restaurant will be opening. We learned of this this morning.

The new place will be called blujeen! Apparently, it’s going to offer Southern cuisine. That’s what a worker onsite offered. Hmm.

That’s all the details we have at the moment. Stay tuned! As more details become available, we will pass along!



Adorable hat store opens on 116th Street in Harlem, Shatzi Life offering holiday discount

First it was restaurants opening in Central Harlem. Then coffee shops followed. The next trend seems to be hat stores! A new hat store recently opened at 139 West 116th Street in Harlem called Shatzi Life. They sell everything from hard hats to scarves and gloves to snowboarding hats for adults and kids. It is a very cute place! I bought a cute reindeer hat for my daughter and a Coal hat for me. Coal hats are made in Seattle, WA!

If you need a unique gift for someone, this boutique hat store is a nice option to consider for shopping! Here is their website as well!

Happy Holidays Harlem!





Marcus Samuelsson’s next restaurant opening? Harlem’s restaurant row says NYT

While we were all enjoying our Thanksgiving holiday, Harlem’s celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson decided to break news to The New York Times that week about his next restaurant opening in Harlem, which will be where else….but on Harlem’s restaurant row, aka Frederick Douglass Blvd. from 110th Street to 125th. The actual location will be on the southwest corner of 116th Street and FDB–right by Harlem Tavern and Silvana. The name will be Streetbird Rotisserie. His first Harlem establishment is Red Rooster. All the info above was confirmed by his PR rep.

When I learned of this news, the things that came to mind was why not open a place on FDB to begin with? And why open a restaurant there now?

Opening is set for Spring 2015, which in the restaurant business means Summer or Fall 2015!

So much for that diner my readers keep asking for! It ain’t happening.





WATCH: Neil Patrick Harris explains to Charlie Rose why he lives in Harlem

Actor Neil Patrick Harris moved to Harlem permanently with his family into a nice million dollar brownstone. He was recently interviewed by Charlie Rose and was asked “why live in Harlem?” Watch Harris explain.

Love a big gulp? 7-Eleven opening its first location soon in Central Harlem

We learned yesterday via a news release that 7-Eleven is coming to Harlem. New Street Realty Advisors, LLC recently announced that 7‐Eleven has leased approximately 2,300 sq. ft. of ground floor retail space at 256 West 116th Street. The commercial space is situated on the south side of West 116th Street between Frederick Douglass Boulevard and St. Nicholas Avenue.

7-Eleven will take immediate occupancy of the lower and first level space and anticipates an opening in early 2015. This means Africa Kine Restaurant is either moving to another location or closing. This blog reported earlier that Kennedy’s Fried Chicken was moving to the corner where a bodega use to be on 116th Street and FDB.

The picture below shows the exact location of where 7-Eleven will be located.


Corner bodega in Harlem to become new home for Kennedy Fried Chicken and Pizza

If you’re wondering what’s up with all the construction around the southeast corner space at 116th Street and
Frederick Douglass Blvd in Harlem, it’s rumored to be the new home of next door Kennedy Fried Chicken and Pizza. Apparently, they want more space and prominent location.

This should please my mother and nanny. They love this place for its inexpensive hamburgers and fried chicken. It’s also a place with good ethics. My daughters’ nanny left her wallet in there a few months ago unknowingly. My babysitter thought she left her wallet somewhere else. Fast forward to several months later, my nanny walks into Kennedy’s to purchase food and the owner says to her, “where have you been? I have something of yours!” It was my nannys’ wallet with everything intact, cash, credit cards and metro card, etc.

For my daughters first birthday party, I made sure to buy all the boxes of pizza from there! Good work ethic and decent food, deserves good business.

Stay tuned for Kennedy’s opening at their new location on 116th and FDB in Harlem.