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!
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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.
Posted in 116th Street, Bars, business, celebrities, drinks, food, Frederick Douglass Blvd., Harlem, Harlem bloggers, Harlem blogs, Harlem businesses, Harlem Restaurant Row, Harlem restaurants, Harlem Tavern, HarlemGal, Red Rooster Harlem, restaurant row, restaurants, Silvana, Streetbird Rotisserie Harlem, Where to dine in Harlem
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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.
Posted in 116th Street, commercial real estate, food, Frederick Douglass Blvd., Harlem, Harlem bloggers, Harlem businesses, Harlem commercial real estate,, Harlem restaurants, HarlemGal, real estate, restaurants, Things to do in Harlem, Where to dine in Harlem, Where to live in Harlem
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.
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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!
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!
Posted in 116th Street, Bars, business, food, Frederick Douglass Blvd., Harlem, Harlem bloggers, Harlem blogs, Harlem businesses, Harlem Restaurant Row, Harlem restaurants, HarlemGal, Lido Harlem, Lido Italian Restaurant and Bar, restaurant row, restaurants, Where to dine in Harlem, Where to live in Harlem
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There’s nothing better than sipping a nice cup of coffee from Silvana in Harlem together with a pita egg sandwich and some tasty fried cauliflower. Yummy! Actually, what would make that treat better is being able to sit outside and people watch. And that’s we are all going to be able to do soon at Silvana in Harlem. Starting tomorrow, August 7, Silvana will offer outdoor/side-walk seating. There will be red chairs and silver tables waiting for us to enjoy!
So if you’re in the area, stop on by and check out Silvana’s side-walk seating in Harlem. They are located on 116th Street between Frederick Douglass Blvd and Manhattan Avenue! See you there!
Posted in 116th Street, Bars, Cafe, drinks, food, Frederick Douglass Blvd., Harlem, Harlem bloggers, Harlem blogs, Harlem businesses, Harlem Restaurant Row, HarlemGal, restaurant row, restaurants, Silvana, Things to do in Harlem, Where to dine in Harlem, Where to live in Harlem
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Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association, a Harlem based 501(c) (3) non-profit community organization, is looking for a college-bound Harlem high school senior! Why? The organization’s Scholarship Fund will award a $4,000 scholarship-1,000 renewable annually for four years-to a college-bound high school senior, who resides in Central Harlem from 110th Street to 135th Street, between Morningside and Third Avenues.
The application deadline is June 1 and the scholarship requirements are below. Click here to apply.
· Graduating high school seniors living in the greater Mount Morris Park/Central Harlem Community, from 110th Street to 135th Street, between Morningside and Third Avenues
· Student must have a C+ (75%) or better grade point average
· Student must have participated in a community service project
· Student must have accepted admission to a two or four-year college or university
· Student must demonstrate financial need by completing FAFSA application
Posted in 110th Street, 116th Street, 125th Street, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., Community, education, Frederick Douglass Blvd., Harlem, Harlem bloggers, Harlem blogs, HarlemGal, kids, Lenox Avenue, Mt. Morris Park
Tagged Harlem, harlem community, Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association
Two New York City photographers have been documenting the City’s transformation for several years. It started with a book, titled “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York,” in which they photographed mom-and-pop stores around the city, including select parts of Harlem, such as Lenox Avenue and 125th Street. They recently returned to these Harlem locations, and all the other original locations as well, to see what stands in those places now. Take a look below at the Harlem areas documented and see what’s happened.
Read additional news coverage here.
Posted in 110th Street, 116th Street, 125th Street, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., art and culture, Community, education, Frederick Douglass Blvd., Harlem, Harlem bloggers, Harlem blogs, HarlemGal, Lenox Avenue, New York, New York City
Tagged art, gentrification, Harlem, James and Karla Murray, Mom and Pop, new york city, photography, Urban Development, Urban Progress