Category Archives: business

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.

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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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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!

Made in Brooklyn coffee offered at new Cafe Frederick in Harlem

Walked by the new Cafe Frederick on FDB and 114th this morning and what was outside? Free coffee! The Harlem parlor was giving out free cups of coffee for passerby’s to try. Cafe Frederick will be offering java made in Brooklyn. Stop by and try some. I certainly did!

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Sign says Cafe Frederick Harlem Parlor, a new Harlem business on 114th Street and FDB

As this blog first reported, there is a new place opening on the corner of 114th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd. It’s called Cafe Frederick Harlem Parlor and signage is up in front of the place that’s located right across the street from Melba’s Restaurant. The owners are working every day in hopes of opening by the end of the month. Stay tuned…

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Harlem Biospace launches HYPOTHEkids, a summer science camp starting in July

Harlem Biospace, a new biotech incubator that opened recently for early stage life science companies, has launched a new kid initiative called HYPOTHEkids. HYPOTHEkids, a summer science camp starting in July, was developed to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and technology entrepreneurs right here in Harlem.

Limited slots are available for this eight-week summer program for K-5 children. The program is designed and taught by Columbia University-affiliated faculty and students (from Teachers College and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences). There is a theme a week and each theme will be explored through different lenses of science.

To learn more and sign up, go here.

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Frederick Cafe Bistro closes, new coffee shop to open and be named Cafe Frederick

There’s brown butcher paper covering the windows in Harlem of what was Frederick Cafe Bistro at 114th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd. Why? Because the place is currently being renovated as a new coffee shop. Frederick Cafe Bistro no longer exists. Yup. HarlemGal learned this recently. The owners of bier international, which owned Frederick Cafe Bistro, apparently sold their rights to the commercial space on the Northeast corner of 114th and FDB to new management. We don’t why they did this and we don’t know the name of the new management yet, however what we do know is that these new owners are currently renovating the space as a new coffee shop and it will be called Cafe Frederick.

This is the same space that housed Society Cafe and will now have its third business on this Harlem corner. As more information becomes available on Cafe Frederick, we will pass along.

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Fish market coming to Harlem on 131st Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd

Word has it that a new fish market will be opening in Harlem on 131st Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd. We hear construction is completed. However, the place needs to pass inspection. Stay tuned. As more information becomes available, we will pass along.

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New health and wellness business opens in Harlem, Harlem Chi Community Acupuncture

Looking to try acupuncture or need an acupuncturist close by in Harlem? There is a new clinic called Harlem Chi Community Acupuncture and it’s located at 360 West 125th Street, 2nd Floor. Harlem Chi Community Acupuncture had their grand opening on April 12.

Harlem Chi’s mission is to make acupuncture and Chinese Medicine accessible to more people and to reveal the power of this medicine to help with a variety of acute and chronic health issues-particularly when it is practiced as part of a general maintenance routine.

Acupuncture is administered via the insertion of very tiny, sterile, single-use disposable filiform (thin like thread) needles into specific points on the body that stimulate the body’s self-healing and self-regulating mechanisms. It can effectively treat both acute and chronic conditions, from stress reduction, aches/pain, women’s health (menopause, PMS, irregular menses, infertility, etc.), digestive issues, post chemo/radiation therapy, to sports injuries and sports enhancement.

To learn more about Harlem Chi, visit their website. Residents can also go online to make an appointment.

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Boxed water now available in Harlem, stop by Lenox Coffee

Some places in Harlem are ahead of the curve when it comes to environmental coolness. Lenox Coffee is clearly one of those places. They posted today on Facebook that they are now offering boxed water, aka water in a milk like carton. They are selling the brand, Boxed Water is Better, which donates 10 percent of their profits to reforestation projects and a further 10 percent to water relief foundations.The boxes of water are recyclable and consumers are contributing to a smaller carbon footprint! Very cool.

To learn more, check out Lenox Coffee’s Facebook page or better yet stop by to purchase boxed water. They are located at 129th and Lenox Avenue in Harlem.
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