Category Archives: Frederick Douglass Blvd.

See Beyond The Lights in Harlem November 6, Free

You are invited to a special FREE screening of Beyond The Lights in Harlem on November 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Magic Johnson Theater on 125th and Frederick Douglass Blvd.

Click here to download a pass for 2 while supplies last.

Beyond the Lights is the story of Noni, the music world’s latest superstar. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures of fame have Noni on the edge – until she meets Kaz Nicol, a young cop and aspiring politician who’s been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them who urge them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance. But it is ultimately Kaz’s love that gives Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.

Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, Colson “MGK” Baker and Danny Glover

Opens in theaters November 16.

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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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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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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!

Silvana in Harlem to offer side walk seating starting August 7

imageThere’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!

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Sign says apartments for rent at 2270 Frederick Douglass Blvd in Harlem

What was once an abandon lot is now the home of luxury rental apartments at the corner of 122nd and Frederick Douglass Blvd in Harlem. This is a common scene in Harlem. If there’s space in Harlem, developers will build on it. Now there’s a brand new rental building at 2270 and 2272 Frederick Douglass Blvd. Their website is 2270FDB.com Here’s how the space looked awhile back!

Little paper signs are posted on the commercial space at 2270 FDB saying now renting, for inquires call 212-997-0606. The website says there’s still availability. If interested in renting in this new Harlem building, give that number a call or email 2270fdb@gmail.com!

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Waffels & Dinges spotted in Harlem now, food truck parked on Frederick Douglass Blvd

If you’re craving Belgian waffels, there’s a Waffels & Dinges food truck parked right in front of Best Yet on FDB between 118th and 119th Street. They are there now and will be parked there all evening. Stop by for an afternoon and evening treat!

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