Category Archives: Harlem

Why Harlem should shop Black Friday at DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse on 125th Street

There is one big company, which has a presence in Harlem, that is making a bold statement by being a leader and not a follower. DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse has decided to remain closed on Thanksgiving Day and not follow the insanity that’s typically been happening over the years, which is to open ahead of Black Friday, Americas’ annual holiday shopping frenzy the day after Thanksgiving.

The CEO of DSW made the decision to not be open on Thanksgiving Day because he believes their workers should be home celebrating with family. Another translation: putting people first ahead of some measly revenue generated a few hours before Black Friday!

This blog couldn’t agree more with DSW’s position and plans to shop Black Friday at DSW Shoes in Harlem. HarlemGal salutes DSW Shoes for their recent decision to stay closed on Thanksgiving Day 2014 and is asking its readers to join this blog in acknowledging DSW online or with your pocket book on Black Friday. Let the holidays begin!

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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.

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View rendering of new Harlem condo going up on 110th and Central Park North

The gas station that was located on 110th Street and Central Park North in Harlem is completely gone and a rendering of what’s to go in that space is up! Take a look. Market rate apartments will be offered starting in the winter 2017. Stay tuned.

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Melba’s Restaurant in Harlem to host Sunday gospel brunch on 125th Street

We just learned today that Melba’s 125, same owner as Melba’s Restaurant, will be offering all you can eat buffet Gospel Brunch in Harlem, every Sunday starting November 16th. For only $19.99, guest will enjoy good food and music.

Melba’s 125 is conveniently located at the Harlem State Office Building, which boasts a panoramic view of the historic 125th street shopping district.

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Lara Land of Harlem’s Land Yoga strikes a different pose, a reblog

HarlemGal Inc.:

Lara Land of Harlem’s Land Yoga strikes a different pose, i.e. a fashion pose, for another NYC blog. It’s gorgeous! Take a look.
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Originally posted on Monica Gullickson's Weblog:

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In this Mes Demoiselles dress Lara Land beautifully channels Ali McGraw in her heyday.  As the young owner of Land Yoga, which she opened after returning from a year traveling in India and teaching yoga to genocide survivors in Rwanda, and a pioneer in the West Harlem business revival, I think she stands behind the classic line in Erich Seigal’s Love Story – Love means never having to say you’re sorry.

Rag & Bone Hat, Isabel Marant belt, La Rok jacket, Golden Goose Boots.

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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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