Category Archives: Harlem

Attend Community Planning Workshop for CitiBike Share Expansion into Harlem 

CitiBike is expand into Harlem and you have the opportunity to voice your opinion! NYC Department of Transportation’s Bike Share Program has scheduled a Community Planning Workshop for Harlem CB10 on Wednesday, November 18th. Attached is a flyer for reference. Also, here is a link for community members that cannot attend, but can still voice their views!


Inside Row House Harlem, interiors taking shape, now hiring

The plywood is down at Row House Harlem, opening soon at 115th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd, and we have a glimpse of inside! Take a look!

The Harlem eatery is aiming to create “a chic subterranean look in the heart of Harlem’s restaurant row.” Have they done it?   

 Also we are learning they are having a open call next week for jobs. See details in photo below!  

Introducing #HarlemBabyTwo

There’s only one man for HarlemGal now, my little man and newborn son born yesterday at 5:34 pm weighing 6 pounds, 2 ounces! 

#Harlembabytwo joins his big sister, who I call online #harlembaby, and recently turned two!

Mommy and son are doing great recuperating in that Spanish Harlem hospital! 

See you around!


Academy Award Winner Lupita Nyong’o to be in Harlem, October 20

If you were looking to attend the free event at MIST Harlem featuring fashion darling and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, forget about it. Drats! It’s sold out. Nyong’o plans to visit Harlem October 20th to plug her new play downtown at The Public Theater called Eclipsed!

Oh well! Wonder if or where Lupita will dine in Harlem? Any guesses?


Harlem Harvest Festival happening today, October 10

Harlem Harvest Festival (presented by Harlem Park to Park) takes place today from 11am to 4pm at 116th Street and St. Nicholas. 

There is something for everyone at this one-day fall festival featuring food, farmer’s market, artisan products, family and kid friendly activities food/baking competitions, classes and live performances by local Harlem businesses and community members. See full schedule here:

· Activities/Stage/Live Performances – Bikram Yoga East Harlem class at 11:30am. Main stage: Whole Foods Market live cooking demonstrations 12:45 & 1:45pm, performances by Harlem Swing Dance Society at 3:15 and Majica Latina Jazz Group at 3:30 pm; DJ Stormin’ Norman & Sundae Sermon hosting. 

· Kids Corner – Chloe the Yogi Children’s Yoga at 12-12:30pm; Arts and crafts, pumpkin carving, face painting, NYPD rock climbing wall and The Bubble Man 

· A ‘Taste of Harlem’ featuring Harlem restaurants and retailers offering seasonal tasting menus for purchase such as Babbalucci, 67 Orange Street, Sexy Taco, Seasoned Vegan, New Harlem Besame, Settepani, Sol Cacao

· Cook-off (1pm)– Annual Cooking competition showcasing culinary dishes prepared by Harlem residents – categories are: 

– Healthy Soul food dish (vegetarian or meat)

– Healthy side dish using produce found at farmers markets 

· Bake-off (2pm) – Annual Baking competition showcasing baked desserts prepared by Harlem residents. Categories include: Best Pie, Best Cake, Best Cookies/Brownies, Best Cupcakes

· A Farmer’s Market & Artisanal Food Fair featuring fresh vegetables, produce (pumpkins, fruit, etc.) from New York farms as well as food from artisanal food vendors and wineries/breweries available for purchase. 

· Whole Foods Market Artisanal Vendor Review 12-3pm – local Harlem artisanal vendors will have an opportunity to present their products to Whole Foods Market foragers/buyers for the new store coming to Harlem.   


Video of Pope Francis visit to school children in Harlem

I came across this video of the Pope visiting Our Lady of Queen Angels School in East Harlem. Watch! It’s moving and inspiring!

Harlem Standard becomes Row House

  A few months back this blog was the first to announce that the owners behind Harlem Tavern we’re expanding their presence on Harlem’s restaurant row by opening another establishment at 2128 Frederick Douglass Blvd. That remains the plan. However, the name of the restaurant will be Row House instead of Harlem Standard.

According to Camaron Fagan, one of the owners and managing directors of Row House, the name serves as “a nod to the classic row houses and beautiful architecture all throughout Harlem. Harlem Standard was a name originally proposed to the community board 2 years ago when they applied for their initial licenses.”

Row House shared their mission statement with HarlemGal: 

“We are a seasonal American eatery with a chic subterranean cocktail bar in the heart of Harlem’s restaurant row. Our menu is designed to encourage sharing amongst friends, allowing you to sample a variety of small plates. A comfortable atmosphere with an exemplary level of service provides our guests with an elevated dining experience.”

Looking forward to trying out Row House, which is expected to open in the Fall!

Harlem Flo Boutique to close

Quickly scanning through Facebook, we learn today that Harlem Flo, located on Frederick Douglass Blvd and 122nd, will close! Stefan Handl, the owner of Harlem Flo, announced it today on social media saying “Harlem Flo will close after a successful eight year run and not sure what the future holds.” 

Handl does not explain in his post why his shop will close in a little over a month. Either way, very disappointing to hear.

As more information becomes available, we will pass along.


Cedric French Bistro becomes Bunz Harlem

Walking along St. Nick yesterday, I noticed Cedric French Bistro signage was gone. In place of it was a new name called Bunz Harlem! 

I went online to find more info. Apparently, Cedric Lecendre, the owner of former Cedric’s, has changed things up! According to his Facebook page, Lecendre has said cie la vie to offering the French menu at his dining space on 119th and St. Nicholas and will now be offering gourmet burgers and specialty cocktails. Check out the menu below! And tell us what you think of the change! 


Angel of Harlem open for brunch 

Need a place to brunch today in Harlem? Angel of Harlem, not the U2 song but Harlem’s latest establishment to open on 122nd and Frederick Douglass Blvd., is now offering brunch! Check out meal options on their Instagram account!