Category Archives: New York City

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.

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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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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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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Attend UN Women’s free event June 26 at Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater

Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is hosting an event in Harlem at the Apollo Theater and we are all invited to attend! The June 26 event is in celebration of the launch of the UN Women’s global campaign leading up to the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Tickets are free and can be downloaded by using this link.

DATE: June 26

TIME: 5–7 p.m., Doors open at 4 pm

LOCATION: Apollo Theater, 253 W 125th Street

NOTE: Please print the confirmation page and present it upon your arrival for admission to the Apollo Theater. Seating is on a first come, first served basis, therefore it is strongly suggest that participants arrive ahead of time to avoid missing the beginning of the event, and to secure a seat.

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Harlem kids, become a ballperson at the 2014 US Open

While this event is not happening in or around Harlem, Harlemgal is sharing just incase there is a Harlem kid in our community that’s interested in getting involved with the US Open as a ballperson. You know what a person is? It’s that energetic kid that chases the ball when one of those pro tennis players hits the net!

Here’s where you have to be to try out:

Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens

When: Thursday, June 19. Registration begins at 3 pm, tryouts begin at 4 pm. To be selected, you must be available for interview/call-backs in mid-July and available to work Tuesday, August 19 through Monday, September 8.

Who: 14 years old and wants to be on court with the biggest stars in tennis. Must be 14 years old by August 19 (If selected you will need valid New York State Working Papers if you are less than 18 years old – contact your school’s employment office for more information).

Skill: The US Open is looking for talented athletes with great throwing arms, a love for the sport and a thorough understanding of the game.

For more information, please visit: usopen.org/ballperson

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Lottery apartments now available in Harlem on West 117th Street

If you or someone you know is looking for affordable housing in Harlem, a batch of apartments are available at 24 West 117th Street. The apartments are being lotteried out by NYC Department of Housing. Applications must be in by May 5. To learn more, go to NYC.gov.

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From Harlem to LES, New York City iconic places, like mom and pop shops, disappearing

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.
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364 West 119th Street in Harlem purchased for rental redevelopment

In a news release issued today, Jasper Venture Group announced it has purchased a five-story, ten unit low-rise apartment building in Harlem for rental redevelopment.

The property, located at 364 West 119th Street, is in Morningside Heights neighborhood adjacent to Morningside Park and Columbia University. The location offers proximity to nearby Harlem restaurants, nightlife, and mass transit.

According to the news release, the brick row house was originally built in 1910, and its facade retains desirable original architectural features, including ornate ironwork and stonework.

Construction will begin in April, 2014.

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