Category Archives: NYC

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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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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Vinatería Harlem named one of the Best Italian Restaurants in NYC by The Financial Times

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Congrats goes out to Vinatería in Harlem! They were recently named one of the Best Italian Restaurants in New York City by The Financial Times, an international London-based publication. The FT says Vinatería in Harlem “is a spot you can as easily drop into for a flatbread pizza or charcuterie as for a full meal of grilled octopus with rocket and a confit of pimento potatoes or the wonderful tagliatelle with pork ragù and black cabbage.”

Vinatería is located at 2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 119th Street. For reservations, call 212-662-8462.

See full article here.

Study cello with member of famous Ahn Trio, audition at Harlem School of the Arts May 5-9

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A reader from Bozeman, Montana/Jakarta, Indonesia sent in a unique story tip to share. The cellist from the famous Ahn Trio, three Julliard-trained sisters (Lucia on the piano, Angella on the violin, and Maria on the cello) who have “earned a distinguished reputation for embracing 21st century classical music,” is offering an opportunity to train with her for FREE! How does a musician get to study with Maria from Ahn Trio? If you are between the ages of 12-18, you will need to audition during the Harlem School of the Arts Prep Auditions, which will take place May 5-9. The individual(s) chosen will be able to study-tuition free with Maria for a whole year!

The Harlem School of the Arts Prep Auditions is an annual event, which covers other instruments, theater, dance and visual arts! Check out HSA website to learn more. And learn more about Ahn Trio by going here.

East Harlem’s East River Plaza completely leased out, Planet Fitness and Mt. Sinai rent space

Blumenfeld Development Group, the owners of East River Plaza in East Harlem, today announced via a news release that the retail complex at 116th Street and FDR Drive is now 100 percent leased following the signing of a long-term agreement for 14,500 square feet of space by Planet Fitness and the inking of a 15-year lease by Mt. Sinai Hospital for a community oriented dialysis center, also for 14,500 square feet of space.

They join other tenants within the five-story, half a million square foot complex that includes Target, Costco, PetSmart, Aldi, GameStop, Burlington Coat Factory, Old Navy, Bob’s Discount Furniture and Marshalls, among others.

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Central Harlem ranks first in…most condom use!

According to The New York Post, Central Harlem knows how to use a catcher’s mitt when playing adult baseball-metaphorically speaking. The article claims Harlem is first in the category of most condom use followed by Bed-Stuy, then Crown Heights. “Condom use peaked in Central Harlem (43.3 percent) and Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights (40 percent).”

Thank goodness our community knows how to play baseball well. Lol! Apparently, the Upper Westside and Greenpoint don’t know or want to use a catcher’s mitt. Guess those neighborhoods want more children! Lol!

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Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater turns 80

Happy birthday to the Apollo Theater in Harlem! Today, the iconic American venue turned 80 years old.

The Apollo stage has been graced by everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to James Brown, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and even President Barack Obama.

“The Apollo opened on Jan. 26, 1934, a year after the original venue at 253 W. 125th St., Hurtig and Seamon’s New Burlesque Theater, shut down.”

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DC-based Custom Fuel Pizza expands to Harlem, plans to open January 27

Custom Fuel Pizza, the Washington DC based pizza joint whose motto is “build your own fuel pizza,” is heading north to Harlem with their expansion plans. Custom Fuel has two places in DC already. Harlem will be its third at 123rd Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd. Custom Fuel plans on opening January 27 in Harlem. Stay tuned!

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Hey Harlem, we are getting free wifi

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Manhattan’s and America’s black capital, aka Harlem, is getting a major freebie via a grant and reaching a major milestone. Harlem is getting free wi-fi service and will soon be home to the nation’s largest wi-fi network.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced yesterday, Tuesday, that a specific section of Harlem will soon get a new outdoor public wi-fi network. The free wi-fi coverage will cover 95 city blocks, spanning from 110th Street to 138th Street.

“The public network will be funded for the first five years through a grant from the non-profit Fuhrman Family Foundation, led by former Goldman Sachs executive Glenn Fuhrman. The first phase is already underway, and the mayor’s office said the entire network will be completed by May of next year.”

Read more here.

Want a Harlem t-shirt? Keep Harlem, Harlem tees now available

On this Harlem blog, I use tees to feature the subject matter, ie Harlem. Sometimes readers ask, where can I buy a unique tee with the name Harlem on it? Here’s an option. One of my favorite Harlem sites, Harlem NYC, is now offering Harlem tees to purchase. The t-shirt says “Keep Harlem, Harlem.” Pretty cool…huh? If you’re interested in purchasing this Harlem tee, go here! And to check out Harlem NYC like I do, click here.

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