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Adorable hat store opens on 116th Street in Harlem, Shatzi Life offering holiday discount

First it was restaurants opening in Central Harlem. Then coffee shops followed. The next trend seems to be hat stores! A new hat store recently opened at 139 West 116th Street in Harlem called Shatzi Life. They sell everything from hard hats to scarves and gloves to snowboarding hats for adults and kids. It is a very cute place! I bought a cute reindeer hat for my daughter and a Coal hat for me. Coal hats are made in Seattle, WA!

If you need a unique gift for someone, this boutique hat store is a nice option to consider for shopping! Here is their website as well!

Happy Holidays Harlem!

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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!

Things to do with kids in Harlem: Free Capoeira Angola class April 5

Need an interesting and different activity for your Harlem child? How about introducing your kid(s) to the Brazilian art form of Capoeira Angola. There are free kids classes available on April 5 at the Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande located at 154th and Frederick Douglass Blvd.

Capoeira Angola is an Afro-Brazilian art form, which includes fluid, rhythmic martial art; a ritual; a dance of wit and grace. See details below for upcoming free kids class in Harlem.

Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande
2916 Frederick Douglass Blvd (corner of 154th & 8th avenue)
Harlem, NY 10039
Tel: (212) 989-6975 or (646) 578-5099

Transportation:
Subway: B, or D train to 155th Street
3 train to 148th Street
A to 145th Street
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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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Awesome Actor Denzel Washington dines in Harlem at The Park 112

Golden Globe, Tony, Academy Award Actor Denzel Washington decided to head uptown this past weekend for some good grub in Harlem. Where did he go? To Harlem restaurant row’s The Park 112. Not a bad choice, Denzel! We hear he ordered the Brick Chicken and Branzino dish, but no drinks! Hey, when you’re on Broadway performing in Raisin in the Sun, ya gotta eat and drink well.

Let’s not forget that Denzel Washington is familiar with the streets of Harlem. A few years back, he was in Central Harlem filming American Gangster.

Other celebs, models and well-known athletes have made their way up to Harlem to The Park 112 as well, such as Kobe Bryant, Jessica White, and Mekhai Phifer of ER. Again, don’t take our word. Go to their Instagram account! All the evidence is there!

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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.

The Laundromat Project offering Spring Break art class for Harlem middle school kids April 14-18

Need a kid project for Spring Break? Here’s a suggestion! The Laundromat Project is offering a five-1918445_2334299day art class for Harlem middle-school kids from April 14th to 18th, which is Spring Break for NYC public schools. The art class begins at 9:30 am and runs to 3 pm. During this time, students will learn how to silkscreen and print with linoleum plates, and visit local museums and artist studios.

If you don’t have anything scheduled for your kids during Spring Break, this program is a nice option filled with art making and creative expression.

The deadline to apply was today, but it has been extended to March 24. Interested parents should apply here.

Custom Fuel Pizza is open to the public in Harlem


I went by Custom Fuel Pizza this afternoon since today is the day it opened in Harlem on 123rd and FDB. I ordered the classic pizza with wheat crust, sausage and garlic cheese. It was yummy.

The place looks great too. The interior is fun and very welcoming. And ordering pizza is…oh so simple. Just follow the five steps!

Custom Fuel Pizza is a nice addition to Harlem’s restaurant row. Go check the place out yourself and let us know what you think!

Custom Fuel Pizza Harlem
2288 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
646-524-5636

Custom Fuel Pizza moves opening date in Harlem to February 26

I walked by Custom Fuel Pizza yesterday, the new pizza joint that will be located at 123rd and Frederick Douglass Blvd., and there was a sign posted on their door that said opening date is now scheduled for February 26. The previous date was scheduled in late January.

The sign also noted there were employment opportunities still available and to inquire within.

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Double Dutch Espresso in Harlem now open on restaurant row

Lenox Coffee in Harlem announced this morning on Facebook that their “sister coffee-house” on Frederick Douglass Blvd is now open. It’s called Double Dutch. The previous name was Bearded Lady Espresso

Double Dutch Espresso is located on FDB between 118th and 119th Street. Go check it out and let us know what you think!

And congrats to the owners of Lenox
Coffee on their expansion in Harlem!

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