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Neil Patrick Harris says no Verizon Fios available in Harlem…at least for his home

The last time Harlem resident Neil Patrick Harris tweeted out something, he eventually got it, which was a Harlem brownstone. Now he can’t get the wifi service he wants so who does he turn to? Twitter. About a day ago NPH tweets out, Verizon Fios service does not reach his new Harlem brownstone. Apparently the service stops about a block away. That’s weird. Why would Verizon Fios stop close to 125th Street in Central Harlem?

The tweet has been retweeted more than a 100 times. I think Harlem is going to be getting expanded Verizon Fios service soon! Don’t ya think?

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Select Harlem residents start petition to bring Citi Bike Share to Harlem

It was only a matter of time before this was going to happen. A petition is underway asking the NYC Department of Transportation and Community Board 10 to assist the Village of Harlem in expanding and having access to Citi Bike Share in Harlem.

The campaign started recently and was sent to HarlemGal Inc in response to our recent blog coverage on the bike share program.

If you’re interested in signing the petition, click here. The campaign’s goal is more than a hundred signatures.

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Is Citi Bike Share finally coming to Harlem? Where will the racks be located in Harlem?

A few weeks ago, HarlemGal Inc wrote a blog post, which was picked up by two media outlets and collected mixed comments, criticizing Citi Bike Share for allowing the film set Annie to use the bike program in Harlem, but not allowing real life Harlem residents to have the same opportunity. Ironically, we are learning today from The New York Daily News that the Citi Bike Share may now becoming to Harlem as part of Phase II.

According to The Daily News, “Community Board 10 Chairwoman Henrietta Lyle revealed Wednesday night (October 2) that Department of Transportation officials emailed her with their plans to install at least three docking stations uptown featuring the clunky blue two-wheelers. Lyle told her fellow board members that the racks-the first that would be located in Manhattan above 59th St.-would be installed on Frederick Douglass Blvd. at W. 115th St. and W. 154th St. along with one on Lexington Ave. near E. 98th St. in East Harlem.”

Kudos to Chairwoman Lyle for leaking out the information at the board meeting and for raising the question “what about the rest of the Harlem community and the bike share?”

HarlemGal Inc.’s position has been, if Citi Bike Share was good enough for a movie set in Harlem, it is good enough for real life residents of Harlem to use. The Village of Harlem should have been a part of Phase I of the program! However, if Citi Bike Share is honestly moving forward with implementing the bike share in Harlem, we’ll take it!
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Citi Bike Share good enough for ‘Annie’ movie set filming in Harlem, not good enough for real life Harlem residents to use

Did anyone notice all the publicity, irony and major hypocrisy around adorable actress Quvenzhané Wallis riding a Citi Bike through Harlem on the set of ‘Annie’ this past week? When I saw several news clips stating how the character of ‘Annie’ was spotted in Harlem riding a Citi Bike, all I could think about was…wow, how interesting that the Citi Bike Share is being used on the set of the remake of ‘Annie’ now filming in Harlem, but none of us who live in the Village of Harlem actually get to use the bike share program because Citibank has not made it available to those of us who live uptown. What a double standard by Citibank?

It’s obvious that Citibank paid the big time producers of the remake of ‘Annie’ for product placement. I guess Citi Bike Share wants to give the appearance in this upcoming movie that all poor little black children get to use their bikes. Bull! Do the producers of this movie know Harlem residents do not get to use this bike share?

At this time, no child who lives in Harlem or friends or family get to use Citi Bike Share. In my view, this is hypocrisy at its best. There is not one Citi Bike location in Harlem to date. And there’s been no explanation (that I can find) for why the Citi Bike Share has not been made available to Manhattanites who live Uptown! Talk about a hard-knock-life. Harlem residents are the real life orphan-Annie’s when it comes to the Citi Bike Share program. I guess we are not good enough to work on our carbon foot print. But hey in a movie, lets fool everyone else that this might be happening in Harlem.

All I can say is, if the Citi Bike Share program is good enough to use on the movie set of ‘Annie’ currently filming in Harlem, then Citi Bike Share is darn well good enough to implement and use for the people living in Harlem. Hope Citi Bike Share comes to their senses and changes their locations. Hypocrisy will get you no where.
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Neil Patrick Harris requests Harlem brownstone online and gets it, actor and partner buy 2036 Fifth Avenue

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Ask and you shall receive! That’s what Harlem resident, actor and TV star Neil Patrick Harris did back in March where he took his plea to twitter saying “he was looking for a Harlem brownstone.” He wanted a Harlem brownstone and he purchased a Harlem brownstone, according to The New York Post today.

The NY Post says, “Harris [and his partner] just bought a stunning $3.6 million townhouse at 2036 Fifth Ave., between West 125th and 126th streets. The five-story stunner has five bedrooms, five bathrooms and measures a sprawling 8,000 square feet. The sun-filled home includes two terraces, a backyard, chef’s kitchen and lots of space for a playroom and gym. The home is significantly bigger than the couple’s previous home, which was also in Harlem.” View pictures of the actual property here.

Congrats to Harris and his family on their new home. And a nice reminder for the rest of us in Harlem, if you’re rich and famous, you can pretty much get what your little heart desires in Harlem or anywhere in the City.

Experience jazz at the Great Hill in Central Park North today, August 10

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Free jazz on the Great Hill returns for its seventh year to Central Park North today, August 10th. Activities start at 3 pm. Bring your family, friends, and blanket to enjoy live musical performances by world-renowned musicians, snacks from food trucks and family games and activities.

Performers will include Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, a swing band that’s played everywhere from Dinosaur BBQ to Lincoln Center, and the innovative Bobby Sanabria Big Band, whose album Multiverse was nominated for two Grammy Awards, Best Latin Jazz Recording and Best Instrumental Arrangement.

Food truck vendors Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Truck, and Calexico Cal-Mex Cart will be onsite. Family activities will include the creation of a unique eco-postcard inspired by musical jazz instruments in a hands-on workshop for families, along with lawn games.

WHAT: Great Jazz on the Great Hill

WHO: The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra (swing band that has performed everywhere from Dinosaur BBQ and Lincoln Center)
The Bobby Sanabria Big Band (album Multiverse was nominated for two Grammy Awards, Best Latin Jazz Recording and Best Instrumental Arrangement)

WHEN: Saturday, August 10

TIME: Family activities and performances from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

WHERE: Great Hill in Central Park North. Enter the Park at 106th Street (Duke Ellington Boulevard) and Central Park West and walk up the stairs or ramp to the Great Hill.

NOTE: The event will be cancelled in case of inclement weather.

What to do in Harlem? GreenThumb Festival, Opening Night of The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This Saturday, July 13, is the GreenThumb Summer Festival at Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building Plaza on 125th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. the program starts at 11 am, but the festival runs from 10 am to 4 pm

This day long celebration will serve to recognize urban farming and the GreenThumb community gardens across New York City. Radio Station WBLS 107.5FM will broadcast from the site and will be accompanied by activities on the plaza. Additionally, there will be face painting, arts and crafts, food demonstrations, and a full size garden on display courtesy of the Urban Garden Center.

On Saturday evening, it is opening night of The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which starts at 7:30 pm at The Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt. Morris Park West and 122nd Street. Opening Night is free. Performances of the show runs through July 30 on Tuesdays through Sunday at 7:30 pm.

For opening night, the play will be followed by a 9:30 pm cast party at Settepanni, 196 Lenox Ave. (at 120th Street).

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Plenty happening in Harlem June 9, Green Gym Day, Mafrika Music Festival, Mt. Morris Park House Tour, Maysles Education Open House

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There is so much happening on June 9 in Harlem, there’s absolutely no time for church. Unless you prefer the church of the outdoors, music or brownstone tours. Decisions, decisions. What to do in Harlem on June 9? Here’s some ideas:

Sunday, June 9 is Green Gym Day – a day to celebrate outdoor fitness in our parks! The Friends of Morningside Park will be leading a hike/walk through Morningside and St. Nicholas Parks. It starts at the park entrance at 110th and Manhattan Avenue at 10:30 am and it ends at the Hamilton Grange at 141st Street at noon. Here is a link to the hike route.

For more than 23 years the community of Mount Morris Park has been opening doors and inviting fellow New Yorkers from across the island and visitors from around the world into the beautiful homes located in Harlem. This year’s tour around the Mount Morris Park section of Harlem will feature homes, churches and even an iconic funeral parlor with a nationwide reputation and a remarkable example of Tiffany glass work. For more information on the events of the day, details on how to order tickets and directions to the Mount Morris Park Historic District, visit www.mmpcia.org.

The seventh annual Mafrika Music Festival is also happening June 9 in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. The program starts at noon, runs till 7 pm and it’s FREE to the public. Enter Marcus Garvey Park at 120th street and 5th Avenue in Harlem. As always, this event has involvement from Yatenga French Bistro and Bar and ShrineNYC.

And last, but certainly not least, Maysles Documentary Center will be holding an Education Open House from 1-2 pm at their Lenox Avenue location between 127th and 128th Street. Parents and youth from 7 to 17 years old are invited to come learn about upcoming summer film programs for the youth.

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Harlem loses one of its celebrities for now, The View’s Sherri Shepherd moves across the Hudson

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A HarlemGal reader recently left a comment saying Sherri Shepherd, comedienne, actress, and television personality of ABC’s The View, is not residing in Harlem anymore. My reaction was WHAT! I just saw her online mentioning she’s hanging at the Corner Social in Harlem. So I followed up with the lovely and funny Mrs. Shepherd-Sally to see what’s up.

Shepherd confirmed via direct message on Twitter that she and her family (Lamar and Jeffrey) moved to New Jersey three months ago. But before I explain why Shepherd had to move plan-d-book-mockup400from Harlem, let me quickly point out that Shepherd unequivocally stated that she and her husband Lamar love Harlem and find it to be “a great community and plan to return in a couple of years.” They had an unexpected situation arise and had to react.

I believe Sherri Shepherd and her family will return in the near future to live full-time in Harlem. Why? As an influential celebrity, she could have easily avoided my request.  Shepherd responded in a timely manner and took the time to explain what happened. She was crystal clear in her communication. In my view, this is an example of a Harlemite who deeply cares about the community she lived in and still loves by personally taking the time to communicate what happened. Why even bother explaining to a Harlem blogger? But Sherri did.

As to what happened that caused Sherri, her son and her husband to depart Harlem, it’s a typical New York situation. Shepherd had been renting a beautiful Sherri_Shepherd_Lamar_Sally_s_Wedding_Pics_Harlem brownstone for almost three years. Her landlord gave notice that they planned to move back into the property and gave Shepherd 30 days notice. Shepherd and her husband looked at other places in Harlem because they wanted to stay, but given the time constraints they did not find a place they wanted within their budget so they moved to New Jersey for the time being. That’s it folks! That’s what happened and it happens to most New Yorker’s at one time or another.

Shepherd maybe living in NJ for now, but she has been taking the time to return to Harlem weekly. She visits the Corner Social on Lenox Avenue and 126th Street once a week and she visits Elsie’s Caribbean Cafe twice a month. Her heart is still in Harlem.

Let’s wish Sherri Shepherd and her family all the best with this change and pray for a speedy return back to Harlem. Amen!

Neil Patrick Harris tells online world he wants to purchase a Harlem brownstone

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Neil Patrick Harris, actor, singer and currently a Harlem condo owner, is looking to buy a brownstone in Harlem. How do I know this? Neil Patrick Harris said it on Twitter yesterday tweeting “he’s looking to buy a brownstone in Harlem. Figure someone on Twitter might want to sell. Any takers?”

I’m sure there might be a few takers. He could also ask Marcus Samuelsson for some pointers. He just scored a Harlem brownstone.

But why doesn’t Mr. Harris just go to StreetEasy.com? I see several Harlem brownstones there listed for $1.5 million to $3 million, which should be no problem for Neil Patrick Harris. He’s been making the big bucks since he was a child TV actor.

Hope this little blog write-up helps with your search. And by the way Neil, we are from the same state, i.e. New Mexico! Good luck with your search! I hope you find the Harlem brownstone of your dreams!

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