Harlem’s restaurant row, aka Frederick Douglass Blvd between 110th and 125th Street, is back in the news again. The New York Times recently spoke with Leon Ellis, the owner of Moca Lounge, Chocolat Restaurant and Harlem Underground, about how this part of Harlem has gone through a complete transformation since he first opened Moca, which was back in 2003. Ellis told the NY Times that his friends thought he was crazy for opening up a restaurant back then. Since 2003, Ellis has expanded his business presence in Harlem on FDB with Chocolat opening about two years ago and then Harlem Underground, a Harlem-themed clothing store.
The owners of bier international were also interviewed for the article and stressed that while this area is going mainstream, they emphasized “we need to find a balance and not forget what was here” in Harlem.
To read the full article, click here.
Posted in 110th Street, 116th Street, 125th Street, apartments, bier international, business, Chocolat, Community, drinks, food, Frederick Cafe Bistro Harlem, Frederick Douglass Blvd., Frederick Douglass Circle, Harlem, New York, New York City, NYC, restaurant row
Tagged 10026, bier international, business presence, Chocolat, Chris Pollack, Entertainment, Frederick Douglass Blvd., Harlem, Harlem Underground, Harlem's Restaurant Row, Leon Ellis, Moca Lounge, Ousmane Keita, Photos by HarlemGal, restaurant row
Enjoyed the African-American Day Parade today in Harlem. Here’s a look in photos! Enjoy!
My, my, my how things quickly change in Harlem when it comes to retail space. It’s true what the Harlem online community has been chatting about lately! Ricky’s appears to be moving into Hue-Man Bookstore’s old commercial space at 124th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd!!! Check out the photos!
Posted in 125th Street, business, Harlem, shopping
Tagged 10026, commercial real estate, Harlem, Hue-Man Bookstore, Photos by HarlemGal, retail space, Ricky's, travel
More than 12 months ago, the northwest corner on 116th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd in Harlem was an abandoned gas station locked up in jail-like bars. Does anyone remember how this corner looked back in the day? Fast forward to today, this corner in Harlem is now a bustling section, decorated with red outdoor umbrellas, filled daily with Harlemites, who are dining inside or outside, and it’s now the permanent home of Harlem Tavern, the second beer garden to open in South Harlem after bier international.
Can’t remember how Harlem Tavern came together and reached its one-year milestone? No worries. Let’s wish Harlem Tavern happy anniversary by reflecting back in photos and with some popular blog posts. Cheers!
Harlem couple invest in where they live creating Harlem Tavern-August 20, 2010
Inside Harlem Tavern-June 12, 2011
An exclusive look at Harlem Tavern’s menu-June 12, 2011
Harlem Tavern goes unisex with you know what!-June 17, 2011
A crowd descends on Harlem Tavern opening night-July 2, 2011
Posted in Bars, business, drinks, food, Frederick Douglass Blvd., Harlem, Harlem Tavern, restaurant row, restaurants
Tagged 10026, Beer garden, bier international, dining and drinking, Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Harlem, Harlem Tavern, Photos by HarlemGal, restaurant row, restaurants, travel, West 116th Street
There is only two weeks left this season to shop at Morningside Park Farmers Market in West Harlem! Head on over to 110th Street and Manhattan Avenue to shop for your produce today and next Saturday, December 10th from 9 am to 5 pm. See you there!
Morningside Park Farmers Market
West 110th Street and Manhattan Avenue
Posted in Community, Events, food, Free!, Harlem, shopping
Tagged 110th Street, community markets, farmers market, groceries, Harlem, Manhattan Avenue, morningside park, organic, Photos by HarlemGal
Save the date of October 8th! That is when the annual Harlem Harvest Festival takes place on the corner of 116th Street and St. Nicholas Ave! I went last year and had a wonderful time visiting all the street vendors, eating and watching the performances from the Dance Theater of Harlem. It is a great way to kick off the Fall season.
Take a look at photos from last year’s Harlem Harvest Festival!
Posted in Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., art and culture, baking, business, Community, education, Events, food, Frederick Douglass Blvd., Harlem, health and wellness, personal care, restaurants
Tagged 116th Street, Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard, Frederick Douglass Blvd., Harlem, Harlem Harvest Festival, Harlem4 Center for Change, Photos by HarlemGal, st. nicholas avenue
Last photo stream was on Harlem Week. Now photos of Harlem’s eating establishments are up! If you have a photo of your favorite Harlem place, send to me by email, Twitter or Facebook!
September 20 is the day. Mark your calendar! That’s when Frederick Douglass Circle, located at the intersection of 110th Street, FDB and Central Park West & North in Harlem, will officially be dedicated by The City of New York. According to the Manhattan Parks Commission, the time is set for 11 AM. Mayor Bloomberg plans on being present as well as congressional representation, and the City is trying to get a celebrity (or two) to join in on the festivities. As soon as more information becomes available, HarlemGal Inc. will pass along. Stay tuned!
To read previous coverage on Frederick Douglass Circle, click here.
Posted in art and culture, Community, Events, Frederick Douglass Blvd., Frederick Douglass Circle, Harlem, history, New York, New York City, NYC
Tagged 10026, cathedral parkway, Central Park North, ed 110th Street, Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass Circle, Harlem, Photos by HarlemGal
This past week I attended 67 Orange Street’s Cocktail Educational Series in Harlem and let me say, I have a new-found appreciation for that cocktail I order and for the person behind the bar making it. I had no idea what (or the hard work) that goes into a drink until I went to 67 Orange, located at 2082 Frederick Douglass Blvd. I had my cocktail breakthrough this past Tuesday where Zu Vodka, bison grass vodka from Poland, was the guest of honor.
Karl, the owner of 67 Orange and his guest from ZU, gave a quick presentation on ZU and then presented handcrafted cocktails with ZU Vodka. I had the Smokin Thyme, which included fresh raspberries with thyme, agave, lime juice,shaken with Mezcal, St.Germain and Zu. It was very good.That drink was right up there with my usual order at 67 Orange, the Baxter Street. I gotta have that jalapeno flavor-even in my drink! If you like some caliente flavor to your cocktail, try the Baxter Street!
To learn more about what goes into a cocktail and find new appreciation like I did, check out the CockTail Educational Series at 67 Orange in Harlem. Their next series takes place August 2!
Posted in Bars, business, Community, education, entertainment, Events, Frederick Douglass Blvd., Harlem, New York, New York City, NYC, restaurant row, restaurants
Tagged 2082 Frederick Douglass Blvd., 67 Orange Street, cocktails, dining out, drinks, Frederick Douglass Blvd., happy hour, Harlem, Photos by HarlemGal, Poland, Video by SoSleepless, ZU Vodka