Introducing Bean & Barley, opening on Harlem’s restaurant row

As one restaurant closes, another something opens. That’s the cycle of retail life in Harlem/ NYC. In this case, it’s another cafe! At 2118 Frederick Douglass Blvd, the old spot of Jado Sushi, it will now be…Bean & Barley, a coffee/espresso/beer/wine/spirits and bites. At least that is what the bright red awning says as we strolled by on Saturday, June 9.

The windows are papered up for now, but there is a leaflet posted with..barista needed. Stay tuned for more info, as Bean & Barley will more than likely open in the coming weeks.

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Paint’n Pour opening in Harlem on restaurant row

As one door closes another opens…and that’s what’s happening at 2080 Frederick Douglass Blvd in Harlem! Paint’n Pour is moving into the space where The Park 112 Restaurant use to be! The signage is up!

According to their Facebook page, Paint’n Pour was located at 79 Madison Avenue, where one could actually paint “with the help of an open bar.” Paint’n Pours instagram account states they’re moving uptown to Central Harlem and the grand opening is coming soon!

I hope the painting stays indoors along with the cocktails. If my kids see adults painting outside, they’ll want to join in!

Watching Black Panther in Harlem | Racism | Al Jazeera

Black Panther is a deeply satisfying, and a deeply troubling film, for what it delivers and what it does not.
— Read on www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/watching-black-panther-harlem-180227091520981.html

Harlem’s coffee scene continues North with ACP Coffee

I have lived in Harlem for close to 12 years now. I’ve seen an explosion in real estate, restaurants…and now coffee bars/cafes. I ventured past 125th Street recently to check out ACP Coffee, which opened this year on Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd between 134th and 135th Street. I know there are a lot of coffee places in the City. Hear me out on why you should make a point to visit ACP Coffee.

First, most of our Harlem based coffee shops that have opened in the last five years more than likely get their beans from a local/roaster. Not a bad thing. ACP Coffee in Harlem has decided to go in a different direction and serve coffee from Coava Coffee Roasters and Counter Culture Coffee Roasters. Coava coffee roasters is from Portland, Oregon, currently using El Salvador La Esperanza.

Second, if you’re into the avocado toast craze ACP Coffee has it on the menu. Their avocado toast is made with sourdough organic bread. Yum.

And last, ACP coffee uses Battenkill Valley grass fed milk for all their coffee drinks. I don’t recall ever having my coffee served with grass fed milk until I visited ACP Coffee. It was absolutely yummy. This type of milk added sweetness and extra foam to my latte.

These are just a few reasons on why you should stop by ACP Coffee in Harlem. As I often say in my blog posts, “don’t take my word for it. Check it out for yourself! and let me know what you think of the place.

ACP Coffee is located at 2286 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd in Harlem.

Shop stylish kid essentials by Harlem resident, #blackfriday code offered here

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Back in 2012, I blogged about one of my favorite kid accessories store by Harlem resident Alex Gizela, who founded Cabbages & Kings. I had zero Harlem babies then and I loved her apparel on the spot. Two kids later, three scarves, two sets of leg warmers and four pairs of socks from Cabbages & Kings, I still adore all the items offered.

More importantly, my kids love the product…and all of the items are hand made by artisans that reside in Central Mexico and in the Andean Valleys of Peru and Bolivia. Most pieces are a collaborative effort between Cabbages & Kings and the artisans to create pieces based on the culture’s traditional patterns and design.

Check out the merchandise for yourself. And oh, did I tell you that Cabbages & Kings started their 2017 #blackfriday/holiday sale. For those that follow HarlemGal online, there is a 30 percent discount. Use code: HeyMama30. (Please note the code is for a limited time only)

Enjoy! And let the holiday season begin!

CitiBike station spotted on Frederick Douglass Blvd in Harlem

It’s true! CitiBike is past 110th Street in Central Harlem! There’s a bike station on the sidewalk between 111th and 112th Street on Frederick Douglass Blvd. CitiBike recently announced that they would be placing more bike stations uptown…and now they have.

The bike station is not taking up parking space, which should make locals happy. It’s taking up stroller space or walking space. I think the Village of Harlem can manage. Harlem has wide sidewalks, which is perfect for bike stations. No sign of the actual bikes yet, but that’s coming soon!

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Karaoke Night in Harlem begins September 4th

Need additional plans in Harlem this holiday weekend? How about a little karaoke? Shrine World Music Venue, located at 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., has reopened its new Green Room downstairs and to kick off the opening they’re starting a KARAOKE NIGHT this coming Monday, Sept.. 4th, which will then occur on every Monday thereafter. Check it out if you can!

Ganache Coffee coming to Harlem restaurant row not Honeycomb Burgers

Burgers will not be cooking up in the space next to Chocolate Restaurant in Harlem. It will be Ganache Coffee! The signage is up in the commercial space between 119th and 120th Street on Frederick Douglass Blvd.

I guess Leon Ellis, the owner of practically everything on that particular block, changed his mind and decided to focus on coffee products instead-at least that’s what the signs are indicating!

 

Meryl Streep spotted in Harlem, The Papers’ cast dine at Row House

One of the greatest actors on the planet was hanging out on Harlem's Restaurant Row last night, July 27. According to Row House's online social network, Meryl Streep and the cast of The Papers, Steven Spielberg's upcoming flick, were dining at their establishment. Here's the picture to prove it! Pretty awesome, don't ya think?

Harlem-based Black Nuns joining real estate madness, selling historic location

The Nuns at the Motherhouse credit Regina Fleming

And God said, if you can’t beat them, join them…in the expensive Harlem real estate market that is. That’s what the Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary are doing. They are selling their five-story building at 15 West 124th Street, for what I assume, will be for a good chunk of change. God Bless them.

FHM, one of three orders of mostly Black nuns in the United States, has put its Harlem location on the real estate market due to restructuring. The Harlem-based order celebrated its centennial last year and came to national prominence in 2016 on ABC’s “The View” with Whoopi Goldberg.

The Motherhouse was built-in 1909 as a high school and business college. In 1931, the property was sold to the Christian Brothers’ Institute and, in June 1944, it was transferred to the FHM. The building is a base for the congregation’s operations, and it houses some of the order’s members and the St. Benedict’s Day Nursery.

If you have some extra cash and are interested in a five-story, 18,216-square-foot functional school/dormitory building, set directly north of Marcus Garvey Park, track down CBRE Group? They are handling the sale of the property.