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

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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.

NYC KidsFest brings Performing Artists to Morningside Park, Sunday June 18

Need family plans in Harlem June 18? Consider NYC Kidsfest in Morningside Park from 2-7 PM. NYC Kidsfest is a free, one-day family performing arts festival bringing acts of outstanding artistic quality to New York families. Packed with music, theater, dance, storytelling and much more; this festival promises to delight, inspire and arouse the imaginations of children of all ages.

Headliners include: Bassam Saba and members of the NY Arabic Orchestra; Uptown Social Club; Karen Arcenaux—Alvin Ailey Zumba; Galli Theater performance of The Ugly Duckling; Face Painting by Derek Little; Theater workshops with actors from Classical Theater of Harlem; and Arts & Crafts Table

Location: Morningside Park—113th Street @ Manhattan Avenue behind St. John the Divine.

Closest trains: 1, B or C Exit 110th Street. Rain date is June 25!

Whole Foods Market opening in Harlem July 21, 125th & Lenox Avenue 

My kids and I were at Harlem Eat Up today. While strolling around, literally in our Bugaboo, we learned today that Whole Foods Market is opening up their Harlem store July 21, 2017. The two nice gentlemen working their booth informed us when we asked. However, there was no need to ask. There was a sign to the left of them that announced the date! See pic below.

I wonder whose going to check out the new Whole Foods uptown when it opens? I’m curious to see if they plan on offering the same kind of merchandise/products as a downtown store. We will soon find out! 

The store will be located at 125th Street and Lenox Avenue! Right there by the 2/3 subway line!

Practice yoga all day long at Harlem’s Soulfest NYC

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Harlem’s first day long wellness and yoga festival is happening this Saturday, May 20. It’s called Soulfest NYC, the uptown yoga event for the community by the community. Soulfest NYC will be held from 9 AM  to 5 PM at Adam Clayton Powell Junior Plaza (163 West 125th Street). Admission to Soulfest NYC is free with registration. Attendees and friends of the community are encouraged to give a donation at the time of online registration. Interested in attending, visit their website and download the release form. Namaste!

Food and Drink Boulevard in Harlem happening May 10

2017 Food & Drink Blvd Promo Image for PressTomorrow, May 10 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., the Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance will hold its sixth annual Food & Drink Boulevard event along Harlem’s Restaurant Row.  This event invites local residents and visitors to explore restaurants and bars along the Frederick Douglass Boulevard from 112th to 124th Streets by reserving a wristband to receive $5.00 deals at 19 participating venues.

To assist patrons in navigating up and down Frederick Douglass Boulevard, FDBA is offering free pedicab service to wristband holders, and a mobile device-friendly map that shows where all 19 participating restaurants and bars are located, as well as each businesses’ $5.00 menu offerings.

To reserve a free wristband for the event, visit the FDBA website at http://www.fdballiance.org. On the night of the event, wristbands will also be available at Harlem Tavern, 2153 Frederick Douglass Boulevard on the corner of West 116th Street, and Angel of Harlem, 2272 Frederick Douglass Boulevard on the corner of West 122nd Street.

Farm-to-table restaurant opens in Harlem, Take the A train to Clay

img_1113Harlem villagers no longer have to turn to downtown to dine at a farm-to-table restaurant. Harlem dining patrons can now experience farm-to-table at Clay, located on the corner of 123rd Street and Manhattan Avenue.

What does farm-to-table mean? According to Clay Restaurant, it means “they source all of their produce, meats and fish from small, local suppliers. Nothing is mass-produced or served out of season. Wines and spirits also come from small producers, both seasoned veterans and ground-breaking upstarts alike, who care about their terrain and couple minimal intervention with maximum innovation.”

The New American restaurant opened up on the Harlem corner six weeks ago and is ready to serve locals (or anyone that walks in) with dinner and brunch on the weekends.

And if you’re curious as to where exactly Clay is sourcing, the list is posted on their website.

Shrine World Music Venue in Harlem turns 10

One of the best places to listen to live music in New York City is getting ready to celebrate a decade of existence, that’s Shrine World Music Venue in Harlem. They are celebrating their ten year anniversary this Sunday, March 19. Details are below and all are invited! Be there or be square!  

Bo’s Bagels in Harlem now open

Feeling hungry for a bagel after that big snowstorm? Harlemites do not have to go far now for that big, round fluffy pan any more. Bo’s Bagels, located on 116th Street between Frederick Douglass Blvd and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd in Central Harlem, is now open for business. They have been open for about a week under a soft opening schedule, i.e. from 7 am to 1 pm. Stop by and grab a bagel and stay tuned for grand opening details.

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Beginner ballet classes now offered at Harlem Tae Kwan Do, classes start March 11

Is your 2-3 1/2 year old interested in ballet? We learned of an immediate and reasonably priced opportunity to enroll your child in beginners ballet in Central Harlem. Starting this Saturday, March 11, a four week ballet session will begin at Harlem Tae Kwan Do located at 236 West 116th Street. The class starts at 9:30 am-10:15 am and it’s $25 a session. Interested in signing up your child, email jess.seeman@gmail.com.

The teacher will be Maegan Woodin. Woodin moved to NYC when she was 18 to pursue a career in ballet, landing a touring contract with both Ballet For Young Audiences and Naganuma Dance. She has had the opportunity to perform with such esteemed choreographers such as Julie Bour, David Fernandez, Nicole Fosse, Darcy Naganuma and Pamela Pribisco. She has taught at various schools in NYC such as: Ballet Academy East, Steps on Broadway, Joffrey Ballet school, Caedmon School and Dalton.