Harlem organizations partner with FIT to present Harlem Holiday Windows, free tours provided

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Move over Fifth Avenue, Harlem is getting into the holiday windows game. Spanning the corridor of Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 114th and the 122nd streets, eight Harlem businesses will display windows designed and executed by fifteen students from the Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design (VPED) BFA program. The window displays will depict holiday-themed scenes from the Harlem Renaissance. The windows will be on view from November 30 to January 2. Visitors are invited to stroll through the historic neighborhood throughout the holidays and enjoy the window displays, while learning a bit of Harlem’s rich history.

To kick off the season, two free window tours on November 30 and December 3 will be provided by ArtCrawl Harlem, Inc. The tours will feature live storytellers and vignettes with actors and performers bringing the windows to life. The family friendly outing will also include free children’s activity and coloring books, highlighting historical themes of the period, and refreshments from some of the participating restaurants.

Windows will be decorated at the following businesses:

Vintage Harlem NYC Wine & Spirits, 2235 FDB
Chocolat, 2223 FDB
Vinateria, 2211 FDB
Lido, 2168 FDB
Harlem Tavern, 2153 FDB
Silvana, 300 W 116
Harlem Skin & Laser Clinic, 2119 FDB
Land Yoga, 2116 FDB

Harlem Holiday Windows free kick off event will start at the Harriet Tubman statue on 122nd Street at 5:30pm on November 30, and will feature an interactive and intergenerational music performance by special guest Shine and the Moonbeams. The second kick off, also starting on 122nd Street, will be at 3pm on December 3, ending at the Shop Harlem Live Harlem Holiday Expo at MIST. Produced by Harlem Park to Park, the program will include an art filled afternoon for kids and adults.

In addition to the free kick off tours on November 30 and December 3, a full schedule of paid tours and programming around the Holiday Windows, will be offered by ArtCrawl Harlem, Inc., throughout the holiday season, from November 30-December 21. Programming will include weekly tours on Saturdays from 3–5pm (dates include December 3,10, 17).Registration is available on the website. Rates are $10 per person or $150 for groups 15-25.

Tours are available for groups by special request. For more information on Harlem Holiday Windows, and the participating businesses visit http://www.harlemholidaywindow.com or call 212.866.7427.

Harlem School of the Arts Wé McDonald makes finalist on NBC’s The Voice

Harlem, we need to take part in another election. But this time this one is much more fun and not as depressing.

Wé McDonald is a former student of Harlem School of the Arts. She studied voice, theatre and dance at the St. Nicholas Avenue institution for 5 years as a member of the Dorothy Maynor Singers and the HSA Theatre Alliance. Now she is one of the remaining 11 finalists on NBC’s The Voice. TONIGHT, November 21 Wé McDonald will be competing live!

Every vote counts and she needs our help to win! Harlem, let’s get out the vote! Tune in tonight on Channel 4! Check local listings.2016_thevoice_s11_wemcdonald_bio_headshots_1455x1455_cc

Harlem, let’s make history with her

I should be doing a ton of other things right now, but I’m not. I can’t stop thinking about tomorrow and the day after. November 8 has to be the biggest day in American politics and history. And every Harlem establishment imaginable is holding viewing parties tomorrow night! Where will you be watching?

Tomorrow is the big day! Let’s get out the vote tomorrow and make history together by electing the first women to the highest office in the land, President of the United States. May Wednesday be a brand, new historical day for America!

RDV Harlem expected to open soon

The French are coming! I mean more French food is coming to Harlem’s restaurant row! This blog learned today that RDV Harlem, the new addition to the Frederick Douglass Blvd food scene, is expected to open this week. We actually heard tonight, marathon day!

So if you’re interested in checking out a new restaurant in Harlem donning New Mexico turquoise paint on the front, walk along FDB between 111th and 112th tonight to see if they’re open!

Beloved Apollo Theater in Harlem declines Trump Campaign event

Sometimes a cultural, iconic theater, like The Apollo Theater in Harlem, just doesn’t need the business… or the money when it comes to events. According to The New York Daily News they have declined Donald Trump’s campaign request to hold an event there! Read the article here.

We definitely do not need our community used as a back drop for a campaign that clearly does not represent or  can even comprehend Harlem’s values!

 And kudos to The Apollo for making a decision that’s in the best interest of Harlem! Let’s hope other Harlem businesses or religious institutions follow suit if they get a similar request from the Trump campaign!

Organic Forever in Harlem to close its doors 

When I moved to Harlem back in 2006, there was only one mom and pop store close to me fully dedicated to offering organic grocerys on every level and that was Organic Forever on Frederick Douglass Blvd between 111th and 112th Street. Ten years later, they still are the only small business that sells organic products, until now! If you walk by the store, there are big signs that says they’re closing. 

Not sure of the reasons why Organic Forever is closing, but it’s unfortunate and another sign of the times that everything continues to change in Harlem at rapid speed! 

Get fit: Classes in Harlem Offered at Only $10 Per Class

For Harlemites looking to jump in on the road to fitness, Physical Therapy of Harlem presents some new affordable options with its Fitness Bootcamp program, PT of Harlem Wellness. For only $10 per class, participants can choose from a selection of classes, including, Metabolic Madness, an all around cardio workout; Heavy hitters, a boxing based workout; and BOSS Fit and Circuit City, both full body conditioning workouts.

The group will introduce the Harlem community to class offerings at a free demo on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10am to 1pm, at the State Office Building Plaza on 125th street at 7th avenue. Demo stations will be set up to allow participants to try different skills and classes taught at PT of Harlem Wellness.

To sign up for classes or learn more about programming and PT of Harlem, visit its website at www.ptharlem.com. Classes are held daily at a cost of $10 per class. The event on October 8 is free!


Experience Harlem unveils app, download it now

Experience Harlem, the marketing engine that has been tracking Harlem happenings for…well a very long time, now has an app! Download it today so that you can have all the latest on Harlem in the palm of your hands! Cheers!

Cafeine Urban Espresso in Harlem taking over former 5 and Diamond space, RDV Bistro to open

Wondering whose taking over the commercial space in Harlem that was formally owned by 5 and Diamond? We are learning today through Instagram via the FDB Alliance that the owner of Cafeine Urban Espresso at 2124 Frederick Douglass Blvd is taking over the place. Mr. Ben-Ari is planning to open a modern bistro called RDV at 2072 FDB.

Stay tuned for more info!

Go clubbing in Harlem at the new Club by Dominik Mager


I took a break this evening from mommy duties and went clubbing in Harlem…and i liked it! Well, actually I took my scalp and massive head of grey hairs to the new Harlem hair salon called The Club by Dominik Mager located 2276 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 123rd. I was in desperate need of a single process, cut and a blow out. Mission accomplished! Zap the grey hair is gone!

Take a look at the results below! What do you think?

I was very pleased myself and it all came about quickly by going online to schedule an appointment! And my favorite part of the session! The hair wash! The seats are to die for! I took a power nap there! That’s my kind of clubbing these days!

If you’re interested in going clubbing (hee, hee) like I did this evening, check out The Club in Harlem!  

The Club by Dominik Mager
2276 Frederick Douglass Blvd
212-222-1346