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Former Harlem mosque turning into luxury rentals 


Does anyone remember this Harlem space on Frederick Douglass Blvd between 115 and 116th Street? It used to be a place of worship, a mosque. Now there are signs up on the scaffold that says the space is being turned into luxury rentals! Great, right?

This space probably would have been more ideal for affordable housing since it’s right in the thick of where all the change is happening. Is anyone surprised? Probably not.

How many luxury this and that do we need for this area? Oh I forgot, I’m in New York! There’s no such thing as affordable housing!

Have a great weekend!

More room at Melba’s Restaurant in Harlem

She’s got a new book out and more space to dine in for her customers! Nice way to start the summer! That’s Melba Wilson I’m talking about. You know, the original HarlemGal who always says “born, bred and buttered in Harlem.”

Wilson purchased the space next door, which I believe was a hair salon, for her restaurant called Melba’s located on the southwest corner of 114th Street and Frederick Dougkass Blvd. 

Next time you stop by Melba’s, there will be more elbow room to eat those waffles with fried chicken and hopefully no more wait lines! Congrats Melba!

Annual Harlem Food & Drink Event set for June 8


The Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance will hold its fifth annual Food & Drink Boulevard event along Harlem’s Restaurant Row on Frederick Douglass Boulevard from 110th to 124th Streets June 8. 

Participating bars and restaurants include 67 Orange Street, Angel of Harlem, Harlem Burger Co., Harlem Food Bar, Harlem Tavern, Hop House Harlem, Jado Sushi, L Lounge, Lido, LoLo’s Seafood Shack, Mess Hall, Row House, Silvana, Streetbird and Vinateria. 

The Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance is also partnering with Uber to provide free rides for up to $20 to ticket holders who are new users of the app, and will provide ticket holders who are new and existing users with $20 off their first UberPOOLride.

Tickets to Food & Drink Boulevard will be sold online, starting May 16, at a discounted rate of two tickets for $10 until 11:59 p.m. on June 7, 2016, and will be available for purchase in person on the day of the event, June 8, 2016, for $10 each at Harlem Tavern, 2153 Frederick Douglass Boulevard on the corner of 116th Street. 

To purchase tickets to Food & Drink Boulevard starting May 16, click here

Inside Row House Harlem, interiors taking shape, now hiring

The plywood is down at Row House Harlem, opening soon at 115th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd, and we have a glimpse of inside! Take a look!

The Harlem eatery is aiming to create “a chic subterranean look in the heart of Harlem’s restaurant row.” Have they done it?   

    
    
 Also we are learning they are having a open call next week for jobs. See details in photo below!  

Harlem Harvest Festival happening today, October 10

Harlem Harvest Festival (presented by Harlem Park to Park) takes place today from 11am to 4pm at 116th Street and St. Nicholas. 

There is something for everyone at this one-day fall festival featuring food, farmer’s market, artisan products, family and kid friendly activities food/baking competitions, classes and live performances by local Harlem businesses and community members. See full schedule here:

· Activities/Stage/Live Performances – Bikram Yoga East Harlem class at 11:30am. Main stage: Whole Foods Market live cooking demonstrations 12:45 & 1:45pm, performances by Harlem Swing Dance Society at 3:15 and Majica Latina Jazz Group at 3:30 pm; DJ Stormin’ Norman & Sundae Sermon hosting. 

· Kids Corner – Chloe the Yogi Children’s Yoga at 12-12:30pm; Arts and crafts, pumpkin carving, face painting, NYPD rock climbing wall and The Bubble Man 

· A ‘Taste of Harlem’ featuring Harlem restaurants and retailers offering seasonal tasting menus for purchase such as Babbalucci, 67 Orange Street, Sexy Taco, Seasoned Vegan, New Harlem Besame, Settepani, Sol Cacao

· Cook-off (1pm)– Annual Cooking competition showcasing culinary dishes prepared by Harlem residents – categories are: 

– Healthy Soul food dish (vegetarian or meat)

– Healthy side dish using produce found at farmers markets 

· Bake-off (2pm) – Annual Baking competition showcasing baked desserts prepared by Harlem residents. Categories include: Best Pie, Best Cake, Best Cookies/Brownies, Best Cupcakes

· A Farmer’s Market & Artisanal Food Fair featuring fresh vegetables, produce (pumpkins, fruit, etc.) from New York farms as well as food from artisanal food vendors and wineries/breweries available for purchase. 

· Whole Foods Market Artisanal Vendor Review 12-3pm – local Harlem artisanal vendors will have an opportunity to present their products to Whole Foods Market foragers/buyers for the new store coming to Harlem.   

  

Harlem Flo Boutique to close

Quickly scanning through Facebook, we learn today that Harlem Flo, located on Frederick Douglass Blvd and 122nd, will close! Stefan Handl, the owner of Harlem Flo, announced it today on social media saying “Harlem Flo will close after a successful eight year run and not sure what the future holds.” 

Handl does not explain in his post why his shop will close in a little over a month. Either way, very disappointing to hear.

As more information becomes available, we will pass along.

   
 

Kids clothing Pop-up shop August 23 at Bibi Salon in Harlem

Listen up Harlem parents! This blog just learned that on Sunday August 23, Bibi Salon at 2220 Frederick Douglass will be hosting a Pop-Up shop featuring kids clothes, shoes, & accessories from the children’s boutique, ‘Yummy Yummie Goodness’. The pop-up shop will run from 10am-4pm. See you there! 

 

Harlem getting another Starbucks, new condo on 110th will house Seattle giant

   
 Strolling along 110th St. approaching Manhattan Avenue in Harlem, what will you see? A big sign that says Starbucks coming! It will open up two or three doors down west of Cafe Amrita, a long time favorite Harlem business.

Clearly, the Seattle based company sees that the cafe/coffee business is booming in this part of Harlem, along with mid to high end restaurants. In the last few years, several cafes have open up just along Harlem’s restaurant row, aka Frederick Douglass Blvd., such as Double Dutch, Silvana, Amaretto Espresso Bar, and Cafe Frederick Harlem Parlor.

Not sure I care for another Starbucks in this area. There are plenty of good coffee options now that exist! Agree or disagree?

Seasoned Vegan in Harlem offering half price smoothies 

Attend a healthy happy hour in Harlem! Seasoned Vegan in Harlem announced today that they are offering all their smoothies this Saturday & Sunday (June 6th and 7th) for half price from 11 am until noon! If you want to drink your greens, check it out!

Seasoned Vegan is located at 55 St. Nicholas Avenue and 113th Street or call 212.222.0092.

  

Jeopardy’s Alex Trebek confirms his son to open a Mexican restaurant in Harlem

There is a sign near 140th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Harlem that says Oso Restaurant coming Summer 2015. There was a rumor floating around that it was game show host Alex Trebek’s son’s restaurant. Trebek confirmed recently on ABC’s Kelly and Michael Show that his son, along with a business partner, are in fact opening a Mexican restaurant in Hamilton Heights very soon. On Oso Harlem’s website there is a slogan that says, From Mexico City Streets To A Harlem Kitchen. 

Hear the confirmation by Alex Trebek below!