Category Archives: commercial real estate

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! 

Is Trader Joe’s eyeing retail space at Circa Central Park in Harlem?

Rumor has it that the antithesis of Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, is working hard to have a presence in Harlem, specifically central Harlem so that they can compete with that Texas-based grocery chain. A real estate broker(s) has informed this blog that Trader Joe’s, the California-based food chain, is moving into the entire retail space offered at the swanky Circa Central Park building in Harlem! 

You know which building I’m talking about! It’s the space of a former gas station and the one selling an apartment for more than $8million dollars at the corner of West 110th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd! 

Yup, apparently the developers, which got Starbucks to move into their other building on Manhatten Avenue and 110th Street, are or close to sealing the deal with Trader Joe’s to move into Circa Central Park in Harlem. 

Hmm, there is another grocery store directly across from that new building. It’s called Central Market.

Let’s see what happens! Stay tuned! And of course, I’d love to hear what you think about Trader Joe’s moving into Harlem at this location? Digame (Talk to me)!

The sign says blujeen, another restaurant coming to Harlem’s restaurant row

Right next door to Harlem Shambles, located on Frederick Douglass Blvd between 115th and 116th Street, a new restaurant will be opening. We learned of this this morning.

The new place will be called blujeen! Apparently, it’s going to offer Southern cuisine. That’s what a worker onsite offered. Hmm.

That’s all the details we have at the moment. Stay tuned! As more details become available, we will pass along!



Is Harlem Skin Clinic moving into former ModSquad space on FDB?

Happy New Year Harlem! Hope everyone had a fabulous holiday!

We are back in Harlem after two weeks away and we noticed some activity outside the commercial space where ModSquad, the bicycle shop, use to be, which was on Frederick Douglass Blvd between 114th and 115th Street. We asked the folks standing outside whose moving in? We were told Harlem Skin Clinic. This business has been house inside Land Yoga space since the Ashantga center opened more than two years ago. Looks like they are branching out and getting their own space. Good for them and continued success!


WATCH: Neil Patrick Harris explains to Charlie Rose why he lives in Harlem

Actor Neil Patrick Harris moved to Harlem permanently with his family into a nice million dollar brownstone. He was recently interviewed by Charlie Rose and was asked “why live in Harlem?” Watch Harris explain.

Love a big gulp? 7-Eleven opening its first location soon in Central Harlem

We learned yesterday via a news release that 7-Eleven is coming to Harlem. New Street Realty Advisors, LLC recently announced that 7‐Eleven has leased approximately 2,300 sq. ft. of ground floor retail space at 256 West 116th Street. The commercial space is situated on the south side of West 116th Street between Frederick Douglass Boulevard and St. Nicholas Avenue.

7-Eleven will take immediate occupancy of the lower and first level space and anticipates an opening in early 2015. This means Africa Kine Restaurant is either moving to another location or closing. This blog reported earlier that Kennedy’s Fried Chicken was moving to the corner where a bodega use to be on 116th Street and FDB.

The picture below shows the exact location of where 7-Eleven will be located.


View rendering of new Harlem condo going up on 110th and Central Park North

The gas station that was located on 110th Street and Central Park North in Harlem is completely gone and a rendering of what’s to go in that space is up! Take a look. Market rate apartments will be offered starting in the winter 2017. Stay tuned.



Trendy shoe retailer takes long time empty commercial space in Harlem

The commercial space on 115th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd in Harlem will no longer be empty. It has a tenant, according to Commercial Observer.

Moe’s Sneaker Spot, a trendy shoe retailer, will open its second location this fall at 1890 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, which is a newly converted condo building called The Strathmore

The shoe chain inked a 10 year, 1,800-square-foot lease in the ground floor space of the condo building where condos cost more than a million dollars and asking rents for the formerly vacant retail space costs over $50 per square foot.

To read full article, click here!


Harlem Mural Contest, art to cover fence at 110th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd

There is an art mural contest happening in Harlem! The deadline is April 11. Here’s the details: Harlem art students, community members, school children involved in the arts should send their art work to The various art pieces that come in will be used to create a huge mural to be printed on large-scale printed vinyls to go on the construction fence across on the corner of FDB and 110th Street. That’s where a new Harlem condo building is going up where the old gas station used to be.

See flyer below for more details.

East Harlem’s East River Plaza completely leased out, Planet Fitness and Mt. Sinai rent space

Blumenfeld Development Group, the owners of East River Plaza in East Harlem, today announced via a news release that the retail complex at 116th Street and FDR Drive is now 100 percent leased following the signing of a long-term agreement for 14,500 square feet of space by Planet Fitness and the inking of a 15-year lease by Mt. Sinai Hospital for a community oriented dialysis center, also for 14,500 square feet of space.

They join other tenants within the five-story, half a million square foot complex that includes Target, Costco, PetSmart, Aldi, GameStop, Burlington Coat Factory, Old Navy, Bob’s Discount Furniture and Marshalls, among others.