Category Archives: @Harlemgal

See Reclining Liberty art installation in Harlem’s Morningside Park

Lady Liberty is hanging, actually reclining, in Harlem these days. In fact, she’s going to be stretching out and making herself comfortable for a few months-until April 2022. Reclining Liberty, the name of the art installation, really gives the appearance of her getting ready to chill…hmm well… sort of maybe take a nap in the park. Can’t blame her. Don’t we all feel like that sometimes.

Reclining Liberty is a 25 foot long sculpture by Zaq Landsberg. It’s very impressive to see from afar and up close! I took a ton of pictures of Reclining Liberty because it was truly a joy to see-especially since it’s right here in my neighborhood of Central Harlem!

If you get a chance, go see the installation at 120th Street and Morningside Avenue! It will be worth the visit!

Harlem’s Cantina Taqueria & Tequila Bar moves over one avenue

From the picture below, looks like one of our reader’s comment on a May 13th blog post is absolutely true that Cantina on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd is moving over one avenue to Frederick Douglass Blvd! Congrats to Cantina Taqueria & Tequila Bar.

While I’m sure they are (and were) doing good business on ACP, as well as Lenox Avenue, moving to Harlem’s restaurant row will more than likely take their biz up a notch or two! There’s a lot of foot traffic on FDB. Plus their presence adds to the variety of food choices on this busy avenue.

Looking forward to visiting soon and ordering some tacos from Cantina at 2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd!

Cantina takes over Harlem space previously held by Bier International

A Cantina 8th Ave coming to old Bier International space in Harlem?

A new business appears to be moving into the old commercial space where Bier International in Harlem used to be located at 2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd. There are signs posted to the glass window saying…now hiring. And most of the branding for Bier has been removed from the space. Looks like the new business might be called Cantina. Guessing from the email listed!

Is the Cantina on Adam Clayton Powell moving over one avenue? Or is this going to be an entirely new place? Hmm. If you know any details, drop us a line in the comments section!

2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd. Photo by HarlemGal
2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd. Photo by HarlemGal

Watch The Mitchells vs The Machines April 30 on Netflix

Photo by Netflix Film

Movie night generally starts on the weekend for me and my family. But I made an exception this week! On Monday, my kids and I had the opportunity to watch an advance screening of The Mitchells vs The Machines by Netflix Films.

Of course, my kids absolutely loved it and can’t wait to see it again when it officially debuts this Friday, April 30.

I thoroughly enjoyed it because the actress who plays Queen Elizabeth in The Crown Season 3-4 plays a really good evil Siri-like character. As in The Crown, Olivia Coleman, is fantastic.

If you’re looking for a new flick to watch with the family, try The Mitchells vs The Machines! It’s entertaining throughout and filled with catchy one liners! It’s released on Netflix April 30!


Overview: From the humans who brought you the Academy Award-winning Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse and The LEGO Movie comes The Mitchells vs. The Machines, an animated action-comedy about an ordinary family who find themselves in the middle of their biggest family challenge yet…saving the world from the robot apocalypse. No big deal, right? It all starts when creative outsider Katie Mitchell is accepted into the film school of her dreams and is eager to leave home and find “her people,” when her nature-loving dad insists on having the whole family drive her to school and bond during one last totally-not-awkward-or-forced road trip. But just when the trip can’t get any worse, the family suddenly finds itself in the middle of the robot uprising! Everything from smart phones, to Roombas, to evil Furbies are employed to capture every human on the planet. Now it’s up to the Mitchells, including upbeat mom Linda, quirky little brother Aaron, their squishy pug, Monchi, and two friendly, but simple-minded robots to save humanity.

Pods arrive in Central Harlem along with a gigantic mural

Dining pods have arrived to part of the restaurant scene in Harlem. And a giant mural on the northwest corner of Frederick Douglass Blvd and 116th Street is going up to commemorate this form of outdoor dining! If you live in the area, you can’t miss the mural (or the pods). The mural looks awesome!

Dining pods are now lining FDB from 116th to 120th Street at the following restaurants: Bixi Harlem, Blvd Bistro, Chocolate, Harlem Burger, Harlem Tavern, Mess Hall/Double Dutch, Silvana and Vinateria. These greenhouse styled dining pods were provided to minority and women-owned restaurants on FBD as part of an initiative sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance and Stella Artois, a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch.

The 7-story, 2800 square foot mural was designed and painted by Harlem-based Giannina Gutierrez. Gutierrez created the mural to welcome diners to the area and to showcase the vibrancy of the neighborhood.

Having these dining pods donated to small businesses, who truly need the help during this time, is a great example of private sector, non profits and the community coming together to collaborate for the greater good. This is a wonderful example of corporate social responsibility at its best.

Stop by to see the mural and let’s us know what you think of it here in the comments section! Go out and dine in these donated pods. And drop a line here about your dining experience in a pod too!

Photo by Harlemgal
Photo by Harlemgal

Dragon Sushi Harlem opens

Recently, this blog mentioned a sushi place is coming to Frederick Douglass Blvd. Dragon Sushi is open as of November 16. We walked by and the sign said “open.” Stop by Dragon Sushi! They are at the near corner of 112th and FDB!

Photo by Harlemgal
Photo by Harlemgal
Photos by Harlemgal

Dragon Sushi rolling into a familiar Harlem space

Remember 5 and Diamond or RDV restaurants and where they were located in Harlem? That commercial space will now be used for a place called Dragon Sushi!

Dragon Sushi, located at 2072 Frederick Douglass Blvd., plans to offer a full menu of sushi and sashimi! Hopefully this month according to the owner! Signage is almost up ! So the opening could be on track!

Dragon Sushi will be the second sushi place to open on Harlem’s restaurant row! The first attempt was by Jade Sushi, two blocks north, which is now Bean and Barley.

Signage going up November 4 for new Dragon Sushi restaurant. Photo by Harlemgal
Photo by Harlemgal

Root Juicery of Harlem is open, stop by 112th and FDB

On Halloween this year, many Harlem restaurants on Frederick Douglass Blvd handed out lots of candy to kids, even new businesses were prepared, such as Root Juicery of Harlem! (FYI. I posted about this place months back and either incorrectly named it or there was a change in ownership.) We learned over the weekend that this new cold press, juice joint is now open for business!

Stop by Root at 2073 FDB for a smoothie, juice or a bowl! They have a wonderful menu to start! Here’s their IG account to follow!

Photos by Harlemgal

Bixi, new Harlem restaurant opening next to Lido

New York City is officially open! I’ve been waiting to share this picture for quite some time due to covid19 and the recent Black Lives Matter movement. Apparently, there is going to be a new restaurant opening on Harlem‘s restaurant row called Bixi. It’s going to be Asian cuisine I believe and it will be managed and operated by the same individuals who run Lido Italian Restaurant on the corner of 117th and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. That’s all the info I have right now. I’m sure more details will arise soon!

New restaurant opening next to Lido.
Photo by Harlemgal

Free film screening in Harlem, See Black and Blue Oct. 9

There’s an opportunity to see a free film in Harlem next week at Magic Johnson Theater!. It’s called Black and Blue! Wednesday, October 9th at 7 pm you can see this free film by using this link. As always, it’s on a first come first serve basis.

Black and Blue is a fast-paced action thriller about a rookie cop (Academy Award® nominee Naomie Harris) who inadvertently captures the murder of a young drug dealer on her body cam. After realizing that the murder was committed by corrupt cops, she teams up with the one person from her community who is willing to help her (Tyrese Gibson) as she tries to escape both the criminals out for revenge and the police who are desperate to destroy the incriminating footage.

IN THEATERS OCTOBER 25