Category Archives: New York

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

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

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

Vege spot opens in Harlem, Lyn-Genet’s Kitchen owned by bestselling author

There are interesting finds in Harlem. They are constantly popping up every where and its hard to keep track. But here’s a new spot you may want to check out. It’s called Lyn-Genet’s Kitchen located in the Hamilton Heights area of Harlem. I believe its been open for about a month. It serves mainly vegetarian food, along with a few slight meat dishes. Here’s the menu.

The restaurant is backed by its namesake, Lyn-Genet Recitas, whose name I came across years ago when I would blog about 5 and Diamond. Remember them? According to Recitas Instagram account, she is a NY Times bestselling author of The Metabolism Plan.

So if you’re looking for a new place to dine at try Lyn-Genet’s Kitchen. It’s located on Broadway between 141 and 142 Street in Harlem. If you try it out, come back here and let us know what you think of the place.

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Annie’s Juicery lands on Harlem‘s Restaurant Row

I haven’t blogged about Harlem in ages (busy on Instagram though). I tell myself daily that if I come across something very interesting, I will blog. Well, that day has come.

Walking along Frederick Douglass Blvd recently with my kids, which I call and coined back in my early days of blogging, as Harlem’s Restaurant Row, I came across the signage: Annie’s Juicery at 2073 FDB. I was shocked to see this because it wasn’t another restaurant or a cafe, but a place that offers cold pressed juices! Wow! This is different in my view.

I walked by the place on a Saturday and it wasn’t open. However, I checked for Annie’s Juicery online presence and their Instagram account mentioned that they opened in mid-May. See photo below.

Where was I for this opening? How could I miss that? Oh, I must have been busy tending to my two most important clients, my 3 and 5 year old.

And I believe this type of business is a first in Harlem? There’s been places to get extracting juices which is different than cold pressed. Who can help us confirm if this is a first? If you know, chime in.

I plan to stop buy this place soon to try a juice and share more details. But first things first. I wanted you to know that cold pressed juices are now available in Harlem via walk in through Annie’s Juicery and I’m back!

Redesign planned for Harlem Meer area, groundbreaking set for Fall 2020

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If you love Harlem Meer or Lasker Rink or the northern part of Central Park like we do, this piece of news will (or should) please you. We learned today via a press release about a major redesign of Harlem Meer and the area. An announcement will be made on July 18 at Harlem Meer stating that a partnership is in place “to invest $150 million in a forthcoming Lasker Pool and Rink project that will transform the facility’s relationship with the Harlem Meer and the rest of Central Park.”

According to the release, this yet to be designed major project, funded by Mayor Bill de Blasio ($50 million) and the Central Park Conservancy ($100 million; $25 million committed to date), will allow for broader park use and create new recreational opportunities to better serve the Harlem and East Harlem communities, advancing the City’s equity agenda. To lead the design process, Central Park Conservancy in partnership with NYC Parks, will host community visioning sessions in Harlem this fall; with anticipated groundbreaking in Fall 2020.

As more information becomes available, we will pass it along. In closing, we cannot wait to see the ideas that arise from the design process and renderings.

CitiBike station spotted on Frederick Douglass Blvd in Harlem

It’s true! CitiBike is past 110th Street in Central Harlem! There’s a bike station on the sidewalk between 111th and 112th Street on Frederick Douglass Blvd. CitiBike recently announced that they would be placing more bike stations uptown…and now they have.

The bike station is not taking up parking space, which should make locals happy. It’s taking up stroller space or walking space. I think the Village of Harlem can manage. Harlem has wide sidewalks, which is perfect for bike stations. No sign of the actual bikes yet, but that’s coming soon!

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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