Category Archives: St. Nicholas Avenue

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

Central Harlem ranks first in…most condom use!

According to The New York Post, Central Harlem knows how to use a catcher’s mitt when playing adult baseball-metaphorically speaking. The article claims Harlem is first in the category of most condom use followed by Bed-Stuy, then Crown Heights. “Condom use peaked in Central Harlem (43.3 percent) and Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights (40 percent).”

Thank goodness our community knows how to play baseball well. Lol! Apparently, the Upper Westside and Greenpoint don’t know or want to use a catcher’s mitt. Guess those neighborhoods want more children! Lol!


220 St. Nicholas in Harlem 50 percent rented

According to The Real Deal, 220 St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem “is halfway leased after three weeks, according to its developer Justin Gorjian.”

The 11-story residential building was converted to full-floor rental units and two retail spaces. “Each unit comes with a private outdoor space, floor-to-ceiling windows and private entry that is accessed by keyed elevators. Prices range from $3,000 to $8,000 per month for one, two, and three-bedroom apartments,” according to the article.

Want a Harlem t-shirt? Keep Harlem, Harlem tees now available

On this Harlem blog, I use tees to feature the subject matter, ie Harlem. Sometimes readers ask, where can I buy a unique tee with the name Harlem on it? Here’s an option. One of my favorite Harlem sites, Harlem NYC, is now offering Harlem tees to purchase. The t-shirt says “Keep Harlem, Harlem.” Pretty cool…huh? If you’re interested in purchasing this Harlem tee, go here! And to check out Harlem NYC like I do, click here.


Balanced Pilates in Harlem is open for business

Balanced Pilates, the new place in Harlem we told you about this past week, is open for business. The owner saw our blog post and reached out soon after saying “I am writing to let you know that we are now open! Our website is”

So if you’re interested in Pilates in Harlem, check out Balanced Pilates located at 305 West 123rd Street between FDB and St. Nicholas!


Pilates studio coming to Harlem?

Looks like a Pilates studio is coming to Harlem! And it’s called Balanced Pilates! A long time reader of HarlemGal Inc sent in this photo yesterday saying the photo was taken in front of a building that’s being renovated on 123rd Street between Frederick Douglass Blvd. and St. Nicholas Avenue.

As soon as we have more details about this new Harlem business, we will pass it along! Happy Monday!


Unity Yoga coming to Harlem on 128th Street and St. Nicholas

Harlem is getting another yoga center. However, this center will focus on the vinyasa style of practice. HarlemGal Inc has learned that Unity Yoga is coming soon to 350 St. Nicholas Avenue at 128th Street. Unity Yoga will offer heated and unheated vinyasa classes for one hour. When Unity Yoga opens in Harlem, interested participants can purchase an introductory month at $38 and the monthly fee thereafter at $72. Single classes will be $22 and 10-class packs will cost $198. Classes will be held as early as 5:45am and as late as 8:30pm.

Unity Yoga in Harlem will be located less than one block from an entrance to the 125th Street A & D trains. To learn more about Unity Yoga in Harlem, check out their Facebook page.

Mark your calendar: The Cecil to open in Harlem September 23, Minton’s in October

OMG, HarlemGal Inc has the latest information on Richard Parsons’ involvement around The Cecil in Harlem and Minton’s, formerly known as the famed jazz club Minton’s Playhouse. According to his peeps, The Cecil will open September 23 and Minton’s plans to open the second week of October. So mark your calendar!

Richard Parsons has been trying to revive this space in Harlem, ie 118th Street and St. Nicholas, for quite sometime. Looks like this well-known businessman is making it happen in Harlem. With opening dates set, Parsons’ is about to deliver on what he’s been talking about for a few years, which is to revive this old-time Harlem jazz spot.

According to the information provided to HarlemGal Inc., “Minton’s is the revival of the 1930s/40s jazz club Minton’s Playhouse and will operate as a speak easy feel with a nightly house band. The Cecil will incorporate worldly music for a social dining experience. The Cecil’s menu will incorporate an Afro-Asian-America Brasserie style and Minton’s southern revival cooking with low country notes.”

Below are additional details on The Cecil and Minton’s!

The Cecil
Address: 210 West 118th Street (St. Nicholas & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd)
Telephone number: 212.866.1262
Cuisine: Afro-Asian-American Brasserie as conceptualized by Executive chef and partner, Alexander Smalls, integrating culinary traditions of the African Diaspora.
Team: Richard Parsons – Restaurateur, Alexander Smalls – Executive Chef, Joseph Johnson – Chef de Cuisine

Opening Date: Second week of October 2013
Address: 206 West 118th Street (St. Nicholas & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd)
Telephone number: 212.243.2222
Cuisine: Southern Revival Cooking with Low Country Notes
Team: Richard Parsons – Restaurateur, Alexander Smalls – Executive Chef, Banks White – Chef de Cuisine


Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run happening this Saturday, August 24

Harlem Run
Feel like running this weekend in honor of Percy Sutton? There is a 5k run happening in Harlem. The Percy Sutton Harlem 5k Run is taking place Saturday, August 24 and there is still time to register or make plans to watch. Click here to register.

“This 5K race honors the late Percy Sutton, who as Manhattan borough president in the 1970s championed the New York City Marathon as a five-borough event and remained a supporter of New York Road Runners and running throughout his life,” according to its website. Percy Sutton passed away in 2009.

The 5K course circles St. Nicholas Park and runs alongside Jackie Robinson Park. The finish line is at St. Nicholas Avenue and 138th Street, near the Percy E. Sutton Education Complex.

Free screening in Harlem tonight of Spike Lee’s Jim Brown: All-American, Spike Lee expected to attend

Imagenation Outdoors is hosting a free screening tonight in Harlem in celebration of Harlem Week. The free screening is Spike Lee’s Jim Brown: All-American and Lee is expected to attend to introduce the film. Jim Brown: All-America tells the story of the legendary football player who later made his mark in Hollywood pioneering a new kind of African-American hero. The free screening of Spike Lee’s documentary is happening at St. Nicholas Park and it starts at 8 pm.

220px-JimbrownallamericancoverWHO: Spike Lee, director of Jim Brown: All-America is expected to attend to introduce outdoor screening of his documentary.

WHAT: Free outdoor screening of Jim Brown: All-America.

WHERE: St. Nicholas Park, Harlem, NY, on the Great Lawn at 135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, just above the train station.

WHEN: Saturday, August 17th

TIME: 8-10 pm