Tag Archives: Frederick Douglass Circle

Soul of Harlem featured in BET’s Travelistas

Aug 15, 2010 @ 13:13

Photo provided by BET

By HarlemGal
The Travelistas of BET recently came to Harlem for their season one episode. While here they asked locals what they love about Harlem? See what some Harlemites had to say.  You may recognize some of the places in the video that we have featured as well, such as Mojo, Swing, N Boutique, Make My Cake and Frederick Douglass Circle and more! Take a look by clicking here!

Frederick Douglass Circle in Harlem has new rules

Jun 21, 2010 @ 15:22


By HarlemGal
Two weeks after it officially opened to the public, Harlem’s Frederick Douglass Circle has new rules. No biking, rollerblading or skateboarding are allowed on the gorgeous circle that is a pin wheel to 110th Street running east to west; and 8th Avenue running north and south. And there are signs hanging on several light posts that don the Circle to inform visitors of the these new rules.
On top of the new rules, there are assigned staff from the Central Park Conservancy, who guard the circle. I saw two patrolling around the Circle this past weekend!
These new rules, I believe, are partially due in part to some blog readers voicing their strong concern about safety and preservation of the Circle on this site. Maybe the dialogue that occurs on blogs around interesting topics can provoke change? What do you think?
If you have not visited the Frederick Douglass Circle yet, go see it. It’s a wondeful experience. Just take the B/C or 2/3 to 110th Street.

Frederick Douglass Circle in Harlem opens, people already visiting

Jun 2, 2010 @ 20:27

By HarlemGal

Today is the first day that Frederick Douglass Circle in Harlem is available to the public. Yes, it is officially open after more than seven years in the making.Wow. It’s about time and long overdue. According to a worker at Cafe Amrita, City workers were taking down the barriers last night around 1 AM.

Thank you to whomever said or convinced the City to open the circle now. Nice timing. Harlemites can enjoy the Circle during the summer months and on. I was out there today looking at every aspect of the Circle. It looks fabulous.

Below are pictures of locals looking around Harlem’s brand new Frederick Douglass Circle or better yet, come by and see it for yourself! Take the B/C to 110th Street/Catherdral Parkway or the 2/3 to 110 Street/Central Park North.

NYC election driving opening of Frederick Douglass Circle in Harlem?

Oct 26, 2009 @ 21:52


By HarlemGal
The upcoming New York City election is potentially now driving the opening of the long awaited Frederick Douglass Circle at the base of Central Harlem! That is what I was told today by some of the workers at the site. Apparently people will be able to access the Circle by then, but no grand opening will happen for awhile. That’s the latest lowdown from the site.


Do you believe that time schedule given how long it has taken to finish the project or do you think they were yanking my chain? Let’s be honest, it’s shaping up to look very nice. However, the City has been working on the FDB Circle for a looooong time! Could this timing just be purely a coincidence?

And get this, the City has an office right on 110th Street between Manhattan Avenue and FDB. I tried walking in, but the doors were locked!

Overall, the workers were very clear that they had a deadline to meet and that all the barriers would be down soon. Hmmm. Stay tuned.


And a quick shout out to Zinc Plate Press. They have a very good shot of the sculpture!

Tarp down at Frederick Douglass Circle in Harlem

Sep 19, 2009 @ 13:16
By HarlemGal
From this photo it looks like our circle at the intersection of 110th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd is ready with the exception of the sculpture! All I can say is “it’s about time” and as a Harlemite I am ready to visit the circle!