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Sign says apartments for rent at 2270 Frederick Douglass Blvd in Harlem

What was once an abandon lot is now the home of luxury rental apartments at the corner of 122nd and Frederick Douglass Blvd in Harlem. This is a common scene in Harlem. If there’s space in Harlem, developers will build on it. Now there’s a brand new rental building at 2270 and 2272 Frederick Douglass Blvd. Their website is 2270FDB.com Here’s how the space looked awhile back!

Little paper signs are posted on the commercial space at 2270 FDB saying now renting, for inquires call 212-997-0606. The website says there’s still availability. If interested in renting in this new Harlem building, give that number a call or email 2270fdb@gmail.com!

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Another Harlem restaurant coming to 115th and Frederick Douglass Blvd, Made En Harlem sign says

Remember where Marcel’s Dry Cleaners used to be on 115th and Frederick Douglass Blvd in Harlem? Apparently that commercial space is being prepped for a restaurant, according to the public notice taped to the glass door. It says on the notice Made En Harlem has applied for a liquor license. Hmm? Interesting.

This area of Harlem keeps getting restaurant after restaurant. That’s why this blogger was the first to dub FDB as Harlem’s restaurant row back in 2008. She saw it then and called it! Feel free to check the records please!

As soon as we know more about this place, we will pass along the info!

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Friends of Frederick Douglass Circle in Harlem invites community to meeting April 23

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A group of Harlemites, who live near the Frederick Douglass Circle in Harlem, have formed a community organization called Friends of Frederick Douglass Circle. The Friends of Frederick Douglass Circle aim “to beautify this particular area of Harlem and bring events to the circle.”

This organization is having a pubic meeting April 23 at 301 Cathedral Parkway and we are all invited to attend. See details below if interested in participating.

Read prior blog coverage of Frederick Douglass Circle here.

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You’re invited to Food & Drink Boulevard in Harlem May 10

The Frederick Douglass Blvd Alliance based in Harlem came together this past January and already they are hard at work creating events for us Harlemites to enjoy and to help others. First on their to do is the Food & Drink Boulevard event taking place on May 10. On that evening patrons can enjoy $5 drinks and appetizers at several Harlem dining establishments by purchasing tickets for $10 in advance on Eventbrite.com. And proceeds made that evening, a portion of it will be donated to The Boys and Girls Club of Harlem. See you on May 10 along Frederick Douglass Blvd!

The Harlem Treasure Chest, a new flea market in Harlem, to open March 4

I received the flyer below in my inbox saying that a new flea market will open in Harlem this coming Sunday, March 4 at 6 AM on the corner of 117th and Frederick Douglass Blvd. Back in October 2011, I mentioned a new flea market in Harlem was coming.

The new flea market will be called Harlem Treasure Chest and plans to offer school supplies, clothing, mens’ suits, cell phone accessories, janitorial supplies, infant, furniture and more. Based on their flier, it appears they have plenty of vendors signed up to sell goods. I wonder whose on board? Does anyone know of a vendor who will be participating? If so, tell us!

I plan to check out this new Harlem flea market. Hope to see you there.

Londel’s Bar, offspring of Londel’s Supper Club in Harlem, to open March 1

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I poked my head into Londel’s Bar, located on the corner of 115th and Frederick Douglass Blvd. in Harlem, this evening to see what’s up since all the lights were on and people were hanging out inside the place. The ladies inside told me Londel’s Bar was opening tomorrow night, March 1, and that staff are in the bar tonight (Feb. 29) for a staff meeting. So let’s see what happens tomorrow and I guess the touchy situation between the Livmor Condo and the Church got worked out…or not!

Is a Japanese restaurant the next place to open on Harlem’s Frederick Douglass Blvd?

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For those of you who were hoping that the next place to open up in Harlem on or near Frederick Douglass Blvd would be a diner, sorry to tell you, it’s not happening. However, if you wanted a Japanese restaurant to open in Harlem, your wish is highly likely to come true! A few reliable readers have tipped off HarlemGal Inc about how the last remaining commercial space in The Douglass Condo, located on the northeast corner of FDB and 114th, has been rented out and the space is being prepped for a restaurant, a Japanese restaurant to be exact! This restaurant would be located to the left of Land Yoga.

We also hear the person behind leasing this space is an existing Harlem business owner. Their first business was on FDB, but then moved the same business around the corner and is still operating there. The planned Japanese restaurant we are talking about will be their second separate business in Harlem-and not far from the first business.

So there you have it! No diner is coming any time soon. Just sushi, sake, edamame and probably a lot more will be offered soon in this space in Harlem. Workers have been seen on site daily so who knows when this new Japanese restaurant will open. Hopefully in 2012! Will keep you posted!

Frederick Douglass Memorial Dedication completes Central Park

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Federal, State and local NYC leaders, along with descendents of Frederick Douglass, came together today, September 20, to dedicate the circle and statue of the African-American abolitionist, orator, writer and statesman Frederick Douglass. The Frederick Douglass Memorial/Circle,located at Central Park West, Frederick Douglass Boulevard and West 110th Street, consists of an eight-foot bronze portrait sculpture by Gabriel Koren, and a large circle and fountain with ornamental and symbolic features designed by Algernon Miller. The fountain was actually operational today to go along with the dedication ceremony.

While there were endless speakers, a few comments resonated with me. Someone said most of what Frederick Douglass said or wrote back then is still applicable today and that not much has changed, it is just disguised. I also like how one speaker said “Central Park is now complete with all four corners as vibrant public space for everyone to use.”

To see a collection of photos from today’s event, click here.

Sneak peek at agenda for Frederick Douglass Circle Dedication in Harlem September 20

The dedication of the Frederick Douglass Circle, located at the intersection West 110th Street and FDB, is definitely on for next week, September 20, starting at 11 a.m. and HarlemGal Inc. has the scoop on some of the agenda.

Actor and Tony Award-nominee Andre De Shields will perform and channel Frederick Douglass in front of all the guests and dignitaries. De Shields is well-known for this and performed as Frederick Douglass in 2009. See video below.

Impact Repertory Theatre and Harlem School of the Arts will give performances. And a direct descendent of Frederick Douglass will be present and either acknowledged or part of the speaking agenda.

So far, there’s no word on whether Mayor Bloomberg will be on hand for the dedication.  However, there will be several local representatives in attendance.

Not too bad of an agenda to start! Now that we have a sneak peek of the Frederick Douglass Circle Dedication, the next question is are you attending? Chime in if you plan on attending this event!

To read complete blog coverage on Frederick Douglass Circle, click here!

Save the Date: Frederick Douglass Circle in Harlem official ceremony


September 20 is the day. Mark your calendar! That’s when Frederick Douglass Circle, located at the intersection of 110th Street, FDB and Central Park West & North in Harlem, will officially be dedicated by The City of New York. According to the Manhattan Parks Commission, the time is set for 11 AM. Mayor Bloomberg plans on being present as well as congressional representation, and the City is trying to get a celebrity (or two) to join in on the festivities. As soon as more information becomes available, HarlemGal Inc. will pass along. Stay tuned!

To read previous coverage on Frederick Douglass Circle, click here.