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Organic Forever in Harlem to close its doors 

When I moved to Harlem back in 2006, there was only one mom and pop store close to me fully dedicated to offering organic grocerys on every level and that was Organic Forever on Frederick Douglass Blvd between 111th and 112th Street. Ten years later, they still are the only small business that sells organic products, until now! If you walk by the store, there are big signs that says they’re closing. 

Not sure of the reasons why Organic Forever is closing, but it’s unfortunate and another sign of the times that everything continues to change in Harlem at rapid speed! 

Cafeine Urban Espresso in Harlem taking over former 5 and Diamond space, RDV Bistro to open

Wondering whose taking over the commercial space in Harlem that was formally owned by 5 and Diamond? We are learning today through Instagram via the FDB Alliance that the owner of Cafeine Urban Espresso at 2124 Frederick Douglass Blvd is taking over the place. Mr. Ben-Ari is planning to open a modern bistro called RDV at 2072 FDB.

Stay tuned for more info!

Ponty Bistro in Harlem turns two, happy birthday 

Time flies when your making delicious food in Harlem! Ponty Bistro, the Harlem restaurant, helmed by Chef Cisse—a 2009 finalist in the hit Food Network show “Chopped,” turns two this month. 

Stop by Pontry Bistro Harlem located just off Strivers’ Row at 2375 Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard at 139th Street and wish them Happy Birthday! While you’re there try some of their signature dishes: Crispy Tuna, Fish Fataya, Truffle Macaroni and Cheese, Le Poulet Yassa, Niokolokoba and Poisson Braise A Le Guet Ndar. 

Brunch on weekends offers Lobster Benedict, French Toast, Scrambled Bruchetta, and much more.

Happy Birthday Ponty Bistro! And continued success in Harlem!

Annual Harlem Food & Drink Event set for June 8

The Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance will hold its fifth annual Food & Drink Boulevard event along Harlem’s Restaurant Row on Frederick Douglass Boulevard from 110th to 124th Streets June 8. 

Participating bars and restaurants include 67 Orange Street, Angel of Harlem, Harlem Burger Co., Harlem Food Bar, Harlem Tavern, Hop House Harlem, Jado Sushi, L Lounge, Lido, LoLo’s Seafood Shack, Mess Hall, Row House, Silvana, Streetbird and Vinateria. 

The Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance is also partnering with Uber to provide free rides for up to $20 to ticket holders who are new users of the app, and will provide ticket holders who are new and existing users with $20 off their first UberPOOLride.

Tickets to Food & Drink Boulevard will be sold online, starting May 16, at a discounted rate of two tickets for $10 until 11:59 p.m. on June 7, 2016, and will be available for purchase in person on the day of the event, June 8, 2016, for $10 each at Harlem Tavern, 2153 Frederick Douglass Boulevard on the corner of 116th Street. 

To purchase tickets to Food & Drink Boulevard starting May 16, click here

Angel of Harlem open for brunch 

Need a place to brunch today in Harlem? Angel of Harlem, not the U2 song but Harlem’s latest establishment to open on 122nd and Frederick Douglass Blvd., is now offering brunch! Check out meal options on their Instagram account!


Adorable hat store opens on 116th Street in Harlem, Shatzi Life offering holiday discount

First it was restaurants opening in Central Harlem. Then coffee shops followed. The next trend seems to be hat stores! A new hat store recently opened at 139 West 116th Street in Harlem called Shatzi Life. They sell everything from hard hats to scarves and gloves to snowboarding hats for adults and kids. It is a very cute place! I bought a cute reindeer hat for my daughter and a Coal hat for me. Coal hats are made in Seattle, WA!

If you need a unique gift for someone, this boutique hat store is a nice option to consider for shopping! Here is their website as well!

Happy Holidays Harlem!





Harlem business owner marries beau in Harlem made dress

Some of us love Harlem so much we try to integrate our community into almost everything. Take for example, Harlem business woman Susannah Koteen, who co-owns Lido Italian Restaurant and Bar on Frederick Douglass Blvd. Susannah married Mark Sweeney, a skilled contractor, this past weekend in New York City and this blog learned she had her wedding dress made right here in Harlem for the special occasion. How cool is that?

Apparently, Penny Babel, a seamstress who lives in Harlem, made Susannah’s wedding dress and she does all sorts of custom jobs. Babel has her studio at 220 Manhattan Avenue and 110th Street. If you need a wedding dress, specially made or a custom outfit, Babel is available. Her phone number is 212.879.5844. No need to go far for special clothing!

Susannah will continue her career at Lido Harlem, and she and her husband will reside in Harlem, which means we gain a contractor in Harlem! If you need a contractor, Mark Sweeney is available. Sweeney has a contracting business with his business partner Mustapha Diop. The business is called M & M Property Services and their website is Ionanyc.com. They do all types of jobs for commercial and residential from gut renovations, kitchens and bathrooms, custom cabinetry, and home repairs.

So if you’re dining at Lido anytime soon, be sure to say congrats to Susannah. We certainly will. Wishing her and Mark all the best and many, many years of good health and happiness. Cheers!

Things to do with kids in Harlem: Free Capoeira Angola class April 5

Need an interesting and different activity for your Harlem child? How about introducing your kid(s) to the Brazilian art form of Capoeira Angola. There are free kids classes available on April 5 at the Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande located at 154th and Frederick Douglass Blvd.

Capoeira Angola is an Afro-Brazilian art form, which includes fluid, rhythmic martial art; a ritual; a dance of wit and grace. See details below for upcoming free kids class in Harlem.

Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande
2916 Frederick Douglass Blvd (corner of 154th & 8th avenue)
Harlem, NY 10039
Tel: (212) 989-6975 or (646) 578-5099

Subway: B, or D train to 155th Street
3 train to 148th Street
A to 145th Street

364 West 119th Street in Harlem purchased for rental redevelopment

In a news release issued today, Jasper Venture Group announced it has purchased a five-story, ten unit low-rise apartment building in Harlem for rental redevelopment.

The property, located at 364 West 119th Street, is in Morningside Heights neighborhood adjacent to Morningside Park and Columbia University. The location offers proximity to nearby Harlem restaurants, nightlife, and mass transit.

According to the news release, the brick row house was originally built in 1910, and its facade retains desirable original architectural features, including ornate ironwork and stonework.

Construction will begin in April, 2014.



Awesome Actor Denzel Washington dines in Harlem at The Park 112

Golden Globe, Tony, Academy Award Actor Denzel Washington decided to head uptown this past weekend for some good grub in Harlem. Where did he go? To Harlem restaurant row’s The Park 112. Not a bad choice, Denzel! We hear he ordered the Brick Chicken and Branzino dish, but no drinks! Hey, when you’re on Broadway performing in Raisin in the Sun, ya gotta eat and drink well.

Let’s not forget that Denzel Washington is familiar with the streets of Harlem. A few years back, he was in Central Harlem filming American Gangster.

Other celebs, models and well-known athletes have made their way up to Harlem to The Park 112 as well, such as Kobe Bryant, Jessica White, and Mekhai Phifer of ER. Again, don’t take our word. Go to their Instagram account! All the evidence is there!