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Harlem Biennale presents: Lectures with Author Jonathan Gill

Feb 18, 2011 @ 7:57
By HarlemGal
In recognition of Black History Month, Harlem Biennale, a non-profit arts organization that combines a focus on Harlem and Upper Manhattan with community-engaged artistic practices, is offering interesting lectures, starting this weekend and mostly all taking place in Harlem, with Jonathan Gill, the author of Harlem: The Four Hundred Year History from Dutch Village to Capital of Black America.

Gill’s book is about Harlem’s 400 years of fascinating history—from the arrival of the first Europeans on America’s shores to the political struggles, joyful music, and economic traumas of the 20th century.

There are several lectures offered including Gill with Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, who is the author of “Harlem is Nowhere.” I plan to check out the lecture on Feb. 22, listed below. Two authors in one place, who wrote recent books on Harlem, I find that interesting.

Saturday, February 19, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Museum of African Art
1280 Fifth Ave. at 110th St., New York, NY 10029 – Tel: 718 784 7700 ext.127

Tuesday, February 22, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Tenement Museum
108 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002
Tel: 212 431 0233
author “Harlem is Nowhere”

Wednesday, February 23, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Harlem School of the Arts
645 Saint Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY 10030 Tel: 212 926 4100

Thursday, February 24, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Taller Boricua At the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center
1680 Lexington Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10029 – Tel: 212 831 4333

Friday, February 25, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Aloft Harlem
2296 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, New York, NY 10027 – Tel: 212 749 4000www.AloftHotels.com/Harlem

Harlem and Cuba share another common interest, Floridita

Jan 26, 2011 @ 7:15

Photo by HarlemGal

By HarlemGal
While on an approved trip to Cuba last week, I wanted to photograph something there I could link back to Harlem for my blog. I found it while walking around Revolutionary Square! In Havana, Cuba, they have a Floridita just like we do in West Harlem. Similar to our Floridita located at 3219 Broadway in Harlem, they serve Cuban food and its Cuban owned. The major differences between the two restaurants, aside from location, are the history, notable guests and operations.

Photo by HarlemGal

At the moment, the Floridita in Harlem is closed temporarily. However, it opened some 30 years ago in Harlem and the food has received much praise. The Floridita in Cuba has been open since the early 1800s and it has received guests, such as Ernest Hemingway and Graham Greene.

To learn more about the Floridita in Cuba, click here. And as for our Floridita, I hope it reopens soon. I am going to be craving some roasted chicken with black beans and rice soon! If anyone has any information on when Floridita might reopen, please pass along!

Robert Graham funeral held

Jan 11, 2009 @ 15:07
Graham PhotoBy HarlemGal

On Saturday,  a funeral was held in Los Angeles for the late Robert Graham. Graham created the Duke Ellington Memorial in Harlem, which stands 30 feet tall high with three columns topped with muses holding up a giant size figure of the musician next to a piano. You have to see it for yourself! It’s amazing to see. The sculpture is located at the cross section of 110th Street and 5th Avenue.

For us at HarlemCondoLife, we want to thank Graham for his contribution to our community. We are forever grateful!

Read more about who attended Graham’s funeral.