Tag Archives: Spanish Harlem

A reader asks: what’s happening in East Harlem on Lexington Avenue between 100th and 101st Street?

A few days ago, a HarlemGal Inc reader wrote in asking “does your blog know what is going on with a particular block in East Harlem, i.e. Lexington Avenue between 100th and 101st Street?” According to our reader, the entire retail block is now vacant and no one in the area seems to know why? The reader adds, “this is sad to see as we really don’t have many eating options in the area [East Harlem]. Any help would be greatly appreciated!”

So HarlemGal Inc is asking on behalf of our reader, do any of you know why this particular block (Lexington Ave btw 100th and 101st Street) in East Harlem has no more retail services? What happened to the prior businesses on this block? If you have any information or leads, please chime in here! Thank you much and have a great weekend!
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Salsa sensation Marc Anthony spotted today in Spanish Harlem

The Facebook page called New Yorkers Do It Better posted a picture to their page today of Marc Anthony in Spanish Harlem. According to the photo, it appears the Harlem native is filming a music video right where or close to where the salsa star grew up, 108th Street and Lexington Avenue.

What a coincidence (or maybe not) that Marc Anthony is in his old hood, East Harlem, today after this past weeks ridiculous flap over him singing the National Anthem?

Whatever the reasons are for him being in Harlem today, that’s great! However, I’m looking forward to buying his latest album, 3.0! Can’t wait!

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Visit Le Pain Quotidien in Spanish Harlem

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The folks behind the new Le Pain Quotidien in Spanish Harlem have sent in recent photos. Le Pain Quotidien in Harlem opened in May on Madison Avenue at 97th Street!

The new store features a large dining room where there is a reclaimed oversize porcelain sink in a dining room for chilling/display of wine, a reclaimed rustic iron gate at entryway, custom steel and glass window walls at entryway and LED lighting throughout the space.

Feel free to stop on by and check out the relatively new Le Pain Quotidien in Harlem!

Flea Marqueta starts today June 23 in East Harlem

Today’s the day, June 23, when East Harlem will start their outdoor farmer and flea market called Flea Marqueta. Head on over to the plaza, also known as, “La Placita” on East 116th and Park Avenue, across from Urban Garden Center and check out the flea market. Flea Marqueta will take place every Sunday, June through October, from noon to 6 pm.
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Spanish Harlem featured in NY Times, El Barrio starts above E. 96th St., divide becoming less visible

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For those who have wondered where East Harlem/Spanish Harlem/El Barrio begins, today The New York Times confirms for us once again that it begins right above East 96th Street. And according to The Times, the  old divide between the Upper Eastside and Spanish Harlem is becoming “less visible.” To read the latest Times article on East Harlem, go here.

375147_10151637960956830_782649222_nWonderful things are always happening with our Harlem neighbor to the East. Today, La Casa Azul Bookstore turns one. They are celebrating their one year anniversary from noon to 6 pm. La Casa Azul Bookstore is located at 143 E. 103rd Street.

Last year, East Harlem held their first Harvest Festival, ie East Harlem Harvest Festival, which was a big success. Read coverage here. And we hear they are planning another event for this year!

And Urban Garden Center, which has been a leader in getting events organized in their community, recently announced that Spanish Harlem will now be having their very own flea market called Flea Marqueta starting this June.

So whenever you get a chance, head East in Harlem and check out their events. I promise you will experience a wider view on why the greater Harlem area is an awesome place to live.

East Harlem to start their own flea market, to be called Flea Marqueta

According to East Harlem’s Urban Garden Center, a flea market is popping up right across the street from them at East 116th Street and Park Avenue. Their multiple Facebook posts state “we are starting a flea market called Flea Marqueta…!” Flea Marqueta will start June 23 and run to October.

They are currently looking for vendors, artists, performers, food operators and more. For more information about Flea Marqueta, contact Sara@UrbanGardenNYC.com or call 917-769-4884.
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East Harlem’s Aromas Boutique Bakery & Cafe hosting dessert tasting event March 26

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The good folks over at Aromas Boutique Bakery & Cafe located in East Harlem have given us the heads up that they are having their monthly dessert tasting on Tuesday, March 26th from 5 to 7 pm. All are welcome!

At this event there will be sampling of Fresh Lemon Loaf, Carrot Cake, the Best Pumpkin Cake in the World and a New Hazelnut Cake. Aromas Boutique Bakery & Cafe recently added Gluten free Pumpkin Cake and a Brownie to their menu.

Aromas Boutique Bakery & Cafe
2248 First Avenue (Between 115th and 116th)
New York, NY 10029
Phone: 212.360.0010
Fax: 212.360.0012

Aromas Boutique Bakery & Cafe opening soon in East Harlem


The folks behind Aromas Boutique Bakery & Cafe have reached out saying they are scheduled to open in East Harlem on October 22nd. Their new home is at 2248 First Avenue between 115th and 116th Streets. This new business is owned by “natives of East Harlem and they are excited to be opening in the area where they grew up.” Some of their featured desserts will a Red Velvet Doughnut, Bourbon Hazelnut Sticky Bun and out of this world Pumpkin Cake. Yum!

Aromas Boutique Bakery & Cafe already has a website up and ready to go. Check it out!

Aromas Boutique Bakery & Cafe
2248 First Avenue (between 115th & 116th Street)
New York, NY 10029
Phone: 212.360.0010
Fax: 212.360.0012

100 free tree giveaway October 28 in East Harlem

Urban Garden Center in East Harlem is at it again. Can you believe it? They’re giving away 100 free trees October 28! They did this in May as well. The nerve of them giving away something that is soooo good for us-sarcastically speaking! We need to clone Urban Garden Center at 1640 Park Avenue at 116th Street.

Seriously. If you want a tree for free, register here, which is highly recommended because most trees are claimed in advance, and then head on over to East 116th and Park Ave between 10 am to 2 pm to pick up your tree!

Please visit www.NYRP.org for more information.

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Save the Date: East Harlem Harvest Festival happening October 26-27

Central Harlem just completed its Harvest Festival. Now its time to plan for East Harlem’s Harvest Festival taking place at 116th Street and Park Avenue. I believe its the first one and organizers are making sure it lasts all weekend.

On October 26, a celebration of culture and cuisine is planned. How to make you’re own brewski is on the agenda at the Urban Garden Center and Sugar Hill Beer is involved. That will be good and those 21 years and older can participate. A Hookah Lounge will be set up thanks to Kiosk Restaurant, a delightful Moroccan restaurant in East Harlem. And for children, the East Harlem Harvest Festival will be planning a Recycling Game, pumpkin carving and a class on how to make healthy food provided by Culinaria Festival!

So no need to worry about making plans for the weekend of October 26-27. Head on over to the eastside of Harlem for their Harvest Festival. See you there.