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Construction coming together at Harlem Garage, a collaborative work space in Harlem

HarlemGarage recently updated their subscribers on the status of construction, and it appears the place, located at West 118th Street and Manhattan Avenue in Harlem, is moving along getting ready for a September launch. The floors have been refinished, walls sandblasted, and furniture is arriving daily, according to a recent newsletter. Harlem Garage also has advertising up along Harlem’s Frederick Douglass Blvd.

HarlemGarage is MicroOffice’s newest collaborative work space, especially designed for entrepreneurs striving to re-imagine the way they work, and move beyond the status-quo of co-working.

To learn more about Harlem Garage, click here.




Opening Soon The Harlem Garage, a co-working space in Harlem by Tech Cocktail

HarlemGarage1To support entrepreneurship in New York, the City and Mayor Michael Bloomberg are getting behind the startup community.

In 2010, they launched a $22 million seed-stage fund, as well as the annual NYC Next Idea competition. They’re also sponsoring various incubators, from General Assembly to NYU-Poly to the newest space: HarlemGarage.

HarlemGarage, to be run by coworking space operator MicroOffice, is a 6,000-square-foot space at 118th Street in Harlem. Construction will start soon, and by late summer the space should be hosting over 100 people, as well as classes and networking events.

The space is actually a converted car garage, and MicroOffice cofounder David Rotbard hopes to keep the industrial feel, with high ceilings and exposed brick. There will be comfortable chairs for lounging, coworking tables, and no enclosed offices – just semi-private classrooms.

Unlike other coworking spaces in New York, Rotbard imagines that HarlemGarage will mostly attract local residents. He sees it as “place of gathering,” “almost like a community center,” and hopes to bring in art exhibits, live music, and local community events.

That’s consistent with the City’s goals, which include revitalizing the 125th Street corridor.

“Harlem is an area that’s been on the radar for awhile. It’s probably quadrupled in the amount of entrepreneurial residents in the past couple of years,” says Rotbard.

He’s seen restaurants and bars popping up in the area, alongside new condos and old Harlem brownstones. But there isn’t much commercial office space, he says; many residents work out of coffee shops or restaurants. With HarlemGarage, they’ll have a new office-home: just steps away from a Starbucks and nicely situated between Morningside Park, Central Park, and Columbia University.

Desks will cost around $300 per month – with discounts for women- and minority-owned businesses – and you can apply through the MicroOffice website.


Harlem Business Alliance unveils new back office support initiative

The Harlem Business Alliance sent in a photo of their March 1 ribbon cutting ceremony of its new Back Office Support Initiative. The initiative will operate out of a newly expanded space at 275 Lenox Avenue called the Small Business Support Center. The center will offer services designed to help entrepreneurs with the development and implementation of business solutions.

Congrats to HBA and all the entrepreneurs that will benefit from this initiative.


Want to know NYC health inspection grades on Harlem restaurants in one click? Try BiteScore

Maison Harlem, the French bistro located on 127th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, recently posted a picture on Facebook of their sanitary inspection grade they received from New York City’s Health Inspection Department. It was good news. The new Harlem restaurant received a big fat “A.” Now what if you wanted to keep track of that grade, know their rating, and every time their graded by the NYC Health Inspection. BiteScore allows users to conveniently access restaurant health inspections when ordering food, making reservations, and browsing reviews online. Currently integrated with Seamless, OpenTable, Zagat and MenuPages users are able to view current health ratings when accessing restaurant pages.

To test how BiteScore works, I choose Red Rooster Harlem as the guinea pig. I went to the search function at the top right hand corner of the page. Hit return and the restaurants current grade is posted. Click on the highlighted area of the restaurants’ name and it shows their rating and grading history by the health inspection department.

Check out BiteScore and comment here on whether this online tool is useful in knowing how Harlem restaurants make the grade.


New hardware store opens on Lenox Avenue in Harlem

A reader sent in information this week saying there is a new hardware store on 119th and Lenox Ave and it is open for business. Mr. Shakir Thanawala is the managing director of the new hardware store on 170 Lenox Avenue. Feel free to stop by and let him know about your hardware needs! And a big thanks to the reader for passing along the information and photo! Very much appreciated!

Let’s help Harlem Grown win $25,000 from Martha Stewart

Last night when I was online tweeting about the Presidential Debate. I came across Edward Norton’s (the actor) twitter page. His tweet said: “Trying to help Harlem Grown win $25K from Martha Stewart.” I inquired further and realized this was important information Mr. Norton tweeted out. I wanted to share too to help Harlem Grown.

This holiday season Martha Stewart is helping to give back by creating the Thanks for Giving Challenge. This is where charities that raise the most funds by November 25th as a part of the Challenge will receive additional cash contributions (as much as $25,000!) from Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. So go here to donate at least $26 from October 19 at 7:00 pm EST to November 27th at 11:59 pm EST and you will be automatically entered into the sweepstakes to Win a Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook and you’re helping Harlem Grown to win $25k.

Harlem customers receive upgrade guide by Time Warner Cable

Has anyone living in the Harlem area noticed a slight difference with their Time Warner Cable? I noticed it on my flat screen. The user guide is different. Apparently, Time Warner Cable has introduced an upgraded guide to its TV customers in the Harlem area. Customers automatically received the upgrade about a week ago.

Here are a few tips on the new guide:

The “A” button on the remote control brings up “Find Channels,” allowing customers to find their favorite programming by category on hundreds of channels more easily.

The “B” button brings customers to a more intuitive “Search” screen, where they can look for movies or shows on both the TV schedule and among the thousands of Time Warner Cable On Demand choices available.

Intuitive on-screen prompts for using TV features like Start Over and Look Back.

To learn more about the new guide, visit http://www.timewarnercable.com/guide or call Time Warner Cable directly if you do not see this service.


Newly Constructed Apartments for Rent in Harlem

According to the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, they are taking applications for new housing located at 45 East 131st Street in Harlem. NYC HPD is taking applications for lottery housing now until August 6, 2012. For the first time, interested applicants can create an account online and fill out and submit an application online by logging onto Housing Connect, a pilot site. Since the site is a pilot, users could potentially experience technical difficulties.