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 HYPOTHEkids is hosting a ten week summer STEM program for K-6 children right here in the area! Registration and more information is available at:  


§  Location: Teachers College at Columbia University and Columbia Secondary School.  Close to  subway subway trains to 125th Street. Newly renovated Morningside Park Playground 123 is where we eat lunch and do outdoor science

§  Time: 8.30 AM – 5.30 PM

§  Ages: Kindergarten to Grade 6. Children are grouped by age and skill level.

§  Instructors: Scientist, engineers and educators from Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Teachers College plus interactive sessions led by guest science luminaries

§  Cost: $695 per week all inclusive. 10% sibling discount. Book two or more weeks and get 10% off the second, third, fourth week.

Financial aid will be available for families that can demonstrate need. Scholarship applications are available here.

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Marcus Samuelsson, Joseph “JJ” Johnson, Melba Wilson, and Frank Pellegrino Jr. will all participate. Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images; Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images; Cindy Ord/Getty Images; Ethan Miller/Getty Images

It's about time Harlem got its own splashy event to celebrate the food of the neighborhood, and from May 15 to 17, Marcus Samuelsson (along with honorary chair Bill Clinton and seasoned event marketer Herb Karlitz) will host a four-day festival. The events — focusing on food primarily, but also art and music — will spotlight local Harlem chefs, restaurants, and artists, as well as national chefs who have an affinity for the area.

The schedule's pretty incredible: The Cecil's Joseph "JJ" Johnson will cook with Jonathan Waxman; Samuelsson's bringing in Paul Qui to launch his new concept, Streetbird Rotisserie; and Ludo Lefebvre will fly in to collaborate with Dinosaur Bar-B-Que's John Stage.

But the real highlight, at least in Grub's humble opinion, is a panel discussion on how to open a restaurant that features all the power Franks — Rao's Frank Pellegrino, Frankies Spuntino's Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli — as well as Marvin Woods and Melba Wilson. Here's the full list. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 13, at 9 a.m. right here.

Friday, May 15

"Dine In Harlem" — Ticketed Dinner Series

5 & Diamond Restaurant
Featuring Chef Joseph Hayes III and Guest Chef Marvin Woods
Seatings: 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Location: 2072 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
General Admission: $85 (18 percent gratuity and tax not included)

Bier International
Featuring Partners Chris Pollok and Ousmane Keita and Guest Chef Amanda Freitag 
Seatings: 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Location: 2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
General Admission: $125

The Cecil
Featuring Chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson & Guest Chef Jonathan Waxman
Seating: 7 p.m.
Location: 210 West 118th St.
General Admission: $125

Chef Daniel Boulud at the Leonard Covello Center Sponsored by AETNA
Featuring Chef Daniel Boulud

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Featuring Chef John Stage and Guest Chef Ludo Lefebvre
Seating: 7 p.m.
Location: 700 West 125th St.
General Admission: $85

Ginny’s Supper Club
Featuring Chef Marcus Samuelsson and Guest Chef Sean Brock
Seating: 7 p.m.
Location: 310 Lenox Ave.
General Admission: $125

Jin Ramen
Featuring Owner Richard Kashida, Chef Mark Viloria, and Guest Chef Preston Clark
Seatings: 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Location: 3183 Broadway
General Admission: $85

Madiba Harlem
Featuring Chef Mark Henegan and Guest Chef Ken Oringer 
Seating: 7 p.m.
Location: MIST, 46 West 116th St.
General Admission: $85

Melba’s Sponsored by L+M Development Partners
Featuring Owner Melba Wilson and Guest Chef Carla Hall

Rao’s (Private)
Featuring Owner Frank Pellegrino and Chef Dino Gatto

Featuring Chef Antonino Settepani, Guest Chef Angelo Sosa, and Mixologist Karl Franz Williams of 67 Orange Street 
Seatings: 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Location: 196 Lenox Ave.
General Admission: $85

Streetbird Rotisserie
Featuring Chef Cyed Adraincem and Guest Chef Paul Qui 
Seatings: 7 p.m.
Location: 2149 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
General Admission: $85

Featuring Owner Yvette Leeper-Bueno, Chef Gustavo Lopez, Guest Chef Linton Hopkins, and Wine Expert Ted Allen
Seatings: 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Location: 2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
General Admission: $85

Saturday, May 16

"The Stroll"
Time: Noon to 5 p.m. 
Location: Morningside Park (114th St. and Manhattan Ave.)
General Admission: Free
The Experience at The Stroll: $75 provides access to tasting tents and culinary demonstrations
"VIE" (Very Important Eater) Experience at The Stroll: $150 provides access to tasting tents, culinary demonstrations, and an opportunity to participate in Meet & Greet photo moments with visiting celebrity chefs and TV personalities.
Participating Restaurants: Barawine, BLVD Bistro, Charles Country Pan Fried Chicken, Chocolat Restaurant & Lounge, Corner Social, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Farafina Café & Lounge Harlem, Harlem Shake, Harlem Tavern, La Bodega 47 Social Club, Lady Lexis Sweets, Lido, LoLo’s Seafood Shack, Madiba Harlem, Make My Cake, Melba's, Ponty Bistro, Red Rooster, Seasoned Vegan, Spoonbread, The Cecil/Minton’s, The Grange, Zoma

Harlem Talks — Ticketed Panel Discussions
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Location: Studio Museum in Harlem, at 144 West 125th St.

"24 Hours: A Day in the Life of a Chef"
Time: 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
General Admission: $35
Moderator: Ted Allen
Panelists: Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Joseph “JJ” Johnson, Marcus Samuelsson, Michael White

"How to Open a Restaurant: The Good, the Bad, and the Unknown"
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
General Admission: $35
Moderator: Brian Duncan
Panelists: Frank Castronovo, Frank Falcinelli, Frank Pellegrino, Marvin Woods, Melba Wilson

"Citymeals-on-Wheels Presents: The Masters: Then and Now"
Time: Noon to 1:15 p.m.
General Admission: $35
Moderator: Ted Allen
Panelists: Daniel Boulud, Gael Greene, Paul Qui, Alexander Smalls

"How to Serve the Community"
Time: 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
General Admission: $35
Moderator: Tren'ness Woods-Black
Panelists: Nick Anderer, Aliyyah Baylor, Nikoa Evans-Hendricks, Jessamyn Rodriguez

"Inside the Artistic Process"
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
General Admission: $35
Moderator: People en Español Editor Armando Correa
Panelists: Derrick Adams, Hope Boykin, David Rockwell, Aarón Sánchez

Sunday, May 17

"A Sunday Afternoon in Harlem"
Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
Location: Morningside Park (114th St. and Manhattan Ave.)
General Admission: No entry fee; food served à la cart
EATS Package: $50 for ten tickets for food and non-alcoholic beverages
SIPS Pass: $50 for access to the wine, spirits, and beer tents for sampling
Participating Restaurants: Bier International, BLVD Bistro, BTH, Charles Country Pan Fried Chicken, Flat Top Bistro, Harlem Shake, Harlem Tavern, Hot Bread Kitchen, Kitchenette Uptown, La Bodega 47 Social Club, Make My Cake, Ponty Bistro, Seasoned Vegan, Streetbird Rotisserie

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Hello HYPOTHEkids Families!

Come learn more about our summer program and meet our teachers, engineers and scientists.  Children will be engaged in a hands-on activity.   Details: 

Dates: February 1, March 8, April 19 from 1.00-4.00 PM
Location: Harlem Biospace 423 W. 127th between Amsterdam and Morningside Avenue.  
Registration: Tell us when you want to come here

Take advantage of an early bird special of $595 per week from now until February 1st! Here are the details regarding this summer's program: 

Dates:  June 29th to September 4th - 10 weeks. Weekly themes are on our website.  
Times: Full day 8.30 - 5.30. Three labs a day. Plenty of time outside at Morningside Park's newly renovated Playground 123.  
Location:  Columbia University  
Cost: $695 per week all inclusive. 10% sibling discount. 10% off any week booked after your first week.  Sign up for four or more weeks before February 1st, 2015 and enjoy a special early bird price of $595 per week. 
Registration: Go here!  
Scholarships: Applications will be available on our website but decisions will not be made until we know from where all our funding will come.  Keep reading if you want to be one of our lovely, generous supporters and get a special gift and a receipt for your taxes. 

Sponsor a day, week or month of STEM enrichment:

Last year, we received over a hundred scholarship/financial aid applications for the 2014 summer program and we anticipate that the demand next summer will be even greater. Please think about sponsoring a promising student for a day, a week or a month.  We also have some amazing gifts designed by Brooklyn based designers.  We are a 501(c)3 non-profit and can provide you with a tax receipt and a great gift for you or someone else.   See the gifts, learn about the designers and donate here


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Check out the Real Deal Article: "Can Harlem’s rise roar on?"

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The site near 8th Avenue (Frederick Douglass Blvd) and 115th Street has seen some major progress in recent weeks. The new spot, Amaretto Coffee, should be up and running very soon.

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Vinateria in Harlem was recently named one of the Best Italian Restaurants in New York City by The Financial Times. The Financial Times said "With its sleek interior design in various shades of grey and zinc-topped tables, it’s a spot you can as easily drop into for a flatbread pizza or charcuterie as for a full meal of grilled octopus with rocket and a confit of pimento potatoes or the wonderful tagliatelle with pork ragù and black cabbage."

Vinatería is located at 2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 119th Street. For reservations, call 212-662-8462.

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The New York Times Seth Kugel outlines an exciting 36 hour getaway to Upper Manhattan.

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"In the 18th century, the northern half of Manhattan Island served as a bucolic escape for New Yorkers with the cash to afford it and the horse and carriage to get them there. It’s easier to visit these days (the A train to Harlem being the most famous of many routes) and easier to get around, with the city’s newfangled green cabs in abundance in neighborhoods where yellow cabs have always been scarce. There’s also a whole lot more to do these days. Harlem, the Dutch settlement that became the black capital of America, is in the throes of gentrification: a mix of old and new, from gospel-filled black church services to fine cocktail bars abuzz with young professionals of all races. Meanwhile, farther north, between the island’s oldest surviving house and its largest swath of never developed land, is a Latino neighborhood the likes of which you can no longer find south of Central Park." - Kugel


Details of the destinations in Kugel's getaway below.


1. Inwood Hill Park.

2. La Condesa, 3508 Broadway;

3. Margot Restaurant, 3822 Broadway, 212-781-8494.

4. Apt. 78, 4447 Broadway, apt78.comLa Marina, 348 Dyckman;

5. Serengeti Teas and Spices, 2292 Frederick Douglass Boulevard; Lee Lee’s Baked Goods, 283 West 118th Street;

6. Bébénoir, 2164 Frederick Douglass Boulevard; bebenoir.comAdja Khady Food Distributor, 243 West 116th Street, 212-933-0374.

7. Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street; studiomuseum.orgBillie’s Black, 271 West 119th Street; El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue; La Fonda Boricua, 169 East 106th Street;

8. Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace; morrisjumel.orgJumel Terrace Books, 426 West 160th Street;

9. Minton’s, 206 West 118th Street;

10. Bier International, 2099 Frederick Douglass Boulevard; 67 Orange Street, 2082 Frederick Douglass Boulevard; 67orangestreet.comRed Rooster,310 Lenox Avenue;

11. Harlem Heritage Tours, 104 Malcolm X Boulevard; harlemheritage.comConvent Avenue Baptist Church, 420 West 145th;

12. Lido, 2168 Frederick Douglass Boulevard;

13. The Cloisters, 99 Margaret Corbin Drive;


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Happy Hour featuring One Dollar Oysters has been extended to 5 days a week, Monday through Friday 5 PM - 7 PM, at Maison Harlem. Located on St. Nicholas Avenue and 127th St, this unique bistro has one of the best bespoke bars in town. Check out their website at


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Double Dutch Espresso on Frederick Douglass Blvd and 118th St had its soft opening this past weekend and it was a big success. Word is that the coffee shop turned a profit their very first day. Great news for the local business owners who jointly share two other coffee shops in the Harlem area.



Official hours are Monday through Friday 7 AM - 7 PM and Saturday & Sunday 8 AM - 7 PM

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El Toro Blanco by Krieger


Super Bowl Sunday is a time we stuff our faces delicious food and share drinks with good friends. Eater NY offers a guide to 12 great restaurants that are offering food & drink packages on Super Bowl Sunday.


See the complete guide at compiled by the Eater Staff.



Back Forty - Offering fried chicken and pork sandwich platters for Super Bowl Sunday. 8 pieces of chicken come with a quart of slaw and six biscuits for $60. The sandwich platter is accompanied by pickles, barbecue sauce, a quart of potato salad and six buns for $75. A package of house-made green chili is available with sour cream, shredded onion, cheddar, and two parker house loaves for $50. They will also be offering growlers of any draft beer for $25. Orders should be placed by noon on February 1st, for pick-up on game-day between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.



El Toro Blanco - Chef Josh Capon will be offering his Mexican fare as part of a to-go catering menu. Selections include fresh guacamole with warm chips and salsa fresca ($18/3-5 people), a range of empanadas for $3 each, and tacos for $4. Orders must be received and confirmed by January 31 at 3 p.m., and can be placed by calling 212-645-0193. Orders can be picked up at the restaurant or delivered for $5.



North End Grill - Chef Floyd Cardoz will be serving a crispy short rib hero with sweet and spicy Tabasco sauce, cabbage slaw, and tabasco chips for pick-up on Super Bowl Sunday. The subs are $14 and all orders must be placed by January 30 by calling 646-747-1600



Taquitoria - This single concept joint will be offering forty “Buffalitos” for the big game. The Buffalo-chicken stuffed taquitos come with proper game day fixings including blue cheese ranch dressing, pickled carrot and celery chips, and house-made Pancho sauce. Boxes cost $80 with delivery anywhere from 23rd Street south to the tip of the island. 24 hours advanced notice is required, with three or more boxes getting you delivery anywhere in the five boroughs with no fee.



The Breslin Bar & Dining Room - The Breslin will be loading in TVs and serving up heaps of beer and fried chicken. Fried chicken feasts are available for parties of five or more at $50 a head. The duck fat-fried chicken comes with little gem lettuces, market slaw, biscuits, and pie. To wash all that down will be beer packages including a 30 pack of Narragansett for $100. Reservations for seatings are available from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.



Distilled - The Tribeca restaurant will be offering their spectacular fried chicken as part of a tailgate package. Two dozen wings, with bleu cheese, pickled celery, and carrots along with the ever-essential Wet Wipes are included for $65. Orders must be placed via phone by January 31.

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Earlier in 2010 there was talk of a market crash that could halt the growth on Frederick Douglass Blvd with many developers losing out. However, in recent weeks the media has been shining a light on the revival of South Harlem's most commercial corridor between 110th and 125th St on Frederick Douglass Blvd. Is this a sign that FDB has been gentrified?


Read the full article at by Ulysses.


Although Harlem's third ranked neighborhood has the areas highest restaurant density catering to the new middle class and all of the condo units have sold out in recent years, the revival of FDB remains unique from other parts of New York City. The demographic of the area remains a mix. A middle class African American population has been returning to South Harlem adding to the large West African community in the area. Many Europeans have also moved in to the FDB corridor. Taking a stroll through the area has become a global experience, a contrast to the singular definition of gentrification.

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Party New Years Night at Silvana off the corner of 116 St and Frederick Douglass Boulevard.



Enjoy a New Years Eve Prix Fixe Dinner at Lido Harlem, on 2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd and 117th Street. One of Frederick Douglass Boulevard's favorite eateries is having a Prix Fixe New Years Eve menu that features seared duck breast, crisp short ribs, sauteed scallops and filet mignon. Three courses start at $60 and four courses go for $45.

See the official menu on Lido's website:

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Photo: Alder by Daniel Krieger


New Years Eve dining is full of terrible deals, but Eater NYC compiled a list of great dinner options for the last night of the year.

Read the full article at by Marguerite Preston.


Diner - Andrew Tarlow's original restaurant is serving a special New Year's a la carte menu. Items will include seafood platters, lamb chops, whole trout stuffed with prosciutto and fennel, and more. New Year's Eve also happens to be the restaurant's birthday, which will make for a celebratory night.

ABC Kitchen - Serving its usual a la carte menu along with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.


Briskettown - Daniel Delaney is hosting a traditional Louisiana boucherie. It will be a six-course, family-style feast of pig-centric dishes, ranging from hog head terrine to trotter soup to cochon roule. It's $75 for the 6 p.m. seating and $95 for the 9 p.m. seating including a Champagne toast.


Gotham West Market - This would be a good bet for large groups. The Cannibal is offering a $75 menu of unlimited beer and wine, plus snacks like pork neck kimchi rillettes. While Seamus Mullen's El Colmado is serving tapas and unlimited Cava for the same price, with an upgrade to unlimited wine, beer and sangria for $100. The former is booking groups of up to 30 by phone, the latter by email at


Momofuku Ssam Bar - Offering a six-course prix fixe meal for $115 per person. For parties of four to 20, that meal includes a choice of whole rotisserie duck or bo ssam.


Alder - Offering a "Skeletons from the Closet" menu. Chef Jon Bignelli will serve a five-course meal of "Alderized" versions of wd-50 classics, for $150 per person.

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Photo: Tina Fineberg for The New York Times


The redevelopment along the streets south of Columbia University has been a struggle for many years. Police sweeps and urban renewal plans have seen little success since the 1950's. However, smaller scale approaches in the past several years have shown tangible changes in the area known as Manhattan Valley.

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“Restaurants can set a tone for a neighborhood, give them a certain look and feel,” said Robert Nelson, president of the Nelson Management Group which owns and manages several building. Many businesses were wary of moving to the area at first because of it's presumed reputation, but are now grateful for the lucrative move.


Columbia, whose Campus borders 114 St, is a major presence in the area, but was nearly invisible for many years. One explanation may be the increase in student population on its main campus which now exceeds 29,000. The school now offers many listings for Manhattan Valley apartments on its housing website. A number of Columbia graduate students rent apartments at 949 Columbus Avenue, a five-story brick building near West 107th Street, according to Matthew Hecht, the manager of Lura, a restaurant under the same roof.


The neighborhood has taken on a certain hip factor, but time will tell how the dichotomy of higher priced rentals and abundant affordable housing developments plays out.

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After years of controversy the verdict is finally in, One World Trade Center is officially the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, taking the title from Chicago's Willis Tower.


For months the debate was on whether the 408 foot spire atop 1 WTC should count towards the building's 1,776 feet. The 30 person Height Committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the world's arbiter of building heights, made the final verdict this past Tuesday. The council's chairman, Timothy Johnson, said in a press conference Tuesday "We believe with certainty that the building is 1,776 feet tall, and the tallest in the country."


One World Trade Center's owners quickly put out a statement of their own,

"The Port Authority of NY & NJ, The Durst Organization, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill have long celebrated the height of 1,776 feet as an unwavering principal of One World Trade Center's design. This iconic building represents the resilience of America and today's decision recognizes One World Trade Center's rightful place in history."

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World of Beer

flickr: Devon Christopher Adams


World of Beer, a national chain of beer-focused restaurants originally from Florida will soon be opening at the corner of West 26th Street and Eighth Avenue.

Read the full story at by Matthew Katz


This will be the chain's first New York location. The 4,500 square feet of space will offer over 500 beers from 47 countries  with many on tap along with standard pub fare.

World of Beer is the second retail score for Chelsea Park, a 204-unit residential development that will also soon be home to a Blink Fitness location.

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Photographer: Daniel Krieger


PDT in New York City, known for its innovative acclaimed cocktails, is at times credited with starting the modern speakeasy boom. Among its most famous drinks is the Benton's Old Fashioned.

Read the full story at by Hillary Dixler.


The drink was crafted by Don Lee back in 2007. Lee wanted to combine the "uniquely American flavors" of bourbon, bacon, and maple syrup to evoke memories of a breakfast where maple syrup mingles with bacon.


Step 1: The Bourbon

The signature old fashioned begins with Four Roses Yellow Bourbon


Step 2: The Bacon

The signature component of the cocktail is fat from Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Hams. The drinks creator Don Lee drew inspiration when he first had the ham at Momofuku Ssam Bar. In a day long process, Lee infuses the bourbon with bacon to create the signature flavor.


Step 3: The Maple Syrup

Foregoing sugar and in keeping With the idea of breakfast, Lee chose to add a quarter of an ounce of Grade B Maple Syrup to the drink for sweetness.


Step 4: The Bitters

An Old Fashioned Standard, PDT uses two dashes of Angostura bitters.


Step 5: The Assembly

Beginning with a well chilled old-fashioned glass, Lee adds a large clear ice cube. In order of expense, the bitters are added first, followed by the maple syrup, and then the bourbon. The mixture is stirred until reaching proper temperature and dilution. After rubbing an orange twist along the rim of the glass, he gives the twist a squeeze over the drink before straining it on top of the ice.













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We added some more pics from this past Sunday's Harlem Food Festival, check them out below.








We had a great time at the Harlem Food Festival this past Sunday! The weather was fantastic and the food was delicious. A big thanks to all the folks that stopped by and paid us a visit. The event was a great success thanks to you!

Check out a few of the pictures from Harlem Food Festival below.







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 Seared Huson Valley foie gras with a toasted pecan biscuit and vidalia marmalade.

Photo by Melissa Hom


Richard Parson's reopened 118th Street's historic jazz club Minton's Play House this past Monday, October 21.

Read the full article at by Sierra Tishgart.

The rules will be kept old school with three seatings each night, live jazz performances from the in-house band, and a requirement for men to wear jackets. Diners can choose between $90 and $55 prix fixe Southern-inspired menus along with a few additional à la carte small plates. Take a look at some of the dishes below.



House bacon pilau with smoked chipotle aioli. Photo by Melissa Hom



Wagyu rib-eye with bone marrow butter, chanterelle mushrooms, sweet potato pave, and black truffle glace deviande. Photo by Melissa Hom



Crisp skate wing with Manila clams, cauliflower royale, and a house-smoked bacon-scallion emulsion. Photo by Melissa Hom



Banana-cream pie with sable breton, sour cream mousse, and banana-sorghum ice cream. Photo by Melissa Hom

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Come join us for the Harlem Food Festival on Sunday October 27!

Free Admission!!

Music and Activities from 11 AM - 5 PM

Located on Frederick Douglass Blvd Between 117th and 118th Streets


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 <p>Lenox Lounge owner Alvin Reed Sr. told revelers on New year&#39;s Eve that he planned to reopen.</p>

Photographer: Jeff Mays/DNAinfo

Restaurateur Richard Notar, owner of the building at 286 Lenox Ave., is hoping to open a new music lounge with rooftop dining by spring 2014.

Read the full article at by Jeff Mays.

The music will be 80 to 90 percent jazz. Next door will be a bakery specializing in beignets by New Orleans actor and baker Dwight Henry, who starred in the film "Beasts of the Southern Wild." Henry will also supply the restaurant's baked goods.

Notar is currently involved in a lawsuit with Alvin Reed Sr., the owner and operator of Lenox Lounge.

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  Rockefeller Ice Rink

Photographer: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Lace up those skates because the holiday season is here. The iconic ice rink at Rockefeller Center opened this past Monday as part of the plaza's Columbus Day activites. Several event packages will be offered to visitors this season.

The rink holds up to 150 skaters on the ice at one time and will remain open through April.

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 Harlem Hospitality Conference

Inside view of Harlem's newest fine dining restaraunt, The Cecil via

This year's second annual Harlem Hospitality Conference will feature big names such as Richie Notar who took control of the old Lenox Lounge space along with Alexander Smalls who will be bringing The Cecil to Harlem. Other all-star guests will include Serena Bass, celebrity caterer and executive chef at Lido Harlem; Richard Coraine, managing partner of Union Square Hospitality Group; Christina Grdovic, vice president and publisher of Food & Wine Magazine; and Adam Saper, managing partner, Eataly New York.

Read the full article at by Jeff Mays.

Harlem is in the midst of a restaurant and hospitality boom. The neighborhood ranks as the third most popular tourist destination in the city, drawing 1.3 million visitors per year, according to the Harlem Community Development Corporation. The conference should aid in Harlem's continued development as a hub for hospitality and the culinary arts.


The second annual Harlem Hospitality and Culinary Conference, sponsored by American Express, Uptown Magazine and the Harlem Community Development Corporation, will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 W. 125th St. RSVP at

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The new table d'hôte restaurant called Cheri on Lenox Ave by 121st Street is all set to open. The term table d'hôte translates to "the host's table"  which means that the meal will be all up to the chef's decision. The idea is for diners to have the experience of attending an intimate dinner party where the host has prepared the nights offerings. The new restaurant should be a pleasant addition to the Harlem food scene. The official debut date is still pending, but we will be on the lookout.

More details on Cheri at

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Harlem Harvest Festival - Saturday, October 12th!

St. Nicholas Avenue between 116th Street and 117th Street

Farmers, Food/Retail vendors

Cooking demos:
- Whole Flash Kitchen from 11 am to 2 pm
- Battle of the Chefs
- Community Bake-off

Music by DJ Stormin Norman

Kids Activities 
- Children's yoga by Chloe the Yogi, 
- Fitness activity by My Gym
- Arts and crafts, face painting 

Adult yoga by 
Land Yoga 

Live salsa performance

Master Pumpkin Carver

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Tired of lame brunches and weak mimosas? Heres a guide to the city's hottest brunch spots this fall.

Read the full article at by Greg Morabito

Nobu Next Door - This Tribeca eatery just launched brunch for the first time in it's 15 year history. Serving Japanese riffs on American brunch classics. Try the "scrambled egg donburi," blueberry and yuzu soba pancakes, lobster with soba and poached eggs, and chicken karaage with green tea waffles.


ABC Cocina - The brunch menu has several sandwiches, along with items such as huevos rancheros, mexican-spiced french toast, and coconut pancakes.


Cocina Economica - This well reviewed Upper West Side joint offers monster tortas, tacos made with fresh tortillas, hearty egg dishes, and fresh baked pastries. Nothing on the menu is over $12. Make sure to get an order of the avocado cornbread.

Hearth - After nearly a decade Marco Canora's East Village Italian restaurant began serving brunch this year. Head over and try the Bev Eggleston pork blade steak with eggs, veal meatballs with polenta, pig trotter with poached eggs, and several vegetable-based entrees. The brunch menu offers a great taste of Canora's cooking at a very reasonable price, and the space has a nice, airy feel during the day time.


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  Where to Watch the Series Finale of "Breaking Bad"


AMC's wildly popular show, 'Breaking Bad' is coming to an end this Sunday. If you're looking to send the show off with a bang, here's a list of spots full of drinks and fans coming to pay their respects.

Read the full article at by Heidi Patalano

Videology - - Williamsburg's go-to spot for a social TV and movie experience. Videology is a video rental shop and bar located on 308 Bedford Ave. Sunday night there will be a live screening of the finale.

Brother Jimmy's - - This Union Square bar is known for rowdy good times. Including a screening of the finale, the East 16th Street location will be offering drink specials including $5 Carolina Coolers made with blue rock candy, a nod to Walter White's signature color.

t.b.d. - - For those looking to not miss a single word of dialogue, this Greenpoint bar will be broadcasting the shows audio throughout their sound system. Themed cockatils will be on sale for $7, with drinks like 'Cristal Meth' (prosecco and Blue Curacao), The Heisenberg (vodka, Blue Curacao and lime juice) and Pollos Hermanos (tequila, Blue Curacao, lime juice and sour mix).

The Exley - - The owners of this Williamsburg joint have been passionate about the show since it's start. To commemorate the screening of the final episode they will be having 'Breaking Bad' trivia along with drink specials. However, seats are limited to 45 guests so be sure to arrive early.

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  El Boar-rio

Photo by Sara Gatanas


East Harlem is gaining a new nickname thanks to a successful weekend pig roasting event, dubbed "El Boar-io".

Read the full article at by Jeff Mays.

Over the coming weekends, Dimitri Gatanas, owner of Urban Garden Center at La Marqueata, and his crew will roast an entire pig and serve it in tacos made with local ingredients. The event will take place at Flea Marqueta, a weekly flea market which began in June, located underneath the metro-north tracks at 116th St and Park Avenue. 

Flea Marqueta will be continuing every Sunday from 12 p.m to 6 p.m. until Oct. 27 and El Boar-rio will take place this Sunday, Sept. 29 and then again on Oct. 13 and Oct. 27.

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Looking for where to celebrate Oktoberfest this year in New York City? Check out this guide to Oktoberfest parties and specials.

Read the full article at by Greg Moribito.

DBGB Kitchen & Bar - DBGB is offering a stein of Hofbrau beer for the price of a pint ($8) everyday from 6 pm to 8 pm through October 31. The special menu item is a Choucroute Royal. $28 provides 2 people with sausages, pork belly, trotter, porn loin, potatoes, sauerkraut, and winter vegetables.

The Biergarten at The Standard - The bar is serving a special Licher Oktoberfest beer through November along with standard german fare.

Hofbrau Bierhaus NYC - Stop by the Bierhaus NYC National Oktoberfest Bratwurst Eating Championship. Contest begins at 3:00 pm on Saturdays October, 26. Live music thrugh Saturday night. Be sure to try the 2 liter 'Das Boot'.

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Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Harlem

Photographer: Robert Caplin/The New York Times/Redux


Recently Bloomberg's Manuela Hoelterhoff & Ryan Sutton had a chance to review some of the tasty restaurants on Harlem's Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

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Lido - This popular neighborhood Italian restaurant featuring the cuisine of James Beard award winning chef, Serena Bass offers delicious fare at reasonable prices. With most entrees under $20.

Lido is at 2168 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, corner of 116th Street. Information: +1-646-490-8575;

Harlem Tavern - A large space with 12 huge tv screens and outdoor seating that is perfect for sports fans. Bar fare with a twist.

Harlem Tavern is at 2153 Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Information: +1-212-866-4500;

Harlem Tavern

Photo by: Philip Lewis/Bloomberg


Vinateria - An interesting wine selection paired with a varied seasonal menu. 


Vinateria is at 2211 Frederick Douglass Boulevard at 119th Street. Information: +1-212-662-8462.



Photo by: Manuela Hoelterhoff/Bloomberg


Zoma - Authentic Ethiopian dishes served with injera.

Zoma is at 2084 Frederick Douglass Boulevard just below 113th Street. Information: +1-212-662-0620;

Jado - Ambitious Japanese fare. Small plates along with an omakase starting at $60.


Jado Sushi is at 2118 Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 114th and 115th Streets. Information: +1-212-866-2118;

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Cronut mania ensued this morning as hundreds of hungry New Yorkers lined up early this morning to grab a bite of Shake Shack's one-day-only Cronut Concrete. The dessert consists of Shake Shacks butter-caramel custard and Cronut holes from Dominique Ansel Bakery. The dessert went on sale at 10 AM this morning and from the looks of the line, it sold out quickly with all proceeds going to charity.



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Several new additions are making their way to Harlem's main 125th Street artery.

  • 301 W 125 St Shopping Complex - Joe's Crab Shack and Party City have already opened, with DSW Shoes and Blink Fitness expected to be opening any day now.
  • 269 W 125 St - Times Square Attractions such as Red Lobster and others are about to open directly next to the Apollo Theater.
  • 100 W 125 St Whole Foods - Whole Foods along with Burlington Coat Factory and American Eagle Outfitters will be occupying the large lot on 125 St and Malcolm X Blvd.

Full article via by Curbed Staff

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Photo by Daniel Krieger 

The Cecil
, a new bar and restaurant is slated to open at the end of this month on 118th St near St. Nicholas Ave. The Richard Parsons project is being pitched by the team as an "Afro-Asian-American brasserie."  The chef's menu includes items such as a summer roll made with house-cured salmon, a collard greens salad with spiced cashews, and ahi tuna with bok choy and Chinese sausage. The Cecil is slated to open to the public on September 23.

Full Article and Pictures via by Greg Morabito

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Popular food truck Wafels and Dinges has been spoted stationed on Frederick Douglass Blvd. recently with large crowds gathering to enjoy the great food! Food trucks are fast becoming one of New York City's wonderful highlights with residents forming lines of at lease twenty people! This is just one of the many great advantages of living in the SoHa neighborhood!

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This week The New York Times had a great feature about the Frederick Douglass Boulevard resurgence.  Vibrant businesses and active community members are gracing the streets of Frederick Douglass Blvd. with more and more businesses opening.  Please see the link below for more information:

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 As Hurricane Sandy heads towards New York; it is not dampering the spirit of current tenants as they prepare for Halloween!  Residents are showing their spirit in fun and creative ways for the holiday!  The lobby at 454 Manhattan Avenue is proud to display the creative work of its residents with this wonderful pumpkin.  Feel free to email us at with other exciting photos from your building!  Happy Halloween from

Most of all, please be safe as Hurricane Sandy makes its way into the area.

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We are very excited to welcome Jado Sushi to the Harlem neighborhood! Jado Sushi will bring an elegant, upscale sushi experience to the area brought to you by owner Nobu Otsu, who was responsible for The Winery on 116th Street. If you are in the sushi mood, stop by and say hi to Nobu and enjoy a wonderful meal on Frederick Douglass Blvd between 115th and 114th.

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Join FDBA for Food & Drink Boulevard May 10th

Please RSVP and share on your wall, send to your friends and share on your wall.  We will share on all key Harlem walls/groups by tomorrow.
Please use event handle #FDB.

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Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal

Star chef Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster, pictured, has become a Harlem hot spot since opening a year ago.

For many years, even as Harlem gained new residential developments, its restaurant scene—with the exception of a few reknowned soul-food places—had lagged. That's no longer the case, as Frederick Douglass Boulevard has become a veritable restaurant row and celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster has become one of the hottest places in the city, from a location just north of 125th Street.


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☞ INTRODUCING: Harlem Shambles Opens


The Harlem Shambles announced its future arrival back in July and it turns out that the bespoke butcher shop has now opened on the FDB corridor.  Walking by storefront 2131 Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 115th Street yesterday, we noticed that a small chalkboard sign greeted pedestrians out front but not much fanfare was on hand to announce the boutique meat shops arrival.  This is officially a soft opening but many of the specialties are currently available inside. Check out the interior photos after the jump.


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What’s your next hottest nabe in NYC?
Definitely Harlem on Frederick Douglass Blvd. With all the new restaurants, bars and stores opening, it’s very exciting. There’s lots of new condos and renovations of the old brownstones, a stone’s throw from Central Park.

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The Downtown Crowd Finds an Uptown Perch

Elizabeth Lippman for The New York Times

FRUITION “We're really now seeing the renaissance that had been imagined,” said one patron of Red Rooster, above, on a recent night.


IT’S the dining version of the scene where the Gale house judders down in Oz. Monochrome up until that point, the world is suddenly, gorgeously Technicolor once Dorothy opens the door.

The Times did another piece on the eclectic crowd at the Red Rooster on Lenox Avenue but the Style section now touts it as the alternative to the Meatpacking District. Unlike the previous dining review that just focused on the crowds at hand within the restaurant, the Guy Trebay piece goes a bit further and talks about how Harlem has become the new downtown in spirit.  Photos of model Cindy Crawford along with posh Harlemites show a freshness in a New York dining scene that some might say has become homogenized and predictable. SoHo, MePa, the East Village and even Brooklyn all started out with a bit of an edge that has since disappeared and Harlem seemingly has become the new destination to explore.  Mr. Trebay has covered the city's nightlife for decades and his article suggests that Harlem has once more captured the imagination of downtown thrill seekers and has become one of the city's last diverse neighborhoods where nightlife is still fascinating to watch.  Read more in the New York Times: LINK.  Photo courtesy Elizabeth Uppman for the Times.

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Posted: 07 May 2011 11:06 AM PDT
Chocolat at 2223 FDB/8th Avenue and 120th Street is about to get a new neighbor.  The massive center retail space in the building that takes up a full block on the FDB corridor now has signs up announcing that Honeycomb Burgers will be arriving soon.  It looks like a big operation but having burgers as the main item means that something more affordable should be coming along. Once this establishment opens up, the only remaining retails space on that side of the street would be at the south corner of the building.  Cupcake Suite has been trying to open up in the past year within that space but has failed to do so: LINK.  Click on lower image to enlarge

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INTRODUCING: Chill Berry Arriving on Lenox


The north corridor of Lenox above 125th Street is starting to see some retail action happening again since the Red Rooster opened last year. A reader sent in a photo of the long-vacant Soup Man space at 414 Lenox and it looks like a frozen yogurt store is about to open up soon. Chill Berry appears to be a local version of another famous yogurt chain and will take over the storefront just south of 131st Street that has been empty for over two years now. A branch of Ambassades will also debut at 127th Street and an under construction lounge is prepping up closer to 126th.  These new establishments within a half dozen blocks will join a restaurant row which also includes Sylvia's, Chez Lucienne, Jacob's and La Perle Noir cafe

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Hot Bistro is Coming to Harlem

If the international jet set and the city's multi-millionaires ever decide to venture beyond their favorite Upper East Side French bistro, Le Bilboquet, they will soon have a new place to go -- in Harlem.

Cedric Lecendre, Bilboquet's general manager and the nephew of its owner, Philippe Delgrange, has signed a lease for the eponymously named Cedric, which is slated to open in June.

The 650-square-foot Cedric at 185 Saint Nicholas Ave. will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., with brunch on the weekends. Cedric's will have live music as well.

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Last month, we heard that a new italian restaurant, Lido, opened up at 2168 Fredrick Douglas Blvd. We have been hearing great things from our tenants about the food and service. Check out their website at and stop by for some delicious food. Harlem's restaurant row is getting exciting new additions!



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☞ EAT: Bad Horse Pizza Opening April 1st


Just sent to our inbox is a sign up at Bad Horse Pizza on FDB/8th Avenue and 120th Street that has announced the restaurant's much awaited opening date.  This Friday, April 1st at 5:00 PM is the debut night of the eatery that apparently has their liquor license in place.  As noted, free beer or wine will be offered to guests who somehow show some sort of "feats of strength" or prove themselves worthy in some other fashion.  This bunch sounds like a cheeky crew with the name of the establishment and general attitude!

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Best Yet Market Celebrates Anniversary


Has it only been a year since Best Yet Market opened on FDB/8th Avenue and 118th Street?  Today's DNAinfo has a feature on the block-transformative supermarket that has a few locals traveling out of their way to get quality meat, fish and produce at a reasonable price: LINK.  If anything, the supermarket (that was made possible by a $1 million loan provided by the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone) shows that a better quality business can thrive in Harlem if the price is scaled at a moderate level. Fairway in West Harlem also does a great job with quality and variety but has a wider range of pricing. On the luxury end, Citarella's West 125th Street store is the most high-end market in Harlem but that business has not gained as much momentum over the years as the previous two.  

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Per NYMag:

Led by slick new condos among the brownstones, Harlem’s real-estate market is starting to shake off the recession. And, maybe, its uniqueness...


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Frederick Douglas Blvd.  Wins the 2010 Curbed Cup Neighborhood of the Year Contest!

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Attention New Yorkers! By fall, there will be a new venue for eating the culinary creations of celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson. Mr. Samuelsson recently signed a 15-year deal at 310 Lenox Ave., between West 125th and West 126th streets.

The award-winning restaurateur and former executive chef at Scandinavian restaurant Aquavit and is also a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, confirmed earlier this year that his next eatery would be in Harlem, but the address had yet to be announced.

The deal includes 3,300 square feet on the ground floor and a 4,000-square-foot basement, all of which will be used for retail space. Asking rent for this deal was around $75 a square foot.

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The New French American Charter School has now opened in Harlem. The school is located at 310 west 120th Street and is part of Community School District 3. NYFAC is renting the entire building which has 4 floors, a common area in the basement and a rooftop.  It is housed in the former location of  Harbor Morningside children’s center that was closed by the city earlier this year due to budget constraints. Harbor Morningside served a population of  children that was comprised of close to 75 percent West African immigrants.

The school will serve students in grades K-2, eventually expanding to serve high school students.  According to the school’s website, “In year one, we will admit 50 children in kindergarten, 50 children in 1st grade and 50 children in 2nd grade (total of 150 students). Thus, 50 spaces will be provided for children in each grade. If more than 50 students apply for each grade, the lottery will be conducted to assign seats.
The school will be headed by Katrine Watkins, who boasts a very impressive resume. Watkins is the former director of the Special Education School of Paris, assistant director of the French-American Bilingual School of San Francisco, co-founder and former co-head of the French-American School of New York, director of the Al Akhawayn School of Ifrane, Morocco, and founder and former director of the American Academy, Casablanca, a trilingual school in Morocco.
NYFAC will have an extended school day with instruction starting at 8:30 AM and going until 4:30 PM.
Harlem is an area that is quite linguistically diverse. The Haitian and francophone African population could benefit from having a school that is taught in both their first language and English. It is also beneficial to children whose first language is English, since many schools do not teach foreign languages in the early grades.

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Come to a GoNoFee open house after work or over this weekend and stay in the area for a beer at Bier International or brunch at one of the many restaurants. If you want to grab a bite and surf the net, the Best Yet Market has a ton of prepared foods and a café with WiFi and seating upstairs that gives any renter a great home base to peruse the local listings.

Young apartment buyers are flocking to the area to see beautiful new buildings like SoHa118 after the Post, the Journal, and the Times have all begun covered the area in the past few months.

Here are some great options in the neighborhood for a bite and a glass of beer or wine while you begin your apartment search:

 BEST YET MARKET 2187 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, between 118th and 119th Streets, Harlem; (212) 377-2300,

 FRIZZANTE 2168 Frederick Douglass Boulevard at 117th Street, (212) 866-0525

 BIER INTERNATIONAL 2099 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, at 113th Street;

 5 & DIAMOND 2072 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, near 112th Street; (646) 684-4662.

 HARLEM VINTAGE 2235 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, between 120th and 121st Streets; (212) 866-9463,

 NECTAR BAR 2235 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, at 121st Street; (212) 961-9622,

 67 ORANGE STREET 2082 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, between 112th Street and 113th Streets; (212) 662-2030,

 SOCIETY COFFEE & JUICE 2104 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, at 114th Street; (212) 222-3323,

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When Frank Bruni of the New York Times speaks, people listen. His piece in the New York Times from this week highlights what great restaurants and bars are popping up all along Harlem’s restaurant row. The neighborhood essentials are all there like the Best Yet Market and the Chase bank. There has never been a better time to discover the neighborhood the Curbed is calling Harlem’s Gold Coast. 

According to Bruni, “The range of establishments for drinking provides a yardstick… and on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, between 112th and 121st streets, most of the tipsy trends of the moment are now represented.”

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The new bar Harlem Tavern is coming soon to 116th Street and 8th Avenue. 

See link below for more information!

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If you are looking to buy a beautiful and affordable apartment in an increasingly desirable neighborhood then K & R Realty is the place for you. We are currently offering great deals on apartments in some of the newest buildings in Harlem, recently named the fastest developing neighborhood in New York City by the Harlem Report. The newspaper also noted the opening of various new businesses and restaurants across Harlem calling these developments the beginning of a second Harlem Renaissance. Apartment deals this good won’t last so give K & R Realty a call today.

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For those of you who don't already know, Best Yet Market recently opened right by our apartments at SOHA 118 (Between 118th -119th and Frederick Douglas Boulevard). The grocery store is apparently doing brisk business in its first months. The crowd included many young families, professionals, and students all shopping together. The food selections is a definite step up for South Harlem and individuals no longer have to travel to the Whole Foods on 97th Street, Fairway on 132nd Street or West Side Market at 110th and Broadway for theirs grocery shopping.
The stand outs at Best Yet Market include several specialty stations that serve bread and pastries, cheeses, fresh seafood and even olives. There's also a couple of kiosk with fancier prepared plates that are standard in deluxe markets but often missing uptown. Another perk is the in-store seating which could be found out front at the bakery and upstairs at the small café/
This new grocery store is sure to bring a new life to Southern Harlem and bring new faces to the already thriving new developments. 

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BRAND NEW BUILDINGS: 1465 and 1473 Fifth Avenue are the newest buildings on the east side and Harlem.  Visit the buildings' website for all details.These are large no fee Manhattan apts with lots of closet space, and private outdoor terraces. Every unit is fully equipped with stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, individual temperature controls, and stone countertops. 


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Rental Guide

Frequently Asked Questions:
How much rent can I afford? 
As a guideline in NYC, you can expect to spend approximately 25% of your gross annual income on rent. For example, if you earn $80,000 per year, plan to spend $2,000 a month on rent. What do landlords commonly require? Most landlords require their tenants to be of good credit and gross an annual income of 40 to 50 times the monthly rent.
What is a Guarantor? 
A guarantor, also called a co-signor, is someone who is willing to guarantee your lease. The guarantor is responsible for all terms of your lease and your rent payment, should you default.
Do I need a Guarantor? 
If you do not meet the financial or credit requirements, a guarantor is one possible way for you to secure an apartment. Most students and young individuals require a guarantor due to their inability to meet income requirements. If the applicant has worked less than one year at their current job they would also need a guarantor. When it is an issue of bad credit, however, a guarantor in conjunction with extra security might be needed.
Who can be a Guarantor? 
A guarantor does not have to be a relative, but many landlords require the guarantor to live in the United States. Try to prepare your potential guarantor in advance. Speak with them about what they would be responsible for and the paperwork that would be required of them. Timelines for apartment applications are subject to change.
So what does a guarantor need to do? A guarantor needs to fill out an application form and provide a few of the documents that the applicant supplies.  In terms of income, they are required to gross an annual income of 70 times the monthly rent of the apartment. The guarantor does not have to be present at the lease signing. 

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It is about that time to start searching for apartments for the 2009-2010 school year. can help you with your apartment search.  Visit our homepage and search through our wide selection of NO FEE apartments.   We have a great selection of gorgous apartments all around Columbia University.  Contact us at (718) GoNoFee / (718) 466-6333 with any questions.

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Forget show business.


The home is still considered most people’s castle across the country and, while that castle is considerably smaller than it used to be due to the housing credit crunch and a sagging economy, New York real estate is still hot, hot, hot – and deals abound for interested renters.


According to the March 2009 edition of the Manhattan Rental Market Report, the demand for non-doorman, two-bedroom units increased by 2.28 percent, while prices for doorman units fell, with sellers/owners offering “aggressive concessions.”


Word to the wise: Go for a doorman unit, and you might just find a better deal!

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