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It’s Time for Harlem’s Battle of the Bars!

Harlem Park to Park presents Harlem Battle of the Bars

April 23rd to May 7th

Sponsored by Grey Goose

Harlem Park to Park will be presenting Harlem Battle of the Bars from April 23rd – May 7th. Participating bars will battle to create the best Grey Goose Cherry Noir cocktail. With 10 Harlem Park to Park bars and restaurants participating, guest can enjoy the signature cocktail and cast their vote for their favorite cocktail. Voters will also be entered in a raffle to have a chance to win prizes from other Harlem Park to Park businesses.

Participating restaurants and bars include Red Rooster, Sylvia’s Restaurant, Melba’s Restaurant, Chocolat Restaurant and Lounge, and Harlem Tavern. Native, Moca Lounge, Corner Social, Harlem Vintage, and 67 Orange Street will also be participating in the event. Sponsored by Grey Goose Vodka, the two week event will be sure to showcase Harlem’s finest mixologists.

To vote, be sure to visit Harlem Park to Park’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/harlemparktopark. Here you will be able to cast your votes and learn more about other featured events.

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CHECK OUT JAZZ BY THE RIVERSIDE!

AZIZA MILLER PERFORMS AT JAZZ BY THE RIVERSIDE

Upcoming: 

Aziza Miller

Jazz By The Riverside

 Friday, April 20

$10

Call 914 512 5395 to order or CLICK HERE!

Aziza Miller Ten years ago, Linda Williams, best known in music circles for her 5 _ years playing and conducting for Natalie Cole, had an epiphany: it was time for a change – time for a new name, a new direction, a new life.

Aziza, the performer, the composer/lyricist, the complete artist was born. After her Hollywood period in which she composed the melody for Miss Cole’s “La Costa”, a contemporary standard, then wrote and recorded “City Living”, her debut album on Clive Davis’ Arista Records, Aziza turned to the daunting task of raising her son Brandon. She spent years happily shaping her young man’s life until he graduated with an Aerospace Engineering degree from U.S.C. and became Lt. Brandon Miller, pilot, U.S. Navy. Finding herself in the proverbial “empty nest”, Aziza brought out her yellow writing pad and began chronicling her thought and feelings. Somewhat to her amazement, the poet in her emerged! Reams and reams of poetry, song lyrics and topical statements poured out of her busy pen. Marrying those words to melody had always been her forte, so the composer in her got to work setting lyric to melody. Watching Aziza perform we sense the organic nature of her songwriting. Everything becomes a part of her work – a trip on the subway, a walk through the neighborhood, a fantasy about the man she will love, a statement about the man she will no longer love, her paean to the great ladies of jazz, and yes her exhortation to all the ladies to strut their divalicious ways – it all sums up her positive take on life. Watching her audiences nod their heads in agreement as she weaves her way through the types of relationships “out there” today, one gets the sense that she is talking for them, saying the things they think but can’t really express. She is becoming their voice, their spokesperson in a world that doesn’t always make sense. Her audience knows she makes sense to them.

JAZZ BY THE RIVERSIDE

Riverside Church

10th Tower

91 Claremont Avenue

Between 121 & 122 Claremont Avenue

(One block over west of Broadway)

New York, NY 10027

Dates:

Friday, April 20, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

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ArtCrawl Harlem™’s Hispanic Showcase Is Here!


 

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Need Wine for your Picnic in the Park?

Check out Harlem Vintage

Wine store owners Eric Woods and Jai Jai Greenfield are spreading their love of wine in New York’s famed Harlem neighborhood.

 

By Robyn Moreno

 

After seven years of enjoying Harlem’s flourishing restaurant scene, but still finding himself unable to buy a decent bottle of wine in his neighborhood, Eric Woods decided to take matters into his own hands. Where Manhattan may have a wine store every five or six blocks, there wasn’t one near Woods for over forty blocks. “I was spending way too much time across town in Sherry-Lehmann’s,” says Woods. “As a consumer, it was a challenge to find and purchase wine in Harlem that I wanted to drink.”

 

So the ad exec-by-day and wineenthusiast-by-night teamed up with college pal Jai Jai Greenfield and together they decided to open up Harlem Vintage Wine Store, the area’s first boutique vintner. Thus began a two-year project that included creating an extensive business plan, dealing with tricky zoning laws, and tasting enough wine to last a lifetime.

 

“We carry up to 300 different labels,” explains Greenfield. “Tasting and deciding what wine people wanted to buy was an onerous endeavor. “But,” she adds with a smile, “we didn’t complain too much.”

 

Their hard work bore fruit this past October when the long-awaited store opened its doors on Frederick Douglas Avenue and 120th Street. “People were so ready for us,” recalls Woods. “We had a sign in the window that read ‘Wine Store Coming’ and people kept peeking in asking ‘When are you opening?’” READ MORE >>>

 

2235 Frederick Douglass Blvd.

at 121 Street

Harlem, NY 10027

CALL: 212-866-9463

 Open 7 Days a Week

Monday – Saturday 11am-10pm

Sunday 12pm-9pm

10% Case Discount

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It’s Harlem Restaurant Week!

Where are You eating??!

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A New Harlem: A New Renaissance

 

 

By Christy Smith-Sloman

 Today’s Harlem has a celebrity chef whipping up gourmet cornbread for President Barack Obama, a new Starwood Hotel featuring loft-style rooms geared toward an urban tech-savvy clientele, a newly opened 174,000-square-foot Target big-box store that carries everything from Spanish-language greeting cards to multicultural dolls to locally-produced Southern food. There’s even an intimate speakeasy tucked away on Frederick Douglass Boulevard offering up live jazz from up and coming local musicians and staffed with aspiring models serving up couture cocktails.

Harlem continues to be one of the most recognizable neighborhoods in the world. During the much romanticized Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, the explosion of nightlife was so legendary we’re still talking about it 90 years later.

Harlem extends from the East River West to the Hudson River between 155th and 96th streets and is comprised of seven neighborhoods: Hamilton Heights, Mount Morris Park, Manhanttanville, Strivers Row, Astor Row, Morris Jumel Landmark District and East Harlem.

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Soul Food Alive and Well in Harlem, Say Area Restaurateurs

via DNAinfo

HARLEM—It wasn’t long ago that it looked like soul food in Harlem was in trouble. Stalwarts like M&G’s Diner, Copeland’s and Louise’s all shut down within a year or so of one another.

Some blamed a gentrifying Harlem, others thought a new awareness and focus on health issues like high blood pressure and obesity led to the decline.

But soul food is now alive and well in Harlem thanks to its connection to the African-American culture that makes Harlem a top tourist destination. Along the way, some restaurants have developed their own take on soul food and some of the stalwarts have changed with the times.

“Restaurants like Red Rooster have reinterpreted soul food so we now have more options. Before, you only had traditional options like fried chicken and fried chicken with fried chicken,” said Nikoa Evans-Hendricks, a founder of Harlem Park to Park, a business alliance that includes several restaurants that cook soul food or a variation thereof.

At celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant — named after a famous Harlem speakeasy— he serves many southern classics with a twist. The fried chicken is fried yard bird with a white mace gravy. The macaroni and cheese is made with Gouda cheese. There’s cornbread but you can get it with tomato jam. It’s his take on comfort food.

“They are taking food that is traditional to us and approaching it differently,” said Nikoa-Evans.

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Apex Condos Hit 70 Percent

By SARA POLSKY/Curbed.com

 HARLEM—New numbers outta Harlem’s Apex Condos: the building is officially 70 percent sold, with close to 30 closings done. StreetEasy shows pricing changes on those closings ranging from 10.7 percent off the asking price to 7.7 percent above the asking price. There are three units listed in contract on StreetEasy and nine remaining active listings, ranging in price from $365,000 to $895,000. The building’s been on the market for a while, but hey, slow and steady wins the race. [CurbedWire Inbox]

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Selling Harlem On HGTV’s Hit Show “Selling New York”

via Harlem Condo Life

Living Room at Apex condominium

 

How hot is Harlem?

One indication is the number of times it has been featured on Selling New York, one of the best shows on real estate, in our opinion.

Harlem has been featured on three episodes recently: west, central and east. The neighborhood looks great, and the units are spectacular. Two weeks ago they featured the Apex Condominiums which are located above the Aloft Hotel on West 124th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. The client was so impressed with the neighborhood and the condo that he ended up purchasing an additional unit in the same building. Last weeks episode included an old church that had been beautifully renovated into a living loft on East 112th Street and 2nd Avenue. The broker stated that East Harlem is an up and coming neighborhood attracting a lot of Downtowners. For the Grand Opening and viewing of this property they hired a DJ and The Harlem Gospel Choir performed.

Check it out for yourself, on HGTV. You can find “Selling New York” on Thursdays at 9:30PM on HGTV channel 64.

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Outdoor patio at Harlem restaurant remains popular – even in the winter

via MICHAEL FEENEY / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

When Harlem Tavern opened last summer, it was the place to be uptown – especially the spacious outdoor patio.

But it left customers constantly asking employees the same question what would happen to the outdoor space when the weather turned cold?

Owner Gareth Fagan said the solution was to enclose the patio so customers can continue to dine on the popular outdoor space.

“The patio was the draw,” said Fagan, whose restaurant on the corner of W. 116th St. and Frederick Douglass Blvd. opened in July.

The busy corner eatery, once the site of an auto body shop, often had a long line of people waiting just for a seat outside.

“It just shows you what a need there was ,” he said. “It’s kind of like the ‘Cheers’ of the neighborhood. People can come in and see people that they know.”

Outdoor seating has become increasingly popular in Harlem, with many restaurants along Frederick Douglass Blvd. and Lenox Ave. offering the option for their customers.

But Harlem Tavern is one of the only restaurants to keep the seating option available all year round.  READ MORE >>>

 

 

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