Apex Will Be Featured on HGTV’s “Selling NY” This Thursday!

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A New Cafe Comes to Harlem!

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Lenox Coffee is a specialty coffee house located in central Harlem, at 60 West 129th Street between 5th Avenue and Lenox Avenue. They serve breakfast items including, pastries, baked goods, bagels, and they’ll soon be adding lunch items including sandwiches and various other sundries. They’re open seven days a week: 6am to 6pm Monday through Friday and 8am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

Business partners Aaron Baird and Jeffrey Green met at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, about ten years ago. Both were working in symphony orchestras in Germany and Sweden for several years, then found ourselves back in New York—both living for some time in Harlem. They love the vibrant energy and life of the neighborhood and when presented with an opportunity to invest in its growth, we didn’t hesitate. There was a lack of a community meeting place and lack of good coffee, so they put two and two together and came up with – Lenox Coffee. (via their press release)

 Check them out!

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The Best of Both Worlds New Years Eve

Saturday, Dec 31 8:00p to Sunday, Jan 1 (2012) 3:00a

Legends Kevin “Sugar Daddy” Woodley and DJ Reggie Wells join forces to ring in the New Year with a Grown Folk Crowd Saturday Dec 31st. Live performances by Allison Williams & Full Force. Free Scrumptious Buffet, Hats, Noisemakers and Masks. ADVANCE Tickets on Sale NOW call 646-696-8879.


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Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson Eyeing Historic Lenox Lounge

via DNAinfo

The Lenox Lounge, considered a Harlem icon, is up for lease for $20,000 per month starting in February. (joseph a/flickr)

HARLEM—The Lenox Lounge and its historic Zebra Room may soon be changing its stripes.

The iconic Harlem landmark, located at 288 Lenox Avenue between 124th and 125th streets since 1939, has hosted jazz greats such as Billie Holiday, Miles Davis and John Coltrane and is up for lease.

The 2,250 square foot Art Deco lounge can be had for a cool $20,500 per month starting in February, according to a listing by Walker Malloy & Company.

Sources close to the deal also say that celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, who operates the popular Red Rooster Harlem just a block away, has expressed interest in the space.  READ MORE >>>


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Paul Winter presents The 32nd annual Winter Solstice Celebration

with the Paul Winter Consort

and special guests

Gospel singer, Theresa Thomason

African mbira master, Chris Berry

Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Ensemble

 December 15, 8 pm

December 16, 8 pm

December 17, 2 pm & 7:30 pm

Tickets: $80 (reserved) $50 & $35 (general admission)


*The Box Office is only open 1 hour prior to each performance to pick up tickets purchased online or by phone. The box office is also open 1 hour prior for those who want to purchase tickets on site (we strongly recommend online or phone purchases to better ensure you have a ticket for the event. The Cathedral cannot guarantee tickets will still be availible day of)

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Harlem Draws a Restaurant Crowd

via AMY FELDMAN at The Wall St. 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.

In fact, over the past three years, at least a dozen new restaurants, cafes and bars have opened in Central Harlem, between 110th and 125th streets. Notable newcomers include Cédric, a French bistro; 5 & Diamond, a nouveau American spot; Bier International, a popular beer garden; Lido, an Italian restaurant; Harlem Tavern, which transformed a former auto body shop into a massive outdoor dining area; wine bar Nectar; and cocktail lounge 67 Orange Street.

And more are in the works  >>> Read More



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Manhattan’s Grid System Celebrated in 200th Anniversary Exhibit

via DNAinfo

Manhattanhenge drew out crowds of shutterbugs on Manhattan's cross streets Monday night. (DNAinfo/Paul Lomax)


MANHATTAN — It’s the building block of the city.

A new exhibit at East Harlem’s Museum of the City of New York celebrates the 200th anniversary of Manhattan’s grid system — a plan that defines New York’s unique and concentrated structure.

“The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811 — 2011” chronicles the history of Manhattan’s streets and avenues, from the birth of the 1811 Commissioner’s Plan to the grid’s construction and development over the next two centuries.

Rare historical maps, original plans and photographs dating back as far as 1763 illustrate how the grid’s production transformed Manhattan from rolling green hills and farmland to a bustling metropolis during the 19th century. READ MORE >>>


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Best bets for Thanksgiving treats in Upper Manhattan bakeries


There’s no reason to have “pie in the sky” hopes about your Thanksgiving dessert this year. Uptown bakeries are cookin’ up plenty of sinfully sweet pies and we’ve put together a list of some of the best.

 Sweet Chef Southern Style Bakery


122 Hamilton Pl., (212) 862-5909

“People are looking for the freshest ingredients when they come here,” said Amadou Diakite, one of the owners of the Sweet Chef Southern Style Bakery. While the bakery’s southern style pumpkin pie might be their most popular Thanksgiving dessert, it will be hard to pass up their chocolate pecan pie.”

 Gideon’s Bakery

Washington Heights

810 W. 187 St., (212) 927-9262

Stop by Gideon’s Bakery in Washington Heights for a large selection of pies this holiday season, including pecan, apple, cherry, pumpkin and blueberry. Prices start at $11 and all pies are made fresh from scratch.

 Carrot Top Pastries

Washington Heights

5025 Broadway Ave., (212) 569-1532

With two locations in Upper Manhattan, Carrot Top Pastries offers a wide selection of pies this season, with prices starting at $17.50. But you better hurry– pick up begins this Tuesday on a first come, first serve basis!

 Make My Cake


2380 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., (212) 234-2344

A neighborhood staple for more than 15 years, Make My Cake is servin’ up tons of pie this Thanksgiving, offering pumpkin and sweet potato variations in both regular and sugar-free recipes. “We make them from scratch, and they make you feel like you’re home,” said employee Karena Bartee.

 Hungarian Pastry Shop


1030 Amsterdam Ave., (212) 866-4230

Known for its wide selection of pastries, the Hungarian Pastry Shop will be offering pumpkin pies and cheesecakes this holiday season for $20 each. “There’s nothing secret… they’re just good,” said manager Philip Binioris.


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APEX Condominiums featured on VH1’s Top 20 Countdown!

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Harlem Branch of The New York Public Library – Celebrating 100 Years of Service to Harlem!

via Harlem One Stop

Recalling the beginning of his illustrious career, actor/playwright Ossie Davis fondly described the Harlem Branch as “the only home I had … the very temple of my existence, my craft, the place that trained me, the first institution to welcome me.” The Harlem Branch has been welcoming community residents since 1826 when Harlem was an isolated village.

The library was one of the first to be incorporated into the extensive New York Public Library branch system. Andrew Carnegie’s gift supported the construction of a new building designed by the noted architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White, which the branch has occupied since 1909. This three-story classical building is wheelchair accessible and features large arched windows and an elegant marble staircase.

A $3.92 million full renovation in 2004 was made possible by The Overbrook Foundation through The New York Public Library’s Adopt-a-Branch Program. Adult and young adult reading rooms occupy the first floor. The children’s room is located on the second floor with a separate story-hour area for children’s programs. A soaring 74-seat auditorium on the third floor offers free films and other programs and is available for use by the community. The lower-level houses a Center for Reading and Writing, which provides small group and one-to-one literacy instruction for English-speaking adults, ages 16 and older.


Mon 10-6, Tue 12-8, Wed 10-6, Thu 10-6, Fri 1-6, Sat 10-5


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