Bruce Springsteen to Rock The Apollo

via The Wall Street Journal/Lyneka Little

Bruce Springsteen performs during the 2012 Light of Day Concert Series 'New Jersey' at the Paramount Theatre on Jan. 14, 2012 in Asbury Park, N.J. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Bruce Springsteen is headed to Harlem to perform for SiriusXM radio subscribers. The New Jersey-born rocker will hit the stage at the Apollo Theater for an exclusive concert on March 9, three days after the release of his new album “Wrecking Ball.” “Bruce’s music, now more than ever, reflects the attitudes and controversies and the personal and national conversations of our time,” SiriusXM president Scott Greenstein said in a statement. SiriusXM announced that on behalf of its employees, Springsteen and the E Street Band, the company will make a contribution to WhyHunger, an anti-poverty non-profit group. All of this is more evidence that Springsteen’s coming album is likely to have a healthy helping of social consciousness.

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Apex Condos Hit 70 Percent


 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


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

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A New Cafe Comes to Harlem!

pic via UPTOWNflavor

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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