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Ruler of the Roost

The 800-square-foot patio of Marcus Samuelsson’s condo includes “a whole kitchen,” with a grill, a stove and more. (Photo courtesy of the NY Post)


By MICKI SIEGEL
New York Post

There are numerous reasons why chef Marcus Samuelsson, owner of Harlem hot spot Red Rooster, loves his apartment. For one thing, it’s smack in the heart of Harlem, where he’s wanted to live ever since he was a boy growing up in Sweden. For another, it boasts a copper Blue Star stove, which he calls the “best of the best.” And for still another, he has plenty of room to create recipes.

But the main reason he loves his home is because it’s where he first met his wife, Gate Haile (he calls her Maya).

SNEAKER PEEK: Samuelsson’s apartment has colorful flourishes including a closet where he stores his shoes. (MICHAEL SOFRONSKI)


It was 2005; Samuelsson was one of the first buyers in the new condo building. His choice: a duplex with 1,100 square feet on each floor, 14-foot ceilings and an 800-square-foot patio. He paid, he says, around $1 million. He gave the apartment two important additions. The first was the Blue Star stove.

The 800-square-foot patio of Marcus Samuelsson’s condo includes “a whole kitchen,” with a grill, a stove and more.

“It’s really for chefs,” he says. “It has the highest BTUs of any stove. I test recipes in my kitchen. The idea of a dish starts here, and then I execute it at the restaurant.”

The other addition was another stove — on the patio.

HARLEM HOTTIES: Samuelsson and his wife, Gate Haile, have room to spread out and numerous quirky pieces in their 2,200-square-foot condo. Samuelsson, who decorated the apartment himself, creates recipes — and art — in his home. (MICHAEL SOFRONSKI)

“It’s a whole kitchen out there,” Samuelsson says. “It’s a grill, a stovetop and a salamander [another grill with very high heat].”

Both those kitchens and all that 2,200 square feet of space were originally for just Samuelsson himself. At that point, he hadn’t even met Haile. He filled the apartment with antiques and quirky pieces he’d accumulated over the years.

“Not long after I moved in and finished the apartment, I decided to have a housewarming party,” he says. “That was when I met Maya. Someone brought her. She’s a model, about 6 feet tall and stunning. But the main thing that attracted me is that she’s a very sweet girl.”

One thing led to another, and the couple (who were both born in Ethiopia and returned there for their 2009 wedding) soon moved in together.

“I brought all the furniture myself,” Samuelsson says. “All that was left for Maya to bring in was televisions and computers. And if it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t even have a television set.”

TVs aside, there’s no question that the apartment fulfilled many of Samuelsson’s longtime dreams.

“I think this building has one foot in the past and one foot in the future,” he says. “It looks old from the outside, but it’s very modern on the inside.

“I always wanted loft space. I work very thematically. Before I create a recipe, I
write down the concept of what I’m making. Then I paint those ideas — I make a collage.”

He points to a painting he did of some 1940s musicians.
“Those people didn’t have much money, they ate fried chicken feet and had a good time,” he says.

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Harlem Couple Offers Low-Cost, Home-Cooked Meals for Local Residents

Ramona Holmes enjoys her lunch break - now known to her as the Jireh Meal - at The Salvation Army on Lenox Ave. (Photo courtesy of Lombard for Daily News)

BY Michael J. Feeney
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

A Harlem couple is offering the best deal in town: home-cooked meals for as little as $3.

Eric and Marilyn Crumbley started selling their affordable and tasty dishes at The Salvation Army on Lenox Ave. near W. 137th St. in September – and word has spread fast.

The meals have become so popular that next month the couple will open their own restaurant on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. at W. 122nd St. They’ve gone from serving just 10 meals a day to nearly 150.

Eric Crumbley, 44, a retired NYPD officer and a former pastor at Harlem Faith Center, started the affordable meals for seniors who were running out of money midway through the month.

“We were serving the seniors, and then we started to notice that everyone was coming in,” said Crumbley, who is the facilities manager at the Salvation Army site.

“It helps with mothers and fathers who really can’t afford a healthy meal to feed their children.”

The $3 meals, known as the Jireh Meal – taken from a biblical name for God – vary from day to day, including chicken parmesan over pasta with garlic bread or baked chicken with garlic mashed potatoes and sweet buttered corn. The kitchen is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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