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AZIZA MILLER PERFORMS AT JAZZ BY THE RIVERSIDE

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 Friday, April 20

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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

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Friday, April 20, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

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Apex Goes Halfsies

via Sara Polsky/Curbed.com

HARLEM—The progress of sales at Harlem’s Apex Condos has been steady, though not in the blockbuster realm. The latest stat, via building reps: the place is 50 percent sold. StreetEasy shows 13 active listings for the 44-unit building and an average recorded sale price of $556/square foot. [CurbedWire Inbox]

 

 

 

 

 

 

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APEX Offering Plan Declared Effective; First Closings Underway

via The Mann Report Residential

APEX Condominium‘s offering plan has been declared effective and the new luxury building in Harlem is already 40% sold—more than twice the required percentage.

Closings are underway and the first residents have moved into their new homes, according to owner/developer RCG Longview and The Marketing Directors, Inc., the property’s exclusive sales and marketing agent.

The fast-selling building is located at 2300 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, on the southeast corner of 124th Street, in this burgeoning residential, retail and entertainment district. “Surpassing another important sales milestone and being able to welcome our initial buyers into their homes is extremely gratifying. We can now offer prospective buyers the ability to move quickly from purchase to occupancy in our limited number of remaining residences,” notes Richard Gorsky, who leads the RCG Long view team.

“We’re confident the impressive sales velocity we’ve achieved to date will now intensify thanks to this latest accomplishment.”

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Anthony Bourdain’s Wife Gives Milk Burger a Boost

via DNAinfo

By Olivia Scheck and Patrick Hedlund

DNAinfo Staff

Ottavia Bourdain (L) and food star husband Anthony Bourdain attend the 8th Annual Can-Do Awards Dinner at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on April 20, 2010. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

HARLEM — Accusations that a new East Harlem burger joint ripped off popular competitor Shake Shack apparently gave the store an unexpected boost among the city’s food connoiseurs.

Second Avenue eatery Milk Burger — whose menu, design features and even a photo of its signature burger have been blasted for their strong similarities to Shake Shack — has seen an uptick in business thanks to one high-profile new fan, said owner Erik Mayor.

Ottavia Bourdain, wife of food personality Anthony Bourdain, tweeted last week that she had forsaken her beloved Shack Burger for Milk Burger.

“Tonight I’m cheating on the love of my life Shake Shack and ordering from Milk Burger. They deliver and I’m lazy,” she wrote Aug. 1.

“Shake Shack is still my husband but Milk Burger can be my booty call.”

A day later, the Upper East Side resident told her 18,000-plus followers that she had ordered Milk Burger yet again.

Mayor said the endorsement was enough to send a new crop of well-heeled patrons running for the restaurant, located between 105th and 106th streets.

“There are people who wouldn’t normally come to Spanish Harlem rolling up in a Mercedes-Benz,” he said,  “When I ask them ‘Where did you find out about us?’ They’re like ‘I found out from Ottavia.'”

“It’s crazy because he’s this international food celebrity,” Mayor added of Ottavia Bourdain’s husband, Anthony, who’s a household name in the food industry, as well as an author and television host.

Mayor said he was “shocked” to learn of the allegations about Milk Burger trying to steal Shack Shack’s style, but nonetheless expressed excitement at the comparison to the burger behemoth.

But Shake Shack doesn’t have to worry too much: OttaviaBourdain tweeted Monday night,  shouting out her husband’s TV show, “@NoReservations I’m going to Shake Shack.”


 

 

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In Harlem, the Apex Condominiums is 40% sold

via The New York Daily News

APEX CONDOMINIUMS

In Harlem, the Apex Condominiums is 40% sold. Southern views stretch all the way to midtown, with the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings clearly visible from higher floors. The condo portion of Aloft Hotel (the affordable line from Starwood Hotels), the building has a sleek lobby on W. 124th St., with the hotel portion accessible through a downstairs entry on Frederick Douglass Blvd. Homes range from studios for $340,000 to penthouse units for more than $1 million.

Go to apexcondominiums.com for more.

 

 

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Harlem Week is uptown pride on display — a full month of fun and celebration

BY Nicole Lyn Pesce

DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Harlem Week 2011 kicks off today with a month full of dance parties, film festivals, and events. Via Harlem Chamber of Commerce

Everything’s bigger in Harlem.

What started as a single day to inspire neighbors discouraged by the ’70s urban blight quickly grew into a week of musical performances, street fairs and sports expos celebrating uptown’s rich heritage.

That was just the beginning.

Harlem Week 2011 kicks off today with a month full of dance parties, film festivals, restaurant specials, a 5K race, an auto show and more in the blocks and businesses housed above 125th St.

“Only in this community can a ‘week’ be 47 days of activities!” laughs Voza Rivers, a chairman and co-founder of Harlem Week.

It takes a village to organize a gala this ambitious, so the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce (where Rivers is vice president) began lining up sponsors (including the New York Daily News) back in January and enlisting local vendors such as celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson from Red Rooster Harlem to join the fete.

“It’s going to be amazing,” crows Samuelsson, who serves free catfish sandwiches in a food truck outside of General Grant National Memorial Park today as part of “A Great Day in Harlem” from noon to 4 p.m.

It’s the new restaurant’s first year joining the party, and they’re eager to make a good impression.

“We are successful because of this community, so just doing something for free and giving back makes me so happy,” Samuelsson says.

The restaurant crafted a three-course Harlem Week menu featuring chicken and waffles and a tomato watermelon soup at Restaurant Week’s $24.07 and $35 prix fixe prices. The “Top Chef” even bought a pair of vintage bicycles that he’s letting customers borrow for free two-hour spins around Harlem.

“I want people to come up, enjoy the neighborhood and learn about it,” he says. “There is so much richness here.”

The Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program gets into the swing on the Aug. 21 “Harlem Day” by hosting a community clinic where they are handing out free rackets to the first 50 senior citizens and the first 50 children who arrive at the new Howard Bennett Playground tennis courts.

“Our goal is to give children the opportunity to get a scholarship in a sport that most African Americans don’t play,” says program director Dante Brown. “What better way to make tennis accessible and available to the Harlem community than through Harlem Week?”

Harlem Junior Tennis also hosts a free tri-state tournament Aug. 18-21 at the Fred Johnson Tennis Courts where children ages 12 to 18 compete for scholarships.

Guests enjoy a belly full of free barbecue on Aug. 20.

ImageNation Cinema Foundation showcases local short films including “Rubber Soles,” which was filmed in Harlem, and the James Brown tribute “Say It Loud” in free movie nights on Aug. 20 and 27 that also screen Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” and Lena Horne’s “Stormy Weather” in St. Nicholas Park.

“We also have an Apollo Amateur Night child star, Maurice Johnston, singing on the 27th,” says ImageNation’s Moikgantsi Kgama.

The Apollo Theater gets in on the act by offering Harlem residents half-priced Amateur Night tix for just $9.50-$14.50 (from $19-$29) through Sept. 7. And the New York Road Runners team up with the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce to host a 5K and family walkathon around the historic parts of the nabe as a tribute to the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Japan.

“I’d like to think that we played a role in changing the image of this community,” says Rivers. “We were coordinating these projects at the beginning to highlight Harlem’s assets as opposed to the negative articles about the community, and to bring people back. We’ve made it attractive enough that people from all over the city are coming into Harlem.”

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FDNY Comes to Harlem Looking to Diversify its Ranks

Harlem resident and firefighter Khalid Baylor responded to an application he received at a street fair. Eight years later, he's one of the faces of the FDNY's diversity recruitment campaign. (Photo courtesy of DNAinfo/Jeff Mays)

Khalid Baylor wasn’t planning to be a firefighter, but eight years ago he was looking for a career change when a black firefighter handed him an application for the New York City Fire Department at the Harlem Day Parade.

“I was just out in the crowd and I saw this black firefighter who gave me an application and encouraged me to apply,” said Baylor, a Harlem resident.

He then went a step beyond. He made copies of the application and handed them out to his friends. Eight years later, Baylor, is an example of both the success and difficulties of recruiting minorities to the largest firefighting force in the country.

None of his friends followed through with the fire department application, but today, Baylor is a firefighter with Engine 35/ Ladder 14 on East 124th Street and Third Avenue. He is also one of the faces of the FDNY’s efforts to diversify its ranks, appearing on a new FDNY ad campaign with his 11-year-old son Khalid.

Read more from DNAinfo.

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Apex Offering Plan Declared Effective; First Closings Underway

New Luxury Harlem Condominium Hits 40% Sold Mark

APEX Condominium’s offering plan has been declared effective and the new luxury building in Harlem is already 40% sold — more than twice the required percentage.

Closings are underway and the first residents have moved into their new homes, according to owner/developer RCG Longview and The Marketing Directors, Inc., the property’s exclusive sales and marketing agent.

The fast-selling building is located at 2300 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, on the southeast corner of 124th Street, in this burgeoning residential, retail and entertainment district.

“Surpassing another important sales milestone and being able to welcome our initial buyers into their homes is extremely gratifying. We can now offer prospective buyers the ability to move quickly from purchase to occupancy in our limited number of remaining residences,” notes Richard Gorsky, who leads the RCG Longview team.

“We’re confident the impressive sales velocity we’ve achieved to date will now intensify thanks to this latest accomplishment.”

Contributing to the sales success at APEX is a newly-streamlined budget and creative buy-down program which has significantly lowered the monthly common charges at the building. Under the new program, the average estimated monthly common charge for a one-bedroom home is approximately $572.

Also resonating with buyers is an impressive amenity offering which includes a private, secured entrance to the condominiums with an attended lobby, residents-only elevators, storage, and a rooftop terrace with panoramic views reserved exclusively for the residential condominium owners. In addition, homeowners enjoy shared hotel amenities such as a second, spectacular entrance, bar, fitness center and on-site parking.

APEX is clearly striking a chord with buyers throughout New York City who are responding to its well thought-out designs, upscale finishes and appointments, high level of amenities and services, convenient location and exceptional value,” says Adrienne Albert, CEO of The Marketing Directors, Inc. “It’s exciting to reach the point where buyers are now moving in and enjoying all that this outstanding property has to offer.”

APEX features studio-to-three-bedroom residences priced from $340,000 to just over $1 million. The well-appointed residential floor plans offer approximately 476 to 1,810 square feet of living space with stylish interior designs that provide a contemporary look at an exceptional value.

There are dramatic oversized windows in many residences, wood flooring throughout and Bosch washer and dryers in every residence. Kitchens are notable for their custom two-tone cabinetry, granite countertops and a Kitchen Aid stainless steel appliance package that includes cook top, wall oven, dishwasher, refrigerator and microwave, while lavish master baths offer over-sized glass showers, custom designed vanities with polished marble counters and Grohe fixtures.

APEX Condominium’s location within the Frederick Douglass Boulevard Corridor offers residents access to the area’s ever-growing cultural, dining and recreational pursuits, including universities, the famed Apollo Theater, great restaurants, coffee houses, markets, movie theaters and other retail. APEX is also just one block from the 125th Street subway station which offers direct express commuter service to 33rd Street.

An onsite sales office and furnished model homes are open for viewing. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 646-374-3900, or visit the APEX website at www.apexcondominiums.com.

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Apex Condominiums Unveils New Summer Amenity

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Brokers Weekly: The Common Touch in Harlem

The Sponsor of APEX Condominium has lowered the monthly common charges at the new luxury building in Harlem.

The average estimated monthly charge for a one-bednoom home is now approximately $572.00, according to owner/developer RCG Longview and The Marketing Directors, Inc., the property’s exclusive sales and marketing agent.

Addressing monthly common charges appears to be right on point as buyers have responded positively to the new program, with recent contracts pushing the 44-home building to the 30% sold mark.

“There’s tremendous public acceptance of APEX and we’re success fully attracting buyers from throughout New York City who appreciate the property’s well thought-out designs, upscale finishes and appointments, amenities and services, convenient location and exceptional value,” said Adrienne Albert, CEO of The Marketing Directors, Inc.

“The early success has already led to price increases on some of the lines.”

Located at 2300 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, on the southeast corner of 124th Street, APEX features 44 contemporary condominium homes situated on the top six floors of the new 12-story building which includes a 124-room Aloft hotel,

Residences are priced from the mid-$300,000’s to just over $1 million.

See the full clip here: Brokers Weekly – The Common Touch in Harlem – 6.15.11

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