Saturday, June 15, 2019


Sunday, June 16th, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, The 43rd annual Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic at Mount Morris Park West.  Started back in 1973 by a local police officer to encourage youth safety in Harlem, the Skyscraper Cycling Classic is now a big international event attracting over 500 professional athletes who compete on a path around Mount Morris Park.  This event is free to the public and is definitely a great way to spend a Sunday in Harlem: LINK 2019

Friday, June 14, 2019


Harlem Bespoke:  After writing our first Green Harlem post on passive housing design, we decided to walk over to 11 West 126th Street by Fifth Avenue to see how the first passive condo in Manhattan was coming along. The 6-unit building broke ground in 2016 and was slated to be finished by 2017 but somehow appears to be at a standstill.  Windows were installed about a year ago and nothing much else has been going on since then from what we can gather after taking the above photo today.  Hard finishes and furnishings are still missing inside and outside so construction delays might halt this ambitious development indefinitely.  Read more about passive housing and the green movement uptown in our past post; LINK 2019


Sunday, June 30th, 5:00PM, The Matrix screening at United Palace, 4150 Broadway by 175th Street. 20 years ago, you freed your mind from the matrix for the first time. On Sunday, June 30, hack back into THE MATRIX to celebrate its 20th anniversary! Experience the mind-blowing visual effects that changed cinema as we know it, on a 50-foot screen with surround sound. More details and online tickets can be found on the original United Palace site: LINK 2019


Harlem Bespoke: Keep it all uptown and help out Harlem's great local businesses over the weekend.  Below is the Bespoke list of what is new and notable in the north neighborhoods to try out this upcoming weekend. 

The Jackie Robinson exhibit at Museum of the City of New YorkLINK

Asian pub grub at The Expat on the corner of Tiemann and Claremont: LINK

Pride Film Festival at the Schomburg on Lenox by 135th Street: LINK

Drinks at Sugar Monk on Frederick Douglass by 123rd Street: LINK

Checking out the new Mountain Bird location on 2nd Avenue and 111th: LINK

Dinner at Archer & Goat on Lenox by 119th Street: LINK

Weekend lunch at Teranga on 110th Street and Fifth Avenue: LINK

Grabbing brunch at Ruby's Vintage on ACP by 137th Street: LINK

Checking out the new Pizza by Lucille's on Macomb and 150th: LINK

Visiting Ploughshares Coffee on Amsterdam and 126th Street: LINK

Seeing the new Alex Katz exhibit at Gavin Brown on 127th Street: LINK

Saturday Morningside Farmers Market at 110th and Manhattan: LINK

Cold brew coffee at Little Bean on St. Nicholas and 111th Street: LINK

Coffee at Lucille's on Macombs Place and 150th Street: LINK

Cocktails and small bites at L'Argot on Hamilton Place: LINK

Coffee and ambiance at Common Good on FDB by 149th Street: LINK

Arepas and drinks at Barepas on Amsterdam by 148th street: LINK

Ethiopian cuisine at Benyam on FDB by 149th Street: LINK

Burgers, shakes and fries at Shake Shack on 125th Street: LINK

Drinks at Boxers Washington Heights on Broadway by 159th: LINK

Pizza Happy Hour on the weekends at Uncle Tony's by 139th Street: LINK

More drinks at the new Harlem Ale House on 127th Street: LINK

Tasting tacos in East Harlem at La Chula on 116th Street: LINK

Hanging out at the Bierstrasse beer garden on 12th Avenue: LINK

Coffee and donuts at Shuteye on 116th between Lenox and 7th Ave: LINK

Cocktails at Hexagon Lounge on 142nd Street by Edgecombe: LINK

Checking out the new location of Charle's Pan Fried Chicken on FDB: LINK

Visiting Bo's Bagels on 116th early in the morning before they sell out: LINK

Tasting delicious Japanese curry at the new Curry-Ya UptownLINK

Trying out the brunch burger at RDV on FDB by West 112th Street: LINK

Weekend dinners at Belle on ACP 7th Avenue by 139th Street: LINK

Discovering Japanese style crepes at Crepe Master on 116th: LINK

Tasting ice cream at Sugar Hill Creamery on Lenox by 119th: LINK

Dinner service at Clay on Manhattan Avenue and 123rd Street: LINK 

Drinks at the new Honeywell in Hamilton Heights on Broadway: LINK

Eating hand-made tacos at the Oso on Amsterdam and 140th Street: LINK

Discovering the East Harlem Bottling Co. on Lexington by 107th Street: LINK

Seafood and craft cocktails at  B2 Harlem on West 119th: LINK

Trying out southern whiskey at Uptown Bourbon by 152nd Street: LINK

Slurping up authentic ramen at R.O.K.C on Broadway by 141st Street: LINK

Brunch or dinner at Sottocasa Pizzeria on Lenox by 121st Street: LINK

Eating great Italian at Fumo on Amsterdam and 139th Street: LINK

Destination worthy brunch at Solomon & Kuff on 12th Avenue: LINK

Tasting incredible Edomae style sushi at Inoue on Lenox and 129th: LINK 2019

Thursday, June 13, 2019


Harlem Bespoke:  We received a tip yesterday that The Expat was having their soft opening on Thursday night and we were able to drop by the new gastropub at 195 Claremont at the corner of Tiemann to get a first review of the newcomer that has transformed this quiet part of Manhattanville.  All of the windows were open out at this cellar space and the huge bar up front is really what is most noticeable at first glance.  Upon closer inspection, one will find that the crafted wood oak counter is actually in an free-standing octagon shape which is one of the many striking things to be discovered about The Expat.