Wednesday, December 12, 2018

BEST OF 2018: NEW UPTOWN LGBT BAR

Harlem Bespoke:  Heading towards the last few weeks of 2018, HB will be reviewing some of the best Harlem and the Heights has to offer for the year.  There has been a slowdown this year in new openings but some establishments did shine with overall concept, design, quality of offerings and service.  The best LGBT spot for 2018 is actually just a couple of blocks north of the Harlem border in Washington Heights:


September 2018 was a big month for the uptown LGBT community since Boxers opened up a location at the corner of 159th and Broadway.  Boxers had already been a popular spot for uptowners but everyone had to hop on a train to the one in Hell's Kitchen or Chelsea for a night out until the Washington Heights addressed debuted this year.  Two-for-one happy hour specials during early evening hours bring in the crowds and those who are more night owls can stay late but have to pay full price for everything. The bar basically becomes a club towards midnight and is not so low-key so show up accordingly based on preference.  For more on Boxers, check out our past post: LINK

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DWELL: 517 WEST 152ND STREET SOLD IN NOVEMBER

Harlem Bespoke:  The mansard roof townhouse that formerly belonged to dance legend Arthur Mitchell at 517 West 152nd Street went up on the market last September for $3.5 million, then was reduced a couple of more times this year to $2.5 million, went into contract in October and Streeteasy now reveals that the three-family sold at the end of November for $2.525 million.  As previously mentioned, the interior photos show a pretty sophisticated balance between old and new which is usually hard to pull off but works in many ways within the historic home.  Upgrades also include HVAC and radiant heat cork floors in some of the other rooms.  As far as location goes, the area by Amsterdam Avenue is pretty residential and the nearest subway stop is about 4 blocks away on 155th Street.  More details and photos can be found on the broker site: LINK

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SHOP: 23 WINEHOUSE ITALIAN BISTRO ON 7TH AVENUE

Harlem Bespoke: We walked by 1890 Adam Clayton Powell last week and noticed that a new Italian restaurant was under construction just south of 115th Street.  This section of 7th Avenue just north of Central Park does not have a lot of dining options so a solid ethnic eatery should do well when everything comes together.  An Instagram account has already been set up for 23 Winehouse Italian Bistro which provides a preview for some of the dishes on the planned menu but an opening date has yet to be confirmed: LINK

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LISTEN: MORRIS-JUMEL HOLIDAY CONCERT 2018

Annual Holiday Concert, Saturday, December 15th, 7:30PM-9:00PM at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace betweend 160th and 161st Street. No holiday season is complete without MJM's Annual Holiday Concert. Brooklyn Baroque and guests will perform chamber and vocal music perfectly suited to the season. Enjoy works by Handel, Couperin, Soler, and others, featuring Boismortier’s Winter cantata from his cycle The Four Seasons. $25, $20 Members/Students.  Purchase tickets online: LINK

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