Thursday, July 2, 2015


Who can guess the location of this historic Harlem block circa 1932?  Most of the buildings are still intact but one on the left side is missing today.  This is one of the most striking blocks in the city but some renovations are still needed on a handful of the townhouses.  An updated photo will be posted later on in the day.


A partially finished SRO to single-family townhouse conversion at 210 West 122nd Street is now on the market for the asking of $3.5 million.   The Certificate of Non Harassment is in place for the home just west of 7th Avenue and it appears most of the infrastructure work such as electric, plumbing, foundation along with the roof have all been done so adding the final finishes will be up to the new home buyer.  Much of the original details have been retained within and the block is one of the more attractive ones in South Harlem that is not within a historic district but this price point usually gets one a turn key property uptown.  More photos can be found on Streeteasy: LINK


A few Bespoke readers have mentioned some activity at a storefront on Lenox between 138th and 139th Street and it appears that a cafe will now debut at this corner of Central Harlem.  We like that more businesses are starting to open further north but the new establishment appears to be a little more commercial in nature.  More boutique businesses are found closer to 135th Street and there already exists more mainstream type of shops above 135th so maybe this is more of the same.


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 neighborhood to try out this week.  

Seeing The Tempest debut at Marcus Garvey Park on Friday:  LINK

Checking out the Morningside Park Farmers market on Saturday: LINK

Walking the newly restored High Bridge in the Heights at 173rd: LINK

Wood oven pizza at the new Bono trattoria at West 151st: LINK

Lunch or dinner at Clove indian restaurant by 139th Street: LINK

Drinks at Loft 142 on Broadway by 142nd Street: LINK

Grabbing great eats at Vendy Plaza in El Barrio on Sunday: LINK

Eating great italian offerings at newly open Serafina Harlem: LINK

Beer and grub at newly open The Drafthouse in Hamilton Heights: LINK

Yuzu sushi for lunch or dinner service on Lenox by 127th Street: LINK

Getting one of the limited reservations at Mountain Bird : LINK

Lunch or dinner at Marcus Samuelsson's new Streetbird Rotisserie: LINK

Checking out vintage hip hop photos at the new MCNY exhibit in East Harlem:  LINK

Viewing the new Trenton Doyle Hancock Retrospective at Studio Museum: LINK

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Harlem Bastille Day hosted by Maison Harlem will launch for in 2 weeks on Sunday, July 12th and Sugar Hill Market will be showcasing local artisans as part of the uptown celebration. West 127th Street by St. Nicholas Avenue will be blocked off for the day and revelers can expect live jazz music, a petanque field, French street food and the great Sugar Hill Market vendors. Maison Harlem is donating part of the proceeds of the day's afternoon brunch service to the Global Language Project which supports bi-lingual learning within low-income neighborhoods of the city. Bastille Day is France's Independence Day but also a great way to celebrate Harlem's multi-cultural communities, support local vendors and also help raise funds for a great non-profit.  Mark those calendars for this weekend and make sure to drop by Maison Harlem on Sunday for brunch along with checking out the shopping and festivities on the street.

More details will be posted daily on the Sugar Hill Market Instagram account: LINK