Friday, January 19, 2018


Harlem Bespoke: The lowest price apartment that we could find on sale is a one bedroom HDFC co-op at 400 West 148th Street going for $149K.  This diamond in the rough is definitely a massive fixer upper project but the maintenance is only $600 a month.  One other major point about this location at the corner of St. Nicholas Avenue is that the north end of the express subway station is on the same block which makes the historic district address quite ideal.  Like most HDFC buildings, income restrictions apply. More photos and details on Streeteasy: LINK 2018


Through grants of up to $10,000, UMEZ Arts Engagement will provide direct funding for arts programs and presentations in Upper Manhattan between July 1st–December 31st, 2018, with the aim of helping artists of diverse disciplines, practices, cultural backgrounds and career stages contribute to the vibrancy and sustainability of the communities in which they live and work. In 2019, UMEZ Arts Engagement will provide direct funding for arts programs and presentations in Upper Manhattan for the full calendar year.

Funding is available for projects in the performing, literary, media and visual arts, ranging from folk/traditional forms to contemporary and socially-engaged artistic practices, with the requirement that artists and arts organizations applying present work in their home base of Upper Manhattan. 

Proposals that connect audiences to rich arts experiences through concerts, performances, public art, exhibitions, readings, screenings, festivals, and more are encouraged. LMCC will present information sessions in January and February 2018 for interested applicants at three different locations in Upper Manhattan: January 23rd, 2018 from 6:30-8:30pm at United Palace on 4140 Broadway; February 8th, 2018 from 3:00-5:00pm at Hi-ARTS at 215 East 99th Street; and February 20th, 2018 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Herbert Cave Auditorium at Harlem Hospital, 512 Lenox Avenue. Attendance at an information session is required for all applicants, and Spanish translation will be available at all sessions.  For more information about UMEZ, visit:


Harlem Bespoke: There was an announcement back in 2016 that Le Caméléon would be opening at 2220 FDB by 119th but that debut might never happen now.  A Bespoke reader just sent in a photo of official paperwork posted on the doorway stating that the property had been seized by the landlord through the city.  The long construction delays probably did not help things out and the French restaurant will most likely not open unless some sort of financial benefactor comes along.  More details on Le Caméléon can be found in our past post: LINK 2018


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. 

Tacos and tequila at the new La Diagonal on St. Nicholas: LINK

Mod Fashion history at the Museum of the City of New YorkLINK

Saturday Morningside Farmers Market at 110th and Manhattan: LINK

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

Waffle ice cream sandwiches at Mikey Likes It on FDB: LINK

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

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

Trying out artisan pizza slices at Uncle Tony's by 139th Street: LINK

Shopping at the new Whole Foods on Lenox at125th Street: LINK

Visiting the new Wallach Gallery in Manhattanville by 125th Street: LINK

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

Giant buttermilk biscuit sandwiches at Morningside coffee on Lenox: LINK

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

Grabbing coffee at Little Bean on St. Nicholas and 111th 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

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

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

Sipping java at the new Harlem Coffee Co. on Lenox by 118th: LINK

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

New local brew and pizza at Hop House on FDB and 120th Street: LINK

Checking out the new Harlem Shake location on East 111th Street: LINK

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

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

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

Drinks at the new Alibi lounge on 7th Avenue by 139th Street:  LINK

Trying out burgers at Harlem Burger Co. on FDB and 118th 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

Tasting delicious Japanese curry at the new Curry-Ya Uptown: LINK

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

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

Sunday Brunch at Mountain Bird on East 110th Street: LINK

Tasting incredible Edomae style sushi at Inoue on Lenox and 129th: LINK 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018


Harlem Bespoke: Those who want to experience indoor rock climbing should check out Steep Rock Bouldering which debuted a second uptown location at 3227 Broadway by 129th Street in one of the new Manhattanville Campus buildings.  A day pass is only $25 dollars but those without special climbing shoes should show up with fresh socks and an additional $6 for footwear rental.  More details can be found on the Steep Rock Bouldering site: LINK 2017