Friday, August 26, 2016


Number 355 West 120th Street went up on the market earlier in the year for $3.8 million, then had the asking reduced three times now and the new number is nowat $3 million.   As previously mentioned, this is the same block that actress Marcia Gay Harden used to live on before selling that fully renovated home back in 2012 for a then record price and the location is just around the corner from the desirable FDB commercial corridor.  There does not appear to be a lot of additional info except that the layout is in a single-family configuration but the $3 million price range might be a tough sell even for this South Harlem location if this is truly a major fixer upper.  More details on Streeteasy: LINK


We have been trying to get a preview of the new interiors at 92 Morningside but things appear to just only be finishing up at the moment. With that said, checking out the updated website for the gut renovated prewar rental building facing Morningside Park reveals quite a few renderings that pretty much looks like a contemporary boutique hotel.


Scaffolding has been up at 2134 8th Avenue for quite some time and just in the 2-story commercial building is finally being demolished.  Word of mouth has it that new tower might rise at this location just south of 116th Street but permits posted online only show the actual demolition being planned which go back as far as 2013 in paperwork. One possible theory is that the property owner might just be removing the old building on the site so the land would be more attractive to developers but things are pretty unclear at this point in time.


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.   

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival at on Marcus Garvey Park on Saturday: LINK

Free Sunday Tours at Studio Museum in Harlem on 125th 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

Catching up with 80s fashion through the Antonio exhibit at El Museo: LINK

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

Discovering the Morningside Park Farmers Market on Saturday: LINK

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

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

More java at the new Hamilton's Bakery on Broadway by 146th Street: LINK

Drinks at the Sunday LGBT Pride Night at Hogshead Tavern: LINK

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

Getting java at ACP Coffee on 7th Avenue by 134th 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

Breakfast or lunch at Company on Edgecombe by 158th: LINK

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

Crepes at Crepe Cafe on Lexington Avenue in East Harlem: LINK

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

Weekend brunch at The Row House on 8th Avenue and 115th Street: LINK

Burgers for dinner at Island Burgers on Broadway by LaSalle Street: LINK

Get affordable takeout at BK French Cuisine on 7th by 128th Street: LINK

Italian takeout at Tuscan Kitchen on 7th Avenue by 136th: LINK

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

Brunch or Dinner at Chaiwali on Lenox and 124th: LINK

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

Coffee at Monkey Cup on Amsterdam by 146th Street: LINK

Dinner at Babbalucci on Lenox Avenue by 126th Street: LINK

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

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

Eating brunch offerings at newly open Serafina Harlem: LINK

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

Thursday, August 25, 2016


One of our favorite homes in South Harlem went in to contract earlier in the year based on a reduced asking price of $2.495 million (from the original $2.8 million and now Streeteast has revealed that the single-family home  at 401 Manhattan Avenue eventually sold for $2.345 million. As mentioned previously, this brownstone by 117th Street was restored by the Victorian curator of the MET before a new owner purchased the townhouse back in 2010 and still retains the accurate color schemes within that reflect the era the address was built.  With two working fireplaces, original details and a whole lot of charm, this jewel box of a home really stands out amongst the bland interiors in a typical listing.  The location of the 18-foot-wide house is also right by the FDB commercial corridor, Morningside Park and the 116th Street subway stop. With all that said, the basement and garden areas are still bit lackluster but should be a pretty easy fix.  More details on Streeteasy: LINK