The official grand opening of Bo's Bagels on 116th Street happened over the weekend and the word on the street was that the smoked fish station was up and running. Upon arriving at the substantial storefront located a few doors east of FDB, we were amazed to see that it was a full house with all of the tables taken and a line had formed all the way to the front entrance. This apparently happens every weekend in the morning hours so we patiently put our eventual order in for a pumpernickel bagel with cream cheese, tomato and read onion. Everything came out beautifully as can be seen in the above picture and the special treat was well worth the short wait before heading out to the gym on a Sunday morning. More on Bo's Bagels can be found in our past post: LINK
An SRO brownstone on West 119th Street just east of Lenox went up on the market earlier this year for $1.895 million and now has a contract out after being listed for 2 months. As previously mentioned, Number 80 West 119th appears to be occupied and there is no mention of a certificate of non harassment in place so interested buyers might want to ask a few questions when viewing the townhouse. There are also quite a few boarded up buildings on this block which could be quite charming if some of the mysterious vacant homes finally get fixed up. More details and photos can be found on the broker site: LINK
The second Harlem location for Cantina taqueria on Lenox by 126th Street is still under construction but signs have been placed out front on the plywood indicating that the eatery is ready to hire. This usually happens when a new establishment is almost ready to open but the storefront still looks like it needs a lot of work from what we can see thus far. At this rate, a summer debut might be possible but a lot has to happen in the next couple of months. Read more about Cantina in our past post: LINK
Women's Jazz Festival at The Schomburg, 135th Street and Lenox.
This annual tradition in honor of Women’s History Month features some of the best-known and unsung female performers in jazz today. Our 2017 festival will celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday and continued influence on the evolution of jazz. "Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz!" is slated for four consecutive Mondays–March 6, 13, 20, and 27. Each night will explore the multi-dimensional music, life, and legacy of this jazz legend. The festival’s guest curators are critically acclaimed harpist Brandee Younger and ethnomusicologist Aja Burrell Wood, and The Afro-Latino Festival.
There is an admission charge for this event: $30: General Admission, $25 which may be purchased online: LINK