Monday, March 25, 2019


Cycling In the City exhibit at Museum of the City of New York, 104th Street and Fifth Avenue.  Cycling in the City traces the bike’s transformation of urban transportation and leisure and explores the extraordinary diversity of cycling cultures in the city, past and present. The exhibition reveals the complex, creative, and often contentious relationship between New York and the bicycle, while underscoring the importance of cycling as the city confronts climate change, energy scarcity, and population growth in the years to come.  More details can be found at the MCNY site: LINK 2019


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Friday, March 22, 2019


Harlem Bespoke: The group of abandoned buildings at 54-62 West 125th Street located just east of Lenox had been sold off about a year ago for $26.5 million and had been quickly demolished.  We took the lower photo of the fully razed site in December and now construction has already started for the massive new residential development.


Harlem Bespoke:  The New York Times has a big article on Charle's Pan Fried Chicken this weekend and dropped by to visit at the Frederick Douglass Boulevard location by 132nd Street.   Charle's has been around for decade's but the current address is relatively new since the iconic eatery moved further south a couple of years ago.  Apparently an issue with the old landlord and rising rents was the impetus behind the relocation but luckily a another storefront worked out.  There's plenty of seating in this newer establishment but article mentions that younger folks take it to go these days.  More on the story in the Times: LINK 2019


Harlem Bespoke: 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. 

Checking out the new Pizza by Lucille's on Macomb and 150th: LINK

Cold brew coffee at Little Bean on St. Nicholas and 111th Street: LINK

Grabbing brunch at Ruby's Vintage on ACP by 137th Street: LINK

Coffee at Lucille's on Macombs Place and 150th Street: LINK

Visiting Ploughshares Coffee on Amsterdam and 126th Street: LINK

The Jackie Robinson exhibit at Museum of the City of New York: LINK

Saturday Morningside Farmers Market at 110th and Manhattan: LINK

Cocktails and small bites at L'Argot on Hamilton Place: LINK

Coffee and ambiance at Common Good on FDB by 149th Street: LINK

Arepas and drinks at Barepas on Amsterdam by 148th street: LINK

Ethiopian cuisine at Benyam on FDB by 149th Street: LINK

Burgers, shakes and fries at Shake Shack on 125th Street: LINK

Drinks at Boxers Washington Heights on Broadway by 159th: LINK

Pizza Happy Hour on the weekends at Uncle Tony's by 139th Street: LINK

More drinks at the new Harlem Ale House on 127th Street: LINK

Tasting tacos in East Harlem at La Chula on 116th Street: LINK

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

Coffee and donuts at Shuteye on 116th between Lenox and 7th Ave: LINK

Cocktails at Hexagon Lounge on 142nd Street by Edgecombe: LINK

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

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

Tasting delicious Japanese curry at the new Curry-Ya UptownLINK

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

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

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

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

Dinner service at Clay on Manhattan Avenue and 123rd 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

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

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

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

Trying out southern whiskey at Uptown Bourbon by 152nd 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

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

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

Tasting incredible Edomae style sushi at Inoue on Lenox and 129th: LINK 2019