Saturday, September 21, 2019


Saturday, September 21st, 2:00PM-8:00PM, Mothership Two at Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Moutn Morris Park West, entrance at 122nd Street.  Mothership Two is an interactive voyage of music and dance featuring performances, DJs, and live music. The historic Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park becomes a celebration of community, spirit and inclusion that blends afro-fusion, hip-hop, vogue, house, praise and more.The entire Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park will become an interactive voyage of music and dance. All are welcome to this cross-genre celebration of music, dance and community: LINK 2019

Friday, September 20, 2019


Harlem Bespoke:  A lot of folks have been sentimental about the demise of the free-standing McDonald's on 125th Street that has been around since the 80s. We walked by the site at the corner of Broadway today and noticed plywood had already been installed just a little over a week after everything closed down.  To many, this was symbolic to the old neighborhood in many ways and the drive-thru hut also was retro since most locations now have a more minimalistic box design these days.  Columbia University has been building the new Manhattanville campus in the surrounding area for almost a decade now and this location was one of the last buildings to go.  More on the demolition can be found in our past post: LINK 2019


Harlem Bespoke:  Saturday, September 21st, 10:00AM to 4:00PM, The 2nd Annual Harlem Stoop Sale, West 127th Street between Lenox and 5th Avenue.  The West 127th Street block association will have their second annual Harlem stoop sale this weekend and everyone is invited.  Make sure to drop by for a day of live music, games, and also meeting the neighbors.  More on the block association website: LINK 2019


In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson exhibit at Museum of the City of New York, 104th Street and Fifth Avenue, through September 22nd.  In 1947 Jackie Robinson made history when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and became the first African American in major league baseball. In honor of the centennial of Robinson’s birth, In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson features some 30 images of Robinson and the Dodgers taken for Look magazine. Along with these stunning black-and-white images from the Museum's collection, many never before seen, the exhibition features memorabilia and rare footage of the Robinson family, as well as the published magazines, which provide a window into the media's portrayal of this groundbreaking figure through the lens of the day’s popular picture press. More details can be found at the MCNY site: 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. 

Learning with the kids about the Billion Oyster Project at the piers: LINK

Saturday Morningside Farmers Market at 110th and Manhattan: LINK

The Jackie Robinson exhibit at Museum of the City of New YorkLINK

African coffee and tea at Ginjan Cafe on 125th Street: LINK

Reserving a spot at Harlem's only Michelin Star restaurant: LINK

Checking out the new Mountain Bird location on 2nd Avenue and 111th: LINK

Dinner at Archer & Goat on Lenox by 119th Street: LINK

Weekend lunch at Teranga on 110th Street and Fifth Avenue: LINK

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

Visiting Ploughshares Coffee on Amsterdam and 126th Street: LINK

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

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

Crafted rice bowls at Field Trip on Lenox by 116th Street: LINK

Asian pub grub at The Expat on the corner of Tiemann and Claremont: LINK

Drinks at Sugar Monk on Frederick Douglass by 123rd Street: LINK

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

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

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

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

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 2019