Tuesday, December 11, 2018

BEST OF 2018: BEST NEW COFFEE SHOP




Harlem Bespoke:  Heading towards the last few weeks of 2018, HB will be reviewing some of the best Harlem has to offer for the year.  There has been a slowdown this year in new openings but some establishments did shine with overall concept, design, quality of offerings and service.  First up is Best Coffee Shop 2018:

Coffee shops are more popular than ever in upper Manhattan with Shuteye, Monkey Cup, Bean & Barley, Forever Coffee, and Uptown Garrison making a great impression this year. With all that said, Common Good at the corner of 149th and FDB did a stellar job in Central Harlem with high  ceilings and a unique corner space that brings in a lot of light.  Warm, classic furnishings presented in a contemporary fashion and just a great cup of joe brings in loyal locals everyday.  As rents get pricier further down south, we expect the more northern blocks in the neighborhood to really be attractive for startups in the next year.  For more on Common Good, check out the full review in our original post: LINK

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DWELL: 29 MOUNT MORRIS PARK WEST

Harlem Bespoke:  Number 29 Mount Morris Park West was on the market in the past year for $4.75 million but a new broker switch has the historic townhouse reduced to $3.95 million by July and the brownstone is still on the market.  As previously mentioned, this 2-family in the Mount Morris Park Historic District has amazing original details which are clearly featured in a styled set of digitally staged interior photos.  The landmark location by 123rd Street is quite ideal since it actually faces the park and is just around the corner from the new Whole Foods location on Lenox. More details and photos on Elliman: LINK

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EAT: SHAKE SHACK OPENING MID DECEMBER

Harlem Bespoke: Shake Shack on 125th Street at the corner of Fifth Avenue will probably take another week to open based on the information we have received.  Basically everything has finally been set up and this week will be mostly about training staff.  With this in mind, it appears that a mid December debut will be happening so sometimes next week will be the big day.  For more on Harlem's first Shake Shack, check out our past post: LINK

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SEE: WINTER WONDERLAND AT THE APOLLO THEATER

Saturday, December 15th, 2:00PM-6:00PM,  Winter Wonderland at the Apollo theater, Hosted by Billy “Mr. Apollo” Mitchell Under the twinkling lights of our famous marquee, 125th Street between 7th and 8th Avenue. The Apollo Theater and Coca-Cola invite you to bring the family for holiday-themed activities including picture taking with Santa Claus and amazing performances from local choirs. This event is hosted by the Apollo Theater’s Tour Director and Ambassador, Billy Mitchell.

Additionally, in the spirit of giving, the Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland marks the start of our toy and book drive for children serviced by West Harlem Group Assistance, Inc.  Books CDs, DVDs and toys that are in new or good condition, suitable for boys and girls ages 3 to 18 are all accepted. Donations will be collected through December 29th in the Apollo Theater lobby. All donations should be unwrapped, please.  More details at the Apollo site: LINK

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