Friday, April 28, 2017


Harlem Bespoke:  Number 19 Sylvan Terrace is now on the market for $1.625 million which makes it the 3rd house that is up for sale in the micro historic district at the crown Sugar Hill.  The renovated two family has a nice modern feel but has also kept all of the original architectural moldings within which is a nice juxtaposition of old and new.  Another 2-unit home at Number 2 is going for a little less at $1.575 million but those who want the coveted single-family layout might want to check Number 16 which is also going for $1.625 million.  Even though the neighborhood is rather quiet, these fixed up compact homes by 160th Street might be one of the better deals to be found in Manhattan since they are on one of the most charming blocks in city and are right next to the subway station. 2017


A Bespoke reader sent over some amazing photos of famous Little Red Lighthouse that is located under the George Washington Bridge in the Heights.  As we mentioned in the past, many cyclists and joggers take a detour around 178th Street to take a look at the lighthouse and the spectacular Hudson views. Built in 1880 on the New Jersey side, the lighthouse was dismantled in 1917 and erected on the New York City side in 1921.

By 1947, the government made the decision to no longer use the lighthouse and thus proceed the process that would eventually result in the demolition of the structure. By the time the famous children's book, The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge had already been written and locals rallied to preserve this icon of the past. This was extraordinary, for the powerful Landmarks Commission was yet to be formed and the sheer number of local preservationists saved the lighthouse on their own volition. 2017


With the Eyes of Others: Hungarian Artists of the Sixties and Seventies May 2nd – August 12th, 2017 at Elizabeth Dee Gallery,  2037 Fifth Avenue by 126th Street. With the Eyes of Others: Hungarian Artists of the Sixties and Seventies presents more than one hundred works by thirty artists active in the Hungarian Neo-avant-garde in the latter half of the 20th Century. Organized by New York-based guest curator András Szántó, this will be the first large-scale exhibition in the United States devoted to a fertile yet underappreciated period in Hungarian art. Against the backdrop of an authoritarian system, which placed strict ideological limits on free expression, this group of artists found diverse and inventive ways in which to encrypt and express powerful messages in the face of the constrained social, cultural, and political reality of their time.  More details on the Elizabeth Dee site: LINK 2017


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.  

The new Regarding the Figure exhibit at Studio Museum on 125th: LINK

Giant buttermilk biscuit sandwiches at Morningside coffee on Lenox: LINK

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

Saturday Morningside Farmers Market at 110th and Manhattan: LINK

Dinner service at Clay on Manhattan Avenue and 123rd Street: LINK 

Grabbing coffee at Little Bean on St. Nicholas and 111th 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

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

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

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

Seeing the new cultural photo exhibit at El Museo Del Barrio: LINK

Tacos and tequila at the new La Diagonal on St. Nicholas: LINK

Japanese style crepes at Crepe Master on Fifth Avenue by 125th: LINK

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

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

New local brew and pizza at Hop House on FDB and 120th Street: LINK

Checking out the new Harlem Shake location on East 111th 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

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

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

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

Brunch or dinner at Sottocasa Pizzeria on Lenox by 121st Street: LINK

Tasting delicious Japanese curry at the new Curry-Ya Uptown: LINK

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

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

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

Tasting incredible Edomae style sushi at Inoue on Lenox and 129th: LINK 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017


We were able to make over to Clay at the corner of 123rd Street on Manhattan Avenue for the new happy hour service from 5:30PM to 7:00PM Tuesdays through Fridays and had one of the specialty cocktails.  The new bartender not only does sparkling, crafted concoctions for the early evening but is also known for a sort of origami garnish that really makes all of the drinks pop.  Small plates such as the locally sourced chicken liver with fig preserve and rye from Hot Bread Kitchen were a great starter paired with the impeccable wagyu beef tartare that was crowned with a garnish of crispy shallots.  Our appetizer sampling was so amazing that we ended up dining in later on but those who want to check out the offerings at this new eatery should head over early and sit at the bar to enjoy the drink specials.  More on Clay can be found in our past post: LINK 2017