Thursday, September 30, 2010
LINK. There appears to be one current rental listing but not much else going on so it's probably all rental at this point. A recent listing for the ground floor retail space mentions that the building is 90% occupied: LINK. Has anyone seen these apartments? We kind of think that the bathroom looks like a good mix of old and new with the subway tile and black marble accents. The area right by Sugar Hill in Hamilton Heights is pretty well kept and less than 4 blocks away from the B,C entrance at 146th Street. Other than that, there's nothing really fancy going on in the immediate neighborhood.
LINK. Does anyone remember where this bar was located at or have any other information about the neighborhood's origins?
Additional notable mentions include the fact that church service is a seriously formal affair in Harlem and sightseeing tourists in their weekend casual shorts and flip flops are not permitted in houses of worship. Nevertheless, one parishioner mentioned that he felt that "It's like you're going through a safari, and we're the animals as you are on the bus riding by, pointing at the zebras." Read more in the Slate article: LINK
Participants will include interior designers Jeffrey Bilhuber, Albert Hadley, Jayne and Joan Michaels, Amy Lau, along with James Zemaitis, VP, 20th Century Decorative Art & Design at Sotheby's.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: $25 Museum members, seniors, and students, $35 general public. For more information, call 917.492.3395. Buy tickets on line: www.mcny.org. The Museum of the City of New York, located in East Harlem, is at 1220 Fifth Avenue, between 103rd and 104th Street. Nearest subway is the 6 train at 103rd Street or 2,3 at 110th Street.
At last night's party, guests were treated with old fashion hospitality and a preview of the new signature space at a more prominent intersection of 12th Avenue. All of the roadhouse charms are still intact within building with exposed red brick walls, vintage artwork and industrial lighting. A live band on a concert stage that is unique to new space kept folks happy along with buckets of beer and BBQ stations that had prep chefs on hand to customize orders. Founder John Stage was also making the rounds with interviews and greeting revelers in a casual plaid shirt (last photo). This location is closer to the 1 train at 125th Street or the BX15 Bus stop so we expect even greater success for these guys. Well done! For more information call the restaurant at: Tel 212.694.1777. Read all about the one and only Dinosaur BBQ in our past post: LINK. More photos will be loaded on the Harlem Bespoke Facebook site: LINK
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Up on the market since last month, the townhouse at 116 West 118th Street has some great details inside and out. The 20 foot wide, limestone building is divided up into a
3-family SRO layout and has about 5,200 square foot total. An initial asking price is about $1.4 million but what's unclear is the condition of the kitchens and bathrooms. Seeing that there are not any photos to be had, they probably need some work. Location wise, the block is tree-lined and is nicely intact with an array of barrel front brownstones. Although technically not part of the Mt. Morris Park Historic District, this particular block is just on the perimeter and the housing stock is comparable to the landmark areas. The 2,3 express in only 2 blocks away at 116th Street and some great cafes are just around the corner. Has anyone seen the rest of this house?
LINK. When going to other parts of the city, one can find novelty food trucks doing major business and now it looks like one of the Mexican ones have headed further west in Harlem. The above taco truck was seen parked at West 125th Street, between Morningside Avenue and Manhattan Avenue this morning. We haven't really seen one before this close to Central Harlem and tacos look like they are going for around $2.50 each (click image to enlarge). Anyways, if you are the area, check it out.
LINK. For more information on classes at the Harlem School of the Arts, check out their website: www.HarlemSchooloftheArts.org
NYRP presents Garden Grooves, a two-part outdoor concert series at community gardens in Manhattan and Brooklyn. These free musical performances will feature a superlative stream of local artists bringing newfound musical glory to NYC’s neighborhood green spaces.
The Target East Harlem Community Garden is located at 415-417 East 117th Street, between First and Pleasant Avenues. Take the 6 Train to 116th Street and walk Northeast to Pleasant Avenue and 117th Street.
Each year, HDC will solicit submissions from neighborhood groups and individuals that feel their neighborhoods are worthy of preservation. The purpose of this program is to provide strategic help to the chosen neighborhood groups at a critical moment so that they can reach their preservation goals. The program will help local residents learn to use tools such as documentation, research, zoning, landmarking, publicity, and publications to advance a local preservation campaign. The selected groups will receive HDC’s hands-on help strategizing and implementing all aspects of their efforts.
From their long experience helping neighborhoods campaign for preservation attention, HDC will coach neighborhood leaders on:
• how to establish defensible district boundaries that recognize a neighborhood’s special character
• how to involve other community members
• how to formulate an argument for preservation and present their case convincingly
• how to create campaign goals and make plans to meet them
A word about eligibility: the neighborhoods submitted for consideration must be distinct areas - not individual parks or structures. They must be located in New York City, and be architecturally, historically or culturally significant. Both organized groups and individuals may apply. Deadline for nominations is November 1st and the “Six to Celebrate” will be announced in early 2011, as part of HDC’s 40th Birthday celebration. Get more information, applications and contact info on the HDC website: LINK
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Probably the oldest existing establishment with the label is Max SoHa at Amsterdam and 123rd Street so we looked for more information on when the restaurant actually opened. A New York Times article featuring the debut of the restaurant back in 2001 explains that the owner chose the name because of its location in South Harlem or SoHa for short: LINK. We are not sure if the restaurant was first to come up with the term but if one looks at the neighborhood maps, the eatery's location is actually a hair on the Manhattanville side of "below 125th Street.": LINK
LINK. We first noticed the Manhattanville Needle Trade School at 419 West 141st Street (between St. Nicholas and Hamilton Terrace) when taking photographs of the charming brownstones facing the park (top photo). It turn's out that Mr. Anderson teaches his trade at the ground floor of the brownstone that he owns and he now wants to end the sagging pant trend by teaching young men the right way to contstruct, tailor and fit pants.
The Daily News also had a story on the Harlem tailor's search for a half dozen apprentices but the search is still ongoing. After approaching a group of young men out on the streets with the said saggy pant syndrome and offering up free courses, he has yet to hear from any of them back. If anyone knows of young men out there between the ages of 17 and 25, call (212) 283-4615 to get them started. Read more in the Daily News: LINK. Photograph of Marion Anderson courtesy of Jeff Mays
Monday, September 27, 2010
back in July that scaffolding was just coming up on 313-315 West 125th Street which is just west of St. Nicholas Avenue. The 5-story building had cinder blocks in all the windows and appeared to be entirely abandoned. DOB reports show that the first two floors will be combined into one level with dramatically high ceilings and we were wondering if the conversion was related to a particular tenant. As one can see at the lower photo, a sign has now been placed on the sidewalk shed advertising the availability of the retail space (click to enlarge). Maybe this one is getting an extreme makeover to attract the right tenant seeing that other developers along 125th Street have now reported interest by big box retailers: LINK.
LINK. Check out our various past posts on this famous property: LINK