Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Tonight, Saturday, October 30th, Bier International will have their first Halloween celebration starting at 5:00 PM with a contest at 11:00 PM that gets the winner a free dinner. Bier International is located at 2099 FDB/8th Avenue and 113th Street. www.BierInternational.com
1. What's up with Frizzante? (12)
2. The 163 Lenox Reveal (7)
3. Cooking with Marcus Samuelsson (3)
4. Harlem Cyclist Fatally Doored (4)
5. Harry Houdini of Harlem
Friday, October 29, 2010
LINK. Number 430 west 147th Street (or 393 Convent Avenue) is a 23 x 66 foot wide corner building that has an estimated 7,500 square foot of space with an ambitious renovation and asking price to match. The landmark Hamilton Heights limestone townhouse has 10 bedrooms, 4 Full baths, 1 Partial bath and enough original details but will the recent price reduction make a difference? Originally up for $4.8 million 3 years ago, the price landed at $2.99 million in early 2010 and is now at $2.85 million (just reduce from $2.89 million). High caliber renovations on a charming, intact block have only reached the max of $2 million in the past couple of years so is this price realistic? The house has its own website for those who want to set up an appointment: LINK
LINK. As mentioned in our previous post, folks should expect a modernist take on Harlem building colors such as reds, amber and brown which will then be combined with classic finishings: LINK. October is almost up so the November is probably the most realistic opening date but no updates have been reported lately.
LINK. There's one of those bright red plaques with a little bit of history on the door but most can't really get to it because the gate separates the porch entrance. Apparently the historic home is now divided into several rental units.
The brownstone at 248 West 132nd Street (between FDB/8th and ACP/7th) has the American Legion 398 sign out front by day but is also the location for a popular basement jazz session at night. A reader sent in an article they had looked at while on a flight that spotlights the hot spots of Harlem and the underground venue was one of the top picks: LINK. Apparently popular on the weekends, the house gets packed by 8:00 PM with folks who are served southern fried specialties on styrofoam plates and drink bottled beer while watching a range of jazz artists perform. It's been going on for 10 years now and there are even reviews on Yelp: LINK. Has anyone dropped by lately? Lower photo by Dorothy Hong
Thursday, October 28, 2010
LINK. Read more on the developments in our past post: LINK.
Walking past 229 West 131st Street this past week (between FDB/8th and ACP/7th), we were surprised to see a new construction taking over the former lot (lower photo). This is the north end of some major housing projects and there are a few shells leftover but some houses are in decent condition: LINK. DOB filings show that a new 2-family, 4 story building with a penthouse will be on the site when things are completed. At this rate, it looks like this one will be ready by end of winter or early spring. Right now, it's unclear if this will be a house for sale, condos or just a rental building. Any tips? Check out what readers had to say about the shell that's further down the block which may or may not be owned by a local celeb: LINK
On a design note, the original column have been revealed and also painted over nicely with a coat of black paint that contrast against the cream cornice. The side window is also a point of interest since this usually gets blocked up by cinder blocks in recent decades (for security?) but the owner has now decided to let the light in.
LINK. Read more about the famous house that named the Heights and its last location in our past post: LINK
LINK. While Floridita in Manhattanville is looking for a new location, folks might want to hop on the 4,6 train and get out at the 110th Street stop for some authentic eats. www.AmorCubanoRestaurant.com
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
LINK. At community board meetings, some have voiced concern over the building since it has not been offered to sell and the owners do not have funds to restore it. It's an official NYC landmark but demolition by neglect is a threat that many shells face if not properly maintained. Does anyone have any further insight on this property?
LINK. What's not mentioned in the article is that Ms. Angelou is also one of the newer Harlem residents (since 2004) and owns a brownstone in the Mt. Morris Park Historic District in which she stays when visiting the city: LINK
Bajan Bistro is another business that started to appear close to East Harlem's La Marqueta and DNAinfo takes a look at the restaurant that features cuisine from Barbados: LINK. The location (just east of Park Avenue and 121st Street) apparently is a draw for folks who work in the area during the week and Caribbean ex-pats who are looking for some home cooking on the weekends. There's more of a take-out feel to the place but informal seating seems to be available for guests who are looking for Bajan favorites such as Flying Fish steaks and savory patties made out of puff pastry. We first noticed this restaurant in August but never got to see it open when covering the Fat Witch bakery facility around the corner: LINK
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Lancaster Lexington going up immediately to the right and Embelesar 118 just around the corner on the other side. That said, the 16 foot wide home is trying to be part of the area's construction boom and is currently asking for $1.3 million. The major issue here would be the current SRO status and that there seems to be folks living in the building(?). There's also the facade and infrastructure of the townhouse which looks like it needs a complete overhaul.
LINK. Doug E. Fresh just opened his Hip Hop inspired eatery on ACP/7th Avenue and 132nd Street and now reveals that the vacant storefront a block up on 133rd Street (lower photo) will be transformed into a comedy club. Folks have been waiting quite some time for Doug E.'s restaurant to open so it's unclear what the timeline for the comedy club will be (hopefully sooner than later). The planned live performance space will also be across the street from the Shrine music venue so this section of Central Harlem might one day become an entertainment row again if all works out. www.ShrineNYC.com
LINK. The original drawing gives a better perspective (above image) than that of the article since it shows the hill of West 155th Street in relationship to the surrounding West Harlem neighborhood. As seen in both of the above photos, a gas station will still remain but the unique parking garage with the terracotta minarets will be demolished to make way for the new building. The DNAinfo article has the building cast in a really dull grey so let's hope the exterior finishes will be a little more nuanced than the most recent sketches: LINK. Groundbreaking is apparently happening at the end of this year and the project will finish by 2012. On a side note, those not familiar with Ms. Ringgold's work might recognize her mosaic murals which are up on the 125th Street subway stop: LINK
Monday, October 25, 2010