Monday, February 28, 2011
LINK. Located at Pleasant Avenue and 119th, the school is right on the border where the old tenement neighborhood transitions into a housing project super block. Nevertheless, the Catholic school has had reportedly 100% of its fourth grade students pass the math and English statewide tests. In contrast, the public schools in the area are only averaging about half that success rate so having a Catholic school in the neighborhood might be a good alternative for some. For the most part, these schools also charge substantially less tuition than private schools in the city and that is another reason why they make sense to a lot parents.
LINK. The application deadline will be March 24th for 2011.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
LINK. A house discussed in the feature is on sale at 290 Convent and reminded us that there was still a more interesting background story to this particular building. Having seen the property at past open houses, we noted that there was a large library in one of the living areas with books and manuscripts from what is left of the previous owner's personal collection. There was a newspaper clipping on the library desk from the Times (back from 1999) were Mr. Noel Pittman was interviewed about his quest to gather slavery memorabilia in hopes that a museum might one day take them: LINK. Only books now remain in the house and the family estate is selling off the well-worn property so it is unclear if any of those said artifacts ever made it to the local museums. There's more on the house in our post from last year: LINK. Archival photo courtesy of New York Times.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
1. Lido to Debut This Weekend (15)
2. Will an Apple Store Open in Harlem? (21)
3. Bad Horse Pizza on FDB (15)
4. A Preview of FDB's Bad Horse Pizza (10)
5. Poseidon Rises at St. Nicholas (5)
6. Harlem's NY Magazine Moment (9)
7. Langston Hughes House Still on Market (2)
8. Joe the Art of Coffee Warms Things Up (3)
9. Crowds Greeted at a New La Marqueta (5)
10. When NYC Gave Away Brownstones (1)
Friday, February 25, 2011
LINK. Live DJ music and drinks specials change for each evening but the Tuesday event might be the most transformative for Harlem's night life. The Ladies Night out (lower photo) appears to be a new mixed-crowd event were gender illusionist are the feature of the show. Performer Jasmine Blue headlines the acts with a rotating mix of talent which has put back a racy element uptown that apparently has been missing for some time. Interior photos via Aloft Harlem on Facebook: LINK
LINK. The old beauty shop-turned-bar has spawned many branches outside the city so a little character goes a long way if all of the other business elements are in place.
LINK. There was a price range restriction of $650K that did not get much floor space in Manhattan and when a broker suggested Harlem, the buyer was pleasantly surprised at what she saw. This piece is good primer since it talks about a renter paying $2,550 a month for a not so ideal apartment and just started looking to buy since owning might be a better option. There's also the FHA loans that ask only for 3.5 percent down that many Harlem developments are eligible for so the down payment is a lot easier. AMNY this past Monday also had a feature on how Harlem is going through its second cycle of recent real estate growth: LINK. In the past couple of years, the trend had been writing about uptown's condo glut and 2011 has seen the opposite with quite a bit of positive news from the media.
Friday-Saturday, February 25th-26th, 7:00 PM, Haiti's Children of God at the Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 St. Nicholas Avenue. The Lorey Hayes play Haiti's Children of God will debut this weekend. Get more information and $20 tickets at the center site: www.Dwyercc.org
Saturday, February 26th, 2:00PM-4:00 PM, They Call Me Mr. Apollo book reading and signing at Harlem Flo, 2276 Frederick Douglas Blvd. Louis and Stefan from the Harlem Flo Boutique will have an event for author Billy Mitchell who has been at the Apollo for over 47 years and has many stories from his tenure at the iconic theater. Light refreshments will be served. For more details, contact the store directly: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212.316.1525.
Sunday, February 27th, 3:00 PM, The Digital Diaspora at the Gatehouse Theater, 150 Convent Avenue and 135th Street. Tickets are $10 for this visual presentation of vintage photographs of families from Harlem's past: LINK
Thursday, February 24, 2011
LINK. Archival photo courtesy NYPL
LINK. It's a little out of way but this little section on the far west side is sort of a cool secret spot to traverse when one has bit of time on their hands. Check out what the pavilion looked like before in our past post: LINK
LINK. Another document found also states that the old Ladder 14 will be ideally converted for community use in the future and that the building has been an official New York City landmark since 1997: LINK
LINK. For more on this great organization that teaches local immigrant women the art of artisanal baking, check out our past post: LINK
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Here's the 9 minute documentary clip on W.C. Handy who was considered the Father of the Blues but is less remembered today when compared to other early 20th century musicians. Loui Armstrong, Ella and Bessie Smith all make an appearance in this piece on one of Harlem's great citizens of the Renaissance years. We didn't know much about Mr. Handy also and when his Strivers Row house was up for sale, we decided to do some research.
Base on the DOB website, there was a Stop Work Order placed on the construction site at the beginning of December and the issue was calendared to be resolved this past Sunday. Apparently the structural integrity of the next door building's foundation (last photo) during the excavation work needed to be explored further and the DOB just gave the green light on Monday to partially rescind the SWO for pit tests. There basically wasn't any work going on for about six weeks and now it looks like some progress might be happening in the next month. As far as opening dates are concerned, we are kind of thinking early summer might be a better bet. Check out our past post for full details on the Harlem Tavern: LINK
LINK. There's also a story on the event in yesterday's New York Times: LINK
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
LINK. If there are any other creative types with a similar story in Harlem, drop us a line at: HarlemBespoke@gmail.com
LINK. The sign posted up today in the second photo now has everyone waiting until March 1st to see what all the fuss is about.