Parsons School of Design alumnus with a BFA in fashion, who has worked in the menswear industry for several years. Past lives have been in the East Village and Lower East Side of Manhattan; more recently transplanted to Harlem. Currently living in a 1907 "French flat," an Edwardian era middle-class apartment.
An article in the Wall Street Journal discusses the retail possibilities on the strip of West 116th Street between FDB and 5th Avenue. New condominiums such as the Kalahari and 1400 Fifth Avenue have added store frontage to the commercial corridor which is mostly populated with ethnic shops. Now that Bleu Violin Lounge and My Image Studios have announced their openings, better existing businesses such as The Winery and BBraxton are hopeful that the trend will pick up. The article mentions the success of FDB's bustling lower corridor but notes that commercial rents are still quite high for West 116th Street which makes it difficult for new businesses to open up. Read more in the Journal: LINK