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.
Now that the summer season is at its height, we noticed that several of the new outdoor eateries have introduced umbrellas to their outdoor seating areas. Up on Lenox and 126th Street, the Red Rooster sticks to the more traditional scheme of things with a matching red umbrella shading guests from the sun. Chez Lucienne next door switches things up by adding a pop of complimentary colors in turquoise and orange to brighten things up. On lower FDB/8th Avenue, Lido sports brand new white parasols while Five and Diamond has a vibrant blue to contrast the restaurant's mostly black tinted facade. Further up the block, Harlem Tavern on West 116th Street follows the Rooster's lead and sticks to a matching red theme. Harlem's boulevard sidewalks are wide so the additional umbrellas provide and extra touch of shade when the awnings do not reach as far out.