Friday, December 29, 2017

EAT: NEW YEAR'S EVE IN HARLEM 2017

New Years Eve is a big night for the last meal of the year and many restaurants are open uptown.  Below are some suggestions in Harlem that still have available seating but reservations should probably be booked today:

Red Rooster, 310 Lenox Avenue, regular service, Reservations: LINK

Mountain Bird, 251 East 110th, Five courses $85, Reservations: LINK

The Grange, 1635 Amsterdam Avenue, Prix Fix $65, Reservations: LINK

Maison Harlem, 341 St. Nicholas, regular service, Reservations: LINK

Vinateria,  2211 FDB,  New Year's Eve menu, Reservations: LINK

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CELEBRATE: NEW YEAR'S EVE AT MESS HALL

Sunday, December 31st, 8:00PM to 2:00AM, Crystal Ball 2018 at Mess Hall, 2194 Frederick Douglass Boulevard by 118th Street, No Cover.  Harlem's favorite bar will ring in the new year with drink specials, psychic readings, polar beer pong, wheel of fortune, drink specials and give-a-ways!   More details on the official Mess Hall site: LINK

SEE: AROUND HARLEM THIS WEEKEND

Keep it all uptown and help out Harlem's great local businesses over the weekend.  Below is the Bespoke list of what is new and notable in the north neighborhoods to try out this upcoming weekend. 

Mod Fashion history at the Museum of the City of New York: LINK

Waffle ice cream sandwiches at Mikey Likes It on FDB: LINK

Discovering Japanese style crepes at Crepe Master on 116th: LINK

Tasting ice cream at Sugar Hill Creamery on Lenox by 119th: LINK

Trying out artisan pizza slices at Uncle Tony's by 139th Street: LINK

Shopping at the new Whole Foods on Lenox at125th Street: LINK

Visiting the new Wallach Gallery in Manhattanville by 125th Street: LINK

Hanging out at the Bierstrasse beer garden on 12th Avenue: LINK

Giant buttermilk biscuit sandwiches at Morningside coffee on Lenox: LINK

Visiting Bo's Bagels on 116th early in the morning before they sell out: LINK

Saturday Morningside Farmers Market at 110th and Manhattan: LINK

Dinner service at Clay on Manhattan Avenue and 123rd Street: LINK 

Grabbing coffee at Little Bean on St. Nicholas and 111th Street: LINK

Drinks at the new Honeywell in Hamilton Heights on Broadway: LINK

Eating hand-made tacos at the Oso on Amsterdam and 140th Street: LINK

Checking out the new location of Charle's Pan Fried Chicken on FDB: LINK

Trying out the brunch burger at RDV on FDB by West 112th Street: LINK

Sipping java at the new Harlem Coffee Co. on Lenox by 118th: LINK

Tacos and tequila at the new La Diagonal on St. Nicholas: LINK

Weekend brunch service at Belle on ACP 7th Avenue by 139th Street: LINK

New local brew and pizza at Hop House on FDB and 120th Street: LINK

Checking out the new Harlem Shake location on East 111th Street: LINK

Discovering the East Harlem Bottling Co. on Lexington by 107th Street: LINK

Seafood and craft cocktails at the new B2 Harlem on West 119th: LINK

Trying out southern whiskey at Uptown Bourbon by 152nd Street: LINK

Drinks at the new Alibi lounge on 7th Avenue by 139th Street:  LINK

Trying out burgers at Harlem Burger Co. on FDB and 118th Street: LINK

Slurping up authentic ramen at R.O.K.C on Broadway by 141st Street: LINK

Brunch or dinner at Sottocasa Pizzeria on Lenox by 121st Street: LINK

Tasting delicious Japanese curry at the new Curry-Ya Uptown: LINK

Eating great Italian at Fumo on Amsterdam and 139th Street: LINK

Destination worthy brunch at Solomon & Kuff on 12th Avenue: LINK

Sunday Brunch at Mountain Bird on East 110th Street: LINK

Tasting incredible Edomae style sushi at Inoue on Lenox and 129th: LINK

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

NUMBER 5: UPPER FIFTH AVENUE

Our popular HB series that ranks the top 10 uptown micro-nabes is back for the best neighborhood countdown of 2017.  Harlem is a large part of Manhattan that changes block by block so we have put together a list of the best micro-nabes based on location, architecture, transportation, local amenities along with record closing prices when applicable. This is our own opinion based on reporting on the neighborhood for a few years and a new post will be made each day until the number one spot has been revealed.

No. 5: Upper Fifth Avenue, Central and East Harlem, from 125th Street up to 130th Street. The blocks north of 125th Street by Fifth Avenue have the distinction of being on the cusp of East and Central Harlem along with making some record sales in the past couple of years.  Although not an officially landmarked neighborhood, the area just north of Mount Morris Park are some of the most picturesque since a lot of the historic architecture is still intact. This in return has attracted record sales such as the purchase of a townhouse by actor Neil Patrick Harris back in 2013 for $3.6 million and notable artist Ugo Rondinone in the following year moved into a former church building just a few doors north.  Upper Fifth Avenue remains in the top 5 position since, Bed Bath and Beyond, Wework, Elizabeth Dee Gallery and Crepe Master all opened nearby.  With that said, no major record breakers have been recorded in the past year so sales are pretty stable at this point.  Express trains on Lenox Avenue are just a block away and the new Whole Foods on that particular corner also makes this neighborhood quite attractive.


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CONSTRUCTION: 215 WEST 122ND STREET

Harlem Bespoke:  Demolition at the former stable house at 215 west 122nd Street finished back in 2016 and it looks like construction has been picking up since then.  We walked by this block just west of 7th Avenue in the past couple of weeks and noticed that a new building has quickly gone up this year.

SEE: TARGET FREE SUNDAYS AT STUDIO MUSEUM

Target Free Sunday, December 31st, 1:00PM to 2:00PM, Gallery Tour: Exhibition Highlights at the Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street between ACP and Lenox.  This one-hour gallery tour highlights a work of art in each of the current exhibitions. Discuss key moments in each exhibition and explore connections between works on view. This gallery tour will have something for everyone: adults, families and kids of all ages are welcome: LINK

BESPOKE: HARLEM LISTINGS 2017

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

NUMBER 6: ASTOR ROW

Our popular HB series that ranks the top 10 uptown neighborhoods is back for the end of the year count in 2017. Harlem is a large part of Manhattan that changes block by block so we have put together a list of the best micro-nabes based on location, architecture, transportation, local amenities along with record closing prices when applicable. This is our own opinion based on reporting on the neighborhood for a few years and a new post will be made each day until the number one spot has been revealed. 

Number 6: Astor Row, Central Harlem, 130th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenue. Astor Row was founded in Harlem by the great Astor family of New York and the porch-front country homes move up two positions from last year since Number 16 West 130th sold at $3.75 million which is a big number for Central Harlem.  Some of the remaining shells on the street have been renovated in recent years but there are still enough leftover for things to look a bit untidy at certain corners.  Nevertheless, the pedigree here is undeniable and one day, this magnificent block will be one of the restored wonders of the city.  Furthermore, access to the express subways are only 5 blocks away and there is plenty to do along Lenox Avenue including shopping at the new Whole Foods which is just a bit south of this location.

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SHOP: 285 ST. NICHOLAS AVENUE

Harlem Bespoke: The storefront at 285 St. Nicholas Avenue by 124th Street has a prime location in close proximity to the express subway train entrance but has yet to find a tenant. Back in 2015, a local newspaper announced that the Harlem Cafe would be setting up shop but apparently that development will not be coming about anytime soon.  There always appears to be some minor activity on the site over the past few months but corner shop still appears to be in limbo.  More on the story can be found in our past post: LINK

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LISTEN: ELLA CELEBRATION AT HARLEM STAGE

January, January 16th,  7:00PM-9:00PM,  Ella Centennial Celebration at Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Avenue by 135th Street. Ella: ­A Centennial Celebration will feature jazz icon Dee Dee Bridgewater and singing sensation Wé McDonald of The Voice fame who will pay tribute to the legendary Ella Fitzgerald in honor of her centennial. This intimate evening includes a pre-concert champagne reception, star-studded performance, and VIP shuttle transportation to the private after party.  Get more details and ticket information on the Harlem Stage site: LINK

RENT: THREE BEDROOMS IN THE HEIGHTS

Harlem Bespoke:  The rent pick of the week is a three bedroom at 503 West 176th Street going for $1,995 a month.  This address is close to High Bridge park and about 5 blocks away from the express train station. Uptown rents have been increasing dramatically in 2017 and this appears to be one of the better deals to found in the heights.  More details and photos and can be found on Streeteasy: LINK

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

NUMBER 7: UPPER LENOX

Our popular HB series that ranks the top uptown neighborhoods is back for the end of the year count in 2017.  Harlem is a large part of Manhattan that changes block by block so we have put together a list of the best micro-nabes based on location, architecture, transportation, local amenities along with record closing prices when applicable. This is our own opinion based on reporting on the neighborhood for a few years and a new post will be made each day until the number one spot has been revealed.

Number 7: Upper Lenox Avenue, Central Harlem, between 125th Street up to roughly 137th Street and the immediate brownstone side streets, not counting Astor Row.  Upper Lenox goes up two position from 9th place last year and those looking for a deal on brownstone under or around $3 million can still be in the running at this affordable part of Harlem.  Those who are familiar with Central Harlem know that the townhouse stock tends to be a little more modest and the facade renovations in previous decades have not been the most complete.  With that said,  a new wave of developers have arrived in the past couple of year who are restoring homes in a more accurate fashion.  A record sale at 290 West 137th Street closed at $3.205 million in the past year but most homes tend to still be in the mid $2 million range.

As previously mentioned, the best thing about upper Lenox is that it is the heart of Harlem with many shops and a really great proximity to the express train on 125th Street.  With Red Rooster as the modern anchor and old school favorites such as Sylvia's attracting foot traffic, one can find lifetime locals, new residents, tourists, gay couples and even a hipster or two.  Notable dining options like Inoue, Yuzu, Babbalucci and Corner Social have become reliable new neighborhood establishments.   The Whole Foods on 125th Street just opened this past year and thus more interest in the neighborhood will surely come about when 2018 rolls around.

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ARCHITECTURE: CANTILEVER ON 103RD STREET

Harlem Bespoke: The new construction at 1399 Park Avenue by East 103rd Street has an interesting location with views of the train tracks but also has a unique design element.  We walked by the streetside overlooking the local community garden on a recent venture and noticed a distinct detail.

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Monday, December 25, 2017

REMEMBER: SANTA'S HARLEM ORIGINS


Before photography became an everyday technology, illustrators were the most important image creators in popular culture during the 1800s and Thomas Nast who lived in a brownstone at 24 West 125th Street (the neighboring brownstone still stands as can be seen in the top photo) would become known as the man behind the image of the modern Father Christmas.  Below is our original post on uptown's Christmas connection: 

The above print from 1865 helped create the modern century's view of Santa Claus and was drawn in Harlem by one of most famous illustrators of the 1800s.  Back in the mid 19th Century, Thomas Nast wielded the power of what social media outlets like Instagram would have today since many at the time could not read and his drawings sent a stronger message in the papers than anything written.  Some have said that the political cartoons of the artist helped get President Lincoln re-elected during the Civil War in 1864 and an image a couple of years earlier showing a holiday elf with the northern troops started a new era of Santa imagery.

Mr. Nast would live uptown by 125th Street from 1864 to 1872 and from that time would create a world of Christmas that was more intricate than any have ever seen at the time.  Bigger companies would take the new Nast imagery in the decades to come and incorporate them into the world collective consciousness on what a modern day Santa would look like.  Read more about the history of Thomas Nast in our past post: LINK

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

NUMBER 8: SUGAR HILL HISTORIC DISTRICT

Our popular HB series that ranks the top 10 uptown micro-nabes is back for the best neighborhood countdown of 2016.  Harlem is a large part of Manhattan that changes block by block so we have put together a list of the best micro-nabes based on location, architecture, transportation, local amenities along with record closing prices when applicable. This is our own opinion based on reporting on the neighborhood for a few years and a new post will be made each day until the number one spot has been revealed.

Number 6: Sugar Hill Historic District,West Harlem, St. Nicholas Avenue, north of 145th Street until 155th, extending to the immediate blocks west and east.  The Sugar Hill Historic District slips a couple more positions from last year since the $3.75 million sale back in 2015 appears to be an outlier.  There have not been any notable new openings this year so Sugar Hill Cafe, Il Caffe Latte, The Monkey Cup, Tsion Cafe and Chopped Parsley remain the main businesses closest to the main boulevard.  These blocks are architecturally rich and things are usually pretty quiet in a good way but probably not for long in the near future.  One of the big pluses in the area is that the A train along with other express lines are at a hub here and gets one to downtown to 14th Street in just slightly over 15 minutes when running efficiently.  Overall some great deals can be found in this part of Manhattan and anyone strolling the magnificent blocks will easily see their potential.

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Friday, December 22, 2017

BESPOKE KIDS: SNOW GLOBE MAKING AT MCNY

Wednesday, December 27th, 11:00AM to 2:00PM, Snow Globe Making at the Museum of the City of New York, Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street, FREE with admission.  Walking in a winter wonderland is the perfect way to think about New York City in the winter time. Explore the exhibition New York on Ice: Skating in the City to get inspired by picturesque city scenes, then create a snow globe to display your favorite winter activity in the city! Family programs are free with Museum admission and for Members, geared to families with children ages 6-12 years old, and include a snack. Activities are designed for adults and children to complete together. Registration suggested but not required: LINK

DWELL: 357 WEST 122ND STREET BROWNSTONE

Harlem Bespoke:  The townhouse with the front door cast iron dragons at 357 West 122nd Street is now up on the market for $3.3 million.  We always admired this intact block around the corner from Morningside Park which has great architecture and is also close to the express train station on 125th Street.  There are also some original details within and the house has many modern upgrades.  With that said, the brownstones at this part of Harlem tend to be modest in size and this townhouse is in a two-family layout.  More details and photos can be found on the broker site: LINK

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EAT: HARLEM HOLIDAY PIES 2017



Harlem Bespoke: Sweet Chef Southern Southern Style Bakery at 122 Hamilton Place between 143rd and 144th is one of the oldest artisan businesses in Harlem and makes a great addition for any holiday feast.  Chocolate Pecan, Sweet Bean Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Key Lime Pie, Three Berry Crunch Pie and many more including Harlem's best Sweet Potato Pie can be purchased at the storefront or made to order for pickup.  There is an industrial baking kitchen at the back of the charming storefront so everything is made on site and the Sweet Chef even packs it up for customers out front.  Call 914-258-4418 for a pickup order or more details.

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SEE: AROUND HARLEM THIS WEEKEND

Keep it all uptown and help out Harlem's great local businesses over the weekend.  Below is the Bespoke list of what is new and notable in the north neighborhoods to try out this upcoming weekend. 

Mod Fashion history at the Museum of the City of New York: LINK

Waffle ice cream sandwiches at Mikey Likes It on FDB: LINK

Discovering Japanese style crepes at Crepe Master on 116th: LINK

Tasting ice cream at Sugar Hill Creamery on Lenox by 119th: LINK

John Giorno at the Elizabeth Dee Gallery by 126th Street: LINK

Trying out artisan pizza slices at Uncle Tony's by 139th Street: LINK

Shopping at the new Whole Foods on Lenox at125th Street: LINK

Visiting the new Wallach Gallery in Manhattanville by 125th Street: LINK

Hanging out at the Bierstrasse beer garden on 12th Avenue: LINK

Giant buttermilk biscuit sandwiches at Morningside coffee on Lenox: LINK

Visiting Bo's Bagels on 116th early in the morning before they sell out: LINK

Saturday Morningside Farmers Market at 110th and Manhattan: LINK

Dinner service at Clay on Manhattan Avenue and 123rd Street: LINK 

Grabbing coffee at Little Bean on St. Nicholas and 111th Street: LINK

Drinks at the new Honeywell in Hamilton Heights on Broadway: LINK

Eating hand-made tacos at the Oso on Amsterdam and 140th Street: LINK

Checking out the new location of Charle's Pan Fried Chicken on FDB: LINK

Trying out the brunch burger at RDV on FDB by West 112th Street: LINK

Sipping java at the new Harlem Coffee Co. on Lenox by 118th: LINK

Tacos and tequila at the new La Diagonal on St. Nicholas: LINK

Weekend brunch service at Belle on ACP 7th Avenue by 139th Street: LINK

New local brew and pizza at Hop House on FDB and 120th Street: LINK

Checking out the new Harlem Shake location on East 111th Street: LINK

Discovering the East Harlem Bottling Co. on Lexington by 107th Street: LINK

Seafood and craft cocktails at the new B2 Harlem on West 119th: LINK

Trying out southern whiskey at Uptown Bourbon by 152nd Street: LINK

Drinks at the new Alibi lounge on 7th Avenue by 139th Street:  LINK

Trying out burgers at Harlem Burger Co. on FDB and 118th Street: LINK

Slurping up authentic ramen at R.O.K.C on Broadway by 141st Street: LINK

Brunch or dinner at Sottocasa Pizzeria on Lenox by 121st Street: LINK

Tasting delicious Japanese curry at the new Curry-Ya Uptown: LINK

Eating great Italian at Fumo on Amsterdam and 139th Street: LINK

Destination worthy brunch at Solomon & Kuff on 12th Avenue: LINK

Sunday Brunch at Mountain Bird on East 110th Street: LINK

Tasting incredible Edomae style sushi at Inoue on Lenox and 129th: LINK

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

NUMBER 9: STRIVERS ROW

Our popular HB series that ranks the top 10 uptown micro-nabes is back for the best neighborhood countdown of 2017.  Harlem is a large part of Manhattan that changes block by block so we have put together a list of the best micro-nabes based on location, architecture, transportation, local amenities along with record closing prices when applicable. This is our own opinion based on reporting on the neighborhood for a few years and a new post will be made each day until the number one spot has been revealed.

No. 9: Strivers Row, Central Harlem, West 138th and West 139th Street between ACP/7th and FDB/8th Avenue. Strivers Row drops a couple of position this year since sales have somewhat plateaued.  A closing for just over $3 million was set back in 2015 and houses are being marketed for about a million more this year but no record closing have been made as of yet.  We definitely like the fact that these landmark homes have private garages out back but those looking for the traditional rear garden space might be a little dissappointed.  Once considered pretty isolated from notable amenities, the area around the historic neighborhood has now seen the arrival of better businesses such as Ponty Bistro, Harlem Nights, ACP Coffee, Belle, Alibi and The Edge which are all in short walking distance.  St. Nicholas park is also nearby and a new supermarket just opened a couple of blocks north on FDB.  The Renny development on the 7th Avenue side of the block will also ad more foot traffic to the neighborhood in the coming months: LINK

LAST CALL: ALEX KATZ AT GAVIN BROWN


Harlem Bespoke: Last call for the Alex Katz Exhibit at Gavin Brown , 439 West 127th Street, entrance just east of Amsterdam Avenue, closing December 22nd. The Gavin Brown gallery in Manhattanville presents the works of iconic modern painter Alex Katz for the first time at the uptown location. This is one of the biggest art world presentations for the season and is a must-see.  For more details, check out: GavinBrown.biz

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RESTORATION: TOWNHOUSES ON WEST 136TH STREET

Harlem Bespoke:  The unique row of townhouses on the north side of 136th Street just west of Lenox Avenue all have great bones but somehow are the last in the neighborhood to be fully restored.    With that said, this year has seen a big turn around since many of the brownstones that need renovations seem to be getting work done.  We walked down the street this past week and noticed that a couple of the buildings on the block are currently under construction and it appears that a few of these were former SROs.  A fixer upper on the block appears to going for well under $2 million these days: LINK

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BESPOKE: HARLEM LISTINGS 2017

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

TOP TEN HARLEM NEIGHBORHOODS 2017

Our popular HB series that ranks the top uptown neighborhoods is back for the end of the year count in 2017.  Harlem is a large part of Manhattan that changes block by block so we have put together a list of the best micro-nabes based on location, architecture, transportation, local amenities along with record closing prices when applicable. This is our own opinion based on reporting on the neighborhood for a few years and a new post will be made each day until the number one spot has been revealed.

Number 10: Lower East Harlem, starting 96th Street and up to 110 Street, from Park Avenue to the side blocks along 3rd Avenue.  East Harlem makes the list for the first time this year because of a record brownstone sale based on an asking of $3.95 million that would never have happened in the past.  This is probably an outlier because extravagant renovations have never previously guaranteed a higher closing but some brokers have been trying to pitch the neighborhood as an extension of the Upper East Side.  In general, brownstones tend to be around the $2 million mark in this part of town and are probably comparable to the former Number 10 position from last year: LINK

East Harlem has often been a difficult sale because of the high density of public housing projects but market price condos have been selling closer to the Central Park North border at 110th Street. Public transportation is also a bit lacking since the Lexington line is the only option for most.  With that said, Central Park is relatively close by and the neighborhood has a younger vibe because of the more affordable rents that can still be found on the east side.

SHOP: 313-315 WEST 125TH STREET

Harlem Bespoke:  The building at Number 313-315 West 125th Street filed several permits this year for some major interior renovations but nothing has really come about as of yet.  This address just half a block away from the express trains on St. Nicholas Avenue is ripe for a major retailer to move in but somehow has not attracted an anchor tenant.  With that said, there are a few commercial buildings rising along the corridor which provide a bit of competition to the owners of older property.    Check out the original colors of the facade in our past post: LINK

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SEE: THEIR OWN HARLEMS AT STUDIO MUSEUM

Their Own Harlems exhibit at Studio Museum, 144 West 125th Street by 7th Avenue. In honor of the centennial of the birth of Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000), Their Own Harlems examines the ways in which the urban landscape has influenced Lawrence’s artistic practice, as well as that of other artists. Drawn primarily from the permanent collection, Their Own Harlems features the work of over fifteen artists including Dawoud Bey, Jacob Lawrence, Julie Mehretu, Wardell Milan, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.  More details can be found at the Studio Museum site: LINK

REMEMBER: A COMMUNITY GARDEN ON 126TH STREET

Harlem Bespoke:  The abandoned lots behind the Apollo on 126th Street close to 8th Avenue had been converted to a makeshift community garden a few years ago but now the city has plans for development.  Official notices on the chainlink fence mention that the organizers can volunteer at one of the many other such gardens in the neighborhood and should basically move on.  Fortunately, Harlem actually has quite a few beautifully maintained gardens that have been funded by the government over the years so there are still a lot of options to visit while walking around uptown.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

BEST RESTORATION 2017: THE ALHAMBRA

Harlem Bespoke: The developers behind the historic Alhambra Ballroom are doing something quite right and easily gets the vote for the best building restoration project of the year.  This iconic address at the corner of 126th Street and 7th Avenue had much of the ornamental details removed on the top floors over the decades but the intricate cornices have now been duplicated in the past few months.  A plaque on the upper level which was previously skim-coated over has since had the property's namesake appropriately inscribed back on to that particular design element.  Now the storefronts at street level will eventually be renovated and we expect a classic look when all finishes up.

There is over 78,000 square-foot of space within and the express trains are just a block over which makes the location quite ideal for the right retailer.  There has been a rumor that a food hall will open by 125th Street in the near future and this could be a fantastic location for such an endeavor.  Other than that, Trader Joe's comes to mind since the supermarket chain always copies Whole Foods when deciding on new locations.  Check out what the Alhambra originally looked like in our past post: LINK

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DWELL: HOUDINI HOUSE REDUCED AGAIN

Harlem Bespoke: The Harry Houdini House at 278 West 113th Street arrived on the market back in June for the asking price of $4.6 million, was reduced to $3.999 million in September, and now has been further marked down to $3.6 million.  As previously mentioned, this unique brownstone not only has an amazing pedigree but also has a distinct balcony and portico at the front entrance.  Original details are intact within and the location by the FDB commercial corridor is quite ideal.  With that said, the three-family layout might be an issue with a higher end buyer but there is definitely a lot of potential to this historic address.  More details and photos can be found on the broker site: LINK

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SEE: THE 41ST ANNUAL THREE KINGS DAY PARADE

Friday, January 5th, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM, The 41st Annual Three Kings Day Parade in East Harlem,  beginning at East 106th Street and 3rd Avenue.  The 41st Annual Three Kings Day Parade sponsored by El Museo Del Barrio will walk down the blocks of East Harlem in the beginning of the new year so don't miss out on catching a glimpse of Melchor, Caspar and Balthazar followed by a parade which includes several camels strolling up Third and Lexington Avenue.  More details about this royal local event can be found on the official El Museo site: LINK

El Día de los Reyes is the Christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus in Latin countries and tradition has it that those children who leave their polished shoes under their beds (in preparation for the arrival of the kings of Europe, Arabia and Africa) will receive gifts the next day.  In Puerto Rico, the custom manifest itself as leaving hay in a box under the bed to feed the camels.  Come early to check out the crowds, costumes and various floats since the route is only for about a dozen blocks and the entire parade only last for an hour and half.

RENT: TWO BEDROOMS IN HAMILTON HEIGHTS

Harlem Bespoke: The rent pick of the week is a two-bedroom at 522 West 136th Street going for $1,900 a month.  Deals are getting harder to find these days and this freshly renovated apartment is just a couple of blocks away from the subway station at Broadway by 137th Street.  For more photos and contact information, check out Streeteasy: LINK

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Monday, December 18, 2017

BEST NEW RESTAURANT 2017: CLAY




Harlem Bespoke: When Clay debuted at the corner of West 123rd Street and Manhattan Avenue this past spring, we already new something extraordinary had arrived in Harlem.  The modern American restaurant tucked away in the townhouse space just west of Morningside Park packs in a lot charm but also has a contemporary feel to the interior.  Chef Gustavo Lopez heads up the kitchen and regionally sourced pork, poultry, fish and vegetables are the highlights of the offerings served up on artisanal clay plates made by notable local ceramicist Wynne Noble.  An elegant wagyu beef tartare accented with crispy shallots, homemade lobster bucatini with bottarga or a plate of seasonal mustard greens with barricato cheese are some examples of the menu items which balances simply fresh ingredients with sensational cooking savoir-faire.

Our Best of the Year list became more apparent after dining at Clay a couple of times in 2017 and the local restaurant has since become quite renowned in the past few months.  Those who have not tried out this outstanding eatery located just a few steps from the 125th Street express subway lines should definitely make a reservation before Clay becomes too popular.  Clay mixes the formal and casual quite nicely but those who want to try out Clay on the go should drop by early at the bar for the special Happy Hour menu. More on Clay can be found in our past post: LINK

READ: RESTORATION AT HAMILTON PALACE?

Harlem Bespoke:  Apparently there was a review with the Landmarks Preservation Commission on the Hamilton Palace in Hamilton Heights and the approved outcome was a bit lackluster.  Basically the renovations does not include restoring any lost details like the cornice at top and the interior theater will be entirely gutted from what we have heard.  This historic building at the corner of 146th and Broadway could really have been quite a beauty if all of the pieces had been put back in place but that does not appear to be happening anytime soon: LINK

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DWELL: 457 WEST 140TH STREET SOLD HIGHER


Harlem Bespoke:  Number 457 West 140th Street was on the market back in March for the asking of $3.25 million and now records show that the single-family townhouse Hamilton Heights close slightly higher at $3.3 million.  As previously mentioned, the home has a convenient location just around the corner from Amsterdam Avenue which is close to a lot of new boutique businesses and a short walk aways to the express trains on 145th Street. There are tons of original details within the main areas but bath updates are severely modern which is a bit distracting to the overall classic aesthetic of the interiors if you asked our opinion.  More photos and details and can be found on the broker site: LINK

SEE: NEW YORK ON ICE AT MCNY

From December 20th, New York on Ice: Skating in the City at the Museum of the City of New York, Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street.  New York on Ice: Skating in the City invites visitors to explore how ice-skating evolved in the city from its colonial Dutch and British origins to become a 19th-century craze, and later an opportunity for elaborate spectacle, commercialized leisure, and competitive sport in the 20th century and beyond: LINK

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

SHOP: FINAL SUGAR HILL MARKET 2017

Sunday, December 17th, Noon-5:00PM, Sugar Hill Market x La Maison d'Art, 259 West 132nd Street, just east of FDB.  The final December Sugar Hill Market of 2017 pops up this weekend and features Harlem's best selling, locally made designer collections at La Maison d'Art.  The HB curated boutique market has had some great word of mouth and also awesome shout outs by New York Magazine, Time Out, and New York Daily News in the past.  Sugar Hill market also features new artwork exhibits on the gallery walls of La Maison d'Art which have been popular with visiting guests.  Follow the official SHM Instagram account for more daily updates:  LINK

Friday, December 15, 2017

BEST NEW MEXICAN RESTAURANT 2017: LA DIAGONAL




Harlem Bespoke: La Diagonal debuted on St. Nicholas and 119th Street earlier on in the 2017 and delivers some of the best artisanal Mexican offerings in town.  Homemade blue tortilla and Peking duck tacos along with and excellent assortment of mezcal drinks are a standout at the 40-seater in the triangular intersection by the FDB commercial corridor.  All of the wood marquetry, Spanish tiles along with the potted plants add warmth to the space which is missing at most modern establishments and the service is also quite on point.  Higher end Mexican cuisine can be quite extraordinary if done right and La Diagonal is definitely worth the visit.  More in our past post: LINK

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