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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DWELL: 532 WEST 148TH STREET TOWNHOUSE

Harlem Bespoke: Number 532 West 148th Street has returned to the market for the asking of $2.7 million.  This townhouse located west of Amsterdam Avenue has an artistic open layout but also includes a rental unit on the ground floor. What is especially notable about the location is that the express subway entrance on St. Nicholas by 147th Street is only a couple of blocks away which makes transportation very convenient.  Great restaurants on the Broadway corridor can be found going the other direction so the address is quite Central for Hamilton Heights.  More photos and additional details can be found on the broker site: LINK

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INTRODUCING: ROASTED ROOTS COFFEE SHOP ON FDB

Harlem Bespoke: A storefront over on FDB by 123rd Street has had plywood up for some time and now signage has been posted to announce the arrival of a new coffee shop.  Roasted Roots will be the latest arrival to the bustling lower Frederick Douglass Boulevard commercial corridor and will be one to watch out for in the coming year.  Coffee by day and wine by night appears to be the new business model these days which makes a lot of sense: LINK

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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

Holiday shopping at Sugar Hill Market on Sunday:  LINK

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

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

Seeing the new Alex Katz exhibit at Gavin Brown gallery at 127th Street: 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 14, 2017

BESPOKE: GUCCI CONFIRMS LENOX STORE DEBUT

Harlem Bespoke:  An article in GQ now officially confirms that the Dapper Dan x Gucci collaboration store will indeed debut on Lenox as we previously reported. The 4,700 square-foot space includes a lower floor renovated in the way of a fashionable Victorian era townhouse where customers will be able to work out bespoke designs with Dapper Dan using Gucci fabrics and materials. Production facilities are located on the top floors and appointments start in January.  With that said, we expect a lot of celebrities showing up in Mount Morris Park at the corner of Lenox and 122nd Street in the near future.  More details can be found in our past post: LINK

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BESPOKE: HARLEM LISTINGS 2017

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

BEST NEW ITALIAN RESTAURANT 2017: UNCLE TONY'S



Harlem Bespoke:  The most notable new Italian spot to open uptown this year is the casual takeout pizzeria next door to Fumo on Amsterdam at 139th Street which was our top pick from last year.  Uncle Tony's is the sister slice joint that serves fresh baked pizzas with artisanal combinations such as mozzarella pesto, creamy vodka sauce, mushroom with truffle oil or classic pepperoni.  We especially like the thin crust offerings but thick crust lovers will also appreciate some of the other options on the menu.  Harlem already has a lot of great wood or brick oven alternatives but this little pie shop is one of at the first to come up with individual artisanal slices for those on the go.  More on Uncle Tony's can be found in our past post: LINK

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DWELL: 19 SYLVAN TERRACE IN CONTRACT

Harlem Bespoke:  Number 19 Sylvan Terrace arrived on the market in September for the asking of $1.575 million and now has a contract out.  As previously mentioned, the 2-unit landmark townhouse is on one of the most charming landmark cobblestone blocks in the city and faces the Morris-Jumel Mansion on the east side of street.  The extraordinary address is also a couple of blocks away from the train station on St. Nicholas Avenue which makes for a convenient commute.  More photos and full details can be found on the broker site: LINK

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BESPOKE KIDS: DECK THE HALLS AT MCNY

Sunday, December 17th, 11:00AM-2:00PM, Deck the Halls: Ornament Making at Museum of the City of New York, 104th Street and Fifth Avenue.  Explore stories of Saint Nicholas that date back more than a millennium, plus discover images from our collections to get in the Christmas spirit. Then work with your family to design a personalized ornament to deck your home or tree in time for the holiday. A special holiday snack is included!

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.  More details on the MCNY site: LINK

SHOP: BAKED TREATS FOR HANNUKAH

Hanukkah 2017 is here and a couple of places in Harlem provide traditional Jewish treats for the season.

Lee Lee's Bakery, 283 West 118th Street and FDB/8th Avenue.  Lee Lee's Baked Goods at  has notably some of the best rugelach to be found in the city and now ships anywhere within the states.  Harlem's King of Rugelach offers up his specialty pastries in chocolate, raspberry and apricot variations. Folks who want to share one of Uptown's best kept secrets can simply go online and make an order accordingly: LINK

Suzan Sez It With Cake "Say It With Cake," 510 West 123rd Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. A small kosher bakery opened up this summer on the cusp of West Harlem and Morningside Heights which has holiday specific baked offerings. Check out the website for ordering details and additional contact information: LINK

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

BEST NEW SPECIALTY SHOP 2017: BO'S BAGELS



Harlem Bespoke: Bo's Bagels debuted on 116th Street just east of Frederick Douglass Boulevard this past March and Harlem finally has a proper bagel shop.  These bagels are properly boiled which creates a great chewy outer crust when they are baked later on and Bo's truly does not disappoint in the quality or variety.  The retail shop is actually quite large for a bagel storefront and the requisite cheese spreads alongside a smoke fish corner makes Bo's one of the best of such establishments to have opened in the city.  More on Bo's can be found in our past post: LINK

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DWELL: 9 EAST 124TH BACK ON THE MARKET

Harlem Bespoke: Number 9 East 124th Street is up on the market for $3.2 million which is quite a high number for a six-family brownstone. The address on the north side of Mount Morris Park and Fifth Avenue had closed for $2.15 million last year but would have been more valuable if converted into a single-family home or something less chopped up.  With that said, Whole Foods is only a couple of blocks away so maybe that will drum up some interest.  More on the listing can be found on Streeteasy: LINK

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SHOP: CHALLAH FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Harlem Bespoke:  The fresh baked challah bread from Hot Bread Kitchen is now available at the new Whole Foods on 125th and Lenox.  We especially like that the commercial kitchen in El Barrio helps immigrant women train in the art of baking but heading over to the HBK retail storefront on Lexington Avenue can be inconvenient at times. This all changes with the new Whole Foods in Central Harlem so make sure to shop the artisan offerings and help support local small businesses.  More on Hot Bread Kitchen can be found in our past post: LINK

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LISTEN: CHRISTIAN SCOTT ATUNDE ADJUAH

Wednesday,  December 13th, and Thursday, December 14th, 7:30PM, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah at Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Avenue at 135th Street.  Grammy nominated jazz trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, returns with two nights of genre blind music that will Stretch jazz music’s rhythmic, melodic and harmonic conventions to encompass a range of cultural influences from his native New Orleans to West Africa and the Caribbean.  Tickets and more details can be found online: LINK

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Monday, December 11, 2017

BEST NEW COFFEE SHOP 2017: MORNINGSIDE COFFEE



Harlem Bespoke:  Our top pick for best new coffee shop in Harlem for 2017 is Morningside Coffee on Lenox by 138th Street.  All of the required cozy elements are within this java joint but the specialty storefront also makes gigantic biscuits.  These fresh-baked buttermilk creations are not only awesome with a bit or butter or jam but come in savory fried chicken offerings also.  This is one of the must visit morning spots in Central Harlem to check out for the year and already is a local favorite.  More on Morningside Coffee can be found in our past post: LINK

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DWELL: 528 WEST 175TH STREET IN CONTRACT

Harlem Bespoke:  Number 528 West 175th Street went up on the market in September for $1.3 million, was then reduced to $1.2 million and now has a contract out.  As previously mentioned, the Washington Heights 2-family located between Amsterdam and Audubon Avenue has been renovated in the distant past but will probably need an update.  With that said, some original details remain and the express trains are a short 4 blocks away.  More photos and details can be found on the broker site: LINK

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SEE: THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER AT UNITED PALACE

Thursday, December 14th, 7:30PM, Hip Hop Nutcracker at United Palace, 4150 Broadway by 175th Street.  A holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker re-imagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive hip hop choreography, a dozen all-star dancers, on-stage DJ, an electric violinist and digital scenery. This evening-length show celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season.  More details and online tickets can be found on the United Palace site: LINK

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

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Friday, December 8, 2017

BESPOKE: THE RED ROOSTER CHRISTMAS TREE 2017

Harlem Bespoke:  The holiday season unofficially kicks off in Harlem when the tree at the Red Rooster on Lenox Avenue has finally been decorated.   We walked by the block just north of 125th Street yesterday and noticed that this year's arbor has a dramatic ribbon garland in a classic crimson hue.  Red is a big color for the season and Harlem's most notable restaurant always comes up with a breathtaking way to emphasize the signature color.

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DWELL: TOP BROWNSTONE CONTRACTS DECEMBER 2017

Harlem Bespoke: Some major brownstone contracts are out in Harlem at the end of the year and two of the top three are in the Mount Morris Park Historic District.  Number 208 Lenox Avenue leads the pack based on a $4.75 million asking price with 153 West 121st Street in second place at $4.2 million. A brownstone at 124 West 132nd Street with an asking of $3.695 finishes the list and puts up an impressive number for the Central Harlem location.

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ARCHITECTURE: FACADE DETAILS AT THE RENNY


Harlem Bespoke:  The sidewalk sheds are down over on 7th Avenue by 137th Street and facade for The Renny is in full view now.  This 134-unit new construction replicates some of the brick detail from the facade of the demolished Renaissance Ballroom which definitely looks impressive up close. Apparently all of the apartments will be rentals when all finishes up and it will be interesting to see how much they eventually go for.   More on The Renny can be found in our past post: 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. 

Jazz Sundays at The Grange on Amsterdam and 141st Street: LINK
Waffle ice cream sandwiches at Mikey Likes It on FDB: LINK

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

Seeing the new Alex Katz exhibit at Gavin Brown gallery at 127th Street: 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 7, 2017

DWELL: 11 MOUNT MORRIS PARK WEST OFF MARKET

Harlem Bespoke: Number 11 Mount Morris Park West went up on the market for $2.795 million back in March and eventually went off the market in October according to Streeteasy.   As mentioned previously, one of the major things to look out for is that the landmark corner building with the distinct turret tower in the historic district presumedly needs a lot of work and also the fact that address is rooming house.  Apparently the owner and tenants are selling this place so buyers should really know what they are doing here before making a move.  Other than that, the location at 121st Street with park views is probably one of the best in Harlem and the express trains are just a short walk aways at 125th Street.

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LISTEN: INTERGENERATIONAL JAZZ SESSION AT NJMH

Sunday, December 17th, 2:00PM, Intergenerational Jazz Session at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, 58 West 129th Street, just east of Lenox. Pianist and master educator Eli Yamin has a way of bringing people together through jazz. He’s a blues evangelist who partners an infectious love for the music with a passion for sharing it in ways that everyone can understand. His musical workshops, full of clapping, singing, dance and play, invite listeners to feel the music deep in their bones. Here, Yamin and friends kick off the afternoon with a romping set of blues and jazz, followed by an all-ages jam session open to musicians, singers, and dancers of every stripe.  More details on the NJMH site: LINK

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BESPOKE: HARLEM LISTINGS 2017

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SHOP: SUGAR MONK ARRIVING ON 7TH AVENUE

Harlem Bespoke: A Bespoke tip came in this week mentioning that a new establishment will be arriving on lower Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard and we decided to check out the storefront.  Not much was going on at the commercial space at the south corner of 118th Street but a closer look revealed otherwise

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

BESPOKE: DAPPER DAN & GUCCI ABOVE LENOX AVENUE

Harlem Bespoke: Dapper Dan of Harlem finally has his image up on Lenox Avenue for all to see. The hip-hop designer stylist to the stars now has a new Gucci campaign that rises above everything on the corner of 125th Street. As many might remember, the venerable Italian fashion house was caught copying one of of Mr. Dan's creations earlier on in the year and now has made amends by collaborating with the local creator on new projects.  There is also a major rumor going around that a Gucci shop will be opening just a few blocks south of the aforementioned sign and it appears things will be coming along sooner than later at this rate: LINK

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DWELL: PRICE INCREASE AT 887 ST. NICHOLAS AVENUE

Harlem Bespoke: Number 887 St. Nicholas Avenue went up for auction at the starting bid o $600K back in September, then returned to the market for $1.5 million in November and now has had a price increase to $1.9 million.  As previously mentioned, the single-family home sold for $1.34 million a couple of years back but nothing much has happened since then. The 22-foot-wide corner building has pretty much all of the original details in place but resurfacing the floors and painting the walls could have done a lot to update the space.  All of the roof tiles are missing so the facade is not in great shape either.  With that said, the landmark townhouse by the 155th Street subway station is semi-detached and apparently has a Certificate of Non Harassment in place.  More details on the broker site: LINK

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CONSTRUCTION: 2457 FDB DECEMBER 2017

Harlem Bespoke:  Construction is still going on at 2457 Frederick Douglass Boulevard but now it does not appear to be a full restoration.  We walked by the formerly abandoned building by 132nd Street this past week and noticed that the original cornice detail at the top level has now been removed.  This architectural element is the crown of most prewar buildings but somehow is neglected when budget-minded renovators step in.  With that said, eight residential units will come about when all is complete so at least the old tenement will finally be put back into use.

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LISTEN: CHRISTIAN SCOTT ATUNDE ADJUAH

Wednesday,  December 13th, and Thursday, December 14th, 7:30PM, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah at Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Avenue at 135th Street.  Grammy nominated jazz trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, returns with two nights of genre blind music that will Stretch jazz music’s rhythmic, melodic and harmonic conventions to encompass a range of cultural influences from his native New Orleans to West Africa and the Caribbean.  Tickets and more details can be found online: LINK

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

PETITION: SAVE THE COLISEUM THEATRE

Harlem Bespoke:  A petition has been posted to save the Coliseum Theatre by a life-long Washington Heights resident and already has 6,806 signatures.  The abandoned historic site on the corner of 181st Street was built in 1920 has no landmark protection and developers have been reviewing plans to demolish the architectural gem completely.  Check out the Change.org site for more details and sign up to save the Coliseum: LINK

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DWELL: 153 WEST 131ST STREET SOLD LOWER

Harlem Bespoke: Number 153 West 131st Street had contract out based on the initial asking of $2 million back in March and Streeteasy has reveled that brownstone closed for $1.925 million over the summer.  As previously pointed out, the listing does not reveal much but does show some original details within and mentions some work needed on the brownstone.  This intact block in Central Harlem has improved a lot over the year and is just around the corner from Lenox Avenue but potential buyers might want to check the current occupancy status of the address.  More photos and details on Streeteasy: LINK

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DEMOLITION: THE END OF THE WEST END THEATRE

Harlem Bespoke: A tip came in that the demolition of the former West End Theater site on 125th has really picked up in the past couple of weeks.  The above photo shows the back end of the historic address that has been used as a church in recent decades and things appear to be moving along quite quickly.  A 12-story building will eventually be built on the site in the near future but those who want see what the West End in its former glory should check out our past post: LINK

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DRINK: TASTINGS AT MORRIS-JUMEL MANSION

Thursday,  December 7th, 7:00PM-19:00PM, Tastings at Talmage Hall's Inn at Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, between 160th and 161st Street.  Learn about the history of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, its use as a tavern; followed by a tasting of Holiday Punch. This event is strictly 21 and over and no walk ups will be admitted.  More details and tickets can be found online: LINK

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Monday, December 4, 2017

REMEMBER: THE ORIGINAL RED ROOSTER 2017

Harlem Bespoke:  The original Red Rooster storefront on 7th Avenue by 138th Street had been vacant for many years and now looks to be occupied for private use.  We walked by the location of the lounge that was the inspiration for the Red Rooster on Lenox Avenue and noticed that the windows had been renovated and curtains now conceal the interior.  Most of the big clubs had white proprietors back in the Renaissance years but the smaller speakeasy's were most often black owned so this makes the address pretty notable.  Even though 7th Avenue is no longer the entertainment boulevard of Harlem, some clues to the past still remain if one looks closely enough: LINK

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DWELL: 1992 MADISON ARRIVES ON THE MARKET

Harlem Bespoke: Number 1992 Madison was abandoned because of fire about a decade ago but now the townhouse on the corner of East 127th Street has finally been renovated and is up on the market for $5.2 million. None of the original details have been salvaged but the 20-foot wide corner brownstone is still surely a rare find. There is an owner's triplex within the 4-family home and even a large garage around back.  Those who like their interiors on the modern side might like some of the selected finishes within:  LINK

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INTRODUCING: KEY FOOD ON 7TH AVENUE

Harlem Bespoke:  The Key Foods at the corner of 140th Street and 7th Avenue is fully up and running over at Strivers Plaza.  Signage had gone up back in April but was mysteriously removed over the summer which caused quite a bit of concern.  We took a quick look inside last week and really appreciated the newness of the retail space in Central Harlem.  This block just north of Strivers Row really needed a supermarket close by and that amenity has finally arrived.  More on Strivers Plaza can be found in our past post: LINK

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