Friday, September 22, 2017


Harlem Bespoke:  New York City designer Alexander Wang had the Fall 2017 fashion show at the abandoned RKO Theater in Hamilton Heights back in February and now the new advertising campaign features the historic Harlem site.   Legendary fashion photographer Juergen Teller apparently took the photos during the actual event which makes sense all of models would have been camera ready.


Harlem Bespoke: UPDATE:  The lower photo was submitted this afternoon and shows the station on Broadway and 122nd Street.

We received a few more tips that additional Citi Bike locations have been installed this week close to 125th Street. The top photo shows a station on St. Nicholas by 124th street and the lower one is at Morningside Avenue by 123rd Street.  Anyone with photos of additional locations should send them over to: 2017


Harlem Bespoke: An SRO fixer upper at 85 West 119th now has a contract out based on the asking of $2.45 million.  This is a pretty commanding price for a brownstone that needs a lot of work but at least the Certificate of Non Harrassment is in place.  With that said, this block by Fifth Avenue  is within the Mount Morris Park Historic District and does have a lot of potential.  Whole Foods just also opened up nearby so that is probably another factor to consider.  More details and photos can be found on Streeteasy: LINK 2017


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. 

Drag Brunch at the Honeywell in Hamilton Heights on Saturday: LINK

Paranormal investigations at the Morris-Jumel Mansion on Saturday: LINK

Seeing the new Rachel Rose exhibit at Gavin Brown gallery: LINK

Waffle ice cream sandwiches at Mikey Likes It on FDB: 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

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

Seeing the new cultural photo exhibit at El Museo Del Barrio: LINK

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

Japanese style crepes at Crepe Master on Fifth Avenue by 125th: 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 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017


Harlem Bespoke: An archival photo from NPYL shows a lost architectural detail that used to be found alongside Riverside Park. These circular comfort stations still exist today but no longer have columns and the overhead tiled conical roofs.  The above photo is the one located at around 152nd Street and still provides a nice view of the Hudson River but some of the original beauty of the structure has since been lost. 2017