Monday, August 19, 2019


Harlem Bespoke:  Number 14 Sylvan Terrace by 161st Street arrived on the market for $1.589 million in early spring, had a contract out in only 3 weeks and records now show that the charmer sold for exactly the asking in July.  As previously noted, these wood frame townhouses on the top of Sugar Hill are on a charming cobblestone street facing the Morris Jumel Mansion and are just around the corner from the nearest subway station.

There are a lot of nicely restored details within the aforementioned home including a wood burning fireplace but the square footage is on the modest side for the 3-story layout.  With that said, having a renovated private house in the city at this price point is really rare these days so this address has proven to be popular with entry-level brownstone buyers.  More details can be found on Streeteasy: LINK 2019


Thursday, August 15th -Tuesday, August 20th, 7:30PM, Scared of Revolution, at Maysles Cinema, 343 Lenox Avenue by 127th Street. Umar Bin Hassan hasn't yet hit 70, but he walks with difficulty and there's sadness and fatigue in his eyes. As a member of The Last Poets, a group of performance poets who expressed the progressive spirit of the times in the late 1960s, he was a major influence on later hip-hop artists. In one of his best-known pieces, "Ni***s Are Scared of Revolution," he criticizes his black brothers' destructive, macho behavior.

Scared of Revolution concentrates on Hassan's personal life, in which he still fights his demons. He grew up poor with a violent, unpredictable father, which in turn left him with an inferiority complex. In the course of his adult life, he has had a string of bad relationships and left children without a father figure. In his darkest hour, he also battled a crack addiction.  More details and online tickets at the Maysles site: LINK 2019


Harlem Bespoke:  Kitchenette has been one of uptown's beloved comfort food eateries for over a decade but has shuttered as of last week.  The local brunch favorite by 123rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue originally had a location in Tribeca and was one of the newer southern restaurants to open uptown back in the mid aughts before the Harlem contemporary food scene took off.  Chef Marcus Samuelsson mentioned that the restaurant was one of his local favorites before he debuted Red Rooster further up north and we also frequent Kitchenette back in the day when there were not a lot of new dining options around.  Higher operation costs because of the $15 minimum wage hike apparently is one of the big reasons this is happening and many small restaurants could meet the same fate in the next year or so.  More on Kitchenette can be found in one of our first 2009 posts: LINK 2019


Harlem Bespoke: Join our growing community of over 14,360 followers on the Harlem Bespoke Facebook site and receive daily to your account by liking our page: LINK 2019

Sunday, August 18, 2019


Call For Artists: Harlem Art Walk 2019 submission deadline will be September 6th at 6:00PM.

Visual artists living, working, or deeply rooted in East, Central, and West Harlem, from 96th Street on the east and up to 155th Street on the west, are invited to participate, either opening their studios to the public (if dedicated and accessible), or by participating in a range of lightly curated public exhibitions in a variety of community and pop-up venues. Target date October 12th-14th, 2019. Local artist interested in participating can visit the official website and follow the Artist Submission link:

Harlem Art Walk will open the doors of artist studios, guide visitors around a far-flung network of gallery spaces in turn-of-the-last century townhouses, former breweries, tucked away in brownstones, and in major cultural institutions, along with special exhibitions in local venues and pop-up spaces featuring Harlem-based artists.

The first Harlem Art Walk will extend over the 3-day Columbus/Indigenous Peoples Day weekend and will range from river to river and from East 99th Street to West 148th Street. Visitors will have at their disposal a range of online and offline materials: maps (printed and mobile), website, newsletter, calendar, social media. 2019