NYer Of The Week: Sidney Grant Uses Dance To Teach Manners To Youths

NYer Of The Week: Sidney Grant Uses Dance To Teach Manners To Youths

It’s not the most obvious hobby for school kids in Harlem but this week’s New Yorker is helping sixth graders learn the steps needed to change their lives and their communities.

NYer Of The Week: Sidney Grant Uses Dance To Teach Manners To Youths
Sat, 23 Jun 2012 01:47:02 GMT

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Zoning proposal would preserve Harlem’s scale

Zoning proposal would preserve Harlem’s scale

Hundreds of New York City’s most glorious brownstones and majestic townhouses will be protected from developers and preserved for generations under a major rezoning proposed for West Harlem.

Zoning proposal would preserve Harlem’s scale
DOUGLAS FEIDEN
Thu, 17 May 2012 08:00:21 GMT

Elected Officials Crowd Sharpton’s Tribute To Martin Luther King

Elected Officials Crowd Sharpton’s Tribute To Martin Luther King

New Yorkers honored the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday by volunteering and holding events across the five boroughs, including a rally well stocked with politicians at the National Action Network headquarters in Harlem. | Demonstrators protested school closures outside an MLK tribute at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Elected Officials Crowd Sharpton’s Tribute To Martin Luther King
Tue, 17 Jan 2012 03:58:22 GMT

Lenox Coffee Looks for Success Where Others Have Failed

Lenox Coffee Looks for Success Where Others Have Failed

January 12, 2012 8:24am | By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

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College roommates Aaron Baird and Jeffrey Green are both real estate agents and musicians. In December, they added coffee shop owner to their resumes when they opened Lenox Coffee on 129th Street. (DNAinfo/Jeff Mays)

HARLEM — When Aaron Baird spoke in July with a real estate friend about an empty space on Lenox Avenue, he had no idea he’d soon realize a longtime goal — to open a spot where people could sip coffee and relax.

Baird told college roommate Jeff Green about the location at 60 West 129th St., and, after some brainstorming sessions and a brief renovation, Lenox Coffee was born.

“It just happened,” said Baird, 31, a musician who now lives in Brooklyn. “When I lived in Harlem, I never found a cool place just to hang out. I wanted a place where people could bring their laptop and just hang out all day.”

With the addition of specialty coffee from the 49th Parallel in Vancouver, British Columbia, and an interior design that Baird calls “shipwreck chic,” the pair think they have a recipe for success.

Green, 29, said they are excited about the cafe’s potential — in spite of the odds that saw two area coffee shops close in the last couple years. La Perle Noir Cafe on Lenox Avenue and 131st Street shut down in May 2011 and was replaced by an Island Salad. Tasty News, which was located across the street, closed in 2010.

Lenox Coffee is three blocks from Marcus Samuelsson‘s Red Rooster Harlem and across the street from The Lenox condos. Red Rooster has attracted new diners to the area and The Lenox supplies a regular stream of customers to surrounding businesses. Both Green and Baird think that Lenox Avenue has the potential to compete with the restaurants and bars that have sprung up on lower Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

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A HARLEM BLOCK COMES TOGETHER OVER CRIME

A HARLEM BLOCK COMES TOGETHER OVER CRIME 

Long time residents and newcomers of 114th St. come together

BY HEIDI EVANS
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Sunday, December 18 2011, 6:00 AM

Profile of W. 114th - between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvds. has been a haven for drug dealers for decades. Now with new condos being built, young urban professionals are joining forces with long time public housing residents to rid their storied block of crime.

Mariela Lombard/Mariela Lombard for News

Profile of W. 114th – between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvds. has been a haven for drug dealers for decades. Now with new condos being built, young urban professionals are joining forces with long time public housing residents to rid their storied block of crime.

 Ron Peterson, president of condo association at 2110 Frederick Douglass Blvd. and Roberta Coleman, NYCHA tenant association leader.

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Ron Peterson, president of condo association at 2110 Frederick Douglass Blvd. and Roberta Coleman, NYCHA tenant association leader.

Profile of W. 114th - between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvds. has been a haven for drug dealers for decades. Now with new condos being built, young urban professionals are joining forces with long time public housing residents to rid their storied block of crime.

Mariela Lombard/Mariela Lombard for News

Profile of W. 114th – between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvds. has been a haven for drug dealers for decades. Now with new condos being built, young urban professionals are joining forces with long time public housing residents to rid their storied block of crime.

Profile of W. 114th - between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvds. has been a haven for drug dealers for decades. Now with new condos being built, young urban professionals are joining forces with long time public housing residents to rid their storied block of crime.

Mariela Lombard/Mariela Lombard for News

Profile of W. 114th – between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvds. has been a haven for drug dealers for decades. Now with new condos being built, young urban professionals are joining forces with long time public housing residents to rid their storied block of crime.

Profile of W. 114th - between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvds. has been a haven for drug dealers for decades. Now with new condos being built, young urban professionals are joining forces with long time public housing residents to rid their storied block of crime.

Mariela Lombard/Mariela Lombard for News

Profile of W. 114th – between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvds. has been a haven for drug dealers for decades. Now with new condos being built, young urban professionals are joining forces with long time public housing residents to rid their storied block of crime.

Roberta Coleman has seen it all on her beloved Harlem block.

For the nearly 40 years she has lived on W. 114th St. between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvds., there’s been a turf war between the mothers and grandmothers on the tree-lined street and the never-ending stream of drug dealers.

But now there is hope that power may finally be shifting for good to the long-suffering, law-abiding citizens of the storied block.

With gentrification moving at a blazing pace in Harlem, Coleman, still going strong at 67 as president of the public housing tenant’s association, has a new partner in fighting crime: the young urban professionals who have moved into two luxury condos on the corner.

After two murders on the block this summer – not involving people who lived there – newcomers and oldtimers have joined forces to drive out the dealers.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/a-harlem-block-crime-article-1.992813#ixzz1gu5SUVFm

Uptown Pink Tea Cup Plans Scrapped for Upscale Wine Lounge

Uptown Pink Tea Cup Plans Scrapped for Upscale Wine Lounge

December 15, 2011 7:03am | By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

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Auberge Laurent owner Lawrence Page says he wants his new wine lounge to be about good conversation and good friends. (DNAinfo/Jeff Mays)

HARLEM — Auberge Laurent, the name of Lawrence Page’s new upscale French wine lounge on Lenox Avenue, translates loosely as “Lawrence’s House or Inn.”

Stepping inside the location at 120th Street, it is filled with personal effects from the restaurateur’s homes. There’s a metal trough from his farm and a bear skin rug, along with funky wall paper.

“I designed it like a house, like a Parisian living room,” said Page. And he’s having a New Year’s Eve housewarming party in his living room that will serve as the lounge’s grand opening.

“This is for people who want to enjoy good conversation, fun, good friends and good wine,” said Page.

The lounge’s new concept comes after Page was forced to abandon plans to open a Harlem outpost of the beloved Village soul food restaurant The Pink Tea Cup. Page, who is also a movie producer, has owned The Pink Teacup since 2010 when he revived it after it had closed.

Auberge Laurent, an upscale wine lounge on Lenox Avenue, is scheduled to open on New Year’s Eve. (DNAinfo/Jeff Mays)

When he leased the Lenox Avenue location, Page thought it was eligible for a full liquor license, which he would need to make the Pink Teacup viable, and had been granted one in the past. But because the location is too close to a church, he found out that the eligibility was in question.

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Walmart in Harlem would put other food stores out of business, report predicts

 

A Walmart opening in Harlem could put many of the smaller stores selling fresh food in the neighborhood out of business, according to a report by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.

Walmart in Harlem would put other food stores out of business, report predicts
ERIN DURKIN
Thu, 15 Dec 2011 11:00:46 GMT