Friday, October 31, 2014

CELEBRATE: HALLOWEEN 2014 IN HARLEM

There are a couple of events for the grownups in Harlem for this Halloween night and below are the notable picks:

Friday, October 31st, Halloween at Harlem Shake, Lenox at 124th Street, starting at 6:00PM.   Join Harlem Shake for NYC’s biggest THRILLER flash mob, a Michael Jackson impersonator contest (winner takes home $500 worth of raw meat from Pat La Frieda!), fire dancers and more. The fun starts early with Halloween specials at Harlem Shake.

Friday, October 31st, Costume and Cocktails at Maison Harlem, 127th Street at St. Nicholas Avenue starting at 9:00PM.  Harlem's favorite French restaurant will have a live DJ, Bloody Cocktail specials and prizes for the best costume of the night so drop the hotspot to startup the evening!

SEE: A FESTIVE LOT ON MANHATTAN AVENUE

An abandoned lot on Manhattan Avenue has become a makeshift garden in the past years but has also has been hosting Halloween events for local kids.  We walked by this block close to 122nd Street yesterday and saw a that a funhouse of terror has been set up for the horrific holiday.  That large cat in the corner actually turns its head every few seconds to scare away the timid.  This will probably be the last year for the insular garden on the narrow lot since it has finally sold in the past few months after being vacant for decades: LINK

REVIVE: LAST OF THE HARLEM SHELLS

Even up to about 5 years ago, an average Harlem block had a handful of abandoned shells even though many of the other renovated brownstones in the area were selling for record prices.  While walking around Central Harlem in the past few weeks, we noticed now that maybe one or two empty buildings remain in each location since many of the blocks have been fixed up at this point. Only a couple of areas along 126th Street and West 119th Street just east of Lenox seem to still have a few homes really in need of responsible new owners but some of these townhouse have also been recently sold.

EXERCISE: BLINK 116TH STREET READY TO OPEN

Harlem's second Blink Fitness is ready to open on 116th Street but has been waiting for final permits to be approved. Blink is the more affordable chain of Equinox and already has a location on 125th Street which is quite popular because of the price point.  We often have to go to another location downtown because the current one is too packed at times so having another option close by might alleviate some of the congestion.  Estimate official opening will be sometimes in November but those interested should just walk by the gym located between Lenox and Fifth to sign up.

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