Tuesday, August 4, 2015

SHOP: THIRD FLOOR RISES AT HARLEM WHOLE FOODS

Things are progressing at a leisurely pace on the Harlem Whole Foods site at the corner of Lenox and 125th but it now looks like a third floor is going to finish up soon in the next few weeks.  Two more floors are planned afterwards and at this rate the building will probably top off by the end of the year or so. Other anchor tenants are also in place and 2016 should be a big year for Harlem retail.  Read more about this new construction in our past post: LINK

BESPOKE: END OF SUMMER SUGAR HILL MARKET

Sunday, August 16th, Noon-6:00PM, Sugar Hill Market x La Maison d'Art at 259 West 132nd Street, just east of FDB/8th Avenue.  Uber cool insider website Thrillist  and AM New York has listed Sugar Hill Market as one of the best events in NYC to attend for 2015 but many uptowners already know that! 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.   SHM will only have one event this month so make sure to drop by and meet some great local artisans and designers.  There will also be some great artwork hanging on the gallery walls which have been popular with collectors visiting the market.  Follow the SHM Instagram account for more daily updates on upcoming event:  LINK

RENT: CENTRAL HARLEM LEADS IN RENT INCREASE


A Gothamist article maps out the rent increases in greater New York City since 2002 and Central Harlem leads with the most dramatic change with a 93 percent jump.  West Harlem increased only by about 37 percent in the same time period while  even just a bit further north, Washington Heights is also in the red with a 55 percent increase.  East Harlem was relatively much lower with a number somewhere below 30 percent. As the post points out, the once affordable neighborhoods in the city are becoming less so but this of course mainly affects newer renters and not the rent stabilized units that hold a share of the market: LINK

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Harlem Bespoke also has a Twitter account with over 5,050 followers for those who want daily updates about stuff that's happening in the neighborhood. If you Twitter, check out our Harlem tweets and join here: LINK

Monday, August 3, 2015

INTRODUCING: THE WIZ AT MARCUS GARVEY PARK

Thursday-Friday, August 13th-14th,  6:45PM-9:00PM,  The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance and Music at Marcus Garvey Park, 122nd Street and Mount Morris Park West, FREE to the public.  George Faison, internationally celebrated producer, writer, composer, director, choreographer and dancer, made history in 1975 when he became the first African American to win a Tony Award for Best Choreography for The Wiz. In honor of the Broadway hit’s 40th anniversary this year, Faison will present performances of original songs and dances from the show.

A number of members of the original Broadway cast will return for this celebratory run! Actress Phylicia Rashad, a munchkin and swing in the original production, will co-host the performance with George Faison. André De Shields will reprise his original role as the Wiz and Ebony Jo-Ann, who played Addaperle in the Broadway revival of the production will reprise her role as well. Singer-songwriter Wallace Gary will join the cast as the Scarecrow. Damien L. Sneed will act as the musical director and conductor of The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance and Music.

More details on this free Summer Stage performance can be found on the official website: LINK