Friday, April 18, 2014

SEE: HARLEM IN SPRING BLOOM


It has been a very cold and inconsistent Spring for 2014 but those flowering trees are just starting to bloom. Below are some of the top places uptown to check out the awakening of nature.

The Conservatory Garden, Fifth Avenue at 105th Street.  The only formal garden in Central Park is also one of the most breathtaking in the city.  The main spring event will be the massive rows of crabapple trees blooming in the main court but the side gardens can also hold their own in the spring spectacle.

The Harlem Meer, East of Lenox at 110th Street.  Central Park North's charming Meer has a great victorian boathouse, flowering trees and a grand willow that greets a sandy shore.

Sakura Park, 122nd Street and Riverside Drive.  This small park by Grant's Tomb has a handful of cherry trees donated by the people of Japan over a century ago and is a good excuse to check out one of Harlem's great landmarks.

West Harlem Piers, 125th Street and 12th Avenue.  Harlem's newest waterfront park has piers to walk on and also a small forest of newly planted trees.

DWELL: WILL MARION COOK HOUSE ON THE MARKET

Another Strivers Row house has just appeared on the market for $2.45 million and this landmark home formerly belonged to notable African-American composer Will Marion Cook.  Number 221 West 138th Street has a garage out back like most of the other Strivers Row homes and appears to have almost all of the interior original details intact (although it probably needs a touch up).  This is the fourth townhouse to appear on the market within the Strivers Row Historic District in the past 6 months and is currently the only one that does not have a contract out or has been sold.

More details and interior photos on the broker site: LINK

EAT: A MATZO BALL SOUP IN HARLEM?

Considering Harlem's rich Jewish history, it is somewhat perplexing that Matzo Ball soup is relatively missing on any of uptown's menu's these day.  With that said, we did discover that Mountain Bird has had a Matzo Ball soup on the menu all week in observation of Passover and will also have a matzo cheesecake available for desert.  Reservations are still a must for the tiny restaurant on 145th Street between FDB and ACP so make sure to call in advance: www.mountainbirdnyc.com

REVIVE: DEMOLITION CREW AT FORMER LENOX LOUNGE

A tip came in yesterday that a demolition crew was emptying out what remains of Lenox Lounge just below 125th Street on Lenox.  We had assumed that everything had been gutted at this point but the whatever remained was quickly being removed in the morning.  There is basically nothing within the interior now except exposed walls, floors and ceilings so pretty much all of the old history has been lost. Delays on an opening have been ongoing now for well over a year so actions speak louder than words at this point in time for any new business to arrive at his corner of Harlem's iconic boulevard: LINK

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