Monday, March 10, 2014
NUMBER 10: SETTEPANI 196 LENOX AVENUE AT 120TH STREET
Harlem's first major cafe would become a notable Italian eatery in latter years but definitely took a gamble by investing over a million in the combined storefront space over in the Mount Morris Park Historic District. Most other businesses in the area were smaller startups that did not cater to a better market and Settepani was one of the first to do so back in 2001. This very grownup space has a sleek, bright interior which is a little more Milan than it is Florence and has attracted a very loyal clientele in the past decade. Settepani is especially nice when the weather warms up since this is the time when locals like to dine al fresco along the wide boulevard sidewalks. The restaurant Native also opened nearby within the same year but has since transformed into another business called La Bodega.
Keep Soul Alive Mondays at the National Black Theatre at 2031 Fifth Avenue is a new reading series that showcases the works of nineteen Black Playwrights. The readings take place on the last Monday of every month and start at 7:30 pm at the National Black Theatre. Each reading is free with a suggested donation of $10. RSVP - to this event to be add to the list: email@example.com
The Sea and the Stars Written by Harrison Rivers Directed by David Mendizábal FEATURING: Francesca Choy-Kee, Chuck Cooper, Tonye Patano, Karen Pittman, Jon-Michael Reese, Jon Norman Schneider, Carolyn Michelle Smith, Stephen Tyrone Williams Stage Directions by Carolyn Michelle Smith
Synopses of the play: Finn's mother is dead. His sister is hugely pregnant. His boyfriend keeps leaving messages. And he just kissed the lifeguard. Set in Jupiter on the edge of the ocean, The Sea and the Stars is an unexpectedly funny and heartbreaking tale about running away, facing your past and hopefully finding yourself: LINK
The Daily News has a story on how one fashion magazine editor who lives uptown is now launching the movement to get Citibike to arrive in Harlem. William Buckley who moved from London to East Harlem has started a campaign through Change.Org that requests the city to not neglect Harlem in the popular Citibike program that has sprouted all over Manhattan in the past few years but has missed the more northern reaches of the island completely. Queens and Brooklyn are even set to get their own bike stations in the near future but somehow uptown's iconic neighborhood has been left out once more. With all the local residents who want to be less dependent on cars and also the many tourist that visit Harlem, this would make total sense for the city in our opinion. A day after the story went up, 100 signatures have been received and those who want to support this idea should sign here: LINK
Folks should note that Amy Ruth's also has a space at another section of this building and does not appear to be forced to move. With that said, this might just be a case of a business that has finished up with its lease and has decided to move on. There are also no new permits on the DOB website so nothing is really planned here from what we can tell. Check out more photos of the Bernheimer in our past post: LINK