Wednesday, May 6, 2015

REMEMBER: A THEATRE ON 116TH CIRCA 1959

Who can guess the location of this Loew's Theatre in Harlem taken circa 1959?  This is  during a time uptown where converted old movie palaces were still in business on almost every major intersection but  now Harlem only has one such venue situated in a new construction.  A more current photo will be posted later in the day.

DWELL: 346 CONVENT AVENUE SOLD HIGHER

Number 346 Convent Avenue in the historic district right below 145th Street went into contract quickly a few months back and records now show that the 2-family home going for $2.5 million closed a bit higher.  This turreted townhouse has a lot of original details within, is close to the express subway stops and is easily one of the more unique homes uptown.   The final number ended up being at $2.62 million which to us seems like a one of the better deals for under $3 million in Harlem.

EAT: ISLAND BURGERS ARRIVING IN MANHATTANVILLE

An old laundry closed on Broadway just a couple of blocks below 125th Street in Manhattanville a few months ago but now a new restaurant is arriving at the large commercial space.  Work has quickly been moving along over the past weeks and a sign announcing Island Burgers' arrival has now been posted.  Those who hang out in Hell's Kitchen from time to time will recognize this cool, retro burger joint and know that this is really good stuff. We actually like the variety offered from this local businesses and the aesthetic feels more like an old school diner versus a big corporate chain.   Check out more photos of the original space in HK on the Island Burgers website: LINK

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

SHOP: POMPETTE WINE SHOP OPENS ON 131ST STREET




Pompette wine shop just opened at 420 Lenox by the side entrance just east of 131st Street and many folks have been mistaking the boutique business as a wine bar since it is so charming inside.  First of all, the facade restoration looks like it was made for a historic district with a worn hanging wood sign out front that is  refreshing change to what local store owners usually go for.  On the inside, the interior feels like vintage French apartment with a vast organic wine selection as the focus.

We met the owner who happens to be a 4th generation Harlem resident who grew up a couple of blocks south of the new business on Lenox Avenue.  After working for other vintners in the past, the Harlem local decided to open up a store that featured only small vineyards that only work organically producing their goods and soon found a business partner.  Those looking for the harder stuff should check out the local brands that are made in Brooklyn that Pompette also carries in the back shelfs.

Interested shoppers should drop by at least once to check out the wonderful interior which includes hand written price labels for each selection and really great personal service.  Otherwise, the store does delivery so folks can check out Pompette online to make orders:  www.pompettewines.com

Pompette also has free wine tasting from Thursday-Saturdays in the early evening hours.