Thursday, July 2, 2015


Nothing says summer like a good hotdog and Harlem Shake over on Lenox and 124th Street was the first uptown to have several variations of the American classic.  In celebration of the warm weather, we hung out at the outdoor cafe this past week and revisited some of the offerings on the menu.  As can be seen in the photos, the three dogs came out on perfectly toasted buns which were a step up from most places and each had their own story.

The chilly cheese dog is a classic and the Harlem Shake version had a more gooey, processed type of cheese melted on top which actually hit the spot.  Next up was the Jerk Dog which promised a bit of spice and Jamaican flavor.  We found that most of the seasoning was in the mayo which made for somewhat of a mixed result but purple slaw and pork rinds sprinkled on top made things a little more exciting.  Our final dog of the day was called the Sonoran dog which was wrapped in crispy bacon and topped of with pickled cherry peppers, relish, chipotle mayo, onions accented with some of that aforementioned cheese.  This has always been our favorite on the menu and is still a standout today.

For those further uptown, the dog trend has also arrived in Hamilton Heights on the Broadway corridor. At the Wallace has a full menu of grilled cheese and hot dog options for those who want more unexpected variations of the trend which includes a breakfast option complete with a fried egg: LINK


Who can guess the location of this historic Harlem block circa 1932?  Most of the buildings are still intact but one on the left side is missing today.  This is one of the most striking blocks in the city but some renovations are still needed on a handful of the townhouses.  An updated photo will be posted later on in the day.

ANSWER: As many have guessed, this is Astro Row at 130th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenue.  Car ownership was probably not a ubiquitous as is today and that is why we assume that the side street was a little emptier in the top photo.  Archival image courtesy the NYPL


A partially finished SRO to single-family townhouse conversion at 210 West 122nd Street is now on the market for the asking of $3.5 million.   The Certificate of Non Harassment is in place for the home just west of 7th Avenue and it appears most of the infrastructure work such as electric, plumbing, foundation along with the roof have all been done so adding the final finishes will be up to the new home buyer.  Much of the original details have been retained within and the block is one of the more attractive ones in South Harlem that is not within a historic district but this price point usually gets one a turn key property uptown.  More photos can be found on Streeteasy: LINK


Keep it all uptown and help out Harlem's great local businesses over the weekend. Below is the Bespoke list of what is new and notable in the neighborhood to try out this week.  

Seeing The Tempest debut at Marcus Garvey Park on Friday:  LINK

Checking out the Morningside Park Farmers market on Saturday: LINK

Walking the newly restored High Bridge in the Heights at 173rd: LINK

Wood oven pizza at the new Bono trattoria at West 151st: LINK

Lunch or dinner at Clove indian restaurant by 139th Street: LINK

Drinks at Loft 142 on Broadway by 142nd Street: LINK

Grabbing great eats at Vendy Plaza in El Barrio on Sunday: LINK

Eating great italian offerings at newly open Serafina Harlem: LINK

Beer and grub at newly open The Drafthouse in Hamilton Heights: LINK

Yuzu sushi for lunch or dinner service on Lenox by 127th Street: LINK

Getting one of the limited reservations at Mountain Bird : LINK

Lunch or dinner at Marcus Samuelsson's new Streetbird Rotisserie: LINK

Checking out vintage hip hop photos at the new MCNY exhibit in East Harlem:  LINK

Viewing the new Trenton Doyle Hancock Retrospective at Studio Museum: LINK

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Harlem Bastille Day hosted by Maison Harlem will launch for in 2 weeks on Sunday, July 12th and Sugar Hill Market will be showcasing local artisans as part of the uptown celebration. West 127th Street by St. Nicholas Avenue will be blocked off for the day and revelers can expect live jazz music, a petanque field, French street food and the great Sugar Hill Market vendors. Maison Harlem is donating part of the proceeds of the day's afternoon brunch service to the Global Language Project which supports bi-lingual learning within low-income neighborhoods of the city. Bastille Day is France's Independence Day but also a great way to celebrate Harlem's multi-cultural communities, support local vendors and also help raise funds for a great non-profit.  Mark those calendars for this weekend and make sure to drop by Maison Harlem on Sunday for brunch along with checking out the shopping and festivities on the street.

More details will be posted daily on the Sugar Hill Market Instagram account: LINK