Thursday, January 29, 2015

REMEMBER: A FORGOTTEN LANDMARK CIRCA 1940

A photo from 1940 shows one of Harlem's great cultural landmarks on a major intersection that still stands today.  Who can guess the building and the location of this historic site?

DWELL: 34 HAMILTON TERRACE IN CONTRACT

The nearly 20-foot-wide, fully renovated home at 34 Hamilton terrace went up on the market a few weeks back through Elliman and now has a contract out based on the asking price of $3.5 million.  Other townhouses on the coveted blocks just east of the Lower Convent Avenue Historic District have passed the $3 million mark in 2014 and the Hamilton Terrace appears to be once more leading the way this year.  With better amenities quickly arriving to this section of Hamilton Heights these days and the express train just a 5 minute walk away, this part of West Harlem will surely be making some more headlines in 2015.  More details can be found on the broker site: LINK

BESPOKE: MATCHA LATTES IN HARLEM

New York magazine did a big a story on where to get matcha lattes in the city but did not feature the 2 spots in Harlem that serves the trendy brew.  Matcha is the purest form of green tea ground into a brilliant powder which has been recently blended with foamed milked by a handful of quirky coffee shops.  There is more caffeine and antioxidants with matcha so many have been drinking the brew in place of coffee.  So were does one get their matcha fix in Harlem?  Actually Il Caffe Latte on Lenox and the location on 145th Street has been serving up their version since last year and we have been making a point to order one on each visit: LINK

EAT: YUZU ARRIVING ON LENOX


We received a couple of tips this week that possibly another Japanese eatery appears to be arriving on Lenox Avenue just north of 127th Street.  A public notice has now been posted up at 350 Lenox Avenue for a restaurant called Yuzu and the name intimates the new restaurant will have Japanese offerings.   Yuzu is actually the name of a citrus fruit of Japanese origin used for cooking so this would all make sense for an eating establishment.  Harlem has had a few Japanese spot open up over the past years that do not have Japanese proprietors so hopefully this one will be more authentic like the ones found further downtown.  As reported this month, there will apparently be a new sushi spot opening up a couple of blocks away on 129th Street in the near future: LINK

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