Saturday, September 20, 2014

BESPOKE: ROYAL JELLY AT SUGAR HILL MARKET

Sunday, September 21st, Royal Jelly Harlem at Sugar Hill Market, 259 West 132nd Street, just east of FDB at the brownstone parlor floor.  Tomorrow's market is one of the last chances to shop Royal Jelly Harlem and meet with the designer since the founder will be getting married in a couple of weeks!  This notable print-centric Harlem collection has been featured in GQ, has had actors such as Jesse Williams wear the men's accessories and also has some great constructed women's pieces such as the African printed bustier shown above.  For more details on Sugar Hill Market, check our previous post: LINK

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Friday, September 19, 2014

SEE: A SECRET GARDEN IN THE HEIGHTS


It's been some time since we checked out the garden in the back of the Morris-Jumel Mansion on top of Sugar Hill at 161st Street and we were pleasantly surprised at the gorgeous transformation out back.  There is a small sundial at the center of green space surrounded by a stone walkways, urns with potted flowering plants and layers of foliage providing shade on a bright day. This would make a great outdoor event space during warmer seasons but will probably be not so picturesque once the cold settles in so enjoy while it last!

INTRODUCING: HARLEM THE FASHION FRIENDLY GUIDE

Harlem The Fashion Friendly Guide has just been released in the past few weeks at trendy downtown bookstores such as McNally Jackson, Bookmarc by Marc Jacobs and even Colette in Paris.  Sugar Hill Market, Harlem Bespoke and the many designers we have featured are also all mentioned within this pocket-size publication.   The new read by industry insider Carole Sabas also covers all of the fashionable spots to go to in Harlem and therefore makes a great gift for those who love being stylish in uptown's historic neighborhood.  Harlem Flo on FDB will also have copies and we plan to have a few prints at the upcoming Sugar Hill Market on Sunday, September 21st.  Online orders can be taken directly through McNally Jackson's website: LINK

REVIVE: FAILED RESTORATION FOR THE WATHCTOWER

The city's only remaining Civil War era fire watchtower which is on top of Marcus Garvey Park will be dismantled in the coming months and many fear that the city will never restore it.  An amount of $4 million had been set aside for the restoration process but preservationist are now surprised that about $2.5 million of that amount is really being used to take the crumbling tower apart and putting it into storage in Queens.  Other critics mention that the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission has been notorious for not using funds in Harlem to help restore some of the city's great landmarks that are located uptown and that this convenient storage of the watchtower might just mean longer delays or even a total neglect of project mission altogether.  More in the New York Times: LINK

SHOP: CAFFE BENE OPENS BY 157TH

The charming Taszo cafe debuted west of Broadway and 157th Street just months ago and now a chain coffee shop has opened directly next door.  Caffe Bene has locations all over midtown and would seem more suited to the Broadway or FDB corridor but somehow has decided to open up next to a favorite coffee spot in a quiet section of the neighborhood on the cusp of Hamilton Heights.  This is an odd choice also for the owner of the building because clearly two coffee shops right next door to one another does not make any business sense as far as a business plan goes.  Caffe Bene is not a bad commercial chain and provides something more different than the average Starbucks but we would rather stick to the local guy if we had to choose: LINK