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Weekly we’re highlighting the local businesses and virtual experiences offered by our local community while staying safely at home.  Drop by our Facebook wall and let us know how you’re doing, what you’re excited about, and be sure to help us spread the word.


Motivation Monday


Play in the Sunshine Yoga

Can’t go outside? Then go within. As these stressful times make it increasingly difficult to find tranquility & relaxation in our lives, one of the few options left is to create a peaceful haven in our home. Set your week off right with Play in the Sunshine Yoga offering daily 26 and 2 yoga classes. 

Get in-touch with your inner peace. Mindful Harlem invites you to meditate live via Zoom on Wednesday nights at 8 PM and Saturday Mornings at 9:00 AM. Can’t make it?  You can view their meditations and yoga sessions at you leisure on Youtube. Find more ways to search within here.
Get in. Go Hard. Get out. Join JTW Fit. Harlem‘s first boutique fitness studio of its kind is now in your home. This #MotivationMonday, and each day this week, you’re able to participate in up to 20 classes built for multiple levels of fitness. Reach your fitness goals during quarantine here.



Takeout Tuesday



Sylvia’s world-famous bar-b-que ribs drowned in Sylvia’s original sassy sauce OR  & stewed turkey wings on a bed of homemade cornbread dressing? The type of hard decisions we welcome. Take advantage of free delivery on Uber Eats and get Sylvia’s world famous soul food brought to you at home! 

Lolo’s Seafood Shack 

Lolo’s Seafood Shack is where Caribbean food meets Cape Cod meets your Harlem home. Ever had crispy shrimp w/ creamy ghost pepper glaze? Try it today! Order for contactless delivery & take out in seconds! Now offering alcoholic drinks. Find out how to treat your yourself this & every #takeouttuesday here.

Tastings NYC

You deserve to relax and enjoy a menu that deliver a modern twist on classic cuisines of the world. Tastings NYCGaudir and Mountain Bird specialize in fine dining, food beverage and service to fit the style of your entertaining needs. Let Tastings organize tailored, small or large virtual cocktails and meals while we’re together apart.

Mother’s Day is just as special, even apart. Celebrate with a spring menu, wine, champagne, a flower bouquet and macarons delivered from Tastings NYC.

Find out how to treat your yourself this & every #takeouttuesday here.



Wellness Wednesday


Serengeti Tea’s and Spices

If you’re feeling less lively than usual, you can count on their ginger turmeric body immune booster to perk you up! The world of aroma and flavor have no limits, get it in your home from Serengeti Tea’s and Spices for your wellness while sheltering in place. 

Ginjan Cafe 

Ginjan Cafe has been able to donate over 700 bottles of Ginjan organic ginger juice, to Harlem Hospital. You can be a supporter by donating a bottle for a health care worker for $4. You also purchase a 6 pack of their signature immune boosting ginger juice for yourself. Super fast home delivery anywhere in NYC or to anywhere in the US & Canada.

Lyn-Genet’s Kitchen

Lyn-Genet’s Kitchen has a healthy recipe for us to try at home. Create their top selling PLT: portobello and pico de gallo. YUM. Mushrooms are a rich source of vitamin D, a necessary nutrient for immune function.

2 medium portobello mushrooms, stem cut off
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon thyme
sea salt and pepper to taste
avocado oil for frying

Peel the skin off of the portobello. Dredge the portobello in the flour, dip them in the egg and then into a mixture of the panko breadcrumbs, salt and pepper.
Pour a 1/2 inch of oil in a cast iron skillet on medium high. Fry until crispy brown.

Lyn-Genet’s Kitchen is open for takeout Wed, Fri and Sun 4pm to 8pm.



Thirsty Thursday


Harlem Hops

Serving the widest array and freshest selection of beers in Harlem, let Harlem Hops supply the drinks for all the Instagram live parties you’ve been attending. 

67 Orange

Be you own favorite bartender. Enjoy #quarantineandcocktais at home with 67 Orange at-home kits. They’re making sure a great drink is a click away.  Inquire about their specialty Jack Daniels cocktail this #thirstythursday. Harlem wineries and restaurants are quenching your thirst with delivery here.

 Vinateria NYC

Quench your thirst with a pear margarita or old fashioned cocktail from Vinateria NYC. If wine, is more fitting for your taste this #thirstythursday, take a trip to the Mediterranean. View their wine like which represents a tour around the countries on the Mediterranean coast.  Full wine list is 20% off.

Find which Harlem wineries & restaurants are delivering here.



Family Friday


The Boys and Girls Club of Harlem

Let’s have #FamilyFriday fun as we embark on a Historic Harlem Scavenger Hunt with The Boys and Girls Club of Harlem! This scavenger hunt will expose students to the rich history and culture that exists within their local neighborhoods (Central Harlem and Sugar Hill/Hamilton Heights). Get the kids together and explore from home here.

The Boys and Girls Club of Harlem

Play board games and card games. Video games are fun but playing actual board or card games is a good way to bring everyone in the house together and lift everyone’s spirits. For children, games can help them develop a stronger sense of individuality and creativity. If you do not have games in your home, click this link, http://ow.ly/gjnO50zqUjI , for the nine boardless, cardless games you can play as a family.

#FamilyFridays is brought to you by Boys & Girls Club of Harlem.  Visit bgcharlem.org/blog/categories/resources for virtual academic enrichment programming, homeschooling tips, wellness advice and more.



Service Saturday


Sylvia’s Restaurant  and Melba’s 

Sylvia’s Restaurant and Melba’s has been doing good for the neighborhood! They’re brought much-needed comfort to Harlem Hospital, donating dozens of meals to health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak. Both iconic Harlem restaurants joined the #HarlemFoodPantry Grocery Pick Up in partnership with Harlem Park to Park to supply free groceries for Harlem/Upper Manhattan hospitality and restaurant workers affected by the shutdown.

West Harlem Group Assistance

The Communities for Healthy Food at West Harlem Group Assistance team works hard daily to make sure that the food hub is ready to service residents. ⁠During the COVID-19 outbreak, the food hub serves as an integral part of their response action as a Food Bank for NYC. Making dry food products available to residents is part of what they offer. Not registered with CfHF? No problem. They will serve any and everybody as long as they are able to. Visit whgainc.org for more information.



Spiritual Sunday


First Corinthians Baptist Church

Being able to get the service from home leaves you with no excuses. Revive and uplift your spirit. Tune in to First Corinthians Baptist Church from the comfort of your living room sofa. 

Convent Avenue Baptist Church.

Wake up your spirit with Convent Avenue Baptist Church. Stream their live Sunday school and worship service from home here. Be #togetherapart in spirit. See a list of Harlem churches with live streaming services here.

Sundae Sermon

Let’s uplift our spirits at the virtual Sundae Sermon with DJ Stormin Norman. The Sundae Sermon music festival soulfully supports and strengthens diverse communities. Let’s celebrate life while dancing and singing to disco, funk, soul, reggae, old school hip-hop, and Afro house remixes on Instagram Live.



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Financial Assistance for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

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It is safe to say these past weeks have been among some of the most tumultuous and emotional that any of us can remember in our lifetimes. The impact of the coronavirus outbreak has been felt by individuals and families, companies and communities, around the world.

Please find below a summary of resources to support small businesses. We will periodically update this list.

Federal  Stimulus Package
FAQ from New York Times 

NYC Employee Retention Grant Program
The City is offering small businesses with fewer than 5 employees a grant to cover 40% of payroll costs for two months to help retain employees. 

To be eligible businesses, including non-profits, must:

  • Demonstrate that the COVID-19 outbreak caused at least a 25% decrease in revenue 
  • Employ 1-4 employees in total across all locations
  • Have been in operation for at least 6 months
  • Have no outstanding tax liens or legal judgements
  • Be located within the five boroughs of New York City


NYC Small Business Continuity Loan Fund
Businesses with fewer than 100 employees who have seen sales decreases of 25% or more will be eligible to apply for zero interest loans of up to $75,000 to help ensure business continuity.

To be eligible businesses must:

  • Demonstrate that the COVID-19 outbreak caused at least a 25% decrease in revenue
  • Employ 99 employees or fewer in total across all locations
  • Demonstrate ability to repay the loan
  • Have no outstanding tax liens or legal judgements
  • Be located within the five boroughs of New York City


U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
The SBA has agreed to offer targeted, low-interest disaster recovery loans to impacted businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Here are some key points about the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL):

  • They’re available to qualifying small businesses with no other access to credit and can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. – The interest rate is :
    • 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profits.
    • Long-term repayment options, up to a maximum of 30 years.


NYC Fines
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the City is expanding relief for small businesses, including eliminating fines for first time violations and expanding the universe of violations that will have cure periods.


Facebook Small Business Grants Program
Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where we operate. We’ll share more details as they become available.


New York Community Trust COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund
Created to aid nonprofit service providers struggling with the health and economic effects of the coronavirus. It will give grants and loans to NYC-based nonprofits that are trying to meet the new and urgent needs that are hitting the city. Priority will be given to nonprofits addressing essential healthcare and food insecurity as well as arts and culture,


Procurement Opportunities
NYC EDC COVID-19 Emergency Supply Sourcing & Manufacturing is seeking businesses with the ability to quickly source and/or make needed medical supplies (e.g. face shields, gowns, ventilators, masks, and other products as needed) to support the City’s COVID-19 response. MORE INFO

New York State procurement opportunities MORE INFO

Additional Resources/Info

  • General NYC Guidance – MORE INFO

  • Tips for Addressing Changes in Customer Behavior Due to COVID- 19 – MORE INFO

  • Guidance for Restaurant Owners – MORE INFO

  • CDC Pandemic Planning Checklist

  • NYC Department of Small Business Services Emergency Planning Checklist

  •  Tax Deadline to FILE and PAY federal income taxes are extended to July 15, 2020. MORE INFO

  • Columbia University is waiving rent to local small businesses in its retail portfolio for the months of April and May to ease the hardships to these businesses and their employees due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19. This action will provide economic relief to qualifying small businesses within Columbia’s 600,000 square feet of retail space in Morningside Heights, West Harlem, Manhattanville, and Washington Heights. MORE INFO

  • Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced signed the “New York State on PAUSE” directive that all non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22. MORE INFO

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Miles Marshall Lewis’s Radical Directorial Debut

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A quick glance at illustrator Tony Millionaire’s popular Harlem Renaissance map proves that Uptown has always been a welcome home to creatives. In these new Roaring 20s, bestselling author Michael Arceneaux, Broadway actress Saycon Sengbloh, sculptor Sanford Biggers and many more artists both established and aspiring populate the avenues above 110th Street. Among their number, longtime cultural critic Miles Marshall Lewis—whose writing has graced the pages of GQ, Essence, The New York Times and elsewhere—is currently switching mediums, from the written word to the moving image. The two-time author and former Ebony editor is currently running a crowdfunding Kickstarter campaign for his directorial debut, entitled Radical: The Savoir Faire of French Hip-Hop.

A son of Harlem residents from what was once known as the Bowery Building on West 145th Street, Lewis relocated to Paris, France, from 2004 to 2011 for most of his thirties. While there, he learned French largely by immersion, and partially by exposure to French hip-hop culture. Having started his writing career in the American hip-hop media as an editor at both Vibe and XXL magazines in the ’90s, Lewis decided to shoot a documentary about French rap music through the lens of the defunct Parisian-based hip-hop magazine Radikal. He says the film is already 90 percent complete, hence his crowdfunding effort for post-production costs.

“Stepping behind the camera, I found out just how much telling a story in a feature article has in common with telling a story on screen,” says Lewis. “Different histories of hip-hop have been told so many different ways, like Hip-Hop Evolution or The Get Down on Netflix. But outside of La Haine and the more recent Les Misérables, movies exploring the lives of the black folks of France are rare. France is the second largest market for hip-hop music worldwide. From my background growing up in the Bronx when the culture started, I decided to make this my first film project.”

As it stands, Radical: The Savoir Faire of French Hip-Hop features interviews with French rappers Abd al Malik, Akhenaton, Disiz la Peste and others, as well as commentary from French rap music journalists and former editors from the French editions of Rolling Stone and The Source. Harlem-based arts critic and Burnt Sugar bandleader Greg Tate also appears, putting American hip-hop cultural criticism into a worldwide context. Though his producers are French, Lewis is currently putting together an American production team for additional shooting and editing the film into completion, at which point he hopes to screen Radical at film festivals like Imagenation and Urbanworld (“hopefully even the Maysles Documentary Center over on Lenox,” he says).

“MC Solaar first introduced me to French rap music in the mid-90s and made me understand how it was possible to appreciate songs based on beats and flow without understanding the language, just like the majority of American rap music’s international fans,” Lewis says. “But the personal histories of MCs like Kendrick Lamar or Megan Thee Stallion make us even more interested in their music. Radical will shine a light on the backgrounds of French MCs, for English-speaking audiences to see what they have to say about living in their corner of the world.”

The Radical Kickstarter campaign ends April 3. To become a backer, CLICK HERE.

Healthy Harlem Guide

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During this unpredictable time when we have to practice social distancing and are encouraged to self-quarantine, we have to remain active to boost our immune systems and boost our mood!

ROKMIL Fitness by Milton Washington sessions are on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 Eastern SHARP via Zoom. RSVP here.

Move your body and shake your soul every Sunday with DJ Stormin Norman on IG Live for Sundae Sermon Sequestered.

Join Hope Center Harlem on Facebook Live for their virtual check-ins on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30am and Mindfulness Moments on Tuesdays at 2pm.

My Wellness Solutions will host a daily live on Instagram covering health, wellness, food and even a movie! Follow them on IG here.

Seasoned Vegan serves up 100% vegan & Kosher and organic food and spirits whenever possible. For delivery, call 2122220092. View the menu here.

Harlem Chi is available for phone herbal consultations. Do not hesitate to place your request for one here.

Harlem Cycle is getting off the bike but still moving on Instagram Live daily for movement session. No equipment needed. How exciting! Get moving here!

Mindful Harlem invites you to meditate. Wednesday nights at 7:30 PM and Saturday Mornings at 9:00 AM. They will soon start to post meditations and yoga in their YouTube channel, subscribe here.

Feel free to continue to take advantage of the 15-min Totton Body Lab Abs anytime you need a fast, effective core workout. 

Let Stephanie Pope guide you through a 90 minute: 26 Postures and 2 breathing exercises for beginner yoga classes. Register for Pope’s Zoom classes.

Harlem Yoga Studio not only offers basic, restorative and trauma informed yoga for adults, but also yoga for kids and baby & me via Zoom. View classes here.

Get in. Go Hard. Get out. Join JTW Fit. You’re able to participate in up to 20 classes built for multiple levels of fitness. Reach your fitness goals during quarantine here.

Food Bank NYC has a list of soup kitchens and food pantries in Harlem. Please call in advance to ensure they are open.

Make your home your sanctuary. Worship is sacred and you can still show your devotion at home via live sermons:
Abyssinian Baptist Church here
Convent Avenue Baptist Church here.
First Corinthians Baptist Church here.
Metro Hope Church here.
Mount Neboh Baptist Church here.
Mount Zion Lutheran Church here.
St. Matthew’s Baptist Church of Harlem here.
The Riverside Church here.
The Gathering Harlem here.  

Harlem, let’s keep our minds, bodies and spirits right today and for LIFE!

Harlem Restaurants Available for Pickup and/or Delivery

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Our beloved Harlem restaurants have been heavily affected by COVID-19 concerns. They’re doing everything in their power to ensure the safety of their employees and clients while providing you with take-out or delivery from the comfort of your own home. All restaurants are available for takeout. Delivery services vary.

67 Orange Street*
Cocktail Bar and Restaurant.
GrubHub, Seamless, Caviar, Doordash: 67orangestreet.square.site

Applebee’s Grill + Bar @ East River Plaza*

Accra Restaurant
Bold and robust flavours of West African cuisine.
Grubhub, Uber Eats: https://www.facebook.com/AccraRestaurantHarlem/

Latin-Mediterranean fare.
GrubHub, Seamless: https://www.barcha.nyc/

BLVD Bistro
Modernized soul food classics.
UberEats: https://bit.ly/2IUlviF 

Bo’s Bagels
Real NYC bagels in Harlem. (For streamlining purposes, please order for delivery ONLINE ONLY)

Taqueria and tequila bar.
Grubhub: https://www.calliesharlem.com/

Chef Lance Knowing
Menu changes weekly! All meals served with your choice of mixed leaves salad with white balsamic vinaigrette or caesar salad, vegetable of the day, and fresh baked rolls!

Updated soul food, American comfort and Southern food.
GrubHub, Seamless, Postmates, Ubereats: https://www.chocolatharlem.com/

Common Good Harlem
Beverages and baked goods.

Dear Mama Coffee

Rice bowls are paired with ethically sourced vegetables and proteins.
Delivery: https://www.fieldtripnyc.com/Order-Online

FUMO Harlem
Italian pizza, pasta and more. 10%  off delivery; 15% off take out.
Grubhub: https://www.fumorestaurant.com/upper-west-side/delivery.php

HFB (Harlem Food Bar)
Salads, sandwiches and burgers.

Harlem Hops*
Beer. Booze. Bites.

Harlem Shake*
Burgers, shakes, and FROZE!

Hogshead Tavern*
Craft beers and bar food.
Grubhub, Seamless: http://www.hogsheadharlem.com/

Home Sweet Harlem
American comfort food.
Delivery: (212)-926-9616

Lolo’s Seafood Shack*
Where Caribbean food meets Cape Cod.
Delivery:  6466493356

Make My Cake
If ever there were a time for comfort food…IT’S NOW.
Takeout only: https://www.facebook.com/MakeMyCakeNYC/
info@makemycake.com-  Columbus Ave.
mmc139@makemycake.com – 7th Ave.

Maison Harlem
French bistro style menu.
Delivery: 2122229224

Flavorful southern classic and “neo” soulfood.
Grubhub, Seamless, UberEats, Postmates: https://www.melbasrestaurant.com/

Mountain Bird*
Delivery: 6073586125

Delicious Mexican food.
Seamless, Grubhub: http://www.osoharlem.com/

Ponty Bistro
French, West African and American cuisine.
Grubhub, Seamless, Delivery.com, Postmates: http://www.pontybistroharlem.com/

Reverence NYC
Weekly 3-course Healthy BentoBox meal. Created by Chef Jackson. Take out only.

Ruby’s Vintage*
Pickup only: 6464549899

Seasoned Vegan*
Serving 100% vegan & Kosher and organic food and spirits whenever possible.
Delivery: 2122220092

Sister’s Caribbean Cuisine
Powerful flavors from Jamaica to Trinidad to Guyana to the South.
UberEats, DoorDash, Postmates: https://www.sisterscuisineharlem.com/menu

Sugar Monk NYC*
Cocktails to-go only. Served with complimentary truffle popcorn.

Serving classic soul food made with love and authenticity.
UberEats, DoorDash, Postmates: http://sylviasrestaurant.com/

African home cooking that emphasizes African-grown ingredients.
Caviar, UberEats: https://bit.ly/3ahw23y  

The Edge*
Creative food reflecting British and Jamaican heritage.
Postmates: https://www.theedgeharlem.com/

The Expat*
Southeast Asian gastropub serving craft cocktails & comfort food.
Seamless, Grubhub: https://www.theexpat.nyc/

The Row Harlem*
Dinner, brunch & cocktails.
UberEats, GrubHub: https://www.therowharlem.com/ 

The Winery*
Because life is too short to waste for uninteresting wines. Most wines <$20.

Ethiopian dishes and a selection of tasteful wines from South America.
Grubhub: https://tsioncafe.com/

Culinary rooted in Spain and Italy. special $15 pasta offerings, 20% off all bottles of wine, and cocktails and beer to-go.

Yatenga French Bistro & Bar

*Order wine, beer or cocktails with pickup and/or delivery.

Harlem Valentine’s Bae

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Ponty Bistro Cupid’s Special 

Enjoy a fixed 3 course meal, including an entree choice of crabmeat, striped bass, filet mignon or rack of lamb plus a starter and dessert. Treat your date to a special meal in a romantic setting. RSVP for you and your hungry lover here.

Harlem Skin and Laser Clinic

Prep your skin for this lovely day. Your skin will mirror your health, emotions, and experiences. Let your skin send a message of love. Make you sure your skin shine bright like the diamond you deserve here


Find local and global candles to set the mood from red currant to hydrangea. Mood lighting is essential for sensual night. Set your mood here.  

Franz James

Surprise the love of your life with a gorgeous bouquet. Choose from jewel-toned arrangements to breathtaking sculptural displays. Pick the perfect petals here

Harlem Chocolate Factory

From the Mexican chilies of Spanish Harlem to the champagne of Striver’s Row, they aim to delight your tastebuds. Treat your sweetie with bonbons and truffle here.

Bibi Salon

Look and feel amazing! This multicultural and internationally trained staff is equipped to address dry and damaged hair and scalp due to over-processing, chemical breakage and color corrections. Book before time runs out. Find out more.  

The Brownstone

Celebrate the day of love while looking lovely adorned in jewelry to complete your look or gift to the fashion forward woman in your life here.

Paint and Pour

It takes two to paint this masterpiece. Bring bae and you’ll each create separate works of art that make one painting when you put them together. Your ticket for this couple’s paint night includes two hours of top-shelf open bar, fun instruction, and art supplies. Snag your seat here

Maiko Suzuki Jewelry

Buy your one of a kind love, a one of a kind piece are inspired by different cultures from Islamic Art to African sculpture and architecture. Make your love’s day here

Let’s Celebrate 2020 Harlem Style!

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There’s nothing like bringing in the New Year year close to home, toasting with fellow Harlemites. We know you’re narrowing down your NYE plans, let us help, with a list of options in Harlem.


Hexagon Lounge

Bring in the New Year with great people, great music, great food in a mature fun environment. The dress code is chic and sexy. There’s no cover charge, even better!


Mess Hall Harlem

Join Mess Hall as they ring in 2019 with a mystical night of tarot, palmistry, and fortune. Enjoy a free shot of bourbon at midnight. No cover charge.


Cove Lounge

Glitz & glam is the them for 2020 when you bring in the New Year with Cove Lounge. Platinum and gold attire are encouraged 😉


Ponty Bistro

Party with Ponty Bistro as ball drops while enjoying a midnight champagne toast. Dance to afro-beats, hip hop, R&B, and reggae By DJ Back Breaker!


Mist Harlem

Bring in the New Year 2020 with MIST Harlem! Join them for a 3-course gourmet meal, champagne, premium open bar, dancing and more!


Row House

2020 means perfect vision! It’s time to achieve all those goals you’ve been putting off! Remember, it’s never too late, it just requires a vision & a plan of execution!  Start the year off surrounded by other visionaries & good vibes. Live it up with an unforgettable bash!


Renaissance Harlem

The final countdown is led with a champagne toast and vibes from DJ Lennspin.


Ginny’s Supper Club

It’s a Vibe! Harlem Renaissance 100th! Bringing in the New Decade with Harlem style and flare! The electricity of the night continues as we say hello to 2020 and goodbye to a decade well spent!



Harlem Holiday Happenings December 2019

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The weather outside may be frightful, but we have the perfect events to keep you warm and entertained this December. We’re feeling the holiday spirit throughout Harlem. #Live, #See, #ExperienceHarlem.



The Apollo Theater lights up the holiday season with the Amateur Night Holiday Special. The tenth annual event under its signature program Amateur Night at the Apollo, showcases the talented young alumni of the show’s “Apollo Stars of Tomorrow” category.12/14

Learn more here.



Celebrate the holidays! Music by: DJSMITHYBOY (the 12 years old sensation!), and introducing the KDR Shuffle!  Kids Dance Revolution, LLC. or (KDR) is themed discotheque-styled experience tailored for 9 months to 7 years old’s with their families.12/15

Learn more here.



Brianna Thomas and her band Fa-La-La-La Funk! will bring the funk to classic holiday tunes we know and love with her blend of jazz, R&B, and gospel. The concert will be peppered with songs from Brianna’s eagerly anticipated sophomore album Everybody Knows. 12/19

Learn more here.



Uptown Dance Academy presents the 24th annual Black Nutcracker.  The ballet explores the traditional ballet with use of both Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington’s score. Utilizing styles of classical ballet, acrobatics and contemporary. 12/19

Learn more here.



Let the music lift your spirit this Christmas season. GRAMMY-award winning singer Yolanda Adams returns to the Apollo for a soul-stirring holiday concert with gospel artist Donald Lawrence and comedic host Marcus Wiley. 12/21

Learn more here.



Set in present-day Harlem, this holiday treasure is dramatized with Classic Theatre of Harlem’s signature style of infusing classic works with an uptown flair. Scrooge foregoes using his wealth to affect positive change within his Harlem community and instead lives a life of miserly solitude. That is, until three unexpected visitors arrive on Christmas Eve to show him that the value of family and the impact of cooperation will lead to a healthy, thriving and prosperous community. Multiple dates.

Learn more here.



The Apollo Theater celebrates it’s annual Kwanzaa Celebration featuring the renowned New York-based dance company Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre and guest performances. The Apollo’s celebration is a joyful evening of dance and music honoring the principles of Kwanzaa – family, community, and culture. 12/28

Learn more here.


Plan your holiday season. See the full December 2019 calendar.



Harlem Holiday Hacks

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Harlem Holiday Hacks are here to save the season! Holiday planning can be stressful between decorating for family gatherings, cooking for the work potluck and purchasing thoughtful gifts. Don’t stress. Choose a shortcut or two or three to make this season special and worry free.

Melody Vaughn Interiors

Gift wrapping, decorating tree, hanging the wreath, holiday shopping, decorating the house and other holiday needs. MVI can take care of ALL your holiday decor wishes. 


Franz James Floral Boutique

Holiday time is the perfect time to decorate your home, offices and other special spaces with beautiful festive floral arrangements! 


Uptown Underground Market

Discover the Black Brownstone Holiday Market hosted by Uptown Underground Market, featuring small businesses owned and operated by Black women.

When: November 30th & December 1st; 11am-6pm

Where: 246 Lenox Ave (btwn 122nd and 123rd)

Free RSVP: https://bit.ly/33k9WJs 

Shop NiLu

NiLu Gift Shop featuring curated Harlem and global makers, artists and creatives. Unique gifts and personal care products with a story to share. Free gift wrapping and free shipping on select purchases.


Ponty Bistro

Does truffle pumpkin risotto or traditional turkey au jus make your taste buds tingle? Plan to spend your Thanksgiving at Ponty Bistro or pick up a family meal to go! 


Red Rooster

The Red Rooster family welcomes yours on Thanksgiving Day. With a special prix fixe menu upstairs in the dining room, and a family friendly buffet downstairs at Ginny’s, they’ve got something for everyone!


Make My Cake

Cakes, pies and pastries are probably the last things you want to cook this holiday. Have Make My Cake, make your holiday treat specials without the hassle.  


Sweet Chef Southern Styles Bakery

Google voted the Sweet Chef’s sweet potato pie the #1 BEST in NYC. Bring the best to your holiday gathering. 

Address: 122 Hamilton Pl

Cake Man Raven

Place your decorated holiday cake orders with the famous Cake Man Raven. While known for red velvet cake, they have a list of delicious cakes and pies from Caribbean fruit cake to coconut pie.  

Place orders: Cakemansevents@gmail.com

Did your favorite burger in Harlem make the list?

Uncategorized — intern @ 8:59 pm

We’ve highlighted some of the best burgers in Harlem to save you time when wondering what you’re going to eat for dinner this week. Harlem offers the most basic burgers served from street carts to burgers that deserve a wine pairing & require silverware. Whatever burger you’re in the mood for, Harlem has it!

1. Seasoned Vegan

Chopped cheese…but make it vegan. We put our favorite soy-based burger at the top so our list for our lovely vegan friends at Seasoned Vegan. The Harlem Chopped “Cheeseburger” is an alternative choice for someone who is craving the taste of a Harlem chopped cheese, but not craving meat or dairy. This burger is made with a soy protein patty, chopped with greens, tomatoes and “cheddar” on a baguette. You can still have the delicious Harlem staple without the meat or the cheese.

Burger $11


2.Harlem Public 

Harlem Public’s menu is filled with unique sandwich and burger options, but none is crazier than their  peanut butter burger. Don’t be afraid, don’t keep scrolling, hear us out! It’s made with a house-made chuck and brisket patty, topped with sharp cheddar cheese, thick strips of brown sugar glazed bacon, and finished with a  thick, peanut butter sauce. The soft brioche bun is branded with the Harlem Public logo before serving. Everything comes together to make a non-traditional and mouth watering burger, that will pleasantly surprise you. 

Burger $15 (served with fries)


3. Harlem Shake

With a name like “Hot Mess” how could you not be intrigued? The hot mess burger from Harlem Shake is truly hot & spicy as well as messy & delicious. A classic Pat LaFrieda is cooked and  topped with pickled cherry pepper and bacon relish, american cheese and smoky chipotle mayo. If you’re looking for the spice and the heat, this is the burger for you. Don’t skimp on the napkins. Order during happy hour for a $6 Harlem Beer Shake.

Burger $8.50


4. Ponty Bistro 

Step into Ponty Bistro to elevate your burger meal. Lamb is on the menu. Order their signature Ponty lamb burger topped with caramelized onions, tomato confit, gruyere cheese for a burger that’s far from basic. The patty is cooked to perfection. Pair this dish with a light-bodied red wine for a complete meal. 

Burger $18 (served with fries)



Let’s not forget our humble beginnings. There are times when we want a traditional burger.


5. Mo’s Burgers

Where else can you buy a fresh burger for $2 in Harlem…or anywhere else? Every time we pass Mo’s cart on 117th Street and Lenox during lunch time, we see the same long line of hungry yet patient customers.Visit the cart and find out what all the hype is about seven days a week between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Depending on the time of day,  be prepared for a line and a classic burger that will make you a repeat customer.

Burger $2



6. Jimbo’s Hamburger Palace

Jimbo’s Hamburger Palace is so very Harlem. Every Harlemite has had a perfectly griddled burger from this classic diner. If you want to step up the basic, make it deluxe with bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and grilled onions. Keep it basic or upgrade, either way, you’re going to have one of the best burgers in Harlem.

Burger $4.75


Which burger will you try next? Let us know.