06/09/16: The Best of Room 28 @ The Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center

The Best of Room 28

Guess what folks? The funny people at Room 28 will be doing their thing Uptown at the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center (530 West 166th) on June 9th. The one and only Tommy 5K will be the host. But hold up it gets better. The event is free but RSVP is a definite must. Get there early as the doors will close once the venue has reached capacity… You have been warned. It is going to be LIT!

RSVP: thebestofroom28.eventbrite.com/

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Revealed: Hudson Heights Townhouses at 203-207 Cabrini Boulevard | NY YIMBY

By: Rebecca Baird-Remba

203-207 Cabrini Boulevard, rendering via Nest Seekers

203-207 Cabrini Boulevard, rendering via Nest Seekers

New construction rarely arrives in Hudson Heights, the idyllic, northwestern section of Washington Heights that borders Fort Tryon Park and Inwood. But today, YIMBY has a look at three attached townhouses headed for 203-207 Cabrini Boulevard, on a lot overlooking the Hudson River and Fort Washington Park.

Each 22-foot-wide single-family home will come with five bedrooms and five baths. The developer has snagged construction permits for the largest and most expensive house, which will weigh in at 4,560 square feet. That home, no. 203, recently hit the market for $5,500,000. Listings aren’t up for the other two yet, but the broker, David Sokolowski of Nest Seekers, tells us the 4,400-square-foot house at no. 205 will go for $4,800,000. And the smallest, at no. 207, will offer 3,448 square feet for $4,000,000.

The four-story townhouses will share a “limestone-like” facade, with large casement windows and Neo-Grec-style accents. Every house will have a private backyard, roof deck and balcony, and they’ll be equipped with “smart home automation,” radiant heating, elevators, and floor-to-ceiling windows on the east facade. There won’t be any parking, but owners could park in the commercial lot at the Castle Village co-op across the street.

Read more: Revealed: Hudson Heights Townhouses at 203-207 Cabrini Boulevard | NY YIMBY

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Save the Date: July 12th & 13th – The Harlem Whiskey Festival

Harlem Whisky Festival July 12 - 13 2016

Harlem is the eternal capital of cool. So it only fitting that Harlem now has its own Whiskey Festival. On its 2nd year, the Harlem Whiskey Festival is a two day Whisky experience that is all about celebrating the cutting edge cool, sophistication and uniqueness that has always drawn people to Harlem. Started by visionary entrepreneur Ron Williams, this year’s event will kick off with an exclusive and exquisite Craftsmanship Dinner and After Party at Sofrito on July 12th and will culminate with a Grand Tasting at Mist Harlem on the 13th. Harlem has always had a taste for the finer things; the Harlem Whiskey festival takes that ethos to the next level. Early-bird specials until June 24th will get in you in the building for both nights for a mere $100. Did I mention that one lucky VIP ticket holder will win a prize package valued at $500 that includes a bottle of Glemorangie Single Malt Scotch Whiskey as well as a limited edition pair of sunglasses from London’s own Finlay & Co.? The highly sought after shades are a result of a singular collaboration between Finlay & Co. and Glemorangie. The sunglasses are handcrafted from original Glenmorangie Scotch Whisky casks. So there you have it folks secure your spot ASAP as they will not last. The Uptown Collective is a proud sponsor of this year’s festivities. Spread Love It’s The Uptown Way!

For more info: http://www.harlemwhiskeyfestival.com/

Stay up on everything Harlem Whiskey Festival related with the hashtag #HarlemWhiskeyFest.

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The Cecil Wants You to Eat With Your Hands | NY Times

By JEFF GORDINIER

The Cecil - Harlem - Hands Only Dish

The Hands Only dish at the Cecil, which features soft, chewy, grilled roti and nubs of rabbit sausage. (Photo: Liz Barclay | NY Time)

The dish is called Hands Only, and the folks behind the Cecil, the restaurant in Harlem where it is served, are not kidding about that. To give you an extra nudge of encouragement, they usher it to your table with a hot aromatic towel that has been steamed with lemon thyme, kaffir lime and lemon peel.

Not that you’re apt to resist digging in. Hands Only begs to be ripped apart with messy, hungry abandon.

For wrap-making and plate-swabbing, you have a soft, chewy, grilled roti from Hot Bread Kitchen. To squeeze between those swatches of flatbread, you have nubs of rabbit sausage from D’Artagnan, a scoop of coconut sticky rice that’s made fragrant with Thai basil, tender florets of cauliflower that have been stewed with cinnamon, and a ladle’s worth of black-eyed peas simmered with chiles.

That’s a lot of flavors at once, and the Cecil’s executive chef, Joseph Johnson, who is known as J J, explained that all that palate-hopping is meant to allude to a lot of places at once: India, Trinidad, West Africa. “It’s a melting-pot dish,” he said. “You can see the path of where it has gone.”

Read more: The Cecil Wants You to Eat With Your Hands | NY Times

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Save Uptown Historic District From Developers, Locals Urge City | DNAinfo

By Carolina Pichardo

Matthew Spady and Vivian Ducat said the block on 158th St. is ripe for development. (Photo: Vivian Ducat)

Matthew Spady and Vivian Ducat said the block on 158th St. is ripe for development. (Photo: Vivian Ducat)

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Residents are trying to speed up the process of designating a dozen houses on 158th Street as part of a local historic district — saying they fear the “block is ripe for development that could change its character forever.”

Historian Matthew Spady and filmmaker Vivian Ducat said they’re racing against the clock to save the houses at 626-648 West 158th St. — the only collection of row houses built in the area, which date back to around the late 1800s — by including them in the Audubon Park Historic District.

Although the Landmarks Preservation Commission considered the houses in 2009, when the historic district was designated, they ultimately decided against landmarking them, citing “time and resource constraints,” Spady said.

Spady, who spearheaded that preservation project and runs several tours and events in the district, said the commission said it would consider the houses at a later time.

But after finding that one of the buildings — 636 W. 158th Street — sold for $1.4 million on Nov. 14, 2015, according to StreetEasy data online, Ducat said that time is now.

Read more: Save Uptown Historic District From Developers, Locals Urge City

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Former Harlem drug dealer celebrates Columbia University graduation after long road back from prison | NY Daily News

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David Norman, a 67-year-old ex-con, celebrates his graduation from Columbia. (Handout)

David Norman, a 67-year-old ex-con, celebrates his graduation from Columbia. (Handout)

After 67 years, two prison stints and so many arrests he’s lost count, a former Harlem drug dealer graduated from Columbia University as the oldest member of his class.

David Norman shed his dark past for a cap and gown Wednesday after earning his long-awaited bachelor’s degree in philosophy.

“It’s always possible to pursue your dreams,” Norman told the Daily News.

Norman’s extraordinary journey from the gritty streets of Harlem to the gleaming lawns at Columbia was studded with obstacles.

His decades-old battle with substance abuse began early.

Norman was drinking by age 11 and using heroin before his 15th birthday.

His high school education lasted all of one day.

Read more: Former Harlem drug dealer celebrates Columbia University graduation after long road back from prison | NY Daily News

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