Harlem Creates

Harlem Creates Music Festival 2015 – August 28-30th

If you love live music, get ready for the second annual Harlem Creates Music Festival, which will take place from August 28-30th at three locations uptown including Riverbank State Park, the Schomburg More »


DJ Stormin’ Norman presents Sundae Sermon “Classics Edition” August 9 in St. Nicholas Park

What we’re gonna do is go back….way back. To the days when we used to dance the night away at the Paradise Garage and The loft!  The next SUNDAE SERMON event will More »

Jamaican Indepen-DANCE Reggae Fete

Sweet Spot Festival 3rd Annual Jamaican Indepen-DANCE Reggae Fete in Harlem this Saturday!

Unfortunately, the last Sweetspot Festival was canceled due to rain, but this Saturday August 1st, the sun will be shining when the 3rd Annual Jamaican Indepen-DANCE Reggae Fete hits the West Harlem More »

Harlem Mentoring Fair

Come to the Harlem Mentoring Fair this Tuesday, July 28

If you agree that supporting young Harlemites’ academic, social, and emotional development is the collective responsibility of the Harlem community, and that it really does take a village to raise a child, More »

Harlem Week 2015 Events

Harlem Week 2015 Events Schedule – Sunday, July 26 – August 22

It’s that time! Harlem Week events kick-off this Sunday, July 26th with “A Great Day in Harlem,”  a full day of family-oriented Outdoor Festival events to enjoy, including a Fashion Show,  Gospel,Latin, More »

Uptown Bounce Kick-Off party Wednesday, July 22 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm


Get over to the City Museum and El Museo del Barrio for the kick-off of Uptown Bounce summer series, featuring music, gallery talks, art workshops, breakdancing, summer drinks, and local food!

At the City Museum, do the New York Hustle as Operator Emz & DJ Joey Carvello of Mobile Mondays! spin classic vinyl 45s disco all night. At 6:30pm, learn the New Style Hustle with dance maestro Jeff Selby, accompanied by Conga players. Chalk art by Kady Perry.

El Museo presents their summer exhibitions, and an interactive performance by Alicia Grullón, and a video by Louis Cameron. All nights will feature art-making, music by DJ Turmix, and FEEGZ and crew on our sidewalks.

Register – Admission is free

2015 Miss Harlem Shake Finalists – Join the Party and Vote for Your Favorite Contestant


Twelve women have been selected to move on in the 2015 Miss Harlem Shake contest, and this Saturday, July 25th you can join the Party when these 12 semifinalists will have the chance to take the stage and show their Harlem pride before a live panel of local celebrity judges. The final six women will be chosen to advance to the Miss Harlem Shake 2015 finals!

RSVP and come by this Saturday to Harlem Shake restaurant (100 W. 124th Street at Lenox Avenue) at 8pm to find out who will be moving on to the next round!

Judges include:

· Tiffany Denee Jones – Founder of the PinkChoseMe Foundation

· Londyn Juwelz – Celebrity Makeup Artist & Educator

· Savoy Walker – CEO of Savvy Marketing Entertainment

· Nakia Hicks – Record Industry Executive and Media Professional

Writer and producer Patrick Riley will emcee the event alongside Miss Harlem Shake 2014, PhD candidate and Klassy Kinks blogger Ijeoma Eboh. After the big announcement is made, R&B singer/songwriter RYLI will give a special guest performance.

Finalists will have the rest of the summer to vie for customer votes and the crown – which earns them a year’s worth of free Harlem Shake Burgers, $500 for themselves, and $1000 for a Harlem charity of their choice.

Miss Harlem Shake Finalists

Introducing the Top 12 ‪#‎MissHarlemShake2015‬ Finalist:

1. Alison Mixon
2. Kristyan Gilmore
3. Chanel Bines
4. Francheska Rivera
5. Rajisa Omar
6.Tiffany Jackson
7.Limore Dooley
8.Ramona McCay
9.Amanda Mobley
10.Jane Madembo
11.Regine Gilbert
12. Krissy Reyes

17th Annual Harlem Book Fair – Saturday, July 18, 2015

17th Annual Harlem Book Fair

This Saturday, the 17th Annual Harlem Book Fair will take over the streets on West 135th Street from Lenox Avenue to Frederick Douglass Boulevard all day from 11:00am – 6:00pm.  This is always a great day to head over by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and get familiar with new books, meet authors and other book lovers in Harlem.

As usual, you can also watch the Harlem Book Fair panels on C-Span BOOK TV this weekend as well, with author panels that include discussions on economics, race and politics, and African-American identity. Featured authors include Sherrilyn Ifill, Pamela Newkirk, and Nell Irvin Painter.

Saturday, JULY 18, 2015


West 135th Street from Lenox Ave (6th Ave) to Frederick Douglas, Jr. Boulevard (8th Ave), Harlem, New York







All day author, Spoken Word, and Entertainment Presentations

Harlem-based startup company releases “Claim it!” App

We love to hear success stories coming out of Harlem, and this one is about an East Harlem-based startup developing and releasing an innovative smartphone App that is quickly gaining momentum.
Ali Abdullah is the CEO and Founder of Claim It! The Claim It! App is the brainchild of Ali Abdullah, a former developer for the Clinton Foundation and Google, and teacher of computer science as an adjunct professor at the City University of New York. He saw an opportunity hidden in plain sight after being inspired by Groupon co-founder/CEO Eric Lefkofsky’s book “Accelerated Disruption” which encouraged him to set out and create this App.  According to Abdullah,  two of the most powerful words in the English language are “free” and “sex”. While the latter is a bit racy, the former presents an opportunity all brands should capitalize on.

Ali Abdullah and his Claim It! co-founders Khalid Mills and Kaza Razat have worked to bring this concept to the masses, and users are responding to the FREE App which gives everyone the chance to win free prizes like sneakers, handbags, headphones, drinks, tickets, gift cards and more every week in exchange for watching 15-second video advertisements. Users can pick up their free gifts when they present their claiming codes at one of the pink Claim It trucks (pictured below) and the company has announced that soon the app will allow users to redeem codes in stores such as cupcake shop Crumbs. This concept will surely expand as other retailers hop on board.

Media outlets have taken notice of this approach to offering free prizes through an App, which has lead to Claim It! already being featured on MSNBC,  the NY Post, and Entrepreneur Magazine. This Harlem based startup and its founders have raised a big round of seed funding from Blackstone Senior Managing Director David Blitzer, former Saks CEO Steve Sadove, and former Goldman Sachs Managing Director Dan Petrozzo. Retired NBA star Al Harrington and former Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson are also investors in, and advisers to Claim It!

We look forward to seeing more tech innovations coming straight out of HARLEM!


Claim it! offers the chance to win amazing free products in a specific city or town. Users put in a claim on that week’s offers and wait for the Sunday drawing. Winners have one week to pick up their prizes.

A product giveaway platform. More specifically Claim it! is a weekly sweepstakes of awesome free stuff people can claim from their smartphones.

Claim It!  –  How It Works

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Harlem Tech Map and Co-working Spaces

Smartphone Direct News

Blujeen Restaurant in Harlem presents 1st Annual Black Chef Summer Series

Black Chef Summer SeriesHave you heard? Bluejeen restaurant on Frederick Douglass Boulevard is presenting the 1st Annual Black Chef Summer Series in Harlem, hosted by Blujeen Chef and Food Network’s former Extreme Chef Lance Knowling, and Celebrity Chef Maxcel Hardy. This event runs from July 13th-September 7th, and will be benefiting Food Bank for New York City.  They are bringing in talented chefs from across the country to take part in this unique culinary event, including Hugh Sinclair (Florida), Chef Kenneth Collins (Born in Texas), Chef James Robinson (raised in Harlem), Chef Russell Jackson (Los Angeles),  Mike Valli (Atlanta), and Elle Simone Scott (Detroit Native & Brooklyn transplant.)  10 percent of proceeds will go to the Food Bank for New York City and a charity of the Chef’s choosing.


NYC Black Chef Summer Series



2143 Frederick Douglass Blvd (bet. 115 & 116 st.)

New York, NY 10026

Date: July 6th- August 31st ( Every Monday)

Seatings: 6-8pm and 9-11pm

Price: $65 + Tax/Gratuity includes signature cocktail of the evening

Purchase Tickets

The Black Chef Summer Series (BCSS) presented by BluJeen Restaurant, is a nine-week highlight of astounding African American chefs with diverse and distinctive palettes and skill sets from across the country. The Black Chef Summer Series gives foodies the opportunity to explore the wide range of variety that these chefs have to offer. With a prix-fixe dinner set at $65, each Monday night throughout the summer Chef Irie, Chef Russell Jackson, Chef James Robinson and a host of other amazing chefs will present multiple courses filled with the flavor of Harlem along with a signature cocktail. Kicking off on Monday July 13th,   guests will have the option of reserving seating at 6pm and at 9pm. The series will continue throughout the summer until September 7, 2015.

Summer Sizzles on Lenox Avenue Restaurant Crawl Tuesday, July 21st

Summer Sizzles on Lenox Avenue

Summertime in Harlem would not be the same without the annual “Summer Sizzles on Lenox” restaurant crawl /food and drink event.  Organized and presented by Experience: Harlem and Harlem Park to Park, Summer Sizzles on Lenox features lots of exclusive drink and food discounts at some great Harlem restaurants along Lenox Avenue.

Come out and join the festivities on Tuesday, July 21st

$10 at the door
2-for-1 in advance (online only)

2015 Harlem Arts Festival June 26th-28th in Marcus Garvey Park

2015 Harlem Arts Festival

The Harlem Arts Festival is back for 2015 taking over Marcus Garvey Park this Friday, June 26th through Sunday, June 28th with a wide range of arts on the schedule.  Things kick-off with an opening night party at Ginny’s Supper Club featuring performances by Lauren Desberg, Samora Pinderhughes, and Stephen Woods aka AKIR.

On Saturday and Sunday the Harlem Arts Festival in Marcus Garvey Park will feature live music, dance, theater, spoken word, and visual artists. This is a FREE event. See the full schedule!

Sundae Sermon Music Festival brings DJ Louie Vega and Kevin Hedge to Harlem this Sunday

Sundae Sermon, DJ Stormin' Norman

It’s about to go down this Sunday June 28th in Harlem!  DJ STORMIN’ NORMAN has a special Sundae Sermon planned for the party people in St. Nicholas Park at 135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue from 1 – 7pm.  The one and only DJ Louie Vega and Kevin Hedge from WBLS will be spinning, and have invited the legendary House music singer ADEVA who will perform LIVE!  Also, from South Africa singer Nomsa NOMSISUPASTA Nawai will be singing her hit “Traveller.”

Come on out this Sunday, and mark your calendar because on Sunday, August 9th Sundae Sermon will be back with a special classics edition featuring DJ Stormin’ Norman and DJ Cosi spinning the classics from the 70’s to the 90’s. This summer’s Sundae Sermon festival events are hosted by chef and owner of The Redrooster and Streetbird, Marcus Samuelsson, BET’s Michaela Angela Davis, and Bravo’s Bevy Smith.