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Holistic Gem in East Harlem

June 27, 2012 by

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Strolling through East Harlemlast week I came across a charming spa tucked away on 103rd Street. Curious, as I had not noticed it before, I went in Soluna Holistic Spa, to inquire about their services and found the space to be inviting and peaceful. The spa’s business card boasts “an urban oasis in the heart […]

La Perle Noire is Now Island Salad II

May 9, 2011 by

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We just received some exciting (yet sad) news.  First the bad news: My favorite cafe, La Perle Noire, is closed for good. The good news is that it is reopening as Island Salad II. Johnny, the owner of La Perle Noire, confirmed the closing saying that he has been so busy with his work in […]

The ultimate guide to Yoga in Harlem

April 8, 2011 by


Now that your taxes are filed you can breathe a big sigh of relief. Harlem has no shortage of yoga studios to help you out in the breathing department. If you are looking for a good place to relax, relate, and release then be sure to check out the following: Bikram Yoga Harlem Bikram Yoga […]

Harlem’s Supermarket Sweep

April 6, 2011 by


A recent article in Crain’s reminded us about a post we wrote a few years ago bemoaning the dire state of Harlem’s supermarkets. In 2009, CNN reporter Soledad O’Brien shocked many  of her viewers when she exposed Harlem’s dirty secret about being able to buy a gun easier than buying a fresh tomato in the […]

Urban Health Conference in Harlem

February 25, 2011 by

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1st National Urban Health Conference

February 15, 2011 by

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Uptown’s Dirty Little Secrets Exposed

February 13, 2011 by

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This week we’ve posted about two Harlem restaurants with a history of health code violations that have recently closed. Last week amNY posted an article that zip code 10026 in Morningside Heights/West Harlem has the highest percentage of violations in the city. Ten of the 50 restaurants in that ZIP code inspected by the health […]

Uptown Juice Bar is moving

January 23, 2011 by

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Click  If you follow our Facebook page then you already know that Uptown Juice Bar is moving to a new location on 125th Street. We found out after posting that Raw Soul, a raw food restaurant on 145th Street, had closed down. You’ll just have to walk a bit farther east to get your healthy […]

Fall Harvest in Harlem

November 21, 2010 by

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On a crisp Saturday morning in November, the fall colors were at their peak. I found myself in search of root vegetables and fixings for warm autumn dishes. That lead me to Marcus Garvey and Morningside Park’s Farmer’s Markets. Several vendors said  that this weekend will be the last of the season for them as […]

Harlem Week: NYC Senior’s Day Expo

August 5, 2010 by

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Shannon Tavarez Donor Drive at Harlem School of the Arts

August 3, 2010 by

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Shannon Tavarez, Broadway’s Young Nala in “The Lion King”, has been living with AML Leukemia since being diagnosed in April. Shannon has been fighting her cancer with daily chemo treatments and is desperately in need of a life-saving bone marrow donor drive. The challenge of finding a donor for the bubbly pre-teen is the fact […]

37th Annual Skyscraper Cycling Classic

June 20, 2010 by

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Amateurs and Olympians alike will descend upon Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park on Father’s Day, June 20 to compete in the 37th annual Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic presented by Rockstar Games. Olympic Champion Walter Perez of Argentina and four-time World Champion Franco Marvulli will return to the city that inspired the Madison, their track racing specialty. […]

Annual Real Men Can Cook Celebration

June 11, 2010 by

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Wild Olive

March 31, 2010 by

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Wild Olive Market is getting closer to opening their doors. The organic grocer projects it should be open in the next two weeks. It will be nice to have yet another healthy option in the neighborhood. (Photo: D.Bell)

Harlem Hip Hop Stroke

December 18, 2009 by

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“F” is for the Face “A” is for the Arm “S” is for the Speech “T” is for the Time Time to do what? “Call 911!” Time to do what? “Call 911!” Thanks to the vision of an HHC stroke expert, lively hip hop music has brought life-saving information to over 1500 young children in […]

Health Department Announces Launch of NYC FluLine

November 20, 2009 by

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Starting Thursday, New Yorkers with symptoms of influenza can consult a nurse by calling 311 As part of a continued effort to prepare for the peak of influenza season, the city will launch the NYC FluLine on Thursday, November 19. Through this service, 311 operators will provide concerned New Yorkers with information on what to […]

Free bikes change lives in Harlem

November 19, 2009 by

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By: Housing Works If you live in Harlem, you might see Joe C* riding by on his bicycle. He bikes seven days a week from his home at Stand Up Harlem House down to 96th Street. He puts his music on (really low) and heads south for 45 minutes, enjoying the camaraderie of fellow riders […]

Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run and NYC Family Health Walk-A-Thon

August 21, 2009 by

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Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run

August 8, 2009 by


Harlem Week Health Fair and Expo

August 7, 2009 by


New York City Health Fair & Expo W. 135th St. (Btwn. Malcolm X & A.C. Powell, Jr. Blvds.) Sunday, August 16th 11:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. FREE The two-day outdoor affair takes place on Saturday, August 15th and Sunday August 16th. Health care professionals will conduct free tests and screenings to detect and treat disorders […]

Fresh food can be found uptown

July 27, 2009 by


With all the attention given to Harlem in regards to the lack  of  fresh food available, it is good to know that the new Whole Foods is only one month away from opening. Along 8th Avenue, ZPP has been speculating as to the which grocer will make its home in SoHa. Has anyone else noticed […]

What Happened to “So I Joined Bootcamp”

July 14, 2009 by


Editor’s Note:  The following post has been sitting around for a number of months. I finally decided to publish it because it is something others can relate to and maybe it will inspire you to continue with your own commitment to being fit in 2009. On the Last Episode… I had completed my third week […]

Free Testing Services

June 22, 2009 by

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In recognition of NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY a FREE health clinic that will include HIV, STD, TB, and Hepatitis Testing Services will be available. President Obama’s three health care principles are: 1. Reduce costs 2. Guarantee choice 3. Ensure all Americans have quality, affordable health care. Nowhere else in our country do people in communities […]

Men’s Health Forum at the Apollo

June 17, 2009 by

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Jasima Upbeat After Bone Marrow Transplant

June 12, 2009 by

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As a follow up to posts asking readers to come out and for the bone marrow drives. Thank you to all who heeded our call to action. Cancer-stricken Jasmina Anema – the brave little girl who captured New York’s heart – emerged from a bone marrow transplant Thursday, tired but feeling reborn. The high-stakes procedure […]

Four East Harlem Schools Closed due to Swine Flu

May 28, 2009 by

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According to ABC News four East Harlem schools will be closed starting Friday, May 29th through Wednesday, June 3rd because the high number of students exhibiting symptoms of the Swine Flu. Those schools are: P.S. 83 (The Luis Munoz Rivera School, 436 students) in East Harlem, which is collocated with P.S. 182 (The Bilingual Bicultural School, […]

HCZ and Mentoring USA promote healthy lifestyles

May 26, 2009 by


As a part of the Harlem 100 Days of Peace and Purpose campaign, Mentoring USA and the Harlem Children’s Zone co-sponsored a healthy lifestyles event entitled: Together We Serve.” The goal of the April 13th event was to introduce QuickStart tennis and mentoring opportunities to mentees, mentors and parents.

Op-Ed: Oh No We Can’t

May 18, 2009 by


Why The CAN DO Act Promotes Psychiatric Racism and Why It Must Be Stopped Since at least the days of physician Samuel A. Cartwright, who in 1851 claimed that slaves suffered from a mental disease called “drapetomania,” an uncontrollable urge to run away from their masters, Black people have been labeled as crazy for fighting […]

Free Health Fair

April 18, 2009 by

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Rally for Health on Saturday

April 3, 2009 by

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Organized by New Yorkers for Change. Co-Sponsored by Brooklyn for Barack, Harlem 4Change, Healthcare Equality Project, Health Care for All New York, The Institute for Puerto Rican and Hispanic Elderly, Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign, NYC for Change, Park River Independent Democrats, Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need, Rekindling Reform, […]

That Stinks! Smokers watch their cash go up in smoke

April 2, 2009 by


As of yesterday cigarettes in New York City have topped out at $10.00 a pack. A federal tax is now $1.01 per pack, more than double the previous tax. That brings the government fees to $5.26 a pack — more than half the cost said cigarette pack.  New York City has steadily been increasing the […]

City’s Public Hospital System to Cut Jobs and Programs

March 22, 2009 by

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A mental health day-treatment program for 300 adults at Harlem Hospital Center is among the services that will be eliminated to save money. City’s Public Hospital System to Cut Jobs and Programs [NYT]

Women’s Wellness Seminars

February 26, 2009 by

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So I Joined Bootcamp: Week 3

January 30, 2009 by


Well it’s the end of Week 3. Hooray for me! But this third week has an asterisk attached to it. I got terribly sick this week and I missed out Tuesday’s outdoor workout. Part of me is angry about that. Seems like I cheated myself out of the experience. Part of me also agrees that […]

So I Joined Boot Camp

January 14, 2009 by


No, not the Army. The exercise program. Last week we posted  some beginning-of-the-year discounts that different gyms in Harlem were offering. At the time I was playing around with an idea of my own. You see, last year I stopped by True Control Fitness. If you don’t remember who they are, don’t feel embarrassed. I […]

Getting Fit in Harlem in 2009

January 2, 2009 by


What is it about entering the new year that encourages people to get on the health train? Perhaps it is the concept of turning a new page? This time of year many people make an assessment of the year that has just passed and begin to set new goals for the new year. Anyone who […]

Butter by Keba

December 12, 2008 by

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A few weeks ago I attended an event in East Harlem where Makeba Lloyd, owner of Butter by Keba was demonstrating her products. I was drawn to her table by the wonderful blend of scents. The Butter by Keba product line consists of scented oils, body butters, body lotions, and body scrubs in a variety […]

Cribs for Low-Income Families in Harlem

December 11, 2008 by

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Did you know that the Health Department Program Helps Prevent Infant Deaths by Providing Cribs to Low-Income Families? New Yorkers can give a crib to a family in need by donating to the Fund for Public Health in New York; Goal set to help 250 families this holiday season.

The Truth About Sex and the City

December 1, 2008 by


According to an article that appeared in Newsday, many of you are having sex with multiple partners but only 40% of you are using a condom every time. For shame! At a time when the AIDS crisis is still actually a crisis and STD cases are up, one would think that men and women would […]

New Memorial for 20th Annual World AIDS Day

December 1, 2008 by

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Over the weekend I wrote a post reflecting on the AIDS quilt that used to make tours around the country before being unfurled on the National Mall in Washington, DC.  Today, The Daily News informs us that a permanent memorial has been dedicated in Hudson River Park. “I can sail without wind, I can row without […]


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