Editor’s Notes: A time for giving thanks

What an amazing week in Harlem! The week started out with a Black Atlas and American Americans preview of Marcus Samuelsson‘s new restaurant, Red Rooster. Midweek, Chocolat had a private launch party. The week closed out with Bibi Salon having their official grand opening party! If there was ever any doubt about the future of Harlem, they should be fading away fast as all of these businesses, as well Aloft and others are on the horizon. Harlem is reclaiming its spot as the hottest neighborhood in the city. And it couldn’t come at a better time.

Our November weather has been much like the growth of our neighborhood. There have been days that have been unseasonably warm and others that have required that we don all of our outerwear to brave the cold winds. We never know from one day to the next what to expect weather-wise. Our neighborhood forecast has been the same. Empty real estate lines our boulevards one day, and the next we see butcher paper covering the windows. A recent TheUptowner.org article talks about incentive loans and lower commercial rents in Harlem. The owner of Bibi Salon is featured in the article.

On Thursday we will take a day off from the hustle of bustle of life to reflect on all of the little things that we are grateful for in our personal lives. It has been a rough couple of years, with the recession and economic collapse, but keeping our minds focused on what we have rather than what we don’t have is key to keeping our heads above water.

Jacob Restaurant, a relative newcomer to the Harlem restaurant scene, has seen exceptional growth this year. One thing that really stands out about the owner, Rachid, is that he knows the value of gratitude. Despite being a new business owner, he decided to give back to the community last year. Rachid invited regular customers and those in the community having a hard time making ends meet, to a free dinner on Thanksgiving Day. This year, he will be making it an annual tradition. Uptownflavor has offered to share tickets to this special event with its readers. One family will be attending the event as special guests of Uptownflavor. We are grateful to Jacob Restaurant for allowing us to be a vessel in the community.

We are also grateful to all of our readers who have been with us for the past four years. Thank you! Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!