Filed under Health & Wellness

Holistic Gem in East Harlem

Holistic Gem in East Harlem

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 … Continue reading

La Perle Noire is Now Island Salad II

La Perle Noire is Now Island Salad II

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 … Continue reading

The ultimate guide to Yoga in Harlem

The ultimate guide to Yoga in Harlem

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 … Continue reading

Harlem’s Supermarket Sweep

Harlem’s Supermarket Sweep

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 … Continue reading

Uptown’s Dirty Little Secrets Exposed

Uptown’s Dirty Little Secrets Exposed

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 … Continue reading

Uptown Juice Bar is moving

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 … Continue reading

Fall Harvest in Harlem

Fall Harvest in Harlem

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 … Continue reading

Shannon Tavarez Donor Drive at Harlem School of the Arts

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 … Continue reading

37th Annual Skyscraper Cycling Classic

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. … Continue reading

Wild Olive

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

“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 … Continue reading

Health Department Announces Launch of NYC FluLine

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 … Continue reading

Free bikes change lives in Harlem

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 … Continue reading

Harlem Week Health Fair and Expo

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 … Continue reading

Fresh food can be found uptown

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 … Continue reading

What Happened to “So I Joined Bootcamp”

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 … Continue reading

Free Testing Services

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 … Continue reading

Jasima Upbeat After Bone Marrow Transplant

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 … Continue reading

Four East Harlem Schools Closed due to Swine Flu

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, … Continue reading

HCZ and Mentoring USA promote healthy lifestyles

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

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 … Continue reading

Rally for Health on Saturday

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, … Continue reading

So I Joined Bootcamp: Week 3

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 … Continue reading

So I Joined Boot Camp

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 … Continue reading

Getting Fit in Harlem in 2009

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 … Continue reading

Butter by Keba

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 … Continue reading

Cribs for Low-Income Families in Harlem

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

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 … Continue reading

New Memorial for 20th Annual World AIDS Day

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 … Continue reading