New York City little known points of interest

Harlem School of the Arts

The Movement Theatre Company Ladder Series Presents BLACK BOY & THE WAR.

This performance delves into the complicated relationship between one’s self and one’s destiny.


Now through February 20, 2011. Thursday through Saturday @ 8 pm. Sunday @ 2 pm.

Harlem School of the Arts, 645 St. Nicholas Ave. 8th Avenue trains, express and local to 145th Street (AC, BD)

General admission, $12.00.




February 15, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , | Leave a comment

Let’s Stay Here!

Harlem, New York City

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One of Harlem‘s best kept secrets is The Harlem Grand B&B.

Located just a few blocks from 2 major subway lines, Harlem Grand is in the heart of Harlem at 343 West 122 St. Harlem Grand has been welcoming guests from all around the world since 2007. It features the Dandridge Room with Queen size bed, vanity, floor to ceiling windows, closets and dressers. The Portier Room boasts an extra large bedroom with en suite bathroom and sleeps 4 comfortably.

All of the reviews I read were favorable. Guests liked the convenience of being near transportation and restaurants (Harlem Grand does not serve breakfast) and all mentioned the quiet area and how safe they felt being there. Guests also remarked how the innkeeper, Kellyn A. Tillers, made them feel comfortable during their stay.

Call 646-807-9789 for reservations and information. Room rates are between $98 and $230.

Harlem Grand B&B, 323 W 122 St, NYC 10027.

Tell them you read about them at NuggetsintheHood.

(Note: Picture is not Harlem Grand.)

February 5, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Celebrate Black History!

Looking west at PS17 across St. Nicholas Avenu...

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Celebrate Black History month in Harlem where history, arts, culture, entertainment and cuisine all come together. Here are some options for you.

Enjoy a concert featuring the Prince of Harlem, saxophonist Lonnie Youngblood, at the Inspirational Gospel Concert, Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 St. Nicholas Avenue @ West 123rd Street. First set, 7pm; 2nd set, 9pm. $15 reserved seating, $10 simulcast seating. Call 212-222-3060 for more information.

While you are out and about, stop by The 5 and Diamond Restaurant, 2072 Frederick Douglas Blvd bet W 112 and W 113 Streets. Call 212-646-684-4662 or log on for info.

Enjoy and let us know about your fun time.

BTW-the building in the picture used to be a school and was renovated into a luxury apartment house many, many years ago. I lived a few blocks away and walked past this building daily on my way to the subway.

February 5, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , | Leave a comment

Jam Session

Here’s something for all you jazz lovers out there.

There is a Jam Series every Monday night at Local 802 Musicians Union! Did you know about this? Neither did I.  The address is 322 West 48th Street in the 1st floor club room. This is free and open to the public.

This is also the location of the Jazz Foundation of America. Same address, 6th floor. Look up for more information or call 212-245-3999.

See you on Monday nights!

February 5, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , | 1 Comment

Where are we going next?

Chock full o' Nuts
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OK, New Yorkers and visitors. Tell me some of the places you’ve visited in New York, all 5 boroughs. Stores, restaurants, churches, sites, children’s spots, clubs, etc.

I have a whole list of goodies I will be sharing but would also like to hear your ideas.

BTW-for those of you older than 20, do you remember Chock full o’ Nuts restaurants? I found one! 25 West 23rd Street, open 7 days a week. WOW. Remember the jingle, the coffee, their classic Nutted Cheese Sandwich and the one and only Whole Wheat Powdered Donut? OMG. I’m getting hungry. No one makes a whole wheat powdered donut like Chock full o’ Nuts. Check it out the next time you are on 23rd Street and give me some feedback.

February 1, 2011 Posted by | General | | 2 Comments

A Little History

A street sign for Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox A...

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How much do you know about Harlem, one of the Nuggets in the Hood I will be featuring? Harlem is known as the Black Mecca of the World but did you know that Harlem has been home to many different ethnic groups? It was originally settled by the Dutch in 1658. Back then, over 200 years ago, Harlem was mostly farmland and undeveloped territory. Harlem has been home to the Irish, Germans, Italians and Jewish immigrants.

Black people began to move into Harlem especially after the Lenox Avenue IRT subway train was completed in 1904. They came from the southern part of America, the Caribbean islands as well as lower Manhattan. They were in search of employment opportunities made available during the First World War in 1915.

Harlem is rich in history and cultural expression. More will be explored when we look at the Harlem Renaissance next.

February 1, 2011 Posted by | General | , , | Leave a comment