Monthly Archives: May 2013

Harlem Shake – Burgers & Shakes in Old-School Harlem Style

4f41fa85ae137b9383324f9137c8ecb7Harlem Shake, a neighborhood-oriented burger and milkshake joint embracing the Harlem of old, opens May 16, 2013, bringing high-quality, affordable fare to local residents and visitors alike.

Inspired by Harlem’s rich culture and energy, owner Jelena Pasic and partners developed the concept for Harlem Shake as an area go-to for familiar eats like griddled burgers, New York hot dogs and hand-spun shakes in an inviting, comfortable setting. The restaurant takes its name from the iconic Harlem Shake dance, the original iteration of the Internet’s latest viral sensation.

 “Our aim is to celebrate the soul of the neighborhood and reinvigorate modern Harlem with a bit of nostalgia and a nod to pop culture,” explains Pasic. “Not to mention, bring residents and visitors high-quality, affordable offerings in a welcoming environment.”

Harlem Shake offers a love note meant to embrace and pay homage to the area’s past with a space designed by 13-year Harlem resident Dennis Decker to feel as if it has been a beloved local institution for generations. Careful thought and consideration went into restoring the building at the corner of Lenox Avenue. & West 124th Street, with details meant to recall a dry goods store that was built in the 1800s then converted to a diner in the 1940s and run through the latter half of the 20th century.

Anchoring the space and continuing the tribute to old New York is Harlem Shake’s “Wall of Fame” celebrating famous and notable patrons and friends with photos personally signed to the restaurant. From actors and musicians to politicians and athletes, each notable has a special connection to Harlem. Another defining feature, “Miss Harlem Shake,” greets diners from the back wall of the restaurant. The life-sized lenticular photo depicts Harlem resident and fashion model Shannon Thornton showing off the real Harlem Shake as guests walk by. Other unique design features include walls covered in nearly 300 vintage covers of JET magazine, a tobacco and water leak-stained tin ceiling and a two-story tall corner vertical 1970s-era neon sign that reads BURGERS.

Harlem Shake’s menu also offers diners a taste of what it would have been like to set up shop in the restaurant 50+ years ago by taking a playful approach to classic burgers and fries. Set amid the clean yet well-worn ambiance, guests tuck into the signature Harlem Classics – two 2-ounce custom blend Pat la Frieda beef patties ground fresh daily and griddled smashed-style for crisp browning and served on a toasted Martin’s Potato Roll with house-made condiments. Specialties include the Pigskin Classic topped with crisp fried pork rinds and the Jerk Fry Burger topped with jerk-seasoned, triple-cooked fries and smoked jerk mayo, as well as juicy turkey burgers and house-made vegan burgers.

Old-school, handcrafted milkshakes dominate the drink program at Harlem Shake with straightforward flavors like Chocolate and Red Velvet thoughtfully made with whole, all-natural ingredients. The lineup of shakes highlights local products like ice cream from Blue Marble, organic milk from New York Fresh Milk and peanut butter from Peanut Butter & Co., as well as seasonal fruit and hand-spun additions like house-made salted caramel sauce and malt.

Rounding out the menu are New York-style all-beef hot dogs with far-flung flavors from Texas and Mexico, chicken sandwiches, grilled cheeses/melts and creative kale and legume salads, as well as fries hand cut from Kennebec or sweet potatoes and double-fried in beef tallow (also available in vegetable oil for a vegetarian/vegan option). A rotating selection of vintage real sugar sodas and regional specialty sodas (Cheerwine Cherry Soda, Vernor’s Detroit Ginger, Foxson Park Birch Beer), and a selection of draft beers and house wines are also available.

Open seven days a week, Harlem Shake is located 100 W. 124th Street in Harlem. For further information, please visit the website, follow the restaurant on Facebook, Twitter, email or call 646-508-5657.

NYC’s Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival Now Accepting Submissions

1368053782_8637_ScienceFestThe Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival is gearing up for a second exciting year to honor of its namesake and one of the most celebrated novelists of the 20th century. Expanding its film and panel slate to various sub-genres, multiple venues in Brooklyn and Manhattan will hold screenings and gatherings from December 4-8, 2013 in what is expected to be yet another successful celebration of Philip K. Dick and his legions of
fans who continue his legacy by recreating the magic he bestowed on the world of science fiction.

 The festival is now accepting submissions in science documentaries, science fiction shorts and features and films inspired or adapted from the works of Dick in themes including cyberpunk, dystopian realities, paranoia, altered states and singularity punk. Panels will include discussions on psychic children and superconscious, the singularity, trans-humanism, media influence, the science of tomorrow, cryonics, borderland sciences and anomalous aerial phenomena (AAP). Other activities include an extensive graphic novel and comic book section to accompany the film screenings and panels and a 48 hour
challenge to pick the best Dick-inspired short adaption. The festival will also host a series of independent science fiction screenings at Anthology Filmmakers throughout the summer and fall.
As further details come available in the coming weeks the festival anticipates another successful event, further solidifying the city’s underlying appreciation for Philip K. Dick. Last year’s festival saw record crowds of over 1,000 participants for the exclusive screening of John Alan Simon’s Radio Free Albemuth which was based on Dick’s 1985 novel posthumously published three years after his death. The weekend-long festival also held numerous film screenings and panels with Simon, esteemed professors Ronald Mallet and Enrique Ricardo Miranda, distinguished writers Angela Posada-Swafford, Walter Mosley and Dennis Paoli and science fiction experts Richard Dolan and Peter Robbins.

The team behind the annual festivities will also pioneer international events this fall in Lille, France and a spring 2014 cyberpunk festival in Tokyo. The Second Philip K. Dick International Film Festival of Science, Science Fiction, Fantastic Film and the Supernatural will return bigger than ever. For film submissions please visit the website You can also go to the festival’s Facebook page and follow all the happenings on Twitter for more information.

The Second Philip K. Dick International Film Festival of Science, Science Fiction, Fantastic Film and the Supernatural and the first of its kind to grace the screens of New York City is organized by filmmakers who understand the difficulties and challenges of telling a unique story in a corporate environment.

The year 2013 marks the second year of the festival which will expand it’s genres of films, panels and venues throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan. Guest speakers and writers that best represent the goals of the festival will attend the opening ceremonies. We look for original voices and visions in works submitted. Lastly, this is a festival by filmmakers for filmmakers.

Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was one of the 20th century’s most profound novelists and writers within the science fiction community. His exploration, analysis and beliefs led to the publishing of 44 novels and 121 short stories. Dick’s enormous library of works led to several film developments including Blade Runner (1982), Total Recall (1990), Minority Report (2002), Paycheck (2003) and most recently Radio Free Albemuth (2010), The Adjustment Bureau (2011) and the successful remake of Total Recall (2012). The film industry is also awaiting the release of King of the Elves in 2014, which will surely be yet another prosperous depiction of Dick’s literary contribution to science fiction. Dick’s enormously effective views comprised of fictional universes, virtual realities and human mutation foresaw an exaggerated version of the current state of government and contemporary life. Though he is gone in the physical form his philosophies live on in the techniques applied to modern stories and films and generate large displays of appreciation and understanding.

For more information please contact: Daniel Abella, Festival Director, Program Office: 917-362-9337 or Email:

NYCxDesign takes place May 10 – 21 with more than 200 events

04421a205a4b045da1b9efd0fbcb23e9New York City, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, NYC & Company, Department of Cultural Affairs, Global Network of Black Pride, Designers Launch City’s First-Ever 12-Day, 5 Borough Expo to Showcase Local & International Design

Hosted in the world’s design capital, the 12-day event will bring together culture, education, commerce and entertainment with a full, varied program, including exhibitions, installations, trade shows, talks, launches and open studios. Spanning all disciplines of design, from graphic and product design to architecture and fashion, digital and urban design to furniture and design thinking.NYCxDESIGN looks to create a platform for cultural and commercial opportunities, elevate established and emerging design practices and increase awareness of and appreciation for design by all audiences.

is New York City’s inaugural citywide event to showcase and promote design of all disciplines. Held from Friday, May 10, through Tuesday, May 21, 2013 the event will celebrate New York City’s contributions to and embrace of design.

Art In FLUX presents HARLEM BEAT, a pop-up art gallery, at Scratch DJ Academy

f8928fbe200c758dab8513f0b292583eArt In FLUX presents HARLEM BEAT, a pop-up art gallery, at Scratch DJ Academy.
Scratch DJ Academy, the world’s leader in DJ education, is proud to announce its latest partnership with the pop-up art gallery, Art In FLUX Harlem. The two joined forces to bring transformative art to Scratch DJ Academy’s New York City location to inspire and motivate Scratch students, alumni and visitors. This partnership brought a unique melding of music and art to its location in New York City at its opening reception on May 8, 2013. The event was held at Scratch DJ Academy, 32 Cooper Square, 2nd floor New York, NY 10003.

Scratch DJ Academy, co-founded in 2002 by Rob Principe and the late Jam Master Jay of the legendary group Run DMC, teaches over 50,000 people annually from all 50 states and 35 countries at its four flagship locations in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Chicago. With its affordable copyrighted curriculum, affordable prices and flexible schedules, Scratch DJ Academy is the worldwide leader in DJ and Music Production education.
Art In FLUX is a movement of artists appearing in pop-up art galleries featuring special events and creative collaborations with theatre, film, music, and fashion industries. FLUX highlights and creates opportunity for artists living and/or working in Harlem, brings art into public spaces, creates a positive use for vacant retail locations, and stimulates a vibrant neighborhood merging art, commerce and community.

 Harlem Beat includes the work of four Harlem artists; Makeba Rainey, Tyson Hall, Ibou Ndoye, and Anya Roz showcasing a diverse group of artists whose imagination pulses to the beat of their Harlem neighborhoods and is reflected in their work through musical, creative, and historical contexts. These four artists offer a glimpse of the influence Harlem has on artists and the creative energy that has always been and continues to emanate from this community. The visual artists were joined at the opening of HARLEM BEAT on May 8 by Scratch instructor DJ Pauly Smallz.

For more information on Art in FLUX and to find out about other events around New York City, visit their website, like on Facebook and follow, Leanne Stella on Twitter.