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Harlem, New York City

The weather is becoming unpleasantly colder in New York City. So I thought of visiting my favorite coffee shop in Harlem… {Drum roll please} of course The Monkey Cup. I can literally say I’ve been there for them since day 1 when they opened.

This time I was surprised with a beautifully decorated paper bag and a monkey on my cup!
Best of all now they offer reward cards for every time you stop by and grab your Monkey cup.  

So make your way to this local coffee shop when you’re nearby.

If you are wondering why I haven’t posted anything lately. It’s because of this cool blog that is called Auténtico Nueva York. So calling all Spanish speakers this blog is all about what to do and see during your stay in the Big Apple.

Until Next Time! 


Halloween Edition 

Harlem, New York City

Happy Halloween Ghosts, Ghouls, Vampires, and Zombies alike!

Here are some events just in case you haven’t thought of something spooky to do! Best of all there’s something for everyone. Be sure not to eat too much candy! A stomachache on a Sunday morning is not fun at all.

First off- Harlem Shake! Starting at 6:00PM, the team will celebrate all things spooky with food and drink specials, a costume contest and a “Thriller” flash mob! Since the holiday falls on a Saturday this year there’s added pressure to make the perfect plans, and you can’t go wrong by starting, ending, or simply spending your evening at Harlem’s favorite burger and milkshake joint.

Young and old alike can feast upon creepy culinary creations like Zombie Fingers (hot dog fingers “bandaged” in bacon wrapping); Bloody Eyeball Sangria (classic red sangria spiked with blood orange juice and eyeball gummies); and Graveyard Dirt and Witch shakes (crushed Oreos and gummy worms).

Even the undead don’t like to dine alone, and at this party, being social could win you more than just company. Share your costume on Instagram to be considered for the “Best Mask” contest, hosted by Miss Harlem Shake 2015, Amanda Mobley. Ten percent of food and drink sales will be donated towards Amanda’s charity, the Church of the Master Mentoring program.

: Saturday, October 31st  6:00PM-11:00PM

WHERE: 100 W 124th St (124th and Lenox Ave)


SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: Harlem Shake

Twitter: @HarlemShakeNYC

Instagram: @HarlemShakeNYC

So you’ve got your weekend packed… No worries I have something for you’re pre celebration. On October 29th, Grill on the Hill is kicking off the weekend with their party. Best of all, they will have Ralph Serrano a highly talented body painter. Just in case you forgot your costume or didn’t buy one yet haha. So grab a friend and go to 1624 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10031 this Thursday.

Now something for the kiddos and the entire family! Sure, trick or treating is fun and yummy. But we also need a good story to give us goosebumps. For a spooktacular time visit the Sugar Hill Museum at 898 St Nicholas Avenue @ 155th Street, New York, NY 10032.


Get Ready to Vote, Harlem! 

Harlem, New York City

Are you ready to vote for the next Miss Harlem Shake?

Here’s what you need to know:

1. The votes end this week, so basically in a few hours. It’s never too late to vote! All you have to do is visit Harlem Shake at 100 west 124th street. Plus, it’s a great spot to catch up with friends this Friday.

2. The winner will be announced Septemeber 13th.

3. The winner will be part of the African American Day parade on Septemeber 21st.

Here are the candidates:

· Alison Mixon

Alison is a professional dancer and Juilliard graduate specializing in ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz and musical theatre who also teaches at Alvin Alley Dance Theatre. She is competing on behalf of the Children’s Aid Society which offers early childhood educational programming to kids in the Harlem community.

· Regine Gilbert

Regine is a UX Designer with a passion for accessibility, design and tech. She is a proud member of NY Cares and Teaches a Project Runway Apprenticeship at Citizen Schools. She is competing on behalf of Children’s Aid Society-Dunlevy Milbank Center on W118th, a comprehensive community facility that includes medical and dental services, mental health services, preventative information, family wellness, child care and more.

· Amanda Mobley

Amanda works as an interior designer, event producer and commercial print model. She is competing on behalf of the Church of the Master Mentoring Program.

· Francheska Rivera

Francheska is a Production Assistant and Freelancer. She is an aspiring photographer who enjoys yoga, biking, jogging and fashion. She is competing on behalf of Harlem Hospital (Center), a teaching hospital associated with Columbia that provides health care to economically disadvantaged communities and is one of the largest US training centers for minority and female physicians.

· Limore Dooley

Limore is a wellness education specialist who promotes well-being through nutrition, physical activity, hydration, sleep quality and relaxation. Blogs at She is competing on behalf of Harlem Children’s Zone, a non-profit organization for poverty-stricken children and families living in Harlem that provides free support in the form of parenting workshops, pre-school programs, three public charter schools and child-oriented health programs.

· Kristyan Gilmore

Kristyan is an attorney who graduated from Howard University School of Law. She is competing on behalf of the Harlem Business Alliance, a group that works to reverse the void that resulted from years of disinvestment in Harlem.

Be sure to visit Harlem Shake for the best burgers and shakes in our beloved neighborhood.

Good luck to all the contestants!



Flash Back Friday 

Harlem, New York City

High Bridge Edition. This place is a must visit. So plan a trip over to the High Bridge. Fall is soon approaching and the view will be epic.

Directions: Enter the Highbridge Park at 172nd Street and Amsterdam Avenue and walk east to the High Bridge Water Tower Terrace staircase down to the bridge level. If entering from the Bronx side, enter at University Avenue and 170th Street in Highbridge, Bronx.


Me Gusta (I like it) 

Harlem, New York City

Hola Chicos y Chicas (Hello Guys and Gals)!  I’m super excited to share the good news, that The Monkey Cup has officially opened today. Everything was chévere (cool) from the welcoming decor to the refreshing iced americano coffee. Especially, since it was much needed in this 90 degree weather. This place is truly amazing! I cannot express how much I loved the ceiling that was decorated with leaf vines. Makes me want to redecorate my room.  Come and support this local Venezuelan coffee shop (146 street and Amsterdam) Check out their Instagram @themonkeycup

P.S: They use a Japanese brewing method that takes 12 hours- no wonder their coffee tastes so good.         

Best Vegan “Chicken” Nuggets 

Harlem, New York City

This past Thursday, I had the opportunity to visit Seasoned Vegan and it was unbelievable. I met with the founder Aaron Beener. We spoke about the restaurant’s future and the goals are set high. Aaron mentioned that he would like to expand Seasoned Vegan’s services into “packaging” distribution. Within one year, Seasoned Vegan has recruited clients from as far as Atlantic City to Brooklyn and locals. Be sure to check out their website and social media platforms.

Top Sellers:

  • Chicken and Pancakes (chicken is soybean based)
  • Chicken nuggets (my personal favorite)
  • Stuffed avocados
  • Pecan Chocolate Cookies
  • Powerful Soul Smoothie
  • Strawberry Heaven Smoothie

I must stress everything is 100% vegan and extremely delicious. Possibly 100% addictive too!

Remember to check out their upcoming event!

Dyson Media & GMG Presents:
The Sounds of Jazz and R&B Classic Soul, Sunday, June 28, 2015 (4pm-9pm)
SEASONED VEGAN @ 55 Saint Nicholas Avene, (southwest corner of 113th Street)


Upcoming Events 

Harlem, New York City


Be sure to check out Kristian Glynn’s art exhibit in Gitler&_____ at 3629 Broadway (b/w 149th and 150th). He’s work is truly amazing. This will be Glynn’s second part of his installation. Titled And Again Another Crippling Love Story: Part 2. Starts this June 16, 2015 until July 20, 2015. To learn more about Glynn’s work visit To learn about the local art gallery visit


High Bridge Festival– the High Bridge is officially celebrating its grand re-opening with an outdoor event for all. So get ready for music, art, and even a scavenger hunt! Plus it’s free. This Saturday, July 25, 2015. See you there. For more info click here.

Opening Night Party– Celebrating the Harlem Arts Festival 2015. With live performances, drinks, delicious food, friends (new & old), and a great atmosphere. For further details check out their Facebook event page.

Location:  310 Lenox Ave New York, New York 10027

Date: June 26, 2015 7:00 pm until 1:00 am.

Party Time:
Verano 20K15 presented by DRC Entertainment NYC– So maybe you want to explore an event outside from Harlem. I’ve got you covered check out the Battle of DJs in Queens. What’s best, are the free drinks from 9:00 pm until 10:00 pm. Check out this page for information. Be there this June 26, 2015. Have further questions call the phone lines below.

Father’s Day:


Special guests include Ian Begley, Greg Hrinya, and Scott Machado. The event will be hosted by Derrel Johnson. Happy Father’s Day to all the Harlem Dads! 

Vámonos de Pari

Harlem, New York City

Ok so you’re probably wondering what the title means. Don’t google it just yet. Technically it’s not Spanish, it’s Spanglish (a combination of Spanish and English). It’s more of a phrase used to say let’s go to the party. So event enthusiasts like myself will want to know what’s happening in Harlem. Well you’re going to be glad I found these events. I have something for everyone from art buffs to festival goers. I’ll be adding more events so follow my blog to be in the know.


  • Join Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture without Borders for the Gran Fandago. It’s a festival celebrating Mexican traditions here in NYC. Location: 550 west 155th street, New York, NY 10032 When: May 23, 2015 at 6:00pm. Check out their Facebook here.


  • Coming Soon to El Barrio’s waterfront! Public Art Banner by the Harlem Waterfront. This installation will be provided by NYC Parks’ Temporary Public Art Program. The light graffiti art will be displayed this Summer 2015. For more information on the artist DaSilva and this project visit


  • Get ready for Summer on the Hudson events! Every week the West Harlem Piers Park will be hosting different events from dance classes to yoga classes. A bonus is that you’ll have an amazing view of the Hudson River and New Jersey. Plus you can stop at Fairway to check off  grocery shopping from your to-do list. Up coming events events include Harlem Swing Dance Society: Swing classes and The Hoop Movement presents hoop dance. For further details visit
  • Art Stoll in Harlem and Washingto Heights. A month long celebration of art events presented by The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. One of the events is the 6th Annual NYC Multicultural Festival on May 30, 2015 from 12:00 pm until 7:00pm. In St. Nicholas Avenue between West 141 & West 145 Street, New York, NY 10031. For more information visit


  • Serafina restaurant is coming to Harlem. Known for their pasta and pizza, Serafina is opening a new location in NYC. Instead of going to our usual downtown neighborhoods, they decided to go uptown. Their grand opening will be May 20,2015 at 1260 Amsterdam on 122 street.

That’s all for now folks! Stay tune for more events.