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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! 


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!



Upcoming Events! 


Hey there amigos (friends)! 

Here’s a round up of upcoming events for what’s left of July and next month August.

High Bridge Festival – Also don’t forget to attend the High Bridge Festival* today from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm. It will be a fun way to spend the day with family and friends. Maybe even make new friends along the way. 

*Plus a special SummerStage performance by Jose Peña Suazo y La Banda Gorda at 7:00 p.m.

  The City Museum of New York and El Museo del Barrio presents Uptown Bounce every Wednesday until August 12th. From 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and it’s FREE. So get ready for gallery talks and breakdancing.  

  Harlem is full of diversity! And what better way to celebrate it’s rich culture than by going to the Giglio Di Sant’ Antonio Festival in East Harlem. So come and enjoy a meraviglioso (wonderful in Italian) time. 

Ciao (bye) for now  


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.         

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.