The Cosmopolitan Review

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 9/12/2013, 3:50 p.m.

There are so many September birthdays that I must start off by wishing you all the very best for the coming year, beginning on Sept. 1 with Lisa Dale, Sept. 3 with Paula Battle and Paul Raiffasin, Shirley Scott on Sept. 5, Bert Belasco and Deloris Coombs on Sept. 6, Kevin Smiley on Sept. 8, Michael Dutton on Sept. 9, Wilamenia Billie Holliday-Hayes on Sept. 10, Julia Mitchell on Sept. 13, Carol Chaoui on Sept. 15, Brad Johnson on Sept. 17, Nina DeWees on Sept. 26, Gwynn Wilcox on Sept. 30 and many more.

Congratulations to Arianna Holms, who is attending grad school at Howard University. Passing up Pepperdine University in Malibu, Fla., Holms decided to stay a little closer to home, and mom and dad, Thelma Dye and Carlton Holms, are happy.

Next up on the hit parade is Harlem Garage. Part of the new age way of thinking and doing business, Harlem Garage, located at 318 W. 118th St., is a 5,000-square-foot, converted garage, renovated to serve freelance and budding entrepreneurs or anyone looking for space to do their thing. A desk, Wi-Fi, kitchen privileges and access to the conference room are available for as low as $300 per month.

Shared office space is the latest trend in business downtown that has finally worked its way uptown. The great thing about this sort of arrangement is that it allows you to mingle with others of various trades and share ideas and services while you engage in your own pursuits. The low overhead cost and limited commitment make this a very attractive option to those operating on a small budget.

The Harlem Garage is a joint venture between MicroOffice, a provider of co-working spaces, and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, with Ryan Young acting as Harlem Garage’s community coordinator. Currently, there are only 50 desks available at this spot, but I’m sure the idea will catch on like wildfire.

Condolences to the family of Al Hudgins Sr., who died of pneumonia. A memorial service was held at Aaron Davis Hall, where all those who knew and loved him were in attendance. Condolences to the family of James Perkins, who has also recently passed. Prayers also go out to Sheila Evans Trainer, whose sister, Sandra Evans, is in the intensive care unit, suffering from pancreatic cancer.

This week’s raspberry award has to go to the Chase Bank at 125th Street between Lenox and Fifth avenues. While I was fortunate enough to have been able to make a deposit, I found myself having to count my money several times before getting an accurate amount. The distraction was the music, which should be called anything but that. And if that wasn’t enough, it was playing at an incredibly loud volume. After finally getting the amount right and feeling embarrassed because it should have been a 30 second task, I finally made my deposit.

Upon turning to leave, there was no way I was just going to pass by the representative sitting at the information desk without saying something. “Excuse me,” I asked, “but has anyone complained about the music being played and how distracting it is?”