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The Cosmopolitan Review

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 1/2/2014, 12:39 p.m.

We arrived a tad bit late, but still seemed to get there right on time as we greeted outgoing Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and his wife at the elevator. They were leaving after having received a well-deserved award from the chamber. Other awardees included John “Butch” Purcell, Kim Jasmin and Johann Almeida, who had been this year’s summer intern.

D.J. Tall Guy was spinning the tunes we all know and love, but when he put on “Function at the Junction” as a special tribute to Purcell, the room rocked.

While the chamber is just as much about downtown business, uptown business is its first priority. The latest news is that Macy’s will not—repeat, not—be coming to Harlem. However, groundbreaking has begun on 125th Street and Lenox Avenue, and so, the shopping continues. Meanwhile, a retailer is still being sought for the space next to H&M, where Blockbuster once stood. Any suggestions?

P.S.: the ribs and cornbread at Dinosaur are lip-smackingly good, as is their signature drink, the Donkey. One sip, and you’ll know why it’s called the Donkey.

Speaking of uptown, resident and avid New York Amsterdam News reader Jake McGhee wants to know what happened to the lights on the Harlem State Office Building Christmas tree. There were so few lights on the tree that they could hardly be seen. If Rockefeller Center can adorn their tree with a festival of lights, then why can’t we?

Happy birthday to Cyril Poindexter, Dawn Morrow, Judge Cheryl Chambers and Theresa Manning, who also celebrated her 37th wedding.

Get well wishes to Cleveland Kojak Manley. Don’t worry; it’s nothing too serious. He’s back on his feet, but the procedure was enough to make him sit still for a second.

Condolences to the Lovelace family on the loss of their niece and to the Bell-Temple family on the loss of their niece. Condolences to the family of Leslie and Russell Eberhardt, who passed away several months ago, but of whose passing I have just learned about. Condolences to Drexel and Robin Harris Leach on the passing of Robin Leach’s father, Dr. Thomas R. Leach. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Brooklyn Museum and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

As always, the best year-end event takes place at Terrace on the Park, where the Brooklyn Comus Club celebrates with a fantastic (and you thought I was going to say fabulous) ball. Just like Cinderella, the ladies are dressed in beautiful ball gowns, and just like the prince, the men look so dashing, dressed in their tuxedos. It is a great way to give thanks for the past year as we welcome in the new year with over 700 people on the dance floor doing the wobble.

The Phil Young Experience and friends will be performing at Fara, aka Les Ambassades, every Thursday. The first set starts at 7 p.m. Happy hour will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Harlem Jazz Masters will perform at Aaron Davis Hall on Saturday, Jan. 4. Also on the program will be the world-renowned Tocho Swing Beats band from Japan, which will be celebrating its 65th anniversary. Do not miss this great Saturday afternoon of fantastic music. The event is complimentary.

Hold the date! The next “Sounds of Harlem Music Revue” show at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que will feature the Phil Young Experience and the Harlem Jazz Masters on Wednesday, Jan, 22. More details will follow. These are all brought to you by ELC Productions Inc.

Resolutions everyone, resolutions. Next week, I will post a few of the good ones, and until then, happy New Year!

Until next week … kisses