To make Harlem a restaurant destination, six different neighborhood groups have carved up the neighborhood in a turf war of overlapping districts and conflicting events.
The public is the beneficiary of this uptown food fight this month with close to a dozen events such as booze tastings, chef throwdowns and bike eating tours.
You’re forgiven if you get confused, what with so many groups — Harlem Park to Park, West Harlem Food & Beverage Association, New Harlem East Merchant Association, East Harlem Merchants Association, the Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance and the West 125th Merchants' Alliance — serving one neighborhood.
Harlem Park to Park is hosting four events during the next four weeks, while the West Harlem Food & Beverage Association is throwing 10 bashes, included the sherry tasting soirée this Saturday. And the East Harlem Merchants Association has six events include next weekend's "Harvest Bike Tour" where cyclists can ride and get free samples at area eateries.
To some, it’s too many events from too many groups.
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