Harlem welcomed its first Shake Shack in December, allowing the neighborhood to indulge in the chain's famous burgers, crinkle-cut fries, frozen concretes and more, without having to go below 125th Street
But this uptown Shack isn't exactly like all the rest. Head to the new location at 1 West 125th Street to discover three delightfully Harlem-centric details you won't find anywhere else–including a vibrant, just-installed outdoor mural.
1. Harlem-inspired murals by Creative Art Works
Creative Art Works, an organization that empowers young people through art, was commissioned by Shake Shack to create murals inspired by the neighborhood for its 125th Street location. What's more, they were made with the help of a group of apprentices who live or go to school in Harlem. The results can be found both indoors and out: a color-flecked back wall covered in wood cubes and drawings, and an outside mural that just went up, depicting a series of portraits that reflect the rich cultural diversity of Harlem.
2. The "125th Treat" featuring Lady Lexis Sweets
Shake Shack has given one of its concretes–the chain's decadent shakes mixed with sweet toppings–a very Harlem twist: The 125th Treat features frozen vanilla custard blended with snickerdoodle cookies from local bakery Lady Lexis Sweets, run by mother-daughter duo Sharon and Lexis Gonzalez.
3. A Percentage of proceeds goES to Harlem Grown
Anyone who orders a concrete called the Pie Oh My will automatically give back to the community: five percent of the sales from this shake will go to Harlem Grown, a non-profit that introduces local kids to urban farming, sustainability and nutrition.