Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Who can guess the vantage point of this Harlem view taken circa 1928?  The trolleys would have made sense on this steep hill that is located within a rather industrial looking block.  One of the massive buildings on the right still stand today but the other one the next block up was demolished and replaced some decades ago.  The answer with an updated image will be posted later on.

Photo courtesy New York Department of Records


OPEN HOUSE:  December 5th, 1:00PM-3:00PM, December 6th, 1:30PM-3:30PM. Number 209 West 136th Street, Multi-family in Central Harlem for $2.2 Million. Located in the thriving St Nicholas Park section of Central Harlem, offered is a 17'+/- x 100'+/-, 60'+/- built 19th century row townhouse. In the current family since 1988, this home boasts 17 rooms, 4 bedrooms including a master, 2 kitchens, 3.5 bathrooms including an en-suite featuring a whirlpool and a stand up shower equipped with body jets, lots of closets including a walk-in, original features including fireplaces (now decorative), a solarium, skylights, a balcony, a full finished cellar and a rear yard. 1900+/- square feet of air rights remaining. Delivered vacant. Used as a single family but can be converted into a 2 family or greater. Walk 2 blocks to St Nicholas Park and to CUNY accessible through the park. Catch the B & C trains at West 135th Street on St Nicholas Ave or the 2 & 3 trains at West 135th Street on Lenox Ave.  More details on the broker site: LINK


Saturday, December 5th, 2:00PM-5:30PM, Women's Holiday Tea Benefit for Brotherhood/Sister Sol, Columbia University Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive at 116th.  The 10th Annual Tea for the non profit Brotherhood/Sister Sol will be this weekend and those purchasing tickets will be donating to a great local organization that has been helping children in Harlem for the past 20 years on a holistic level which has proven results in high graduation rates.   More details on the event purchasing tickets can be found on the Brotherhood/Sister Sol site: LINK


From December 11th-31st, The First Noel at the Apollo, 253 West 125th Street between 7th and 8th Avenue.   The Classical Theatre of Harlem, in its debut at the Apollo Theater, brings a new Harlem-based holiday musical that crosses genres - from disco to rock to gospel that promises to be a classic for years to come.

The First Noel follows three generations of a family affected by the tragic loss of a loved one, when an unexpected visit reveals some long-absent Christmas joy. It is a story about how a community is healed, one family at a time, as everyday people do extraordinary things to help one another receive the gift of love at Christmas time.

More details and online tickets at the Apollo website: LINK


There was a fire last week at the brand new Foodtown up on Sugar Hill but the damage looks worse on the outside than what we saw within.  Walking by this block of 148th Street on St. Nicholas the next morning, we noticed that the windows were all gone and that the ceiling inside the store looked like it was severely damaged.  The rest of the interior such as the checkout lanes, shelves and even the food looked like it was untouched from what we could see.  Also the signage out front and the bunting did not even catch aflame so things probably look worse than they actually are.  Hopefully the repairs will come along quickly and have things running again in the coming months or so.