Friday, November 21, 2014


OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, November 22nd, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Sunday, November 23rd, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM at 470 West 143rd Street.  A 17-foot wide limestone townhouse has just landed on the market within Hamilton Heights Historic district adjacent to Convent Avenue for an initial asking price of $2 million. The building is currently vacant and appears to have incredible original details but might need a slight touch up.  This price point is almost half of what some of the other townhouse in Harlem have been asking for in 2014 and the location is close to a growing list of restaurants and amenities which benefit from the super quick express line on 145th Street.  Check out the full details on the broker site: LINK


Ugo Rondinone is probably the most famous modern artist to be in Harlem today and will apparently move into the former Mount Moriah church sometimes this year (if not already).  A Bespoke tip came in mentioning that new glass doors have replaced the wood ones that were previously there before the restoration process began. These new textured glass portals are actually pretty contextual and bring light into the renovated abode.  Base on some older photos, the original doors did have windows and the ones in more recent decades had been replacements:  LINK


The site of 1770 Madison on the corner of 116th Street used to have a grand old building but was demolished a couple of years back.  Now a new 8-story construction with 32 units and commercial space on the lower level has appeared almost overnight in the past few months.  Permits show that name of the business owner has been listed as the Low Income Marketing Corp. so we just expect more of the same here.  Based on the rendering posted on the shed out front, this brick structure will look similar to the ones that have popped up at his section of the neighborhood in the past decade.  As for the original structure, someone with vision could have restored it and built higher on top to really make an interesting update but no such luck came about with this one: LINK


If any of the readers out there have a question they would like to throw out to the Bespoke audience on neighborhood organizations, restoration services, property search or history, just send them over and we can possibly have it written up as a future post:

Thursday, November 20, 2014


A image from 1936 shows three burlesk theaters in a row and a busy boulevard.  During the early part of the 20th century, opera houses and respectable entertainment venues had opened on this bustling thoroughfare but during the Depression years, the more commercial low-brow forms of entertainment took over.  Can any of the history buffs out their name the 3 famous venues and the vantage point of this photo?

ANSWER: The lower photo shows the Apollo theatre at the same vantage looking east on 125th Street.  This is the only functioning institution out of the great three and the Victoria just a couple of doors down might be residential conversion one day if that ever gets off the ground.  As far as the Harlem Opera House goes, that grand old dame was demolished somewhere in the 1960s: LINK

Archival photo courtesy NYPL