Friday, August 21, 2009

☞ WALK: La Granja Live Poultry Market

A Bespoke reader inquired about the live poultry market on Amsterdam Avenue and 126th Street after perusing our post about the nearby Mink Building. The top two photos show the market in 1934 as the Antzis Brothers' Amsterdam Poultry Market. The business might have originally started in observance to the Jewish population in the early years of Harlem because of religious dictates. The top photo shows the Mink Building in the background while the center photo is a close-up of the same image. Today, the market is called La Granja ("the farm" in Spanish), where one can not only find chickens, but also goat meat, alluding to the Hispanic population that settled in this part of Manhattanville in the latter half of the 20th century. For those who are curious, one can actually peek into the business on warm days, at the 126th Street side of the building, and see the livestock. The nearest subway is the 1 train at the 125th Street station. To read more about the Mink Building, see our post early this week: LINK.  Archival photo via NYPL

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