Wednesday, December 30, 2009
☞ INTRODUCING: Wild Olive Market
The cheap storefronts at 4-12 East 125th and Fifth Avenue will soon be home to a better grocery store called Wild Olive Market. With its proximity to Mt. Morris Park and the developing areas just north of 125th Street, this new addition to Harlem's famed commercial row might herald a new era for the storefronts in the area east of 5th Avenue. Formerly the domain of an express Taco Bell and 99 cent stores (lower photo), the new owners have taken over five storefronts and will substantially be changing this block on the south side of East 125th Street. There's a large open corner building lot at the Madison end but things seem to be picking up once more so maybe its days will be numbered. This might be the game changer from the cheap big chain stores that keep popping up along the historic street that used to be Harlem's more stylish department store and theater district. As of today, the interior still looks like a work in progress, but the awnings are already in place. Stay tuned. The closest subways are the 2,3 and A,B,C,D trains at 125th street. Top photo by Ulysses. Special thanks to Bespoke reader Thomas for the tip.