Thursday, February 25, 2010

☞ REMEMBER: The West 125th Street YMCA

After trying to figure out what was recently located on the lot of 5-15 West 125th Street, we came up with this archival photo showing the original Harlem YMCA building. The distinct four story building with the bay window at the center was established as the Y branch in 1880 and would be the uptown headquarters until 1929. The top photo was taken a year before the branch was shut down and would eventually be replaced by the iconic YMCA on 135th Street. The low building to the far right is where the new Applebee's (at the corner of 5th Avenue) is today and the building to the far right houses the restaurant Mobay. Does anyone know if any of the brownstones or the YMCA building at this section of 125th Street survived past the 1940's? There's been that open lot there for as long as we can remember. Archival photo courtesy of NYPL.

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