Monday, March 29, 2010

☞ READ: Secrets of the Heights Revealed

This past weekend, the New York Times had a great pictorial on some of the distinct corners of the heights. Washington Heights is on the north border of Harlem and the histories often overlap when folks talk about Harlem in general. The Morris Jumel Mansion at 65 Jumel Terrace was a key location in the battle of Harlem Heights and the article features a great photo of the house's stained glass window which displays one of the first examples of scratch graffiti to be found in the city. It turns out that in the 1880's, Madame Jumel's grand daughter wanted to test out her diamond ring to see if it was real and decided to write on the front entrance window as a test. Nowadays, scratchiti has diminished in its presence but the one that was done by diamond seems to be the piece of public art that will last forever. The great slide show is part of an article in the NY Times: LINK.

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