A reader was inquiring on what every happened to the Palm Cafe at 209 West 125th Street. From some of the research that's on line, the palm was a one of the most well known jazz establishment in Harlem. The above photo from 1949 (click to enlarge) shows the semi-circular awning of the cafe and one can barely make out "Palm Cafe" printed at its circumference. There's neon signage above the said awning but its hard to make out from the angle of the photo peering west along 125th Street between ACP/7th and FDB/8th Avenue. Jimi Hendrix apparently was amongst the many notables that had their start at this famous club.
The lower photo shows the address today and the original building still remains. Currently the shop space that the Palm Cafe occupied is now a Sprint store. The next building over sits on the location where the Harlem Opera House used to stand (you can see some of it in the top photo). Does anyone know when the Palm actually closed? Read more about the Harlem Opera House in our past posts: LINK. Archival photo courtesy of NYPL. Current photo by Ulysses.