Parsons School of Design alumnus with a BFA in fashion, who has worked in the menswear industry for several years. Past lives have been in the East Village and Lower East Side of Manhattan; more recently transplanted to Harlem. Currently living in a 1907 "French flat," an Edwardian era middle-class apartment.
Sometime in the early 1960's, the then famous girl group from Harlem called the Ronettes ended up on a date with the up-and-coming British band called the Beatles at one of uptown's local restaurants. Lead singer Ronnie Spector grew up in the former Carmansville section of Hamilton Heights (Amsterdam in the West 150's) and wanted the British boy band to have a taste of local homestyle cooking. We mentioned previously that the establishment that served up some old fashion Harlem barbecue to the Beatles was Sherman's on Amsterdam but research has shown that there's not much out there on the original location except that it was in 150's or 160's. The actual address of the building turns out to be 1835 Amsterdam Avenue which is the corner of West 151st Street. One can find the building still standing today but the lower retail space is currently a bodega. The center photo shows the very charming old neon signage that used to be up out front which has been replaced by a perfunctory awning in recent years. From what we can gather from our Sherman's research, it seems like this main shop shut down by the late 1980's or early 1990's and only one of the take-out branches still remains in Central Harlem. Check out what the Sherman's on ACP/7th Avnenue look like today from our previous post on the eatery with some interesting memories from readers: LINK. Archival photo via Urban Photo on Flickr