Friday, April 30, 2010

☞ DWELL: 148 West 120th Street Brownstone

OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, May 2nd, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM. The legal two family brownstone at 148 West 120th Street was sold back in 2006 for $997K and is now back on the market. The 17 foot wide, 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 3,380 square foot property is in move-in condition and still has 10 years left on a government tax abatement. The house is currently asking for $1.795 million and it seems to have minimal original details in the interior, but the finishes look to be a bit better than average for a newly renovated brownstone in the area. Just a half a block west of Lenox, the building is just a hair outside of the Mount Morris Park Historic District. The nearest subways are a quick walk to the 2,3 express at 125th Street or 116th Street. House photo by Ulysses

☞ READ: Harlem Hyatt Planned at Lenox & 125th

The huge, garbage strewn lot on the corner of 125th Street and Lenox will possibly be home to a new Hyatt Hotel and Whole Foods at the ground floor. The Wall Street Journal reports on football star Emmitt Smith's ambitious plan alongside other developers to make the $80 million, 200 room luxury hotel and retail spaces happen. Other hotels have been unsuccessfully confirmed along 125th Street in the boom years so we will only know if this will really happen once the ground breaking starts on construction. Read more about the potential 125th Street development in the WSJ article: LINK.

☞ REVIVE: 2nd Avenue Subway on Its Way

The above MTA video (filmed last week) shows the Tunnel Boring Machine being placed at the site of future 96th Street Station right by the cusp of East Harlem. Most folks have been waiting for the arrival of the 2nd Avenue subway for decades and it is finally happening. This first phase of the 2nd Avenue subway involves the Q line so the 7 foot tall drill will be connecting the upper east side to the 57th Street midtown station in the near future. The cool underground shots start at the 2:30 minute mark. Follow all things 2nd Avenue Subway at The Launch Box blog: LINK

☞ WALK: The Marcus Garvey Park Mystery Gates

The lovely entrance gates at today's Marcus Garvey Park's north entrance, at 5th Avenue and 120th Street, would have been set up during the days when the park was known by its neighborhood's namesake. When we first moved to Harlem, we were always confused when reading about Mount Morris Park because we never saw a park uptown that had that name. Anyways, more confusing to many who have noticed the gates are the prominent initials BH that are embossed into the cast iron medallions. A reader had asked about these letters, and we could not find any answers. Does anybody have the history on the mysterious initials? Photo by Ulysses

☞ SEE: Langston in Harlem Extended Run

The critically acclaimed Off Broadway musical Langston in Harlem will extended its limited engagement for another week. We saw that the New York Times listed it as a last chance performance for this weekend since it was initially set to wrap up on Sunday May 2nd. With it's positive reception, Urban Stage has decided to extend the musical one more week (to May 9th) at the United Stages Theater. Harlem Bespoke reviewed the show a couple of weeks ago and highly recommend it to all Langston Hughes, historic Harlem and jazz admirers out there. Read more in the Broadway World article: LINK.

United Stages is at 259 West 30th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues with the A,C,E or the 1,2,3 at 34th Street as the closest train stations. Get $40 tickets by phone: 212-868-4444. For more information, check out Theater Mania site: LINK. Photo by Ben Hider.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

☞ REMEMBER: The Watt's Mansion Circa 1915

UPDATE: THIS POST HAS BEEN CORRECTED WITH A MODERN IMAGE SHOWING THE CORRECT CORNER OF 139TH AND 7TH. The Watts Mansion was another one of those free standing houses that still remained in the early 20th century but would eventually succumb to the wrecking ball. The top photo shows the house as it stood on a gated hillside at 139th Street and 7th Avenue. Upon closer inspection of the image (click on to enlarge), one can see newer apartment buildings visible at the left hand side, behind the trees. DOB records show that the building was demolished sometimes in 1926, which is about eleven years after the photo was taken. A new building that matched the surrounding apartments would have gone up the same year but that structure did not eventually survive. It now looks like another free standing building sits on the lot of the once majestic mansion. Archival photo courtesy of NYPL.

☞ DWELL: 212 West 122nd Street Brownstone

After being on the market for $3 million last July, the listing for the house at 212 West 122nd Street (white painted house in photo) disappeared for several months after not receiving any interested parties. It's now back as of a couple of weeks ago, and the house is currently being offered at $2.35 million (which still places it on the high end of the market). Based on the interior photos, there's not any original detail left in the 15 foot wide home and the finishes are on the moderate side. It looks like there's four total floor-through units in the building but an old certificate of occupancy has the lower two level counted as a duplex and with the addition of two additional units overhead. Location-wise, it's on a nice enough block, just east of ACP/7th Avenue and a five minute walk from the express trains on 125th Street. House photo by Ulysses

☞ READ: L-Hostel Shut Down by the DOB

It's been on the news but a reader wanted to know more about the reason why L-Hostel at 1961 ACP/7th Avenue was shut down last week. The Department Of Buildings reported unsafe conditions and has the following notes listed for the property at 118th Street:


Apparently there needs to be two stairwells available for the hostel to be legal and thus the issue with the two exits. The owner has been trying to get more answer from the DOB against the allegation that the building was illegally converted since he is adamant that all the proper paperwork was filed. This particular L-Hostel was originally a condo conversion but when the market soured a couple of years back, the new business was created. As a reader pointed out, the hostel really brought a lot of business and foot traffic to this corner of ACP so let's hope they get things resolved quickly. On the other hand, maybe it's time to change it back to condos. Just get rid of those extra bunk beds and go for market rate. See the clip of the NY1 video on L-Hostel: LINK. Photos by Ulysses

☞ WALK: The Hamilton Heights House Tour

Saturday and Sunday, June 5th-6th, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM. We were disappointed that the annual Hamilton Heights House Tour did not happen in 2009, but this year brings new opportunities and a different story. The Hamilton Heights Homeowners Association will have two days set up for their 2010 house tour with the Saturday, June 5th event lead by none other than renowned Harlem historian Michael Henry Adams. Get more information and buy tickets on the HHHA website: LINK. Photo by Ulysses

☞ SEE: Last Man Standing at Maysles Cinema

Friday, April 30th, screening 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM at the Maysles Cinema. Check out what's going on in NYC skate culture with the documentary called Last Man Standing. See the full schedule and get more information on the Maysles Institute's website: LINK. Suggested admission $5.00 with limited seating. Come early. The Maysles Cinema is at 343 Malcolm X Blvd/Lenox Avenue bet. 127th and 128th Streets. Tel. 212-582-6050.

☞ EAT: Manhattanville Pizza Eatery to Open

The space at 3143 Broadway, between LaSalle and Tiemann Place, has failed in the past by trying too hard to be contemporary, but a new brick oven pizza restaurant might now have some success if it chooses to go the other direction. Walking by the former space of the shuttered restaurant called 125 Stop, we saw the full gut renovation in process of the once overly swank lounge. The immediate area has some true NYC grit to it since the tenement storefronts face the elevated subway tracks and the nearby housing projects. In the past, the former restaurants have tried to provide an upscale, elegant atmosphere, but the incongruous nature of the surroundings really did it in for those businesses.

The good news is that the new eatery might just fit in and provide the right balance to this outer border block of Manhattanville and Morningside Heights. We found the recent DOB permits approving the construction of the pizza oven in the interior space, and it seems that this type of restaurant will probably be popular with long time locals, Columbia Students and International House residents that frequent the block. Let's just hope they get rid of the flashy amber marble facade and bright brass doors out front. The restaurants that do work in the area, such as Pisticci and Toast, embrace the rustic-brick aesthetic and blend in with the original character of the neighborhood. The nearest subway to this location is the 1 train at 125th Street. Photo by Ulysses

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

☞ REMEMBER: The Deco Diner at 136th Street

We found a photo, taken circa 1931, of the distinct low level structure that used to sit on the north east corner of 136th Street and Broadway. Apparently there used to be one of those steel Art Deco diners on the corner lot at the base of hill that would lead up to City College. In the background, behind the diner, part of the long gone Hebrew Orphan Asylum can also be seen in the vintage photo. Today, a small grocer sits on the spot today and the Orphan Asylum has been replaced by a public school and a local park. The closest subway to this location is the 1 train at 137th Street. Archival photo courtesy NYPL. Current photo by Ulysses.

☞ DWELL: 345 West 122nd Street in Contract

With two and a half years on the market and a couple of price cuts, the brownstone at 345 West 122nd Street went into contract last month. Originally up for $1.99 million back in September 2007, the single family, 3,480 square foot building located between Manhattan and Morningside Avenue had its price finally reduced to $1.7 million back in June 2009. There's a whole lot of original detail in this one, and it looks like it's in pretty good shape. The property hasn't been officially listed as sold at this point so it will probably be another month to see what the building actually went for. House photo by Ulysses.

☞ READ: Crime on the Rise in New York City

After several years of record lows in crime, it now seems New York City as a whole is seeing some not-so-positive shifts as the trend for the first quarter of 2010. This past week, two homicides on West 118th Street happened within a few days of one another. The first incident occurred outside of Minton's Playhouse, and the second one involved a Brooklyn man who was fatally wounded while standing in front of a relative's building, just a block away from Morningside Park (both happened late at night). In the latter case, DNAinfo has the current news on the two men caught in connection with the crime, and the description of the third party involved: LINK. New York Daily News was first to cover the Minton's story: LINK.

Today's Columbia Spectator article on the incidents reflects the feeling of dismay that most folks living in this part of South Harlem feel since the neighborhood has been quiet in the past couple of years. The park is full of young children and families during any given day and most folks feel absolutely safe while walking down the tree-lined blocks. The article also suggests that budget cuts in the police department may also be a direct link to this slight increase in crime. Read more in the Columbia Spectator: LINK.

On a final note, this post was really set out to make sure people are aware of what is happening in their surroundings. Citizens have to report questionable activities on their block if any sort of neighborhood improvement is to happen. Based on these current events, the local police should be more responsive to the general public's concerns and things will only get better if more of the community gets involved in reporting on suspicious activity as they see it happen.

☞ REVIVE: Classic Lamp Posts Return on 123rd

The north side of Morningside Park between Morningside Avenue and Amsterdam just received a retro make-over of sorts. All of the old aluminum street lights (lower photo) on that section of 123rd Street have now been completely replaced with period appropriate, black enameled, embossed lamp posts. The city probably wanted to add a little more charm on the street surrounding Morningside Park and they definitely will get no arguments here on a job well done. These new beauties are definitely an improvement. Current photos by Ulysses

☞ EAT: Taqueria Y Fonda La Mexicana

The hole of all hole in the wall Mexican restaurants with great food can be found on the outskirts of Morningside Heights. Taqueria Y Fonda at 968 Amsterdam Ave, between 107th and 108th Street, always looked packed with a young college crowd so we decided to see what it was all about this past weekend. The main store space is a cramped kitchen area with the grill up front at the entrance and some small tables in the back. There's also a separate dining area (opened during busier hours) next door that is not connected to the main space. We ordered the basic tacos and they came out in huge portions with hot grilled double tortillas as a wrap. Each one is basically the equivalent of two tacos so we noted that a couple would do for the next time around. The flavors are all heavy and home cooked here so we were really pleasantly surprised at the quality and quantity of the food. The chips that came out prior to the meal were definitely freshly prepared, and that was a first for us at a Mexican restaurant uptown. Taqueria Y Fonda is worth checking out if food is the priority but those seeking ambiance should steer clear. The closest subway to this location is the 1 or B,C line at 110th Street. Photos by Ulysses

☞ SEE: The Lottery at the Tribeca Film Festival

Thursday, April 29th, 7:00 PM at the Tribeca Film Festival. A new documentary that covers the charter school debate called The Lottery will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival tomorrow. Harlem is at the center of the charter school movement, and the film follows four local families as they apply for the lottery at the Harlem Success Academy. Today's New York Post features the film and has some additional information on some of the obstacles that the charter school movement has encountered: LINK.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

☞ REMEMBER: 131-133 West 117th Street

The old school houses of Harlem always fascinates us when we find one that is no longer in existence. The public housing tower at 131-133 St. Nicholas Avenue and West 117th Street is surrounded by an expanse of open land, and we did some research on the building that used to exist on the double wide city lot. The top photo shows the CBJ Snyder designed P.S. 10 building standing on this exact corner circa 1920. The ornate school would have been built during the early 19th century when Harlem's population was growing in leaps and bounds. Once the Depression years rolled around, central Harlem started to lose its population with a quarter of its numbers dissipating from the years of 1950 to 1960. This would be the start of a demographic shift that would exponentially grow until the population would diminish to half of what it was at its height. The government started closing down many of the schools during those following decades, and the last information on P.S. 10 was documented in 1963 when DOB records show that the building was scheduled for demolition. Archival photo courtesy NYPL. Current photo by Ulysses

☞ DWELL: 809 Riverside Drive Priced Half Off

When the 39 foot wide, semi-detached Spanish style, prewar house at 809 Riverside Drive was up on the market last September, the asking price was almost at $2 million. Now, almost 7 months later, the price has been reduced multiple times until a couple of weeks ago, it reached it's lowest at $1.1 million. The landmark property is in the new Audubon Park Historic District at 157th Street which is just right outside the outer edge of Harlem's northern borders. There's not much going on in this part of town since the retail in the surrounding area is pretty limited, but the 1 train at 157th Street is only a block away. Transportation-wise, the train might be a moot point since there's a garage that is built into the side of the building. The house has all of its original details, six bedrooms, three baths and probably needs some work done on it to update the infrastructure. See our past post for a look at the interior and the garages: LINK. Photo by Ulysses

☞ ARCHITECTURE: 11 East 128th Street

The townhouse at 11 East 128th Street was always a curiosity on the brownstone lined block just east of 5th Avenue. The building was completed in 2008 by its owner architect Justin Georges, and the single family home almost looks like one of those modern churches that have been built in recent decades. Another interesting feature is the curb cut and the built in garage at street level. In our opinion, it's at least interesting to look at, and not as mundane as some of the other modern buildings in town but does everyone like it?

☞ READ: Did Harlem Mail in Census 2010?

The mail-in deadline of Census 2010 is over, so how did the neighborhoods uptown do? Based on last week's New York Times article, Washington Heights had one of the highest return rates clocking in at over 70%. The lowest area of the greater NYC included Williamsburg, Brooklyn which ended dead last at 31.1% participation. So what are the numbers for greater Harlem? The actual percentages have not been revealed yet, but based on a new on-line Census Map, it seems that East and West Harlem are well in the 60% range. Central Harlem seems to be over the 55% mark, and overall, the neighborhoods have had improved participation this time around. Check out the numbers on the color-coded Census Map: LINK.

As a total, the city average improved two points from the previous census and is currently at 59%. Therefore, it would seem that the Harlem average for 2010 should be pretty much in line with the city-wide number. Read more details in the NY Times: LINK. The next step will involve the door-to-door census workers who will now start making the rounds at homes that decided not mail in their forms. Photo by Ulysses

☞ EAT: Morningside Heights Gets New Burger Bar

We mentioned that the Tomo sushi space in Morningside Heights had some activity in the interior for the past couple of months and it turns out that a new restaurant indeed will arrive soon. The sidewalk sheds at 2850 Broadway and 111th Street boasted some brand new signs this past weekend, and it is apparent that Mel's Burger Bar will be taking over the spot. This should bode well for an area that is dense with college students and young families, and the 1 train on 110th Street is just at the corner. The deluxe burger joint fad is all over downtown, and East Harlem already has the amazing Joy Burger, so it will be a nice change to have something closer on the West Side. Photo by Ulysses

☞ LISTEN: Concert at the Morris Jumel Mansion

Saturday, May 1st, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM, at the Morris-Jumel Mansion. Andrew Bolotowsky and Rebecca Pechefsky will round out the 2009-2010 Music at Morris-Jumel season with a concert of suites and sonatas for flute and harpsichord. Featured composers will be Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, Johann Ludwig Krebs, Johann Friedrich Reichardt and the world premiere of Graham Lynch's tango-influenced "Milonga pour Milonga" in the baroque flute and harpsichord version. Tickets are $25 per person and $20 for members. Advanced registration is required. Call 212 923 8008 to RSVP. The mansion is located at 65 Jumel Terrace between 160th and 161st Streets. Nearest Transit: 163rd St (C), 157th St (1).

Monday, April 26, 2010

☞ REVIVE: 341 St. Nicholas Avenue Storefront

The corner of 127th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue will be getting even more interesting in the near future, and it has nothing to do with the new rental building going up on the formerly vacant lots on the east side of the avenue. We received some information over the weekend that confirms the deserted storefront on the west side of St. Nicholas, right north of the P.S. 157 apartments on 127th Street, will be restored sometimes very soon. This most eastern corner of West Harlem has been pretty desolate for some time and the new proprietors are thinking about opening a coffee shop in the corner store (which possibly can be combined with the storefronts on the 127th Street side of the building).

The NYC tax photo (top image) shows the building corner with a thriving business in the earlier half of the 20th century. With the store's proximity to the A,B,C,D express train exit at 127th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue(last photo), and St. Nicholas Park a block north, we are thinking that this could be the turn around business for the area if done right i.e Settepani in the Mount Morris Park Historic District. So West Harlem, what are your thoughts about this corner, and would a coffee shop be a great addition to this section of St. Nicholas Avenue or what? All suggestions are welcome.

☞ DWELL: 401 Manhattan Avenue off Market

The Met's Victorian Curator's house on 401 Manhattan Avenue was listed as being in contract last week, but today it has been removed from the market. Usually when the deal comes through, the brokers are more than happy to have the listing marked as SOLD but that is not the case with the charming single family home in South Harlem. We have been keeping our eye out on the $1.59 million brownstone since it went on the market five months ago and thought it surely would get some sort of offer that would work out for the seller. The house is on a small lot with not much of a back yard, but the location is only a block away from Morningside Park and the B,C train at 116th Street. So what gives? Get more details on the accurately restored house in our past post: LINK. Current house photo by Ulysses.

☞ WALK: The Carmansville Star of David

The beautiful red brick Saint Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church in the section of Hamilton Heights formerly known as Carmansville came to our attention recently because of the main central window of the building's facade. Harlem originally had many Jewish temples over a century ago which were later converted into churches once that community moved further away from the city centers. In most of the cases, all past relics of the buildings previous use would have been removed, so we found it interesting that a Star of David was still intact in this particular building on the corner of 153rd Street and Amsterdam. At the end of the day, Christianity started in Jerusalem so it would make some sense to leave a symbol of the holy land intact. Then again, could this just be a 19th century Protestant icon? The closest subway to this location is the 1 train at 155th street. Photo by Ulysses

☞ EAT: The Harlem Community Farm Share

Since farmers markets are not year round, an option for folks who want to eat local can be found in a farm share. The local-grown movement is big in Brooklyn but not so much is currently happening up north in Manhattan. Therefore, we were pleasantly surprised to find out about the Harlem Community Farm Share.

So what is a farm share, and what are the benefits? Those involved with a farm shares automatically sets up a relationship with a local farmer by purchasing a share of future crops for the upcoming seasons. As fruit and vegetables ripen for the season, shareholders will get a portion of the the crop that is 100% organic and local grown. Most of the produce in the supermarkets are shipped from destinations as far away as China, so purchasing local grown goods reduces the carbon footprint involved and helps support farmers in the area to keep doing what they do best.

There are subsidized farm shares in addition to the standard cost which is part of the Food Pantry For West Harlem establishment on 252 West 116th Street (right around the corner from FDB). Regular price membership fees are $525 for year. Get more information at the Harlem Community Farm Share website: LINK. Photo by Ulysses

Sunday, April 25, 2010

☞ REMEMBER: The Original 67 Orange Street

When we posted on Harlem's 67 Orange Street (top photo) jazz sundays, we were reminded that the uptown lounge was inspired by an original downtown speakeasy over 150 years ago. The story goes that the original establishment on 67 Orange Street was called Almack's Dance Hall, which was located in the notorious Five Points slum intersection. Harlem was then a land of genteel white-owned country homes in the Civil War era of New York City, and the Five Points was were poor ethnic whites and African Americans made their living. Almack's was founded by Pete Williams, an African American actor who attracted folks from all classes to his famous establishment known for lively music, festive dancing and its diverse ethnic clientele. The third photo from 1859 shows the intersection of Cross Street with Orange Street veering of into the northern reaches. The last photograph, taken around 1875, shows the same view up Orange Street. This section would have had houses numbers 30-42, and Almack's would have been a block further north from this corner, on the right hand side of the street.

Today, both 67 Orange Street locations reflect the ever changing make-up of New York's cultural neighborhoods. The original Orange Street goes by the name of Baxter Street in modern times, and the area is now known as New York City's Chinatown. In the opposite direction further north, the new 67 Orange Street on FDB/8th Avenue in Harlem, reflects the change in upper Manhattan when African Americans started moving north from lower regions of New York City in the early 20th Century. Read more about 67 Orange Street in our past post and check out their Sunday night jazz events: LINK. Archival photos courtesy NYPL. Current photo by Melissa Hom.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

☞ READ: The Japanese Gentleman of St. Nick's

We had covered the new Japanese jazz musicians that were playing in the clubs uptown, but the New York Times had a story today on the more famous Japanese jazz enthusiast that has lived in Harlem for the past 25 years. Tommy Tomita, now 71, has a reserved table at St. Nick's Pub every Friday night, and Amy Ruth's has a chicken and waffles dish named after the ex-pat. Mr. Tomita had owned a chain of jazz clubs in Japan, but closed shop in the 1980's and eventually moved to Harlem (right above Perk's jazz lounge, second photo). The Japanese gentleman today provides Harlem jazz tours for other enthusiast who are visiting from his home country. We found the article also interesting since it talks a little about the tough years when Mr. Tomita first moved to Harlem and was not so welcomed by the public at large. Read more in the NY Times: LINK. See our past post on the Japanese talent in Harlem: LINK. Photos by Ulysses

☞ SEE: New York's Historic Houses at MCNY

Saturday, April 24th, 1:00-3:30 PM. Portals to the Past: Archaeology at New York City's Historic Houses at the Museum of the City of New York. Join the Professional Archaeologists of New York City (PANYC) for its 30th annual public program to explore what archaeology has revealed about the past at some of New York City's historic houses. Located throughout the five boroughs and dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries, they include the lavish estates of the wealthy, the modest homes of free African Americans, and the crowded tenements of recently arrived immigrants. FREE with Museum admission! The Museum of the City of New York located in East Harlem is at 1220 Fifth Avenue, between 103rd and 104th Street. Nearest subway is the 6 train at 103rd Street or 2,3 at 110th Street. Photo by Ulysses.

Friday, April 23, 2010

☞ DWELL: 146 West 130th Street Brownstone

OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, April 25, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM. The brownstone at 146 West 130th Street, between Lenox and ACP/7thAvenue, falls under the renovated-brownstone-with-a-condo-feel category. The three family, 18 foot wide townhouse includes an owner's duplex with a two bedroom, 2.5 bath setup. There's nothing to fix up here and the asking price is currently at $1.88 million. This section of 130th Street is tree-lined with some great brownstone neighbors, but there are still a handful of shells that need to be fixed up on the block. The closest train is a good five minute walk away since it's down five blocks to the 2,3 express at 125th Street. The retail in the surrounding area needs to evolve but walking down to the stores in South Harlem is pretty manageable. House photo by Ulysses

☞ MEET: Bill Cosby at the Riverside Theatre

May 4 – May 23 (Preview performances take place May 4-6 at 7:00 PM, Opening Night May 7 at 8:00 PM). After Daniel Beaty’s new solo play Through the Night which will run for a limited time at The Riverside Theatre, Bill Cosby will be on-hand to participate in a community dialogue with Beaty and the audience at the May 7th opening night . Throughout its performance run, other special guests will participate in post-performance dialogues to speak on various topics and concerns, including: Malik Yoba (Fatherhood, May 8, 8:00 PM.); Hill Harper (Relationships, May 15, 8:00 PM); and Sonia Sanchez and Ruby Dee (Artists as Activists, May 8, 2:00 PM).

Through the Night addresses subjects that concern the African-American community specifically and all people generally. In the play, characters face a wide range of issues that include family relationships, fatherhood, economic stability, health and wellness, incarceration, youth violence, activism, education, sexuality and religion. Community dialogues with Beaty and experts in these fields will follow specific performances.

The Riverside Church Theatre is at 91 Claremont Avenue and 122nd Street. Tickets are $20.00 for general admission and $15 for senior/student tickets. Tel. 212.870.6784. Take the 1 Train to 116th Street and walk west to Claremont Avenue. Go to the website for more on schedule and to buy tickets: LINK