Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The City Concealed series' latest video reveals that the stadium where the Black Yankees would play for crowds of over 10,000 spectators was not actually in New York City. Back in New York's early baseball history, the Polo Grounds (which were just past the northern reaches of Harlem at West 155th Street) was home to the Yankees before they moved to the Bronx in 1923. This was during the time of segregation so the sport was all white until the Negro League was formed and played over in New Jersey's Hinchliffe Stadium. Check out the above video clip for more on the Black Yankee's history and a bit on historic stadium design which includes Harlem's Polo Grounds. There's also an accompanying article and more details on the Channel Thirteen site: LINK. For more history on the Polo Grounds, check out our previous posts (scroll down after connecting to the link): LINK
Monday, November 29, 2010
LINK. Numbers 254-264 were originally a matching set of six brownstones so in an ideal world, someone would replicate the twin building at number 256 (at far left of photo) on this empty lot at number 262 West 121st Street. At any rate, anything would be better than the parking garage with the chain link fence.
LINK. Shrine is at 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard (7th Avenue), between 133rd and 134th Street. Tel.(212) 690-7807. Take the 2,3 train to 135th Street. No cover charge unless specified.
Another Wall Street Journal story up this past weekend had a local Harlem-based magazine mogul walk the sights of 125th Street in a short video. We have to say that this one is a little awkward for the Journal since the restaurant Chez Lucienne was featured but the descriptive title "Bistro Provencal" is only mentioned in the article accompanying the clip: LINK. The Apollo also gets a quick review but the camera doesn't really capture much detail in the iconic space. As newspapers explore this new form of media, the challenge seems to be having higher production values on a limited budget.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
LINK. Archival photo via Urban Photo on Flickr
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Last week's most viewed posts along with comment count.
LINK. For more details on the PS90 building, check out our past post: LINK
Friday, November 26, 2010
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010
LINK. See our past post on Harlem's new children's museum and the final design selected: LINK
LINK. Get more details and ticket information at: www.theatermania.com
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Bloomingdale Village blog took some of the last photos of Hedda back in 2008 and we haven't found any more visual evidence of her presence in the park ever since. Uptown had some coyote sightings in 2010 but turkeys were all the rage a few years back when Morningside Park, Riverside Park, Central Park and Battery Park all seemed to have become home to the wild birds. The turkey that would be named Hedda was found roaming the grounds of the Riverton Houses on East 135th Street six years ago and had been frequently photographed by bloggers and the press when she was transplanted to Morningside Park: LINK. Has anyone had a sighting recently? These guys do fly for short distances so they can easily migrate if necessary.
Streeteasy, the house was pulled off the market a couple of weeks ago but this is actually the 2nd time the property was pulled this year. The top photo was taken yesterday and the sale sign was nowhere in sight. Anyone have any inside tips?
The final decorative accent on all brownstones can be found in the cast iron work that adorn the facades of the buildings. We are often fascinated by the various conditions of these century old townhouses and the way they have been maintained. While walking past 20 East 127th Street, one of the most striking examples can be found at the Langston Hughes house which has both of its decorative finials painted in contrasting colors. Most folks tend to restore the intricate metalwork with a solid coat of paint but those who know what they are doing can sometimes add a little character by contrasting the details. The lower photo shows a neighboring house on the same block with a renovated stoop that has somehow consumed part of the side rails and has been remiss in replacing the newel post. The solid green is nice enough but the missing components makes the renovation look incomplete. For those who are wondering, the Hughes house is still up for sale but no news at this point.
January for a new cafe to open but the space has mostly been dormant for 2010. In the past month or so, some activity was seen at the commercial space in 2230 FDB and we also noticed new craft paper up on the windows (which used to be painted over white). The last photo down is a shot of newly finished oak panel bar area inside that we were able to get a view of when recently passing by the new eatery. It's going to be called the Triangle Cafe since the space is indeed the shape of a triangle and this corner would definitely be perfect for cafe tables on the 2 sides of the building. If they move along quickly enough, maybe this place will be open sometimes in early 2011?
LINK. Read more about the Dance Theater of Harlem in the New York Times article: LINK. Photo courtesy of Andrea Mohin
Monday, November 22, 2010
LINK. The 73-unit building hasn't finished up yet on the upper floors but 13 contracts are already out. One of the model apartments shown in the article (last photo) has a surprising view of the boarded up building next door on the north side of 122nd Street but it would seem buyers are attracted to the direct west facing view of Morningside Park along Morningside Avenue. Columbia's main campus is a less than 10 minute walk in the same direction and express subway access is 3 blocks north.
The quiet, brownstone-lined side streets in this part of Harlem could easily be considered landmarks but like the corner building, some are in better condition than others. Price ranges are form $300K-$900K which is kind of in the affordable category for Manhattan. For more on what's going on with that building next door, check out our previous post: LINK