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.
The Mexican community is the one immigrant group that's bringing a lot of personal architectural style uptown these days and one can find the many examples walking around East Harlem. There's a sort of old world, south of the border look that's happening at most of the eateries being set up along East 116th Street and lower Lexington Avenue that is transforming these areas into the Mexican version of Little Italy. Barrel tile roofs can be found even on a simple bodega (at center photo) and on many of the newer restaurants that have opened in the past decade. There's some classic neon such as the one at La Hacienda (which is still closed) or the Pueblo Revival style of El Paso's main eatery on Lexington and 104th Street. It's more than a bit literal but one can argue that there's some charm to be found going this direction than the standard glossy, photo-print awnings and aluminum storefronts that seem to be abundant otherwise.