Tuesday, June 28, 2011

☞ REMEMBER: Lenox and 135th Circa 1920

An old photo of the north intersection of 135th Street and Lenox Avenue shows what that particular block looked like before more modern architecture came along decades later.  The old image from around the 1920s shows a fancier type of tenement building with a rounded corner, a coffee shop at the lower level, the original subway kiosk and even a horse-drawn carriage on the street. This location is where the Schomburg Center sits today and definitely has a more late 20th century feel to it as can be seen in the lower picture. Archival photo courtesy NYPL


  1. One can see the original library just next to the apartment building. Also it must of been devilish to be a pedestrian in a place where the streets compete with horse drawn wagons. One wonders at the number of accidents or episodes of the horses becoming unruly because of the motor vehicles.

  2. Central Harlem AnonymousJune 29, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Am I correct in remembering that this is where Pigfoot Mary set up her stand?

  3. You are correct Central Harlem Anonymous, she met her husband there as well.