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.
A Gordon Parks photo from 1943 shows an establishment called Rhum Boogie somewhere in Central Harlem but not much has been written about this actual establishment. From the Deco storefront to the right, one might deduct that the business was right by the Lenox Lounge but the architectural details do not quite match up. Looking back at some archival photos, we figured out that this was the south side building at The Lafayette Theatre and the establishment would have been just north of Connie's Inn which is visible in our past post: LINK. The building is actually intact today but a supermarket takes up the space. Photo via The Library of Congress