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 Bespoke reader sent in some evidence that the rumors of a major chain arriving at the former restaurant spaces by West 137th Street and Broadway might actually be true. This corner of West Harlem used to have the Mexican eatery Tres Pasos, the Vinegar Hill sandwich shop and Cafe Largo but all have been shuttered for over a couple of years now. Notices had been posted stating that these establishments would open once more but now the spaces are being gutted into one large storefront. Furthermore, that gourmet deli sign that has been hanging out front in the past year seems to also be something that might not really be happening. More photos and what is possibly arriving to this retail row after the jump.
There have been reports that a Duane Reade will open in this part of Harlem and based on some of the DOB paperwork currently up on site, it appears that this might just happen. The lower photo shows a permit that states a new pharmacy store will be set up at this particular corner uptown. Considering the size of the combined spaces altogether, it would now make sense that a large chain store will be arriving sometimes in the future.