Friday, February 1, 2013
☞ BESPOKE: Other Lounges to Revive?
Central Harlem had so many clubs above 125th Street but most only remember the Cotton Club which was established once more in the seventies in a moderate way on far west 125th. The Savoy was located in the 140s but was demolished for housing and probably has the best ring to it. Small's Paradise had a location on ACP/7th Avenue at 135th Street but Spike Lee used Lenox Lounge to represent Small's in his Malcolm X movie since it was the only intact establishment uptown.
Other famous clubs include Connie's Inn which was located within the former Lafayette Theatre complex over at 131st Street or the Nest Club on 133rd which has been demolished in the past year. Up on Sugar Hill, St. Nick's Pub was originally called the Lucky's Rendezous and the Pink Angel. Then there is the 400 Tavern on 148th or Lundy's on St. Nicholas. All could be great option to add back a little history into a new establishment trying to bring back the spirit of Harlem when it was known as the part of town to go to for entertainment.
The above photo shows the Palm Cafe which was located on 125th Street.