Thursday, April 18, 2013

☞ REMEMBER: The Original Cotton Club on 142nd

As most know, today's Cotton Club at far West 125th Street was built in the 1970's and has nothing to do with the iconic club from the Harlem Renaissance years. The above photos show the jazz club at 142nd Street at Lenox Avenue back in 1930 and one can see a log cabin themed exterior at a storefront in front of what appears to be a tenement building.  Basically all the images that people nowadays associate with the Cotton Club are probably of the one that opened around 1936 in midtown at 48th Street and Broadway. This original Lenox Avenue location closed down in Central Harlem and relocated further downtown in the brand new Art Deco style jazz boite that everyone today thinks is the original: LINK

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