Tuesday, September 24, 2013

☞ REMEMBER: 125th Street Storefronts c. 1939

An archival photo from 1939 shows the mom and pop stores that used to line 125th Street before some major changes started to happen.  We always wondered what those low level buildings on the commercial corridor used to look like back in the day and they were actually quite charming.  A lot of business left when half of Central Harlem's population fled to live elsewhere from the 1950s up until the end of the 1990s but today 125th Street is starting to pickup once.

Image courtesy of the digital collection at NYPL


  1. Agreed, charming street, I wonder what section of 125th this is?

  2. A lot of these low level storefronts line the block just west of Lenox on the south side but they do not look like these shops today.