Tuesday, December 24, 2013
☞ REMEMBER: Thomas Nast, Harlem and Santa
We found one record that provide the exact address of the Nast estate as Number 24 West 125th Street which would be the north side of Mount Morris Park just west of Fifth Avenue. Today a tenement building sits on this site but from 1864 until 1872, Mr. Nast's Harlem would have looked like the above photo which shows Fifth and 127th Street circa 1870. All of the houses would have mostly been free standing with yards and would pretty much look like some of the small historic upstate towns like Hudson New York. Thomas Nast would eventually relocate to New Jersey after a series of political cartoons stirred up criticism about the corrupt New York City government and thus procured threats to the young family in Harlem. The property would probably have been sold to developers a decade or so later during a time when brownstones and tenements would take over the new landscape of 125th Street.
Archival photo courtesy the Museum of the City of New York