Tuesday, April 21, 2015

REMEMBER: SISSLE'S SONG SHOP CIRCA 1930


Who can guess the location of this fantastic photo of Harlem Renaissance jazz composer Noble Sissle in front of his song shop sometimes right before 1930 or so? Harlem historian John Reddick has this great book on the life of the Harlem legend at Sugar Hill Market and this image within was one we had never seen before.  A famous speakeasy was also located next door and all of the architecture in the background is all intact today.

ANSWER:  The lower photo shows the corner of 138th Street and 7th Avenue today which is part of the Strivers Row historic district.  One can still see the old storefront that was the original Red Rooster speakeasy at the left and a news stand is still very much part of the old neighborhood.

2 comments:

  1. looks like strivers row behind. will guess 138th and 7th/ACP

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  2. SE corner ACP & W138th St.

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