Thursday, July 2, 2015

ARCHITECTURE: A LANDMARK BLOCK CIRCA 1932


Who can guess the location of this historic Harlem block circa 1932?  Most of the buildings are still intact but one on the left side is missing today.  This is one of the most striking blocks in the city but some renovations are still needed on a handful of the townhouses.  An updated photo will be posted later on in the day.

ANSWER: As many have guessed, this is Astro Row at 130th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenue.  Car ownership was probably not a ubiquitous as is today and that is why we assume that the side street was a little emptier in the top photo.  Archival image courtesy the NYPL

6 comments:

  1. 130th street but I don't know the which avenues this is between.

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  2. Looks like lovely Astor Row.

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  3. I wish parking uptown was as easy as it looks in that photo.

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  4. Astor Row on 129th St btwn Lenox Ave and 5th Ave.

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  5. Astor Row has the little front gardens, and I can't see them in the photo. Stoops on the right but not on the left. Hmm. I look forward to visiting when you post the answer. Its not my block.

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  6. Love it when they look almost exactly the same today as back then!

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