Monday, August 10, 2015


A sidewalk shed is now up at the Alhambra Ballroom just on the corner of 126th on ACP and some might be wondering what is happening with the local landmark.  Based on permits posted on site, it appears that the lower storefront will be under construction which could just be a good thing.   Back in 2010, the restaurant Gospel Uptown shuttered at the historic location but the modern facade alterations have all been intact since then. Hopefully another business is coming along and will pay a little more attention to the architectural history of the famous address or the renovations might have to do something with the new owners.  Developers had purchased the commercial building over a year ago but not much has happened until now since that past transaction: LINK


  1. I would like to know more about this building. It appears that it was a multi-purpose building, e.g., entertainment space, residential space & commercial. My grandfather told me that in the late 30's and 40's the entertainment space was restricted. I've heard that also from other old school Harlemites. One woman told me that on the night of VE day the restrictions were lifted in celebration of the victory.

    But still I would like to know how they were able to combine so many ventures into one building and what it must of been like for the occupants of the apartment building.

  2. Great point. I attended a weekly event (promoted by Reggie Wells) this this past Thursday on the 5th floor. People still rent out the space. But appears you have to be in the know. His event was the only event happening that night. Otherwise the building was silent. Great ballrooms still exist there. But appears like Harlem doesn't do ballrooms anymore. Lounges, Lounges, and lounges. :(