Saturday, September 25, 2021

REMEMBER: THE CASTLE ON EDGECOMBE CIRCA 1920


Harlem Bespoke: We are reposting our architectural history story from 2015 in honor of the royal family visit to this particular school in Harlem.   The original building is no longer there unfortunately but the research photo is a reminder of what was lost.  Archival image courtesy NYPL

Who can guess the location of this cavernous castle that once formerly stood on Edgecombe Avenue? A photo from 1920 shows the structure taking up the entire avenue block which would have been the most striking visual landmark of the day.  We are not sure when everything was torn down but those who know the neighborhood geography can pretty much guess by what is no longer there of this scale within the area.

Friday, September 24, 2021

MEGHAN MARKLE & PRINCE HARRY IN HARLEM




Harlem Bespoke:  We walked by a the local school playground on Edgecombe at West 140th Street this morning just before noon and noticed a couple of news vans parked out front along with about a half dozen policemen getting ready for an event.

EAT: SOMETHING NEW AT FORMER MOUNTAIN BIRD

Harlem Bespoke: Mountain Bird shuttered early this year due to the pandemic but now something new will be arriving at the intact storefront in East Harlem.  We gathered some exclusive intel recently while checking out the dormant space.

LAST CHANCE: HARLEM FASHION MUSEUM EXHIBIT




UPDATE: September 9th-30th,  10:30AM-5:30PM, Showing Out: Fashion in Harlem, at the Schomburg,  Lenox Avenue at 135th Street. Showing Out: Fashion in Harlem is a pop-up exhibition in celebration of the 55th anniversary of the legacy of the Harlem Institute of Fashion.  Harlem's Black Fashion Museum and Harlem Fashion Institute was started up within a couple of brownstone on West 126th Street just east of 7th Avenue by Lois K. Alexander-Lane from 1966 until 1994. The live event this month sold out but the pop-up exhibit will be open to the public and now has been extended until the end of the month: LINK

RENT: BROWNSTONE TWO BEDROOM ON CONVENT


Harlem Bespoke:  So the average in Manhattan rent for a non-doorman studio went up a couple of hundred this past summer to a whopping $2,256 a month but those living uptown can save thousands each year since deals can still be found.