2031 Fifth Avenue, The National Black Theatre

The National Black Theatre at 2031 Fifth Avenue is the home of the distinguished non-profit theatre company of that name.  Founded in 1968 by the playwright and activist Barbara Ann Teer, the organization’s mission is to “produce transformational theatrical experiences that enhance African American cultural identity by telling authentic stories of the Black experience”.  Nina… Continue reading

1 West 125th Street

An off-the-truck commercial building of the corporate chain model, 1 West 125th Street is currently vacant.

2010- 2108 Fifth Avenue

The brownstones at 2010-2014 Fifth Avenue still retain a hefty portion of their original detailing.  Not so their neighbor at 2018 Fifth Avenue (Also known as 2 West 125th Street) which has been given a PoMo facelift suitable for a downscale Long Island strip mall.

Vacant Lot, SE Corner of 125th Street and Fifth Avenue

125th Street has many architectural high points. The intersection with Fifth Avenue is not one of them.  This vacant lot, while not the only one currently on Fifth Avenue is certainly the oldest such.  Cleared of structures since 1997 and in seeming development limbo, this was once the location of the famed soul food restaurant… Continue reading

Upper Harlem: North of 125th Street

The dividing line between Lower and Upper Harlem, 125th Street has been long considered Harlem’s “Main Street”.  A two-way street, it is the 14th of 15 such in Manhattan.  Lined with imposing buildings in various stages of renovation, 125th Street is also the location of numerous landmarks and centers of African-American theater, culture and art,… Continue reading