The first building in Harlem to go co-op, 1 West 126th Street is built out of bright orange-red brick. Home to numerous African-American celebrities, including singer and actress Eartha Kitt, bandleader Billy Eckstine and famed gospel singer Della Reese, 1 West 126th Street was built in 1940, and is a typical example of late Art… Continue reading
2032-2038 Fifth Avenue consists of a row of handsome and largely intact brownstone houses once typical of the greater length of Fifth Avenue; 2040 Fifth Avenue exists as a post-war stub at the end, currently housing a small bodega.
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
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.
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