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